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

bottled
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RATINGS: 992   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."


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (15168) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 deep deep black, odd sour malt nose, strong roasted malt with alight sweetness and hint of coffee. A great stout with full mouth flavour
Tk2. Deep black ... light roast fruit malt nose ...quite sweet ... lots of caramel and toffee malts .

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14158) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle, 33cl, 8.4% ABV. A nice-looking beer with a head that should be bigger. The body is sure black, and the head is beige and lasting, but as mentioned, a bit small. Coffee, burnt malt, licorice and a sweetness in the aroma. Sweet flavor with coffee also playing a major part, followed by notes of licorice, burnt malt, a slight buttery touch and a hint of hoppy bitterness. The finish is quite long, with sweetness, coffee and licorice. Full body. I like my stouts drier, but it is sure nice. The little buttery flavor are also something I would like to have removed. (071027)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14126) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
Bottle. Very dark ruby, lasting beige head. Lots of dark roasted malt and some dark fruit. Plenty of dark choc and coffee espresso. Full in mouth, burnt and bitter finish. Impressive dary stout. Finish has a bit of alcohol heat. Bit of smoke and black treacle on aroma too.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (14104) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 Dark brown, a bit creamy. Chocolate and fruits. A bit smoke. Filling texture. low carbonation. Great finish! Re-rating sep 08. Damm, the aroma blew me completely away. Wood, vanilla, yeast & loads of chocolate. Brilliant!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13798) - Sønderborg, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (13780) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle (2000) at DTE - Ratebeer night (06-01-07). Black- light brown head. Berries, roasted, mould, burned, chokolate, cocoa, dry finish. Nice smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (13269) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Appearance is almost black with a thin, rapidly disappearing tan head and minimal to no lacing. Smell is of dark fruits, nuts and cocoa. Taste is very subtle, with plum, vanilla, roasted sweet malt and a dry slightly bitter chocolate finish. Slightly thin body for its style and strength, but a nice, understated, complex beer. I have one in storage for 13 months so far, very curious to taste it when it has matured a bit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12992) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2003
Black with light brown head. Faint aroma - some dark chocolate. Huge bitterness - not overly roasty but a sweet candy malt overlapped by chunky high alpha bitterness. I admire its assertiveness but I'm not sure I'd want another one.


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