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


on tap

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RATINGS: 988   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2004
Bottled - ABV (also) read 8.4%. Deep brown, almost black colour with a fine beige head. Aroma is very dry and roasted with nice hints of chocolate. The malty and sweet flavour is nicely balanced by the bitter finish. At first it seems quite mild but due to the dryness (I think) the taste just lingers on. Good stuff but what could you expect from a Belgian stout?!?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12966) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2004
Bottled, alc. 8.4% (BB 06/2005)
Opaque black, huge cloudy brown head. Aroma has some sweetness, lots of roast, coffee beans and chocolate with mild hops added. Medium to full-bodied. Full of malts and chocolate, hints of sugar, nicely hopped. Bitterish roasted aftertaste with some burning alcohol, which makes this a bit unbalanced. Some yeast in the bottle. Excellent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Bottle. The 9% on the label has been crossed over and under it in hand writing it says 8.4%. Dark red-brown almost black color and a nice head. There a small fish swimming around in it, a good sign. Fruity roasted aroma and a sweet fruity taste. Medium body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
A big thanks to mitch for sharing! This beer pours a deep black color with a hint of brown and red color around the edges of the glass in full light. There’s a thick degree of lacing and a nice lightly tanned head which dissipated after a minute or two. The aroma is complex and warmingly sweet with chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, alcohol, coffee, wood, malt, twigs and leaves being present. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a long-lasting coffee bean finish. This is a very complex brew that takes a while to develop as it warms. No alcohol presence, a hint of wood and then a prolifteration of toffee and caramel in the finish. The aftertaste is long-lasting with butterscotch being prevalent after it warms considerably. As i said, the best way to describe this beer is with random thoughts. Dry, full finish...an excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Thanks to Footbalm for the sample. 33cl swingtop. Not quite completely opaque, some light shining throug. A dark fiery brown color with an enormous head. Slightly vinous, some oak, roasted barley, licoricefruit, Belgium yeast. Body is thin for the style. Flavor is sweet, slight bitter, raisins, cocoa, anise some yeast. Interesting. Couldn’t quite imagine a Belgian Imperial. Now I can. Nice but different. I think I’ll stick with the Amerivcan Impy’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Nearly black with a nice thick tan head. Sweet, milky, cocoa aroma. Light sweetness, moderate roast, some lactic qualities, with hints of licorice and cocoa. Unique and enjoyable stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Eclipse black color. Small to medium sized, tan colored head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is chocolate, toffee with hints of vanilla and coffee. A medium bodied stout. Malts are toffee, coffee and chocolate. Slightly spicy hops. Nice balance. Slow developing very complex tasting aftertaste. Vanilla, coffee beans and toffee. Subtle beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is thin and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2004
First Belgian stout I’ve ever tried. Not as dark as most stouts. Call it a very dark brown with a small tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with lots of dark fruit and licorice. Sweet roasted malt flavor with dark fruits, dark chocolate and coffee. Nice full bodied palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2004
10.31.04 330ml swingtop bottle. Finally got my hands on this one thanks to some generous soul at Heavyweight’s open house. Blackish pour with dark head. Aromas of brownie, prune, licorice, grape jelly. Palate is soft and thick. Very sweet and not as roasty as I expected. Burnt flavors of blackened grain, some cocoa, smelled better than it tasted. Oily on finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
Bottled. Lots of chocolate and licquorice aromas in this very dark brown stout which has a reasonable brown-tan head. The taste is big on burnt malts but also has bitter chocolate and licquorice tastes. Very nice.

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