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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamaty (2112) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 9, 2015
Elaborada con bayas, segn receta del siglo XVI. Negra casi opaca. Casi sin espuma. Aroma muy frutal, cereza principalmente. Carabonatacin muy baja, cuerpo medio y textura muy suave y cremosa. Excelente sabor, muy equilibrado entre dulce caramelo, frutas rojas y vino tinto. Amargor final muy contenido y agradable recuerdo. Muy buena.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ab29 (59) - - MAY 11, 2015
Brown/black depending on lighting, creamy foam on top. Malty roasted, and coffee notes, with that sourness of the elderberry. smooth and silky mouthfeel, coffee and chocolate taste with the elderberry just pushing through. nice and long finish, with the malty roast lingering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swampwater (66) - Preston, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2015
Aroma: Liquorice, and coffee. Somewhat malty.
Appearance: Dark, almost black, brown. Light caramel head.
Taste: Malts, liquorice, and a sweet elderberry aftertaste.
Palate: Bitter at first, with a sweet aftertaste. Light body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Not bad. Not too strong, considering the ABV. The little elderberry kick in the aftertaste is quite nice. Otherwise, it borders on average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Shlemophone (29) - RUSSIA - APR 26, 2015
pours a dark with brown edges, a dense mocha head which disipates down slowly, minimal amount of lacing. Aroma is dark malts, treacle, elderberries. taste is earthy, brambles, soft fruits. palate is really smooth, smallest about of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (894) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2015
Bottle - deep dark red with a foamy light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma of coffee, biscuit, caramel and dark berries. Taste of coffee, caramel, grass, roasted malts, a little sourness and porridge. Medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bastarda (496) - Freiburg, GERMANY - APR 6, 2015
aromas of dark and milk chocolate, mild roast, vanilla, herbal, fragrant hops, and really a whiff of elderberries. Silky smooth mouthfeel, thinner towards the end, a lot of dark chocolate again, nicely balanced by vanilla/oak, herbs (majoram) and a light sourish feel and taste at the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1860) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2015
Bire noire aux baies de sureau hible (donc ebulum), introduite par les druides gallois en cosse au 9 me sicle. Quest-ce quils ont bien fait, et surtout de garder la recette!! Ceci dit, celle qui prvaut la ralisation de cette bire date du 16me. Insistons aussi sur la magnifique tiquette la superbe graphie. Niveau abv de 6,5 %. Les crales sont de lorge et de lavoine, et puis nous retrouvons en ingrdient notre imparable myrte des marcages. Couleur noir intense, dune opacit quasi totale. Mousse qui est un nappage beige moyen 1 mm, trs joli. Armes de caf noir trs dlicat, chocolat fondant, fondant au chocolat, malt noir, noisettes grilles. Superbe. 1re bouche soyeuse la splendide entame sur le caf noir, chocolat noir, pointe de baies sches trs fines. Arrire-bouche longue, dense, complexe. 2me au magnifique quilibre, malt noir/caf/baies/crales grilles. Arrire-bouche trs fine, pleine de nuances, la magnifique tenue. 3me la tenue exceptionnelle, et monte en puissance sur lavoine grille. Arrire-bouche quasiment parfaite. Longueur avec une avoine de plus en plus fine. Jambes trs finement marques. Levure douce, vgtale. Alcool la progression douce sur la longueur, mais trs efficace sur les saveurs, et au niveau parfait pour cette bire. Finale qui est un plaisir, un rgal, un pur bonheur. CONCLUSION: lavoine est une crale exceptionnelle, je lai dj dit ailleurs, mais elle est porte ici un rel sommet. Nous pouvons aussi souligner le mrite davoir retrouv cette ancienne recette, et de la brasser aussi bien. Rien que pour cette bire, la srie des Historic ales from Scotland mrite amplement dexister. Nous en remercions les Williams Brothers du fond du cur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (3506) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
28.2.2015. Very dark brown. Aroma of some berries, probably elderberries, sweet jam, dark malts, dark fruits. Taste has dark malts and fruits, feelsquite thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McSherman (652) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
Farbe: tief dunkles rot, beinahe Schwarz Schaum: wenig und schnell zerfallend Geruch: malzig, slich, holzig Geschmack: Rstmalz, Kaffee, ungewhnliche leichte Bitterkeit, trockener Abgang Gutes Bier!

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