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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 970   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."


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CamdenD (1092) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2003
A perfect beer -- in every sense. The aroma is elegant yet forceful; it feels like a divine syrup going down your throat; the taste is that of viscosity and a bit of daring fruitiness for a stout. The only belgium stout? Come on!!! Let's get more of these!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - DEC 29, 2007
This is a real monster of a stout. You can tell right off the aroma this is a Belgian stout, one of the finest I have tasted. Super rich, but very drinkable....the swing top cap is a marketing home run....nice hop flavor and very chocolately malty good.....One of the best stouts, period.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2010
opaque black, thick bubbly head, medium body, medium co2.

aroma: warm, roasty, slightly burnt

taste:
T1= leafy hops.
T2= chocolate malt, slight charcoal, tobacco leaf.
T3= alcohol warmth, charcoal, sticky tobacco leaves.

more like a chocolaty porter.
great balance of leafy hops, chocolate malt, charcoal, and alcohol.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Full marks. Aromas of chocolate and vanilla. Taste is sweet and bitter, with good balance.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2002
i thank ratebeer for this one - ive been reading about it for the last year, and now ive finally got around to drinking it. and it did not disappoint. fudgeen incredible rich toffee, asphalt and banana aromas, a bbbbig fat marmalade and charcoal flavour as you might get in ordinary stouts, but also richly spicy and somehow vegetablesque, like really good spinach. rummy and peppery finish fudgeen woah yeah i like it a LOT

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2002
I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, and it’s everything I could have hoped for! Black body with healthy beige head. Aroma is complex and malty -- dark chocolate, toffee, coffee, and roasty. Flavor is even better -- chocolate, coffee, ginger, roastiness, and slight alcohol (an insufficient reminder of its 9% abv). Very creamy and stays nicely on the tongue. Definitely worth having as a milestone beer (my 500th beer rated here) -- it ties my highest rating overall.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Swing top comes off with a violent pop...instant aroma of red wine and blueberry pie, even before pouring. This looks amazing. Pours a little thinner than most imperials, with a creamy, lingering mocha head. The aroma is mezmerizing: more blueberry pie, cane sugar and yeast up front, with stouty, roasted malt, and a light bitterness lurking behind. Oh, how glorious. Dark, sweet fruit (berries and currants), doughy yeast. Definite Belgian malt presence, and an ample hop bitterness. I actually expected lower hop levels, but I’m not complaining. Silky and smooth texture, absolutely silky and smooth. When I imagined what I’d like a ’Belgian Imperial Stout’ to be, this almost perfectly hits the mark. Like a combination of Chimay Bleu and Old Rasputin. Simply phenomenal.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2002
Black color, with lots of head, which faded almost immediately. Chocolate (or maybe licorice?) scent, the aroma of this beer made me happy, like I knew just from the smell that I was going to enjoy this. Smoked chocolate flavor to start off with. Most chocolate flavor in beer is that of dark chocolate, this is more of a lighter milk chocolate flavor, without being too sweet. There’s certainly notes to this that I’m not learned enough to pick up and describe, but there’s a lot going on here. You get the slight burning effect of the high alcohol without the alcohol taste. Nice and creamy. Not so thick as to be syrupy, but thick enough. What a fantastic beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ARMed (598) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Thank you CaptainCougar for this fantastic brew! Wonderful fresh aroma with the faint smell representative of Belgium yeast. Poured with a thick light brown frothy head with small bubbles and a long lasting appearance. Almost black appearance with 1/4 in of the top filtering light enough to see a deep brownish red hue. Excellent frothy lacing that resembles a slightly watery Guinness. Smooth taste with minimal carbonation but enough bubbles to tickle the throat. Excellent balance between malt and hops. No aftertaste at all. The taste has hints of cocoa, roasted malt, licorice, and vanilla. This is by far the most enjoyable stout I have had in a while and it matches the best of the catagory. The 9% alcohol seems a bit high as it is perfectly masked. There is nothing I can say bad about this beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (557) - BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2012
Hercule Stout. Oui... noir comme le charbon et comme les bières du mineur. La bière est nommée en honneur à un détective... Jouons donc comme lui à détecter les saveurs et les mérites de ce noir breuvage. Couleur donc complètement opaque, qui ne permet pas de déceler le pétillant : premier mystère confié à Hercule. La mousse est beige et retombe vite.... second mystère puisque mon exemplaire est à date en avril 2012, et ceci ne devrait pas faire peur à un stout qui a goûté au bois de chêne... Mais je mettrai ceci, pour ma part, sur le compte du degré d’alcool élevé : 9 % abv. J’espère que Hercule sera d’accord avec moi. Les arômes sont de porto, vin rouge vieux, avec une pointe d’anis... Mystère 3 ! La texture est douce mais bien marquée. Mystère 4, mais réponse aisée... Le premier goût est de café fort, charbon de bois, bois brûlé et fumée de bon tabac . Mystère 5 : devinez de quel tabac il s’agit. La réponse commence par S.... La 2ème bouche est plus intégrée sur le malt torréfié et le chocolat noir. Mystère 6 : devinez de quel chocolat noir il s’agit. La réponse commence par C.... La 3ème saveur montre un très beau niveau sur les céréales et le houblon qui apparaît... avec du piment doux et des marrons grillés. Mystère 7 : combien de temps les marrons ont-ils grillé ? La réponse est entre 1 et 3 minutes.... La longueur montre un superbe nez de grand cru. Mystère 8 : Bordeaux ou Bourgogne ? La finale revèle un superbe fondu et relève de l’alchimie... (grand mystère, n°9) La levure est d’un très bon niveau et un peu piquante. Mystère n°10 : à quelle température faut-il servir cette bière ? (NB/ j’ai une réponse) Donc un Hercule qui se prête au jeu, mais comme il a manqué une réponse, il ne peut obtenir un 5....


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