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Hercule Stout - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Hercule StoutHercule Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

374 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 26
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 10-12-2001)
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BarberDan329

Massachusetts

1.65/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: pours a nice dark brown, thin in body, yet enticing.

S: Smells nice, maybe sweet, but i smell something different,

T: to the lips, not bad, but once it hit the back of my tongue, just awful, the licorice/anise is SO overpowering. I like it in sambuca, so ita not that i don't like licorice.

M: The dry mouthfeel and taste reminds me of some flavored skoal i tried in high school... Never again... NOT a stout in my opinion.

O: at 7.99 for this i am beyond apalled, it has nothing besides a nice color... Please if you want a stout go american double or imperial, avoid this

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:50:42 | More by BarberDan329
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

1.73/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a chalice for $5 for a happy hour discount. Sampled 2/29/12.

A: Dispensed with 1 1/2 fingers of airy foam head, light brown in color, and creamy on top. Great retention. The purely black body deposits small slings of lace on the glass.

S: Wet earth, burnt toast and traditional skoal. That's right, snuff - the dipping tobacco. Perhaps it was winterfresh and not traditional flavor. Either way, the nose is very awkward - and nothing like an RIS should be.

T: The flavor matches. Adding something reminiscent of watered down scotch. A light fruity element tries to come through but is overtaken by the earth and tobacco. Not a good showing.

M: Unexplainably thin. Light and watery. It's hard to believe the ABV is 9%. Highly disappointing.

O: I've been meaning to pick up a bottle of this beer for quite some time but was always put off by the price tag. Glad to have the opportunity for an inexpensive pour since paying the bottle price ($10 I think) would have been like throwing money down the drain. Literally. I had no interest in finishing the glass.

It's interesting to note that almost all of the highest ratings for this beer were logged between 2002-2004. Maybe this beer has fallen off considerably, or maybe this keg was bad.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 13:10:32 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

2/5  rDev -50.7%

04-24-2013 08:17:47 | More by ohiobeer29
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

11-22-2012 00:11:36 | More by ScaryEd
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

2.38/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Almost, but not quite, jet black. Very active and thick beige head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell: Smells kinda fruity, like grapes, plums and jams. No roasted or chocolate malts on the nose at all. No hoppy scents, floral or bitter, at all, either.

Taste: Sweet and sour with a hint of hoppy bitterness at the end. Lingering dried fruits (raisins, dates, and such) on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light for the style, regardless of which style it is.

Drinkability: Given the price I paid ($10.25).. no, hell, no. Seems better classified as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than an Imperial Stout. My scores wouldn't change too much if this were the case. Save your money for Sam Smith's Imp. Stout, Trois Pistoles, or Shakespeare Stout instead.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 04:08:47 | More by ManekiNeko
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip at TJ's Belgian Beer Paradise event on January 22, 2011. Reviewed from notes.

The body is a very deep garnet hued nearly opaque black color. Verbose, I know, but it does the color justice. Thin head, and it dissipates quickly, providing no lacing.

The aroma is overwhelmed by a potent licorice character. Really searching, I find a touch of roast and a bit of cocoa aroma, but really, this is dominated by the licorice. I don't know if this is a young batch, or if the licorice will fade in time, but I find it just on the unflattering side of the astringent line. The taste brings in more stout flavors that I look for -- the smokey flavors, the roasted coffee. The licorice again comes in at the end though, and steals the show. There are some hints of the wet cardboard-like undesirable oxidation.

The higher level of carbonation makes this feel a bit thin and uninspiring. The lack of complexity in the flavor, coupled with the poor mouthfeel make this a very 'meh' beer. Call it a Belgian Stout or a Russian Imperial Stout, either way, this falls well short of my expectations and the good representations of each. Neither my fiancee nor I was impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 01:25:20 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

11-23-2012 21:23:11 | More by GeezLynn
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krl2112

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

03-10-2013 01:11:03 | More by krl2112
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ibbjamin

California

2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I have tried this before and thought that it was more mild in flavor but quite drinkable and great at hiding its alcohol content. This 11.2oz bottle with a plastic and rubber cork held down by a metal clasp was cracked and poured into a snifter. A modest audible note of carbonation was noted. The price is listed at $8.99.

