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

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 74
Gots: 43 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 344 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by danedelman:
Photo of danedelman
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had both on tap and now growler

A-black as dirty oil with small 1 finger head.

S-medium roast coffee, dark malts some acidity not sure coming from what.

T-coffee, biscuity malts, chocolate with an alcohol burn showing the alcohol. Smooth and sweet finish.

O- very well done. Will go back for this one alone!

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to robieobie1 for this one - poured out of a growler and split at a tasting amongst four of us. Pours a very dark brown color that appears to be pitch black once it reaches the glass. Only very light edges of deep ruby red break the blackness on this one. The head is a light-tan color with a grey-ish hue to it, low retention and little to no lacing left behind on the glass.

The aroma on this one carries far and heavy, and it hits my nose before I even bring the glass up to it. Big time coffee up front; coffee beans, dark and roasted while being lightly sweet and creamy on the nostrils all at once. A nice tale of two flavors going on here. Some deeply roasted malts make up a nice background to the coffee aroma. Little, tiny bits of cocoa comes through a little bit more as time goes on, but the coffee remains the strongest. Very nice, dense coffee aroma without being too bitterly roasted or too sweet. Very powerful but pleasing at the same time.

As I take my first sip, I'm reminded of some of my favorite coffee stouts - FBS, WnB, etc... Heavy, heavy coffee flavor is packed densely into each and every sip. It starts off with a light sweetness and a creamy, milk texture and flavor. After swarming the palate for a few seconds, it cascades into a more roasty and bitter coffee blend - the same time that the roasted malts becomes noticeable.

Chocolate bits are mixed in as well - more-so at the beginning of the sip and not so much at the end - the finish is dominated by coffee and roasted malt. There is definitely a light hop character to this one, a bit ashy and dry, that adds a touch more bitterness to the mix. The aftertaste is a nice, lasting roasted coffee bean flavor. A touch thinner on the mouth than expected, but still silky and slick. Nice carbonation, especially after a week in a growler.

Holy shit - after looking this one up, I was shocked that it was 11% ABV. I had no idea - you couldn't feel any heat, aside from a little bit of warming that is even common in sub-7% stouts. So drinkable it's scary. This was kind of an "unknown" coffee stout to me, but I'll be the first to say that this could stand up with some of the best. One of our group's favorites from the tasting event, and honestly - probably my favorite non-barrel aged coffee stout. Yes, even a smidgen better than FBS.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the source. Pitch black in color with dark tan head and spotty lacing. Huge aroma of dark fresh coffee and chocolate. Taste is all coffee up front, with a nice amount of dark chocolate. Alcohol very well masked. Hint of sweetness in the finish with some bitterness lingering. Super smooth, velvet mouthfeel. Such a treat to share with friends on a brisk New England day.

Photo of VipertheIV
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown, almost black with an off white head. Has a strong coffee aroma. Nice roasted malt profile that is not overpowered by the coffee. ABV sneaks in a little, but is barely noticeable for 11%. My go to Pizza Boy Imperial Stout if Pappy is not available.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky and glass staining. Nice khaki head.

Smell - Big coffee aroma. Roasty. Nice coffee. Slightly fruity.

Taste - Excellent coffee flavor. Lends a complexity to the dark malts. Coffee and deep roasted malts. I get a lot less of that oatmeal flavor here though. Strange finish with a bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - That finish is unpleasant, but everything else is nice. Chewy.

Overall - This is even better than the base. I miss some of the subtleties but the coffee is really nice.

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of philbe311
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger's worth of medium khaki colored slightly lush slightly creamy head... Moderate retention yields a minimal splotchy lacing and thin to moderate collar... Opaque semigloss black in color... Carbonation bubbles clings to the sides of the snifter...

S - The nose was a bit underwhelming... Some roasted malt... Light bitter chocolate... The coffee was mostly absent...

T - Roasted malt dominates the start... There are some light milk chocolate notes... A bit of caramel... A hint of soy sauce... The coffee was suprisingly understated to start, but rises towards the finish... It takes a very nice strong french pressed yet very smooth nature... Nice balance and complexity...

M -Sturdy... On the lighter side of full bodied... Sleek... A bit viscous... A bit chewy... Very lightly carbonation... Smooth yet dense... Even and consistent sip after sip...

D - This one is a sipper and a definite one and done kind of brew... Lots of character and depth... Well rounded... This is the best Pizza Boy offering I've had to date without question... This one is a winner...

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -3%
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

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of StormKing47
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Where to begin with one of my favorite brews from this up and coming brewery!

Appearence:
My, my, my where have you been all my life!? This is seriously one black stout almost to the liking of burnt motor oil. I'm sure it would leave a stain on the playground blacktop if I spilled it out of my Ninja Turtles thermos! The sun is blocked out with this one and its all capped up with a nice small, porter brown head that looks better than the dockers that yuppies wear! Can't wait to dive into this one.

