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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1100   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 First rating
Bottle at Bishops Arms (Avenyn) Gothenburg, Sweden.
Very dark red color, thick creamy brown head. The beer came slowly out of the bottle when the cork had been opened, without pouring. High carbon dioxide level perhaps?
Sweet scent with some alcohol in it. Wine like aromas as well. Very mild taste with low bitterness. Long, but timid, aftertaste of sweets. Some coffee in the taste.

Second rating
(33 cl bottle at Restobieres, Brussels)
Sweet, alcohol, smooth scent, some chocolate. Sweet, lactic, acidic taste. Grainy, alcohol taste, som echocolate. Moussy mouthfeel, low bitterness.
On March 22, 2008

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeranarchist (232) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2006
wow, this one pours a thick brown foam, mmm cream. Aroma is great, but not the roasty tones typical for stout, but spicy like a belgian strong ale. Tastes great, but again: tastes like belgian strong ale, not typical stout. Chocolate, dark fruits etc... But wait, in the finish I taste the roasted malts..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Popped the top and received a huge rush of dark tan foam. I ended up spilling half the beer on the rug and kitchen floor. Black pour with a really nice creamy tan head. Really rich aroma of chocolate and liquorish. Flavor is super smooth dark chocolate and dark fruit. Body is silky smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown/black colour, big brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and some "fruityness". Hides ABV very well in both aroma and flavour. Chocolate, old dark coffee, ashes and hops in flavour. Still very pleasant. Full bodied and palated, Extremely welldone. Roasted malts in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Bottle from 10/05. Raisin/plum aroma. A fine looking stout and tasty with loads of malt, leaning toward the sweet side and away from the bitter, more like milk chocolate. The hops are a wonderful grade note appering about 3/4 of the way to the finish and sustaining a mor ebitter roasty finish. Fine, fine stuff indeed. Olivers beverage comes through with another great one for me. Fairly soft and mild mannered for an imperial but in a refined way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Shiny coffee black with a good cap of fine tawny head. Really buttery and interesting yeasty character. Honey and toffee aroma, clean and bright. Not particularily roasty, but very nice. Sweet, soft, a bit of fresh coffee and vanilla flavors. Softly carbonated. Dry finish with just a bit of lingering tangy roast. A great Belgian take on the style. I like it that this isn’t British or American: it is its own thing, and it is tasty.

   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 (691) - 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.

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