Hercule Stout | Brasserie Ellezelloise

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4.03/5
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459 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise
Belgium
brasserie-ellezelloise.be

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zerk on 10-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,833
Reviews:
270
Ratings:
459
pDev:
12.16%
Bros Score:
4.11
 
 
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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unclekeith
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Walnut
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Quafftastic
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IPA1978
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a typical stout, has some fruity flavors and mild cocoa and roasted malt. Comes across to me like a dark saison, maybe even some brett.

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Photo of Casey_L
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bruno74200
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A RIS ? Not really, more of a mix between a belgian dark ale and a stout. It's a lot about the chocolate but also with a lot of estery notes and good yeast character. It's light in color (for an imperial stout) and in body, with a fine carbonation.

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Photo of benlhoest
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OlaB
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: gives a deep black color, small top of creamy head that stays there. Sticky lacing on the glass.

S: roasted malts,dark chocolate and cocoa,coffee, dark fruits like plums and figues and different spices

T&F: start of suprisingly fruity and sweet, the malts are in the background all the time and I get more coffee and chocolate in the flavour in the middle while it finishes of bitter from the hop that is lasting in the aftertaste. The high alcohol is very good masked in this beer.

O: a little ironic that is named after a character that supposedly dispised beers in the books about him. This stout is well done, and I can't say anything else than that I enjoyed it. Very drinkable.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

From Belgium in a box. In Teku glass. Playing Magic Duels. Surprisingly drinkable for the style, with well hidden alcohol and a very balanced profile.

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Photo of Vader444
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into tulip. Bottle is very attractive. Pleasant aroma of malt and brewers yeast when the flip top opens with a surprising pop. Minimal pale head with little retention apart from a couple of small islands of foam. Pleasant sweet malt on the palate. Gentle coffee and fig flavours? Little lasting aftertaste. Thin body with smooth, light carbonation. Perfectly nice but wouldn't crawl over broken glass to get another bottle.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Wonderful dark, burnt toast dark. Thick, rich and creamy tan coloured head. Head dissipated fairly quickly but leaves amazing lace and surface linen.

Aromatics: Bready malts out of the gate with a lot of great dark fruit (plum/date/fig) and a bit of cacao and tasty caramel sweetness as well, maybe a few kisses of vanilla in there too.

Taste: Roasted dark chocolate malt and subtle fruit notes that sweeten the tongue at the beginning before it hits a bit of a tanginess and alcohol whisper at the end. The raw cacao-like bitterness of the aftertaste does linger a bit, so I waited bit longer between swigs than I normally do; to make sure my palate wasn’t pre-loaded with bitter to wash out those sweet fruity qualities at the beginning of each sip.

Mouth: A fairly decent medium to full bodied and relatively smooth creaminess; interrupted ever so slightly by the still active carbonation. Fairly dry finish, and I almost expected a bit more astringency than I felt, but I didn’t pick up much of it if any. Slightly warm booziness but hides the 9% extremely well.

Overall: My favourite style, so this is one I was really looking forward to. It sat in my fridge for at least 8 months; not sure why I waited so long, but decided today was the day - so overall it is a bit above par as far as a straight-from-the-bottle goes. I’d love to try this on a tap with nitro. A great stout all around though, I’ll definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GentleKnight1
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Lekkerbier. In swing top bottle. Small head, dark stout, nice cocoa, nice carbonation. A great example of the style.

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Photo of epyon396
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TeachChefs
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a much better bottle the second time (the first one may have been kept poorly.)
While I got a good pop from the swing-top and its opaque Looks seemed the same as the photos (below reviewed), I did not get the same foam. Nonetheless, the Smells give this away as a chocolatey, coffee malt-bomb. Tastes come in the same, possibly more hops in there than I prefer... or maybe the malt is roasted different than I'm used to. A very creamy mouth, but the hops linger. A sipper when no dessert will do.

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", he declared it "an excellent Hercule stout; creamy, coffeeish with Sambucha-like notes." Hercule also is reviewed in the "1001." Both reviewers share the brewery's interesting history.

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Photo of chrisroarshack
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of noz03
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice smooth imperial stout. Ordered at a bar in Brussels. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Hercule Stout from Brasserie Ellezelloise
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 459 ratings