Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale
Williams Brothers Brewing Company

Ebulum Elderberry Black AleEbulum Elderberry Black Ale
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From:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
 
Scotland, United Kingdom
Style:
Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Ranked #10
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,597
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 11.32%
Reviews:
366
Ratings:
546
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 25, 2023
Added:
Sep 18, 2001
Wants:
  39
Gots:
  26
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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Rated by Boo-urns from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 19, 2017
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Rated: 3.93 by binno from Canada (ON)

Nov 25, 2023
 
Rated: 3.59 by Tenebris

Dec 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.43 by sorsh_a_ghlinne from Scotland

Mar 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.83 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Aug 16, 2020
 
Rated: 3.78 by smi69 from New York

Jul 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.62 by tux_alin from Romania

Jun 30, 2020
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Reviewed by octortus from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 3.94 by Eric_Standard from Canada (BC)

Mar 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.67 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

Feb 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.71 by Livyatan1996 from Missouri

Jan 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.39 by namasaya from Canada (ON)

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 3.65 by Glorithm from Canada (ON)

Mar 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.62 by qrazvan from Romania

Aug 06, 2016
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Reviewed by BeernOnThe4thOfJuly from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by Burkbom23 from Connecticut

Apr 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.97 by Foley67 from Scotland

Feb 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.2 by leginsh from China

Feb 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.68 by oberon from North Carolina

Feb 15, 2016
Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 546 ratings