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Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

490 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 30
Gots: 8 | 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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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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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
86 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.