Hercule Stout - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 28
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: zerk on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 1 finger of tan head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Oaky & boozey (bourbon) notes, plus raisins. All fade as this warms.

T: Dark fruit, tannins, leafy hops & dryness up front. A kiss of boozey figs, more leafy hops, & a bit of smokeyness as this warms. Finishes fruitty, with pipe tobacco hoppyness & a hint of licorice. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with fairly vigirous carbonation

Drinks fairly easy for the style & ABV, but for the money ($7.50 for .35 L) there are so many better choices for much less cash. I would say this one could easily cellar for few more years

Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought at Bert's Bier Huis in the Netherlands

From a swing top bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Gushed out of the bottle right away. Poured dark brown, almost black, and pretty much opaque. Formed a medium big tan head that was relatively thin looking but still nice and even. Head slowly faded into a thin film and left no lacing. This was average at best.

SMELL: Roasted and smoky barely malt with some dark fruits and spicy alcohol. Pretty strong scent to this bottle. A bit of dark chocolate and yeast undertones as well. Very nice.

TASTE: Roasted and smoky barley malt, like the nose, dark fruits like dates and raisins, and a slight bit of dark chocolate in the mild and short aftertaste. A bit of yeast and wood in the background as well, and it's accented by a nice dose of spicy alcohol. Nice and complex. Definitely a Belgian style stout, resembling doubles and strong dark ales. A pleasure, though a more prevalent aftertaste would have upped the score here some.

PALATE: Body is medium-thin with higher end carbonation. Goes down with a mild alcohol bite but not bad at all for the ABV. Feels smooth in the mouth and finishes on the dryer side of things. Similar to a standard double; nothing special.

OVERALL: This is the second time I've reviewed this one, and this bottle was much more enjoyable. I'll assume the freshness was the factor here. This one was certainly good and it's easy to see the Belgian in it; yeasty, fruity, and the classic Belgian feel. Different than the English/American stouts, but the Belgian quality gives it its charm. It's drinkable, but the ABV sneaks up on you and makes it hard to drink more than a couple. This is probably the best of the Belgian souts I've had. A better look and stronger aftertaste would make it a giant.

Photo of brantadid
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown/ black into a snifter. A two inch dak tan head formed and diminished slowly. It left a ton of lacing behind.

Big malty nose. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Lots of dark fruit in the nose.

Taste is just terrific. A lot of the RIS flavor are there but you also get a lot of belgian qualities. Big and malty on the front palate with lots of yeasty bread like qualiiies. Nice date and fig flavors.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Flavor covers the entire mouth and feels silky.

Quite drinkable.

Photo of Voss
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very sceptic, a Stout from Belgium... never tryed before. This is damn good, very dark in color, almost black and opaque, topped by a fluffy creamy beige head that seems alive. My nose was not so impressed but my mouth was veeery happy! Smell of roasted malt and some herbal hints, all very cold at your nose.
The taste is for shure stout like, but it has that belgian touch that makes it stand apart from any other stout. So fruity, nutty, malty, a little sweet, with the right, low carbonation that let all the flavours come to your tongue unaffected.
A very good brew, you can drink it again and again without being affected by its 9°. I'm looking for more of this, it's not easy to find here. This bottle comes from "Università della Birra" in Azzate (VA), Italy, a beer restaurant that has an enormous selections of beers, but the worst staff you can imagine.

Photo of hunteraw
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at The Elm Tree pub in Cambridge.

Appearance: Very dark, thin head, little lacing.

Smell: very "cold" and "dark" smelling if that makes any sense at all. Hints of anise and alcohol.

Taste: Rich malt and roast, with a very crisp finish. Dark fruit, and a little nuttiness. Alcohol is well-concealed.

Mouthfeel: foamy somehow, despite not appearing to be highly carbonated. Medium body.

Drinkability: Nice one! More please.

Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for sharing this swingtop bottle.

Pours a dark brown, mostly clear, some reddish orange in the edges, medium sized tan head forms, drops some lace spots on its way down. Smell is sweet and spicy, some chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, light roast, some floral, caramel, alcohol, quite interesting, the spiciness really grabs you by the nose. Taste is molasses and bitter chocolate, roast, spices, caramel, a cola/rootbeer kind of flavour I found a bit strange, dry finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, kind of prickly, but pretty neat character. This one was a little weird for me, good but kind of confusing, not really sure what its trying to be. Thanks Chris and Kyoko!

