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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: 970   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."


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Unfiltered and very dark with a large tan, rocky head that did not last long and left little lacing. Chocolate, toffee aroma developed after a bit in the glass. Fruity, sweet malt taste with a full-bodied mouthfeel. Smooth, lush finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4671) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2009 (Bottled) Almost black with a large, tanned and firm, lasting head. Dry, roasted, sourish chocolate aroma with lots of salty licorice. Oily and dry, roasted-malty, very bitter-hoppy licorice and chocolate flavor with a chalky-dry seafood aftertaste. Dry, full-bodied palate with warming alcohol hints and ashiness in the finish. An excellent, warming and perfectly balanced imperial stout! Yummy! (Draught@St.Urho’s, 7-4-8-4-15=3.8) Very dark brown with a small, beige head. Quite mild, roasty aroma with some yeastiness and hints of alcohol when cool. Roasted-malty, slightly sweet flavor with pear and berry hints, and moderate bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Ok, but no substitute for the bottled version. Very dark brown with a small, beige head. Quite mild, roasty aroma with some yeastiness and hints of alcohol when cool. Roasted-malty, slightly sweet flavor with pear and berry hints, and moderate bitterness. Medium body with low carbonation. Ok, but no substitute for the bottled version.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2004
Black with a thick medium-sized beige head. Aroma of plums, chocolate, brown sugar and herbs. Quite smooth chacoalte flavour. Notes of herbs, vanilla and caramel. Dry notes of alcohol, coffee and raisin in finish.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jde123 (763) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 A wonderful Belgian stout. Chocolaty aroma gives way to a velvety smooth texture, with a seldom unsurpassed flavor. Fantastic!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2004
Black with a brown head that disapears fast. Sweet aroma of raisons and alcohol. Flavor of raisons, and dark fruit with just a little roastiness. Both the flavor and aroma seem very similar to Port.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jeppe (2631) - Řlbutikken, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2004
Bottle - Label says 8,4%.
Beautiful stout, black body with a foamy beige head. Aroma is more lika a Belgian Ale than a stout: Sweet nut, caramel, malt and alcohol. Flavor is also not very stout-like, but again more like a Belgian ale with malt and raisin notes. Quite a dissapointment for a stout but still a good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Bottle. Very black with hints of red in bright light. Not much head. Aroma of molasses and licorice. Excellent. Taste is sweet malts and fruit. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Deep black in color. Very roasty and dry. It was ok. Maibockaddict and I drank it together, and it was a little appleley.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Pours foamy and black. Roasty apple aroma. Flavor is dry and roasty. I am just not that impressed with this one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Licorice, fruity, roasty nose. Deep ruby brown/black hue. Light tan head, significant lacing. Deep, roasty flavors, coffee/espresso, pleasant body, hidden alcohol, dark fruit, finishing with a great bitter underlying note. This is great stuff, widely available, extremely tastey...And the only Belgian Stout I have ever tried. GET SOME!


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