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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1034   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Bottle. Very black with hints of red in bright light. Not much head. Aroma of molasses and licorice. Excellent. Taste is sweet malts and fruit. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Deep black in color. Very roasty and dry. It was ok. Maibockaddict and I drank it together, and it was a little appleley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Pours foamy and black. Roasty apple aroma. Flavor is dry and roasty. I am just not that impressed with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2004
Licorice, fruity, roasty nose. Deep ruby brown/black hue. Light tan head, significant lacing. Deep, roasty flavors, coffee/espresso, pleasant body, hidden alcohol, dark fruit, finishing with a great bitter underlying note. This is great stuff, widely available, extremely tastey...And the only Belgian Stout I have ever tried. GET SOME!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8537) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Pitch black. Spicy soy sauce aroma with licorice. Medium body, smoky & dry finish, very sharp & spicy overall... a good "imperial" smoked licorice flavor towards the end, but the aroma is not very pleasing. Has a wonderful dry and smoky feel to it, so scores a 5 there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a black colr with medium-sized creamy tan head. Has flaovrs of chocolate, coffee, and brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Again, many thanks to acrodizer for letting me try this one with him. Black color with tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma is very fruity and lighty hoppy, a touch of belgian qualities in here as well, lots of yeast, a touch of soy sauce tickles the nose at the end. The taste is not too assertive, but fairly well balanced with some thick chocolate & coffee flavors and a light bitter residual hoppiness. The mouthfeel is full, very full bodied (what else would you expect with an imperial stout). Well designed, not too bad, nothing stands out too strong though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2004
F-ing scared the shit out of me when the damn ceramic cap burst off like a cork pop gun, making the loudest bang/pop of any beer ever!

Lot # 7 -- Best Before December 2003, I’m a month late but it was aging.
Pours a Black body with edges of crimson; above is a thick tightly compact toffee colored head. The nose is full with suggestions of toffee, caramel, dates, yeast, and mocha, very tempting!
Oh Baby, the flavor and palate are surreal!!
My first impression is cask aged whisky! Holly mother this is delicious! Mocha, mocha, mocha, whisky, spiced rum, French Pressed coffee, caramelized brown sugar, a pinch of doughy yeast, SO GOOD! The palate is exceptionally creamy and elegant; it’s not overly effervescent, nor is it even close to being stagnant, it's just exceptional! A warming / dry / earthy / oak like / whisky finish is the grand finally, One can NOT go wrong with a brew as Imperial as this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3506) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Beer 14 Belgium trip, one that I had definitely hoped to run across. Interestingly, my bottle was marked with 8.9% alcohol with the 9 marked out, best before June 04. Deep black, brown around edges, the head just won't stop. Pleasant roasted aroma, some bacon notes, a little smokey. Sweet molasses, hints of espresso and balanced roasted flavors at the finish. A touch of liquor about the whole thing. Nicely constructed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3655) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Jet black, quickly evaporating beige head, good condition. Aroma starts off with alcohol followed by licorice, roast barley and fruity berries. Quite sweet and fruity (blackcurrant) in the mouth with more roast barley that lingers into the finish becoming dry and powdery.

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