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

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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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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pizza Boy

I found the base beer to be pretty much undrinkable, and while the coffee version was an improvement, it was unfortunately not much of an improvement.

The appearance was similar to the base: opaque black with a small tan head that receded to a filmy layer. Aroma of obvious coffee up front, dark malts, a touch of smoke, fusel alcohol. The booze hits right up front and never really goes away, but in this version, at least the coffee takes the edge off a little, notes of tobacco, and liquid smoke, with that stale malt liquor taste ever present. The coffee was a nice touch, but overall, it just can't really save the beer. Body was medium, boozy heat was noticeable; not a smooth beer at all. Like it's counterpart this is quite messy, and I almost couldn't finish the small pour that I had.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany with a large mocha head. After a while the head dies to nothing.

Roasted coffee aromas easily and almost exclusively emanate off the glass--this smells of the sweeter, fruity variety.

However, on the tongue, heavily roasted, nutty malt comes first, with the coffee second, which is much more dry and bitter than what the aroma suggests.

Smooth, tingly, dry--overall, it's not as frothy as the head appears.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/2016 Another update: pretty wild batch variation on this. Possibly from different coffee additions? This beer ranges from one of the best coffee stouts ever to just ok/good. So, temper your enthusiasm accordingly I guess.

A new batch has been made, so I came in here to edit my review. My favorite beer by this brewery has been dialed in, rebrewed and made even better. This is a contender for one of the best coffee stouts I have had.

Original review (10/9/12)
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is sunny side up with the inclusion of a coffee roasted by a local company. On tap at Als, the brew pours black in color with a brown head that holds across the top with a lace and colects around the rim. When held to the light, it displays some clarity around the edges.

The smells is exceptionally strong with a fresh scent of coffee/espresso. A hint of coffee bean citrus qualty along with plenty of earth and roasted grain with a scent of bitter cocoa that is quite appealing.

The taste includes a blast of fresh cold pressed espresso. Bitter burnt grain, unsweetened cocoa along with a minor citrus touch of coffee beans. There is a lingering earthy aftertaste somewhat reminescent of tobacco.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest to lighter amount of carbonation. A big alcohol factor creeps in with a earth aspect but it isnt present in flavor. Nicely done and very distinguishable from the base version that is already a solid brew on its own right.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SpeedwayJim for providing a growler of this as an extra in our trade at the Voodoo release!

A: The appearance is black with a nicely sized brown head. The head lasts a long time, but doesn't cling to the sides of my glass. 4

S: The aroma reminds me of a roasted porter. There's roast from the coffee and from the roasted style of the beer, which play together nicely. Big notes of baker's chocolate tie the roast together. 4

T: The roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee are a great combination for this beer. I feel like it would be paired perfectly with bacon and eggs. The chocolate starts it off, which is overtaken by all of the roast. Each sip seems to bring a full shot of coffee. 4

MF: Full and robust, just like I like my coffee. The carbonation is at the perfect level for this beer, slightly tingling the tongue. 4.5

O: I was really hoping to get to try this beer, and I'm pumped to have gotten it as an extra. Solid trade SpeedwayJim! Hope to do it again soon. 4

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Photo of Etan
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

32oz growler into a snifter.

A. Reddish dark brown, small light tan head.

S. Fresh coffee, nutty, lightly roasted grain, a bit of fudge.

T. Dry grain, moderate coffee, bean husk, roasty bitterness, dusty cocoa. some mild caramel sweetness in the finish.

M. Thick-bodied, light carbonation.

O. This is a pretty nice coffee stout.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip. Thanks for the bottle, Josh.

