Williams Brothers Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale

Tonight’s selection is a beer I picked up in New York and knew nothing about it. I haven’t read any reviews or anything. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: Scottish Gruit/Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Elderberry ale has formed part of Celtic tradition since it was introduced by Welsh druids in the 9th century, where the ale was passed around the people of the village during the Autumn festival. Our recipe was taken from a 16th century record of domestic drinking in the Scottish Highlands and is brewed with roasted barley & chocolate malt, then infused with elderberries to deliver a dark, rich, fruity beer with a strong single hop aroma and satisfying bitter conclusion.”

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The brew poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color, yet clear. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with roasted malts with a red berry note. I assumed this was elderberry. There was also some ash at the end of the sniff. The taste had light roasted malts and ash. It quickly went into a marked red berry note that almost took a floral quality. The beer had an herbal quality as well, but the dominant flavor was the red berry. The body was thin with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with red berry and smoke. A single bottle was $2.99 ($.25 per ounce). This was an interesting beer, but not one that I feel the need to revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Williams Brothers Kelpie Seaweed Ale

What a day. I’ve been on conference calls all week and when I came home today, I was absolutely exhausted. I laid down to take a nap and woke up at 0030. This means that I’m going to be up most of the night, not good. So, why not get a little caught up with some reviews? This is another beer that I purchased because I’ve never had the style before. Add to this, that the brew is made with seaweed. I like seaweed on my sushi but I’m not sure what to expect of it in a beer.

ABV: 4.4%

Style: Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Prior to the 1850’s Scottish coastal alehouses brewed with malted barley, grown in fields fertilised by seaweed. This environment gave the barley a very specific flavour which we recreate by the inclusion of fresh seaweed in the mash tun. A rich dark chocolate ale, which has the aroma of a fresh Scottish sea breeze and a distinctive malty texture.”

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This brew poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissipated relatively quickly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark brown color and clear with moderate, visible carbonation. For some reason, I didn’t think that the body was going to be so dark. The nose was definitely interesting. I got chocolate, sweetness and an indescribable herbal component. I assumed that this was the seaweed, but having never stuck my face in seaweed, I couldn’t confirm it. The taste was a bit different than the nose. I got a creamy, chocolate flavor, but the herbal component was lost in the taste. I would have never assumed from the taste alone that there was seaweed in this beer. The body was towards the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The body was silky and pleasant. The finish was quick. This beer reminded me a bit of a porter. It was a sessionable brew with some decent flavor on it, but nothing overwhelming. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0