Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! - Caribbean Christmas Edition) | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Caribbean rum barrel aged with oranges, cinnamon sticks and a touch of habanero.

Added by orangesol on 12-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Pizza Boy.

Pours a dark black, typical stout in appearance.
The nose is pure cinnamon with a hint of brown sugar, very nice.
The cinnamon is right there on the flavor along with coffee and a hint of rum with some heat from the habaneros on the back end. Very smooth mouthfeel for the most part, however you feel a little burn from the peppers. The pepper burn is very nice however and adds to the experience.

This beer is awesome, highly recommended!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour from pizza boy.

A: inky black with almost no light showing through. Thin tan head fades rather quickly into a halo around the glass.

Nose: smells faintly of coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, almost a sweet baking chocolate in the end. I think this belies the rum barrel.

Taste: I get chocolate, almost a bitter dark chocolate. Light roasted coffee that plays well with the cinnamon. The cinnamon comes in lightly and never becomes over powering. The sweetness here is also on the back end. All in all this is very well out together. All the flavors seem to compliment each other and there is never one dominate flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving little to no lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of cinnamon, orange zest, muted coffee, dark roasted malt, bakers chocolate and warm rum and oak. Has a lot going on but still fairly well balanced. Not sure what happened to all that coffee from the base.

T - Starts off with the cinnamon spice that never really fades away. Hints of dulled coffee, dark roasted malt, chocolate, warming rum and some mild booze. The spice is pretty strong, combining with the rum to leave a sweet spicy finish, lingering long after the finish. I just wish the coffee came through more.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, spicy feel from start to finish. Bit more booze than the base thanks to the added spirit.

O - I liked this one. The barrel treatment works pretty well with the base beer and the added flavors integrate well, it is just missing a big chunk of the coffee somehow. I would still take the base beer as well as the pappy over this version but it was still quite nice.

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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler poured into a 22oz snifter. The brew is black in color with a finger of very dark brown head that fades back to a thin film leaving spotty lacing effect on the glass.

The aroma has only a fraction of the amount of coffee that SSU typically has. In it's place is a bounty of other unusual character. A raw, spicy oak aspect is immediately evident blending into cinnamon bark. There is quite an earthy character that mingles with some citrus. If I didnt know oranges were involved in this, I would assume that citrus character to be from the combo of hops, coffee and the habanero. As it warms up, there is quite a bit of solvent alcohol.

The flavor is all over the place. Roasty bitter grain meets earth, baker's cocoa and coffee. There is a very strong raw oak character blending with a spice of cinnamon bark. A citrus element is present like fresh coffee beans mixed with the tropical character of hot peppers. There is quite a bit of solvent alcohol and spicy, warming pepper heat. The warming factor of the peppers is bold enough to make a firm presence but isnt over-done.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Its quite a bold, complex sipper. The perfect amount of spicy pepper heat mingled with alcohol. Im not really sold or understand the orange inclusion but whatever, it made it quite different. I honestly cant say that I liked this any more than the base beer or any other one-off version but its unique enough to warrant trying it out.

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Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! - Caribbean Christmas Edition) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 26 ratings