A: Pour near black with a couple fingers of foamy light brown head. A fuzzy collar lasted the whole beer through. A few spots of soapy lace was left down the glass.
S: Roasted coffee dominates the nose alongside hints of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. I get a slightly metallic quality, a touch of booze, and a few hints of leafy hops. Smells mostly like a slightly sweet cup-o-joe though.
T: Roasted flavors overall with notes of coffee, chocolate, and hints of toasted coconut. The finish is lightly acidic from the coffee, mildly bitter from the hops, and reminds me of dark chocolate. The aftertaste has a nice lingering roast and bitterness to it, with a hint of vanilla or roasted coconut. Notes of pleasant tobacco char linger long after the swallow.
M: Greasy lotion mouthfeel, full body, slick and oily. Low and fuzzy carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well.
O: A smooth and flavorful coffee stout that tastes as expected. Thanks again Stormking47.

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Photo of philbe311
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A finger's worth of medium khaki colored slightly lush slightly creamy head... Moderate retention yields a minimal splotchy lacing and thin to moderate collar... Opaque semigloss black in color... Carbonation bubbles clings to the sides of the snifter...

S - The nose was a bit underwhelming... Some roasted malt... Light bitter chocolate... The coffee was mostly absent...

T - Roasted malt dominates the start... There are some light milk chocolate notes... A bit of caramel... A hint of soy sauce... The coffee was suprisingly understated to start, but rises towards the finish... It takes a very nice strong french pressed yet very smooth nature... Nice balance and complexity...

M -Sturdy... On the lighter side of full bodied... Sleek... A bit viscous... A bit chewy... Very lightly carbonation... Smooth yet dense... Even and consistent sip after sip...

D - This one is a sipper and a definite one and done kind of brew... Lots of character and depth... Well rounded... This is the best Pizza Boy offering I've had to date without question... This one is a winner...

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky and glass staining. Nice khaki head.

Smell - Big coffee aroma. Roasty. Nice coffee. Slightly fruity.

Taste - Excellent coffee flavor. Lends a complexity to the dark malts. Coffee and deep roasted malts. I get a lot less of that oatmeal flavor here though. Strange finish with a bit of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel - That finish is unpleasant, but everything else is nice. Chewy.

Overall - This is even better than the base. I miss some of the subtleties but the coffee is really nice.

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Photo of 57md
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After sampling the base beer for this offering in the Spring of 2013, I was excited to try this "amped up" version. This review marks my 1000th beer rated here on BA.

The significant coffee bitterness is definitely a welcome addition from the base beer. Also, the alcohol is better held in check than the version I had in 2013. The beer still has the nice sweet port-like notes that enjoyed from the original.

A definite improvement and a worthy beer for my millennial mark.

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Photo of woemad
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz crowler courtesy of LehighAce06, with the name of the beer hand-written on the crowler label. My first crowler! I’d never heard of Pizza Boy before, though the label actually makes no mention, and lead me to initially believe the brewery itself was called Al’s of Hampden. A pizza place that makes beer? Someone needs to do this in Spokane.

Poured messily into a 14oz Jones Radiator mug, this poured a color so brown as to look inky black in the glass, with a big, mocha-colored foam head that was unique in that as it sat there, bubbles would explode within it, giving it a look like a cross between the craters of the moon and Swiss cheese. Said head dropped after a few minutes, leaving only the tiniest foam collar. Really not surprised the head fled, give the high alcohol content.

Big coffee nose to this. It might have been a good idea to lead with this one and drink it during breakfast.There was initially some dark chocolate notes, but the coffee aroma actually grew as it warmed up.

More balanced in the taste than in the nose. Sure, there’s a big, slightly acidic coffee blast, but the sweeter notes noted (I sound like Danny Kaye in “The Court Jester.”) come out to play more so than there. While there’s plenty of bitterness, it’s more coffee bitterness than the type encountered with a typical RIS. The high alcohol is hinted at by a warming booziness, but it’s more in the background than you’d expect for a beer this strong, like just a faint wisp of menace.

Fairly full bodied, but with a velvety-smooth mouthfeel, not unlike the best oatmeal stouts I’ve had.

