Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale – Heather Ales (Alloa, Scotland)


  • My Rating: C+

Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale – Heather Ales (Williams Bros Brewing) *1 of 4pack Historic Ales of Scotland*, 6.5% ABV – 330ml, (Alloa, Scotland)

on the back label:

“Ebulum – Elderberry Black Ale. Introduced to Scotland by Welsh Druids in the 9th Century, elderberry style ale was part of the Celtic Autumn festivals where the ale was passed round the people of the village. This recipe was taken from a 16th Century record of domestic drinking in the Scottish Highlands. In medeaval [sic] times elderberries were used for many purposes and are known to be high in fruit oils. It is a rich black ale with fruit aroma, soft texture, roasted grain and red wine flavour, with a gentle finish.”

Ingredients: water, barley malt, elderberries, oats, hops, yeast

  • Style: (elderberry) Fruit Stout
  • Taste Profile: sweet acidic malts -> creamy/elderberry/roast/red wine/soy sauce -> roast/licorice/bitter malty finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $14/4pack, Nov 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours almost inkjet black/super dark brown with almost no head and not much retention. Roasted malts and soy sauce on the nose.

Attack: 7/10-sweetness mixed with citrus/light acidity,

Mid-palate: creamy mouthfeel, yeasty elderberries, sweet roasted malts, red wine, soy sauce

Finish: persistent 5/10-sweetness, bitter roast, woodiness, hints of licorice, medium malty bitter finish.

A good decent body on this black-fruity-bitter beer. The texture kind of thins out near the finish but otherwise a decent brew.