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


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RATINGS: 974   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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonb5 (364) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2014
330ml flip top bottle, poured into La Chouffe chalice. A: Very dark mahogany, pretty much opaque, one finger tanned head, good retention, decent amount of lacing. S: Cranberry, molasses, very much like a Belgian Dubbel, but slightly less fruity. T: Espresso, cocoa bean, creamy diacetyl, molasses, slight cranberry, slight bitterness which becomes more pronounced as the beet warms. Did a very good job of hiding the booze. M: Light body for the high abv, very smooth, creamy texture. O: A complex, balanced interpretation of an Imperial stout, a bit of a stout/dubbel mash up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thanatosti (911) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
33 cl. flip top bottle @ home, bougt @ Hogerdijk, Culemborg. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Tasty is fruity but with a lot of roasted malts and coffee tones. Mouthfeel is round and soft, with a medium bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (1384) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6560) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
330mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is unmistakably Belgian, with dry cocoa, Belgian yeast, and light candied sugar. Flavour is very dry and yeasty, with unsweetened dry cocoa, Belgian yeast, and roasted malt. Again, unmistakably Belgian in construction. Full-bodied, yeasty and cocoa-y. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mainuh_man (142) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
Pours black with a frothy tan head that dissipates quickly. Nose is yeast, biscuit, citrus and a hint of coffee/roasted malt. Pretty interesting/different bouquet for a stout. Initial flavor is a lightly sweet, giving way quickly to a tart citrusy character, and finishing relatively dry with roasted malt and citrusy hops that linger on the tip of the tongue, and warm alcolhol in the chest/stomach. Soft carbonation with a light to medium mouthfeel, and a relatively think texture. Overall, an interesting take on stout that features some different flavor components than the norm. Tasty enough, but not by favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (3441) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Tom L. Pours brown with a beige head, aroma is a bit roasted with smoked malt and chocolate, flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, nuts, medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2834) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle (330 ml). Brown with a medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of coffee, some spiciness, milk chocolate and berries. Taste is roasted malt, spices, caramel, raisins, berries and milk chocolate finish. Light acidity. Hints of alcohol. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Good balance. Quite drinkable. Definitely Belgian. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lagerboy (1237) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
33 cl swingtop bottle. Hueless darkest brown, tan foam settles and mostly fades. Aroma of dark roast, dark chocolate and yeast. Toasty smooth sweet milky chocolate malty taste, a hint of dark fruitiness, mild herbal spicy yeast influence. Softer carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. ABV well hidden, light for an Impy. Barely bitter, some black licorice towards the end. Yummy. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (2068) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2014
Flaska frĺn Etre Gourmet. Riktigt mörkbrun, lĺgt smutsvitt skum. Fruktig rostad doft med katrinplommon, chokladkola, kakao, lite alkoholvärme. Smĺbubblig munkänsla, spritsig, söt men med en ganska torr avslutning. Fina rostade smaker med kakaotorrhet, viss fruktighet, en liten tallskottshumle i bakgrunden. En lite annorlunda IS som var riktigt god.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rozsoma (505) - HUNGARY - MAY 23, 2014
Stout? Na neeeeem. Ez egy dunkel. De még micsoda! Csodálantos, gyönyörletes, szotymallagos, édeskés, könnyed. finom

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