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

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Evil Genius Beer Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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%

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 126
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.12/5  rDev -45.2%
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 q33jeff
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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 FickleBeast
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
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 Act25
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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 always thin the experience.

Too sweet by far, too artificial, broken nose. I would never get it again.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
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 kalosjakar
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
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 Rutkiller
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A dark, heavy imperial stout with strong hints of chocolate and hazelnut. Pours pitch black and has a very small 1/4 inch tan, creamy head. Great feel in the mouth, but leaves an odd after-taste. Smells sweet; overly sweet. Nice looking beer, but wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a big black body, slightly translucent on the pour but once it's in the glass it's dark inky and opaque.

Aromas are heavy milk chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, butterscotch. The tongue matches the nose with lots of chocolate, tootsie rolls, heavy hazelnut, some soy, finishes with dark chocolate. I have to say the aroma and taste are slightly artificial. For 9.4% the alcohol is hidden but the body is a little watery with low carbonation.

Pretty good, natural flavors are a little forced and artificial though, and that's not something I'm a big fan of.

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Photo of bluehende
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent stout but lacks a little substance for an imperial stout. I had this at a tasting and it seemed to need a little more time to meld the flavors. A bit green for a stout. This could have been a pretty good stout in a month or so.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Liz and Tim for bringing this to our Pi party.

Pours a dark black with cola-brown around the edges. Just a thin film of dirty brown on top.

Smells Hershey's syrup sweet with a slight air of booze. It doesn't smell fake or anything, but it's far too dominant. I can't really pull anything beer-y out of this. Not bad, but not beer.

Taste is far better. The chocolate is there, but it's nestled quite snugly in a sea of a pretty solid stout. There's a smooth sticky barley, but my favorite here is a a crisp, pungent hop at the end of this that dries the mouth out. Without the chocolate, this would be a disaster, but the way this hop presence is an end of the line for the sugary sweet chocolate is commendably well done.

Feels bold and full, with a decent density and a gentle swarm of bubbles. The dryness from the flavor cleans this out really well, leaving the taste buds dry as heck, but with a slight film on my tongue.

Overall, I have to rate this lower than I want to as this, I think, is really context specific. Maybe have with some ice cream, or brownies. A neat beer and worth a try.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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 drtth
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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 DrDemento456
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark not pitch with some ruby hues to the base. A inch plus of deep mocha head that takes a while to dissipate.
S - Aroma is real nice hazelnuts, coffee and cocoa nibs.
T - Good taste a nice balanced sweet chocolate, some coffee roasts, slight bitter herbal hop bite, and some nutty goodness.
M - A bit thin for the style pretty much my only complaint. Creamy smooth body though.

Overall its a good rather sweet take on a nutty imperial stout. I would get it again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Born ?, 2015, at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma of milk chocolate
Head large (6 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to
Lacing good – tiny bubble reticulum
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins somewhat sweet with marked chocolate and hint of hazelnut, ends bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Isaac the other day, thanks man.

This one pours dark and deep, with a 1/4 mocha head, and only a small amount of lacing.

This one smells pretty good, tons and tons of hazelnut, they definitely did not skimp here. Chocolate and coffee are definitely noticeable on the nose as well.

This is essentially a nutella stout, with the big emphasis on hazelnut and chocolate. Both flavors taste real, and not artificial. I did worry they might taste a bit fake. However, my fears were not realized, and this was a rich, creamy sweet stout. There's some roasted malt here to remind you it's a stout, not chocolate milk.

This has a very creamy mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation. The drinkability is very nice.

This was definitely not on my radar, and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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 woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

What a weekend! I felt a cold coming on when I returned home on Friday and so I decided to ensconce myself at Chez Woody to watch hockey and reduce the backlog. This beer came home with me from The Fridge and is an intriguing addition to the weekend.

From the bottle: "Chocolate Hazelnut Imperial Stout". Whee!

Having Pop!ped the cap, I decided to again see what I might net with an aggro pour. Once more, I had to back off, but the net result was a finger-and-a-half of dense, rocky, deep-tan head with great retention. Color was likewise easy - Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) since there was precisely ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled like hazelnut coffee. I am a huge fan of coffee, having retired as a U.S. Navy sailor over sixteen years ago, but flavored coffees do not do it for me, except blended with regular coffee. Just sayin'. Mouthfeel was thick, full, creamy, like a big dollop on my tongue! Jesus, this plus 9.4%. I may have to give up sooner than I had intended. The taste was like a Cadbury Fruit & Nut bar in that it was chocolaty, nutty and even with some notes of dried, dark fruits. Mmm. If I keep up like this, they are going to revoke my Hophead status! The lacing that was beginning to appear was going to require a jackhammer to remove. Finish was semi-sweet and the brewers should be applauded for keeping this in check. It could have been wildly over the top and totally undrinkable, but it was really good. That said, it was more of a one-and-done for me, probably better suited as a dessert beer.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint.

Borderline pitch black stout with solid, continuous lining. Great 'off-brown' head.

Smells like Nutella. I love it.

A rather creamy, somewhat heavy milky stout with a solid Nutella-sequel flavor. A good flavored stout. Borderline warm milkshake feel is somewhat off.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful chocolate and hazelnut flavors with just enough bitterness to balance, smooth creamy mouthfeel, and zero alcohol noticeable. Just a terrific all around beer.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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 fscottkey
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
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 irs
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate and hoppy. Wow didn't expect that! But I like it. Very light for a stout and with all that hops I don't know if I'd really call it a stout. Whatever you call it its delicious.

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Photo of AmarisSkye
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
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 MoodyDiva
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
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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I'll Have What She's Having from Evil Genius Beer Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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