Photo of ryrust5301
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Remember having this beer some time ago, and that it was fantastic. Let's see if I remembered correctly

Taste - A damn fine looking stout if i've ever seen one. Black with burnt edges, and a very generous creamy white head that puffed up to about a finger in length. Lacing is just what I look for in my stouts, coating the sides beautifully. A glass of eye candy!

Smell - Smell is more of a porter than an RIS. Lots of dark fruits to this one to match up with the chocolatey sweetness.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Very medium bodied and oh so subtle. Carbonation is just enough to heighten the smoothness. Chocolatey with a sweetness stirred in from the fruits. Just a touch of bitterness in the end to give it one last tease to the palate. The things that stands out to me is that this beer doesn't get extreme. It brushes just enough in the right area to get you thinking about tastes from all different angles. Also has that port tastes that most belgian darks have.

Drinkability - This one is more of a belgian stout than an RIS style. It blows most stout of any kind out of the water. The nose was the only thing truly lacking in the exploration of this one. Thank heavens we can get this one in the states. I'll be heading out to pick up some more ASAP.

Photo of ShrLSU
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish red. Nice beige head that settles to a halo and leaves nice lacing around the edges.

S: Dark fruits, roasted malts, and a slight coffee scent.

T: Some roasted malt flavors and dark fruits again. The fruitiness seems lie a little raisin. A touch of chocolate ans sweet malt at the end.

M: Very smooth and creamy. medium carbonation and a little tingle.

I liked this one. A very good stout that isn't highly publicized. An excellent Belgian RIS!

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with some hints of red/copper around the rim. a nice fizzy off white/gray head of foam. Nose is a bit earthy with some copper and chocolate notes and some faint dark fruit and roast. Taste follows with some bitter chocolate and dark malt. Some hops in here. an akward oliveness that hampers this one a bit. Getting better as this warms, tastewise. Mouthfeel is quite thin and a bit chalky. Drinkability however is quite good. Defenitely one of the easiest drinking 9%ers I have had. It is clear to me that this stout is made in belgium, as they seem to have issues with subpar viscosity when it comes to imperial stouts. These are just my thoughts. One worth trying, that I think may get somewhat better with a little bit of time. A fine beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and consumed at Ebeneezer's

Pours a dark brown/ black with ruby highlights and a mocha head that sticks around for a while. Aroma of dried fruit, roasted coffee, chocolate, spicy yeast. Taste is of roasted malts, fruits, chocolate. Overall very dry with a lingering bitterness that just begs you to take another sip. I never noticed the nine percent alcohol in this one. Great Belgian take on a Russian imperial stout. Much more subtle flavors than it's American counterparts.

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a re-review out of expiation for the past sin of reviewing a musty old bottle of a beer I always enjoy. Now, a fresher and better-kept one 33cl bottle with June 2015 best-by date served in a more classic tulip glass shape rather than my usual flared-top tulip, for what that's worth. It's a beautiful inky dark topped by a persistent finger of creamy foam. Smell of coffee, toffee, licorice, toast, brown sugar, quite nice but not powerful. Taste (now, properly) of burned toffee and caramel, a bit of banana and grapefruit pith, nicely held up by an herbal and a bit peppery, and not at all oily hop backbone. The feel is really spot on -- clean, but substantial, fulsome, quaffable. Justice done.

[Below is the original review from 07-13-2008, which rated 3.00 in every category.]
Just disappointed by a bottle bought recently from a grocery store in Brussels that I suspect did not handle it well. I now see it was suspiciously near its October consume-by date. My bad. So I hate to muddy the score of a worthy brew. Popping the ceramic top exploded a mist into my eyes and spewed foam. Dense, creamy, cafe-au-lait-colored head more than half filled the tulip glass. The beer is opaque, even held in front of a bright light, all dark chocolate with visible flecks of lees. The nose was almost all Belge-yeasty, with a hint of anise. (I remember more complexity in better examples in the past.) Burnt toffee leads the flavor, followed quickly by soft hop bitterness. The choco-malt that should be there to round it out (and has, in better specimens in my memory) is sadly missing -- worse, replaced by astringency that makes me not want a second. The mouth feel is slippery with alcohol; it's never been a chewy beer even my fondest recollections.

Photo of baggio
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle@home while doing some cooking that needed 2oz of stouty goodness in it...

