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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1092   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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."


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2006
Black with a thin tan head. Sweet, malty aroma with some notes of brown sugar and dark fruits. Flavour is smooth and slight smoky. Fruity and sweet finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2006
A very complex, very enjoyable stout. I just wish it was available to me. Solid dry stout flavors of licorice and roasted coffee. Sticky, lip-smacking goodness that fades into a long dry finish. Supremely enjoyable and if I wasn’t trying to cram so many other beers into my mouth I would have most certainly enjoyed another one of these.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown in colour with a huge brownish head. Very sweet. Flavour kinda a mix between belgo dubbles and plane imperial stouts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slcbrewer (44) - USA - MAY 2, 2006
A very good standard stout. I don’t know that I’d put this in the category of Imperial Stout -- it’s more like Shakespeare Stout. Nice creamy head, malty aroma - balanced without a significant hop aroma or flavor. Very drinkable without any alcohol burn. Perhaps the best European Stout?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (4039) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 22, 2006
Awesome stout, makes me wonder if this is the best stout I haver ever tried. The foam is great, the aroma is nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2006
Pours to a very dark brown/black body with a transparent red hue. The beer has a huge lively foamy tan head. The aroma is tootsie rolls, soap, dust, chocolate and coffee. The flavor is yeasty oaken chocolate. Roasty malts. Nice taste and balance. The palate is medium-full bodied, creamy, lightly tart, lightly drying. This is pretty tasty. This’d be great with some Brett in it.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (15433) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 Dark brown, a bit creamy. Chocolate and fruits. A bit smoke. Filling texture. low carbonation. Great finish! Re-rating sep 08. Damm, the aroma blew me completely away. Wood, vanilla, yeast & loads of chocolate. Brilliant!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - APR 6, 2006
33 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Very dark brown colour with a great huge head. Lovely aroma of chocolate, sweetness and notes of roastedness, very smooth and delicate. Very smooth flavour of roastedness, bitter chocolate and some coffee too, also hints of oak and vanilla. This rare belgium stout is very enjoyable now, and I love to taste this one after some years of lagering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2006
Beer exploded as soon as I popped the swing top! Pours a nearly opaque dark brown color with a large, tan, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is pretty sexy: Malty with a heavy note of roasted grain, light notes of coffee and sugary-sweet Hershey’s Bar; Hoppy with a trace of herbs; Yeasty with a light note of damp basement; Miscellaneous notes include traces of cherry and flat cola, light notes of green olive/brine and wood, garden soil moderate notes of sherry and alcohol. The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a long, warm, lightly bittersweet finish. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is softer-than-average.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2006
Very dark red brown, almost black body with a lovely creamy tan head that dimished slightly but never quite disappeared. Great aroma of dried fruits, candy sugar and pipe tobacco (reminded me of the cupboard in wich my father kept his old smoking gear). Rather oaky, roasty flavour, with hints of cocoa, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Very full bodied with a long bitter aftertaste. Simply great for a cold evening inside by the fire.


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