Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee) - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 385
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 6.58%
Wants: 77
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: stakem on 10-09-2012

Our rich, smooth oatmeal imperial stout brimming with locally sourced coffee from Little Amps in Harrisburg.
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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that settles into the glass near black with a thick, frothy, mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted malts, fresh medium roast coffee, a hint of toasty grains and a dash of vanilla sweetness. The flavor is a very nice balance between a roasty, grainy oatmeal stout and big waves of coffee. It is very coffee-forward, but maintains a big stout-like quality. The mouthfeel is unreal; smooth, velvety, coating, thick and rich. Just the right amount of carbonation. A really well put together coffee imperial stout that is up there towards the top for mouthfeel. (579 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a crowler into snifter. Dark black with a half inch of khaki foam head. Taste was rich chocolate, vanilla and a bitter coffee astringency. Thick and substantial in the mouth. A very solid coffee stout. (216 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz crowler courtesy of LehighAce06, with the name of the beer hand-written on the crowler label. My first crowler! I’d never heard of Pizza Boy before, though the label actually makes no mention, and lead me to initially believe the brewery itself was called Al’s of Hampden. A pizza place that makes beer? Someone needs to do this in Spokane.

Poured messily into a 14oz Jones Radiator mug, this poured a color so brown as to look inky black in the glass, with a big, mocha-colored foam head that was unique in that as it sat there, bubbles would explode within it, giving it a look like a cross between the craters of the moon and Swiss cheese. Said head dropped after a few minutes, leaving only the tiniest foam collar. Really not surprised the head fled, give the high alcohol content.

Big coffee nose to this. It might have been a good idea to lead with this one and drink it during breakfast.There was initially some dark chocolate notes, but the coffee aroma actually grew as it warmed up.

More balanced in the taste than in the nose. Sure, there’s a big, slightly acidic coffee blast, but the sweeter notes noted (I sound like Danny Kaye in “The Court Jester.”) come out to play more so than there. While there’s plenty of bitterness, it’s more coffee bitterness than the type encountered with a typical RIS. The high alcohol is hinted at by a warming booziness, but it’s more in the background than you’d expect for a beer this strong, like just a faint wisp of menace.

Fairly full bodied, but with a velvety-smooth mouthfeel, not unlike the best oatmeal stouts I’ve had.

It’s a little incongruous drinking this when the thermometer just hit 100, but I’m indoors in a cool room with a nice, electrically-induced breeze blowing, and it’s drinking just fine. Since this is an 11% abv beer, it’s entirely possible that I’m done for today, but I’m very happy to have had this. It drinks like an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, but I don’t think there’s such thing on this site as an IOS, so I understand why it’s listed as an RIS. My only problem is I only have one, otherwise there’d be one being set aside for consumption on a cold winter’s night when I didn’t have to go to work the next morning. Thanks, Kevin! (2,262 characters)

Photo of Getalegup
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: dark brown typical of coffee stout's
S: light sweet coffee smell
T: tastes like sweet cold brew coffee, zero bitterness, light carbonation
F: medium
O: one of the better tasting non-ba coffee stouts I've had (211 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Perfect beer to wake up to. Perfect beer to finish dinner with. Either way you are sure to notice the earthy coffee ground aroma, rich chocolate, bittersweet cacao, and light taro sweetness that gives it a slightly creamy feel. High acid, fruity notes. Has a little unwanted stickiness that coats the lips, but still easily one of the top coffee stouts produced. A grown up version of Carton's Regular Coffee. (409 characters)

Photo of Resonant
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is roasty as hell!

It pours black as night with a thin creamy head.

This beer smells like a coffee shop. If I close my eyes I can see myself sitting at some corner table with a novel and a fresh espresso. The sweet smell of steamed milk hanging in the air.

Obviously, a ton of coffee here, of the dark, French roast variety. This is a pint of black coffee. We're talking bitter, dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar, some licorice and with a bit of vanilla bean in the backend. There's something about this that reminds me of Fernet Branca and I'm not sure how to quantify it.

The body is rich, but not abrasive. Just right.

This coffee stout has more dimensions to it than meets the eye. It's tricky. It's complex. It's worth a pint of four. (755 characters)

Photo of EMV
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at 'The Pour House' - Exton, PA

L: Poured a midnight oil black into a tulip glass with a thick creamy tan/white head that took a few to fall before leaving a delicate lacing on the glass.

S: Deep roasted coffee hits the nose first, with subtler chocolate notes.

