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Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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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: 28
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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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 2014. Fruit beers are rarely up my alley, but I must admit, the thought of combining elderberries and roasted malts piques my interest as a potentially interesting mix of flavours.

Pours an opaque black colour, topped at first with two fingers of thick, creamy, light tan-coloured head. Good retention; it leaves a coating of lacing behind on the sides of the glass as it gradually recedes over the next five minutes, resulting in an even, foamy cap on the surface. Pleasant aroma of toasted, bready malts and molasses, alongside some leafy, herbal notes. There is also some fruity undertones from the elderberries; definitely a nice bouquet that deepens as the beer warms.

Roasted malts and chocolate sweetness start us off, leading into some dark fruit notes - maybe plums, technically elderberry if you insist on specificity. Very herbal, almost spicy feel toward the finish, with perhaps a hint of coffee grounds and licorice. Dry, herbal finish that clings to the palate in the fierce, lingering aftertaste. Bittersweet overall; intense, but nice and balanced. Medium-bodied, a little syrupy as it warms, and although it's not really boozy it's still pleasantly warming. Very drinkable; in fact I finished the bottle before I submitted the review (a rarity for me).

Final Grade: 3.98, an excellent B+. Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale is one fruit beer I wouldn't mind having another glass of. I often find fruit beers to be one-dimensional at best, and barely beer-like at worst - but this particular offering has proven to me that when combined with some spice and a decent dark ale base, they have the potential to become much more interesting concoctions. I am now halfway through this brewery's 4-pack sampler, and Ebulum is the second brew to earn an enthusiastic thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 21:17:42 | More by thehyperduck
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Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.