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

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3.95/5
Very Good
135 Ratings
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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:
#7,067
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
135
pDev:
10.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
50
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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%
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."
**

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Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GarageRock
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Psg5062
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MoodyDiva
4.74/5  rDev +20%
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 +2.3%
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 cts309
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kalosjakar
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
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 madelf66
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FickleBeast
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
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 +5.8%
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 DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cath
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TimberSwanson
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harryhops
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dodge408
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.12/5  rDev -46.3%
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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I'll Have What She's Having from Evil Genius Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 135 ratings
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