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

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Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our rich, smooth oatmeal imperial stout brimming with locally sourced coffee from Little Amps in Harrisburg.

Added by stakem on 10-09-2012

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61
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526
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
22.37%
 
 
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Photo of bubseymour
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought home from a growler after a visit to Al's of Hampden/Pizza Boy and split with 2 other beer pals. I really found this one flawless. Balanced and flavorful in every way you want a stout. A lot of coffee in the nose and a lot of chocolate in the taste. Smooth finish, nothing off/ashy etc. Its just dialed in perfectly.

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Photo of lamb0176
4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Coffee for days. This is by far one of Al's best beers. Plus, they started filling pounder cans with this bad boy. Honestly would stack this up with Speedway, Oak Yeti, Founders Breakfast, and other big coffee stouts.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good looking beer, dark with a billowing tan head. Lacing held onto the glass the entire time. You really pick up the coffee in the smell, the roast is there with the malt. The flavor is great, coffee, plenty of chocolate, and what I would call rich malt, not sweet. Unreal feel, rich and creamy. Overall this is outstanding. It was amazing at its ability to hide the ABV. Has the feel of a light milk stout, I was thinking 6% until I looked it up, unreal.

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Photo of VipertheIV
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown, almost black with an off white head. Has a strong coffee aroma. Nice roasted malt profile that is not overpowered by the coffee. ABV sneaks in a little, but is barely noticeable for 11%. My go to Pizza Boy Imperial Stout if Pappy is not available.

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Photo of EMV
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at 'The Pour House' - Exton, PA

L: Poured a midnight oil black into a tulip glass with a thick creamy tan/white head that took a few to fall before leaving a delicate lacing on the glass.

S: Deep roasted coffee hits the nose first, with subtler chocolate notes.

T: Delicious beer, clearly a coffee stout and it tastes the way it smells. Complex coffee flavors dominate, again with subtle dark chocolates and roasted malt for balance.

F: Smooth with great body, mildly carbonated... very enjoyable.

O: A fantastic coffee stout... complex and tasty, with a dangerous 11% alcohol that is very well masked by the coffee and malts. A sipper... great as a dessert by itself but not quite as sweet as some other imperial coffee stouts I've tasted and this isn't a bad thing. I'd definitely recommend.

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Photo of StormKing47
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Where to begin with one of my favorite brews from this up and coming brewery!

Appearence:
My, my, my where have you been all my life!? This is seriously one black stout almost to the liking of burnt motor oil. I'm sure it would leave a stain on the playground blacktop if I spilled it out of my Ninja Turtles thermos! The sun is blocked out with this one and its all capped up with a nice small, porter brown head that looks better than the dockers that yuppies wear! Can't wait to dive into this one.

Smell:
BOOM! Kapow! Smack right in the face! Its a juiced up espresso right in your face. I need some rock candy or a sugar cube stat! What a pleasant aroma of fresh roasted coffee and a slight bitter note of espresso. As it warms I pick up some slight earth tones and a touch of bitter cocoa, but definitely heavy with a fresh coffee/espresso punch! Oh I hope the taste matches!

Taste:
What an unholy matrimony! The smell matches the taste. Not a let down at all, it tastes like straight espresso and a fresh french pressed coffee had a baby inside my glass! What a delightful combo of bitter coffee, sweet chocolate/cocoa and somemore bitterness from roasty toasty grains! I may have just shit into my pants! As it finishes there's a slight earthy must that dries it out a touch and it smacks you in the nuts and says "hey dick head take another sip" seriously impressive how the alcohol burn is completely masked with the coffee and grain bill.

Mouthfeel:
Seriously big and full bodied! Its a rough and tough beast that coats the whole palate and finishes dry begging you to fill up another and keep coming back for me! Which I did because I'm a glutton for punishment! No alcohol burn, pleasant and enjoyable!

Seriously, one of the best coffee stouts around! If you don't believe me, BM me and send me your best and I'll gladly switch you a growler of this sexy sum bitch! Keep an eye, ear and glass ready for Al & Terry of Pizza Boy Brewing!

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Photo of Prager62
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Received from a fellow BA in NBS/BIF #2. Packaged in a 32oz. Crowler can, I'm positive it's fresh.

Look- Pours a beautiful dark brown almost black color with a generous amount of mocha tinted foam. A gorgeous beer to behold!

Smell- Wonerful dark roasted coffee and chocolate. A hint of smoke.

Taste- Fresh dark roast coffee with bakers chocolate and a hint of vanilla in the finish.

Feel- A little on the thin side for such a decadent beer.

Overall- In one word, WOW! This is like liquid espresso-chocolate cake. It definitely has to be in the conversation for one of the top coffee stouts. So glad I had an opportunity to try, I would make it a staple in my beer fridge if I lived in the distribution area.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark black (like coffee), and a nice thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

The smell, oh boy, fresh roasted coffee beans. Some vanilla intermingles, with a nice raostiness. Slight bitter chocolate. Basically everything that I want in a good stout.

