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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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #392
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,768
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 9.15%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
162
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Sunny Side Up - Little Amps! (Bourbon Barrel Aged)Sunny Side Up - Little Amps! (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
Notes: Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels.
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 162 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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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sulldaddy from Connecticut, Jan 19, 2018
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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

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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Casey3236 from Pennsylvania, Nov 07, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
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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GreesyFizeek from New York, Oct 05, 2017
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3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
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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Lucular from Maryland, Sep 19, 2017
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Tommo from Texas, Aug 06, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania, Jul 09, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
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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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Jul 03, 2017
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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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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rypkr from Pennsylvania, Jun 10, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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StoutSnob40 from California, May 18, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice offering, love some canned bourbon..... coffee is more on the minimal side, decent amount of barrel, mild cola finish. In the pantheon of BA coffee stouts this is middle of the spectrum in my opinion. Coffee is more subtle than featured which is fine but the barrel doesn't shine in its place. With that said it's easy to drink and pretty tasty.

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rjp217 from Massachusetts, Jan 09, 2017
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is deep, shiny motor oil black. Tan head of micro bibles laces thick and leaves a film/ ring as it goes down.

Smell has coffee and hints of vanilla/bourbon; kind of boozy. Taste is similar with more bourbon than anything. There's not a ton of coffee showing, so if that's what you're looking for you might be let down.

Overall, it's a delicious BA imperial stout with awesome body and great bourbon flavors, it's just short on the coffee side at less than 3 months old.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pouring dark brown, in the glass it becomes black, with a large, fluffy dense tan head leaving lots of cheetah lace--small spots sticking to the edges of the glass.

Smell is chocolate, coffee, black pepper, maple, oak, bourbon, AND pine and lime AND almond paste. WOW! This is a really complex, REALLY fucking weird ass beer, but I like it!

An abundance of oak comes forward in taste, with an odd, not quite vanilla, more like marzipan, flavor following up. Roastiness becomes prominent, and then, surprisingly, some zesty hops, what?!

Feel is velvety smooth, semi-dry, a little tangy, with a touch of fizz, over an overall moderate body.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Sep 15, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious on tap at Pizza Boy (4.54 rating) but disappointing out of a can. The strong coffee flavor and astringent barrel feel don't work well together... hence the adjusted rating.

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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania, Jul 24, 2016
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4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was really pleased getting to try this beer, as I had heard nothing of it before. The bourbon aging on this beer adds a coconut taste to the beer that goes well with the coffee.

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gibgink from Missouri, Jul 11, 2016
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2.25/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

(Drank 9-5-15) From Crowler. Maybe a shitty fill? Thin, bitter, boozy, and slightly oxidized. Very little barrel presence. Think this one might be better without the barrel treatment. Hope to try this out of a can.

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12tb from Iowa, Jul 02, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours straight black with two fat fingers of dense mocha-colored head. The head lasts a while before leaving behind heavy sheets of lacing. It's a beautiful-looking beer.

There's a strong aroma of sweet bourbon, with vanilla, almond and slight anise notes. Dark chocolate and a little dark-roasted coffee lurk in the background.

The coffee plays a stronger role in the taste, where it tastes more like a smooth, medium-bodied breakfast blend, with its own vanilla notes. Then the bourbon comes in, with the same notes as the aroma, and leaves an alcohol burn on the backend. There's only a small chocolate presence with not much other malt detectable with this much bourbon.

It's medium bodied and slightly creamy, but the bourbon obscures a lot of pondering over the mouthfeel.

Honestly, I like the regular Sunny Side much better. That's one of the best coffee stouts available, IMO. This introduces way more almond profile than I like, which covers up the depth of the coffee. Not bad, but not entirely my thing.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Jun 12, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Sits black in the glass
Smell - Coffee, bourbon, chocolate
Taste - Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, plums, figs, oak, bourbon, slight hints of vanilla

Overall - A good beer but I was expecting more to be honest.

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Tonyjenlasc from New Jersey, Jun 10, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft from tap @ The Beer Store - Malvern, PA
Solid base beer with a touch of the bourbon barrel. High ABV but no alcohol presence at all, totally hidden. Malty, dark goodness. Barrel is laid back and subtle compared to most.

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SHerninko from Pennsylvania, Mar 29, 2016
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The aroma hits of rich roasted coffee, almond, coconut, vanilla, huge chocolate, bourbon.

The flavor follows with chewy roasted malts, vanilla, medium plus amounts of coffee, spicy qualities with lingering mocha, soft flavors throughout without a stiff bourbon bite while with bourbon throughout.

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dar482 from New York, Dec 08, 2015
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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a crowler. Coffee, oak, great bourbon char note, light vanilla, quitea bit of dark chocolate. Not smokey, but I get a sort of campfire impression from the chocolate and a kind of sweet graham and marshmallow component. Taste is very much like an Irish coffee. Could be a bit more coating or complex in flavor, but this is a delicious beer.

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Kurmaraja from California, Sep 07, 2015
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4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From crowler pours black color with thin rust head. Coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla in the aroma and taste. Insanely good. Mouthfeel is perfectly well balance. This is the first time having pizza boy and it's one of best stouts I've had.

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reebtaerG from Maryland, Aug 25, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. crowler poured into a snifter. Strong, sharp bourbon. Oak. Coffee and kind of an earthy note. Tastes of tingly bourbon and oak. Bitter coffee. Roasted malt. Bitter and oaky finish. Medium heavy, but not a really thick stout. Not really that thrilled with this. Really enjoyed the base beer. Not sure the barrel adds much.

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4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark and viscous pour, little to no head or lacing. Big notes of smooth coffee, roast, dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, dry oak, and toasted marshmallow. Lighter side of full mouthfeel, creamy and slight drying on the finish. This beer is amazing, bourbon is integrated perfect and none of the base is lost which is great because it's a great base stout. Amazing.

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HopBomb515 from New Jersey, Aug 21, 2015
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4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks to Rich for sharing this crowler at a recent get together.
Enjoyed chilled in a glass.

The color is black with light tan cap. The smell has a slight green pepper odor with mild roasted malt in the aroma with subtle bourbon note. The feel has a spicy semi-sweet combo of strong and chewy maltiness with warmth of alcohol and semi-dry finish.

The taste is not exactly as expected yet has a bitter chocolate quality with creamy caramel in the middle with spice and warming bourbon with light spicy green quality in the background perhaps the hops or coffee in this is not coalescing in the taste with slight burnt malt as it finishes. Overall very intense I am glad I got to try this -with coffee subdued taste-wise with alcohol a little high with a faint vegetal spice aspect. I prefer the base to this version.

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Slatetank from Pennsylvania, Aug 11, 2015
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4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz Crowler. Pours black with thin tan head, disappears quickly. Roasty chocolate aroma, bourbon. Flavor is full of chocolate, some burnt notes but subtle. The bourbon is present, pleasant, not too strong. Semi dry finish, no real alcohol burn, graham cracker lingers. Mouthfeel is ok, silky but not creamy. Overall very good BBA Stout.

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NolaHopHead from Louisiana, Aug 09, 2015
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