Sunny Side Up (Base Beer) | Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

BA SCORE
88.6%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 44 ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sunny Side Up imperial stout with no coffee added.

Added by stakem on 10-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
44
Liked:
39
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
9.14%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
0
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of beerthulhu
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

- in duvel glass.

A: Rich dark pour from the howler produces a late forming dark saddle brown head of 0.25 inches that lapsed rather quickly. Soft micro-golden beads slowly make their way to the surface. Poured from a howler 6 hours after initial pour, I have no idea if this had an affect on the head formation and longtivity. Clean window dressing.

S: The nose was freshly charred firewood, roasted barley, cinnamon spicing, with some habenero pepper-chocolate tones. Flashes of dark fruit, cherries, combine with the dominant campfire minerality. Moderate strength, love the lingering smoky charred sense.

T: The flavor was fresh milky chocolate, with some hersey quick syrup sweetness. Background nuances of softly smoked charred wood and barley mix with the sweetness of the chocolate. Small traces of habanero chili peppers bring a nice touch with charred pine and rich cold coffee rounding things out on a dry stout finish of vanilla.

M: Smooth silky mouthful bears a nice resistance of medium-full intentions. Softly carbonated.

O: Rich smooth chocolate drink, with a soft delivery of carbonation and spicy attributes makes this a joy effortless drink. I was informed and assured this was the base beer, but can't help to pick out a cinnamon and habanero aspect to the drink which left me wondering. No wonder the the speciality take-offs garnish such high regards.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MTKATL
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraftFan5
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of OGShotzy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nosavingsaccount
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McAndrew
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodchip
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of curlybird
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BerBen
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of cofeeguru
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Nice small khaki head. Leggy. A little bit staining.

Smell - Deep roast and some chocolate. Oatmeal, maybe?

Taste - Roasty. Grainy and I still get oats. Great roasted malt. Just a hint of sweetness. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - No booze at all. Easy drinking. Chewy.

Overall - This is impressive. Not sure why it's called Sunny Side Up, though.

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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown in color with a half finger of head. The nose has a touch of smoke to it (not nearly as much as the Smoked Porter, but it's certainly there).

The flavor is rich and creamy with hints of sweet port. The roasted bitterness becomes stronger on the finish, but is accompanied by an alcohol bite that is a tad sour and not completely enjoyable.

All-around, a good effort.

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Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of yourefragile
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Sunny Side Up (Base Beer) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 88.6% out of 100 with 44 ratings
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