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Hercule Stout - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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398 Ratings

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 28
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml flip top bottle, poured into La Chouffe chalice.

A: Very dark mahogany, pretty much opaque, one finger tanned head, good retention,
decent amount of lacing.

S: Cranberry, molasses,very much like a Belgian Dubbel, but slightly less

T: Espresso, cocoa bean, creamy diacetyl, molasses, slight cranberry, slight bitterness whichbecomes more pronounced as the beet warms. Did a very good job of hiding the booze.

M: Light body for the high abv, very smooth, creamy texture.

O: A complex, balanced interpretation of an Imperial stout, a bit of a stout/dubbel mash up.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its flip top produced a stomp after releasing it. Deep black color with a thick three fingers head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Right after opening it a cocoa smell started to swirl in the air with notes of coffee, nuts and plums.
Bold and nice flavor with notes of licorice, mild spices, some tangy citrusy, herbal hops, a bit of charred wood, figs, subtle lactic, walnut and red fruits. Dry and bitter aftertaste, reasonably clean.
Medium body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 9% abv is surprisingly well hidden.
Outstanding imperial stout, tasty but also elegant. Perfect sweetness level and balance with good complexity. Don’t expect a blunt American Imperial Stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3rd Feb 2014: bottle in Cambrinus, Brugge. This is one of the most reviewed Belgian beers I hadn't tried, so decided to rectify the fact by having one.

Black to very dark brown: good foam cap of tanned bubbles, looks like a Stout, what a surprise.

Chocolate and ground coffee esters hit the nose as you pour the beer, some dark fruit notes as well.

Taste carries on with the aromas now turning into flavours, dark chocolate, coffee, those dark fruits and now an alcoholic trace and a mild bitterness towards the end of each sip.

Almost creamy feel to the brew body wise.

Classic stout in all aspects and very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL swing-top bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark, ruddy brown with some very dim highlights when held up to the light. No haze is apparent, and the head is two thick fingers of frothy tan foam which leave a nice chunky lace. Quite good.

Smell: sweet, roasty grains with a bit of chocolate (note: this is a nice roasty without an ashy, acrid bitterness). Indeed, it reminds me of the aroma of uncrushed chocolate malt. There's a lightly floral element which I'd call "Belgian-y", but overall this is a pretty decent shot at an RIS -- just with a little Belgian twist.

Taste: quite a lot like the aroma, although with a little bit of an acidic roastiness; frankly, this adds a little bit of bite to the flavor that the aroma lacked. There's a very slightly sour and astringent finish; an interesting twist to the RIS theme (although, admittedly, not a taste that's for everyone).

Mouthfeel: body is pretty light for an imperial stout and carbonation and creaminess are relatively low, especially for the style. Not insipid or anything -- just OK.

Overall: disappointing mouthfeel notwithstanding, this is a very tasty and drinkable stout.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Hercule Stout from Brasserie Ellezelloise
91 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.