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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1117   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2005
A Mes rate: As black as tar, totally opaque. Excellent all rounder. The aroma jumps from the bottle. The usual Ellezelloise spice is ever present along with liqourice, chocolate, ginger biscuits. Mouthfeel is glorious and thick. Finish is long and bitter. Certainly not one to start the night off with! Never fails to leave me in a bit of a mess. I swear they put some kind of ’special stuff’ in there...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2005
Couleur noire très foncée parsemée d’une dense et persistante mousse brune. Fruits rouges, café, doux chocolat noir et guimauves blanches sont transpercés par de puissants effluves de houblon vert. Flaveurs de malt hautement torréfiées, brandy, pâte d’amade. Sensation en bouche un peu vineuse, probablement à cause de l’alcool et de l’impression de fruits rouges. Très sèche, finale amere allant tantôt vers le rôti. Complexe et intéressant. Bouteille Moan And Dove 21 Mai 2005.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2005
from the bottle poured a dark brown, with a light tan head. aroma dark cherries, roasted malts, caramel, smoke, and some hops, and a hint of alcohol. flavor, the roasted malts came out nicely, and than dark fruits, chocolate, hops. this was very good.I just wish I knew who sent this in a trade to flemdawg

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
This does remind me more of a Belgian Ale, but it is still a very good beer. Nose has coffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, chocolate raisin and some plum. Good chocolate, caramel and fruit flavor trio. Quite enjoyable, but unlike any other Imperial Stout I’ve encountered. Very cute bottle to top it off.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - APR 29, 2005
Black, tall but - fast collapseing - brown head. Fresh aroma with notes of black currants, sourish undertones. Yeast. Uncomplex, malty sweet flavour. Traces of roasted malts. Wood. Some coffee. More yeast. Dry, short finish with some hops. A bit watery palate. However, there is something wrong here - its really more belgian ale than imperial stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2005
Aroma is sweet, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Dark brown coloured with a large brown head. Taste is great: dark chocolate, biscuits, nice roasted malts. Great mouthfeel, wonderful beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 26, 2005
Dark brown colour with a dense light brown head. Malty aroma with a dark fruit sweetness and hints of alcohol. Malty flavor with faint roasted notes, some plum sweetness and a alcohol finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1161) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2005
foamed a bit out of the grolsch-style bottle when i popped it open, and tons of yeast sediment on the bottom that must have been partially suspended in the bottle. smells like a belgian ale with tons of roasted barley. spritzy mouthfeel, flavors of molasses and roast barley. fascinating flavor--it explodes with bread, brown sugar, vanilla, sherry, even some dry cinnamon. it is very dry but even though most of the "feeling" has evaporated from my mouth, i can still taste some sweetness. definitely an intriguing beer

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 (on bottle)Odd, sour nose, but what a taste. Rounded and kind of sweet. Still with a lot of dried fruits, coffeeicecream(with hazels) and a lasting toffe, small alcohol finish. Big on the woodnotes allthrough the pour. RETASTING(THANX RENÉ) 1999 OR 2000 EDIT. Easy, laid back dirt, liqourice and ryebread here.The finish oes takes a beating from the ageing, gets very flat and molasses-sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
Pours a nice dark brown/black with a fuller brown head. Chocolaty aroma along with some yeast and a bit of roast. Excellent flavor that manages to combine Belgian yeast with very roasty malt. You also pick up some flavors of vanilla, mild hops, and oak. Full bodied, slightly velvety with an undeniably Belgian feel. This is great stuff.


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