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Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company

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300 Ratings
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Verecund on 11-14-2009)
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Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:21:51 | More by superspak
Photo of buschbeer


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 23:49:26 | More by buschbeer
Photo of sweemzander


3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 16:23:00 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Beric


3.95/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 21:20:50 | More by Beric
Photo of Florida9


3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 21:05:28 | More by Florida9
Photo of EgadBananas


3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:23:17 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:56:24 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 01:00:00 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 23:43:38 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of metter98

New York

3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 03:38:49 | More by metter98
Photo of chugalug06


3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very little brown-rust colored head rises from an oil black brew.

Smokey, roasty, heavily malted, tons of molasses, dark chocolate, and slight kick of licorice.

Solid, a bit thin. Robust, coffee, chocolate, toasty. Heavyer carbonation than I would have imagined. Slight rust flavor, mildly off. Dry and nicely bitter.

Nice beer, can't say i'll still be ISO, but nice. Glad I finally got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 22:01:22 | More by chugalug06
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - no light is getting through this one. A thick creamy head of mocha foam is going nowhere and is very sticky. Excellent retention, a thick wall of lace is around half the glass.

Aroma - dark roasted grain, a touch of soy. Not very expressive, though some chocolate emerges with warmth.

Taste - huge blast of roasted grain, dark, slightly burnt. The swallow is a touch ashy, the hop bitterness is drying to enhance that even more. No sugar to this beer either, a very dry experience all around. A bit metallic early, excellent dark chocolate flavor on the aftertaste and finish. A couple elements taken on a deep dive. Very tasty, wouldn't mind a hint of malt sweetness though.

Mouthfeel - weighty but not as much as I was expecting. Very fluffy, that should tame down if I am patient. A bit thin for an imperial.

Overall - excellent sipper on the last evening of Winter '13. Nice job Upland!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:34:08 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Etan


3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


A: Pretty nice appearance. Glassy black body with a thick tan head, lots of lacing.

S: Light char, roasted grain, mildly sweet chocolate in the nose.

T: Starts on the palate with sweet milk chocolate, followed by heavy notes of charred grain. The bitter roastiness feels a bit harsh and metallic when the beer is colder, but as it warms it smooths out a bit. There's almost a vanilla-like sweetness that comes back after the roasted malt fades.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with creamy carbonation.

O: Not nearly as bad as I expected. Yes, the roasted malt should be toned down a bit, but the chocolate shines through nicely and the mouthfeel is good.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 02:31:50 | More by Etan
Photo of Lare453


2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A black, nice thick khaki head, beautiful lacing.

S light chocolate, light roastiness, malt.

T nice chocolate beginning, which fades into a terrible metallic coffee flavor. The end is short with tin, and the aftertaste is not good either.

M thin, soft, light carbonation

O I would never have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:54:06 | More by Lare453
Photo of Docrock


3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap as a guest brew at Three Floyd's, served in a snifter

A- deep dark brown with abig thick head that lasted quite awhile, very pleasing to look at. solid lacing, a really attractive beer, that was its strong point.

S- chocolate hits you right away, not picking up much of anything else.

T- tastes just like it smells, chocolate a touch bitter then a touch of bitter burned malt flavor which lingers.

M- seemed to be a bit thin for the abv and the style. with the amount of carbonation I expected acreamy feel but it just wasnt there.

O- it wasn't a bad beer but it left me wanting a little more body and flavor. It may fit the requirements of a Russian Imp Stout, but it was not in the same class as most.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 22:56:32 | More by Docrock
Photo of stakem


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheCPJ for sharing. Bomber into a snifter, the brew appears a dark brown cokor. A brownish stained head sits atop with decent retention. Some reddish hints of coloring are noted around the edges. Fingers of stringy lacing stick to the glass.

The aroma is roasted with suggestions of coffee along with dark and fruity alcohol. All the while cocoa quality emerges throughout. Not a bad smelling brew, I find no fault in it, just prefer my stouts to have more roasty impact instead of fruity tones.