A: Black with a reddish undertone. Nice beige and very creamy lace.

S: Roasted malt, dark berries, cream and caramel.

T: Roasted malt, raisins, dark fruit, milkchocolate and a hint of oak.

M: Smooth and creamy with an medium carbonation makes this an easy drink.

This is probably one of the best stouts produced in Belgium and it's a pleasure to drink it. Recommended!

Photo of ncvbc
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, kind of light, that's for sure. More of a fizzy head for a Stout but a big one and somewhat lasting one. It leaves spots of lacing down the glass. An interesting nose. It has some ripe dark fruit going on and you can smell the Belgian influence with a light spice and yeast. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a hint of coffee. Taste is also intriguing and quite enjoyable to boot. Spice and fruit up front. A light toasted bread and the caramel and toffee then come though along with a little spicy heat. Soon to follow is a fairly rich chocolate and again some coffee and light nutty flavor. Medium mouthfeel, silky smooth and not quite as big as many but still holds up very well. I really liked this. A very unique take on the style and while I expected something along these lines it was still surprising to say the least. Recommended that you try this at least once.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown body with a dense 2 finger mocha-colored head. Intense carbonation typical of Belgian ales.

Smell: Light roasted coffee, husky grain, slight tartness and acidity, dark chocolate.

Taste & mouthfeel: Earthy with fruity esters, chocolate and a coffee backbone that lingers from start to finish. Mild bitterness in the finish with a hint of acidity coming through at the very end. Very dry overall with just a touch of sweetness present throughout. Light-bodied compared to many American spins on the style, the mouthfeel is decidedly more Belgian.

Notes: Very good stuff, unique for sure, but I'd probably not seek it out frequently.

Photo of deepsouth
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this beer poured a nearly black color with perhaps a tinge of red and some nice tan head that leaves excellent lacing.

the smell of the beer is of chocolate, sherry, butterscotch, fig & toffee. the smell is super complex. i really can't even begin to pick out AND name everything going on in this beer.

whaaa happened with the taste? alcohol, bittersweet chocolate, a bit brassy tasting. not bad, but it doesn't even begin to match up with the smell.

the mouthfeel is medium and velvety. feels a bit flat.

i'm glad to have tried this beer, but unless it gets a good bit better before i'm done, it's one and out for this one with me.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember seeing this one as a must try brew on the menu at Moan and Dove in Amherst. Unfortunately, it always seemed to be unavailable, so when I saw it tonight in Porter Square, I was compelled to buy a bottle. Pours a dark brown, just ahy of black color. with a pillow like white head. Aroma is very rich, with touches of raisins, cherries, alcohol and powdered chocolate, which reminded me very much of the first time I smelled Magic Hat Thumbsucker in that there is a fruity medicinal character to it. Taste starts off dominated by the chocolate and alcohol, and then ends on a more fruity note, with essences of cherry and raspberry coming through. The body of this beer is quite impressive in that although it is a heavy stout, the carbonation comes through enough to highlight some of the fruit tastes present throughout. It dances around the palate, giving you a large range of flavors, from bitter, to sweet, to fruity. Looking back, I wish I had grabbed an extra of this brew, as it is wonderfully complex and full of exciting tastes. I could see myself drinking two or three of these without a problem. This is an extraordinary beer IMO. Probably the best I have encountered so far in the realm of Belgian Stouts. I actually think it stands up to some of the better American made Imperial Stouts. Final Thought: If you happen to see this beer anywhere, by all means grab one or two. Cheers

Photo of cjohnson
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown with some slight ruby red around the edges, with a frothy white head that's just shy of an inch. The head fades pretty quickly, but leaves a fair lacing behind.

This brew smells a bit chocolatey and a bit malty, but the smells are pretty subdued.

A light chocolate taste, with a touch of dairy, with a little bit creamier mouthfeel than I was expecting. No very discernible roasted or coffee flavors came through for me.

Despite what others have said, I found this to be pretty drinkable, though I could see how it might be a little too sweet for some.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Black but didn't pour out that thick. It has a lot of carbonation and a quite large head that dissipates somewhat quickly to a small head on top.

S: Has a bit of dark roast malts with hints of the traditional Belgian quad malts. Almost zero hops.

T: This is fairly complex with a lot of different spices, like a Beglian quad. There are not very many fruits, but the fruits present go away after a second and the strong Belgian spices come out; however the more I drink it the more I get fruits rather than the complex malts. The roasted malts are quite subtle in this stout, but the other flavours are still quite good. The taste of this is better the warmer it gets because the fruits and malts come out more.

