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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: 1074   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Thanks to Footbalm for the sample. 33cl swingtop. Not quite completely opaque, some light shining throug. A dark fiery brown color with an enormous head. Slightly vinous, some oak, roasted barley, licoricefruit, Belgium yeast. Body is thin for the style. Flavor is sweet, slight bitter, raisins, cocoa, anise some yeast. Interesting. Couldn’t quite imagine a Belgian Imperial. Now I can. Nice but different. I think I’ll stick with the Amerivcan Impy’s.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Nearly black with a nice thick tan head. Sweet, milky, cocoa aroma. Light sweetness, moderate roast, some lactic qualities, with hints of licorice and cocoa. Unique and enjoyable stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Eclipse black color. Small to medium sized, tan colored head. Excellent lacing. Aroma is chocolate, toffee with hints of vanilla and coffee. A medium bodied stout. Malts are toffee, coffee and chocolate. Slightly spicy hops. Nice balance. Slow developing very complex tasting aftertaste. Vanilla, coffee beans and toffee. Subtle beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is thin and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2004
First Belgian stout I’ve ever tried. Not as dark as most stouts. Call it a very dark brown with a small tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with lots of dark fruit and licorice. Sweet roasted malt flavor with dark fruits, dark chocolate and coffee. Nice full bodied palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2004
10.31.04 330ml swingtop bottle. Finally got my hands on this one thanks to some generous soul at Heavyweight’s open house. Blackish pour with dark head. Aromas of brownie, prune, licorice, grape jelly. Palate is soft and thick. Very sweet and not as roasty as I expected. Burnt flavors of blackened grain, some cocoa, smelled better than it tasted. Oily on finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2004
Bottled. Lots of chocolate and licquorice aromas in this very dark brown stout which has a reasonable brown-tan head. The taste is big on burnt malts but also has bitter chocolate and licquorice tastes. Very nice.

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 (4545) - 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 (3508) - 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 (1864) - Fort Collins, 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.


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