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Hercule Stout - Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Hercule StoutHercule Stout

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400 Ratings

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 29
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zerk on 10-12-2001

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

Poured from 330mL swing-top bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark, ruddy brown with some very dim highlights when held up to the light. No haze is apparent, and the head is two thick fingers of frothy tan foam which leave a nice chunky lace. Quite good.

Smell: sweet, roasty grains with a bit of chocolate (note: this is a nice roasty without an ashy, acrid bitterness). Indeed, it reminds me of the aroma of uncrushed chocolate malt. There's a lightly floral element which I'd call "Belgian-y", but overall this is a pretty decent shot at an RIS -- just with a little Belgian twist.

Taste: quite a lot like the aroma, although with a little bit of an acidic roastiness; frankly, this adds a little bit of bite to the flavor that the aroma lacked. There's a very slightly sour and astringent finish; an interesting twist to the RIS theme (although, admittedly, not a taste that's for everyone).

Mouthfeel: body is pretty light for an imperial stout and carbonation and creaminess are relatively low, especially for the style. Not insipid or anything -- just OK.

Overall: disappointing mouthfeel notwithstanding, this is a very tasty and drinkable stout.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of KristofH
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of BarberDan329
1.73/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: pours a nice dark brown, thin in body, yet enticing.

S: Smells nice, maybe sweet, but i smell something different,

T: to the lips, not bad, but once it hit the back of my tongue, just awful, the licorice/anise is SO overpowering. I like it in sambuca, so ita not that i don't like licorice.

M: The dry mouthfeel and taste reminds me of some flavored skoal i tried in high school... Never again... NOT a stout in my opinion.

O: at 7.99 for this i am beyond apalled, it has nothing besides a nice color... Please if you want a stout go american double or imperial, avoid this

Photo of AnchorsAndAxes
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Black liquid, who knows what lurks inside. Three finger tan foam cap gently settles down leaving strong lacings on the glass. The foam when first poured has big, tantalizing bubbles almost like a frothy pancake batter. Thick layer of ran when it has worked off its pour.

Smell of chocolate at first. Bit of anise and a whisper of alcohol. More alcohol , still subtle, as it settles. Bit of raisin.

Smooth, heavy mouthfeel, chewy. Mild flavors of coffee , raisins and a tartness on the back of the tongue. A hint of alcohol despite its 9%abv.

Complex beer with a variety of flavors. Good, interesting but I wanted something more in my glass

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie Ellezelloise 'Hercule Stout' @ 9.0% , served from a cool 11.2 fl oz pot-stopper bottle purchased for $4.25

A-pour is a dark brown from the bottle to almost black in the glass , with a medium size tan head that is leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-boozey , chocolat , roasted coffee , plums

T-big & boozey , real big & boozey for such a small bottle , has a slight dry finish

MF-ok carbonation , big full bodied

Ov-wow big beer , good 'RIS' , carefull for such a small bottle delivers a big beer taste

prost LampertLand

Photo of elNopalero
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cola coffee color with coco colored lacing. There’s a pleasing aroma with chocolate nib cocoa dust and a tart aroma with hints of black cherries. It gets a little boozy as it warms.
I found notes of cocoa and black cherry with fig on the palate. As it opens there’s notes of leather, some fig, dates and dried stone fruit with a touch of soy sauce. It’s lightly effervescent with a dry finish. Hides its strength like a buried treasure. Terrific.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of seand
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Hercule Stout from Brasserie Ellezelloise
90 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.