Hercule Stout - Brasserie Ellezelloise
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3.86/5 rDev -4.9%
A: Pours a dark nearly opaque brown, with a fair amount of tan head. Enough retains to leave fair-sized sheets of lacing around the glass.
S: Sweet dark fruit with a touch of yeast.
T: Medium sweetness, and very clear and dry through the middle and finish. Finish has a burnt malty background note that lingers a bit.
M: Fairly light body for a stout; medium carbonation.
This is kind of an odd beer. It feels so light, is not overly sweet, and the alcohol isn't all that noticeable, so it's probably a bit dangerous. The overall complexity is present, and nice, if you look for it.
10-03-2013 04:36:13 | More by seand
Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
4.06/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours a opaque, bistre brown with shades of burgundy along with a MASSIVE, dense and buff-coloured crown with great longevity. Gradually melting along with an aftermath of lacing aplenty!
S: At first a vinous and tart smell. Continually, a subtle caramel sweetness and vanilla beans (not unlike a small batch bourbon) comes forth but is quickly overpowered by a more chocolate and molasses-based scent. In the background lurks a persistent licorice smell, almost spicy and aniseed-like. Complex and solid
T: A lactose and cocoa -- or milk chocolate if you will -- flavour enters first. Some spices intermix amidst the aforementioned sweetness the anise is there but even subtler than before. Snooping on, we find a sensation which lingers on well into the aftertaste, which
is that of well-roasted coffee beans which adds a stratum of acridity and burnt characteristics to an overall malty experience.
M: Round and creamy with medium carbonation, albeit a wee bit on the thins side when it comes to the general viscosity.
O: This was a solid experience yet not all that bitter, like many other RIS, which I believe to be due to the fact that it's a Belgian one. Even if it was a bit thin on the palate this beer was much to my liking.
08-31-2013 21:27:40 | More by Asgeirr
District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
$12 bottle at Alewife in Baltimore. Served in a flute beer glass.
A very unique tasting brew. A must try if you like RIS (as classified on BA) but it does not taste like most RIS and I could see how many might not like this beer. Definitely a complex brew. I dinged it for not having a heavier body.
A - Pours a black and opaque with a 2-ifinger light tan rocky head. Excellent sticky lacing that disapates to a very thin but lasting layer of head.
S - A box of raisins, sweetness, like a port wine.
T - Some initial minor roasty, carmely flavors and bitterness but finishes with some very port-like flavors. Some sweetness, but not cloying. Port flavor dominates but not the only flavor.Maybe a bit of licorice.
MF - Med bodied, but otherwise unremarkable.
07-11-2013 02:17:58 | More by Sludgeman
British Columbia (Canada)
4.24/5 rDev +4.4%
A: Black with a tan head, nice ring of retention shows a little leg.
S: Not a huge aroma, but there's plenty of depth and it's very unique... Pumpernickel rye bread, dark raisins, treacle, hints of salted licorice and black berries.
T: Pumpernickel rye bread, treacle, raisins, light coffee, licorice, bit of wood, black pepper, balanced bitterness, light alcohol warmth. Staring to show some oxidation.
M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a modest carbonation with only a slightly drying finish.
O: A flavourful brew that warms the soul, but it's still very digestible in the Belgian tradition. I wish I had some stilton.
06-29-2013 23:00:37 | More by Derek
Hercule Stout from Brasserie Ellezelloise
91 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.