Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee)
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee)Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee)
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #114
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #439
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 7.52%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
627
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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
 
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Notes: Our rich, smooth oatmeal imperial stout brimming with locally sourced coffee from Little Amps in Harrisburg.
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4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Coffee Stout and Russian Imperial Stout's are my wheel house and Little Amps Double Coffee was a pleasant surprise. I drank two glasses and left with a growler. I'm also very please with Al's of Hampden and I'll surely return as I only live 10 minutes away.

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mbaer1970 from Pennsylvania, Mar 01, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the brewery. Served in a clear coffee cup, which I thought was funny but maybe didn't help highlight the aroma. Not much head, but cup was filled to the brim so it may have been poured like that on purpose. Fortunately, this beer was able to overcome. Rich, thick, chocolaty, and lots of coffee. Nose is a bit earthy with the coffee, but the flavor has residual sweetness and the mouthfeel is really full. Not quite a dessert stout, but certainly around that breakfast stout area. I'd love to be able to sit at the brewery and drink this on a regular basis

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4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice pour black body but stream straight from the can is like clean motor oil with a tan creamy head. The smell is pure coffee taste is almost same as nose but with some roasted malt on the finish. For the Style and abv a touch thin

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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts, May 25, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

**
10/16/18

Can to snifter, Go Sixers!!!

This beer is real.

LOOK: thick dark black. Small beige head with swirling lacing, but lasting head and with good retention.

AROMA: strong and sweet and a little funky coffee. Some mold, mulch, hay. Very mellow. Coffee flavor is top notch.

TASTE: toasty malt, lesser so coffee, hints of vanilla, oak. Lightest hi,t of caramel or burnt sugars.

FEEL: super smooth. Super thick. Flat with pretty much no carbonation.

Super impressed. I remember cringing when hearing the name pizza boy as a creator of beer, but this is good stuff. The little amps coffee is certainly something I should seek out, reminiscent of the Rook (NJ) that I first tasted in Kane beers.

**

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q33jeff from New Jersey, Oct 17, 2018
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4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Really. Should just go all 5's across the board because this is superb in my favorite style of beerdom. Canned 1/15/2018 and I didn't see this in my local until maybe, I don't know? April? May? Whatevs, just finished the stock, of course, bought the last 4, left 1 for someone to enjoy. And i basically drank all the stock once I saw it.

Gorgeous, can and beer. Aroma is beautiful roast coffee, the occasional coffee I drink wishes it smelled like this, Taste follows, at this time more chocolate than coffee, one of the best chocolate flavors I've had in a beer. And the coffee is spot on, my only regret is not trying this out of the box, I guess we would have seen distribution in February? Coffee fades fast, see this year's coffee bomb KBS, at least April thru May. Which was still the bomb after, but that coffee fades fast.

And now I'm sad, (ok not really) that I have one left in the fridge until next canning? Emailed the brewery for deats. Did I mention the mouthfeel is off the charts, 100 of 100. Easily one of this years best. Love these 16 oz cans. Funny, I had this beer years ago (2015) in bomber, this year's cans are thicker, so much better. Wow.

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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania, Sep 22, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can

Pours jet ink black, tan film for a head.

Smells of cocoa, fresh coffee, toast, pecan, and a burnt earthy finish.

Flavor of cocoa, fredh coffee, toast, walnuts, brown sugar, vanilla and cream.

Full viscous body, stinging carbonation on the tongue. Slight booze warmth going down.

Excellent stout, great flavor. Something I will have again, definitely worth trying.

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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania, Apr 06, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a solid tan head that lingered.
Huge amount of coffee aroma followed by chocolate and something sweet.
Taste is straight espresso followed by a rich chocolate.
Full bodied feel, creamy and smooth. Not too bitter and a nice dry finish.
This is just a really excellent coffee stout. wish I has more.

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Bum4ever from California, Apr 02, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pitch black and poured with 2 fingers of dark khaki head.

Aroma is coffee, coffee, coffee and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is a very nice rich espresso roast. Love it. A faint whisp of chocolate comes in near the end.

Feel is smooth and slick. Coats the tongue nicely.

Overall a fantastic coffee stout as long as like more coffee in your stouts than most. Thankfully I fall into that category!

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FFFjunkie from Illinois, Apr 01, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- dark coffee black with brown head that is frothy and leaves a spiderweb lacing on the pint glass.

