Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
537 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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Ebulum Elderberry Black AleEbulum Elderberry Black Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom
williamsbrosbrew.com

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by Mitchster on 09-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
537
Reviews:
366
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.32%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Jlabs
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of -DF-
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black body with an off-white head.
S: Smokey and vinous. In fact cider-like. Interesting.
T: Hmm, very nice. Doesn't reflect the nose at all though. Plummy, with that Belgian bubblegum quality. Reminds me of St Bernardus 12, but without that crappy bitter malt backbone. A bit of liquorice. Just on the right side of medium sweet.
O: Fucking delicious.

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Photo of kcfthw
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

feels like having a stout at some local fisherman pub in the middle of nowhere, upnorth. great experience.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed 4pk called Historic ales of Scotland. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well but pours no head or film. Very dark brown almost black.

S- Fairly good malt here. Fruity backbone on this one.

T- Nice blend almost ready for a try at lambic these guys. Good overall attempt at a dark ale experiment gone good

M- Dry and crisp. Good and enjoyably heavy but light

O- Very good brew. Enjoyable to say the least. I like it a lot

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with...... Beef braised short rib in a tomato based sauce. Bay leaf, little onion and some brown sugar. Touch of vinegar to get that edge off.

Enjoy

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doktorhops
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

OK, so I’ve done the Fraoch Heather Ale (which sounds like a good way to clear your throat) and the Alba Scots Pine Ale (which is not such a good way to clear your throat but a good beer nonetheless), so the next obvious choice is the Kelpie Seaweed Ale, err, the Elderberry Black Ale... which is what I have right here, right now, right here, etc. Fatboy Slim fans.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black, opaque body with a thin tan head, basically it looks like a Stout (but with a bit of wishy-washy head). 6/10.

S: Strong roasted coffee notes lead to the fore, with a herbal/berry hint (the Elderberries no doubt, which incidentally your father smells of...) and following this are earthy/nutty tones. Overall a very Druid-ish brew then. 7/10.

T: Roasted and green (unroasted) coffee is the flavour of the day for Ebulum, there are notes of earthy/nutty tones as well but overall this is a coffee tasting extravaganza, surprising considering it doesn’t have any coffee flavours/ingredients in it. My thoughts on Elderberries are that they must be the green coffee notes I’ve detected, otherwise I’m not really sure what to expect (we don’t get a lot of Elderberry here in Australia). It’s a good mix though. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a strangely watery (but at the same time) viscous feel and a flat carbonation. 5/10.

D: Hmmm, I can see why the Druid’s liked this brew, it is quite Druidy, I feel a bit Druidish at the moment and want to commune with nature in some woods, too bad I’m at home in my Philip John’s about to watch some proper British comedy. I didn’t get much of an Elderberry slant from this brew, though admittedly I haven’t tasted fresh Elderberries, or smelt them, I’m relying solely on Monty Python to describe them, which is a bit of a worry. Regardless this is a tasty Stout-like brew which goes down well despite my lack of Elderberry knowledge. 7/10.

Food match: The typical rich, roasted beef/lamb/pork with a side of heavy gravy and whatever roasted vegetables an Englishman can throw at you whilst reciting “God Save the Queen” would work well with this.

PS: Your mother was a hamster.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 537 ratings.
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