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

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Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee)Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee)

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

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 dbl_delta
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of gibgink
3.49/5  rDev -20%
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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Photo of gcamparone
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Stevem68
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is very minimal but has notes if chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is rich and creamy, has noted of vanilla and chocolate. Has a nice feel and ivea very delicious.

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Photo of Billolick
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can

pours near black, minor mocha film and just a hint of low sheeting

solid coffee and dark malts on the nose

Smooth and serious stout with dark malts and coffee notes dense and flavorful

Worthy brew in a can...go get some

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Photo of lamb0176
4.96/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Sabtos
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
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 GregA135
4.49/5  rDev +3%
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 smanson56
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black color into my snifter glass.
Lots of nice coffee going on in the nose with some hints of chocolate and the roasted malts falling in place.
The taste is smooth great coffee flavor with no bitterness as you get from some coffee stouts.
The mouth feel is perhaps a little this for this class of stout but does not really detract form it's greatness.
This is a great stout wish I lived in the distro area.

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Photo of Bdawg1
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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 thebeers
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of scottfrie
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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 YodersBeerEmporium
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of Prager62
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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 gcasher
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with miniscule head from growler stored one day in fridge. Smells like coffee. Tastes like rich roasted malt with oats and lots of coffee. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. Overall very tasty and keeps the alcohol hidden. However, $18 seems a bit steep. I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that settles into the glass near black with a thick, frothy, mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted malts, fresh medium roast coffee, a hint of toasty grains and a dash of vanilla sweetness. The flavor is a very nice balance between a roasty, grainy oatmeal stout and big waves of coffee. It is very coffee-forward, but maintains a big stout-like quality. The mouthfeel is unreal; smooth, velvety, coating, thick and rich. Just the right amount of carbonation. A really well put together coffee imperial stout that is up there towards the top for mouthfeel.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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 woemad
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Getalegup
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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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Resonant
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of EMV
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
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 larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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 loverofthecraft
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

deceptive lil beer. doesn't taste or feel like the big hitter it is. dark roasty malts with flavors of coffee and chocolate. creamy smooth mouthfeel. very tasty.

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