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

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 441
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 97
Gots: 57 | FT: 5
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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

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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4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new batch has been made, so I came in here to edit my review. My favorite beer by this brewery has been dialed in, rebrewed and made even better. This is a contender for one of the best coffee stouts I have had.

Original review (10/9/12)
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is sunny side up with the inclusion of a coffee roasted by a local company. On tap at Als, the brew pours black in color with a brown head that holds across the top with a lace and colects around the rim. When held to the light, it displays some clarity around the edges.

The smells is exceptionally strong with a fresh scent of coffee/espresso. A hint of coffee bean citrus qualty along with plenty of earth and roasted grain with a scent of bitter cocoa that is quite appealing.

The taste includes a blast of fresh cold pressed espresso. Bitter burnt grain, unsweetened cocoa along with a minor citrus touch of coffee beans. There is a lingering earthy aftertaste somewhat reminescent of tobacco.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest to lighter amount of carbonation. A big alcohol factor creeps in with a earth aspect but it isnt present in flavor. Nicely done and very distinguishable from the base version that is already a solid brew on its own right.

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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Prager62
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Received from a fellow BA in NBS/BIF #2. Packaged in a 32oz. Crowler can, I'm positive it's fresh.

Look- Pours a beautiful dark brown almost black color with a generous amount of mocha tinted foam. A gorgeous beer to behold!

Smell- Wonerful dark roasted coffee and chocolate. A hint of smoke.

Taste- Fresh dark roast coffee with bakers chocolate and a hint of vanilla in the finish.

Feel- A little on the thin side for such a decadent beer.

Overall- In one word, WOW! This is like liquid espresso-chocolate cake. It definitely has to be in the conversation for one of the top coffee stouts. So glad I had an opportunity to try, I would make it a staple in my beer fridge if I lived in the distribution area.

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4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.76/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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