Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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498 Ratings

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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 30
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-18-2001)
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, so I’ve done the Fraoch Heather Ale (which sounds like a good way to clear your throat) and the Alba Scots Pine Ale (which is not such a good way to clear your throat but a good beer nonetheless), so the next obvious choice is the Kelpie Seaweed Ale, err, the Elderberry Black Ale... which is what I have right here, right now, right here, etc. Fatboy Slim fans.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black, opaque body with a thin tan head, basically it looks like a Stout (but with a bit of wishy-washy head). 6/10.

S: Strong roasted coffee notes lead to the fore, with a herbal/berry hint (the Elderberries no doubt, which incidentally your father smells of...) and following this are earthy/nutty tones. Overall a very Druid-ish brew then. 7/10.

T: Roasted and green (unroasted) coffee is the flavour of the day for Ebulum, there are notes of earthy/nutty tones as well but overall this is a coffee tasting extravaganza, surprising considering it doesn’t have any coffee flavours/ingredients in it. My thoughts on Elderberries are that they must be the green coffee notes I’ve detected, otherwise I’m not really sure what to expect (we don’t get a lot of Elderberry here in Australia). It’s a good mix though. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a strangely watery (but at the same time) viscous feel and a flat carbonation. 5/10.

D: Hmmm, I can see why the Druid’s liked this brew, it is quite Druidy, I feel a bit Druidish at the moment and want to commune with nature in some woods, too bad I’m at home in my Philip John’s about to watch some proper British comedy. I didn’t get much of an Elderberry slant from this brew, though admittedly I haven’t tasted fresh Elderberries, or smelt them, I’m relying solely on Monty Python to describe them, which is a bit of a worry. Regardless this is a tasty Stout-like brew which goes down well despite my lack of Elderberry knowledge. 7/10.

Food match: The typical rich, roasted beef/lamb/pork with a side of heavy gravy and whatever roasted vegetables an Englishman can throw at you whilst reciting “God Save the Queen” would work well with this.

PS: Your mother was a hamster.

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The beer color is black. The head is a light brown/beige. Dense but it disappear quickly. Elderberry... last time I tasted a beer with that it wasn't good. However, this one is pretty decent. I think the roasted malts helps here. Some chocolate notes and dark fruits (elderberry). In the mouth, its complex. The finish is bitter that start light but finish strong... Chocolate notes and roasted malts. Delicious. A nice good beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark almost opaque, with a slight dark red tinge when held to the light. Creamy beige head. Sexy lacing.

S: Bog, toasted malt, chocolate, earthy. Much like a stout.

T: Toasty, earthy, dark malts, stout like, a certain amount of dark berry flavour, and the elderberry is evident when drunk slowly over the tongue with some air infusion. The finnish has the crisp yet bitter finnish of elderberry.

M: Slightly coridial like, minimally syrupy or sticky, with medium to low carbonation.

O: Does what it says: Elderberry and it delivers. I would think of it like a porter or stout in its scents and flavours. Worth a try, and would go well with elderberry pie.

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Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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