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Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 77
Gots: 99 | FT: 6
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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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Ratings: 427 | Reviews: 127
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Photo of 1Adam12
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not huge on Upland, but I have been dying to try this. Picked up a bottle today bottled in 09, so it has almost 2 years of age on it allready. Pours black, small head, typical for a RIS. The nose was my favorite part. Awesome chocolate smell, plus malt and it smells of alcohol. Taste was a little bit on the boozy side. I loved the chocolate, but I was expecting more actually based on the nose. Not much else to it, maybe the slightest bit of coffee, and roasts, but it's just too boozy. Even at almost 2 years old it's boozy, so I bet it's extremely hot fresh. That being said, it is still smooth despite the boozy flavor. Slighty thin mouthfeel, a bit creamy. Overall this was a good, but not great, stout. There's just not much to it. Typical for upland though, there's just not much to anything that i've tried of theirs. This is probably my favorite brew so far from them though. It will make a nice extra for trading.

Photo of secondtooth
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Wonderful.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.4/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to Tom (TPatuto) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Southampton oversize snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger light mocha head with poor retention. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. Lacing is spotty with moderate cling. Beer is a bit on the thin side and too lightly colored for its style. Poor legs too.

S: Nose is an odd combination of cocoa nibs, non-sour spoiled milk, tangerine slices, liquorice, coffee, and some slight hints of milk chocolate. Aromatic, but not pleasant. Rather awkward actually.

T: Opens cocoa nibs, liquorice, heavy cream, and lactose. Sour whole milk towards the middle with a heavy dose of roasted malt bitterness. Some chocolate is present to sweeten the experience but spoiled dark fruit and coffee beans enters towards the end to crush my taste buds. Finish is a terrible combination of roasted malt, chocolate, spoiled milk, and over-ripe dark fruit. Aftertaste is more of the same but with a coffee bean graininess added. Its all I can do to take 2 or 3 sips to review this one.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly grainy and bubbly in the mouth. Filmy and oily going down with a messy finish and a long, lingering aftertaste. This just serves to prolong and intensify the horrible flavored of this beer.

D: This beer is terrible in almost every respect. Skip it. Please. I drank it and reviewed it so you don't have to. No amount of aging or barrel-aging could possibly save it in my mind. Upland makes some good beers but this is a complete failure. Furthermore, the name makes me think this is just some mean prank by the brewery. Sounds cute to lure you in, then punches you in the mouth with disgustingness.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours opaque dark brown, almost black with thick, rich, tan head.

S- hints of coffee, dark chocolate, just a tiny bit of lacquer thinner. Not offensive in any way, just can't think of another way to word it.

T - Rich coffee flavor, hints of lightly charred fig. A bit of toasted marshmallow in there. Heavy on the dark chocolate, similar to a 70% cacao chocolate bar. Alcohol is very present, almost numbing the tongue.

M - Very peppery with creamy finish. Nicely breaks up the tongue coating body.

O - I prefer my RIS's to have at least a touch of sweetness, somthing this beer lacks. Very tasty, but not exactly what I was looking for.

Photo of RickS95
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance doesn't get any better. Pitch black, no brown notes, no reddish hues, simply a black hole. On top, the head is light brown and a couple fingers thick, with different sized bubbles. Decent retention.

Scents include malt, alcohol, chocolate and something 'creamy' I can't quite put my finger on.

The cocoa really comes thru in the taste. Bittersweet chocolate lasts well into the finish where you pick up some alcohol notes and some earthy hops.

There's a good battle between bitter and sweet from the cocoa nibs. In addition to the chocolate, it's well-hopped giving a nice bitter punch in the finish. Very creamy, and alcohol is muted, but present til the finish, where it dominates.

This is a pretty good beer. A bit bitter for the type, but the chocolate is nice and makes for a good winter warmer.

Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a one finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Pretty much every aspect of this one was very solid, but the mouthfeel left a little to be desired. It just felt a little thin, but had a nice carbonation level going on. Definitely worth trying if you are a fan of the style as all of the proper flavors and aromas are there, but you just have to forgive it for the thinner mouthfeel.

Photo of GRG1313
1.88/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I like the few Upland Sours I've had and I jumped to taste this when I saw the bottle being passed around at The Bruery's Clusterfork party.

Poured a nice dark brown/black with nice khaki head and looked pretty nice in the glass.

Nose is red/purple plum chocolatey with some dark black coffee tones and hints of licorice with a bit of an "acidic coffee" tone.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and, truthfully, hard to judge since the flavors are simply so problematic.

Flavors of burnt black coffee; bitter licorice; burnt charcoal and black rubber. There is a synthetic character to this and I'm almost prepared to conclude that I had a bad bottle.

I wasn't going to post the review, but then, after I wrote the lion's share of this saw other reviews and concluded that "my" bottle was like others. Not really flavor profiles that invite more than a taste of this one.

Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle. Been looking forward to this beer for a while.

A- Pours a black as night color. No light getting through this beer at all! One and a half finger brown head shows good retention for a higer ABV beer. This kind of caps the beer and nice streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts are the first to show up in the nose. There is a bitter chocolate that shows through the entire aroma. A hint of darker fruits which show up more when the beer warms more. A light sweetness tends to do the same as the darker fruits with the temperature rising. A hint of coffee also in the tail end of the beer puts a perfect end to the aroma.

