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

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85
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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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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of Rifugium
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Pizza Boy

Opaque black pour with a small layer of tan head that almost completely dissipated. Roasty aroma, dark malts, coffee, smoke, fusel alcohol. I really wasn't feeling this one at all. Taste of dark roasted malts, used coffee grounds, tobacco, moonshine, liquid smoke, and a stale sweetness almost reminiscent of a malt liquor. Too hot and too bland. Mouthfeel wasn't too bad, it seemed a little thin at the cooler temperature at which it was served, but it improved with time. Overall, quite a messy beer, and pretty undrinkable.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours jet black with a small half finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a light film around the edges, leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, intense smoke, dulled chocolate sweetness and a moderate amount of coffee. I was expecting a bit more coffee and a little less smoke.

T - Starts off with a big smokey malt kick quickly giving way to hints of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and some more smoke. Finish is pretty roasty, lingering on the palate long after consumption.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, smokey feel with some light sweetness at the end of each sip. Booze shows up toward the end of each sip.

O - I definitely prefer the double coffee version to this one. The coffee is a little weak and the smokiness from the malt is a little overpowering at times. It is worth a try but the double coffee is where it is really at.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraftFan5
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
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 stakem
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering at the source. The brew pours black in color with a dark tan to brown cap. The froth quick to dissilve to a thin film atop and a swirl releases some bubbles that fail to reform a head.

The smell is roasty almost like char/ash/tobacco mixed with an earteb leathery quality. The bouquet is enjoyable but nothing really pops out of the glass so to speak.

The flavor displays a solid black patent/roasted barley feel with a deep burnt flavor i associate with coffee. It is earthy with tobacco and plenty of roast. This beer is all about the bitter roast, somewhat acrid but very enjoyable.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated and almost completely absent in flavor but it warms you up quick after only a few sips are taken. This brew is very drinkable for those of us who like bog stouts that are all about the roast of the grain. Very well done.

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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light notes of visible carbonation and some very dark amber + cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a very thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark roasted malts with just a hint of burnt malts and smokiness. There are also moderate aromas of freshly ground coffee and chocolate.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark roasted and slightly burnt malts which contribute just a hint of smokiness to the beer.Then there are moderate flavors of coffee and dark chocolate which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness which fades relatively quickly.

M: Heavy bodied with a moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with just a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish.

O: Overall this was an extremely enjoyable coffee stout and the alcohol in it was pretty well hidden - there are great coffee flavors and aromas that make this one perfect to be sipped an enjoyed. A little too big to be an easy drinking beer, it is still one I would definitely get again. Unfortunately this one was not quite as good as the one with the Little Amps coffee... still worth getting though.

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Photo of 57md
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | 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%
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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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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