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Brewed by Ellezelloise (Brasserie des Légendes)
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellezelles, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1019   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottle; Unfiltered.
The only self-proclaimed ‘Belgian stout’ – 9% by volume – named after famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirrot and considered a World Classic.
Made in small batches, then lagered for ten days in German oak casks.
"The Hercule is considered by many to be a classic – very malty, but dry, with a hint of sweetness in the finish, and perfectly hopped. It has a very distinctive and intoxicating spicy aroma of fresh spruce that suddenly, irresistibly, fills the room when the swing-top is released. This unique house character probably derives from the strains of yeast used by the brewery – and possibly from the fermentation in oak – because the beers are made entirely of malt and hops, without any spices or sugar."


3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachneger (374) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2015
Donker zwart kleurig bier met een koffie crème kleurige schuimkraag. Smaak zacht zoet met laurierdrop en koffie tonen. Geur komt niet echt sterk naar voren.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (223) - MOns, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2015
Robe brune presque noire, peu de mousse. Nez puissant sur le pain d’épices, le chocolat noir, la levure, le pain au levain, une touche fumée. Bouche à l’attaque fumée et épicée, une matière imposante, un beau milieu de bouche et une longue finale alliant notes fumées et amertume.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lbianchi66 (63) - FRANCE - FEB 13, 2015
Belle robe brune. Fruits noirs, réglisse et fumé. Longue en bouche. Une très bonne stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martin00sr (1397) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2015
Slightly hazy, dark red brown. Fluffy, light beige head. Roastef aroma, hints of licorice. Similar flavour, late chocolate and alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is creamy but rather light for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oliodnb (461) - ITALY - FEB 7, 2015
33cl bottle. Pours dark cola brown with a lot of particles suspended and a thick fluffy light beige head. Aroma is light with roasted malts, some smoked and acidic notes. Taste is roasted malts, some coffee, light vegetal note, quite strong acidity, some yeast. Watery texture, medium body, medium carbonation. Bitter dry finish with some coffee note again. Unusual stout.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ulysse (270) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2015
Weak aroma. Hint of hazelnut. Rather light for a stout. I’d compare this brew to a fellow porter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
florent.janssens (195) - - FEB 3, 2015
Petit stout sans prétention. Le palais est très moyen pour un stout, à la limite du porter. Mais rien à voir avec une bière brune comme le pense l’ivrogne qui lui as décerné le prix de meilleure bière brune de Wallonie. Se laisse boire

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirstyrabbit (1327) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle (BB July 2016). Murky dark brown body, small head. Aroma has sourish hops and thin cocoa with some smoke. A weird combination that is not working for me. Thin and sourish taste with plenty of sourish hops and not enough chocolate/coffee or body for an Imperial Stout. Dry astringent finish. Very disharmonious and overrated. I’m not sure what people like in this beer - this case remains unsolved.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (3013) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2015
(Ellezelloise Hercule Stout) Swing top bottle 330 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 9% Deep brown colour on the body, tall and thick, creamy tan head, with very good retention, leaving heavy lacing behind. Aroma of light roasted malts, liquorice, light alcohol as it warms up. Lots of roasted malts on the taste, light acidity for a moment and then coal, ash, light alcohol. Medium thin body, good carbonation, very dry palate. Quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (3001) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2015
On tap at Falling Rock. Black appearance with a lacy light tan head that lingers. Aroma is lightly Belgian with notes of chocolate, light coffee, light roast and a touch of dark fruity esters. Similar flavor, rich, malty and complex. Medium to full body with a creamy smooth feel. Pretty nice overall.


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