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

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RATINGS: 908   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Dark dark color. Burgundy hues. Slight pinkness to the head. Aromas are rich and fruity, continuing the vinous theme and the elderberry imparts a subtle complexity. A really well balanced beer in which the fruit enhances but doesn’t overpower the flavor of the grains. I never knew the history of this brew I have made elderberry wine before maybe next year elderberry beer.


4
cattaneopapa (428) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2017
330ml bottle from LCBO. 6.5% alc/vol. Pours a deep ruby brown colour with one finger of lasting head. Aromas of coffee, booze, and some fermented fruit. Taste matches the aroma with a mild chocolate finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Interesting brew.

3.9
Zarrach76 (319) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 20, 2017
Brune très sombre avec une mousse ivoire fine et évanescente. Nez sur des malts à whisky légèrement tourbés très prononcés et du fruit, en l’occurrence du sureau dont les arômes sont clairement tangibles. On sent déjà le côté terroir de ce breuvage qui s’éloigne des standards des bières actuelles ! On sent aussi quelques notes acidulées plutôt vivifiantes et des notes de pomme verte, de poire, de prune, d’abricot à peine mûr... Je décèle aussi un côté Doppelbock assez surprenant. Je retrouve ce genre de flaveurs dans la Samichlaus qui pourtant n’a rien à voir ! La texture est étonnamment souple, très huileuse et douce en tapissant véritablement la bouche avec une sorte de film. Vraiment surprenant et très agréable. Le côté fumé avec ses petites notes de bacon est vraiment équilibré, l’alcool fait son boulot avec ses 6.5% abv sur mon exemplaire tandis que la carbonatation est anecdotique. L’amertume est sobre elle aussi et laisse pleinement s’exprimer le caractère malté de ce breuvage. Le final est sur le fumé, la tourbe, le chocolat noir, le café, ce côté caramel brûlé, le bois et le cuir qui nous replace pendant un moment sur un champ de bataille des Highlands Ecossais. La longueur est moyenne, pas impérissable, tandis que le fruit qu’on décelait au nez a disparu en bouche. Non, ce n’est pas dans sa complexité aromatique que j’apprécierais principalement cette bière, mais bien pour sa texture que flatte le palet et la langue. Si les druides savaient déjà faire ce genre de bière, c’est déjà pas mal !!! Bouteille 33cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrève.

2.8
caribouandcake (6) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2017 does not count
very dark and black appearance, some glimmers of light present with a gentle brown/tawny glow. quickly dissipating head to soft-speckled dil;m which leaves a nice coating.

malty/grainy aromas with dark fruits/plum after initial malty hit. slight wateriness to aroma.

intriguing taste; liquorice and malts, dark fruits and a herbal quality. short finish with a dancing off-bitterness that lingers gently.

not as thick-feeling as would have liked. feels watery, but not unpleasantly so. limited fizziness, limited stickiness. has a slight drying/puckering quality.

3.1
heman (1226) - Tychy, POLAND - DEC 21, 2016
Barwa czarna, z brunatnymi przebłyskami. Piana mało intensywna.
Aromat przypalonego karmelu i soku z czarnego bzu.
W smaku lekko słodkie, palony karmel, pumpernikiel, ciemne pieczywo i lekko bzowy posmak. Goryczka niska, ziołowa.

3.7
ChadPoole (479) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2016
Pours black with a small tanned head.  Aroma is roasted oats and dark fruit. Roasted almost smokey malts flavour with a smooth earthy finish. Interesting and complex style, I really enjoyed it.

2.7
GoufCustom (2207) - HONG KONG - OCT 16, 2016


330 ml bottle bought at CitySuper in Habour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.



Looks: Clear, deep blackish red colour; Less than one quarter finger head with residual soapy white foam which fades in 15 seconds; Good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.



Aroma: Quite fragrant dark malt, with milk chocolate, light roast, caramel, strong sticky toffee, cream, light dark berries, sugar, alcohol and light grass.



Taste: Mid to light sweet fair dark malt, with caramel, light toffee, light chocolate, light berries, fair cream, light floral, light molasses, biscuits, lemon, medium bitter hops and grass.



Body: Mid to light body. Thin and slightly slick palate.



Mouth Feel: Fair dark maltyness in a slightly sluggish background. Very watery feel with caramel and toffee, everything else are pretty light from berries, cream, floral, sweetness. Quite dry with lemon to round. Barely okay.



Hoppiness: Light grass in nose. Light floral, lemon and grass in taste; Bitterness is fair for an abrupt, mid to low astringent caramel fruity finish.



After Taste: Quite dry. Light fruity and quite easy to mouth.



Comments: After the nice Alba, this got to be an anti-climax: intriguing chocolate aroma but too low-fi, too thinned for chocolately malt taste to impress, with too light berries and mild hopiness. Drinkable but hardly impressive.

3.4
batneil (798) - - JUN 19, 2016
Pours dark red/black colour with almost no head. Very malty aroma. Predominant taste is malts with a slight fruitiness. Quite dry aftertaste. (K)

3.7
HourGlass13 (1074) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Pours up a deep dark red with a foamy light brown head. Aroma is biscuit, caramel and dark berries. Taste is dark berries, some caramel, roasted malts. It is a little sour.. Medium body, low carbonation. Smooth.

3.7
labeerinthum (1079) - Milano, ITALY - MAY 16, 2016
Bottiglia. Al naso arriva il luppolo, poi il frumento ed infine l’orzo. Il cappello di schiuma a bollicine fini e carbonazione bassa resiste poco e si fa ricordare per un bel pizzo sul vetro. Il colore è scuro impenetrabile. Il corpo è strutturato ma duttile e presenta nuove sfaccettature. L’amaro è deciso. L’intensità gustativa è elevata. La persistenza gustativa è buona. Il gusto è godereccio e voluttuoso. Il finale è felpato, lungo, pulito e complesso. Il retrogusto è intenso e persistente. L’aroma in bocca riporta sentori di miele, frumento, orzo, pane tostato, resina , sambuco e mirto.

3.5
ciocanelu (3000) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAY 3, 2016
Dark brown color with red highlights and tan head. Aroma has roasted malt, some dark fruits and a hint of liquorice. Taste starts roasty and malty, quite bitter with some earthy spices on the finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Quite interesting beer, easy drinking and it has a quite unique flavor.


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