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:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #480
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,880
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 9.15%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
162
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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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
Reviews by oriolesfan4:
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 12, 2017
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PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Jul 29, 2015
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dar482 from New York

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.

Dec 08, 2015
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +8%
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...

Jul 31, 2015
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

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!

Jan 19, 2018
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 18, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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(

Jul 03, 2017
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Budlum from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 23, 2017
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mendvicdog from Maryland

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

Aug 21, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 11, 2015
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aug 11, 2015
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 06, 2015
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slvrmon82 from Delaware

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 20, 2017
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GreenMind from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aug 02, 2015
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nmann08 from Virginia

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

Aug 27, 2017
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jul 21, 2017
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reizorc from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Apr 13, 2016
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StormKing47 from Pennsylvania

4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 30, 2015
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 17, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Aug 25, 2015
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 24, 2016
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bobv from Vermont

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Oct 23, 2016
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DeutschesBier from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 20, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Jul 30, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Crowler from the source.
Some people are shocked when I tell them I'm not a fan of SSU, but it's true. Sorry. This BA version was pretty good though. Solid black pour, with a small tan collar. Dark roast in the nose, and oaky bourbon. In the taste, dark malts, roasted coffee, smooth and not overbearing, but obviously a primary flavor, oaky bourbon coming in mid- to end-palate, hints of coconut and anise. Probably my main gripe with SSU is the thin body. Again, it seems the barrel aging improved this trait for me, or the beer has just overall improved since I last had it years ago. Still, a little on the thin side for the style, but overall makes for a decent and drinkable BA stout.

Aug 05, 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