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

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RATINGS: 1002   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."


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3179) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6870) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Consumed at Chez Moeder Lambic in Brussels. This black ale (stout?) pours with a creamy tan head. The malty flavor is mild, but substantial, and is reminiscent of coffee. There is no hint of the relatively high alcohol content. Overall, a very pleasant quaff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Thanks to Footbalm for this brew. Black body, nice cream head. Aroma is coffee heavy on espresso, a bit of caramel. Taste is heavy caramel intially then fades to a rich espresso heavy chocolate taste. Pretty complex and layed for an Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is a tad thin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Fresh spruce? Perhaps not for me, but I was hit by the aroma from three feet away when the swing-top was released. Mellow palate and flavors, with overtones of coffee and hazelnut (perhaps my imagination, but it seems accurate to me). Mouthfeel had some honey sweetness. Hops delightfully understated (not overbearing), and the high alcohol content not at all perceptible. Very pleasing sediment deposit formed at the bottom of my goblet. Yes, goblet. A solid brew, but I don’t know if I’ll spring $5.50 for another 12 oz bottle anytime soon.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chuma (5) - Essen, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2005 does not count
What shall I say? This one is wonderful. Just smooth. Full of nice caramel and chocolate flavours. Kind of surprising ending: dryness! You don’t notice that it has 8.4% alc.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Cocoa aroma and flavor is carried nicely by the soft belgian texture and carbonation. This is not an intense imp stout, but rather smooth and dry.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2005
Bottle (8.4%): Pours ruby black with a medium, lasting tan head. Berrys, raisins, chocolate, coffee, toffee and port wine. Brilliant aroma. Full soft mouthfeel. Sweet caramel and chocolate start, with a very fruity mid. Some woody notes come through too. Finish is suprisingly bitter and dry. Alcohol perfectly disguised, just a slight warming sensation. Top stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Pours a black color with a medium head. Aroma is quite bourbony with a healty malt dosage. Rich malt taste with hits of coffee and strong roasts. The alcohol doesn’t even make an appearance. Very subdued for an Impy Stout and I like it!


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