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


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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."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2002
The flavor is thin, but there are traces of hickory and coffee present. This is not a particularly slow-sipping beer, as it goes down very easily. No head retention, dark brown color.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4763) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2002
This has moderate carbonation, but no head at all. The aroma is of dark roast coffee and, I believe, a tiny bit of chocolate. The flavor is very roasty, almost to the point where I would call it smokey, and the coffee from the aroma comes back in full force. This is a tasty stout, but it falls short in a few places: 1. the price ($5.50 for a 11.2 oz. bottle is a bit steap for a beer unless I think it is great, so I need to remove a point or two from the overall impression to reflect this) 2. it is a bit thin bodied and lacks the complexity of flavor that I’ve come to expect from imperial stouts. The alcohol is well masked, making it very drinkable, but I don’t think this lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2002
color is black, about 99.9%. head is tan and creamy. aroma is some hops, slight coffee, barnyardy and some cardboard. flavor is coffee-like and nicely balanced with the hops..very roasty aftertaste to this one. body is a tiny bit light for the style in my opinion, although this is the first belgian stout i’ve tried. the aftertaste is strangely almost like roast beef!! there is a slight feel of alcohol in the mouth, but well-hidden at 9%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Got a shot of CO2 when I opened this one. . . Wonderful brown creamy head, I want to eat it with a spoon. Spicy, yeasty aroma, reminiscent of a Belgian Tripel. Mild chocolate milk, like what you would get by making chocoalte milk with skim milk. Slight roasted finish, with some small bitter notes. Wow, that is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2002
Dark roasted stout color. Malt flavor - chocolate, coffee, and syrup caramel. Fruity notes, but also some good hops in the end. Enjoyed this one very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 12, 2002
Best Before April 2003: Long lasting foamy tan head. Aroma hints of liquorice and wine. Thin body for the style. Packs a wallop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (7923) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2002
This is very dark with a great off white head that lasts for some time. A bitter beer with strong, unusual, liquorice notes. There is an underlying sweetness but its that rich roast blend that makes this so great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichardGretton (4220) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2002
Brilliant beer. Coffee beans mixed with wine aroma, very malty flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - DEC 8, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2003 20021208 re-rate, 4.0: Much much better than the first time. Maybe I had a wrong batch. Light roasted, spices and chocolat aroma. Black color, light brown frothy head, good lace. Roasted, light spiced, chocolat, hopbitter. Long lasting finish, butterscotch, alcohol burn, bitterness. 19991227, 1.9: How can the others like this? It's heavy, burned and over spiced. It's too much of everything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Black with a creamy dark tan head. Vinous nose of roast, chocolate, spices and more. Medium to thick bodied, flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted barley, licorice, yeast, spices evident with a nice hoppy bite. Lots of character and flavor. Kick ass! Thank you ecrvich.

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