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Hercule Stout - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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391 Ratings

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 29
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 10-12-2001)
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Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Gusler, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of OatmattStout
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

OatmattStout, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

UncleJimbo, Jan 23, 2003
Photo of MJR
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

MJR, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of stcules
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

stcules, Dec 29, 2002
Photo of goindownsouth
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
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!

goindownsouth, Dec 08, 2002
Photo of maxpower
4.33/5  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.

maxpower, Dec 02, 2002
Photo of aracauna
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

aracauna, Nov 18, 2002
Photo of rastaman
4.43/5  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.

rastaman, Sep 11, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

NeroFiddled, Sep 10, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.83/5  rDev +19%
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.

Bighuge, Aug 14, 2002
Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

marc77, Aug 14, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
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

cokes, Jul 25, 2002
Photo of pbrian
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

pbrian, Apr 12, 2002
Photo of mattmaples
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

mattmaples, Oct 13, 2001
Photo of Todd
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Todd, Oct 12, 2001
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Hercule Stout from Brasserie Ellezelloise
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