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Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company

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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 74
Gots: 71 | FT: 6
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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Reviews by karengarys:
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4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

This pours, ooh yeah, nice and dark and thick and the foam on the top is medium dark caramel color. Admittedly, a bit too cold for the style - about 35F/2C.

Smells sweet and licoricey, come cocoa, it is nice and rich and smooth. [update: it did warm up slightly, and some coffee scent came through...]

Tastes of licorice, chocolate and there is a tawny bitterness, perhaps molassis? There is a slight edge on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. I did pour this very slow, though.

Nice rich body to this, as you would expect with the style.

Alcohol is hidden well.

It is quite drinkable, but, of course, it is to be sipped.

This is a great beer. It represents the style well, with enough personality to give it a try for its uniqueness. Though I'm sipping it, I like it enough to sip so fast that I never got a chance to let it warm up!

karengarys, Dec 05, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

sabitu, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of 1Adam12
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

1Adam12, Jul 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

striker2160, Jul 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.35/5  rDev -62.6%

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.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 04, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

RocPorterFanatic, Oct 24, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

RickS95, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Gonzoillini, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

BigJim5021, Nov 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ohiobeer29, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

thagr81us, Feb 19, 2012
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1.78/5  rDev -50.7%

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.

GRG1313, Mar 20, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

alleykatking, Nov 07, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

nrobaws, Dec 12, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

SamuelJackson45, Nov 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

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!

Brutaltruth, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

PhillyStyle, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Kunstman, Jan 25, 2013
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Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.