T- Roasted malts with a hefty dose of bitter bakers chocolate in the front of the beer. There seemed to be a light hop presence in the beer as well in the front which calmed down all the malts for a second. Middle of the beer was more light coffee notes and chocolate molasses thing as well. Ending had some light sweetness with a bitter hop bite which cut through the sweetness. A small dose of coffee in the backend for final flavor in the stout.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for me but good for the beer leading to the heavier feel. Dark chocolate and roasted malts left on the palate. Light bitter hops and coffee with some alcohol in the aftertaste. Alcohol has heavy drying on the palate. Flavors were balanced overall with little off flavors from blending. Clean tasting through the entire beer.

D- This beer is to me worth the praise that it has been getting. Upland to me is a hit or miss with a lot of their products. They hit the nail on the head with this one. The ABV although high is very well hidden which makes this a dangerous drink to have. I could drink the bomber of this no problem but I would rather split it with a friend.

Photo of nrobaws
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the brewery on 12/11/11, label says it was bottled in December so it's pretty fresh.

A - Very dark, pours slightly thick and the color of oil, a 1/2" brown head that disappears after a few minutes leaving a thin head a a bit of lacing. Even holding it up to a bright light, there's no seeing through this beer.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malts, a slight organic floral hint.

T - Daaark roasted coffee, chocolate, and malts. Burnt flavors of all three almost, which I enjoy. I love black, bitter-ass coffee and this is what this reminds me of. There's a strange almost grass flavor towards the back end, not the after taste, but right before. Oddly enough I enjoy it. This stout masks the alcohol well.

M - Mouthfeel is medium to creamy, about what you would expect.

O - I think people on here are a bit harsh on this beer. Yes, it's not the greatest thing I've drank in my life, but it's not bad at all. I also love dry, black, bitter, sludgy coffee so maybe that helps. I would say this is probably one of the most solid brews by Upland for sure. I would treat myself to a few of these a year.

Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Photo of SpdKilz
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up in Indiana at a local store when I went to get my cases of Zombie Dust a few weeks ago. 2011 bottle.

Appearance – Pours into my sweet Duvel tulip (thanks Kevin!) with an opaque black and about 2.5 fingers of head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving some nice lacing.

Smell – Sweet cocoa, heavy roasted malt, charred malt, slight coffee.

Taste – Yikes. Am I drinking a liquid cigarette? Holy char and burnt everything. Literally everything is bitter and charred about this. No sweetness whatsoever. Huge, huge, huge bittersweet cocoa. Raw nasty shitty bitter green coffee beans, and more char.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – Finished maybe 4-5 ounces of this. Drainpour the rest. Yikes. Can someone say cigarette ashes?

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Working on a bomber, served up in a Duvel tulip. Sheets of lacing coat the glass, no point even trying to look through. Black obsidian.

Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, and mild roasty char in the nose. Gets a little bit leathery at room temperature.

Roasty char hits first and resonates with an undercurrent of herbal hoppiness. Espresso and dark bitter chocolate with high cacao content. Some honey notes in the aftertaste, but the sweetness isn't overpowering. Balanced sweet, bitter, and roasty elements. Lip smacking, sticky finish. Full bodied thickness, beefed up with a ton of malt and possibly lactose. Rich and fudgy. Perfect sipper released just in time for winter...

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark chocolate hints were very noticeable from the very beginning. A touch of hops on the back end, and the ever present ABV smell came through after it started to warm.
dark chocolate flavor, very pronounced and noticeable. As it mellowed lots of roasted coffee and some notes of cookie dough and even a touch of vanilla were becoming noticeable. Very sweet and sugary on the palate, with a very present abv warming thoughout. It was not a light brew by any means. A very full flavor and feeling coming off of this one. Reminded me of some of thee other breakfast stouts I have had in the past.

Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Another6Pack
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got the last bottle in the cooler at Kahn's in Indy. Minutes later a group came in looking for it. Beer karma been very very good to me.

A: Nice and black. No light is getting through this one. Thin but persistent head. Cocoa-colored lacing. Appealing start!

S: I'm no expert on the style, and it was nothing good/nothing bad. Playing fair and going with an average rating.

T: Live review...fresh out of the fridge there seemed to be little there; no cocoa, no coffee, not much of anything except, well, bread and mushrooms. Second glass out of the bomber and things are getting better. Picking up the cocoa now, a little smoke flavor...starting to remind me of Left Hand's Fade to Black II. NO alcohol burn, which I expected given the ABV.

M: Improves with temperature too. Perhaps I should/could have known that going in? Bumped up a half a point to 3.5 by the end.

D: Slightly above average. Could have split this one and been happy enough.

Photo of blackie
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: unibroue tulip, pours a murky brown in color, essentially black, with a nice mocha head showing average retention

s: solid roasted barley nose - lots of dark chocolate notes, roast char, slightly sweet under, some citrus rind hops, more dark cocoa, sweet alcohol after warming

m: lightly carbonated, body rides the line between medium and full

t: big on the barley roast, burnt grain and bittersweet chocolate, smoky coffee notes after the swallow, full citrus pith hop flavor and a full bitterness, a little piney in the finish with very heavy char, decent flavor set but nothing out of the ordinary, fairly unbalanced towards the harsh char

d: drinks well enough for the elevated abv, it's a passable ris if without anything to set it apart from the pack

bottle from dirtylou paired with some basketball (in)action

Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks, Andrew.

Black with a huge dense head that retains solidly. Smells bland, smoke with some cocoa. Roasty on the palate, borderline burnt. Little cocoa and tar. Medium body, slightly thin. Lot of roast in the finish, pretty astringent with lingering cigar smoke. Not my favorite Upland beer.

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.