Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
2.55/5 rDev -29.2%
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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3.9/5 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
Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.