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

bottled
available

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 913   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, 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 its 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sayravai (4707) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badgerben (5005) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Pours a dark black color with zilch head. Aroma has a fruitiness to it, but I cant 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; Im not sure if it was really like Elderberries because Ive never had Elderberries. This is not a bad beer, but my least favorite from this brewery.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
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 didnt detect any real elderberry flavors. Too strong for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Dark brown with red highlights. Weak tan head. Aroma was alcohol. Some wine essence. Wasnt very berry-like in aroma or flavor. Medium to light body. Pleasant flavor but, again, not the expected elderberry taste. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2004
Faint berry aroma. Taste is earthy, dry with some hints of berry. Nice that this isnt overly sweet like other berry beers.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAY 12, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 May 2004. Una din cele mai stranii si enigmatice beri in viata mea. Are o aroma de boabe necunoscute, cereale prajite, ierburi si inca ceva. Gustul este dominat de note medicinale, griu si cafea. Asta-i ceva [5]. August 2005. Not as complex as I remember it: more flat and neutral taste... [4.1].


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