Taste follows the nose fairly closely. Great coffee flavor with a slight bitterness on the front. Mellows into a nice rich chocolatey, creamy taste (think coffee with some cream), also a nice surprising bitter bakers chocolate on the finish with a good roasty quality.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy, but not over the top. Nice, rich, and creamy.

Overall this is a great stout. Nothing over the top, but just extremely well made. Easily one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of dar482
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma hits hugely of well roasted coffee, with some nutty and caramel characteristics. There also smells of chocolate and roast to back up the beer.

The flavor hits of that creamy and mocha coffee, but then onto a robust bitterness of coffee. Onto even the back of coffee and its grinds. A really balanced coffee experience where caramel, roast, and milk chocolate wrap around the beer.

The mouthfeel is medium for the ABV. Not thin, nor thick.

One of the best coffee stouts around.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Perfect beer to wake up to. Perfect beer to finish dinner with. Either way you are sure to notice the earthy coffee ground aroma, rich chocolate, bittersweet cacao, and light taro sweetness that gives it a slightly creamy feel. High acid, fruity notes. Has a little unwanted stickiness that coats the lips, but still easily one of the top coffee stouts produced. A grown up version of Carton's Regular Coffee.

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Photo of JWU
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 1L growler, only a couple days old.

A- Pitch black, with a thin khaki head. No light penetrates.

S- Ridiculously coffee forward. There's a sweetness in there as well, I'd love to know what they added to balance the coffee bitterness, but it sure smells good. I do not think it's lactose however.

T- Holy crap. It's so freaking good. It's like the best cup of coffee w/ cream you've ever had. Other coffee stouts dream of being this good. Alcohol sweetness is there on the finish, but you have little idea it's 11% Bitterness is perfectly balanced by the sweetness.

M- THICK. Coats the mouth like crazy.

O- World class, big brewery beating epicness.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch black, about a one finger, light tan head which fades.

Smell: Fresh roasted coffee with sugar. Some chocolate as well

Taste: Excellent roasted coffee flavor, with a slight hint of dark fruits, sugar, and chocolate.

Feel: Nice full bodied creamy texture.

Overall: Brewed only a few miles from my house. I don't visit there often enough. This is a great coffee stout. I really didn't expect it to be this good!

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Photo of robieobie1
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at al's Last night.
Awesome beer. The smell of dark roasted grains and coffee smacks you in the face at first whiff. Smells delicious.

This beer is pitch black, and viscous. Small white to tan head.

I let this one sit to warm before trying it.

On first sip i would say it was 55 degrees, The coffee is really up front in this one, followed by some nice roasted grain, finished with the coffee and some light cocoa/dark chocolate. Nicely sweet but not overwhelming.

This is a thick brew that is nice and creamy on the palatte. Staying true to the style.

I will have this beer again and again.

I am liking the tweaking of the recipe on this batch. Nice work Pizza boy.

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Photo of Bdawg1
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours like motor oil with a nice khaki head
Smells like coffee with oats!
Taste is on point with the aroma with a very nice dense mouthfeel! This a well done example of this style, would highly recommend

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Photo of gcamparone
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a snifter. Shared with Big Julius who also participated in the review. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a molasses colored body with a mocha head that reduces to a ring of foam. Very little lacing.

Tons of fresh coffee on the nose with vanilla, roasty malt and chocolate. The tongue matches the nose with tons of roasty coffee, dark chocolate, finishes roasty with toasted malt. Thick rich mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

This is amazing and up there with the best coffee stouts.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a pretty nice half finger fizzing tan head. Settles down pretty quickly, but nice to look at while it lasts.

S: Tons of very, very dark roast coffee and ground cocoa. Espresso, cream and hazelnut in here as well. Smells pretty fantastic.

T: A ton of velverty smooth espresso and dark chocolate just rolls across your palate. Roasted malt, some vanilla cream and a touch of wet charred wood on the finish. A fantastic coffee beer. Must try.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours silky smooth dark brown and sits midnight black in the glass with a half finger of light khaki foam.

Tons of roast, fresh coffee grounds, cereal, and some chocolate.

Lusciously smooth chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, roast, and sweet but subtle oatmeal.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, silky smooth, chewy, perfect body.

Overall, one of the best coffee stouts I have had to date.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger and a half of tan head that fades slowly and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells intensely of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts
T: taste is roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. swallow is more coffee and bitter dark chocolate with some lingering roasted malt
M: Fairly full in the mouth with a very smooth and creamy feel. carbonation is soft but adequate and a slightly drying finish
O: this is an amazing beer with good flavors and good complexity. very well made and the coffee notes are very nice. grab it if you find it.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

From a growler, pours a opaque black, dark brown fizzy head. The disappears quickly and goes dead still.

