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

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.32%
Wants: 20
Gots: 7 | 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  rDev -8.5%

djrn2, Yesterday at 12:48 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Thorpe429, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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.

nmann08, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

acurtis, Yesterday at 12:09 AM
Photo of Knapp85
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Knapp85, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Kegatron, May 03, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

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!

Slatetank, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -30.7%

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.

Rifugium, Apr 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

oline73, May 16, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

mdfb79, Oct 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mendvicdog, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

yourefragile, Apr 07, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

orangesol, Oct 17, 2012
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4.54/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

stakem, Oct 09, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

dbrauneis, Apr 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

duceswild, Oct 08, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

ppoitras, May 11, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%

mdaschaf, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

DrBier, Feb 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

ShanePB, Feb 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

iL0VEbeer, Feb 04, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

tobelerone, Oct 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

THECPJ, Jan 10, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -5%

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.

Alieniloquium, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Rhettroactive, Oct 27, 2012
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Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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