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


on tap

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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1685) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Draft. Totally dark appearance with a big head and good lacing. Aroma was earthy, like a peat bog. Smooth, malty taste with no noticable elderberries (if they even have a taste). Mild finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crockett (1116) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2004
Pours like a stout, not black: Super dark red. Big tawny head disipates quickly. Aroma is fruity and roasty with some malt and smoke. Fairly heavy. Lots of bitterness in the flavours. Oily, medicinal, herby, berries, malty, roast, earthy. Not as wonderful as I first though. Complex? Maybe not in a good way. Certainly interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2004
33cL bottle, shaker glass. Toasted grain, mild coffee malt (M); banana, plume, raisin, ?elderberry?, ruby port aromas. Fruity, yet unimpressive. Average, frothy, tan head is quickly diminishing and tops a deep garnet body (nearly black). Moderately sweet, astringent flavor becomes a lightly bitter, astringent finish. I guess fruit tannins cause astringency just like grain tannins. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: man, theyll put anything in their beers in Scotland!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
This is the one I like. Deep black in color with a lasting head. Fruity. Very smooth roasty flavor like a stout. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Pours a deep clear brown with a lasting tan head. Spicy stout like roasty aroma. Smooth roasty flavor, with hints of fruit and spice. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2004
A dark beer with a lacing tan head.Hints of berries and coffee.Not much else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6367) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Black (not opaque) with no head. Caramel, malty, slightly fruity, blueberry aroma. Very fruity (elberberry?). Bitter berry taste with some roast as well. Also notes of oak, with an average mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
Black headless body with some ruby tinges at the edge of the glass, Slightly fruity and sweetly malty "rematch" (Don't take notes while watching video games...) aroma. Flavour is similar but unexceptional. Not unpleasant but I wouldn't buy it outside of the gift set.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2684) - GERMANY - JAN 18, 2004
Pungent alcohol-laden nose of roasted malt, dark dark but clear brown color (appearance of being black), tan sticky head. Malt body with dark fruit tastes (raisins) and a spicy middle of cloves and pepper. Dry coffee finish, but an unpleasant cardboardy aftertaste. Long lingering palate. A little adventurous and a little rough around the edges, but nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 10, 2004
(cask at RFD, Washington DC) black in color with tan head. Low in carbonation as expected from a cask ale. Roast malt aroma. Flavor was coffee, floral, mediciney.

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