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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: 958   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   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."


3.3
   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.

3.4
   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.

4.4
   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%.

4
   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.

4.2
   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.

4
   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.

4.3
   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.

4.5
   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.

4
   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.

4.1
   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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