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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1085   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."


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Cocoa aroma and flavor is carried nicely by the soft belgian texture and carbonation. This is not an intense imp stout, but rather smooth and dry.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JAN 25, 2005
Bottle (8.4%): Pours ruby black with a medium, lasting tan head. Berrys, raisins, chocolate, coffee, toffee and port wine. Brilliant aroma. Full soft mouthfeel. Sweet caramel and chocolate start, with a very fruity mid. Some woody notes come through too. Finish is suprisingly bitter and dry. Alcohol perfectly disguised, just a slight warming sensation. Top stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4767) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Pours a black color with a medium head. Aroma is quite bourbony with a healty malt dosage. Rich malt taste with hits of coffee and strong roasts. The alcohol doesn’t even make an appearance. Very subdued for an Impy Stout and I like it!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2005
My bottle states 8.4% with the 9% crossed out. Pours a deep deep brown with a wonderful pillow of an off-white head. Lacing is also excellent. Aromas of soy, caramel, roasted nuts, a little yeasty. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, a little cherry and there is a yeasty funk about it that makes it one of the most unique Imperial stouts I’ve tried. Fairly dry on the palate with hints of spices. Medium bodied.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Quite a bit of yeasty fruit aroma in this. Sweet smeel with a bit of a soy smell. This one pours a opaque black with a pleasing light brown head. It has a very beliagn feel to it. Mostly malt flavour with a pleasing mildly bitter taste. A tad bit of roast flavour shows through with just the right amount of hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9243) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Obsidian pour with a big, tan head. Aroma of malt, big chocoff, and some fruit. Tastes malty, with more chocoff and a solid finishing merlot element. Dense palate, yet very smooth. A truly Herculean stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14738) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2005
Bottle, 8.4% ABV. Fruity, salty, sweet aroma. Almost black colour, very big semi-stable head. Roasted, sweet acidic flavour with slightly sour coffee aftertaste. The flavour is good, but the aftertaste is brilliant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2004
Bottled - ABV (also) read 8.4%. Deep brown, almost black colour with a fine beige head. Aroma is very dry and roasted with nice hints of chocolate. The malty and sweet flavour is nicely balanced by the bitter finish. At first it seems quite mild but due to the dryness (I think) the taste just lingers on. Good stuff but what could you expect from a Belgian stout?!?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (15528) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2004
Bottled, alc. 8.4% (BB 06/2005)
Opaque black, huge cloudy brown head. Aroma has some sweetness, lots of roast, coffee beans and chocolate with mild hops added. Medium to full-bodied. Full of malts and chocolate, hints of sugar, nicely hopped. Bitterish roasted aftertaste with some burning alcohol, which makes this a bit unbalanced. Some yeast in the bottle. Excellent stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Bottle. The 9% on the label has been crossed over and under it in hand writing it says 8.4%. Dark red-brown almost black color and a nice head. There a small fish swimming around in it, a good sign. Fruity roasted aroma and a sweet fruity taste. Medium body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.


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