Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by froggyfrog:
4.58/5 rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Williams Bros Brewing - Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale
Plucked from the cold room (which at this time of year in Pennsylvania could aptly be renamed the 'way too' cold room) in this midnight hour, this little Scottish import has got my interests sufficiently piqued. I found this bottle at Stateline Liquors in Maryland the last time I was there. I don't know anything about at all, other than what information the label has seen fit to share of course. This particular specimen is marked best before end Dec 2009 putting this sampling at nearly a full year in advance of that deadline.
Having given the bottle as much time as I am willing to warm, I set about prying the tartan cap from the neck. The crown pops off with a medium hiss and aromas of red wine begin to waft from the open bottle.
The beer is poured heartily into my gold-rimmed Belgian chalice. My senses tell me that a tulip would be the perfect glass for this beer, but as I am quite capable of doing I ignore completely this attempt of sensability to rule my actions.
The moniker 'Black ale' appears to be a suitable one. The beer in the chalice is not fully opaque, but is surely black. The liquid edges incorporate the more translucscent tones of gold and mahogany. The head is a finger-thick and the brown of eggshells.
Initially very much like a merlot or other deep red wine, the aroma of this beer is evolving with some alacrity as time passes. In the begining a round musty red wine aroma asserts the first impression. The progression away from the wine-like character has led to the sweeter aromas of caramels, currants and black cherry. There is an underlying malt character also with a nod toward sweetness and not roasted malts as one might expect.
A refined fruitiness from the ripe elderberries stakes out the foundation for the other flavors evident in this brew. Voilet or rose-like floral notes swim with herbal spices and those of dark fruits and sweet caramel syrup.
Moderate carbonation and a silkiness likely attributable to the use of oat malt combine to give this beer a gentle delivery. There are absolutely no traces of higher alchohols and the lingering earthy finish makes this brew a truly pleasing to sip.
Take your time with this one. This is not a beer of over-the-top flavors or aggressive characteristics. Instead it is a quiet sipper with a depth of complexity to please even the most jaded of beer enthusiasts.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2009 06:13:38 | More by froggyfrog
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2014 01:19:13 | More by patre_tim
Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.