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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Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2004
Oh gosh, this was nice. Dark brown with ruby notes, a caramel and pink-tinged head suggesting the fruit. An aroma halfway between a milk stout and a raspberry Imperial stout, roasted and fruity, some elderberry, blackberry, raspberry, a little bit of alcohol (esp. as it warms), plus chocolate. Thin body suggesting more porter than stout. The palate is a weak spot: nice frothiness, like a soft Belgian ale, but once that fizzes away in the mouth there isn’t enough body in it (slightly watery). The finish is nicely burnt, not really bitter in any degree. This is underrated--a very nice fruited porter, essentially. And it cures influenza and rhumatism too!

wvernon1981 (21) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Has a small head that does not last long. The aromas and taste remind me of a stout. Unfortunately the bottle I had was rather flat. The body was a deep, deep red. I don’t know if I care for the flavor. I drank it too warm. Overall, it could have been better.

Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Bottle: Very malty, fruity, and chocolate. Strong alcohol too. Pours a dark brown almost balck with virtually no head. Flavor of coffee and chocolate. Bitter finish and strong coffee aftertaste. There is a very light "berry" taste in the finish but it’s pretty insignificant. Oily mouthfeel. This seems more like a stout than an ale. There are virtually no "berry"-like flavors outside of the aroma and slight aftertaste.

ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Bottle. Very dark brown or black. Completely opaque with ruby around the edges. Tanish head. Aroma is fruity like a dark berry. Taste has a nice maltyness with some berry but not much. Has a bit of a bitter finish, but i like it.

robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Dark Coloring. No Head. A bit of a berry Taste. Pretty even tasting. Little Thick. Not their best beer but worth trying.

sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2004
Very dark brown color with a tiny head. Quite dry and flowery, slightly wineous aroma with berries. Quite mild, malty flavor with berries, some chocolate and a very dry, chalky aftertaste. A bit thin, alcoholic palate. An interesting ale, but the taste is not quite up to the aroma. Still quite OK overall.

badgerben (5112) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Pours a dark black color with zilch head. Aroma has a fruitiness to it, but I can’t peg it as any particular one. The taset was very much like a heavily malted beer; it is not nearly as light as advertised. I could certainly taste the berries; I’m not sure if it was really like Elderberries because I’ve never had Elderberries. This is not a bad beer, but my least favorite from this brewery.

JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Extremely dark in color, slight reddish highlight. Aroma is so light I almost had to dunk my nose in to smell it. Taste is very malty and roasty-strong, almost stouty in flavor. A little sweet, but I didn’t detect any real ’elderberry’ flavors. Too strong for my taste.

YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Dark brown with red highlights. Weak tan head. Aroma was alcohol. Some wine essence. Wasn’t very berry-like in aroma or flavor. Medium to light body. Pleasant flavor but, again, not the expected elderberry taste. Not bad.

SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Ooh, this was fun. Hints of malts with some fruit. Not so much the pulp but the skins. Fairly sweet with some bitterness in the end. Not all that bad.

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