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


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RATINGS: 909   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HourGlass13 (527) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Pours up a deep dark red with a foamy light brown head. Aroma is biscuit, caramel and dark berries. Taste is dark berries, some caramel, roasted malts. It is a little sour.. Medium body, low carbonation. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
labeerinthum (424) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 16, 2016
Bottiglia. Al naso arriva il luppolo, poi il frumento ed infine l’orzo. Il cappello di schiuma a bollicine fini e carbonazione bassa resiste poco e si fa ricordare per un bel pizzo sul vetro. Il colore è scuro impenetrabile. Il corpo è strutturato ma duttile e presenta nuove sfaccettature. L’amaro è deciso. L’intensità gustativa è elevata. La persistenza gustativa è buona. Il gusto è godereccio e voluttuoso. Il finale è felpato, lungo, pulito e complesso. Il retrogusto è intenso e persistente. L’aroma in bocca riporta sentori di miele, frumento, orzo, pane tostato, resina , sambuco e mirto.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ciocanelu (911) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 3, 2016
Dark brown color with red highlights and tan head. Aroma has roasted malt, some dark fruits and a hint of liquorice. Taste starts roasty and malty, quite bitter with some earthy spices on the finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Quite interesting beer, easy drinking and it has a quite unique flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (3629) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 12, 2016
bottle @ Jungle Jims / Cincinnati OH --- Aroma of malt and light berry. Opaque black color, deep tan head that drops to the rim, strings of lace. Taste is malt with berries in the background. The swallow offers light carbonation along with more berry. A lightly bittered finish keeps the balance. Light, somewhat still, but, agreeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
alex_leit (1592) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 5, 2016
Bottle. Brown with garnet color. Aroma: malt, diacetyl, caramel, slightly grassy and berries. Taste: caramel, butter, a little wine, elderberry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zilb (87) - Fontenay Sous Bois, FRANCE - APR 1, 2016
Arôme d’alcool et de café froid léger. Bière noire couleur Coca avec léger reflets rougeâtres. Fine mousse beige. En bouche, aqueuse. Aucune amertume, très douce et torrefaction légère en finale : chocolat, café, arrière goût fumé avec alcool (bien que pas très forte) . En association avec un carré de chocolat noir, l’impression de manger un chocolat alcoolisé type "mon chéri" mais sans la cerise. Bière sympa pour ce style que je n’aime pas trop habituellement.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (552) - Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2016
Pours clear, dark brown. Quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is honey, berries, and cocoa. Bitter, turning to sweet and flowery on the finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bawelt (421) - Lyon, FRANCE - FEB 22, 2016
Passable. Pas un goût ou une présence extraordinaire et un tout finalement plutôt fade malgré les nombreux étudiants. Le nez porte sur une petite stout, avec un fond de cerise et de très légères notes poivrées. La bouche part sur une brune avec un peu de levure, un peu caramélisée. Le sua au ne se sent quasiment pas. Le poivré est pour ainsi dire absent. Le tout est assez insipide, buvable mais franchement pas grandiose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1436) - - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle. Pours a black color. Aroma and taste are largely dark fruits and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (1033) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours a near black brown with a half finger, khaki head. Aroma has fruity notes of caramel, a hint of licorice and roast, cola, and dark sugar. Taste is balanced. Roasted malts mixed with dark chocolate, cola, caramel, dark fruits, and a hint of fruity coffee at the end. The roast isn’t overwhelming. It is just there to back up the other malts. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall really nice. Dark caramel and toffee with hints of dark chocolate and roast. A bit of smoky wood and fruitiness as it warms up.

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