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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1094   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Awefully thin and quite highly carbonated for the style, but mayhaps that’s the norm for a "self-proclaimed ‘Belgian stout’ ." Sweet malts with rock candy, chocolate, juicy fruits, and barley teem through the nose and taste. I missed the 9% abv completely, until it joined the rest of the alcohol in my system from the brews at the festival. The finish was pure sugar. Interesting stout.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabjork (690) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2006
Botted. Black in colour. Rich bubbly beige head. It has an aroma of burnt malt, smoke and ashes. There are some hints of coffee as well. The flavour is taht of burnt malt with a fruity sweetness and ashes. It has a sweetish aftertaste with roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2006
11.2 oz bottle via trade with Sprinkle - Thanks Mike! - Popped the swingtop cap to see a fudgelike substance on the bottom of it and knew this would be good.. Pours black with a nice creamy tan head. Aromas of coffee, milk chocolate, molasses, and candy sugar. Flavor is nice coffee, milk chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, candy sugar. A pretty nice roasty sweet aftertaste finishes off each sip. Palate is silky smooth like a lot of the better belgians.. Somewhat airy with a soft mouthfeel. Good stuff.. Unique imperial stout..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Courtesy of Sprinkle. <P> Aroma is cola-syrup like and fruity with hints of blackstrap molasses. Color is dark brown to black with a massive two finger thick mocha head. Fore is fruity and sugar sweet. Definitely has more of a Belgian Ale feel than a Stout feel. That candy sugar sweetness lingers into the finish which is fruity, but also has a tinge of vegetal flavors. Doesn’t taste like any Stout style I have ever had, but it’s still tasty. Just don’t drink it hoping for a classic Imperial Stout cause you won’t get it here. Really comes off as a softer, sweeter dubbel to me. I did not detect the chocolate notes others mentioned. More brown sugar than anything, but even that doesn’t quite fit. it is tasty though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 2008-03-04. Black body with a good sized tan head (4+). Sweet roasty malt with rich fruit and roast notes. Roast is surprisingly mild and well balanced. Notes of chocolate. Flavour is sweet, with light accents of roast and bitter hops, sweet fruit. (7+) Smooth average to medium palate (3+). Much less tangy than I recall - to its benefit. Rather nice. 8/5/8/4/17 - 4.2
Bottle at ’t Brugs Beertje, Brugge <P>February 2006. Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Bottle opens with a shotgun like pop, but the expected gusher thankfully fails to materialize. Pours a dark black body with a big fluffy tan head that fades slightly. Aroma is quite fruity, with a muted roast and chocolate hints. Dubbel like sugar sweetness. Deep sweet malt flavour is typically Belgian with the accompanying sugar character and warming alcoholic palate. Roast notes are mild and restrained, with echoes of dark chocolate roast bitterness.Alcohol carries the bitterness deep into the aftertaste. Roast grows as the glass warms. Smooth effervescent medium palate. Very nice beer that was everything I had hoped for with a twist. Thanks to Harry for pointing this one out on the shelves back in December. 8/4/8/4/17 - 4.1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a very big brown head. Roasted aroma and a little fruity. Hints of dried fruits and chocolate. Roasted flavor with hints of dry fruits, chocolate and coffee. Malty finish with chocolate hints. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Poirot2 (1) - Mantsala, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2006 does not count
The ultimate experience is fullfilled as the bang comes,when You open the bottle.I heard a rumour the brewery has a new owner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6418) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Solid stout. Some taste of coffee and chocolate. Since it’s a "Belgian" stout - it’s one of those wonderful, unexpected moments. They do stouts in Belgium? But for the price, I’ll go back to Bell’s Javastout, not Expedition as the comparison chart shows. Expedition is richer and darker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3151) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2006
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. Dark, slightly murky brown with a large tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is malty, roasty, with some smoky and slightly sour notes. Lots of coffee and sweet malt in the flavour, a bit of smoke and woodiness, and an interesting tart finish. Very nice stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SwinginStan (2) - SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2006 does not count
Bottle 33cl [ceramic cap]. Dark, heavy, roasted with a hint of hazel and raisins. Very nice beer with exquisite visual appearance.

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