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

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3.96/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Evil Genius Beer Company
Pennsylvania, United States
evilgeniusbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chocolate Hazelnut Imperial Stout clocking in at 9.4%

Added by alcohline_trip on 02-13-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,170
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
143
pDev:
10.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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8
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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by drtth:
Photo of drtth
4.04/5  rDev +2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Fievel
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Evil Genius needs to figure out why almost all of their beers have a metallic after taste... Figure that out theyll have some solid brews.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TTripp725
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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 reitzbrewing
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wattoclone
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A deep black draft pour with small white head at Capone's in Norriton, PA. Nutty chocolate aroma with a superb rich hazelnut and chocolate taste, this is a well balanced easy drinking brew. I didn't notice any metallic finish as others have noted, but perhaps the draft version is better than the bottle. I liked it enough to pick up a six pack.

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Photo of acurtis
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DCHritz
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of csliv
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tdm168
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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 grahuba
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RJQ3
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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 TrevFlory
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Psg5062
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.84/5  rDev -3%
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 +15.2%
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 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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I'll Have What She's Having from Evil Genius Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 143 ratings