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Hercule Stout - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 29
Gots: 23 | 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 jcalabre
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Origianlly sampled 27 September 2002. I can name this beer in one word: Smooth This is remarkably easy drinking, considering it is 9% ABV. a malty nose w/ a long lasting tan head. brown/black color. It doesn't have the roasted, or chocolate/coffee flavors of other imperial stouts, but stands well on it own.

Photo of jdhilt
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour this one slooowly, serious light brown head leaving some lace. Never one to pass up an imperial stout this is one to savor. Absolutely jet black, sunlight will not pass through it. Starts sweet and hoppy and finishes with a slight hoppiness. Very smooth, the high ABV is not really noticeable. 11.2oz is not enough.

Photo of AudioGilz
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn dark brown is this brew, almost opaque. It doesn't pour as "motor oily" as other stouts of this strength usually do. A solid half inch head seems to defy the laws of Physics and sticks around pretty much to the end. The aroma is VERY strong of licorice and tartness. It's definitely not a usual stout aroma. There is nothing "usual" about this beer. And that's what makes it so awesome. It's very VERY sweet at first, almost to the point of a Bell's Cherry stout kind of sweetness level. But it quickly becomes a different beer all the while staying in your mouth. Dark fruit, licorice, alcohol, spicy hops, and more alcohol all show up. Some chocolate and coffee show up in the aftertaste after everything else subsides. Surprisingly, the mouthfeel is kind of thin, but it doesnt' really detract from the enjoyment at all. This is one amazing ass unique monster of a stout. And I really dig the cool swing top bottle. And that top POPS when you suck up enough strength to open it.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big tannish head atop a pitch tar thick body. The aroma of sweet malt and floral hops are surprisingly faint, but the alcohol blast is not at all shy. Fairly malty with a smoky finish and fairly hoppy with sharp citrus bitterness. Lightly astringent camphor flavor is present throughout. This is a strong dry stout that remains constant from start to finish. Highly unusual woody tone and totally unique.

Photo of DarrellK
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit like a milk stout in sweetness but not too much so. At the high end of mouth and finish for a stout without a lot of chocolate or coffee finish. As good a beer as it is, it is way too expensive at $4.79 for a .33l bottle. To share a high end stout with a friend a Mackeson XXX is very close in taste at much less cost.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black in color. The head is dark tan, starts of medium-sized, and soon settles to a thin, diaphanous top. Perfect-looking stout. Aroma is malty, with a light roastiness, a mild alcohol scent, and an understated but sharp fruitiness. So far, so stouty. It's the flavor that really throws you off. It starts with a Belgian yest flavor which gives the impression of something like a Belgian golden. But then the malt picks up with an assertive but gentle roastiness with a light chocolate touch. This is followed by a surprisingly spicy hop bite, which nicely compliments the mild alcohol-spiciness which is present throughout the sip (hard to believe the label that there are no spices added to this beer!). The body is full, but not overwhelming. More oily than viscous. All in all this is a really unique, very tasty, and extremely drinkable beer. Love it!

Photo of Jason
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a cute and tiny 11.2 oz swing-top bottle, thanks to Daniel of The Moan & Dove for the sample.

Appearance: Pours a think fluffy tan head ... nice retention. The liquid easily renders a stout black colour.

Smell: Major licorice. Fruity, ester and some solvent alcohols in the nose as well as some undertones of dark roasted malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sturdy medium to full body with a rich complex maltiness of dark and toasted malts. On the sweet side with light earthy mineral and nutty flavours. Hints of roasted coffee and dark bread come to mind. Prune like fruitiness, alcohol is a little bit solvent with a broad range of esters to boot. Hop bitterness evens the brew and stays on the sidelines though.

Notes: The alcohol lands it as an Imperial Stout, perhaps not as thick as others but this may have been closer to what an Imperial Stout could have been. An amazing brew to say the least.

