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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1086   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grumbo (1171) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle from Utobeer, Borough Market, London. Poured a very dark brown colour with a lasting firm beige head. Aroma of malty caramel and chocolate. Body is lighter than usual for style and texture a little on the thin side. Finish has a slight roasting. Enjoyed it, and it’s a style I adore, though have had much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ERB92 (619) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2015
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, bread,nuts, caramel, dried fruits and wood. Dark brown with a red tint, tan head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body with a soft carbonation. Overall an interesting and very enjoyable Stout. Well hidden alcohol, just a warming feeling at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (5096) - FINLAND - SEP 16, 2015
Bottle. Black. Pretty nice nose. Not the usual roasty ashy coffeishy whatevery stouty drink, but quite fruity, belgian. Blueberries, fruity yeasty esters, but in a darker, roasty coffeish manner. Med bodied, quite smooth nice easy drinkable. Wouldn’t be surprised at all if this would be labeled as a blueberry (with ginger) stout. Has soft roast, but very fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (1558) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2015
33cl bottle @ home from Bert’s Bierhuis Biltstraat, Utrecht. Body is dark brown, head is small, beige, creamy, average lasting, good lacing. Nose is roasted malty, flavor is coffee, roasted malt, bread, caramel, coal, slightly smoky. Light sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter, alcohol is totally hidden. Full body, dry texture, average carbonation. Easy dessert beer, simple, tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altonbrownd (5285) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2015
7/31/2007 3:00:33 PM Bottle at home, from cracked kettle. Dark brown black even colour. Large oaky head. Scent of wheat, toast, chocolate. Amazing how little alcohol you taste. Flavours of coffee, toffe, chocolate and also raisins. Love this stout. Very enjoyable. Full-bodied. Superb lacing. Clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fellebag (1321) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle 33cl. Light brown foamy head. Dark brown color. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, rum, leather. Taste is sweet of coffee, chocolate, sugar, cookies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartzluke (533) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 26, 2015
6 oz pour from tap at 48 degrees into a miniature sniffer glass at Churchkey in DC. Black and opaque with a big root-beer-float-like off-white head. Nose isn’t as much as I’d like. A bit roasty, woody, and sweet, but not too forward. Very nice body though. Thick and creamy. A lot like ice cream and beer, actually. Fairly dry. Moderate evident carbonation provides a bit of an airy bite on the end. Taste is awesome. Roasty, a bit sweet, woody, a little boozy, a little coffee, earthy, a little raisin, maybe some vanilla. Complex. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Odysseyalien (71) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2015
This one has all the bells and whistles that I look for in an imperial stout. Black as night, beautiful lacing, a smell that differs from all other imperial stouts I’ve had in a positive way. But the real slam dunk I look for is taste. It just didn’t do it for me. Maybe it’s time for me to ’fes up and say "I don’t like Belgian beer."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (1837) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 17, 2015
330ml flip-top bottle at home. BB 03/2017. almost black color, medium big tan/pinkish head. smells malty roasted, quite earthy, light sour note, leather, very subtle fruit notes. full body, medium carbonation, full mouthfeel. tastes earthy, leather, charcoal, light alcohol, light wood, spices, peat like notes, lightly sour. finishes with spices, earthy notes, charcoal and a bit of a sharp taste. good brew, would rate this even higher if it had some more notes than just ash / charcoal / earth / leather. Also as mentioned has some sharp alcoholic notes toward the finish. Actually the note gets a bit more prominent when it warms up -> -0.1. There are too many good beers in this ABV range, so not sure I would seek this out again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2015
330ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a nice beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and a little sour. Flavour is medium sweet, light bitter and light sour. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Finish is long, dry and a little bitter.

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