S- lots of coffee in this nose with hints of chocolate.

F- espresso/coffee and minimal chocolate taste.

M- thick bodied and heavy on the stout. Almost viscous as it slides down the throat.

O- pretty decent beer but quite heavy and potent as well.

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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania, Mar 20, 2018
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4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thank you thebeers for this
16 oz can, dated 1/15/18, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger dense mocha head.

S- Tons of rich roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, touch of caramel sweetness.

T- Rich roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some caramel malts, milk chocolate, touch of dark fruits.

M- Smooth, creamy, full body.

O- An awesome coffee stout, very happy I have finally tried this.

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larryi86 from Delaware, Mar 03, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Beer pours a dark black body with two fingers' worth of a creamy tan head. Lacing and a faint amount of head remain while drinking.

S: Strong coffee aromas are the first thing I notice. Faint chocolate and roasty aromas are also present in the beer. The coffee smells are strong and slightly bitter.

T: A strong somewhat bitter coffee flavor commands the other flavors. The bitterness has some bite to it but not in a bad way. Roasty flavors and chocolate are noticeable in the beer as well.

M: Medium mouthfeel to the beer. The finish is very dry and mixes well with the bitterness of the coffee flavors.

O: Very nice beer. The coffee is up front on every aspect of the beer. But secondary notes help the beer. The dry finish and sweet chocolate feel blend nicely with the strong coffee.

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RedhawkPoke from Oklahoma, Jan 28, 2018
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4.89/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a fluffy, creamy head and fizzy carbonation. Aroma finesses the coffee element, it isn't overpowering, you still get lots of lush oatmeal stout smells (rich milk chocolate, smooth roasted malt and, well, oatmeal) with the coffee accentuating those flavors.

This is a very elegant & well-balanced beer - I am no coffee expert, but it certainly tastes less like diner coffee / Folgers & certainly richer and more robust in flavor. It compliments the base beer wonderfully without drowning out the core flavors. The coffee note is just note perfect - leaves you wanting more while still presenting a fully realized flavor profile. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. One of - if the best - coffee beers out there, and certainly one of the most undersung.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Jan 09, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really regret not picking up more cans found at the Giant Eagle in Waterworks 4 dollars a single. Pours jet black imperial dark with a 1/2 inch of mocha froth. Smell is very smooth sweet coffee vanilla marshmallow the whole nine yards. Taste is both bitter and smooth with fresh pressed coffee magic and sweet mallow malts. Body is excellent for the ABV smooth medium bodied and somewhat creamy.

Overall if you love coffee beers or even just stouts with smooth coffee flavors it's a must to try this. If I see it again I will be sure to grab a four pack of pounders.

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Jan 02, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge coffee flavors upfront with some lingering hoppiness complmentingbyhe flavors midway and through toward the aftertaste. Full body with mild carbonation. A very enjoyable stout that hides its booziness very well.

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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania, Dec 30, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L. Black with a tan to brown frothy head that recedes super slowly.
S. Deep roasted malts, black coffee which is almost Espresso-like, maybe a little cocoa.
T. Sweet creamy coffee right away and throughout, s'mores-y with graham cracker, toasted marshmallow, and semi-sweet to dark chocolate balanced with an earthy bitterness that reminds me of cocoa. Finishes mocha/tiramisu.
F. Medium body and creamy, alcohol warmth is present toward the finish.
O. I think it's great. Cheers ! ! !

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muchos from Pennsylvania, Dec 23, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Remember how awesome founders breakfast stout was the first time you had it? This beer is equateable but better on every level. Frothier head, fresher coffee, the taste? Like you're drinking an artisanial coffee at its columbiana source. The mouthfeel is as creamy as a beer twice it's size and it's not little.

This should be on the top 250, and somewhere in the middle of it at least. This is coming from a guy in Pittsburgh with no homerism for pizza boy, it's simply that good.

