Hercule Stout | Brasserie Ellezelloise

Hercule StoutHercule Stout
457 Ratings
Hercule StoutHercule Stout

Brewed by:
Brasserie Ellezelloise

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zerk on 10-12-2001

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Ratings: 457 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of arturorg
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Unibroue tulip

A: Like dark brown cola, thick frothy head beige in color that leave a foam residue in the glass walls. Visible small carbonation.

S: Like sweet dried plums or raisins, malts, alcohol.

T: Smokey, coffee, bitter, dried grapes and brown sugar. There's some notes of a liquor, the alcohol it's right in your face but it's not overwhelming

Overall it's a very complex (and delicious beer), I liked it a lot, there's a lot going on in there.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark brown with a light tan head. Doesn't seem as viscous as other RIS I have poured but still look good int he glass. There is a nice.5 in head that recedes slowly.

S - Nose is unlike other stouts I have tried. I guess the Belgian yeast gives it a more Dark Ale like aroma rather than a straight stout. There are some malt hints with phenols that are very reminiscent of Dubbels and BSD. The roasted malt aroma shines a bit through.

T - Starts of with a nice sweet malt that has some nice burnt and roasted edges. hints of freshly baked bread and freshly made toast with some nice brown sugar hints and some mild yeasty flavors. Licorice flavors are present as well with some nice dry finishes. Very good stuff.

M & D - Complex but not as full bodied as I expected still very drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with a thick creamy tan head that fades slowly leaving a decent amount of lacing. When held up to the light it appears to be a dark ruby color. Carbonation is lively.

Smell is chocolaty, smokey, malty.

Taste is smooth with dark chocolate notes, roasted malts, faint peat caramel. Finish is kind of dry with a lingering dark chocolate aftertaste. Not a sweet beer and the alcohol is well hidden.

One of my favorite belgian stouts, readily available and not an extreme beer. A good drinking beer that entertains.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ok, so I'm in to trying new things and I grabbed this stout at Vine Street pub in Denver. Not knowing what to expect, i was disappointed. notes:

Very dark ruby, but looks thin. Rather shallow head, soapy. As it goes down some lacing, but it seems oily.

holy crap, licorice. Anise. Jagermeister in the nose. Some faint prune or raisin. very faint caramel and malt.

This is not what I expected, even though i didn't expect anything other that a stout. Anise/licorice are overwhelming. Sure, a hint of either would be nice, but they dominate here. Prune? gone. Raisin? Nerp. If this had more abv, it would be Jagermeister. Thin. Blah. Choke this one down (who knows it may grow on me...nope), and get a Ruination to cleanse my raped palate. Nasty.

UPDATE: Ok, i tried another at a different place. The anise is not there much at all. This helps let out the dark soft fruit and some spice. ratings adjusted.

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Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bosse for sending this one over.

A: Pours deep and dark flat black with a small tan head. Dies to a solid cap and lingers for quite sometime. Some spotty lace noted.

S: Lots of chocolate, brown sugar, and loads of dark fruit.

T: Sweet and malty. Molasses dipped raisins and figs mostly. Notes of gooey caramel and chocolate. Mild notes of earth, but mostly sweet goodness.

M: Medium in body, smooth, light carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Good but not great.

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Photo of jrallen34
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a bottle into a chalice in Brussels.

This beer is very dark brown, almost black, with a big thick tan head. There are hints smells of coffee and caramel with an alcohol finish. The taste is strong, combination of caramel and coffee with a nice bit of licorice. Nice feel on the pallet, pretty easy to drink, but limited a little by the alcohol. Good one to finish the night with.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black-garnet with taupe head that holds as a thin line. Molasses, viney port and a bit of oily leather to the nose. Big Marmite and date malts, salty middle, then hops are evergreen and orange oil. Full but not chewy, round, creamy, with definite burn.

Heard alot about this beer, but not as much of a looker or a drinker as expected. Fizzy, winey and light for what I'd expect of an RIS - maybe that's just how they do it in Belgium.

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Photo of saccro
2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark mahogany. decent head that lasts. not much lace.

S: bitter-sweet chocolaty note with hints of vanilla, and a slightly taste of figs. Slight hints of hops. Dark sugar. Sherry oxidized notes.

