Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale
Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Ebulum Elderberry Black AleEbulum Elderberry Black Ale
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Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #10
Ranked #21,268
3.8 | pDev: 11.32%
Dec 09, 2021
Sep 18, 2001
Very Good
Ebulum Elderberry Black AleEbulum Elderberry Black Ale
Notes: 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.
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4.43 by sorsh_a_ghlinne from Scotland on Mar 25, 2021
4.83 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Aug 16, 2020
3.78 by smi69 from New York on Jul 08, 2020
3.62 by tux_alin from Romania on Jun 30, 2020
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3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by octortus from Canada (ON)

330 mL Bottle. ABV 6.5%.
Appearance: Dark brown, Half a finger of bubbly tan head, Ok retention, Spotty lacing.
Aroma: Dark dried fruit, Roasted bready malt, Chocolate, Hops.
Mouthfeel: Light-Medium body, Smooth, Thin, Light carbonation.
Flavour: Soft dried dark fruits, Roasted malt, Slight dark berries, Bitter.
Overall: I would assume that these beers are very difficult to do well. I think this is a good attempt but something seems off or unbalanced.

Review: 123

Jan 28, 2020
3.94 by Eric_Standard from Canada (BC) on Mar 27, 2018
3.67 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON) on Feb 18, 2018
3.71 by Livyatan1996 from Missouri on Jan 13, 2018
4.39 by namasaya from Canada (ON) on Jan 02, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from the bottle into a conical pint glass; printed with Best before Feb 2016.
A: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a red caste around the edges; khaki colored head that dissipated quickly, leaving only a rim with little lacing or legs.
S: Dark roast malts interlaced with berry and plum notes, maybe a little rum.
T: Dark roast malts, dark chocolate, black coffee, and anise; leaves a pleasant tingling on the tongue. Really didn't detect the elderberry in the taste, although it is evident in the bouquet.
M: Full bodied with nicely persistent, albeit light effervescence.
O: Enjoyable.

May 22, 2017
3.65 by Glorithm from Canada (ON) on Mar 14, 2017
4.25 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON) on Feb 19, 2017
3.62 by qrazvan from Romania on Aug 06, 2016
4 by Beginner2 from Illinois on Apr 27, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BeernOnThe4thOfJuly from Missouri

Deep brown with purple twinge. Very strong chocolate and blueberry nose. Really sweet. Taste follows suite. Some porter creaminess in the middle. Could use more hops on the finish. Good, but a bit unbalanced.

Apr 21, 2016
3.75 by Burkbom23 from Connecticut on Apr 17, 2016
3.97 by Foley67 from Scotland on Feb 26, 2016
3.2 by leginsh from China on Feb 25, 2016
3.68 by oberon from North Carolina on Feb 15, 2016
3.71 by sherillc from Canada (ON) on Jan 19, 2016
3.82 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC) on Jan 06, 2016
3.5 by Jaydee01 from Canada (QC) on Jan 05, 2016
3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Dec 20, 2015
3.77 by mytu420 from Romania on Dec 14, 2015
3.4 by GSS from China on Dec 13, 2015
3.86 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Nov 29, 2015
3.77 by risenz from England on Nov 29, 2015
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4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Svingjo from Canada (BC)

Pours a dark black colour with a slight reddish around the edges along with a slightly beige head that dissipates quickly. The nose leads with plums and other dark pitted fruit. There is a roasted malt aroma present as well. The taste leads with dark chocolate, burnt coffee, toffee and licorice or anise. There is a very slight elderberry flavour as well. The mouthfeel is in the medium range with a light carbonation. I enjoyed this gruit style ale.

Nov 19, 2015
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Andrewharemza from Australia

From bottle, Pours Dark Brown with single finger tan head-goes away quickly. Aroma of Dark Fruits, Burnt Malts. Taste of Dark Fruits, touch of Elderberry, dark chocolate, burnt malts, toffee, caramel.

Nov 06, 2015
4.02 by Kiro from Russian Federation on Oct 21, 2015
3.44 by outoffocus from Pennsylvania on Oct 17, 2015
3.25 by Jugs_McGhee from Texas on Sep 10, 2015
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3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by mothmanscott from Georgia

Pours a beautiful, clear, deep ruby brown producing a rapidly fading, foamy, pale tan head that leaves only a thin collar ring of lace. Aroma is fruity with notes of dried elderberries, anise, deeply toasted malt & a herbal hint. Taste is elderberry fruity, cocoa, cola, burnt brown sugar, caramel malt, herbal & faint hint of anise with a fruity, faint chocolate, dry finish. Aftertaste is dry, fruity with a burnt hint. Other than herbal notes & slight bitterness there is little hop character. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with low carbonation, thin on he tongue but lightly prickly becoming dry & increasingly astringent at the end.

Sep 02, 2015
3.94 by benloho from Utah on Aug 29, 2015
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by papat444 from Canada (QC)

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Aug 19, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pat61 from Minnesota

L: Pours brilliant deep mahogany under a thin light tan colored film. S: Fruit, dark malt and light smoke aromas rise from the glass. T: Starts with a shot of elderberry and then segues into dark, sweet malts. The malt and the dark malts interact with and balance the elderberry well – there is a raw grain or grassy flavor running around in the background. F: Medium full body and medium low carbonation. O: A dark fruit ale with a Scottish character.

Aug 18, 2015
3.53 by Jlabs from New York on Jul 11, 2015
3.99 by ZombiesAteMyDog from Indiana on Jun 17, 2015
Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
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