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

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RATINGS: 998   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."


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose is malty but sweet, like molasses or maple syrup. Flavor is rich with chocolate, caramel and roasted malt. Bitter, dry finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
Sweet Christmas cookies, figs, plums and other dark fruit, ripe berries, coffee, chocolate, caramel and bread dough in the complex aroma. Opaque, dark brown with huge, pillowy, tan head that recedes to generous cover with some patchwork lacing. Flavour exhibits chocolate, coffee, roased malts. There’s a great balance between the sweet malts, the dough-like yeast and the roasty bitterness. Alcohol emerges as it warms but is certainly not an unwelcome visitor. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Luxuriously full in body. Pleasant tingling of small bubbled carbonation on the tongue. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere at Spuyten Duyvil (Brooklyn, New York).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3454) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Deep, dark brown; tan head; some floaties. Nice body ... carbonation, weight and mouthfeel. Tasty flavors throughout, such as chocolate, sweet toast and toffee, with hints of coffee and a little burntness. I liked how it wasn’t too sweet, and it had a nice level of bitterness that eventually surfaced and left notes of baker’s chocolate. Dryish finish with nice lingering flavors. A little warming in the throat, but the alcohol melded well. Quite enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Sampled at Au Trappiste in Paris, France. Dark Brown. Subtle but enjoyable aroma with notes of milk chocolate, dark fruits (grapes mainly) and lettuce leaves. Round and full bodied with a rich and complex maltiness through. Milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee and dark fruits (grapes, figs and plums). Finish has a pleasant hop bite and a lingering note of chocolate coated cookies.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3893) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2005 03 or 04 bottle (not sure). 9% abv version. Pours a deep deep olive/grey-brown with some very dark burgundy-violet tinges on the side and a very large creamy beige colored head. Bottle conditioned. Aroma is wonderfully vinous and fruity; concord grapes, prunes, vanilla, licorice, caramel. Wow. This beer is ultimate vindication of my thoughts that bigger isn’t necessarily better. This one has only a medium to medium full body, no huge bitter hops assault or mountains of thick chewy malt, but what it has is elegance and just pure, great flavor. Being a fan of English barleywines, which this reminds me of is some ways, I can’t help but admire the flavor profile. Plenty of lightly sweet toffee, lots of a winy/pruniness and a tasty but smooth yeast flavor. Plenty of chocolate, moderate bitterness on the finish. Oily, smooth body, soft, gentle, barely perceptible carbonation. Little bit of ethanol on the finish, mixed with some strong fruit phenols. I highly disagree that Imperial Stouts should be left to UK and US brewers. I’d love to see more such as these.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - SEP 30, 2004
Pours a quickly vanishing brown head. Black coloured with yeast particles on the bottom. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and a liquor-filled cake we call "pan di spagna". Full bodied, with an alcoholic mouthfeel, hints of cocoa and a nice hoppy finish. One of my favourites.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2004
Bottle bought in Belgium. Swing top, 330ml. 8.4% ABV. I’m not a huge fan of imperial stouts, but I picked this up because I knew it was well liked. Tasty roasty stoutness, winey with alcohol apparent. Tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 I was mildly disappointed in this as I have had bottles with much more to them.Foam had that Root Beer float appearance and the brew wasn’t pitch black but was dark brown bordering black.Okay,so roasted malts and maybe some mild chocolate but more bland than exciting.The longer it sat the more body it picked up. Re-Rate:new bottle.Totally different brew this time around with much more defined flavors

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 2, 2004
Cloudy brown with thick off-white head. Malt marshmallow, coffee, chocolate, Port, and syrup(maple). Light at first in the mouth with a light finish. Coffee, chocolate, dry, carmel all light flavors. The finish presents roasted notes and a light bitterness that lingers. All in all a nice beer and it improves a bit with some air.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2004
33 cL bottle, snifter. Caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt (H); flower, herb, grass hops (M); doughy yeast (L); red grape, plum, port, tobacco, soy sauce, brown sugar aromas. Deep black body with a tall, creamy, off-white head that lasts well. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. Nice roastiness in the finish. Medium-full body, oily texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: a tasty impy that has an undeniable (and somewhat undefineable) belgian twist.


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