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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1009   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."


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Bottle. Not much nose-kinda grapey. Taste-yeats, lots of chocolate, grape, CO2, slight cherry. No big whoop.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2116) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 9, 2005
pours black with a brown head. grape ape aroma, i.e, chocolate and grape. sweet syrupy notes taste is yeasty with chocolate and lime. nice roast finish with some citrus. yummy, very inventive.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Huge Burnt chocalate and espresso stout. Big Oloroso and madeira notes, with rasins date plums and prunes and a nice malt acidity. Very warming brndyish notes and a gigantic mouthfeel. Simply amazing stout of incredible depth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2005
Nice, almost black color with reddish shine in it. Very nice creamy froth with a yellow-beige color. Powerfull aroma’s of dry raisins, coffee, dark sugars, and Banyuls soleira wine and burned malts. This beer has a great taste with hints of coffee, black chocolate, dry prunes, portwine, creme brulée and caramelized edges of a tarte tattin. Smooth afthertaste with a fine burned sensation in the end.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (21947) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2005
Black colour with a small beige head. Powerful aroma of port wine, oak, pepper and other spices. Sweet spicy flavour with notes of coffee, liquorice and fruits, with a roasty finish. Interesting stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Wonderful aroma, wine, dark candied fruits, vanilla, spices, some brandy and some nice roast. Jet black body, wtih a nice tan head on top. Creamy mouthfeel, great flavor, very complex.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2005
awesome beer....black appearance with no head; aroma is full of character (vanilla, nuts, red wine, cream, prune, and sour notes); flavor is almost of equal proportion with coffee notes, chocolate, nuts, and cream...a nice creamy palate

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Bottled May 2004. Deep brown body, thin/medium cream head. Dense, complex aroma, opening with plum and prune with a touch of soy and strong red wine aspects, leading to a touch of chocolate, nuts, fig, and toffee as well as a strong alcohol kick. The flavor wasn’t as stellar, being rather thin with a rather heavy alcohol presence, but it was very bready and sweet with notes of plum, wood, and smoke. I was surprised that, yes, there was a very nice roasted malt quality to this. Thanks Zac (hellomynameis) for the bottle!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Black Coloring with Tan Head. Rich Bourbon Aroma. Potent Malt and Bread Dough Notes With Alcohol Sending Spikes off Your Throat. Hint of Chocolate. Very Nice. Definitly Not one of the Big Bad Impy’s But a Nice One to Start with and one You Will Come Back to Even After a 1,000 Brews..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 15, 2005
black body, nothing shines through. dense foamy/slightly creamy tan head - starts tall but recedes quickly. aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and raisin. deep toffee, gingerbread nose too! a thick arc of lacing stays on the galss after each sip. mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is faint but tingly. flavor starts a little dry, then roasted malt, licorice, and a little coffee. finsihes out dry and and a warming alcohol exit.


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