Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company
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Reviews by Bmoyer0301:
2.4/5 rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Roasted malts, and cocoa powder are the main event here. Some ashy undertones followed by chocolate and raisins. As I left my mug warm up a bit there are lots of dark fruits shining through and some rum-esq aromas. In the middle I am pulling out some light roasted coffee maybe a iced coffee smell with some heavy cream. I am liking the faint sweetness that rounds out the roasty bitterness. The hops are bright and noticeable throughout all the aromas going on, pretty sharp and earthy smelling. Not overly charred and cloyingly sweet so far so good.
Right off the start I am noticing something that remind me of burnt toast that has a fair amount of bitterness to it. This really has a reminiscent of Bell's Batch 10,000 which was a little over the top for me. There is a fair amount of chocolate and burnt ashy notes going on that are kind of like smoking a cigar. The mouth feel this is really thin for being a imperial stout... almost too thin and I would really like some more body. Also there is a weird red wine flavor going on that makes the finish sharp and tangy. Also, I wanted to call attention to the hops because they are certainly there and add a sharp mossy earth flavor that kind of fight the sweetness. A very dry long finish that leaves a lingering taste that I am not very sure of.
I don't know what to think about this one. Is this really a imperial stout or is it a black strong ale? I am not sure if this is a bad bottle or if this what they all came out like because when you check out other peoples reviews they are really up and down. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to give this a try but also very glad that I didn't trade for it. This one is just a little off for me and I don't think I will be trying to search it out again. If you come across it, hell give it a shot maybe your bottle will be better than mine and for $7 it's not that hard of a loss if you don't like it.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2011 18:02:12 | More by Bmoyer0301
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3.95/5 rDev +9.4%
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!
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 22:07:04 | More by Brutaltruth
Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.