T: dark chocolaty flavour backed by licorice and bitter-sweet roastiness of black malts. Aftertaste with suggestion of brown sugar, dates

M: very approachable beer with a full body. Softly carbonated

D: not bad. this sample is outdated.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Stoutfest @ Armsby Abbey.

A: Light creamy head with great lacing. Almost looks like a thick nitrous head. The beer itself is just about pitch black, perhaps a hint of dark brown color in the middle.

N: Again some nitrous aroma, but doesn't overpower the beer in this case, it's a case of where it actually works (unlike the horrible trend of NO2 anything slightly dark and it overpowers the beer completely). Some dark malts, crystal/caramel, little chocolate, creamy chocolate and slight bitter chocolate. Pretty light on the nose overall.

T: Bitter, with some earthy hops. It's actually somewhat thin, a little watery unfortunately. Very Belgian like taste though, with Belgian malts, sugars, and the lighter body and lack of roast for the stout. It has a slight dry saison like yeast and malty taste as well.

M: Very light, slightly watery, lower carbonation.

F: Semi bitter saison finish, very dry. It has a little spicy hop bitterness, with some malty barnyard saison dryness and malt character. Some darker malts. Reminds me a lot of a dark saison, a nice drinkable beer, but nothing what I would expect for a stout, or perhaps as it has been with American IPAs, I've become jaded with heavy American RIS.

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Photo of drpimento
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoa this is way better than the excellence that I remember. Much more user friendly. Poured with a fine creamy foamy frothy tan head and good lace. Color is a blackish black. Aroma is a crazy combo of roast malt caramel toffee coffee cocoa dark ripe fruit charcoal dark worn leather and earth. Flavor's much the same, yet simpler and in your face yet still drinkable. Amazing beer. Classic.

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Photo of Docer
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged up a bottle at The BeerMongers... just like it is shown here in the image.

- Poured into my old Portland International Beer Festival glass mini-tulip... with a 4 oz. mark and everything... nice little glass for a little bottle while cooking dinner. Pours a nice ruby brown... can almost see through it.... light off-white head... leaves a nice little continent in the center...

- Interesting earthy, and sour notes.... much like a rochefort... Belgian yeast is certainly present... as is the bottle conditioning.. dark roasty chocolate malt... semi-sweet... nice bitter hop note still hanging on...

- Somewhat light up front, but then settles down with layers of various flavors... chocolate... smooth oats, malt, bread... earth... yeast... like having a cake of Orval at the bottom of an Obsidian stout...

- Medium bodied.... leaves the mouth watering, and not chalky by any means... a very well rounded feel.

- Overall this is a fantastic beer, and certainly different from an American stout... recommended for Belgian, and dark beer lovers for sure!

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nice tulip glass.

A- Dark black and thick! A very small tan head that dies quickly. Can't wait to try this one!
S- I don't know how something can smell like cigars and flowers at the same time, but this beer does it. A small alcohol burn does tingle the nose. A very enticing smell, I guess I'll dive in.
T- Hmmm! A little confused by the taste. The beer is very smoky up front, but very creamy at the same time. There is a roasty chocolate taste, but a sour flavor does remind you that it is a Belgium beer. Even with all of the flavor, this beer reminds me of a good scotch for some reason.
M- This tongue twister is much lighter than it appears. In fact, it drinks more like a Belgium or black IPA than a RIS. The low carbonation leaves a creamy taste in the mouth.

D- I do like this beer, but not sure how much I could drink. This is a great beer to have with dinner or for sipping around a fire. I would not have more than one at a time and it is not because of the ABV. The flavors are just too confusing for my tongue and more than one of these would ruin its flavor. I will have this beer again, but would not be something I would grab on a regular basis.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Together with only a few other brewers, Brasserie Ellezelloise makes excellent stout, a good RIS, this on the European market.

Very darkbrown with beige head, naturally. Clean yeast, smell of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and also dark dried fruits like raisins and plumbs, also a bit of banana.

Taste similar, with sweetness and bitterness. Alcohol is well masked, mouthfeel creamy.

