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

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RATINGS: 992   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."


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Harubi (5) - - NOV 2, 2014 does not count
Aroma is refined but not very intense. Foam is coloured caramel, but not standing long. Taste is heavy, smocks with a charcoal bitter finish rather than hoppy sourness. Palate is quite long but bitter. Very much within the heavy Irish stout style, no flower or fine fragrance that can be found in some.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
langeveld12 (255) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
Head is average, light brown and frothy. Body is black. Aroma contains roasted malts, spruce, forest fruits, chocolade, coffee, licorice, pineapple, orange, lemon, barnyard, and more things that don't spring to mind. Flavor is light acidic, then bitter. Body is medium with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Fruity at start, dry bitter in the end. Not very complex yet quite enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergaard (124) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2014
Roasty and somewhat bitter taste of Coffee, chocolate and malt. Same could be said about the aroma. Black color, Big head. Not as good as its reputation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (1804) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of coffee, spice, malt. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, coffee, dry, roasted malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorm (1464) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
Mřrk brun farve med kremet beige skum. Lukt av rřstet malt, bćr, karamell og malt. Smak av rřstet malt, rosin, frukt og sjokolade. Fruktig god ettersmak...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (1729) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
Duft av kaffe, krydder, sjokolade og vanilje. Dyp sort farge. Tynt dekkende brunt skum, heng langs kant. Nydelig smak av kaffe, sjokolade og vanilje.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DomD (103) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2014
Poured from bottle. Description says aroma of spruce, but seems more like coffee and chocolate to me. Pours black with tan head. Has a light bitter taste. Medium body, oily texture, with a dry finish. Very nice stout and pretty smooth for 9%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"chocolate, coffee, molasses, dark fruits...this one has each in just about equal measure. little hop presence. solid body...pretty smooth from start to finish. an impressive stout. this was at least a year old."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (1146) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 28, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with off-white head. Dark fruits, roasted aroma. Sweet, dark fruits, chocolate and roasted taste. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hanoi (462) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle. Nose is roast, slight vanilla, oak, spice, and as promised, spruce. Taste is roast, spice, nut, coco with an undercurrent of cherry and cola leading to a more traditional roasted malt stout finish with a spritz of sweetness. A good stout that has real depth of taste.


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