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
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
559
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
7.8%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
71
For Trade:
5
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 559
Photo of 57md
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
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 JamieDuncan
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good looking beer, dark with a billowing tan head. Lacing held onto the glass the entire time. You really pick up the coffee in the smell, the roast is there with the malt. The flavor is great, coffee, plenty of chocolate, and what I would call rich malt, not sweet. Unreal feel, rich and creamy. Overall this is outstanding. It was amazing at its ability to hide the ABV. Has the feel of a light milk stout, I was thinking 6% until I looked it up, unreal.

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Photo of bubseymour
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought home from a growler after a visit to Al's of Hampden/Pizza Boy and split with 2 other beer pals. I really found this one flawless. Balanced and flavorful in every way you want a stout. A lot of coffee in the nose and a lot of chocolate in the taste. Smooth finish, nothing off/ashy etc. Its just dialed in perfectly.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle. Served in a snifter 3/6/2015.

A- Dark black body, looks just like black coffee. Two finger mocha-brown head, nice retention, nice longevity; springs right back to life as I swirl the glass. Looks thick and oily.

S- At first, when you pick up the glass and smell it, there is a definite metallic scent on the nose. I am thinking it smells like oxidized coffee beans. A few more swirls and I smell the beer again- and it is an absolute delight; so much rich roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, nuttiness, cocoa. It smells excellent. It's got everything a breakfast stout needs except for maple syrup.

F- Dark chocolate flavours abound, like a Ritter Sport bar. A bit of milk chocolate flavours and roasted malt rounds it out. Cocoa, nuttiness. And of course, a great deal of coffee. It almost tastes like there is cream in this beer, as well- the malt sweetness rounds out the coffee quite well, which is saying a lot. There is an incredible amount of coffee here, but it's quite balanced.

M- Medium bodied, silky and smooth, substantial body with perfect carbonation. Well done, really drinkable stuff that'll keep me up for a while. Mix of coffee bitterness and sweet dark malts on the backend that doesn't linger for too long.

O- One of the tastiest coffee stouts I've had in a very long time. I enjoyed this one a lot. Rich coffee flavours and nice mouthfeel. It's missing only the maple syrup contribution that the hyped up maple coffee beers have.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger and a half of tan head that fades slowly and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells intensely of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts
T: taste is roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. swallow is more coffee and bitter dark chocolate with some lingering roasted malt
M: Fairly full in the mouth with a very smooth and creamy feel. carbonation is soft but adequate and a slightly drying finish
O: this is an amazing beer with good flavors and good complexity. very well made and the coffee notes are very nice. grab it if you find it.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -27.8%
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 BigRedDog
4.71/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of justintcoons
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of thereal_adam
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of JWU
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of HopBomb515
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
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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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.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.23/5  rDev -3%
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 nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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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Photo of dar482
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of Etan
4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
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 Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
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 ppoitras
4.49/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of danedelman
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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