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

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RATINGS: 968   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."


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2699) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lagerboy (1209) - 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)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (2031) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rozsoma (468) - HUNGARY - MAY 23, 2014
Stout? Na neeeeem. Ez egy dunkel. De még micsoda! Csodálantos, gyönyörletes, szotymallagos, édeskés, könnyed. finom

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Case (238) - GERMANY - MAY 21, 2014
Pours pitch black with large head. Wonderful aroma full of raisins and roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate. Taste is very fruity, some roastyness, and a well balanced mix of chocolaty sweetness and hop bitterness. A most excellent stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (853) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Dark fruit, wood, and a little bourbon-like booze in the aroma. Flavor is surprisingly mild and sweet but still complex, with coffee, chocolate, and cherry, and some wood. A little spice, alcohol, and roast coffee bitterness in the finish. Really good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (1631) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2014
33cl bottle, forgot where from exactly, bb 10/2015. Shared with Guinness chocolate mousse dessert, perfect pairing. Pours a beautiful 80% chocolate brown with beige crema. Aromas suffused with coffee, berries, delicate leather and cocoa. Taste of younger port and Wiener Melange, on a thinnish palate for the abv. Fresh roast and wood tannins help to keep it dry and refreshing, never sweet despite the obvious yeastiness - deliciously untypical. A bold yet balanced, beautiful BE stout, a big surprise and indeed a potential BE benchmark aka classic. Will revisit.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garlic_of_Doom (448) - SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle. Black with a small beige head. Chocolate dominates the aroma, slight coffee and alcohol as well. Roasted/burnt, old coffee, tart notes, to high bitterness for the flavour Medium body, high carbonation, dry. Long bitter, peppery after taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smalle (104) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2014
Bitter chocolate, coffee, even a very light hop note, some alcohol. Taste: sweet with coffee, roasted malt. Very sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silvan7 (667) - Samarate, ITALY - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle @ unibirra. Colore marrone velata, schiuma beige (piů chiaro delle classiche imperial stout) fine e molto persistente. Aroma tostato, di salamoia delle olive, caffč, lievito. abbastanza intenso. Gusto piuttosto secco, lievemente acidulo, si ritrovano caffč, tostatura, lievito e un buon amaro da luppolo. Molto ben bilanciata, non colpisce particolarmente per alcun aspetto specifico.abbastanza calda, nasconde molto bene i suoi 9 ABV.


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