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


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RATINGS: 898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

ForenTox's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ForenTox (12) - worcester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Dark brown with a tan head, aroma reminds me of a belgian dubbel, raisins, currants, plum. Initial taste of traditional stout, then incredible fruit flavors. Very nice mouthfeel, aftertaste is lingering and pleasant. Overall, excellent beer, didn’t know what I was getting into, but loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HippyHop (531) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2015
Dark pour with a reddish hue. Nose is all dark fruit. I'm guessing it's mostly just elderberry but I get black currants and blackberries, plums and grapes with some chocolate and caramel. Really pleasant stuff, especially the night after the first snowfall of the year. Texture is a little thin but otherwise this stuff is pretty tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoNrRiI (867) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
0.33 bottle. Clear. very dark brown color and a small, tanned head. Aroma of dark malts, wood, a tad of elderberries, and some roast. Taste is malty, caramel, chocolaty, a wee floral, and not as full of elderberries as one might suspect. Medium body, creamy texture, and average carbonation. Finish is more malty, chocolaty, obviously somewhat resemblant of elderberries. Overall not a bad beer but the elderberry part could be emphasized. Just a tad below Alba.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olsvammel (4686) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle at Haket in Gothenbourg. Dark malty smell. Sweet taste with dark malts, caramel and chocolate. Nice, well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (6056) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2015
Deep ruby color with a fine off white head. Rich fruity aroma with some caramel notes. Medium + body and a smooth carbonation. Complex flavor. Mild fruity, caramel sweetness, light roasted malt, licorice and vanilla. Nice tasty ale.
[Bottle from Oddbins in London, England]

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lonick (1029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle @home. Pours almost black with red tinge and with a tan head. Malt on the nose and some elderberry. Some toffee on the taste buds, with a big dollop of fruit, just not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dunc1981 (36) - - OCT 17, 2015
"A rich black ale with fruit aroma, silky soft texture, soft roasted flavour and gentle finish." That sums it up really. The aroma is a lovely fruity one. The taste is of toasted fruit and it's a very smooth beer. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nybol (366) - DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
Der er en del frugagtig smag i denne øl, mere end der plejer at være i forhold til stilarten, men det rammer nu godt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (5194) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2015
330ml bottle: BBD Nov 15. Poured at home into a thistle shaped glass on 1st Sep 15. Black body with a good tan coloured blanket of foam on top. The Elderberry comes through loud and clear in both the aroma and taste, red/dark berries in general seem to ooze out of the brew in the nose and flavour. Complex and interesting, Fruit Wine like in fact but not as viscous in the body depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pyrmir (4734) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2015
330 ml bottle at GH. Near black with tan head. Aroma malty, roasty, liquorice, faint heather, honey. Taste is sweet, honey, faint heathers, roasted malt, spice with a honey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bozo_skeleton (824) - Grenoble, FRANCE - AUG 16, 2015
Brune assez sombre, petit collet persistant de fines bulles. Aromes bien marquées moka. Attaque douce et enveloppante, finale café et chocolat amer. Chaleureuse.

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