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

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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): 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
569
Reviews:
69
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
7.82%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
73
For Trade:
6
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1/5  rDev -77%

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2.75/5  rDev -36.8%

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3/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.03/5  rDev -30.3%
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 kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle. Unbranded black pry-off pressure cap. Uninteresting label art and design. Huge thanks to Collins for the share!

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are high given its reputation.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: None. Just a pale white-khaki colour floater ring.

BODY: Opaque solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Looks pretty typical for an imperial stout.

AROMA: Dark malts, chocolate malts, rich coffee (though not as roasty as I'd like). Cacao nibs. Cream. Has no roasted barley presence. Quite evocative and appealing, but I've come across more interesting and complex coffee notes.

Moderate aromatic intensity. It's a pretty good aroma overall for the style, but it's not mind-blowing.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Chocolate malts and dark malts provide the malt backbone, with some vaguely interesting slightly roasty coffee filling it out nicely. Really, that's all that's going on. There's no creaminess or roasted barley, and it's just not a complex, intricate, or gestalt build for an imperial stout. Not real subtle either.

Depth of flavour: Average.
Flavour duration: Moderate.
Flavour intensity: Average.
Flavour amplitude: Nice.

It's balanced but wanting, though I do like it. It's just a bit plain.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, a biteen weak, somewhat thin, and surprisingly light bodied. Needs more heft and weight on the palate. A bit undercarbonated, actually.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Complements the taste decently. Doesn't elevate the beer or accentuate specific notes.

OVERALL: Drinkable, but far from fantastic. By no means world-class, but I'm glad I got to try it once. The weak mouthfeel holds it back, and it needs more intricacy. It just doesn't bring much to the table considering it's an imperial stout. I do like it, and the coffee is interesting, but it's not mind-blowing.

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3.49/5  rDev -19.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.71/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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