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: 78
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 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 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 VipertheIV
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (265 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 StormKing47
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
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! (1,956 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 dar482
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma hits hugely of well roasted coffee, with some nutty and caramel characteristics. There also smells of chocolate and roast to back up the beer.

The flavor hits of that creamy and mocha coffee, but then onto a robust bitterness of coffee. Onto even the back of coffee and its grinds. A really balanced coffee experience where caramel, roast, and milk chocolate wrap around the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium for the ABV. Not thin, nor thick.

One of the best coffee stouts around. (530 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 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 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 robieobie1
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at al's Last night.
Awesome beer. The smell of dark roasted grains and coffee smacks you in the face at first whiff. Smells delicious.

This beer is pitch black, and viscous. Small white to tan head.

I let this one sit to warm before trying it.

On first sip i would say it was 55 degrees, The coffee is really up front in this one, followed by some nice roasted grain, finished with the coffee and some light cocoa/dark chocolate. Nicely sweet but not overwhelming.

This is a thick brew that is nice and creamy on the palatte. Staying true to the style.

I will have this beer again and again.

I am liking the tweaking of the recipe on this batch. Nice work Pizza boy. (695 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,281 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 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 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 nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +2%

From a growler, pours a opaque black, dark brown fizzy head. The disappears quickly and goes dead still.

The nose is heavy coffe like being in a coffee shop. A little sweet malt backbone, bitter coffee grounds and some roast. Boy does this smell amazing, like a cup of black coffee.

The flavor is all coffee, a little sweet molasses, bitter, with roasted oats. This beer is downright delicious. The mouthfeel is perfect, not too heavy, clean refreshing.

If you like coffee, get this. Delicious. (504 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 ppoitras
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (2,331 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 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 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 danedelman
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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! (314 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 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)

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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.