The taste includes quite a bitterness that seemingly comes from a combination of hops and roasted grain that imparts flavors of coffee. Some earthen tones come out towards the back with hints if chocolate and a bit booze.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite bitter from a combo of different elements that comes together to form a pretty decent brew. This isnt something I would go out of my way for but i also wouldnt say no to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 15:54:48 | More by stakem
Photo of FosterJM


3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1631st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

2012 Vintage
Thanks to Daysinthewake for the extra

App- A very dark brown pour with a ton of red behind it. A good and deep thick center. A huge two finger khaki/brown head that was very tightly clung. Had a pretty good amount of cling behind. I wouldve thought this was going to pour much darker.

Smell- It was a nice little simple aromatic beer. Wasnt anything too crazy for a stout. A nice combination of standard stout aromas. Started off a bit boozy and melded into a good but malty, dry and ashy chocolate aroma.

Taste- I am still not sure what happened to this thing. I think it might have caught a cold. I dont wanna use the I word. It was like a quad stout thing that was ashy and didnt work for me. Had a bit of a chocolate, prune, flat dry balance. Just off.

Mouth- This was a deception. Had a bit of a light body with a medium carbonation. Was a bit dry and ashy and didnt hold up well with the cocoa nibs. Not sure what happened.

Drink- Just a weird beer. Seems to be off. Probably wont try more.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 00:10:06 | More by FosterJM
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10.2% ABV, Bottled on: O '12 notched on label.

A - Noticeably clear and dark Teddy Bear brown in color though the pour, this stout an inky jet black in the snifter. A fast-forming mocha head piles on the beer but disappears just as quickly, doting the glass in fine points of lace.

S - Thick and rich, this starts fluffy and cuddly with an open smoothness. Cold espresso and mellow cocoa nibs expand the depth of the roasted malt aroma. Suggestions of gentle sangria-soaked raisin and dried prune rise in the background as it warms.

T - The aroma is big and bold but doesn't quite foreshadow just how intensely roasted the malt is. Charred oak, a waft of peat smoke, and bitter, strong espresso come together for an assaulting first few sips. Soothing alcohol sets in and cocoa nibs turned milk chocolate and dark fruit esters follow.

M - Teddy Bear Kisses is creamy and smooth with a voluptuous, full body and chewy feeling that sticks around throughout the duration as roasted bitterness kicks in and adds a very dry, gritty finish. Lingering alcohol warmth encourages some sweetness to emerge for balance which is quite a nice attribute in the colder months.

O - The label poses a contradiction; cute and cuddly name with a dark and ominous image. The beer mirrors said label with a smooth and inviting aroma with deep malt complexity that shifts to an aggressive flavor and feel for an intriguing and complex stout - I enjoy the twist. Upland does a great job at keeping the booziness of bigger stouts at bay while letting their warmth show through; the perfect compliment to a long, cold day.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 01:03:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out inky black with two fingers of khaki foam on top that lasts for about two minutes but doesn't leave much lacing. Heavy body and medium-light carbonation with a slick semi-oily mouthfeel.

Smells and tastes of cocoa powder and charred malt with a rising alcoholic burn, and not much else in terms of complexity, which is what hurts the beer the most IMO. The most I get out of it is a faint chalkiness as it warms up towards room temperature. But as it is, it's a very simple beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 00:37:07 | More by WastingFreetime
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4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a small beige head with good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma features heavy amounts of chocolate and espresso with a bit of a toffee sweetness.

Creamy chocolate is the first flavor I pick up followed quickly by a rush of espresso. Definitely some roasted coffee astringency, but for a beer this high on the IBU scale, it's not terribly bitter.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Almost feels like it was poured on nitro. Lowish carbonation.

