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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1051   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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."


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Bottle best before ’03 picked up in John’s Market. Decent little IS. A touch oxidized but really standing up strong for its age. Oakiness is there, a touch dry and tannic. Still quite malty, any semblence of hops are gone. Medium bodied and smooth. Still well carbonated. Takes on some characteristics of a belgian strong ale. I would like to try a bottle from a more recent vintage.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1457) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Bottle. Best before end: 11/05. An opaque black pour with a HUGE creamy beige head and little floaties. Aroma is slightly oaky with some subtle vanilla beans and cocoa. Not packed with roasty aromas like most imperials. Very unique, almost wheaty, aroma for this style. Flavor is very toffee-ish. Exactly what I would’ve expected from a Belgian stout. Creamy. Nice amounts of cocoa and milky coffee. Medium-bodied. Fairly dry. Presence of alcohol is almost non-existant. A nice crisp alternative to many oily, thick imperials. A very unique imperial stout.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Black with a huge light brown head. Aroma is very sweet and similar to a belgian strong. The stout characteristics are barely noticable in the aroma. Rather light beer. The body wasn’t all that impressive, a little thin. Not much for flavor here either. Kind of a sour/bitter plum taste. The beer really isn’t sweet at all as the aroma leads one to believe. Flat, stale, uninteresting.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flemdawg (542) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2005
This one really fell short in my eyes, but thats the way things go. Brownish black body with a light tan head and trace lacing. Malty(plums) aroma with other dark fruits like rasins and dates with a hing of chocolate and maybe a hint of alcohol. Plumy malts in the flavor wth a dash of bitter chocolate and some rasins as well. If i wasnt told this was a stout, I would have guessed a bock or maybe a stong belgian, but not stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2005
A Mes rate: As black as tar, totally opaque. Excellent all rounder. The aroma jumps from the bottle. The usual Ellezelloise spice is ever present along with liqourice, chocolate, ginger biscuits. Mouthfeel is glorious and thick. Finish is long and bitter. Certainly not one to start the night off with! Never fails to leave me in a bit of a mess. I swear they put some kind of ’special stuff’ in there...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2005
Couleur noire très foncée parsemée d’une dense et persistante mousse brune. Fruits rouges, café, doux chocolat noir et guimauves blanches sont transpercés par de puissants effluves de houblon vert. Flaveurs de malt hautement torréfiées, brandy, pâte d’amade. Sensation en bouche un peu vineuse, probablement à cause de l’alcool et de l’impression de fruits rouges. Très sèche, finale amere allant tantôt vers le rôti. Complexe et intéressant. Bouteille Moan And Dove 21 Mai 2005.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2005
from the bottle poured a dark brown, with a light tan head. aroma dark cherries, roasted malts, caramel, smoke, and some hops, and a hint of alcohol. flavor, the roasted malts came out nicely, and than dark fruits, chocolate, hops. this was very good.I just wish I knew who sent this in a trade to flemdawg

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
This does remind me more of a Belgian Ale, but it is still a very good beer. Nose has coffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate raisin and some plum. Good chocolate, caramel and fruit flavor trio. Quite enjoyable, but unlike any other Imperial Stout I’ve encountered. Very cute bottle to top it off.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - APR 29, 2005
Black, tall but - fast collapseing - brown head. Fresh aroma with notes of black currants, sourish undertones. Yeast. Uncomplex, malty sweet flavour. Traces of roasted malts. Wood. Some coffee. More yeast. Dry, short finish with some hops. A bit watery palate. However, there is something wrong here - its really more belgian ale than imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2005
Aroma is sweet, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Dark brown coloured with a large brown head. Taste is great: dark chocolate, biscuits, nice roasted malts. Great mouthfeel, wonderful beer!


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