T: Delicious beer, clearly a coffee stout and it tastes the way it smells. Complex coffee flavors dominate, again with subtle dark chocolates and roasted malt for balance.

F: Smooth with great body, mildly carbonated... very enjoyable.

O: A fantastic coffee stout... complex and tasty, with a dangerous 11% alcohol that is very well masked by the coffee and malts. A sipper... great as a dessert by itself but not quite as sweet as some other imperial coffee stouts I've tasted and this isn't a bad thing. I'd definitely recommend. (818 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours silky smooth dark brown and sits midnight black in the glass with a half finger of light khaki foam.

Tons of roast, fresh coffee grounds, cereal, and some chocolate.

Lusciously smooth chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, roast, and sweet but subtle oatmeal.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, silky smooth, chewy, perfect body.

Overall, one of the best coffee stouts I have had to date. (398 characters)

Photo of loverofthecraft
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

deceptive lil beer. doesn't taste or feel like the big hitter it is. dark roasty malts with flavors of coffee and chocolate. creamy smooth mouthfeel. very tasty. (161 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After sampling the base beer for this offering in the Spring of 2013, I was excited to try this "amped up" version. This review marks my 1000th beer rated here on BA.

The significant coffee bitterness is definitely a welcome addition from the base beer. Also, the alcohol is better held in check than the version I had in 2013. The beer still has the nice sweet port-like notes that enjoyed from the original.

A definite improvement and a worthy beer for my millennial mark. (479 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good looking beer, dark with a billowing tan head. Lacing held onto the glass the entire time. You really pick up the coffee in the smell, the roast is there with the malt. The flavor is great, coffee, plenty of chocolate, and what I would call rich malt, not sweet. Unreal feel, rich and creamy. Overall this is outstanding. It was amazing at its ability to hide the ABV. Has the feel of a light milk stout, I was thinking 6% until I looked it up, unreal. (463 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought home from a growler after a visit to Al's of Hampden/Pizza Boy and split with 2 other beer pals. I really found this one flawless. Balanced and flavorful in every way you want a stout. A lot of coffee in the nose and a lot of chocolate in the taste. Smooth finish, nothing off/ashy etc. Its just dialed in perfectly. (328 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Served in a snifter 3/6/2015.

A- Dark black body, looks just like black coffee. Two finger mocha-brown head, nice retention, nice longevity; springs right back to life as I swirl the glass. Looks thick and oily.

S- At first, when you pick up the glass and smell it, there is a definite metallic scent on the nose. I am thinking it smells like oxidized coffee beans. A few more swirls and I smell the beer again- and it is an absolute delight; so much rich roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, nuttiness, cocoa. It smells excellent. It's got everything a breakfast stout needs except for maple syrup.

F- Dark chocolate flavours abound, like a Ritter Sport bar. A bit of milk chocolate flavours and roasted malt rounds it out. Cocoa, nuttiness. And of course, a great deal of coffee. It almost tastes like there is cream in this beer, as well- the malt sweetness rounds out the coffee quite well, which is saying a lot. There is an incredible amount of coffee here, but it's quite balanced.

M- Medium bodied, silky and smooth, substantial body with perfect carbonation. Well done, really drinkable stuff that'll keep me up for a while. Mix of coffee bitterness and sweet dark malts on the backend that doesn't linger for too long.

O- One of the tastiest coffee stouts I've had in a very long time. I enjoyed this one a lot. Rich coffee flavours and nice mouthfeel. It's missing only the maple syrup contribution that the hyped up maple coffee beers have. (1,480 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger and a half of tan head that fades slowly and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells intensely of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts
T: taste is roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. swallow is more coffee and bitter dark chocolate with some lingering roasted malt
M: Fairly full in the mouth with a very smooth and creamy feel. carbonation is soft but adequate and a slightly drying finish
O: this is an amazing beer with good flavors and good complexity. very well made and the coffee notes are very nice. grab it if you find it. (594 characters)

Photo of BigRedDog
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black (like coffee), and a nice thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

The smell, oh boy, fresh roasted coffee beans. Some vanilla intermingles, with a nice raostiness. Slight bitter chocolate. Basically everything that I want in a good stout.

Taste follows the nose fairly closely. Great coffee flavor with a slight bitterness on the front. Mellows into a nice rich chocolatey, creamy taste (think coffee with some cream), also a nice surprising bitter bakers chocolate on the finish with a good roasty quality.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, but not over the top. Nice, rich, and creamy.

