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Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company

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129 Reviews

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 449
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 27.58%
Wants: 77
Gots: 106 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Verecund on 11-14-2009

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Photo of martinpfal
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Russian imperial stout no doubt. But left me a little underwhelmed. Abv at 10% was hidden indeed, but lacking bite on the back end. Very dark, little head present with sandy color. Malty-ish with hints of cocoa.

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Photo of clarkybsu
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quickly dissipating light tan head leaving a black beauty. Smell of dark chocolate and mild acidity weave through nose. Very drinkable and deceiving imperial stout as does not feel like 12% with below average fullness in the sip. Not top of the line but definitely a quality, balanced imperial stout for those cold Midwestern winter nights.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, minimal sand head with short retention. Scent of rich, dry cocoa, brown sugar, dark fruit, oil, earth and dark malts. Flavors of powdered brown sugar, bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malts, oil, tobacco and earth. The body is unfortunately thin and oily, but it is easy to overlook because the beer is quite good if you like the flavors the darkest of Stouts offer.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Russian Imperial Stout, but evidently neither my rating nor review were save successfully. As such, all I can say is that I recall a moderate hop-flavor upon the first sip that faded into malt-centric flavor on the finish. While the hops presence was discernible, it was nuanced enough to let the malt shine through.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt, Cacao, Cordial, Warm

Creepy label is fitting for a strong dark beer aged on cacao nibs we guess. As dark as any Imperial Stout can be with a struggling tan lace. Roasty burnt nose with hints of black currants, broth, dark chocolate, & esters. Unsweetened dark chocolate on the palate throughout, hefty burnt tone with dark fruit underneath. The alcohol is pretty well hidden until several sips in. In the aged of hyped up Stouts this one lands around the middle of the pack, even with a creepy looking label.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 10.0% | AVAILABILITY: Winter

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

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Photo of blevel
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black with a light brown head. Light malty aroma and light to creamy mouthfeel. Very surprising taste for a 10%, would not have known it was a high ABV. A somewhat hoppy taste on the front with a bitter cocoa finish. I found it to be an enjoyable and unique stout.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good thick pour with a deep black complexion and a cloud of foam on top. The nose is filled with creamy lactose, marshmallow, light coffee, espresso, chocolate fudge and a touch of char.

The flavor is so interesting, muted yet delicious. Chocolate malts, toasted barley, roasted coffee, very little sweetness, peanut brittle and a touch of charred embers meet the palate. I don't think this meets the expectation or the intent but it's very good and recommended.

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Photo of SackBlabbath
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours nearly black, a little brown around the edges, from a pretty solid pour you can see it produced almost no head. Looked a bit runny coming out of the bottle as well. 3.75

S- Rich chocolate up front. Perhaps a little roasty coffee smell, not much. No trace of the 10% in the nose. 4

T- Surprisingly hoppy/bitter for a stout of this nature. I do get chocolate, but not nearly as much as in the nose. Roasted malts. I'm finding it hard to get over the hop bitterness/spiciness. It's not an alcohol spiciness, though. That 10% is still nowhere to be found. 3.75

M- My least favorite part of this beer, no thickness at all. Has the same consistency as Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout. (yuck) It has a little more carbonation than the pour would lead on, but still not much. Though it is a very thin mouthfeel, it is still rather sticky. 3.5

O- 3.75

Drinkable, but not what i was hoping it would be. I've not really enjoyed Uplands beer, but hopefully they can make improvements and continue to grow.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Black, almost entirely opaque, short tan head, fades quickly. Legs, but not much lacing.

S - Dark fruit, alcohol burn, molasses, and dark chocolate.

T - Starts with dark fruits, chocolate nibs, caramelized sugar. The middle roast closes with minerality and bitterness, a touch of ash.

M - Slick and moderate body, bitter, drying close.

O - Decent stout. Good open. The bitter turn at the close is a bit harsh.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Moon in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a goblet 11/11/2014.

