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

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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:
Our rich, smooth oatmeal imperial stout brimming with locally sourced coffee from Little Amps in Harrisburg.

(Beer added by: stakem on 10-09-2012)
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

02-26-2014 19:23:13 | More by ShanePB
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 13:36:43 | More by Rifugium
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

05-26-2014 01:37:36 | More by facesnorth
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-26-2013 15:15:08 | More by prdstmnky
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Draesith

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

07-13-2014 17:10:32 | More by Draesith
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

10-27-2012 19:43:23 | More by Rhettroactive
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stmgl01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

10-21-2012 14:05:52 | More by stmgl01
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jagada

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

02-24-2013 05:15:25 | More by jagada
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-07-2013 17:45:37 | More by yourefragile
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22Blue

Kansas

4/5  rDev -8.3%

07-01-2014 23:08:46 | More by 22Blue
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otrejo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-11-2013 01:22:18 | More by otrejo
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-10-2013 01:29:30 | More by THECPJ
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-22-2013 23:26:06 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SpeedwayJim for providing a growler of this as an extra in our trade at the Voodoo release!

A: The appearance is black with a nicely sized brown head. The head lasts a long time, but doesn't cling to the sides of my glass. 4

S: The aroma reminds me of a roasted porter. There's roast from the coffee and from the roasted style of the beer, which play together nicely. Big notes of baker's chocolate tie the roast together. 4

T: The roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee are a great combination for this beer. I feel like it would be paired perfectly with bacon and eggs. The chocolate starts it off, which is overtaken by all of the roast. Each sip seems to bring a full shot of coffee. 4

MF: Full and robust, just like I like my coffee. The carbonation is at the perfect level for this beer, slightly tingling the tongue. 4.5

O: I was really hoping to get to try this beer, and I'm pumped to have gotten it as an extra. Solid trade SpeedwayJim! Hope to do it again soon. 4

Serving type: growler

03-24-2013 02:32:35 | More by russwbeck
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-07-2013 16:40:08 | More by Etan
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2013 01:51:57 | More by Alieniloquium
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 22:39:36 | More by philbe311
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 02:08:38 | More by dbrauneis
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2014 16:18:26 | More by lurpy1
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-20-2014 15:46:35 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-03-2013 19:47:38 | More by Kegatron
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

07-03-2014 22:48:21 | More by Kevincredible
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Beergelden

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-31-2013 22:36:19 | More by Beergelden
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-13-2014 02:48:04 | More by DrBier
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-16-2013 12:59:27 | More by mendvicdog
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Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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