Brewed by Ellezelloise (Brasserie des Légendes)
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellezelles, Belgium
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1259) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 16, 2004
damn I love imperial stouts! super aroma with a very roasted hints of fruits, raisins, cofee, chocalate, very complex smell. Appearance is black with a nice tan head. Taste is a bit yeasty, smokey, fruity with a very dry finish.. one of the better brews of belgiums, this stands out as Europe´s number one Imperial Stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dalle (1145) - Skřrping, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Botlle. Black with large, dense, long lasting beige head (Orval glass). Nice lace. Aroma: malty, chocolate, flowers. Flavor: sweet, roasted, liqourice, bitter, long finish. Wonderful mouthfeel; full bodied (but not heavy), smooth and creamy. Great beer (Pouring the yeast in isn’t recommendable).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3115) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Bottle at Brewtopia ’04. The only Imperial Stout brewed in Belgium. This pours black with little head. The aroma is quite resectable with elements of coffee and chocolate carried by the malt. The finish brings the roasted malts to the front which add a smoky touch as it fades. All in all, not a bad Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (10047) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2004
Black, small brownish head. Some yeast sinking to the bottom of the glass.Aroma from cocoa and coffee. Also witk malts and some plums. Maybe some raisins as well. Flavor is quite strong and smoky. Tastes of cocoa and chocolate, Has a rather bitter finish. A good and complex stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Nice dark red thought the light. Not much head. Nose of coffee, chocolate, and liquorice. Very complex flavors for a stout. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
Matta sent me this cool looking bottle a few months ago. Thanks brother in arms First of all, I love the brewery’s description: "in his barn", "fit his equipment in a surprisingly restrained space" and all those allusion to the typical artisanal garage brewery. I want to visit the place someday. Appearance is deep dark brown, almost black with a huge beige head, fully foamy and sticky, spectacular in size for an imperial stout, the largest I’ve seen in the style and a good 1cm stays during the whole session. Complex aroma of cookie dough yeast, bread, chocolate, molasses, oatmeal, coke, dates, dark berries, nutmeg, light coffee, caramel... A trailorload of malt. Very rich palate, quite sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, still delicate, although unfortunately balanced by a bit too much acidity and a very restrained bitterness. Perfect cleaning carbonation over a silky medium body. Maybe a bit too roasty/tart after a few sips if I can throw a complaint, but it’s a nice change of pace from american renditions and simply adorable in its structure and mouthfeel. Basically no trace of alcohol in there when 10-15 celsius, but as it warms, there's more and more alcohol and bitterness, I think I prefer it at cellar temp in that regard. You’d think I overrate this just because it’s belgian, but really it’s top notch smooth with a superb spongy chocolate cake aftertaste and without overstated piney bitterness you find in left hand’s or bear republic’s. Just awesome, why aren’t there more or those?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2004
Deep roasted chocolate, vanilla, coffee, Twizzlers, ethanol, dried fruit (figs, dates). Sweet and smoky, very nice. Dark black with reddish hues, clear, with medium tan foamy lacing head. Thick watery body, not quite oily, with soft-medium carbonation. Starts with medium acidity and sweetness, no bitterness. Taste of coffee, chocolate, figs/dates, and some Twizzlers. Finish is medium-heavy acidic, still sweet, and just a bit of bitterness showing up. Aftertaste is still sweet, not cloying - just present with roastiness and nuttiness. Mild-medium bitter after, too. Overall, is pretty clean. Can feel the 8.4%abv - slight warming effect. This is a very enjoyable stout, big taste but not overwhelming. Nice balance of sweetness, acidity (tannic), and bitterness (roast, coffee). Worth the search for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Dark brown almost black color with medium sized thick head. Strong alcohol taste with nice roasted malt flavor. Coffee and chocoltae go along with a light fruit(?)taste. Slight burning finish. Not sure if I've had a Belgiun stout before but if not, it's my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 14, 2004
33cl. flip-top bottle: This poured an opaque brown color. A bit of a tan head to it. Typical roastiness and chocolate. Hints of yeast and fruit to the nose also. Chocolate taste is there, yet it is more than that. Some fruity sweetness coming through. An extremenly nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1490) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Unfiltered and very dark with a large tan, rocky head that did not last long and left little lacing. Chocolate, toffee aroma developed after a bit in the glass. Fruity, sweet malt taste with a full-bodied mouthfeel. Smooth, lush finish.

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