The nose is heavy coffe like being in a coffee shop. A little sweet malt backbone, bitter coffee grounds and some roast. Boy does this smell amazing, like a cup of black coffee.

The flavor is all coffee, a little sweet molasses, bitter, with roasted oats. This beer is downright delicious. The mouthfeel is perfect, not too heavy, clean refreshing.

If you like coffee, get this. Delicious.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jack last night, thanks dude.

Pours a dark black, with a mocha-colored head of about half an inch, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like dark roasted coffee, spicy green pepper, chocolate, and roasted malt.

This has a very unique coffee flavor to it- it's peppery, spicy, and a bit grainy, with a big roast character. I love it. It's quite bitter with very little sweetness. There's some dark bitter chocolate flavors as well, a hint of smoke, and lots of dark, bitter roasted malt flavors. This is a very tasty coffee beverage. The roast they used from Little Amps is dynamite.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a creamy and roasty mouthfeel- almost like drinking coffee, basically. It's very drinkable, with a moderate level of carbonation.

This is a very unique coffee stout, I love the coffee used here.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Screw-top 1 /2 growler received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Deuane!

Big old stein pours with a a few bubbles over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Bubbles immediately rush for the rim, with lots of legs, no lace. Aroma is COFFEE. I like a brew that has what it advertises.

Taste is sweet to start, surprisingly moderate coffee in the middle, with a touch of chocolate and some bitterness to close. Some lingering warmth, but nowhere near what I expected. Mouthfeel is flat, slickerly smooth, but we'll give the benefit of the doubt since it leaked some. Drinkability dangerous for the abv. Nice brew, way more approachable than I was fearing. Check it out if you can.

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Photo of GregA135
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid Imperial Stout from Pizza Boy!
Poured a jet black color with a frothy tasty tan head
Smelled oats, coffee, chocolate, roasted nuts and vanilla
Tasted pretty much what I described in the 'smell' section.
Smooth going down - definitely would love to drink this again and buy the variants of this awesome stout!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to robieobie1 for this one - poured out of a growler and split at a tasting amongst four of us. Pours a very dark brown color that appears to be pitch black once it reaches the glass. Only very light edges of deep ruby red break the blackness on this one. The head is a light-tan color with a grey-ish hue to it, low retention and little to no lacing left behind on the glass.

The aroma on this one carries far and heavy, and it hits my nose before I even bring the glass up to it. Big time coffee up front; coffee beans, dark and roasted while being lightly sweet and creamy on the nostrils all at once. A nice tale of two flavors going on here. Some deeply roasted malts make up a nice background to the coffee aroma. Little, tiny bits of cocoa comes through a little bit more as time goes on, but the coffee remains the strongest. Very nice, dense coffee aroma without being too bitterly roasted or too sweet. Very powerful but pleasing at the same time.

As I take my first sip, I'm reminded of some of my favorite coffee stouts - FBS, WnB, etc... Heavy, heavy coffee flavor is packed densely into each and every sip. It starts off with a light sweetness and a creamy, milk texture and flavor. After swarming the palate for a few seconds, it cascades into a more roasty and bitter coffee blend - the same time that the roasted malts becomes noticeable.

Chocolate bits are mixed in as well - more-so at the beginning of the sip and not so much at the end - the finish is dominated by coffee and roasted malt. There is definitely a light hop character to this one, a bit ashy and dry, that adds a touch more bitterness to the mix. The aftertaste is a nice, lasting roasted coffee bean flavor. A touch thinner on the mouth than expected, but still silky and slick. Nice carbonation, especially after a week in a growler.

Holy shit - after looking this one up, I was shocked that it was 11% ABV. I had no idea - you couldn't feel any heat, aside from a little bit of warming that is even common in sub-7% stouts. So drinkable it's scary. This was kind of an "unknown" coffee stout to me, but I'll be the first to say that this could stand up with some of the best. One of our group's favorites from the tasting event, and honestly - probably my favorite non-barrel aged coffee stout. Yes, even a smidgen better than FBS.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
2014 Vintage. 9.5% abv.

Appearance
Near-black with a 1/2 finger of brown head that vanishes almost immediately. There is some light penetration along the rim.

Nose
Coffee & cream, espresso, dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

Taste
Intense flavors of dark roast coffee & cream with light sugar. Deep espresso notes and dark chocolate leave a residual bitterness. Heavily roasted barley, caramel, and raisin along with hints of vanilla and warming booze.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, creamy, silky, and smooth with a medium bitterness.

Overall
You want a Coffee Stout? You got one! Hits the marks all around. Very rich and deep coffee flavors from the Little Amps.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this via growler from a trade partner of mine. Tons of coffee aroma on the nose as you open it up. Once it warms even more coffee on the nose and the palate. Amazing coffee stout!! Would love to trade for it again!

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