Photo of StevieW
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with the cool flip top. Murky dark pour, black is a fine description. Medium tan color. Laced the glass to the bottom, and left a thin covering on the top of the beer. Smell was initially heavy on the black licorice and burnt fruit side. Plums, chocolate covered raisans as well. Taste was a super smooth combination of the roasted nearly burnt fruit and coffee bitterness. A hybrid of a belgian dark ale and a traditional stout taste. Flavors melt together and wash over your taste buds. Smooth chocolate malt bitterness finishes things up along with a striking hop presence. Smooth going down, no harshness, not overly bitter. Roasted plums and candied apples also sneak by. Resounding hop burps. Medium to full bodied, and just the right amount of bitterness to linger. Not a hint of a watery finish. Burnt flavors are there, but not too strong. Different from any Stout I have tasted to date, and very impressive ! You would never know 9.5% abv. This one goes right to the top of my list, and I urge you to try it. I have seen this one in Florida and passed on it. Cheers to MJR for including it in the recent blockbuster trade. Who would have ever thought a Belgian Stout could be so good ?

Photo of yen157
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/red beer. This one definitely screams stout. It looked so pretty served in a 7oz tasting glass topped with a light brown, foamy head. The nose was awesome, not too toasty and not to ripe fruity. I was surprised by this one. I expected it to be more unabashed. Instead, it was just about as delicate and refined as I can imagine a stout being. There was the very mellow flavor of charcoal that I picked up on first. Somewhere between the flavors of caramelized and burnt sugar there was the faintest hints of cocoa. It wasn’t until I was almost finished and picked up the adorable, pudgy swing-top bottle that I noticed that Hercule was 9% ABV. The alcohol was extremely well hidden.

A great brew all around that I highly recomend to all who can't imagine Belgians making a stout.

Photo of Gusler
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and to me there is no more beautiful site than a well made beer in its glass, and as much as I love “Belgian Strong Ales”, “Stouts” were my first love.

Ebony the color on the pour, the head unboastful in size, light chocolate in color, the texture frothy, and as it evanesces, the lace left behind a fine covering upon the glass. The aroma of toasted grains, coffee, lightly sweet, fresh and scintillating this nose with the start malt sweet, the top full bodied. Finish has a distinct hop bite, the carbonation delectable and the aftertaste dry like bittersweet chocolate, the 9% ABV, is barely noticeable except for the tiny bit of “tummy warming”, what a treat.

Photo of OatmattStout
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It came in a nice swing top bottle. The poor rendered a nice head that was fleeting with no lacing on the glass. Probably for both head and lace the effect of the 9% ABV. Very unique smell, it had some normal roasted notes but strangely enough had a very distinctive vegetable broth and earthy ness to it. The taste was good with roasted malt and hint of coffee. The hops in this beer seemed different making the aftertaste okay and the presence of alcohol evident. This beer didn't have the chewy, very full mouth feel that I was hoping for when I purchased it. All in all okay but for me @ $5 a bottle I won't be drinking this one very often.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this at a beer tasting event, and the distributor claimed it was the only Belgian Stout. It reads "Stout" on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown (with hints of red if held to the light). Nice tan foam.

Smell: Almost no smell detected, but perhaps a faint earthy smell.

Taste: Sweet, complex, malty, some licorice or molasses. The taste of alcohol is discernable.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light on the tongue. Light carbonation, very low in hops. Clean taste. Moderate body.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A good "stout" from Belgium.

Photo of MJR
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian stout?.....you don't see this often...

Appearance: Poured into my traditional pint glass, this brew produced a massive brown head, which shrunk down to a more-than-respectable 3/4 inch cap that was clumpy and pillowy. The body is pitch black with white yeast particles on the bottom of the glass. Opaque as all hell... This is what a stout should look like!

Smell: Aroma of roasted grains, coffee, sweet raisons, and a touch of molasses. Interesting nose on this one...the sweetness is very distinct.

