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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Traditional Ale
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland

bottled
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RATINGS: 872   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled. A cask version at 5.8% is produced in October and November.
"Elderberry Black Ale"
Introduced to Scotland by Welsh druids in the 9th Century, elderberry black ale was part of the Celtic Autumn festivals when the "elders" would make this strong ale and pass the drink round the people of the village. The recipe was taken from a 16th Century record of domestic drinking in the Scottish Highlands. Elderberries were used for many natural remedies to cure sciatica, other forms of neuralgia, influenza and rhumatism as they contain tannins and fruit oils.
Ebulum is made from roasted oats, barley and wheat boiled with herbs then fermented with ripe elderberries.
A rich black ale with fruit aroma, silky soft texture,soft roasted flavour and gentle finish.
Recommended with stewed and baked foods.
Drink lightly chilled from a straight glass.


skoll's rating

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Dark dark color. Burgundy hues. Slight pinkness to the head. Aromas are rich and fruity, continuing the vinous theme and the elderberry imparts a subtle complexity. A really well balanced beer in which the fruit enhances but doesn’t overpower the flavor of the grains. I never knew the history of this brew I have made elderberry wine before maybe next year elderberry beer.


2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
AtronSeige (702) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 8, 2014
Aroma: Medium toasty, melanoidin, licorice Appearance: Body: Dark brown, opaque. Head: Thin, light brown, low retention. Flavour: Malt: Licorice, Medium bitterness. Medium sweetness. Light alcohol. Medium Medium dry, tart finish with lingering licorice. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Overall: I can’t pick up any elderberries (but I have no idea what elderberries smell/taste like). The base recipe is good, but I expected more elderberries. 330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre! 20. Fruit Beer 12C. Baltic Porter

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mircoas (124) - ITALY - NOV 2, 2014
40cl @ tap. Scura scozzese davvero particolare. Fatto con le bacche di sambuco, antico rimedio contro l’influenza. Dolce e ottima.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Derbeth (367) - Kraków, POLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle. Black colour, beige head that does not stay long, good lacing. Nose is quite intensive dark chocolate, with a something floral. Mouth is surprisingly smooth, a floral accent dominates and roasted malt is just the background; also some liquorice. Light sweetness, light bitterness. Soft carbonation, the beer feels smooth. Somewhat reminds me of Bracia, but of course this one isn’t so intensive in taste. Overall, quite drinkable, quite interesting, but I don’t think I’ll return to it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2014
Does not taste like elderberry, but more like good black smoky black ale. Hints of coffee, smells wonderfully cozy of oil, prunes, rock candy and chocolate. My judgement skill and alcohol tolerance is descending as I taste this - whereas I recognize the excellent experience of how this is, I don’t know how to express it. Smoke is a main theme, viscosity is another.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrHult (324) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2014
Flaska delad med @thaalcoholic. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Helt ok ale med lite rostad smak...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (4328) - rødovre, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle.Dark brown colour with medium beige head.Aroma of elderberry’s roasted malt and wood,good roasted flavour and malty smooth taste light spicy taste and smooth finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3263) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2014
Sample bottle. Actually pretty good. The label doesn’t do much for this which is a shame in regards to selling it but the beer inside is good. Sort of comes across like a slightly tarty dark lager. Definitely a nice ripe berry presence which adds something. Tasty beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mibeersnob (50) - Howell, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Poured into tulip glass. Single finger head. Smell of elderberry comes through. Smell of fruit and hints of bread. Smooth on the palate. Overall, rather good tasting, Would recommend, but drinking more than one at a setting might be difficult.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
peponi (460) - POLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Aroma: roasted dark malts, elderberry, roasted seeds of sunflowers. Appearance: black color, very good beige head. Taste: low bitterness, dark roasted malts, roasted caramel, elderberry, dark chocolate, coffee substitute, slightly watery. Palate: low body and medium carbonation, roasted smooth finish. Overall: Classical / Old ingredients brings to Williams Bros. beers a certain kind of nobleness. That’s what I really like.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarcoDL (2386) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2014
Strange beer. Spicy and grassy, like it’s made from herbs of the woods. At the same time, it has some bitter notes of fruit. Tastes like an old medieval beer.


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