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


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RATINGS: 915   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
alex_leit (3525) - 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 (292) - Fontenay Sous Bois, FRANCE - APR 1, 2016
Arme dalcool et de caf froid lger. Bire noire couleur Coca avec lger reflets rougetres. Fine mousse beige. En bouche, aqueuse. Aucune amertume, trs douce et torrefaction lgre en finale : chocolat, caf, arrire got fum avec alcool (bien que pas trs forte) . En association avec un carr de chocolat noir, limpression de manger un chocolat alcoolis type "mon chri" mais sans la cerise. Bire sympa pour ce style que je naime pas trop habituellement.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (775) - 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 (863) - Lyon, FRANCE - FEB 22, 2016
Passable. Pas un got ou une prsence extraordinaire et un tout finalement plutt fade malgr les nombreux tudiants. Le nez porte sur une petite stout, avec un fond de cerise et de trs lgres notes poivres. La bouche part sur une brune avec un peu de levure, un peu caramlise. Le sua au ne se sent quasiment pas. Le poivr 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 (1921) - - 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 (1143) - 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 isnt 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Russo (2011) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2015
Bottled. Deep black color, opaque with a beige head that not last longer but keep a lacing for awhile. Aroma is dry black fruits like plum, smoke notes, chocolate, wood and roasted malt. Flavor is also like aroma, strong notes of berries and slightly alcohol. Flat carbonation and full body, creamy texture and long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HippyHop (625) - 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 (1450) - rhus, 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 (7145) - rebro, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle at Haket in Gothenbourg. Dark malty smell. Sweet taste with dark malts, caramel and chocolate. Nice, well made.

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