I'll Have What She's Having
Evil Genius Beer Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,162
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,017
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 10.53%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
173
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Evil Genius Beer Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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SCORE
90
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I'll Have What She's HavingI'll Have What She's Having
Notes: Chocolate Hazelnut Imperial Stout clocking in at 9.4%
Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 173 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Evil Genius has never been shy about adding outside flavors to their brews. Sometimes it works. Two 12 oz. bottles have been emptied into a clear glass liter mug. The color is the almost black dark brown expected from a good stout. There's a little tan head and glass lacing. A nice aroma of chocolate pervades and something sweet behind it is also picked up. The taste runs a little sweeter than the best additionally flavored stouts, likely because of the hazelnut and high ABV. More like a desert stout than an Imperial, it's not bad, despite that extra sweetness. Neither is it a one trick novelty. There is a decent malt body from start to finish. At the conclusion, there's enough hoppiness, alcohol and bitterness from the roasted malts to overcome the initial sweetness. The mentioned alcohol is very subtle for the amount this delivered. This one absolutely works.

Jan 26, 2021
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SouthPhillyJimmie from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like this in place of a dessert or a treat, it doesn't have the body of a great stout but the chocolate and hazelnut are pronounced without being too sweet. The aroma is faint. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin head.

Jan 17, 2021
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albern from Massachusetts

3.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not really sold on this one. The one thing I will say is that for a 9.4 ABV, this is not boozy at all. It just seems like an overly manufactured beer with hazelnut flavoring added. Too much nuttiness, the chocolate flavors are balanced although a bit more bittering chocolate than sweeter or milk chocolate. I can't get beyond the manufactured taste of this one. It gets a bit better as it settles in, but I'm not going back to this one.

Dec 31, 2020
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with minimal head. Not a creamy stout, more of a thin mouthfeel. Definite chocolate flavor with significant nuttiness. However, a somewhat sour aftertaste creeps in as well as an unbalanced alcohol presence. These both undermine the enjoyment of this beer, relegating it to just okay status.

Dec 16, 2020
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Dark brown beer with a lighter brown head. Head has good retention and leaves excellent lacing.

S---Sweet, Nutella aroma. Chocolate & hazelnut are both there as advertised.

T---Very chocolatey. Nutty as well. Taste follows the nose pretty closely.

F---Thick & rich. Full mouthfeel.

O---I think BA underrates this beer. This is much better than a 3.99. I've been suckered in by a bunch of Evil Genius beers that had a cool name, but that just weren't good. This is probably the best Evil Genius beer I've had.

Dec 13, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid black, medium light carbonation. An above average body with a slight slick creamy feel.
Aroma is alcohol and raw hazelnut way upfront. There's milk chocolate with a little black coffee as well as some roasted malt.
Taste is hazelnut and milk chocolate followed by some alcohol. some black coffee, roasted malt as well as some hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.
The hazelnut might be too much for some but this beer delivers all the flavors advertised. Would look for this again.

Nov 18, 2020
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jakej654 from Pennsylvania

4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

had this on tap at yard house in king of prussia, PA. exactly as advertised, an imperial stout with very noticeable hazelnut in the smell and taste. pours a beautiful very dark brown nearly black (although the lighting at yard house is very low). wish this was more than just a limited release would love to get a six of it for my fridge

Mar 03, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a small layer of beige head. The nose has notes of sweet chocolate. The flavor is sweet without a doubt but its not really chocolatey. Rather, the flavor is a bit artificial with an unpleasant aftertaste.

Feb 24, 2020
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nicely rounded nutty aroma with a hint of sweet chocolate. The taste was a balanced sweetness, definitely getting the chocolate and hazelnut flavors. It finishes a little on the metallic /molasses side, which I don't mind, but a wee much. Enjoyed this at home. My sweet hubby, 2019 Christmas - surprised me with this one, and I'm ever so glad he did!

Dec 21, 2019
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muchos from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L. Very much black, tan head which ain't too big.
S. Roasted toasted malts, chocolatey malt, semi-sweet chocolate, chocolatey baked goods. Bigger, sweeter chocolate as it warms.
T. Chocolatey throughout, especially toward the finish. Slight earthy balancing bitterness, chocolate muffin, a hint of fudge brownie. Certainly nutty toward the finish, especially as it warms. Aftertaste is slightly bitter dark chocolate.
F. Maybe a bit heartier than a medium body. Sticky. Just about no warming. You'd never guess this is 9.4% abv.
O. Very good. Did I mention....chocolate? I thought it was quite a treat. Cheers ! ! !

