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Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Ebulum Elderberry Black AleEbulum Elderberry Black Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

479 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 27
Gots: 7 | 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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damndirtyape

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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle (best by March 2011) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Quite black - lets very little light through and only has some hints of brown if you look very closely. Foam died down pretty quickly after pouring - just a thin light tan ring of foam around the edge. Sadly very little lacing.

Smell: Licorice and raisins - maybe something earthy and hint of coffee. Yes, some coffee roasted malts at end.

Taste: Some malt sweetness (caramel?) up front quickly combined with bitterness (hint of coffee) and definitely a fruit finish. I've never had elderberries but I'm guessing that's what I'm tasting here at the end.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation on the tongue and it coats the teeth afterwards, but not much else. Definitely a bit thick and goes down fine, but nothing special.

Drinkability: Great for an experience - not an everyday beer nor am I sure if I'll try again. Still glad I tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 22:10:58 | More by damndirtyape
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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.

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Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.