Beer Review: Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale

Ebulum Elderberry Black AleEbulum Elderberry Black Ale
From: Heather Ale Ltd. / The Brewery Craigmill in United Kingdom (Scotland)
Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

overall: 4.2
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

A- Deep, opaque brown/black. Beautiful, rich, thick, DEEP dark tan head that lasts forever. Even with an appropriate pour, the head was deeper than I’d ever seen. Nice lacing.

S- A very very slight berry taste. Roasted malt. Chocolatey. Reflected in the taste below.

T- I don’t know what elderberries taste like, but this does have a distinct fruity, berry taste–but not much! Just a slight, crisp, note. That slight fruity (NOT citrusy) taste is not what this beer’s about. It mainly has a toasty taste. A slight chocolatey taste as well, but light. Three notes that really work well together, and none are over-powering.

M- Very nice, slightly carbonated, stays on the tongue and palate long enough to enjoy, but doesn’t cling. Chewable, but not too rich at all.

FAR superior to the Fraoch Heather Ale. Well worth the $3.25 for 11.2 oz. bottle. (Would still prefer a pint size bottle.)

[ serving type: bottle ]
[ my online review ]