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

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,902
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3.98 | pDev: 10.3%
Evil Genius Beer Company
Pennsylvania, United States
I'll Have What She's HavingI'll Have What She's Having
Notes: Chocolate Hazelnut Imperial Stout clocking in at 9.4%
Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 158 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of muchos
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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 ! ! !

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of pubscout
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of akpichette
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dlos
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of EMV
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
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!

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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."

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Photo of MoodyDiva
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The aromas are just what they should be for a Chocolate Hazelnut Stout, and it has an appealing blend of both chocolate and hazelnut. I will be looking to have this beer again .Poured into a glass it is almost black with a camel color head. Very good.

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Photo of drtth
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark brown that is almost back and creates a 1/2" dark tan head that soon recedes to a ring of foam, and irregular island and a thin film of foam on the surface. What foam and legs of lacing clinging to the glass seem closer to the liquid than when the head began to recede. Sipping creates lots of scattered pieces of foam that mostly cling to the sides. Mid-way through the beer there's still a foam island on the surface and some large and small patches of foam clinging to the sides.

The aromas are exactly what they should be for a Chocolate Hazelnut Stout, an appealing blend that reminds of both chocolate and hazelnut.

The flavors are as expected from the nose with the chocolate and hazelnut blending nicely but still identifiable. Pulling them together there is some sweetness that doesn't quite conceal the bitterness that shows up at the end. It is hard to be sure whether than bitterness comes from the dark roast malt or the hops or both.

The mouthfeel seems a bit on the light side of medium bodied and is creamy smooth with the moderate but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness fades some increasing the prominence of the dark chocolate and hazelnut combination before they begin to recede and leave behind some dryness but no real bitterness to speak of in the back of the palate.

This is a beer I'll be looking to have again as a treat and change of pace when I'm in the mood for the chocolate/hazelnut combination. That said I doubt I'd be wanting to bottles in the same evening. Since the brewery headquarters are pretty close to local, I'm encouraged that they may do well enough to step up the game in brewing their beers if they suceed in establishing their own physical brewey rather than brewing in someone else's physical plant.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours brownish black with a tan foamy/creamy head.

Hazelnut up front in the aroma, faint sweet chocolate, roasted notes.

Thin mouthfeel, taste of chocolate up front, low carbonation, very basic and the flavors taste artificial.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours jet black with a half finger of off white foam. Aroma is strong with an artificial hazelnut flavor. First sip is a rush of artificial sweet flavor, with a roasty finish. The flavor is dominated by hazelnut syrup, like what one might add to a coffee drink.

This one is a miss for me. The flavor isn't natural or particularly appealing. Body is on the thin side.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours jet black, light tan film for a head dissipates to a ring.

Smells of cocoa, vanilla, coffee, and vanilla. Biscuit malt underlying.

Flavor of cocoa, vanilla, hazelnut, biscotti, and almond. Dry woody finish.

Medium to full body with lightly tingling carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Really tasty and unique, a rich stout with pronounced hazelnut. Very worth trying.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.12/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and khaki in shade. Retention is quite good, and a consistent sheet of lacing sticks to the glass.

How 'bout them apples, the aroma is just like Nutella. Hey, I like Nutella, and this brings nice quotients of chocolate, hazelnuts, and more general nuts. But here's the thing - as soon as it opens up, it becomes almost ridiculously chemical-smelling. There is a touch of piny hoppiness to break things up (and perhaps, save it from being overtly sugary), but I can't get over the artificial qualities coming through. Normally, beers like this (see: DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus) smell great but taste chemical and meh. This doesn't even waste any time tricking those senses: the aroma screams "ARTIFICIAL".

Hrm, this is odd. This actually tastes a bit less chemical than the nose suggested. Still, beneath the healthy brown sugar, caramel, and dark chocolate sweetness that opens this up, there is an artificial twinge to this that I could do without. Did I say twinge? Did I say a bit less chemical? I lied. This is smacking me with notes of hairspray and potpourri on the finish. It's both too sweet and too lacking in natural qualities - ergo, I don't like it one bit.

This feels insanely sweet and coating - not in a good way, either. It just coats the tongue with an artificial (there's the word again), candy-like sweetness. Carbonation isn't very noticeable, thanks to how slimy it is.

I most certainly will NOT have what Sally is having, thank you very much. Next!

2.12/5: If nothing else, it makes DuClaw's chocolate peanut butter silliness look like Rochefort 10

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown, minimal off white foam. Smells strongly of hazelnut, hint of cocoa, vanilla. Tastes sweet malts forward, hints of hazelnut, cocoa, vanilla - sweet notes dominate. Mouthfeel is very thin for a stout - minimal effervescence and a bit cloying with its off balanced sweetness.
Overall, a very good desert beer - a bit of a novelty - I would have a lot of trouble drinking more than one - pleasant, I wish it had more stout qualities - the texture in particular seemed too thin.

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Photo of AmarisSkye
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Black pour with a deep tan head most of which dissipated fairly quickly leaving about a millimeter of foam as I am drinking it.

S - Vanilla , cacao nibs & a touch of hazelnut on the nose. Quite pleasant but a bit sweet.

T - Strong hazelnut on the tongue but also has that chocolate & vanilla from the nose. A bit of biter dark chocolate at the end but no hoppy bitterness.

F - Such a smooth mouthfeel. Virtually no noticeable alcohol considering this is a 9.4% ABV beer. Creamy but a bit thin for an Imperial Stout. If this was a different style of beer I would rate it higher for mouthfeel.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: [4.50] Nice black pour with about 1/2 a finger of tan head. Looks a bit like a dessert in the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (9.4%) and the born on date (12/22/15). As an aside I will say that I really like the name. And I really like the Evil Genius logo - it is clever.

S: [4.25] Dark chocolate and vanilla (continuing the dessert theme).

T: [4.75] Wow I get a lot of the hazelnut and it was not on the nose. It is nutty and flavorful and takes the front seat on the flavor. After the hazelnut I am getting the nice vanilla notes. I get some bitter chocolate late.

M: [4.25] Smooth and creamy with no hint of the 9.4% alcohol. There is some mild bitterness on the end that is from hops or a bitter chocolate flavor. Overall really nice body.

O: [4.50] This is a great beer. The flavors are rich and robust. The hazelnut and vanilla flavors really shine through. It tastes fantastic and the body is smooth and nice to drink. This is my first Evil Genius beer but hopefully not my last!

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