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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1050   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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."

cloudskipper's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cloudskipper (17) - Alameda, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
This is a classic case of a beer having more bark than its bite. The nose is great - smoky, oatmeal, dark fruits. The palate is thin - really difficult to distinguish a flavor besides smoked malts. Appearance is nice and dark, not pitch black. Wish I got more out of this beer taste and palate-wise, but the nose and appearance save it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartzluke (390) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 26, 2015
6 oz pour from tap at 48 degrees into a miniature sniffer glass at Churchkey in DC. Black and opaque with a big root-beer-float-like off-white head. Nose isn’t as much as I’d like. A bit roasty, woody, and sweet, but not too forward. Very nice body though. Thick and creamy. A lot like ice cream and beer, actually. Fairly dry. Moderate evident carbonation provides a bit of an airy bite on the end. Taste is awesome. Roasty, a bit sweet, woody, a little boozy, a little coffee, earthy, a little raisin, maybe some vanilla. Complex. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Odysseyalien (61) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2015
This one has all the bells and whistles that I look for in an imperial stout. Black as night, beautiful lacing, a smell that differs from all other imperial stouts I’ve had in a positive way. But the real slam dunk I look for is taste. It just didn’t do it for me. Maybe it’s time for me to ’fes up and say "I don’t like Belgian beer."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (968) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 17, 2015
330ml flip-top bottle at home. BB 03/2017. almost black color, medium big tan/pinkish head. smells malty roasted, quite earthy, light sour note, leather, very subtle fruit notes. full body, medium carbonation, full mouthfeel. tastes earthy, leather, charcoal, light alcohol, light wood, spices, peat like notes, lightly sour. finishes with spices, earthy notes, charcoal and a bit of a sharp taste. good brew, would rate this even higher if it had some more notes than just ash / charcoal / earth / leather. Also as mentioned has some sharp alcoholic notes toward the finish. Actually the note gets a bit more prominent when it warms up -> -0.1. There are too many good beers in this ABV range, so not sure I would seek this out again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (274) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2015
330ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a nice beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and a little sour. Flavour is medium sweet, light bitter and light sour. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Finish is long, dry and a little bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (439) - Montesarchio, ITALY - AUG 12, 2015
Veramente una birra speciale. Aroma di cioccolato, caffè torrefatto, orzo. Ordinario e pulito, marrone con schiuma beige compatta e cremosa. In bocca è leggerissima, quasi acquosa, si sente il cacao,la cannella, il cioccolato con le nocciole,caffè e tanto orzo amaro con erba fresca . la birra è stupenda perché è avvolgente ma liscia, bilanciatissima,unica. Una birra superstare

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zinneke (145) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2015
Roasted, coffee, chocolate, herbal. Taste is dry, light sourish and malted. Ok stout, not my favorite, light sourness is a bit annoying imo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DerGantzel (24) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2015
A bit rosty, coffee and star anis in the aroma, but not overwhelming. Apperarance typical for the style with fine and not to much foam. The taste is good but not intense and doesn’t last that long. Not to sweet. Lacks volume and creamy palate, but fine carbonation. Conclusively a good beer, but not the best Imperial stout I have tasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smmaaren (356) - NORWAY - AUG 7, 2015
33 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours dark brown almost black. Big beige head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffe and chocolate. Medium carbonation. Bitter and dry finish. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vighals (2040) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2015
Mørk brun med fingerhøyt beige skum. Lukter salmiakk, kaffe, mørke frukter og svisker. Middels + i fylde. Ganske bitter til å være stout. Kaffe, alkohol og noe fruktig sødme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mithe (1120) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2015
(bottle 0,33l)
Aroma: Chocolate, dark malts, light sourish.
Appearance: Dark brown color. Long lasting, creamy, beige head.
Taste: Medium sweet, chocolate, light sour.
Palate: Medium body. Dry, light warm finish.
Overall: Sourish. Quite dull for imperial stout.

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