A wonderful surprise. I don't remember digging this nearly as much out of the bottle, but on tap it was sublime. Don't know if they tweaked the recipe this year or if there is that much difference between tap and bottle. I'll definitely be buying a bottle to compare. Very smooth and creamy and if I weren't responsible for driving, would have drank this all night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 20:28:07 | More by jmarsh123
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black as night with no light coming through. Small, almost 1 finger head forms on top. Head is light tan to chocolate brown, and retains like a champ. Lacing is pretty good as well. A beautiful pour.

S- Big, dark chocolate roasts right up front on this one. Somewhat sweet, with hints of chocolate bitterness. Not much else there. Slight hints of burnt malts in the background.

T- Starts off with the chocolate just like the scent. Chocolate quickly mixes in with the dark malts for a good balance of sweet and bitter burnt flavors. After that the flavors really drop off. Little to no more complexity, and the rest of the drink is a little watered down tasting. Burnt malt flavor linger on the tongue.

M- Terribly thin for the style. Watery with a fair amount of carbonation is not what I want in my stouts, especially an imperial. Does hide the alcohol content well, with minimal burn, and little affect on the flavor. Surprisingly drinkable for an imperial.

Overall, I like this beer, but it's too light for the style. Flavors are good, but lacking a little. Feel on the palate reminds me more of a Guinness than an imperial like FBS. Not a bad beer, just could use some work.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 22:09:52 | More by boilermakerbrew
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared by Rutager

A: Slight tan head over cola liquid.

S: Cocoa, yeast, toasted malt and coffee.

T: Pine, grass, coffee, dark chocolate and toasted malt.

M: Dry with medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Bitter and dry for a chocolate stout, and the cocoa flavours get drowned out.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 02:43:59 | More by DaftCaskBC
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, HomeBrewed! Enjoyed with Daftcaskbc.

Appearance. Pours black with a thin, light tan head.

Smell. Dark malts, grassy hops and bitter dark chocolate.

Taste. Unsweetened dark chocolate, some bitter grassy hops, and dark malts and a little bit of coffee. Quite dry.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Nice stout. Enjoyed the chocolate without being very sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 15:33:51 | More by Rutager
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upland Brewing Co.
Teddy Bear Kisses
22oz, October 2010
Boulevard tulip

A: Pours pitch black.  No light getting through there.  About a full finger of mocha colored head.  Looks to be good carbonation.  Little bubbles streaming up the glass.  Nice alcohol feet present.  Some mocha colored lacing sheeting too.

S: I'm getting lots of roasted malt character.  Deep dark chocolate notes.  Maybe some dark fruits, and maybe a dark cherry hint too.  Some coffee is there as well.  I don't know why but I think I detect a touch of oxidation.  We'll see.

T: Wow, chocolate and more chocolate!  Delicious beer.  Right at the front of the tongue you get bitterness that sticks with you.  Dark chocolate bitterness.  Really high cocao style chocolate.  In the middle of the mouth that chocolate meshes with some of the roasted charred malts.  Maybe some coffee and licorice.  Helps to smooth the beer a touch.  There ends up being some creaminess there too.  Mouth coating flavor.  In the finish, you are left with lingering dark cocao chocolate for days!  The alcohol is hidden nicely for being over 10%.  There is some warming but I don't taste it.

M: Full bodied beer.  Coats all corners of the mouth.

O: A-. Great chocolate RIS.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 03:34:19 | More by inlimbo77
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2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this one as an extra from Phishisphunk a while back. Thanks a lot! Poured into a tulip. This one pours pitch black with a thin layer of dark tan head.

The aroma gives of chocolate aromas with a leathery background. Lots of roast and char on this one. Very sweet chocolatey edge. The pallet is more of the same. Lots of leathery charred malts with a sweet chocolate edge. A little bit of cloves on the pallet. A little sweeter than I would prefer.

Body is full and robust with soft carbonation. A bit hot here. Eh, this one is forgettable. Lots of polarizing flavors here. A little bit too sweet with to much char. I'll enjoy it enough, but I would pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 01:31:43 | More by Bendurgin
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Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
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