Hercule Stout | Brasserie Ellezelloise

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Hercule StoutHercule Stout

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Brasserie Ellezelloise

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Vader444
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Melvintrude
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle with flip top stopper. As ever I por colder than recommended and let it develop in the glass ( ordinary chunky goblet)

Pours with a very dense yellowish head. Black opaque and medium bodied/mouth feel.

Suprisingly muted on the nose, mainly fruit

All the roasted malts you would expect, but sweeter than anticipated. Strong licorice in both first taste and aftertaste. Nicely balanced, you can feel all the alcohol but it’s not harsh.

Pleasant but a bit one –note ( Licorice!) Won’t be rushing back

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Photo of flyingpig
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£5.20):
An excellent Belgian beer, plenty of flavour & a great balance too; it's easy to drink for the strength. The beer was quite sweet with plenty dark fruits & some lighter acidity on the nose with the roasted flavours being more noticeable come the taste & the beer was quite creamy with a beautiful mouthfeel; another excellent imperial stout.

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Photo of Takahiro
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: black, with tanned lacing head
S: coffee, roasted malt, yeast esters, alcohol
T: creamy roasted coffee, fruity esters (apples, pears, plums), some alcohol, earthy and piney hop flavor and bitterness
F: full body, but not too sweet. a nicely balanced.
O: a great imperial stout!

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Photo of Arthuros
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very decent Stout. Quite bitter in a dark chocolatey kind of way, with some coffee aromas behind the hops. Little sweetness, little happiness, except maybe a few seconds into taking a sip. Dark dark black color with a very dirty beige thin foam.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Churchkey Beer Bar, Washington, DC. This one has all the bells and whistles that I look for in an imperial stout. Black as night, beautiful lacing, a smell that differs from all other imperial stouts I've had in a positive way. But the real slam dunk I look for is taste. It just didn't do it for me. Maybe it's time for me to 'fes up and say "I don't like Belgian beer.

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Photo of brianbeze
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2013 bottle opened 7/15/15
Poured into a snifter drank at about 60 degrees F
look: Dark brown to black

Smell: Coffee, caramel, chocolate and a bit of black cherry. There was a noticable alcohol warming but it is pleasant and not

Taste and mouthfeel: Surprisingly bitter and lightfeeling. with some date notes.

Overall its a pretty good stout. I like that its different than most of the stouts and porters from the U.S Very belgium. All in all not a bad beer.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a frothy, tan head that laces slightly. Floral hops and a slightly acidic, toasted malt aroma. This smells absolutely wonderful. Black. Starts with a rich, deep flavor; toasted malt, slight acidity and bright, floral hops. Builds in acidity to become dominated with coffee notes. A mild, pleasant bitterness throughout. Finish is toasted malt with lingering floral hop bitterness.

Wow. This is the smoothest Russian Imperial Stout I've ever had. Just lovely.

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Photo of Franck
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Nose of roasted malts and hint of black chocolate.
In mouth, an unpleasant sour taste appears followed by an aroma of wood ashes.
Drinkable but not more..

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours dark brown to black, small beige head that lingers for a while.
Smell of boozy raisin, candi sugar, caramel and sweet bread. Some apple mash, some faint sugared orange slices.
Starts fruity with cherry, forest berries, dry fig and plum with some caramel and light chocolate, but also maintaining a citrus zing in the back. Molasses, faint cinnamon and anise, a faint floral note too. Booze piles up, creating a cognac/strong red wine kind of feel, balanced in the finish with some mild roast.
Medium bodied and carbonated, keeping the alcohol and the nice flavors close to the palate. Thus, the aftertaste is quite nice, fruity, the enhanced cognac note and malt cake sweetness, with a tiny bit of sugar syrup and some extra toasted crust.
A heavy duty dark ale, tasty, almost fancy. It nicely manages to set itself apart from usual Belgian strong dark ales with nice clear Stout notes.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Very light tan head, solid with a thick one finger puck presented and creamy character hardly budging on the glass. Dark walnut brown out of the glass with some light red and even orange hues towards the edges. A pretty basic looking stout, with a head color that seems lighter than expected.