Not the thickest on the pour and the small tan bubbly head dissipated to nothing very quickly. Dark brown in color and opaque.

Smell is malty, sweet and boozy. Burnt brown sugar, dark chocolate, heavy molasses and weak coffee.

Taste is more mild than the aroma with many of the aforementioned characteristics becoming more muted.

Medium body; certainly one of the lightest in its style. Seemingly watery mouthfeel with a medium finish of lightly roasted sweet malt. Minimal carbonation.

I recommend to drink this one more fresh; I remember liking the last bottle I had better and this one's been sitting around for maybe a year or so. To me, at this price point, I'd rather get a bigger more assertive stout, but if you have the extra cash and are looking for something lighter and easier to drink, this may be your ticket.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 05:40:15 | More by ibbjamin
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saccro

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark mahogany. decent head that lasts. not much lace.

S: bitter-sweet chocolaty note with hints of vanilla, and a slightly taste of figs. Slight hints of hops. Dark sugar. Sherry oxidized notes.

T: dark chocolaty flavour backed by licorice and bitter-sweet roastiness of black malts. Aftertaste with suggestion of brown sugar, dates

M: very approachable beer with a full body. Softly carbonated

D: not bad. this sample is outdated.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 19:18:37 | More by saccro
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ok, so I'm in to trying new things and I grabbed this stout at Vine Street pub in Denver. Not knowing what to expect, i was disappointed. notes:

Very dark ruby, but looks thin. Rather shallow head, soapy. As it goes down some lacing, but it seems oily.

holy crap, licorice. Anise. Jagermeister in the nose. Some faint prune or raisin. very faint caramel and malt.

This is not what I expected, even though i didn't expect anything other that a stout. Anise/licorice are overwhelming. Sure, a hint of either would be nice, but they dominate here. Prune? gone. Raisin? Nerp. If this had more abv, it would be Jagermeister. Thin. Blah. Choke this one down (who knows it may grow on me...nope), and get a Ruination to cleanse my raped palate. Nasty.

UPDATE: Ok, i tried another at a different place. The anise is not there much at all. This helps let out the dark soft fruit and some spice. ratings adjusted.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 07:20:45 | More by Mebuzzard
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml swingtop bottle served in a snifter. Batch 192 notched on the label. Pours the color of cola with no head, just a thin, tight band around the bowl and an oily slick across the surface. No lacing on this one. Nose expresses dark malts, molasses, burnt sugar, ethanol, brewer's licorice and anise - very much style consistent. Taste is a major letdown - earthy/ashy and watery; I can't say that I'm really enjoying this. There's a suggestion of chocolate, but it's a bit dull and lacking in any appreciable flavor. There's also a slightly acidic tinge and a faint herbal character present in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a more or less watery texture and a carbonation a little livelier than still. Overall - major let down. Probably one of the worst RISs that I've had in a while and the $7.49 price tag makes it even less palatable. The only redeeming quality is that the alcohol is fairly well-hidden at 9%. Perhaps it's an off bottle but this is not something I'm too willing to partake of again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 23:09:15 | More by Jwale73
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Bryson

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle of this while I was out in Colorado. Has been in the cellar for a few months now so I figured I would give it a shot

A- Very thin appearance, Dark brown with a thin cream colored ring around the glass.

S- Slight Caramel up front followed by a huge dose of plum, raisin, and booze.

