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

Sunny Side Up - Little Amps! (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Sunny Side Up - Little Amps! (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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From:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 9.2%
Ratings:
162
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 14, 2019
Added:
Jul 29, 2015
Wants:
  30
Gots:
  11
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Sunny Side Up - Little Amps! (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Sunny Side Up - Little Amps! (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Notes: Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels.
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4.28 by dirtyjerk from Pennsylvania on Mar 14, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

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!

Jan 19, 2018
 
4.44 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jan 17, 2018
 
4.5 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Dec 08, 2017
 
4.16 by classixIII from Pennsylvania on Nov 15, 2017
 
4.75 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania on Nov 12, 2017
 
4.02 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Nov 11, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

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

Nov 07, 2017
 
4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 23, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Oct 05, 2017
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3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Lucular from Maryland

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.

Sep 19, 2017
 
4.09 by nmann08 from Virginia on Aug 27, 2017
 
4.21 by frasergrove from California on Aug 26, 2017
 
4.04 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Aug 21, 2017
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tommo from Massachusetts

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

Aug 06, 2017
 
4.06 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Aug 04, 2017
 
4.53 by leroybrown10 from Missouri on Jul 21, 2017
 
4.5 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Jul 17, 2017
 
4.2 by dleiner from New York on Jul 14, 2017
 
3.2 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Jul 13, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by trygelski1 from Pennsylvania

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!

Jul 09, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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(

Jul 03, 2017
 
4.2 by Gregf51 from Ohio on Jun 16, 2017
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4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jun 10, 2017
 
4.27 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Jun 01, 2017
 
4.24 by Dirtyhands from Maryland on May 21, 2017
 
4.17 by zp6167a from District of Columbia on May 21, 2017
 
4.02 by JamesStreet from Louisiana on May 19, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by StoutSnob40 from California

Pours with some transparency, but is quite dark in the glass. Doesn't appear terribly thick, but it;'s still very dark with some dark tan head. Smell is very fresh coffee. Sorta bitter. Like smelling a freshly used coffee filter with the grounds still in it. Tastes initially of roasted coffee, nice barrel and vanilla notes. However, the aftertaste is reminiscent of cola. It's sweet, and rather artificial. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, but maybe a touch thin.

May 18, 2017
 
4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on May 18, 2017
 
4.5 by Houser from Pennsylvania on May 17, 2017
 
4 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on May 12, 2017
 
4.29 by Budlum from Maryland on Apr 23, 2017
 
4.75 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts on Apr 20, 2017
 
4.66 by slvrmon82 from Delaware on Apr 20, 2017
 
4.33 by eagle109 from Massachusetts on Apr 14, 2017
 
4.25 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2017
 
3.57 by josephwa from Minnesota on Mar 18, 2017
 
4 by rspauldi from Texas on Mar 13, 2017
 
4.19 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Jan 27, 2017
Sunny Side Up - Little Amps! (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 162 ratings