M: A bit creamy with some carbonation

D: I would not want another one right after this one, but later in the night for sure.

Photo of grandq
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown to prune with a surprisingly sizeable head despite a gentle pour. Smells of molasses, prune, licorice, and meets the tongue with a sweeter version of the bunch, along with sweet cherries, raisin, grape, smoke and pumpernickel bread. The mouthfeel is thin and effervescent, a bit too much like cola (can't say that's favorable) and gets much more cloyingly sweet as it goes to boot. I like the flavors in small doses but I feel my teeth rotting like I just drank a can of coke.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Belgian style RIS- this one pours dark brown with a good head that sticks for a bit. Smells somewhat light, creamy, a bit ashy, and with some chocolate notes. Taste is similar, with a light ashiness, some restrained chocolate and wih more of a chocolate malt flavor at the finish, and some light roasted grains. Has the typical Belgian stout lightness of body, and is clean as well as somewhat creamy. Pretty nice, enough so that I'm interested in trying some more stuff from this brewery.

Photo of bennetj17
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is an amazing display, a full inch thick of off-white foam that doesn't shrink at all hardly. The beer is quite black although some light peers about the extreme edges. A hint of chocolate in the aroma, but mostly some tangy fruit and a typical Belgian yeastiness. Lots of plum/raisin with some licorice and spiciness in the mix. Mild EtOH. Not too potent, but a nice bouquet overall.

The taste is dry with a light toastiness. Notes of fig, raisin, and a bit of milk chocolate carry through, rounded out by a sweet, yet toasty finish with a decent bitterness. This is like a Strong Belgian Dark with not quite the depth or heat to it. Medium thick with average carbonation, it has a fine, silky smoothness to it.

Overall a fine beer, and easy to drink. This is nothing like a Russian Imperial Stout. This is clearly a Belgian inspiration, and a good one at that..

Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagered in German oak casks. 9.0%abv. packaged in short, stout swing top bottles.

A: Poured a dark opaque color with a huge 3 finger frothy light tan head that was fully lasting.

S: light with slight yeasty dough notes with some bananas and pears.

T: The flavor was smooth and refined with a silky texture and light smoky and burnt woodiness and licorice. The flavor started out sweet and yeasty with bananas, pears, melons, and ripe fruit within a light body. Upon warming there were some warm pears and fruit coming through more noticeably along with light coffee notes. The beer finishes with a fade of ripe fruit (pears, melons), and light acidity.

M: The mouthful was light. Carbonation was smooth and very light.

D: a very easy drinking stout that was fruity and refreshing per style. case worthy.

Photo of baos
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into dog-faced mug.

A: Full hand of tan head. Decent lacing as head falls to a more stout like film.

S: Spicy coffee, chocolate, orange zest hoppiness.

T: Coffee, bitter chocolate, grapefruit zest. A bit of yeast character thats been aged. Ends with nice and dry bitterness.

M: Full and nice. Big and bubbly.

D: Good

Photo of jdubjacket
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Moinette goblet.

Pours a dark brown - looks more like a quadrupel than an imperial stout based on the color and consistency.

A prune/raisin aroma with a bit of alcohol.

Taste is outstanding. It's almost a combination of stout and quadrupel - 2 of my favorite styles.

An outstanding beer. Highly recommend.

Photo of goochpunch
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rusted, dark, burnt caramel with a well-maintained cafe au lait head and some decorative lacing all over the glass. Up front are very "English" smells of molasses, coffee, and chocolate tones. Underneath this lies a grape-y character that I get from some stronger dark Belgians. There are some whiffs and apple-like fruitiness coupled with a floral hop presence as well. Flavor is interesting and makes me think of what it would taste like to mix a strong Belgian and a stout on the lighter end of the spectrum. Doesn't carry with it an overwhelming flavor combination, rather it remains wholly flavorful, while at the same time, not beating you over the head with anything. Some soft yeasty fruit mingle with subtle roasted malts and lots of tobacco. Dried fruits are accompanied by floral flavors characteristic of jasmine. Finish is rather dry with just a touch of bitterness. Finish is big on the dried fruits, molasses, and roast with just a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of things and has a stickiness. Carbonation is really mellow. This is really a great marriage of many things I like in a beer. Fantastic.

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