Smell:
BOOM! Kapow! Smack right in the face! Its a juiced up espresso right in your face. I need some rock candy or a sugar cube stat! What a pleasant aroma of fresh roasted coffee and a slight bitter note of espresso. As it warms I pick up some slight earth tones and a touch of bitter cocoa, but definitely heavy with a fresh coffee/espresso punch! Oh I hope the taste matches!

Taste:
What an unholy matrimony! The smell matches the taste. Not a let down at all, it tastes like straight espresso and a fresh french pressed coffee had a baby inside my glass! What a delightful combo of bitter coffee, sweet chocolate/cocoa and somemore bitterness from roasty toasty grains! I may have just shit into my pants! As it finishes there's a slight earthy must that dries it out a touch and it smacks you in the nuts and says "hey dick head take another sip" seriously impressive how the alcohol burn is completely masked with the coffee and grain bill.

Mouthfeel:
Seriously big and full bodied! Its a rough and tough beast that coats the whole palate and finishes dry begging you to fill up another and keep coming back for me! Which I did because I'm a glutton for punishment! No alcohol burn, pleasant and enjoyable!

Seriously, one of the best coffee stouts around! If you don't believe me, BM me and send me your best and I'll gladly switch you a growler of this sexy sum bitch! Keep an eye, ear and glass ready for Al & Terry of Pizza Boy Brewing!

Photo of Etan
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz growler into a snifter.

A. Reddish dark brown, small light tan head.

S. Fresh coffee, nutty, lightly roasted grain, a bit of fudge.

T. Dry grain, moderate coffee, bean husk, roasty bitterness, dusty cocoa. some mild caramel sweetness in the finish.

M. Thick-bodied, light carbonation.

O. This is a pretty nice coffee stout.

Photo of lurpy1
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On initial try, the sweettness was a bit much for me, and maybe even too much coffee. Holy shit, I never thought I'd sat that. After a while the huge blast of flavor became more acceptable and I appreciated more the great coffeehouse smell and the silky smooth texture. My choice of meal, ham and cheese calzone, didn't go with the beer at all and probably didn't do the taste any favors. Looking forward to trying this sans food or with a better match, but it's a damn good java stout anyway.

Photo of BigRedDog
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of bubseymour
5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Screw-top 1 /2 growler received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Deuane!

Big old stein pours with a a few bubbles over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Bubbles immediately rush for the rim, with lots of legs, no lace. Aroma is COFFEE. I like a brew that has what it advertises.

Taste is sweet to start, surprisingly moderate coffee in the middle, with a touch of chocolate and some bitterness to close. Some lingering warmth, but nowhere near what I expected. Mouthfeel is flat, slickerly smooth, but we'll give the benefit of the doubt since it leaked some. Drinkability dangerous for the abv. Nice brew, way more approachable than I was fearing. Check it out if you can.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt. Taste sweet creamy chocolate, mocha, light roast coffee. Excellent;

Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light notes of visible carbonation and some very dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of both freshly ground and freshly brewed espresso over the top of slightly light aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and just a hint of smokiness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of dark roasted and slightly burnt malts that have a touch of smoke to them, but those flavors are quickly overtaken by the moderate flavors of dark chocolate and the strong flavors of coffee. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Heavy bodied with a moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with just a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish.

O: Overall this was an extremely enjoyable coffee stout and the alcohol in it was pretty well hidden - there are great coffee flavors and aromas that make this one perfect to be sipped an enjoyed. A little too big to be an easy drinking beer, it is still one I would definitely get again.

Photo of NJBeer265
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's like they took fresh percolated coffee and chilled it to ice coffee. Big bitterness. Hides the 11% to well.

Photo of zookerman182
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The alcohol is very well hidden

Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pizza Boy

I found the base beer to be pretty much undrinkable, and while the coffee version was an improvement, it was unfortunately not much of an improvement.

The appearance was similar to the base: opaque black with a small tan head that receded to a filmy layer. Aroma of obvious coffee up front, dark malts, a touch of smoke, fusel alcohol. The booze hits right up front and never really goes away, but in this version, at least the coffee takes the edge off a little, notes of tobacco, and liquid smoke, with that stale malt liquor taste ever present. The coffee was a nice touch, but overall, it just can't really save the beer. Body was medium, boozy heat was noticeable; not a smooth beer at all. Like it's counterpart this is quite messy, and I almost couldn't finish the small pour that I had.

Photo of WunderLlama
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

Photo of 57md
4.17/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of Edgarallenpoor
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Love the smooth flavor taste creamy and decadent

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Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.