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

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
95
world-class
60 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
520
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
22.6%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
68
For Trade:
6
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 520
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.

 737 characters

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.

 461 characters

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!

 427 characters

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.

 700 characters

Photo of thereal_adam
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you are looking for a massive dose of coffee in your beer, then look no further. Awesome coffee aroma is followed up by punch in the mouth of morning delight. Perfect breakfast beer!

 185 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by mendvicdog. Thanks Pat!

Dark brown with a thin beige collar. Huge coffee aroma. Flavor is all coffee and roast. A showcase of fresh coffee beans. Easy to drink. Seriously tasty. Well done, gentlemen.

 217 characters

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.

 831 characters

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.

 679 characters

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

 907 characters

Photo of HopBomb515
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.

 300 characters

Photo of WunderLlama
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.

 357 characters

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.

 493 characters

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.

 504 characters

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.

 530 characters

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.

 388 characters

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.

 333 characters

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.

 537 characters

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.

 690 characters

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

Had both on tap and now growler

A-black as dirty oil with small 1 finger head.

S-medium roast coffee, dark malts some acidity not sure coming from what.

T-coffee, biscuity malts, chocolate with an alcohol burn showing the alcohol. Smooth and sweet finish.

O- very well done. Will go back for this one alone!

 314 characters

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.

 827 characters

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.

 1,249 characters

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler on Tuesday 03/26, opening up 3 days later

The beer pours motor oil black with an inch of a creamy, dense tan head that fades relatively quickly and laces. The nose presents heavy grain sweetness, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of booze. The taste is very coffee/sugar sweetness forward with a touch of bitterness and booze in the finish. It's definitely full bodied, velvety smooth, sweet, and finishes with a delicious cocoa/coffee bitter (almost spicy chili) booziness. For an 11% coffee stout, this drinks deceptively well, especially when it's been given the chance to warm up. This beer exceeded my expectations and I hope they bottle it soon and work on variants.

 686 characters

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

 990 characters

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.

 265 characters

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.

 2,331 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Sunny Side Up (Little Amps! Double Coffee) from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe