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

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RATINGS: 961   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."


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown 2 black with a light brown head. Aroma malty, smoked, vinous and hoppy. Flavor heavy with notes of chocolate and sweetness, long.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30713) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours deep brown with a lacing brown head. Roasted malt aroma, slight chocolate bitterness. Medium bodied. Nutty, berry fruity flavour blending into the malt flavour. Covered in chocolate notes. Clear yeast presence providing some slight herbal note similar to the saison I’ve had.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29111) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2003
The aroma is powerful and very sweet with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, and yeast. The color is pitch black and it has a beutiful long lasting chocolate brown head. The flavor is sweet malt but with a bite from the roasted malt which gives way to sweet chocolate rolling over the tongue together with hints of licorice. In the end the chocolate gives way to a very dry and rather bitter sensation on the tongue. A great beer with great complexity. This is even better than I remembered.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Pitch black beer with a lovely brownish head. This really is heavy and solid stuff. Notes of licorice and an almost carbon-like driness from the burned malts. But in spite of it’s almost frightening appearance this really is rather easy to drink and the alcohol isn’t really scary. 140798

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2005
Black colour with a small beige head. Powerful aroma of port wine, oak, pepper and other spices. Sweet spicy flavour with notes of coffee, liquorice and fruits, with a roasty finish. Interesting stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown/black colour, big brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and some "fruityness". Hides ABV very well in both aroma and flavour. Chocolate, old dark coffee, ashes and hops in flavour. Still very pleasant. Full bodied and palated, Extremely welldone. Roasted malts in aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19214) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2002
Dark black. Very malty, fruity, full bodied. Complex and interesting!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16390) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a very big brown head. Roasted aroma and a little fruity. Hints of dried fruits and chocolate. Roasted flavor with hints of dry fruits, chocolate and coffee. Malty finish with chocolate hints. Very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (14442) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2011
26th May 2009
Clear dark brown beer. Crisp and dry palate, turns frothy. Semi sweet chocolate malt dominates with a minerally dry finish and a carbonated bite. Chocolatey and crisp! A bit different!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14328) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2002
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 2009-04-08, ~2 years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Black color; the usual Belgian generous head; a layer of foam is persistent. Very nice aroma of chocolate malts, mature. Good mouthfeel, not too thick but smooth enough; it has a good chocolate malt flavor, with hints of roasted malt and also some liquorice given by the age, with some Belgian character too. Correct bitterness. Balanced and interesting.

2007-11-09, 7-4-8-3-15=37
The aroma has some caramel and chocolate, and an additional rum touch. Medium round body, good caramel and chocolate flavour, less strong and complex than expected, and not much bitter.

2002-09-25, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Dark colour; brown, generous, creamy head. Delicate nose, of malt, roasted malt, yeast, caramel.
Powerful brew, perfect balance of elements: sweetness and bitterness; smoothness and dryness; roasted malt and hop. Some sweet liquorice as well. Very strong, but the alcohol is not overwhelming. Strong and long palate (hop, liquorice, malt).
A giant one, an almost perfect Imperial Stout (or whatever).
A must try with some years of aging (this one, I guess, was 2ys old).


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