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

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44 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
10
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
0
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of BeerLuvver
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big stout that starts out with a strong nose of coffee, followed by a big full taste of coffee and chocolate and smoke. Each sip is better than the one before, a big beer that satisfies. The alcohol sneaks up and adds to the blissful enjoyment. Filling, satisfying, and inviting.

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Photo of McAndrew
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-05-02 in Columbia, PA

A - Completely opaque dark brown. A 1-finger brown head from an aggressive pour. The head fades pretty quickly. It is worth noting that this growler was filled 3 days ago but just opened for the first time today.

S - Rich, sweet dark-roasted malts, toasted brown bread and plenty of fresh coffee. You could have put this under my nose and told me it was a Founders Breakfast Stout and I'd have been convinced. Really good aroma.

T - Taste follows the smell pretty well. Very rich. Big roasted malt character. Coffee, chocolate. molasses. More anise/licorice than a Founders Breakfast Stout but well-within my tolerance for this flavor. It's sweeter than Breakfast Stout; probably from the higher alcohol content. It certainly is warming but the alcohol flavor is appreciated and well-integrated. There's a good amount of roasted (and some hop) bitterness in the finish. The balancing sweet-roasted-malted-coffee flavor balances nicely with the bitterness. There's not much char when cool but char becomes significantly more apparent as it warms. This tastes great!

M - Thick body and light-medium carbonation. Chewy, substantial, lingering, drying not cloying. I love this moutfeel. Just how I want my Imperial Stouts to feel.

O - Color me impressed!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this from Stormking47, cheers Josh!

Pours ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Traces of head retention & lacing

S: Big time coffee, not uch else

T: Follows the nose, dark chocolate, big time roastyness. More of the same, slight booze warming, a touch of dryness plus a bit of vanilla hidding down deep with a little mocha. Finishes with mucho coffee &, roastyness, plus dryness

MF: Fairly smooth carbonation with medium body, warming

ABV is very wll hidden, drinks about as easy as FoundersBS with way more punch & a little more flavor. A worthy companion for some pan cakes, bacon & eggs or even some biscuits & gravy

It just does my heart good that there so many places like this that are up & coming & making great beer. I think good beer is here to stay in the USA...

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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerthulhu
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Sunny Side Up (Base Beer) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
3.86 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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