Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale

Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale

Rated 3.611 by BeerPals

Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)

Kelliebank, Alloa, United Kingdom

Style:  Fruit Beer

6.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Ebulum - Elderberry Black Ale. Introduced to Scotland by Welsh Druids in the 9th century, elderberry ale was part of the Celtic Autumn festivals where the ale was passed round the people of the village. This recipe was taken from a 16th century record of domestic drinking in the Scottish Highlands. In medeaval times elderberries were used for many natural remedies and are known to be high in fruit tannins and oils. It is a rich black ale with fruit aroma, soft texture, roasted grain and red wine flavour, with a gentle finish.

ID: 8720 Last updated 11 months ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank1782
Overall Percentile96.5
Style Rank16 of 1352
Style Percentile98.8
Lowest Score2.7
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.655
Weighted Score3.611
Standard Deviation0.406

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  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Drank this with good friends the other night. Tastes like a black stout, with a subtle blackberry like flavour. Seems have a touch of tannins in it. Light in body and slightly malty. Slightly sweet, easy drinking.

  • RICHSBEER 1801 reviews
    rated 3.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a very dark brown with a very thin head that disappears in no time with no lace. The aroma consists of dark roasted malt, some coffee, cocoa and some toasted oak. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, a bit of molasses but rounded out by a sour/bitterness (maybe from the elderberries?) that seems out of place. The mouthfeel is medium weight yet a bit watery in texture. Lots of carbonation.

  • GIG 30 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    My wife bought me this beer for Christmas 2011 in a gift pack of Scottish beers . Here it is July 2012 and it it is very hot outside so I am drinking it. I had low expectations. It is actually not bad, it pours very dark, no head retention. I agree with Stoutlover72, one bottle is just fine.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a deep plum, low head, light spots of ;lacing .. . i get mostly leather, dried jam, light roast, and berry .. . a nice brew to start the day off, but maybe a tad lower on the scale when looking at this breweries other offerings .. . What are you kids trying to do to me? We're not even in Washington yet and we already have... a fatality!

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Nice recent find. Black pour with a short-lived head that shrinks leaving a nice cream ring throughout drinking and sporadic lacing. Fruit and berry aroma - elderberries, blackberries - with a touch of honey, deep red wine, some lightly toasted malts and slight Welch's Grape Juice. Taste is berries, but light, rich red wines, light honey, not heavy at all especially for a moderately strong fruit beer. Easy and nice and even better as it warms. Great after dinner drink on a cold winter evening. Worthy.

  • MIKET 200 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    BB Feb 2011. Comes out black with a small tan head that basically just outlines the edges of the glass. Some lacing and the small amount of head does stick around. Aroma has a berry-like sweetness and a touch of coffee. Coffee in the flavour as well with a dark malt prescence and a hint of alcohol. Great flavour. Very smooth with medium-low carbonation. Good beer.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Best Before Feb. 2010: I was a little scared to try this because it's usually hit or miss with fruity beers for me. This beer reminded me of a cross between a good quality oatmeal stout and porter. The elderberries were rather mild, which was fine for me. They gave the flavor a slight tart taste, sort of sweet and sour at the same time. I didn't notice it that much at first, but as you take more sips it lingers on tha palet. Other flavors of chocolate malts, oat, and hops. Appearance was dark dark brown/near black with a slight red hue. Not much of a head (which was a tan/mocha color), but a decent amount of carbonation....medium thick lacing that sticks for a few seconds. I enjoyed this one a lot, and would look to buy a 4 or 6 pack next time if available versus just a single sample.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This was an interesting brew. A very dark beer with a very thin head and the unmistakable aroma of elderberries...my mom made elderberry jam when I was a youngster...I enjoyed the musty, fruit taste that the elderberries imparted to this beer.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Aroma is strong and malty, with a hint of saltiness and a strong berry overtone - perhaps elderberry (I'm not sure what elderberries actually smell like). Pours a rich, deep, opaque sable with a thick tan head. Flavor is stouty and has a nice bitter edge with fruity/berry hints. It feels thicker than most ales although not quite as thick as a fine stout or porter, and is very smooth.

  • CYRENAICA 2309 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 months ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    December 14, 2008
    LCBO Outlet #255 (Milton, Ontario, Canada – Main / Bronte)
    330ml bottle
    6.5% ABV
    Part of the 'Old Scottish Ales' 4-pack . The beer poured an opaque blackish-brown with a very thin head. The aroma is dark roasted malt, some dark fruit, and a little earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The flavour is roasted malt, dark fruit, some coffee/chocolate hints, and a dryish finish.

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