Real distinct aroma. Mix of classic Belgian fruit esters, hints of phenolic spice of some clove, but comes across as a thick spiced fig almost, and dark burnt sugar dubbel like sensing quality. Real hard to pin this one down, those Belgian stouts are curve balls, all unique their own it seems. Very enjoyable.

Palate comes a bit of a let down. Watery fruited down raspberry and red charactered fruit in the mid palate, with a fleeting finish. Much of the stout character seems to disappear on the swallow, leaving only the front of the palate to sense the flavors that have left. Light bodied and watery fruit, feeling more like a small stout, and at least hiding much of the large abv I'll give it that, that the bottle indicates. Bit of tight carbonation, with an almost flat like cherry cola quality.

It's an interesting beer, but this just doesn't grab my attention very much.

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Photo of bnes09
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Dark chocolate brown. Thick, creamy colored head blankets the liquid forever. Leaves behind creamy layers of lacing.

Malty, roasted, spicy, yeasty aroma.

Flavor begins with a solid malt backbone tasting of whole wheat bread. Mild roasted flavor, toast and dark chocolate. Spicy herb and garlic hop with earthy spinach tones. Subtle yeast character. Dry, crisp, snappy finish.

Barely medium bodied and the lightest example I have tasted of this style. Snappy carbonation. Grainy texture turns dry in the finish.

Very well done stout. Love the dryness, subtle sweetness, and spicy qualities. Familiar, yet unique.

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Photo of byronic
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a loud pop it pours almost jet black with a nice layer of frothy tan foam. Espresso and cocoa dominate the nose with hints of malts and dark fruits. Similar to roasted and bitter flavours obtained from an espresso but followed with a nice hint of sweet from the cocoa. Full body, very smooth with good carbonation. ABV is well hidden. Very nice balance between sweetness and the bitter finishes quite dry.

Very impressed from the point the bottle was opened until the glass was empty. Don't pass this up.

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Photo of jonb5
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml flip top bottle, poured into La Chouffe chalice.

A: Very dark mahogany, pretty much opaque, one finger tanned head, good retention,
decent amount of lacing.

S: Cranberry, molasses,very much like a Belgian Dubbel, but slightly less

T: Espresso, cocoa bean, creamy diacetyl, molasses, slight cranberry, slight bitterness whichbecomes more pronounced as the beet warms. Did a very good job of hiding the booze.

M: Light body for the high abv, very smooth, creamy texture.

O: A complex, balanced interpretation of an Imperial stout, a bit of a stout/dubbel mash up.

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Photo of FLima
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Its flip top produced a stomp after releasing it. Deep black color with a thick three fingers head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Right after opening it a cocoa smell started to swirl in the air with notes of coffee, nuts and plums.
Bold and nice flavor with notes of licorice, mild spices, some tangy citrusy, herbal hops, a bit of charred wood, figs, subtle lactic, walnut and red fruits. Dry and bitter aftertaste, reasonably clean.
Medium body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 9% abv is surprisingly well hidden.
Outstanding imperial stout, tasty but also elegant. Perfect sweetness level and balance with good complexity. Don’t expect a blunt American Imperial Stout.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3rd Feb 2014: bottle in Cambrinus, Brugge. This is one of the most reviewed Belgian beers I hadn't tried, so decided to rectify the fact by having one.

Black to very dark brown: good foam cap of tanned bubbles, looks like a Stout, what a surprise.

Chocolate and ground coffee esters hit the nose as you pour the beer, some dark fruit notes as well.

Taste carries on with the aromas now turning into flavours, dark chocolate, coffee, those dark fruits and now an alcoholic trace and a mild bitterness towards the end of each sip.

Almost creamy feel to the brew body wise.

Classic stout in all aspects and very drinkable.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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Photo of Asgeirr
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2011

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.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

$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.

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Hercule Stout from Brasserie Ellezelloise
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