Allthough I bought this mainly to try out the stout-style, this beer makes me want to try more from the same brewery.
Also, trying this regularly (as i've got easy access to it), it's consistent. It's got a clear Belgian character to it (yeast), but it's got plenty of body to compete with other RIS.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very loud pop upon opening, but no foaming, surprisingly.
Poured brown and show garnet, burgundy hues in light. Steady dark tan head with some big bubbles, but mostly fine.
Unique aroma with sweetness and a unique dark graininess with some alcohol and molasses and licorice and yeast quality. Hints of roast. I like it. Caramel. Chocolate.
More of a coffee flavor than noted with aroma. Alcohol sweetness and warmth. Much less yeast notes, but they do show some. For the significant complexity of the aroma the flavors are simpler. Takes on a bourbon like quality it time, which would be quiet a feat if it's not aged bourbon somehow.
Very nice softness from the carbonation that masks a fairly light drink, for style.
Alcohol is too big to make this an easy drinker, nonetheless it's quite a beer and a pleasant journey.

Thanks Todd.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this odd shaped flip top bottle sitting on the shelf and decided I just had to give it a try. Served at cellar temp and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 02/17/2010.

The pour was decent enough with a dark brown color and a light bit of foam coming up and over the top of the glass. Settling down quickly it left a little lace along the sides and a touch of light shining through on the bottom keeping it from being completely black. Aroma of deep, sweet chocolate dominates here, rich with overtones of coffee and rich malted goodness. Interesting mix of aromas here, full with warming bringing out a touch of brown sugar. Smooth, easy sipper. Rich warming chocolate covers the palate and a nice back splash of hops dries you out and leaves you looking for the next sip. Complex, smooth and light enough to be enjoyed thoroughly. Not the best I have had but it certainly held its own.

Overall a nice little way to end the evening. I certainly would not mind trying this little one again and some nice dark fruits in the finish only served to show that off even more. Definitely a nice little stout here for sure.

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4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very very dark brown, not black. Luxurious white head.

Smells of burnt toast, nuts and vodka.

Fortunately the taste is so very much more than the smell. Intensely toasty like old lady, burner all day coffee, burnt coffee, burnt nuts, cigarette ash, and then somewhere rears forth a pepperiness that is not up front tasted, but sensed nonetheless,
guttorally or whatnot. The alcohol is tasted but smelt more.

Mouthfeel is solid enough but not to be grouped with an American impy stout or anything of the like. It achieves bigness without being big. And the same can really be said for its drinkability, overall notes.

I'm a fan. This is kick ass and unique tambien. And yet, it's footed in tradition and integrity.

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Photo of Walken
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brasserie Des Legendes, Hercule, Belgian Imperial Stout (Tasted 06/17/08)
11.2 oz. bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pitch black with a fluffy off-white, three inch head that takes four minutes to fade down into a, one inch cap.
Odor: Wood, currants, soft & subtle roasted malt aromas, almosty smoky. Deep whiffs draw out some alcohol.
Consistency: Creamy, chalky, two tics thicker than light bodied.
Taste: Tobacco, burnt fruit, hints of charcoal & dark chocolate. Solvent alcohol and hop bitterness becomes more appearant mid-palate. Finish is clean with some smoky, roasted and alcohol flavors linger. This is a very delicate beer, the flavors aren't that big, but very well layered.

Intriguing beer. Body is reminiscent of a dry stout, flavors of a BDSA and RIS, adorable swingtop bottle, winner in my book.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not quite a black pour, more soda-like, but with a dirty white frothy head on it. Nose has a lot of Imperial Stout in it, dark chocolate and cherries, but it's lighter than normal, almost like a porter but with a wine-like characteristic mixed in. Taste is a little thinner than normal, not quite as thick and chunky as many American RIS's. Dark chocolate gives way to a slightly sour funk that announces this is Belgian. Finishes dry, slightly sour and is not all that sweet.

Definitely a different take on this style, and I still like it. Not every RIS has to be thick enough to replace motor oil. A definite try for Belgian lovers and RIS seekers.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at Toronado SD
Served in wine glass. Appears super dark with tan head that falls to ring.
Smell is slightly sour, a little funky as it warms.
Taste is of dark fruit, chocolate - nice sourness on the back end. Tangy finish.
Body is medium - lighter than I was expecting. Prickly carb.
This was an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Travlr
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is almost black with a thin, rapidly disappearing tan head and minimal to no lacing.
Smell is of dark fruits, nuts and cocoa.
Taste is very subtle, with plum, vanilla, roasted sweet malt and a dry slightly bitter chocolate finish.
Slightly thin body for its style and strength, but a nice, understated, complex beer. I have one in storage for 13 months so far, very curious to taste it when it has matured a bit.

