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Hercule Stout - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

410 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 29
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 410 | Reviews: 257
Photo of saltydog
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, almost opaque, with reddish highlights. Thick, creamy, resilient head with good lace. Smell: Rich, malty, some roastiness. Some evident age in beer is apparent with aromas reminiscent of dates and licorice. Flavor: Malty, rich creamy. Again some dates from aging, plummy, big roastiness. Mouthffle, surpringly thin for overall beer (perhaps from aging?). Very drinkable for an imperial stout.

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aw hell, I'm at a loss for words. I saw this beer on the shelf and thought I remembered reading that other people liked it, but I didn't know for sure. So I spent the five bucks and now I'm enjoying an absolutely phenomenal "belgian stout."

It poured as you'd expect; dark tan head on an almost opaque body. I smell raisins, a little chocolate, and alcohol, making this one of the 2 or 3 most fragrant beers I've had. The taste is all over the place... you can concentrate on a different element on every sip. I'd say the malt is the most prominent flavor, but the hops and and pleasant alcoholic note do a very good job at bolserting the taste.

I must say it's been a long time since I've enjoyed a beer this much. Thank heavens I found a store that carries a decent stock of it.

Seriously, man, this is great. I'm stoked. Totally stoked!

Photo of Naerhu
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From which heaven did this devine brew pour?

Stark black, small foamy brownish-tan head.
Rich hawaiian soil and the aroma of the coffee beans at the Tavolo d'oro.

The salad of hops make each sip of this nectar extremely interesting, but not as bitter as I would imagine considering the aroma.

Mouthfeel is slick, creamy, smooth. The alcohol I imagine makes this feel as light as a cloud in a glass.

I would shave my head to have another bottle of this.

Photo of UnionMade
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep black, completely opaque and unfiltered, with a fair sized brownish/greyish head. The head dies down to a squat foam almost immediately, and almost dies away completely about 3/4 through the glass.
Aroma is certainly different. A cross between an irish dry stout and a dark belgian strong ale. Fruity, with some candi sugar, riding atop a hefty roasted malt chocolatey coffee aroma. A strange herbal hoppiness, something I'm not familiar with, riding way in the back, behind the powerful sweet roastiness. Some apparent alcohol.
Flavor is very chocolatey and roasty, with a thinnish body. Effervescent belgian mouthfeel. Big malty sweetness continues into the middle, with some candi sugar and plenty of belgian esteriness. Very complex. Hints of caramel, vanilla, and plum. Some peppery clove towards the end. A very light hopping finishes the beer, with the roasted chocolatey malt continuing through. Some alcoholic warmth in the swallow.
I don't know if this qualifies as an imperial stout, but it was a damn good stout with belgian tendencies. Unique and terrific. I doubt i could drink much more than the 12oz bottle of this, but it's certainly a wonderful treat, and probably makes a hell of a digestif.

Photo of ManekiNeko
2.37/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich black beer. Not a strong aroma to it, smell of an indistinct caramelized fruit. Taste is solidly fruity with burnt flavors to it. Nice bitterness in the finish from the black malt. A pitch black beer befitting the stout description. Quite a surprise coming out of Belgium as it is more traditionally English/ Baltic in character.

Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Black as night with a dark head that didn’t foam up too much but left its mark on the glass.

Smell – Traditional stout aroma. The burnt essence, mostly of malt, came out first followed by the huge sweetness of molasses, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and an announcement of alcohol.

Taste – This is nice. The flavor fits the bill presented by the aroma, although the chocolate seems to be coming out a little more. The burnt malt flavor is the highlight, IMHO.

Mouthfeel – Little to no carbonation in accordance with the style, and no stinging sensation on the gums or cheeks from the 9 ABV.

Drinkability – You can’t drink this one all night, because you’d be trashed. But, that said, this is a very smooth brew that I highly recommend.

Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 9/2003...

Solid black appearance, big bottle-conditioned head of a full inch in height, tan and creamy. Fat ring laces. Muted aroma, some bit of far off chocolate and a touch of molasses. Interesting flavor, coffee roastiness but combined with prune and a spicy ester. Starts off soft, builds in yeasty and fruity components, and finishes with a java bite and a Belgian-style mustiness. An interesting take, it may compare most closely to Le Coq Imperial, but with traces of its heritage still lingering. A little expensive, but a nice beer for sure. Could have used a little more mouthfeel, alcohol level was sufficient.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Swing-topped, 11.2 oz. bottle.
I'd dreamt of this beer, conjuring up various imaginings, predictions, musings on what a Belgian stout might be like. Would it be like the stouts I already know and love, or would it take the world's knowledge of stouts into a different realm altogether?
I snapped the cap and prepared to find out...
Appearance: as black as black can be, dark as the devil's navel lint, with an majestic, fluming cocoa-brown head, though it shrivels swiftly down to size, leaving a little lace.
Aroma: fresh and sparkling, giving off shiny associations of coffee, raisins, chocolate, cognac, port wine, becoming more alcoholic, spicy, and burnt as we drink it into the nostrils, deeply.
Serious stuff we're handling here, and I'm unaware, as I ready to drink, of the ABV...Mr. Label says 9% ..oh, at the least!
Has the uplifting, spacious, ethereal air that I find and enjoy in the best Belgian brews, whether abbey double, tripel, quadrupel, or blonde, but we must consider how it stacks up as a stout...
Remarkable...that's all I think as I take my first sip. Dark, rich, full-bodied, but with an effervescent winey-ness above all. Gives off few of the usual characteristics I seek and crave in a good stout, but instead delivers a lively, zesty fruitiness that never quits. It's all grapes, up in here.
I'm left more than a bit confused: it's not really a stout, or is it? I've had winey stouts before, but this takes it to the extreme.
Can't really call it a stout..what would Inspector Poirot think?
Finish is medium length, spritzy, zesty,
As a stout, strictly defined, not so great,
As a unique, tasty Belgian brew, labels be-damned, mighty nice.
Thanks to Pintof Ale for this one!

Photo of Wildman
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a black light voided sin of a beer that formed a nice light tan foamy head that receded slowly and left circular lace. An aroma of malt, coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of prunes. A flavor of malt, coffee and prunes. Lighter than other stouts with a Belgian style of finish. Cute bottle.

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!

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