T- Mocha, vanilla, Raisin, Chocolate, slight coffee taste followed by alcohol...bleh

M- Too thin for my liking...feels watered down with a little too much carbonation

O- Well I can say I tried it...I am really not a fan of this at all. I feel like it was lacking a lot for a stout and the balance was way off

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 03:17:35 | More by Bryson
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-16-2013 03:41:20 | More by mendvicdog
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.1%

03-09-2013 23:55:02 | More by ejimhof
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -26.1%

01-10-2013 21:58:18 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -26.1%

09-01-2012 01:19:44 | More by t0rin0
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -26.1%

02-19-2012 22:51:26 | More by jfcaa193
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Bung

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black pour with a TON of cream colored head. Robust roasted malt/coffee nose. Coffee, slight mmocha/molasses maybe slight licorice. I just don't enjoy this much carbonation in a stout, it overshadows everything. People love these "Belgian" stouts, I don't get it I guess. I will say I like this one the best of the 6 or so I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 03:29:22 | More by Bung
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 18:10:32 | More by Phyl21ca
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SammyDavisJrJrJr

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lot 102(?) Into the Northwind Snifter...

A - Average tan head with medium dark brown body. No lacing and very little head retention.

S - Cinnamon, vanilla, wood, bourbon, chocolate, custard and I swear a bit of curry spice in this sweet and fun aroma. I'm picking up some minerals, cherries, and prunes too. Alcohol seems well hidden in the aroma.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate and raspberries seem to be the primary flavors. Alcohol becomes more present towards the swallow. Finish is very light, with some coffee bitterness to balance out the lingering chocolate and raspberry sweetness. All balaced and drinkable, but underwhelming.

M - Reminded me more of a dubbel than any type of stout. Very light body, almost watery.

D - After the really attractive nose, this beer was a huge letdown. Very mild, with much less complexity than I would expect from this style. Underwhelming, and not worth the money spent.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 02:32:20 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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bowersdm

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

33cL bottle poured into a pint glass

A - near textbook for the style. The beer was black with a slight hunt of red at the very bottom. A 1cm sand colored head formed and slowly became a continual 0.5cm head.

S - chocolate fudge, a very very sweet (too sweet) smell with some charred malt and some fruit

T - roasted barley, burnt (or charred) malt, bitter chocolate, smoke and cocoa round it out. There's a weird taste going on throughout the whole thing that I can't quite put my finger on. I really didn't love the taste.

M - too carbonated, plus it felt kind of thin.

D - I didn't really enjoy the taste, but it's fairly weak for an RIS, so it would be easy to drink a few of these (it's expensive though.) This beer didn't strike me as an RIS. It seemed to be more of a regular stout or even a schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 02:18:49 | More by bowersdm
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dogfooddog

Panama

3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml swing-top bottle opens with a very distinct 'pop.' This beer pours into a pint glass with a huge head; 75% of glass volume is head, with the bottom quarter actual beer. Big head volume is for me a worry sign of possibly heat-damaged beer. This beer came recently from belgianshop.com. (after seeing the result of this review I will try to get another bottle and compare, something might be amiss here based on other recent reviews)

Note that this beer is now 8.4% volume. I do believe older bottles were 9.0%. I have not had this beer in a few years but recall it was a very tasty stout. Unfortunately the 8.4% version is not as tasty as I remember the 9% and as some of the older (2002) reviews substantiate.

THe nose is full of notes of raisiny notes as well as distinct hoppy character. Something roasted floats in the background but it is secondary for sure.

The taste is somewhat bland, with a rather bitter front end giving way to a very mild roasted aftertaste. The actual taste is not very complex at all, and I am not sure what is going on here.I have had a number of RIS's and this bottle does not resemble the style very much, and it is probably too light as well.

Further into the aftertaste/finish it becomes much more roasted and dark, still quite subtle.

Hard to know if ellezelloise has had changes in the beer or other issues, but not nearly as good as my memory tells me.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 08:47:30 | More by dogfooddog
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -20%

07-03-2013 12:47:25 | More by mrfrancis
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ehammond1


3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black throughout with a light brown cap that eventually leaves small, irregular lines down the glass.

Roasted malt, a touch of coffee, and a lot of dark fruits aroma, especially red grapes.

An interesting and unusual imperial stout, with the red grape flavors dominant, along with lots of roasted and black malt flavors, a bit of Belgian yeast tang, as well some mild coffee presence. Strange.

Medium to full mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

A strange, unique, grape-forward stout. I wouldn't have this again, especially for the price.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 17:44:15 | More by ehammond1
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Hercule Stout from Brasserie Ellezelloise
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