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Photo of gfreed
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Poechenellekelder, Brussels. This is an RIS? I'm surprised, but then, the only RISes I've ever had have been American, and by comparison they've been tasty but heavy-handed and stingingly hoppy. This was smooth, even, roasty and absolutely wonderful. A dark head that lasts for years; aroma of licorice, prunes, raisins... mushrooms? The body is quite dense, the carbonation light but evident, and the taste is buoyant, fruity, roasted and just a bit sharp at the finish. The alcohol does not clobber, either. I've had my last American RIS. This was exceptional.

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Photo of ajayma
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours murky opal with a bare tint of red. Head is thin, but its tan-colored lace is creamy and lasts.

Subtle interplay of figs, dark cherry, raisin, cocoa and just the faintest whiff of damp wood.

Smooth and yet delicate, balanced, barely sweet. Cocoa powder, figs, prunes, raisins, and slight roasted bitterness, kick off with a pleasant micro-fizzle. A fudgey note pops up in the middle. Finishes with notes of fruity-coffee, bitter-cocoa, wet oak, even tobacco.

I'm smitten. Dark and comforting--but not heavy or sweet. Seductively complex--but not the least bit boozy and superbly drinkable (nevermind that it's 9%). It evokes so many subtle and unexpected flavors while balancing them beautifully. Great with smoked fish, pasta w/ carbonara, or chilly fall weather.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looked a bit thin on the pour. Body is black for the most part, but displays glimmers of reddish brown near the bottom of the glass. Head is short, tan, and foamy. Pretty good retention. Clean; no lacing.

Smell: Holy shit! Moist tobacco, molasses, sweet woody aromas, and chocolate. Very pungent and sugary. The roasted aspect is pretty mild, but I dig this.

Taste: Roasted malt, woody hops, caramel, and flowery esters. I also get root beer, bubblegum, and leather. Aftertaste is dry and kinda funky. The flavors clash a bit in this one, but I still find it tasty and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Generously carbonated, full, slightly roast, and clean-finishing. Body is lighter than the average imperial stout; this one even feels like a soda at times (though nowhere near as syrupy). Feels nice though. I like the change-up. Good mouth-numbing, but easy going for an RIS.

Drinkability: I found this beer to be kinda weird... but in a good way. I really like the Belgian influence on the Russian Imperial Stout. The high carbonation and lighter body is really enjoyable. I loved Black Albert, but this one is just a bit lacking. I'd buy it again if it were more affordable and/or in my area.

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Photo of erz316
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

flip top bottle into spaten becker

A - the beer generates a good amount of head, which foams up pretty tall, starts to come down, and then slowly comes down from three fingers. the colour of the head is a light beige, has a creamy texture and is very fluffy, so it doesnt stay in form because it is so light. the body is dark brown, but does allow light to get through when held up. even when down on the table I can see light getting through.

S - a good roasted malt body, but most noticeable is a slightly fruity vinous note. there is a slight amount of molasses. a reasonably potent but not very developed nose.

T - a bit off, but its doing quite nicely for me right now. the initial taste is a bit of coffee, roasted malts, and the hops. the hops taste quite good and add some deeper meaning to the taste than a simple bitterness. if I can use one word to describe this brew it would be fresh; I would almost consider this to be a summer weight brew if it werent for the alcohol, it is very much like a schwarzbier. the finish is very malty and very smooth, with a slightly roasted and bitter aftertaste.

MF&D - the body is quite thin, but it has the carbonation that a thicker bodied brew should have, which makes a refreshing but pseudo-heavy feel. an enjoyable brew overall.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into 8oz snifter.

Pours pitch black with a one finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap. The aromas are heavy with brown sugar and molasses, along with a little roasted malt, which continues in the flavor. The flavor also has a little sweetness to it. Full bodied, high carbonation. Some vanilla is in the background, along with a little bit of walnut shell, both characteristics of an aged beer.

A very well rounded beer, and also resilient. Recommended.

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Hercule Stout from Brasserie Ellezelloise
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