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98
75
style
Brewed by Ellezelloise (Brasserie des Légendes)
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellezelles, Belgium
Serve in Snifter

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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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3.6
Papsoe (25061) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) Pitch black beer with a lovely brownish head. This really is heavy and solid stuff. Notes of licorice and an almost carbon-like driness from the burned malts. But in spite of it’s almost frightening appearance this really is rather easy to drink and the alcohol isn’t really scary. 140798

3.7
Beerhunter111 (21763) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraune Farbe mit geringem bräunlichen Schaum. Geruch röstmalzig hefig, leichte Kaffeenoten, alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, schokoladig, leicht nach Kaffee. Der Alkoholgehalt ist schon deutlich zu spüren.

3.9
Leighton (21755) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle at Delirium Hoppy Loft, Brussels. Pours brown with a medium, tan head. Dark, yeasty bread toast aroma with hints of roast coming in. Medium sweet flavor, dusty cocoa, dark sugar, some floral, herbal bitter notes. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, all dark malts, lightly herbal and spicy hops and toasted sugars. Drinks exceptionally well for the ABV. A very nice beer overall.

3.7
Rasmus40 (21460) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle from Brygshoppen, Aarhus. Clear very dark brown with a big and lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and wood. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and roasted moderate bitter finish. 311012

4.1
fiulijn (20938) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2002
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 2009-04-08, ~2 years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Black color; the usual Belgian generous head; a layer of foam is persistent. Very nice aroma of chocolate malts, mature. Good mouthfeel, not too thick but smooth enough; it has a good chocolate malt flavor, with hints of roasted malt and also some liquorice given by the age, with some Belgian character too. Correct bitterness. Balanced and interesting.

2007-11-09, 7-4-8-3-15=37
The aroma has some caramel and chocolate, and an additional rum touch. Medium round body, good caramel and chocolate flavour, less strong and complex than expected, and not much bitter.

2002-09-25, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Dark colour; brown, generous, creamy head. Delicate nose, of malt, roasted malt, yeast, caramel.
Powerful brew, perfect balance of elements: sweetness and bitterness; smoothness and dryness; roasted malt and hop. Some sweet liquorice as well. Very strong, but the alcohol is not overwhelming. Strong and long palate (hop, liquorice, malt).
A giant one, an almost perfect Imperial Stout (or whatever).
A must try with some years of aging (this one, I guess, was 2ys old).

3.5
Koelschtrinker (20768) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 19, 2011
Erdig-malziger Antrunk mit herbem Anstoß. Im Mittelteil etwas fruchtig, das Malz wird seichter, das Bier bliebt aber ausreichend würzig. Das Malz wird auch weiterhin schwächer, die Herbe bleibt konstant. So nimmt die Würzigkeit schrittweise ab, wird aber im Nachgeschmack auf sanftem Level längere Zeit gehalten. Die Fruchtigkeit ist dabei verschwunden. Milder als gedacht. Test vom 6.12.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 10,12,11,12,7,11 - 11,00

2.9
Theydon_Bois (20139) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
Bottle, from Dranken Geers, at the 500 miles tasting in the Sham, 23/03/13. Extremely dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head that clears to the edge and leaves a film atop the glass. Nose is roast malt, liqourice, dark fruits, sugars. Taste comprises roast malt, mineral notes, light coffee, fag ash, yeast, touch of wood, molasses. Fullish body with soft carbonation, dry in the finish. Average stout, a low score for me on an imperial - too sweet simple!

3.9
harrisoni (18970) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2006
Bottle. Very dark ruby, lasting beige head. Lots of dark roasted malt and some dark fruit. Plenty of dark choc and coffee espresso. Full in mouth, burnt and bitter finish. Impressive dary stout. Finish has a bit of alcohol heat. Bit of smoke and black treacle on aroma too.

3.6
saxo (18959) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium bitter finish.

3.8
rlgk (18851) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2004
Black, small brownish head. Some yeast sinking to the bottom of the glass.Aroma from cocoa and coffee. Also witk malts and some plums. Maybe some raisins as well. Flavor is quite strong and smoky. Tastes of cocoa and chocolate, Has a rather bitter finish. A good and complex stout


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