Overall this is a great stout. Nothing over the top, but just extremely well made. Easily one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had. (737 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a pretty nice half finger fizzing tan head. Settles down pretty quickly, but nice to look at while it lasts.

S: Tons of very, very dark roast coffee and ground cocoa. Espresso, cream and hazelnut in here as well. Smells pretty fantastic.

T: A ton of velverty smooth espresso and dark chocolate just rolls across your palate. Roasted malt, some vanilla cream and a touch of wet charred wood on the finish. A fantastic coffee beer. Must try. (461 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch black, about a one finger, light tan head which fades.

Smell: Fresh roasted coffee with sugar. Some chocolate as well

Taste: Excellent roasted coffee flavor, with a slight hint of dark fruits, sugar, and chocolate.

Feel: Nice full bodied creamy texture.

Overall: Brewed only a few miles from my house. I don't visit there often enough. This is a great coffee stout. I really didn't expect it to be this good! (427 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
2014 Vintage. 9.5% abv.

Appearance
Near-black with a 1/2 finger of brown head that vanishes almost immediately. There is some light penetration along the rim.

Nose
Coffee & cream, espresso, dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

Taste
Intense flavors of dark roast coffee & cream with light sugar. Deep espresso notes and dark chocolate leave a residual bitterness. Heavily roasted barley, caramel, and raisin along with hints of vanilla and warming booze.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, creamy, silky, and smooth with a medium bitterness.

Overall
You want a Coffee Stout? You got one! Hits the marks all around. Very rich and deep coffee flavors from the Little Amps. (700 characters)

Photo of thereal_adam
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you are looking for a massive dose of coffee in your beer, then look no further. Awesome coffee aroma is followed up by punch in the mouth of morning delight. Perfect breakfast beer! (185 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by mendvicdog. Thanks Pat!

Dark brown with a thin beige collar. Huge coffee aroma. Flavor is all coffee and roast. A showcase of fresh coffee beans. Easy to drink. Seriously tasty. Well done, gentlemen. (217 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jack last night, thanks dude.

Pours a dark black, with a mocha-colored head of about half an inch, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like dark roasted coffee, spicy green pepper, chocolate, and roasted malt.

This has a very unique coffee flavor to it- it's peppery, spicy, and a bit grainy, with a big roast character. I love it. It's quite bitter with very little sweetness. There's some dark bitter chocolate flavors as well, a hint of smoke, and lots of dark, bitter roasted malt flavors. This is a very tasty coffee beverage. The roast they used from Little Amps is dynamite.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a creamy and roasty mouthfeel- almost like drinking coffee, basically. It's very drinkable, with a moderate level of carbonation.

This is a very unique coffee stout, I love the coffee used here. (831 characters)

Photo of JWU
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 1L growler, only a couple days old.

A- Pitch black, with a thin khaki head. No light penetrates.

S- Ridiculously coffee forward. There's a sweetness in there as well, I'd love to know what they added to balance the coffee bitterness, but it sure smells good. I do not think it's lactose however.

T- Holy crap. It's so freaking good. It's like the best cup of coffee w/ cream you've ever had. Other coffee stouts dream of being this good. Alcohol sweetness is there on the finish, but you have little idea it's 11% Bitterness is perfectly balanced by the sweetness.

M- THICK. Coats the mouth like crazy.

O- World class, big brewery beating epicness. (679 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Al's of Hampden, Enola, PA

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark cold brewed coffee are present in the nose. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell but has much stronger flavors of coffee beans and a lit to moderate amount of associated bitterness. Slight hints of sweetness from the stout are perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an intense coffee stout that is packed with lots of coffee flavors. It tastes just like a robust cold brewed coffee with bits of sweetness. It is quite drinkable considering its strength because any bits of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap (907 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, coffee colored head fades fast, minimal lacing. Big coffee notes, toasted malt, toffee, vanilla, anise, slightly sweet smelling. Big roasted malt flavors, coffe rides in, sweet toffee and anise. Full body and super creamy. Amazing stout with classic stout flavor and great mouthfeel. (300 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%

Growler poured into Sam Adams glass

Pitch black, no seeing through this glass. Taupe head very quickly settles to to a layer of taupe bubbles. Few lacings.

Aroma of a sweet coffee

Roasted coffee and malts on the tip of the tongue extends to the middle

Very smooth, velvety. Smooth finish, hint of alcohol .

Like this one. Very good beer . Fill 'er up. (357 characters)

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Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.