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

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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 7.57%
Wants: 16
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-08-2013 15:03:55 | More by Thorpe429
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-25-2014 01:39:24 | More by nmann08
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4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler hand delivered to DaveHack by Millerbuffoon today. Fresh growler opened and poured. The beer is black with a nice tan head on top. The retention an lacing are pretty good. The smell of the beer has a nice roasted malt and coffee aroma. There is a bit of ethanol too not the nose. The taste is loaded with coffee. It's sweet and balanced really well. The mouthfeel is thick, smooth and nicely carbonated. Overall this is a good coffee stout. Really worth trying . Very glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2013 23:43:19 | More by Knapp85
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-03-2013 19:47:38 | More by Kegatron
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4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Al's last night -fresh in my mind but notes in case -served in a grasslands tulip chilled -Co2 not Nitro delivery which I like.

The color is black as pitch with a thin crown of beige beads rimming the glass, a generous pour yeilds lots of lace as I sip. The smell is great with a depth of mocha -coffee roastiness and cocoa odors with a subtle sweet essence and light herbal tinge perhaps vanilla, could be oats which give that scent or nice yeast ester with slight fruitiness however the alcohol is low in the aroma. The feel is great with moderate carbonation adding levity you don't expect for a beer of its size. The malt is full but not cloying and roast is moderate with light bitterness and herbal textures adding depth with a light sweetness and mild alcohol in the finish.

The taste is semi-bitter cocoa with a light espresso-like oily flavor from the coffee which has lots of earthy and mild roasted notes with a slight vanilla-like oily and floral accompaniement. I like how the coffee augments the base so well while neither flavor really outmuscles each other, a nice blend of strong stout taste and coffee which is smooth and adds a touch of creaminess to the middle while the alcohol dries the finish slighly but never gets to the level of hot alcohol, just adds a nice dimension to the malt taste.

Overall this is a truly great coffee beer and stout. I love the balance and yet it is still a force to be reckoned with at 11% it certainly doesn't feel strong but after a glass you will realize the intensity. I found this to be highly drinkable - a great strong stout with the added bonus of locally roasted coffee -Kudos Pizza Boy!

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2013 15:06:31 | More by Slatetank
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-16-2013 23:20:42 | More by oline73
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Thanks to whoever shared this one at the Top Hops tasting; I liked it even more than the Citra Hopgasm.

a - Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color, with light carbonation evident and less than an inch of dark tan head,

s- Smells of espresso, coffee grinds, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, light bitter chocolate, light orange and citrus, and some toasted malts. Really amazing nose. Tons of coffee mixing nicely with chocolate and vanilla/cream. Love it.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, citrus hops, espresso, light cream and sweet chocolate, burnt and toasted malts. Not as sweet as the nose, with less sweet chocolate and cream, and a tiny bit more bitter with some hops and bitter chocolate. Very nice, though not quite as amazing as the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink. Great feel for a coffee stout; never would have guessed 11% ABV.

o - Overall an awesome stout; really digging these Pizza Boy beers. The nose is great; tons of fresh sweet coffee, vanilla, and chocolate, and it has a great mouthfeel that hides the alcohol. Would love to have it again.

Serving type: growler

10-16-2012 19:31:02 | More by mdfb79
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-16-2013 12:59:27 | More by mendvicdog
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-07-2013 17:45:37 | More by yourefragile
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4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of rich fresh roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt and some light smoke. Really awesome nose. The coffee is front and center from start to finish, no doubt what you are about to consume.

T - Starts off with a TON of fresh roasted coffee grounds slowly giving way to hints of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, light smokiness and plenty of dark roasted malt. Not overly sweet with a good bit of bitterness from all that coffee. Finish is fairly roasty with some light alcohol burn, leaving the palate dried long after consumption.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel from start to finish. The booze is hidden very well, only coming out at the end of each sip.

O - This is one awesome coffee stout. I love Little Amps coffee so this is a win win for me. This may be Pizza Boys best beer to date. If you have a chance to try this one I suggest you do, really awesome stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2012 05:42:51 | More by orangesol
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4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 18:19:03 | More by stakem
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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

10-08-2013 00:52:02 | More by duceswild
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4.49/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: growler

05-11-2013 01:12:30 | More by ppoitras
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-10-2013 01:29:30 | More by THECPJ
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared at Top Hops in NYC, thanks to...Beerworld, I believe. Thanks for the generous pour!

Pitch black body with a small tan head. Some sticky lacing remains. A big expresso aroma augmented by burnt grains. Taste follows the nose in a big way; this is one massive coffee blast of a beer. Very fresh espresso flavor dominates in a way few other coffee beers demonstrate; again there is some charred, burnt grain character and hints of bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops, and alcohol, but this is all about the coffee. It's not a flavor note or aspect, its not balanced or subtle. I love coffee and I loved this.

Medium full body, smooth, rich, and creamy, medium - low carbonation, a little bit chewy. Unapologetic and unforgettable.

Serving type: growler

10-15-2012 10:53:42 | More by tobelerone
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

10-27-2012 19:43:23 | More by Rhettroactive
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2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

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

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-04-2014 18:44:20 | More by iL0VEbeer
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1666th Review on BA
Growler to Darkness Snifter

Thanks to CPABeer and StormKing47 for this one

App- When this comes out of the growler its a pretty dark brown with a bit of reds around the edges. Fairly dense in the center and keeps a good depth of color going throughout the pour. A very nice 1-1/2" head is there and is fairly khaki in color. The retention is pretty spot on as well. Good cling as it slides.

Smell- When I 1st smelled this I found it to be a bit overpowering. The coffee was a bit thick and almost too much. As it settled and warmed a bit the chocolate and the roasted malts came out a bit more and created a much better aromatic nose to it. Not overly layered but for a double coffee stout, was nice.

Taste- This is a nice coffee beer. Almost one of the best I have had. Well layered with the flavors and not overly done either. When you 1st take a sip you get a very coffee forward flavor. As you keep sipping the chocolate and malts come out with a bit more roast. The ABV is quite hidden on this one and will sneak up on you. The creamy stout flavor is the last one you get. A very good stout.

Mouth- A very big and creamy body with a fairly low carbonation. The more it warms the better the carbonation and body got. The residual coffee lingers for a bit and seemingly feels like more of you guessed it. Coffee vs. Beer.

Drink- I've really enjoyed the couple of beers I have had from Als. Great flavors and well layered and very drinkable. A good amount of coffee on this one and very well balanced. I would like more of this.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2012 18:09:14 | More by FosterJM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-09-2013 05:13:22 | More by Lare453
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2013 04:36:37 | More by tectactoe
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Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.