Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale - Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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3.81/5 rDev +0.3%
Picked this up as part of the Williams Brothers taster's pack. Haven't seen this pack before or in any visit since, but was very intrigued. First gruit for me. Served cool
Appearance - Dark brown and opaque. 1/2 finger of tan head that dissipates pretty quick leaving a small amount of soapy deliciousness on top.
Smell - Slight fruitiness, hard to identify (since I don;t have much if any experience with elderberry). Also some grain aromas that are subdued. While it comes together nicely there is not a single dominant aroma here.
Taste - Slightly fruity, lightly bitter. malty backbone is present as well. Again the elderberry is hard to pick out. the flavors become more intense (especially of dark wild fruits) as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel - Light bodied, despite its appearance, low carbonation and very soft on the mouth and palate.
Overall- Drinks very light and has some interesting flavors going on. A worthwhile foray into the gruit field.
12-19-2013 04:50:44 | More by DenisKolkin
3.91/5 rDev +2.9%
A: Pours a clear and opaque black in color with very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and a hint of cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger thick foamy light tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of elderberries and anise/licorice over lighter aromas of roasted malts.
T: Upfront there are light flavors of roasted malts with light flavors of anise/licorice. Hints of herbal notes as well. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.
O: This is a real interesting beer and one that I would definitely have again - interesting combination of aromas and flavors with well hidden alcohol.
12-05-2013 03:26:24 | More by dbrauneis
3.29/5 rDev -13.4%
Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of grass, hint of citrus, and hint of dry hops. Fits the style of a Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a low carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus, slight alcohol, hint of dry hop, hint of grass, and a syrupy sweetness. Overall, interesting beer that was pungent at first, mellowed by the finish.
09-09-2013 19:33:28 | More by Tone
3.76/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured a dark tarry brown colour, with a copious amount of creamy tan, tight bubbled head. Excellent solid lacing and retention. 4
S – some definite herbally elderberry character, heavier coffee earthy and caramel tones, dark malts come through. A sort of mulled berry, winey character which really drives the aroma, dominating. 3.5
T – a dry vineous character, strong herbal notes with tart berries and plummy dark fruit character, and then a bit of jammy sweetness toward the finish. Finish is abrupt and dry, with a mild roast malt note in the aftertaste . A flavor of rich dark fruity balanced with a light body makes for an interesting and also sessionable fruity ale. Could be improved if the berry fruitiness didn’t dominate so much. 3.75
M – a light fruity vineous character. Drying on finish with quite a low carbonation and a smooth winey character. Quite a tasty refreshing brew actually with a hint of tartness toward the end. 3.75
A fruit-forward, dry, and herbally black ale. A bit cloyingly dry at the finish. A bit off balanced, but this was certainly an enjoyable elderberry beer, showing off a good enjoyable ancient ale. 4
08-17-2013 02:56:51 | More by mick303
Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.