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

I'll Have What She's HavingI'll Have What She's Having
BA SCORE
77.5%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 129 ratings
I'll Have What She's HavingI'll Have What She's Having
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:
27
Ratings:
129
Liked:
100
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
11.17%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
47
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Psg5062
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MoodyDiva
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

 253 characters

Photo of drtth
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

 1,826 characters

Photo of cts309
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kalosjakar
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

 229 characters

Photo of madelf66
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FickleBeast
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

 416 characters

Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

 396 characters

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cath
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JNForsyth
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of TimberSwanson
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harryhops
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dodge408
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.12/5  rDev -46.2%
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

 1,628 characters

Photo of marcfromphilly
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Milk chocolate nose and a smidge darker taste. Hazelnut flavor is present. Beer is rich and relatively thick.

121 characters

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

 493 characters

Photo of AmarisSkye
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

 600 characters

Photo of barneysdad
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fscottkey
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

 1,007 characters

I'll Have What She's Having from Evil Genius Beer Company
Beer rating: 77.5% out of 100 with 129 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.