It’s a little incongruous drinking this when the thermometer just hit 100, but I’m indoors in a cool room with a nice, electrically-induced breeze blowing, and it’s drinking just fine. Since this is an 11% abv beer, it’s entirely possible that I’m done for today, but I’m very happy to have had this. It drinks like an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, but I don’t think there’s such thing on this site as an IOS, so I understand why it’s listed as an RIS. My only problem is I only have one, otherwise there’d be one being set aside for consumption on a cold winter’s night when I didn’t have to go to work the next morning. Thanks, Kevin!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 both freshly ground and freshly brewed espresso over the top of slightly light aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate, and just a hint of smokiness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of dark roasted and slightly burnt malts that have a touch of smoke to them, but those flavors are quickly overtaken by the moderate flavors of dark chocolate and the strong flavors of coffee. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

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.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On initial try, the sweettness was a bit much for me, and maybe even too much coffee. Holy shit, I never thought I'd sat that. After a while the huge blast of flavor became more acceptable and I appreciated more the great coffeehouse smell and the silky smooth texture. My choice of meal, ham and cheese calzone, didn't go with the beer at all and probably didn't do the taste any favors. Looking forward to trying this sans food or with a better match, but it's a damn good java stout anyway.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1666th Review on BA
Growler to Darkness Snifter

Thanks to CPABeer and StormKing47 for this one

App- When this comes out of the growler its a pretty dark brown with a bit of reds around the edges. Fairly dense in the center and keeps a good depth of color going throughout the pour. A very nice 1-1/2" head is there and is fairly khaki in color. The retention is pretty spot on as well. Good cling as it slides.

Smell- When I 1st smelled this I found it to be a bit overpowering. The coffee was a bit thick and almost too much. As it settled and warmed a bit the chocolate and the roasted malts came out a bit more and created a much better aromatic nose to it. Not overly layered but for a double coffee stout, was nice.

Taste- This is a nice coffee beer. Almost one of the best I have had. Well layered with the flavors and not overly done either. When you 1st take a sip you get a very coffee forward flavor. As you keep sipping the chocolate and malts come out with a bit more roast. The ABV is quite hidden on this one and will sneak up on you. The creamy stout flavor is the last one you get. A very good stout.

Mouth- A very big and creamy body with a fairly low carbonation. The more it warms the better the carbonation and body got. The residual coffee lingers for a bit and seemingly feels like more of you guessed it. Coffee vs. Beer.

Drink- I've really enjoyed the couple of beers I have had from Als. Great flavors and well layered and very drinkable. A good amount of coffee on this one and very well balanced. I would like more of this.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a crowler into snifter. Dark black with a half inch of khaki foam head. Taste was rich chocolate, vanilla and a bitter coffee astringency. Thick and substantial in the mouth. A very solid coffee stout.

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Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Al's of Hampden, Enola, PA

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark cold brewed coffee are present in the nose. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell but has much stronger flavors of coffee beans and a lit to moderate amount of associated bitterness. Slight hints of sweetness from the stout are perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an intense coffee stout that is packed with lots of coffee flavors. It tastes just like a robust cold brewed coffee with bits of sweetness. It is quite drinkable considering its strength because any bits of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

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4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/13/12 notes. Thanks to whoever shared this one at the Top Hops tasting; I liked it even more than the Citra Hopgasm.

a - Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color, with light carbonation evident and less than an inch of dark tan head,

s- Smells of espresso, coffee grinds, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, light bitter chocolate, light orange and citrus, and some toasted malts. Really amazing nose. Tons of coffee mixing nicely with chocolate and vanilla/cream. Love it.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, citrus hops, espresso, light cream and sweet chocolate, burnt and toasted malts. Not as sweet as the nose, with less sweet chocolate and cream, and a tiny bit more bitter with some hops and bitter chocolate. Very nice, though not quite as amazing as the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink. Great feel for a coffee stout; never would have guessed 11% ABV.

o - Overall an awesome stout; really digging these Pizza Boy beers. The nose is great; tons of fresh sweet coffee, vanilla, and chocolate, and it has a great mouthfeel that hides the alcohol. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of Resonant
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is roasty as hell!

It pours black as night with a thin creamy head.

