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


on tap

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RATINGS: 914   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lonick (1779) - 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 (39) - - 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 (1703) - DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
Der er en del frugagtig smag i denne l, mere end der plejer at vre 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 (6909) - 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 (5844) - 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 (1116) - Grenoble, FRANCE - AUG 16, 2015
Brune assez sombre, petit collet persistant de fines bulles. Aromes bien marques moka. Attaque douce et enveloppante, finale caf et chocolat amer. Chaleureuse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niller (1617) - Hammel, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2015
[email protected] Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma and taste is light roasted malt, coffee notes, hint of elderberry. Smooth mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBHansen (894) - Kge, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle @ friends/the chef. Appearance: pours clear dark-brown with small short lived soapy off-white head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, berries, chocolate and some herbal hints. palette: medium aroma, light to average carbonation, medium body, medium to notable sweetness, somewhat balanced by an average bitterness, medium duration and an oily texture. Overall: Tasteful and complex dark ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TorbenJensen (1486) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2015
Coarse persistent foam. Ebolum is a Traditional ale brewed with elderberry, It is black, thick and form fine lace in the glass. The aroma is most hard roasted malt but with a little ingenuity I can also track elderberry. The taste is very composed of good elements. I can trace elderberries, dark chocolate, toasted bread, caramel malt and a little coffee. Fullness is good, but the aftertaste little watery. The bitterness is absent and it has only a very small and virtually anonymous hoppy flavor towards the end. It is a very different ale to taste because it sticks out so far from expectations, but conversely, it also has many good and fantastic elements. I think it is excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2015
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is malt, roasty and some fruit. Taste is lightly roasty and fruity. Not bad.

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