A- Dark black body, opaque. One finger mocha head, very nice retention time. No lacing. [4]

S- Roast malt, dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa. As it warms up, there is a slight metallic flavour. Could be the earthiness mixed in with the water's minerals. But there is definitely a slight metallic scent at the end. [3.25]

F- Smooth roasted malt, sweet milk chocolate, espresso bitterness, cocoa complexity. Not as much dark fruit on the palate as in the nose. No metallic flavours here. Very smooth, nice complexity and easy to drink. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, on the thicker side. Nice carbonation, slightly slick and resinous. Nice earthy, cocoa-forward finish. [3.75]

O- Pretty decent Russian Imperial Stout. Missing a bit of that dark fruit complexity. It seems more like an American Imperial Stout than anything else, but it's not a particularly hoppy beer. [3.5]

Final score: 3.61

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Photo of secondtooth
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with tan carbonation. Lace is thin and wispy.

Aroma is charry, roasty, and with lots of dark fruit and bittersweet cocoa. Very nice.

Taste is heavy — bittersweet chocolate dominates, with dark fruit and deeply charred malts underneath it all. Very deep, tasty, and thick. This 10% Russian Imperial Stout is a excellent and exemplary brew for the style, and with the added twist of cocoa nibs.


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Photo of leantom
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Pours black with a red tint; nice and thick brown head.

S: Lots of dark fruit. Plums, figs, dates and raisins. A fruit bomb, but some dark chocolate. Not very original, but good.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of dark fruit with a bitter chocolate backbone. Good.

M: Nice and thick. Good.

O: A pretty good stout. Like a less-robust version of The Abyss.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Coworker told me that this was strangest name for a beer he'd ever heard and I was intrigued.

A - Deep black color, like the label it is dark and scary. Khaki colored head with almost no lacing.

S - Strong roasty aroma with burnt tones and a dark cocoa that is predominant. There is some alcohol and a light coffee tone after the roasted notes.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer with the dark cocoa bitter flavor at the front. It seems somewhat muddled and has a burnt chocolate that fills the palate. There is a sweet roasty character that is secondary and has some light coffee tones that compliment. It's good but it seems that the roasted chocolate, burnt character is the most predominant flavor.
M - Moderate mouth-feel. Light carbonation. I have no complaints about the body of the beer it isn't cloying and is drinkable if you like the burnt cocoa flavor.

Overall, this is an okay imperial stout. I wouldn't seek this out again and I was disappointed by the lack of diversity. I know that someone else may taste the complexities and like the cocoa flavor but it isn't my favorite. I would suggest you spend your money elsewhere like on an Old Rasputin or if you can find it a delicious Ten Fidy. However, if you are as intrigued as I was by the novelty of the beer it isn't a bad beer.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of tlery
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, looks like motor oil coming out of the tap, but some light passes through. Creamy dark tan head with little retention due to high ABV with some slight lacing.
S - Roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, some coffee and chocolate toward the end.
T - A bit of chocolate, then dark fruits and some char. Really gets hot at is warms up.
M - Kind of thin for a Russian Imperial Stout.
O - Not my favorite Russian Imperial Stout. It always seems to be missing something, maybe a spice component to combat the cocoa nibs and burnt malt.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still one of my favorite Russian imperial stouts to this day. Pours a pitch black with a solid tan head and nice clinging lacing on the glass. Chocolate and coffee on the nose with deeply roasted grains. Thick coating mouthfeel with dark chocolate and heavily roasted coffee, a hint of vanilla, and a fantastic background of cocoa that is not grainy. Lots of deeply roasted malt flavor that comes through in waves. An imperial stout lovers dream. Better on tap, but the bottle is still very nice. Cheers!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 10/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, raisin, toast, light char, toffee, fudge, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa nib notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, toast, toffee, fudge, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, toast, toffee, fudge, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa nib flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa nib flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint 6 Fluid Ounces
Served in a snifter

A - It is basically black with an inch of mocha head.

S - I get a dark chocolate smell. I also get a faint hint of dark fruit.

T - The taste is dark chocolate mostly with a little cocoa from time to time.

M - Full with low carbonation.

O - This is not a bad stout at all. It is not a game changer, but I like it. Plus is is reasonably priced for an imperial stout. I think it was $7-8 for a 22oz. bottle. It pairs well with Teddy Grahams, at least the honey ones.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours pitch black in color. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- A good roasted malt profile with cocoa. Ever so slight chalkiness to it in a dry sense.

(T)- Again, a nice roasted character throughout with a subtle chalky hoppiness met with some good cocoa bits.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A big roasty chalk character that lends some dryness and bitterness to the cocoa sweetness.

(O)- It is a solid stout for sure. The chalkiness is a bit odd for my tastes, but it does help in some areas.

