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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale Review


This is the fourth and last beer of the Scottish Historical pack I got a couple of months ago. Yes, it has taken me, literally, months to go through a 4 pack. As the title suggests, this beer is an elderberry ale.

Beer snobs can find the title a bit misleading since this is ale is not completely black. It sure is dark though. It pours with a short tan head and has a typical dark ale aroma with hints of chocolate, roasted barley and some sweet dried fruits. The taste is rich with a lot of chocolate and coffee, but also some sweet, fruity notes which come in right after the heavy flavours and stick around for some time. The finish is malty, a touch hoppy and a little sweet from the fruity taste. Some of the chocolate and coffee notes stick around and are noticeable in the finish. The high alcohol content is not very noticeable in the taste, but it sure is in its effects on the body. Overall, this could be my favorite one from the pack.

Scores:
Cost - $10 for a 4 pack
Taste - 7.9/10
ABV - 6.5%

Overall - 8/10...I give it an extra 0.1 for the bold and enjoyable taste

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