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

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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 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:
#2,130
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
161
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
11
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by DLSheidy:
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4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of gibgink
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of Mangbus
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4lo
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 acurtis
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of mdaschaf
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 k47k
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rizzy17
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of zp6167a
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 rjp217
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Fievel
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | 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 Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | 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