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Photo of Beric
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap, 5oz sampler at the Upland Production Brewery
Served: 26 October 2013

Appearance: Magnificently dark and thick with a chocolate-milk colored head that actually cascades down the side of the glass like nitro-taps (never seen that before!). The head quickly disappears due to the high ABV. Looks thick and oily; like "liquid chocolate" as the tour guide said.

Smell: Dark and roasty. Smells like a stout, not much more to say.

Taste: Wow is this one smokey, and I love it. The beer is sweet initially due to the added cocoa nibs, but then mid-swallow really lets bitter chocolate and coffee notes shine. What makes this one special though, in my opinion, is this marvelous smokiness that comes through after swallowing that really envelopes your whole palate, inviting another sip. Nice and warming due to the big ABV.

Mouthfeel: Thick and silky like you would expect from a big stout. Mid-low level carbonation really makes this one feel big.

Overall: I'm not sure why the ratings are so low for this one. This is a great beer, especially if you are okay with the smokiness at the end. I found this to be an exemplary sipping beer, and one I would anxiously have talking around a fireplace in the middle of winter. I would try this if you can get your hands on it, especially on tap.

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Photo of Florida9
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Appears black in the glass, but there is light getting through around the edges, showing this beer to be a dark brown in color. Forms a modest, creamy dark tan head. Little retention as it falls to just a faint surface coating fairly quickly. Some very light lacing.

S: Aroma is primarily roasted malts and sweet, dark fruits with lesser notes of cola and coffee.

T: Taste is a little thin for the style. Starts with a touch of chocolate and a very light sweetness. Dark malts with some notes of char. Burnt bitterness. Cola. Piney hops in the background. Finishes with some not-very-sweet dark fruit, more char, and alcoholic heat.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Rather thin for the style. Fairly bitter, but it's more a burnt malt bitterness than a hoppy bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer. Certainly better than I was expecting it to be. And at $9/bomber, it's fairly reasonably priced. However, I'm not sure this beer is really much of a RIS. More of a stronger stout or, maybe, an Imp Stout.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage.

I heard this was really hot when it was first released, so, I've avoided it. Lets see if the fire's out.

Appearance: black, light brown finger of head, light lace.

Aroma: its quite unique, and I'm not sure if its great or peculiar. First off there is some alcohol, that much I can discern. There's a very raw cocoa aroma, mixed with some ground spent coffee grinds. Some dark fruits and toffee as well. Finally, its kinda like a burned kettle with a burnt metal smell.

Taste: the taste is much less ambiguous. Dried cocoa, coffee, heavy roast, with a touch of char, dark fruits and toffee. Booze is muted, thankfully.

Mouthfeel: simply, its fully, low carbonation and slightly chewy.

Overall: I'm sure I'm glad that this is 3 years old. I must admit the aroma was the most unique RIS aroma I've experienced, but a good drink in the end.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of fthomal pours a dark black color with small tan head.

Nose is raspberry fruitiness with plenty of cocoa goodness. Not overly sweet, but has a nice vanilla-chocolate-marshmallow aroma going on.

Theres some roasty, hoppy bitterness going on that is totally different than the aroma. Pretty decent taste with the cocoa evident, but I am a little letdown that the aroma is much better than the flavor.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received in trade from ajzy, thanks for thew opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a decent sized tan head that persists for a while before falling to a cap on top. Smells of roast and chocolate with a solid earthy hop edge and a faint plastic phenol. The flavor is roast and chocolate up front with enough roast and earthy hop flavor to provide more than enough balance. Light bits of dark chocolate and Hershey's syrup mixed with a faint oxidized character round things out. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet rich chocolate mouthfeel. Nice brew, a couple of minor flaws, I enjoyed it for what is was.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled October 2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is OK, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells mostly like roasted malt and dark chocolate, along with some coffee and dark fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt, and some dark fruit. There's a nice lingering sweet chocolately finish. I think it tastes better compared to the aroma, the flavors just seem stronger to me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. Definitely worth a try, I wouldn't mind picking up a bomber of this again. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface along with a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas or roasted malts and cocoa nibs are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark roasted malts along with a moderate amount of bitterness plus notes of cocoa nibs. The bitterness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout with the roastiness and bitterness with some added complexity from the cocoa nibs. The alcohol is rather well masked from the taste.

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Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.