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:
573
Reviews:
71
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
7.82%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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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4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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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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.

C+

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.35/5  rDev 0%

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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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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4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of cocoa, coffee, vanilla, roasted malt. Taste sweet creamy chocolate, mocha, light roast coffee. Excellent;

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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