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

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RATINGS: 1100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nybol (1419) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2016
Den er meget kraftig i smagen, med specielt en tyk kaffesmag, det er sĺ vidt jeg ved en ˝ trappist og halv stout. De har brugt den i Friland pĺ DR2 til noget creme ti ljordbćr engang. Mmm, se dét er řl!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AnG_BrgNor (505) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2016
Aroma of yeast, roasted and some chocolate and some licorice. Taste of the same. For me this imperial stout has way to much yeast in the aroma and taste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kauge (1580) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle from BeerExpress. BB Jan 2017. Pours reddish brown with a big light beige head. Head’s retention and lace very good. The aroma is somewhat roasty, but more sourish of red berries, yeast... Sourish, bitter taste... Dryish ashy on the palate, light-bodied. Carbonation very moderate, almost nonexistent. Finish is surprisingly bitter. Not anything near a stout I think. Quite a swindle considering the supposed style, high rating, and price tag (was around € 4.50). In itself not bad though...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oppear (112) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 21, 2016
Dark with an ivory top. Medium sweet caramel nose, ripe banana. Taste of burnt bitter caramel, moss tea, ashy as they mostly are more than smoky and higher abv. is more a player sitting on the bench. A bit sugary actually, ashy and bitter with a carbonated mineral water touch. Good part is it is dry, not sticky.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bosta (226) - SLOVENIA - FEB 20, 2016
0,33l bottle. Pours dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma of coffee, liquorice and chocolate. Taste of coffee, chocolate and cocoa, with some fruity notes. Very smooth mouthfell, medium bodie.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sulawang (1025) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2016
Visual: Bottle conditioned. Pours dark brown with a very small dissipating head, a thin hazy layer of retention, micro bubbles here and there. Nose: sweet caramel barley malts, (lvl-7)-pungency Attack: half crisp/slick, low CO2 Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) brown sugar, light roasted barley malt, soy sauce, almost salty, cola, licorice, gingerbread spices, > light tingly mouthfeel Finish: residual soft bittersweet maltiness, minor tangy, roasted barley exhale, clean finish. Summary: The initial sip was underwhelming seeing that it is bottle conditioned yet drank with quite low carbonation. As it warms however, layers of of clean flavours emerge. Very sippable, well hidden ABV - not as heavy as 9% suggests. I would have preferred a creamier mouthfeel though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (930) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2016

Aroma:
Roasted malts, malts, chocolate, yeast and fruit.

Appearance:
Turbid ruby/black beer with a slight/medium off-white/brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, roasted malts and chocolate; ends slightly dry and bitter with yeast and fruit.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jimbo2 (180) - DENMARK - FEB 4, 2016
Possibly on of the most overrated beers on RB. Very little body for the type, little complexity, quite watery.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Demens (237) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 27, 2016
0,33l bottle. Dark brown colour with big foamy quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma: caramel, coffee, toffee, fruits, raisin. Taste: Sweet matly start than the medium bitter coffee like caracter dominates. Light carbonation, full body. Rich bitter/sweet finish. Best stout I tasted so far.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
__Rb81 (648) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle at Broer & Zus, Beverwijk. Pours dark with a small beige head. Aroma is not so pronounced, roasted malts, chocolate. Taste is sweet, light roasted bitter, chocolate, coffee. Sweet aftertaste, chocolate, light roasted malts. Not bad.


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