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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1063   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11053) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2006
33 cL bottle from www.belgianshop.com. Pours black with brown highlights at the edges, a medium tan frothy head that diminishes to a small rocky head serving up some good lacing. Roasted, smoky dark chocolate and caramel malt aroma, yeast, port and raisin, with alcohol aromas showing up more and more as the beer warms. Dark chocolate malt, raisin and dry alcohol flavor, moderately bitter and acidic. Full dark body with a dry and fizzy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Gusher! Smells good on the carpet. In the glass, it’s fluid, semi-translucent and dark brown with sudsy tan bubbles. Likewise, the nose is lactic, with souring semi-sweet chocolate morsels, peppery dark chocolate and chocolate-rye dinner rolls. Flavor reveals Hershey syrup lingering at the bottom of the coffee press. Caramel and pepper interweave lactic dark chocolate. Indubitably dry and palatable, sweetened with chocolate, chocolate chip muffins. Burnt chocolate chips manifest in the finish, transitioning to room temperature mocha flavored coffee in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
Deep dark stout with a thin lacing moka head. Aroma of coffee, aniseed and coriander. took me a while before I started sipping. Rich chocolate in mouth with nice sustained hops, spicey notes of anis again, and sustained alcohol warmth. Good rich tingly bodied stout. More of an hybrid between a stout and a belgian brown. Yummy. Bottle at Moeder Lambic, April 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5499) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Bottle, via BelgianShop. Poured a very dark brown, almost black with a small light brown head that lasted to the last sip. Aroma is sweet with a definate lactose component, soy, dark roasted malt, alcohol, and bitter chocolate. Burnt toast flavor with slight acidity (lactose). Soy sauce, bitter chocolate, and dark fruits in the finish. Hard to believe that this is 9% ABV. Medium bodied, but the finish is actually a little thin with moderate carbonation. A very interesting and complex beer, I could see this aging very well. Actually has some similarities to Harvey’s Imperial Stout with it’s vinous and soy flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6781) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle shared with tupalev. Pours a murky dark ruby-brown with a small foamy light-brown head. Great aroma of smoke, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and more. Delicious flavour of coffee, hops, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, cream and spices -- wow, that’s good!. Goes down super smooth, especially for 9%. An excellent Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottle shared with and courtesy of blankboy - wow, we really had some fantastic beers last night as we attempt to get rid of some of the beer that is piling up. Here is another one I had heard nothing about, but which blew my freakin’ socks off. Best Before Sept 05 bottle, but that hardly seems to matter with something like this. Dark brown, red hues, and a thin brown head. A few floaties. Strong sweet aroma with some smoke. Very nice and inviting. Taste! Smoked malt, not as sweet as aroma suggests but still is, and just a hint of hops at the end. Lots of lingering smoke as well. Wow, what a unique, sweet and flavourful stout, one of my instant favourites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1558) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Pours deep black with a beige head with slowly fades. Aroma of vanilla, wine, fig and chocolate. Flavor has notes of chocolate, plum, raisin, caramel and roasted malts, carmelized sugars and vanilla. Pleasantly sweet - ends with a twinge of red wine and light alcohol. Full, round body with lively, yet soft and airy carbonation. The head disapates as it warms giving it somewhat of a wine-like appearance. Enjoyable stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2005
I really was going to wait, and share this, but, damn, had a few and here it goes. This baby poured all fizzy with tiny bubbles, a fizzy thick brown head, The nose was like a west 12, all kinds of dark things swirling in here. I am even getting cherries. After the fizz settled, There was a small head, with less then average lacing. The taste: Dry man, like a real fine port. The after taste was almost woody with traces of aging, maybe bourbon? Wow, I am really enjoying this. There is fruit swimming with roasted chocolate and a trace of smoke. A real nice alcohol warming. I DID NOT look at any ratings before, and I am right in the thick with this. Wolfs, Thanks Pal. and again, I owe you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2005
This bottle is too darn small! Dark red/black, cocoa head, great lacing. Aroma is roasty chocolate and anise. Taste is full, not quite thick, lots of roasty coffee and licorice, some sweet dark fruits. Very nice, I seem to remember this one being in our top 50 a couple of years ago.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 19, 2005
Almost black color, big brown head. Chocolate, roasted, toffee, sweet caramel in aroma, rich and very dimensional one. Also mild alcohol, nuts and vinous tones come up from aroma. Roasted, strong coffee in flavor, ends with strong coffee and dry aftertaste with medium alcohol. Nice lace in glass.

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