Taste: Starts off with a strong sweet note, then moves to an excellent balance between the sweetness and bitterness; dark grain bitterness, not hop bitterness though. I pick up on chocolate, raisons, and a touch of molasses. Finishes with a hop bitterness twinge on my lips and a touch of alcohol. Like the nose, the flavor is unique and unlike any other stout I've had.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, but with a crispness on my lips. Goes down really smooth...

Drinkability: Damn good, considering it's 9%abv. While it's an amazing beer, I couldn't drink more than one or two in a single evening: it's too strong and complex to be anywhere near a session beer. None-the-less, an outstanding stout.

Photo of stcules
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black colour, nearly an imperial stout. Some doubts about the quantity of foam, maybe the glass...
It is a beer much more variegated than a dry stout, it has a range of notes very large. The smell is more alcoholic and sharp (grappa?).
Chocolate and coffee (more coffee), toasted and smoked.
It has 9 ABV, but you don't feel it very much, average body.
Well balanced.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the most amazing beers I have ever tried. I picked this one up at a wonderful Belgian bar here in Pennsylvania. It has a very deep and dark color with a fabulous aroma or sweetness without any hostile bitterness. This is one of the best brews I have ever had. Fantastic. Well worth seeking out, but not cheap, by any means. Prost!

Photo of maxpower
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool small bottle with a resealable swing cap. Pours jet black color, nice creamy head, spicy- chocalte aroma,. Burnt chocolate coffee flavor, full body and flavor, a complex stout, very different but great, I like it.

Photo of aracauna
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Stout Blind Tasting (11-16-02): Ok head. Nice and dark. The Aroma seems to be peachy but maybe my olfactory sense is shortwiring. Mildly sweet, burnt bitter. Good but not great.

Photo of rastaman
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional brew. A belgian Imperial stout!!!! woohoo. Very nice smooth round body, chocoltae and coffee roastiness, nice Belgian yeast character, soft, elegant, flavourfull, pretty spot on.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a deep tan head that holds well and leaves a good lacy surface coating and solid collar. No lace around the glass, however. Overall, a very nice appearance. The aroma is somewhat surprising in it's fresh, youthful, sweetness & fruity character. It's also fairly intricate with notes of sweet malt, rich dark fruit, some brown sugar and molasses, and limited roastiness. The body is medium-full with a solid and very-fine carbonation; giving a somewhat zesty - and oily- mouthfeel. The flavor is quite complex, offering different flavors throughout the range of the tasting including dark fruits, rum, chocolate, caramel, molasses, floral hops, berries, very creamy coffee, not so creamy coffee, and spent espresso grounds. These flavors are all fairly sweet in the mouth but the underlying bitterness keeps everything from whirling away; and the finish leaves a distinct bitterness at the back of the throat. The aftertaste lingers with some lightly sugary, grainy, and roasty notes. Still, the sweetness can become somewhat cloying towards the end of the bottle. The alcohol is very well hidden at first, but becomes more apparent toward the middle of the serving. An extremely enjoyable beer with great complexity. A very interesting and highly unique beer that probably deserves more than one tasting. Absolutely worth seeking out.

Photo of Bighuge
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is pitch black. Quite nice. A thin film of a head recedes quite quickly to an edging of chocolate brown color. Very complex aroma. Sweet malt, candy sugar, molasses, dark plum on the nose. This is the first Belgian stout I've tried (needless to say, the first Belgian Imperial Stout). The body of this beer is almost full, but not quite. The drinkability of this beer for a 9% a/v is surpassed by a sparce few (one being the WorldWide Stout). Very drinkable. There is only the faintest hint of alcohol perceived on my tongue. The taste is very nice. A lot of things intermingle: chocolate malt, dark fruits, berries, molasses, bittersweet chocolate and java. Very nice. And there is a heavy bitterness quotient to this brew as well. Right up my alley. This is close to the World Wide Stout in overall greatness, but is not quite there in my opinion.

