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

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RATINGS: 986   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."


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willbrenton (7) - - FEB 1, 2013
Slight notes of licorice, roasted malt, espresso. Slightly sour finish. Overall only ok. AU$9.50 for a 330ml bottle from International Beer Shop in Perth.


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Handypaul (243) - - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a decent mostly lasting beige creamy head that leaves great lacing. Weak aroma of caramel. Surprisingly light body for a stout, thin to oily texture, big flavors of coffee and dark chocolate, average carbonation and a bitter chocolate/coffee finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (4021) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 13, 2014
330ml bottle [even if it wouldn’t have been a Herculean task to get hold of another bottle of this, some detective work would have had to be done - bartlebier spared me any inconvenience by mucking out his "Augean stables" full of Belgian classics and subjoining an exemplar to our recent BBW-NRWUK trade - thank you very much Frangatha Poirot!). Darkest brown colour with mahogany glimmer, average, frothy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, beige to tan head. Tartish vinegar aroma speaks for infection; notes of roasty dark malt, balsamico, brine, dill, gherkin, soup cube, lovage, a touch of vanilla. Taste is dry, roasty dark malty with subtle sweetness, minimally tart and salty, notes of liquorice, a touch of balamico; lasting, dry, oaky finish. Irregardless indications of infection, a rich and complex, spicy Imperial Stout with astonishing easiness. [Maybe Hermes didn’t treat Hercules with care during his last διακομιδ&#

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hidden_Pooch (409) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
This cute little bottle holds liquid that is anything but cute. Pours black as Hades with a perfect little tan crown. Aroma is of raisins, liquorice, plums, roasted malts, and grapes. You taste the booze in this bad boy, with roasted malts, plums, and burnt coffee. Has a heavy body that feels slick and just sits on the tongue. Has a real burnt coffee aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (342) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 4, 2014
Very dark brown colour, beige foamy head. Roasted malts with dark chocolate and creamy coffee tones, some oak vanilla notes, quite acidic and a nice hoppy, spicy bite. Medium carbonation, good body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Harubi (5) - - NOV 2, 2014 does not count
Aroma is refined but not very intense. Foam is coloured caramel, but not standing long. Taste is heavy, smocks with a charcoal bitter finish rather than hoppy sourness. Palate is quite long but bitter. Very much within the heavy Irish stout style, no flower or fine fragrance that can be found in some.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
langeveld12 (249) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
Head is average, light brown and frothy. Body is black. Aroma contains roasted malts, spruce, forest fruits, chocolade, coffee, licorice, pineapple, orange, lemon, barnyard, and more things that don't spring to mind. Flavor is light acidic, then bitter. Body is medium with creamy texture and soft carbonation. Fruity at start, dry bitter in the end. Not very complex yet quite enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beergaard (112) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2014
Roasty and somewhat bitter taste of Coffee, chocolate and malt. Same could be said about the aroma. Black color, Big head. Not as good as its reputation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (1702) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of coffee, spice, malt. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, coffee, dry, roasted malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorm (1385) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
Mřrk brun farve med kremet beige skum. Lukt av rřstet malt, bćr, karamell og malt. Smak av rřstet malt, rosin, frukt og sjokolade. Fruktig god ettersmak...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (1632) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2014
Duft av kaffe, krydder, sjokolade og vanilje. Dyp sort farge. Tynt dekkende brunt skum, heng langs kant. Nydelig smak av kaffe, sjokolade og vanilje.


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