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

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RATINGS: 970   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."


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 28, 2003
take a typical stout nose and add ripe belgian fruit. A bit of alcohol, rasions, its reminding me of a trappist stout cross. Head looked the same color as those M&Ms replaced by the blue color around 93. very black, slight grey hues. very full bodied, no thin spots. fruity yeasty charecter and the typical belgian wierdness that floats on top of a normal stout backbone. incredible job masking the 9.0 abv

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (5616) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2003
Lactic sorness next to toffee and burned fruiyness. Very black, short creamy head, some yeast residue. Burned flavors, also some yeast and fruits. Body is a bit weaker than expected, slightly oily mouthfeel. Long coffeeground aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4481) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2003
Strong sweet smell with burned malts and fruits. Dark brownn/black coloured, ery acidic, remaining head. Taste is fruity and burned malty, chocolate and very well balanced. palate is smooth, but a bit alcoholic. Nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2004 2/13/04: Best by end of 2002 says the bottle. Still pours with a robust coffee black with a thin tan head. Good complexity of dark fruits, Belgian yeast and candi sugar in the aroma. Body is sugary sweet, yeasty and dry with some roasted malt showing up in the finish. I'm not sure if aging has helped this, as it has lost some of its body and become more sugary as opposed to malty. Still goes down very smooth and remains one of the more unique imperials out there. 1/13/03: This pours a very dark brown with a thin cream colored head. Has a slightly sweet raisin and date aroma with a touch of roasted malt. The smell also reminds me of Marsala cooking wine. The body is quite interesting...it starts out with a burnt black maltiness, but finishes with a good roasty flavor. Definitely its own style and quite drinkable/enjoyable at that.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2003
A very sweet and alcoholic nose. There are definitely no American qualities in this stout that I can perceive. Nothing to compare this brew to so it gets good points for uniqueness. Otherwise nothing extraordinary and I’ve had much better Imperial stouts before.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 Very unique stout. Interesting vinuous sweet aroma (cherries, tartness, grapes) with coffee and a touch of chocolate. Earthy notes also round out the aroma. Flavor is sweet with a really nice coffee finish. Nice stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2003
strong yeasty aroma, yeasty roasted choclate flavor is incredible and exactly what a Belgian stout should be

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 7, 2003
Small sustaining head atop black/brown body. Roasty coffee, chocolate, and dark cherry nose with some cobweb yeastieness that is normally reserved for other belgian styles, very interesting for a stout. Nice soft mouthfeel with laots of dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of cherry cordial wraping up with a little alcohol burn. Mouthfeel starts off kinda thin but thickens in mid-step.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2561) - GERMANY - JAN 2, 2003
Light toaste malt nose - pleasant. Opaque black color and a nice tan head. Toasted, smokey malt tastes with hints of chocolate. Not very bitter or dry, but an excellent flavor profile. Heavy body and a very clean palate.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
YogiBeera (2470) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Pure chocolate and espresso nose. Black body with a little diminishing head, leaving brussels laces. Chocolate and malt aroma. Crisp, burnt character. Prunes tastes also comes through. Long lasting aftertaste.


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