Inspired by cwswiggy's adventures with the Williams Bros. Brewery, I decided to pick up a couple of their beers myself. I tried their Fraoch Heather Ale last night, actually, but I forgot to review it here. One 11.2 oz bottle ran me a rather steep $2.95 for a fairly modest 5% ABV.
The beer pours a cloudy darkish gold color. It has almost no head to speak of.
I was expecting a more floral smell from this beer, it being made with heather and all. Instead, it smells slightly woody and earthy with a hint of the flowers. The flavor is very earthy and sour with hints of the wood and so little flower flavor that I'm not sure I'm imagining it. The sourness of this beer combined with the earthiness is unique and interesting, but when it comes down to it, I probably wouldn't ask for a second bottle of this. I'd like to give it some points for originality, but if I don't really want another, it's hard to give this beer higher than a
rating. It's too pricey, too. I can't advise anyone to buy this one.
I'm going to review the Eblum Elderberry Black right now. It was the same price for the same size, but it's a hair stronger at 6.5%.
I'll have to apologize for the pics. I forgot to take them right away, so I have an empty bottle and a partially consumed glass. The beer doesn't look much different after a few sips, though. Anyway, this beer pours jet black with a minimal tan head. It again dissipates quickly down to almost nothing.
The smell of this beer.is like a porter with a hint of the fruit that I have to presume is elderberry. I've never had elderberries myself, so I'll take the bottle's word for it. Taking a sip of this, I'm going to have to say that I respectfully disagree with swiggy. To me, this tastes like a fairly hollow porter without enough of the elderberry flavor to make up for it. There's a hint of the coffee and the dark malt, but not as much as I'd like. The sourness of the berries doesn't make up for the light hopping I'd like. To this beer's credit, as I'm nearing the end and as it warms up, the berry flavor is coming through more and it's tastier. Not quite enough to earn another half heart than I had planned on giving it, though. I'm awarding it
and a half