I've gotta give a Bighuge thanks to cokes for securing this sample for me.

Photo of marc77
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near black in hue w/ clear deep garnet around the rim when held to light. Dense, uniform, tan head leaves lace. The aroma is comprised of milk chocolate, spicy pepper, pungent star anise, and a prominent woody note with deeply caramelized sugar and buttery malt as constant undertones. One of the most appetizing and unique aromas I've ever encountered in a beer. Dark caramel sweetness and raisiny Special B hit the palate upfront, and are quickly ensued by black licorice and carob. Coffeeish roasted barley contributions are very smooth and devoid of any sharpness whatsoever, while chocolate malt complements the spicy, fruity notes from the Belgian yeast strain used. Moderately bodied, but with a lower relative carbonation for a Dark Strong that helps lend a smooth and pleasant mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is nearly lost amongst the myriad of roasty and spicy flavors, but manages to nudge in contrast to malt sweetness. Finishes with residual sugars and roasted notes lingering, while mellow alcohol warmth superbly integrated into the finish teases the palate for another sip. Hercule possesses many of the qualities of an imperial stout and combines that with the complexities of a Belgian Dark Strong. Absolutely delcious and truly unique.

Photo of cokes
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A belgian dark strong ale tweaked to near imperial stout status. I couldn't ask for anything more!
Pours virtually black with just a trace of ruby around the edges. Gigantic fluffy, rocky tan head is as impressive as any I have seen. This is one beautiful beer.
Nose is stung with notes of dark chocolate, berry sweetness, and a strong spice of some sort (perhaps clove). Spicy hops too? Hard to decipher all that is going on here, but I am certain that a good deal of roastedness is evident.
Lots of dark chocolate riding on top of some burnt/expresso hues. Juicy black berries and dark fruit appear. Then comes a yeasty spice kick, which brings some heavy earthiness with it. Alcohol is slight and almost scotch-like. Faintly smoked. Some hops come in toward the end, adding a unique floral taste and bitterness. But they end up squashed under the chocolate-berry-roasted-smoky mix.
Highly charged, typical for a belgian.
Very smooth and creamy, typical for a stout.
It manages to find a middle ground in mouthfeel, and ends up being very drinkable.

Big time winner here. This one is a treat. Right up there on my list of favorites

Photo of pbrian
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A must try for the beer enthuisiast, if for its originality alone. It starts and finishes Belgian (if that makes any sense) but the middle is stout all the way. Pours with a huge head that settles quickly. Chocolately bubble gum aroma and start to the flavors, then the roasted malt flavors kick in. Finishes spicy yeasty, with bitter chocolate flavors hanging on to the back of your throat. Overall, I was surprised how dry it finished after such a sweet start and at its lack of body for a 9% ABV beer. But again, a good original beer.

Photo of mattmaples
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Every time I talk to customers about this beer I have to chuckle. It is truly a Belgian Stout (the only one that I am aware of). It has a high fruity ester and a have level of carbonation just like a lot of the other belgian beers. Unlike like most Belgians though this one has a great roasted malt charater. It is a great, unique beer in its own right but a little out there for the stout catagory. A must try for the stout lover as well as the lovers of all beers Belgian.

Photo of Todd
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Swing-top bottle at 't Brugs Beertje, Brugs, Belgium.

Appearance: Really dark brown, close to opaque with a creamy tan head.

Smell: An interesting floral hop aroma. Never experienced it before.

Taste: This brew is very stout like, but with a big kick. Fruity and malty with burnt notes and some raisin flavours to round things off. It's also quite bitter which, again, is stressed as being very unusual. The hop flavour is unlike any other that I have tasted. There's some semi-astringent notes and loads of esters too. Alcohol is like vapor in your mouth -- very dominant.

Notes: Nothing to comapre it by, however it is very European in charater. Sheer bliss.

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Hercule Stout from Brasserie Ellezelloise
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