Nov 06, 2019
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cola like brown body. Two finger tan head with lots of sticky lace.
The aroma is straight up chocolate and hazelnuts.
Roasted malts and bitter hazelnut in the taste. Chocolate and weak coffee towards the finish.
Lighter in body than one would think.

Mar 09, 2019
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'll Have What She's Having...but only if it's an imperial stout. Very dark brown--almost black--on the pour, but flashes of ruby light it up at the base. I imagine you'd get the same Hazelnut presence in the nose if you sniffed a bottle of Frangelico. This 9.4% Imperial Stout advertises chocolate and hazelnut, and it delivers on both. Looks like it would be viscous and chewy on the palate, but while pleasant, it isn't in the Ten Fidy ballpark, either. No question that it's a dessert beer, but that high ABV is masked, making it a bit dangerous, unless you're sipping by your own fireside. Not cloyingly sweet, either, but also sweet enough to make you appreciate the bit of bitter finish, probably from some burnt malts, as whatever hops are in there are subdued. Nicely carbonated, too. A nice beer by geniuses at Evil Genius, despite the name, as it would take a special woman to knock a few of these back.

Feb 15, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a brown body with offwhite head that quickly died and left little lace. Aroma is mainly hazelnut/nutty with little else. Medium-bodied beer that is not bad although a bit one note; I like the dryness of the beer balancing with nutty sweetness and the one I had (don't know if I could drink more than a couple) was enjoyable.

Dec 09, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Evil Genius Beer Company "I'll Have What She's Having"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BTLON: 101217 11:51 AM"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, much darker than I though it would be. It's an absolutely opaque black even when held to the light, you don't want to spill this on yourself! The head is a fluffy dark tan. The aroma is chocolatey, nutty, and roasty. What's in here again? Just chocolate and hazel nut, OK. Of course they're not real, it's made with "natural" flavors. Oh boy, that's good. It's definitely a dessert beer. It tastes like rich dark chocolate and then the nuttiness comes out in the finish with some coffee-like roastiness. There's some bitterness there, keeping it from becoming to sweet or cloying. What's the alcohol content on this? 9.4%, that's certainly respectable, and I don't find it at all. To top off the dessert beer aspect of it the body is medium and it's moderately carbonated so as to leave it a bit creamy in the mouth. They've really scored with this one. It's not a beer that I'd drink often, but for what it is it's great. The head has only now dissipated and there's still an island floating in the center, and there's some very nice lacing left behind. Nicely balanced and rounded. Very nice. Well worth trying.

Mar 19, 2018
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- dark chocolate and black. 2 finger tan head that dissipates quickly. minimal lacing on pint.

S- chocolate malts and hazelnut

F- taste mimics nose....very sweet on the chocolate...almost like cocoa

M- thick yet creamy and smooth. Very nice complement of flavors. i like it!

O- well worth it and will always get it again.

Feb 06, 2018
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akpichette from Rhode Island

4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark with a nice + light brown head. Smell is very chocolatey and rich.

Very heavy but absolutely delicious beer. Very chocolatey with heavy coffee notes. Clocking in at 9.4%, you can barely taste the alcohol in it

Jan 04, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017-12-07
12oz beer served in a tulip. Brought from Philadelphia by my wife. Brought to her by friends. I can see that there was a date, but about the top half is rubbed off -- I think it might have been 10/12/17.

Pours basically black with a respectable light brown head support by significant carbonation. Smell is super chocolatey -- like a shake.

Taste is over the top. Strong coffee and chocolate flavors, strong accents of hazelnut, strong bitterness deriving from something (maybe almost burnt roast of malts).

Mouthfeel is just slightly thick and chewy. Overall, tasty beer.

Dec 08, 2017
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dlos from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz. bottle into glass, color is jet black with a finger foam head that disappeared quickly with slight lacing. Chocolate, nuts, coffee and malt all hit the nose with a slight sweetness about them.

Slightly bitter taste to the cocoa and hazelnut but has a sweet vanilla finish with moderate carbonation. This is a really delicious and pleasant beer to drink, wish I'd gotten more than I did.

