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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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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,066
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
162
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
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31
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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by 4lo:
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from Growler which was purchase at July 27th release into Teku. Followed '13 Mornin' Delight and '14 KBBS as part of a breakfast stout sampling

Pour - Pours like a cola and turns black in the glass. One finger thin tan head builds. Lots of voids in the head.

Smell - Chocolate, Coffee, and bourbon are the predominant smells. Maybe a hint of vanilla, but doesn't smell like it has as many layers as the big stouts (DBH, BA Abraxas, Assassin, etc)

Taste - Straight forward on the taste with chocolate and coffee being dominant. The booze picks up throughout the beer. Bit of the oatmeal int here as well.

Mouthfeel - Almost up there with the top stouts. Nice and thick with an oily smooth mouthfeel.

Overall - Good beer which is an interesting variation of the non-BA version. Think I prefer the non - BA version a bit more than this. It's a couple steps down the ladder from Mornin' D, Good Morning, KBBS, BA Abraxas or other big stouts. However, they are definitely on the right track with what they have been doing.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served on draft, twice at Pizza Boy

Looks dark, no light passes through

Smells heavily of bourbon and coffee

Initial taste of bourbon hits you and then the coffee shines through on the back end. Nearly perfect taste.

Thick, rich and wonderful mouthfeel.

When you take a great imperial coffee stout and add bourbon barrels the result is fantastic.

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Photo of dar482
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of philbe311
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Love the base beer so I'm excited to give this one a try...

A - Standard pour from a 1L growler yields about two fingers worth of dark brown head that quickly fizzles away leaving no lacing and a very thin collar... The color teeters between dark brown and flat inky black... Just a wee bit of light leaks in around the top of the glass... Mostly still with just a few carbonation bubbles seen towards the very top of the glass...

S - There is a lot of good things going on in terms of aroma... Brown sugar... Molasses... Nicely crafted espresso (the coffee notes move to the forefront as this one warms a bit)... Dark chocolate... The bourbon barrel notes are there but the are buried way beneath everything else (a good sign the the bourbon won't dominate)... Lots of depth and complexity... Each whiff reveals a slightly different nuance...

T - Absolutely stellar... The bourbon barrel aging is more of a player on the palate, but while strong it never over powers or dominates (a true sign of a well crafted bourbon barrel aged beer)... All of the other notes form the aroma are present in equal proportions... There are some additions as well... Namely dark fruit and licorice... Similar to the nose, each sip reveals subtle new nuance that adds to the outrageous depth and complexity... Truly exceptional and world class...

M - Full bodied... Slightly chewy... Sleek... Light spry carbonation... Even and consistent... Deep and rich... A bit sticky... A touch of dryness and astringency... Also a light burnt texture on the finish...

D - Absolutely outstanding and world class... The wonderful base beer continues to shine and is only complimented by the bourbon aging which isn't too strong nor to too weak... The barrel aging truly adds a ton of depth and complexity in terms of both aroma and flavor... Terry and Al hit another one out of the park with this one... Get it while you can, highly recommended...

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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 ejimhof
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Budlum
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of slvrmon82
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nmann08
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | 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 oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of reizorc
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StormKing47
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of bobv
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering served in a Pizza Boy branded wine glass. The brew is black in color with a quick dissolving tan head that gets revived with a swirl and paints some spotty lace on the glass.

The smell includes the expected notes of bourbon, caramel and vanilla upfront with coffee earthiness lending itself more towards the back. As the brew warms up it gets a green character to it...not quite sure if thats just yeastiness or the coffee or a combination of both but it imparts a similarity to bell peppers which seems misplaced in this brew. There is a woodiness to this that is raw almost like virgin oak with a strong level of toast.

The taste is earthen and boozy. Coffee is present more in the finish than anywhere else in this beers profile. As mentioned in the aroma, there is a strong vegetative aspect somewhat like green bell peppers which is not that pleasant in an otherwise enjoyable brew. Plenty of roasty char character with accompanying barrel flavors of caramel, vanilla and raw oak.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is overall a pretty decent stout but I find the base beer more enjoyable than this version. Unlikely id go out of my way to have this again.

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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 162 ratings