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98
76
style
Brewed by Ellezelloise (Brasserie des Légendes)
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellezelles, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 1119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2006
Black body, huge creamy beige head, fat laces; As soon as the bottle is opened the room is filled with the beautifully aroma of red berries that also comes from a young Vintage Port or a young top-Banyuls, when the beer is sniffed other aromas comes out, quite complex, with everything well hidden in balance: very bitter licorice, very bitter a little burnt hot chocolate (the stuff you drink), very acidy coffee as well as notes of Tawny Port; A little sharp carbonation, soft body with balance and complexity; As soon as swallowed a dry bitterness appears that grows with the length of the finish: bitter chocolate, vinous aged Port notes and again something burnt. Quite special, but very, very good with a freshness I often miss in Stouts.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2006
Dark coloured brew. Fruity aroma and dark fruity flavoured. Nice balanced bitterness in the end. It’s nice, but a bit too "light".

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - JUN 1, 2006
big black and mocha foamy pour. Aroma is dark fruit, sour yeast, and rich sweet malts. Flavor is...wow...much bigger than I expedted. Super rich and creamy chocolate malts, red berries (lot of acidic fruit), a bit of sour yeast. Mouthfeel is the tops...very thick on the palate, but it almost melts away to a lighter body in the swallow. Much more of a foriegn stout than an imperial. I enjoyed this very much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Dark cola pour, creamy off-white. Oooh… nice aroma. Berries, sour oak, cherry, glue + green weed stems (not "weed"). Very nice. Flavor is inviting… some dirty water, sweet cherry chocolate, fruity undertones, good stuff. Seems like a foreign stout based on my limited experience.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2006
33cL bottle, best by 8/8/06. Clear dark brown body, thin tan head. Chocolate and musty orange peel in the nose. Mouth-coating chocolate chip flavor with coffee bean roast and funky tart yeast in the background. Chocolate sweetness in the background. Very interesting flavor - not too sweet with neato yeastiness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2006
jet black pour w/ a nice cream of wheat looking tan head w/ little pits of reverse bubbling and a thick lacing. Hugely sweet syruppy aroma Big maple syrup and wood notes some sweet fruits definatelly come through as well (plums & figs). Palate is well coated and full but not big or creamy, probably thinner than I’d have expected on a 9% IS. Flavor is well sweet, but not as over the top as I’d expected from the aroma. Dry wood notes come through with the sweetness being more of a brown sugar coated overripe plum. Good but I would have rather just looked and smelled.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (6097) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention. Aroma of bitter roasted malt is quite powerful. Taste is dry, I would even say too dry for my own taste, with a long bitter finish and a strange yeast taste that doesn’t mix very well with the rest. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. Cannot say I was overly impressed with that one and I can’t see what everybody is raving about. Well, I will go back to their blonde and brune which I enjoyed a great deal more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2006
Black with a thin tan head. Sweet, malty aroma with some notes of brown sugar and dark fruits. Flavour is smooth and slight smoky. Fruity and sweet finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2006
A very complex, very enjoyable stout. I just wish it was available to me. Solid dry stout flavors of licorice and roasted coffee. Sticky, lip-smacking goodness that fades into a long dry finish. Supremely enjoyable and if I wasn’t trying to cram so many other beers into my mouth I would have most certainly enjoyed another one of these.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown in colour with a huge brownish head. Very sweet. Flavour kinda a mix between belgo dubbles and plane imperial stouts.


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