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


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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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omikr0n (660) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with average tan head. Aroma is cocoa, roasty, wood, yeast. Flavor is malt, wood, cocoa, earthy, roasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (4440) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Draft to taster at Ei8ht Ball. Looks solid; cola with razor-thin eggshell lacing. Smells of dark malt and spruce. Tastes like it smells with a nice mouthfeel. Not bad, but forgettable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (234) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - MAR 17, 2014
Couleur noire, forte mousse cremeuse. Nez leger malté.Fort gout de malt grillé, forte amertume, note de chocolat. Longue fin de bouche.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle. Black with a light brown head. Sweet and malty stout, but mellow in all other aspects - some bitterness and a light roast flavour. A thin stout with soft carbonation. Seemed a little watery by the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (2179) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle from Continental, Preston. Pours black with a thick tan head. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate aromas, some dark sugar. Taste has light sweetness and more roast. Quite thin though, and doesn’t linger. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndyW68 (814) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Not what I expect of a stout. Deep brown pour. Nose is sweet Nd fruity. Tasteis sweet and fruity with a little bit of a watery mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (104) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle, 33cL. A dark brown beer with a medium head. Light can’t go through. Poor persistance of the foam. Aroma of caramel, toast, coffee, fruit (blackberry). Medium to heavy refreshing bitter and medium sweet. Medium body and texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish with warming notes. Overall, powerful character with delicate aroma. Cheers !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jeroenhensen (164) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2014
Thuis gedronken vanuit een fles. Zwart van kleur met witte kop. Smaak is licht zoet, maar in de aafdronk bitter door de gebrande mout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (3183) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
3rd Feb 2014: bottle in Cambrinus, Brugge. This is one of the most reviewed Belgian beers I hadn’t tried, so decided to rectify the fact by having one. Black to very dark brown: good foam cap of tanned bubbles, looks like a Stout, what a surprise. Chocolate and ground coffee esters hit the nose as you pour the beer, some dark fruit notes as well. Taste carries on with the aromas now turning into flavours, dark chocolate, coffee, those dark fruits and now an alcoholic trace and a mild bitterness towards the end of each sip. Almost creamy feel to the brew body wise. Classic stout in all aspects and very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Darker brown color - light comes through around the edges. Little off-white head. Cola, root, and spice in the nose... A lot of old, gross musty hop in the flavor. Definitely that a lot of that unpleasant old-hop flavors that a lot of years-old belgian beers have. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter, just a big astringent lingering bad taste in the mouth. A lot of root beer type flavors, that part I don’t really mind, kind of interesting. But everything else about this is pretty unpleasant right now. Some dark fruit, raisin. Bigger body. Kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Very dry finish. Very unpleasant. A shame, because rates indicate that this is supposed to be very good fresh. This is way worse than your typical old-ass American imperial stout, though. By far the worst out of the 7 beers I tasted today at Ei8ht Ball. Kept lowering the score with each sip, didn’t end up finishing my 4oz. Poor aroma lingers quite a bit in the aftertaste.

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