This beer smells like a coffee shop. If I close my eyes I can see myself sitting at some corner table with a novel and a fresh espresso. The sweet smell of steamed milk hanging in the air.

Obviously, a ton of coffee here, of the dark, French roast variety. This is a pint of black coffee. We're talking bitter, dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar, some licorice and with a bit of vanilla bean in the backend. There's something about this that reminds me of Fernet Branca and I'm not sure how to quantify it.

The body is rich, but not abrasive. Just right.

This coffee stout has more dimensions to it than meets the eye. It's tricky. It's complex. It's worth a pint of four.

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4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark-stained mahogany brown, approaching black, with a finger of mocha-colored head that dissipates to leave a crown. Nice creamed coffee aroma with chocolate, roasted malts and caramel behind. Heavy, oily mouthfeel cut by carbonation. Delicious taste that follows the nose, with just a hint of stone fruit and whiff of alcohol. This is right up there with the best coffee stouts available.

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4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared at Top Hops in NYC, thanks to...Beerworld, I believe. Thanks for the generous pour!

Pitch black body with a small tan head. Some sticky lacing remains. A big expresso aroma augmented by burnt grains. Taste follows the nose in a big way; this is one massive coffee blast of a beer. Very fresh espresso flavor dominates in a way few other coffee beers demonstrate; again there is some charred, burnt grain character and hints of bittersweet chocolate, earthy hops, and alcohol, but this is all about the coffee. It's not a flavor note or aspect, its not balanced or subtle. I love coffee and I loved this.

Medium full body, smooth, rich, and creamy, medium - low carbonation, a little bit chewy. Unapologetic and unforgettable.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at the source. Pitch black in color with dark tan head and spotty lacing. Huge aroma of dark fresh coffee and chocolate. Taste is all coffee up front, with a nice amount of dark chocolate. Alcohol very well masked. Hint of sweetness in the finish with some bitterness lingering. Super smooth, velvet mouthfeel. Such a treat to share with friends on a brisk New England day.

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4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, coffee colored head fades fast, minimal lacing. Big coffee notes, toasted malt, toffee, vanilla, anise, slightly sweet smelling. Big roasted malt flavors, coffe rides in, sweet toffee and anise. Full body and super creamy. Amazing stout with classic stout flavor and great mouthfeel.

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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of rich fresh roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt and some light smoke. Really awesome nose. The coffee is front and center from start to finish, no doubt what you are about to consume.

T - Starts off with a TON of fresh roasted coffee grounds slowly giving way to hints of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, light smokiness and plenty of dark roasted malt. Not overly sweet with a good bit of bitterness from all that coffee. Finish is fairly roasty with some light alcohol burn, leaving the palate dried long after consumption.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel from start to finish. The booze is hidden very well, only coming out at the end of each sip.

O - This is one awesome coffee stout. I love Little Amps coffee so this is a win win for me. This may be Pizza Boys best beer to date. If you have a chance to try this one I suggest you do, really awesome stuff.

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4.37/5  rDev -0.2%

Growler poured into Sam Adams glass

Pitch black, no seeing through this glass. Taupe head very quickly settles to to a layer of taupe bubbles. Few lacings.

Aroma of a sweet coffee

Roasted coffee and malts on the tip of the tongue extends to the middle

Very smooth, velvety. Smooth finish, hint of alcohol .

Like this one. Very good beer . Fill 'er up.

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4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: dark brown typical of coffee stout's
S: light sweet coffee smell
T: tastes like sweet cold brew coffee, zero bitterness, light carbonation
F: medium
O: one of the better tasting non-ba coffee stouts I've had

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4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler hand delivered to DaveHack by Millerbuffoon today. Fresh growler opened and poured. The beer is black with a nice tan head on top. The retention an lacing are pretty good. The smell of the beer has a nice roasted malt and coffee aroma. There is a bit of ethanol too not the nose. The taste is loaded with coffee. It's sweet and balanced really well. The mouthfeel is thick, smooth and nicely carbonated. Overall this is a good coffee stout. Really worth trying . Very glad I got to try this one.

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