Sunny Side Up - Little Amps! (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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4.24/5
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161 Ratings
Sunny Side Up - Little Amps! (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Sunny Side Up - Little Amps! (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels.

Added by JNForsyth on 07-29-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,660
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
161
pDev:
9.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
11
Trade:
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of sulldaddy
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer is another version of the imperial stout from Pizza Boy.
The beer pours jet black in color with a densely packed tan head of 1 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer and wispy island. The aroma is coffee grounds and roasted malt with a good dose of bourbon mixed into the nose. I also get some dark chocolate and a little brown sugar. No hops here and the booze is pretty hidden even with a good hit of bourbon.
First sip reveals a smooth textured slightly thick body with mild carbonation. The foam leaves some tight lattice on my glass after each sip.
The flavor is pretty much as the nose advertises with dark chocolate and coffee grounds mixing together. This rolls to a hefty dose of bourbon and some molasses flavor on the finish. Not surprisingly I dont get any hops at this point either. I do get a little warming booze after each swallow, but generally the beer is a pretty easy drinker for 9.5%. I like this variant, but the pumpkin is still my surprising favorite. Gotta try 'em all!

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Photo of Duncian
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of classixIII
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NonicPanic
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey3236
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured black with a dark brown head that very quickly dissipated. Smell was sweet with good amount of coffee. Taste is coffee up front with bourbon and some burnt sugar. A little thinner than expected but overall very nice

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a pretty dark black, with a dark brown foamy head, about one inch, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like creamy and roasty coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate syrup, and raisins.

The regular Sunny Side Up is probably better, as it's a fantastic coffee expression, and this barrel-aged version is a more balanced effort with less of an emphasis on coffee. If that's up your alley, though- this will probably be better for you. There's a good amount of dark fruit, silky and slightly bitter bourbon, vanilla cream, and sweet chocolate. It's quite complex.

The body on this isn't great- it's a bit thin, and insubstantial- you want this sort of thing to be massive, and it's not. It is very drinkable, though.

If the body was beefed up, this would be amazing. As it is now, it's just great.

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Photo of Lucular
3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks awesome - pitch black, thick, with nice creamy lacing. Smells faintly of bourbon and strongly of coffee. Tastes even more strongly of coffee. Very bitter, almost sour. Not well balanced at all. It has some nice flavors of dark malt/chocolate/vanilla/bourbon, but they're completely overwhelmed by the coffee.

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Photo of nmann08
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of frasergrove
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tommo
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid coffee stout. Very very minimal bourbon barrel flavor here, if it hadnt been on the can i wouldnt have known, and that is extremly dissapointing to me. There is a bit of astringency, and the body is medium at best. So overall nice and drinkable, but wouldnt see out by any means

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leroybrown10
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Run4theRoses
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dleiner
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of trygelski1
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz pounder can poured into an East End Brewing snifter:

Look: Pours an amazing jet black color with nice mocha tan head! Some lacing present with some retention!

Smell: Sweet chocolate, faint coffee, and then bourbon! Digging the aroma on this brew!

Taste: More of the same on the taste as the nose! Not one thing overpowers the other in this brew as this is very well balanced!

Feel: Medium bodied!

Overall: Great bourbon barrel aged coffee stout from Pizza Boy! Also love the base beer that this is born from! Glad I was able to score a can of this beer and I would definitely revisit this one next time its brewed!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a one pint can that was born on 4/17.

A - Pitch black pour with a very thick, effervescent dark toffee colored head.

S - Delicate bourbon, light smokey/char, dark chocolate sweetness, cocoa powder and some vanilla.

T - Coffee, char, oak, cocoa, and unrefined bourbon astringency.

M - Thin medium body,

O - Expected more from this beer, not worth the price tag. :o(

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Photo of Gregf51
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

32oz crowler poured ~10oz into a smifter.

L - Dark cocoa brown, creamy mocha head

S - not quite old coffee but certainly not fresh coffee. Strong following of sweet chocolate, and then faint bourbon.

T - chocolate, mocha, coffee, cream. Super rich and flavorful, not over the top or abusive of any one flavor, simply well rounded - think founders breakfast stout.

F - have I ever given a beer a 5 for feel? Idk. I'm not sure if it's the temperature, the crowler pour to a snifter, or the beer itself... but this is the softest, creamiest stout (non nitro) I've ever had.

Overall - I wish it had more bourbon, vanilla, and oakey characteristics on the taste but even lacking there I give it a 4.5 overall for its perfect mouthfeel.

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Photo of Uconnelmo
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sunny Side Up - Little Amps! (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 161 ratings