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rypkr from Pennsylvania, Oct 18, 2017
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4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. The beer was picked up at the brewery on a recent visit while visiting PA.
the beer pours an ultra dark brown color with no light passing through my glass. There is only the briefest hit of tan creamy head that fades immediately after the pour to nothing. This appears to be a rich dark beer as expected from the can.
A rich roasty aroma is evident from the pour into my glass. I also get some dark chocolate and a healthy dose of coffee as well. Not an hint here of how big the booze is on this one.
FIrst sip reveals a large body with very smooth texture and mild yet tingly carbonation. The beer drinks very easy on the physical side of things.
Flavor is roasty malt and coffee right off the bat. I get a bit of milk chocolate sweetness and then this rolls back to slightly bitter coffee notes. I dont find any hint of hops anywhere on this brew and also the alcohol is very well hidden, which makes this a bit of a dangerous beer.
Very well crafted and nicely intertwined malt and coffee notes make this a very enjoyable beer to drink. Im surprised by how easy it is to drink and enjoy emptying my glass fairly quickly for a bigger beer.

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sulldaddy from Connecticut, Aug 13, 2017
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4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alright, we have a new Leah favorite! From the first taste she was hooked. I liked it, but I'm not into the imperials much. Great, job though, pizza boy!

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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania, Jun 26, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a thick tan head bubbling up; decent retention and a draping of lace

Smell: Milk chocolate and coffee, with moderate roast; somewhat sweet in tone

Taste: Powerful coffee tones meld with the milk chocolate; modest earthy hop, through the middle, with a moderate roast character through the finish; sweetened coffee lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; hides the alcohol well

Overall: I have had this bottle in the back of my fridge for about 18 months and am impressed by the brightness of the coffee flavors after all this time; recommended

Thanks, justanewby, for the opportunity

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Jun 02, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive near black with a two inch mochs head that leaves behind a little lace, poured near room temperature canned on 4/3/17.

Smell is roasty coffee beans, vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and a little bourbon.

Taste follows very roasty expresso, vanilla, deep dark chocolate, molasses, and just a little bourbon.

Mouthfeel is almost medium, moderate amount of life, definitely a bit dry, and drinks easy enough at its ABV.

Overall this is a very nice beer, a little thinner than I prefer, but really a all around good brew. Thanks @jzeilinger for this one.

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SawDog505 from New Hampshire, May 15, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer. Lots of coffee in both the nose and in the taste, like an iced coffee or something. Virtually no heat despite the relatively high ABV, and the finish is a very sophisticated dark chocolate. Fairly light for the style, and dangerously drinkable. Just great all the way around!

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gopens44 from Virginia, May 10, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appears almost black. Cannot see through. Not much Head to speak of but solid ring of foam around the edge that lingers.

Smell is simply delicious. Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is similar with more emphasis on roasted qualities. As it warms, a slight whiskey-like note comes out in both taste and smell. Feel is creamy but not super heavy. Overall...delicious. Would definitely drink again.

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citizencane from Pennsylvania, May 10, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler into pint glass. Pours an oily, viscous, opaque black with a fine-bubbled tan head that dissipates quickly. Initial impression is coffee (strong but not really bitter) followed by chocolate (darkish but again not really bitter). Mouthfeel is lighter than I would've guessed from the pour. Carbonation is light. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Finish is smooth and dry, with just a touch of alcohol warming following. And speaking of warming, let it sit for a bit. Brings out the flavors even more.
My first Pizza Boy beer - but certainly not my last!

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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania, Mar 25, 2017
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz snifter on tap at Fourth Street BBQ in Charleroi PA:

Look: Pours an amazing jet black with a nice tan head of about an inch with lacing!

Smell: Tons of coffee notes right off the bat! Also hints of chocolate, vanilla, and maybe some oats! Aroma is killer!

Taste: Huge coffee notes dominate! Not overly bitter like some coffee beers can be! Also some notes of chocolate coming through! This beer tastes amazing and the high ABV is so well hidden! Soo smooth!

Feel: Medium to heavy bodied! Great mouthfeel!

Overall: Amazing double coffee stout from the crew at Pizza Bpy! This is one of the best coffee stouts out there that I have ever had! High ABV is soo well hidden! I highly recommend picking some of this up if available!

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trygelski1 from Pennsylvania, Mar 11, 2017
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3.49/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

Consumed from Crowler shared by Will. Pretty much black pour with good coffee scent coming through. Initial taste of a decent coffee brew that then turned South. On the back end of each sip, I was met with a very unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Others sharing this did not pick up on this, so not sure if it was just me. Will definitely re-review if given another chance.

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gibgink from Missouri, Jan 23, 2017
Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 627 ratings