Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
2.55/5 rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
22oz bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner's tulip. Bottles generously provided by stfun37 and denimdemon in separate trade, both as extras. Thanks a ton, guys!
Bottled in September 2010.
A - Much like the label portrays, this beer pours like the shade of your room when you know it's dark, but your eyes have adjusted and you can pick out gray and dark brown mingling in the shadows. Only a little, half-finger of head appears, tan in appearance, with low retention. Likewise, the lacing is thin and wispy, without covering a lot of glass.
S - Very nice and robust nose on this from the start. Big wafts of espresso roast, bittersweet cocoa nibs, burnt sugar, slight ash, and a bit of molasses. Quite rich, and entirely satisfying.
T - Starts off awesome, with that roastiness that gives off great flavors and depth, leading into the almost milk chocolate richness. However, it deteriorates much too quickly into an ash and almost char bomb. I don't know what happened, but halfway through my glass, each sip was more and more difficult to get down, and there's an eerie soy taste in the finish that is depressing as well. It feels like an overly roasted coffee, and at times even burnt. The word that best comes to mind is 'acrid'.
M - Mouthfeel is is moderately heavy-bodied with decent carbonation. The feeling isn't awful, its just that the flavors do not complement it in any way. Fairly smooth with a nice body to it.
D/O - Drinkability is moderately low. The first half of this beer is a joy, but after a bit it just becomes too much. Aggressive roast bitterness (even acridness) assaults the palate and makes it a slow sipper at bit. A bit of a disappointment given the appetizing nose, but alas.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2011 01:26:43 | More by nhindian
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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 320 ratings.