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

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RATINGS: 1128   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
olio (9948) - Tampere, - JAN 7, 2013
33 cl bottle @ Bruges.
Originally rated on 20100722.
Pours dark brown, almost black color with a large, frothy off-white head. Aroma of licorice, dark toasted malts, some sourish ripe fruits and caramel. Flavor of dark toasted malts, some caramel and toffee notes, licorice and brown sugar, mild dark chocolate notes too. Excellent.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iznogud (3626) - CROATIA - APR 22, 2017
Bottle, 330 ml, courtesy of and shared with JFK10000. Deep brown, beige head. Caramel, malty, sweet, some chocolate, light to medium bodied. Thin, watery. Bland, disappointing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markoijelena (3092) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - MAR 18, 2017
Draft 0.25l at Cafe Hesp Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 01.03.2017. Pour it dark color with medium white head. Aroma light roasted malt, some chocolate. Taste lots of roasted malt with caramel, sweet sugary finish, pinch of bitter dark chocolate in the middle, but really thin feel with light body, lively, astringent finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
commonmac (1180) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2017 Bottle consumed at Het Waterhuis Aan de Bierkant. All of the usual suspects present for consumption. Dark black in color with a healthy tan head. Aroma is mild but features some cocoa, dark fruit, and a malty and bready characteristic. Taste is a pleasant mix of chocolate, malty cereal, and a slight coffee finish. Feels very much like a standard stout which is surprising given it?s a Belgian effort. A little bit thinner than I expected but it?s definitely smooth. Nothing unique but it?s drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (3000) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle. Very Dark Brown. Roasted malts, caramel and toffee. Fruity, coffee & chocolate. Sweet & very smooth. Alcohol well masked. Dry finish. Less intense than other Imperials. Very drinkable. Nice Impy. (2008)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (4571) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2017 Bottle at De Hems. Black with a tan foam. Light cocoa, red fruit and toast nose. Rich, creamy and warming, with hints of burnt toast and cocoa, and liquorice on the finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inoven (597) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2017
Flesje gedeeld met TomHendriksen (tht juni 2015). Diep donkerbruin bier met depot. Weinig aroma, misschien door de ouderdom. Ook de smaak is vlak, iets houtig en hoppig. De nasmaak is licht bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomHendriksen (360) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2017
Fles gedeeld door Inoven. Het is een zachte Stout, met hints van eiken vaten en een licht zuurtje.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (2819) - Røros, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2017
Black with light brown head - Roasted malt aroma - Roasted malt body with bitterness - The roasted malt goes into the finish - This was good

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeijoA (65) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2017
33 cl bottle, BBE 23.1.18. Very dark brown, cola-coloured stout with a small beige head. Not much aromas straight off, too cold possibly, lots of licorice once it warms up. Flavour of malts, licorice, a little spicy with a crisp yet soft palate. Admittedly, I drank most of it before I got to the rating. Not even my favourite flavor profile, yet very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnstledger8 (1106) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle. Pitch black with a lasting light beige foamy head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, oats, dark dried fruits, hint of plum and ginger. Taste is of dark fruits, raisins, figs, blackcurrant, plum, liquorice, pepper, chocolate. Light oily mouthfeel, soft to medium carbonation.


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