Nov 20, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass: color is solid black, head is tan, presents about 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates to a solid top with some lacing on the glass.
Smell is cocoa and solid nuttiness, definitely a hazelnut like note, some lighter bitter roasted malt notes.

Taste chocolate, hazelnut, bitter roasted malt, with lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is moderate, well balanced carbonation and sweetness.

Overall a good beer with well hidden abv, pleasant chocolate and hazelnut flavors.

Nov 05, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a nonic pint glass and a mini snifter. The appearance in both was a dark brown color close to black color with a one finger tan foamy head in the nonic that dissipated and left a stringy spider web lacing sticking to the glass. In the snifter, the head dissipated quicker and left the same looking lacing. The smell had a roasty dry coffee bean meeting head to head against the sweet cocoa and allowing a nice hazelnut to enter in and balance as it warms. A light vanilla also starts to come out as it warms. The taste was roasty, sweet, and bitter taking the coffee bean and the hazelnut to blend nicely. A dry roasty coffee bean aftertaste leads to an extremely dry nutty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. The vanilla comes back to lead a nice smooth and slightly creaminess to combine into a drying roastiness over my tongue. Overall, I dig this one as an Imperial Stout.

Jul 01, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head pint glass

L: Dark black pour with very thin brown head. Spotty lacing around the glass.

S: Roasted grains.. hazelnut liqueur and coffee.

T/F: Rich sweet roasted malts and grains... good notes of espresso and hazelnut... some cocoa mixed in. Some mild hop bitterness as well as bitterness from the roast. Medium bodied... lighter than expected and mostly smooth. Mild carbonation, and finish is sticky/sweet.

O: A big sweet Imperial Stout.... good melange of flavors and a tad on the sweet side. An able dessert beer but not tops for the style.

Apr 29, 2017
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let's be honest, if you dont care for flavored coffees you probably dont like flavored beer. And if there was not enough sugar and sweet in beer for you, you'd probably be drinking cider, wine, or bourbon.
This is very well made, but definitely a dessert.

1st Review: "Too sweet by far, too artificial, broken nose."
2nd Review: "It's fine and interesting, and worth a bake off in a flight of Imperial Stouts"

A) Best part. Deep dark but not pitch black body (unlike Carton Unjunct) with ruby hues. Spouts a two fingers of mocha, pillowy head that lasts and sheet laces. A looker.
S - Aroma starts nice: hazelnuts, coffee and dark chocolate nibs. But aside from baker's chocolate, it grows more chemically as it warms, until it's a "HOLD YOUR NOSE".
T - the taste remains true to form, it's over-done sweet chocolate, a little coffee roasts, not enough bitter herbal hop bite, finished in a gooey, over sweet nutty goo-i-ness. But not chemical or alcoholic. Quite a dessert beer.
M - Too flat and thin for the style as I think additives often thin the experience.

Mar 10, 2017
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ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle hard poured into a tulip glass. Winter seasonal 6-pack. Imperial stout with chocolate and hazelnut. Named after The famous movie "When Harry Met Sally" starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. 2016 vintage as well.

L - deep dark brown color, pitch dark body, light brown/white foam dome with semi large bubbles around the top.

S - chocolate is very prevalent with some coffee notes. 80-20 with chocolate being the majority. Boozy BCBS character as well

T - notes of chocolate, mocha, coffee. Mostly come off as after tastes, little flavor from the liquid

F - watery mouth feel, no velvety texture or heaviness. Resembles more of an imperial brown ale.

O - the nose and feel for this beer are great, but the taste is lacking crucial flavor. Granted it is a vintage bottle, so flavors change over time. For being in a 6-pack and $13.49, this will feed your big beer taste for sure. Cheers!

Jan 26, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, dark brown in color with 1/4 in head. Taste is caramel, dark chocolate, and hazelnut. Medium bodied, sweet, with low carbonation. One of the better Evil Genius brews I have had. Makes for an excellent dessert beer.

Oct 04, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

**
04/01/2015
Bottle to glass.
Aroma is strong nutty, but nothing else is discernible. Seems more peanut than hazelnut. Appearance: Dark black. Small, but thick, white head. Taste: chocolate, coffee, late bitterness from hazelnut/ peanut. Sour fruit late also. Feel is heavy, muddy, flat. Interesting and great name, but beer is so so."
**

Sep 19, 2016
I'll Have What She's Having from Evil Genius Beer Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 173 ratings