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Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

300 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.11%


Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Verecund on 11-14-2009)
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SpeedwayJim

New York

1.35/5  rDev -62.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 00:31:39 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Arbitrator

California

1.55/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously shared by womencantsail. Thanks, Andrew.

A: Pours black with a substantial mocha head. It looks like it might be infected.

S: It's not, at least not in any obvious (to me) manner. No bacteria could produce the unnatural flavors of char, tar, and cigar (hey, that rhymes!).

T: Burnt coffee, burnt cocoa, char (like overdone roast), cigar. These pull into the finish for a really bitter, acrid aftertaste. I see other reviewers mention the words "burnt" and "acrid" a few times, so I'm inclined to think this isn't an off bottle. Just not something tuned to my palate. I found it unpleasant to say the least.

M: Thin-medium body that is especially foamy in the finish.

D: Not the worst imperial stout I've ever had, but there are many better ones, assuming this is a representative bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 20:20:54 | More by Arbitrator
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

1.65/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

22 oz bottle

Dark brown into a snifter with a short lived half inch tan head

Equal blend of milk and dark chocolates, coffee, and plastic. Who ordered the Saran Wrap?

Whoa, SWEET Jesus. This is messy. It's thin and way too sweet. Imperial Stout....uh, no way. A pummeling sickly dark fruit experience coupled with an odd cooked cabbage bitterness. Cocoa nibs really do add anything assistance to a beer in serious need of some sort of overhaul or resuscitation. Flatlining, here... won't somebody help please? What's most disconcerting is that the aftertaste sticks around forever and just begs for some sort remediation. Yuck.

Burned again by the Upland flame.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:34:48 | More by BarrytheBear
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GRG1313

California

1.78/5  rDev -50.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:05:35 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

2.05/5  rDev -43.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 07:50:25 | More by largadeer
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Lare453

Florida

2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A black, nice thick khaki head, beautiful lacing.

S light chocolate, light roastiness, malt.

T nice chocolate beginning, which fades into a terrible metallic coffee flavor. The end is short with tin, and the aftertaste is not good either.

M thin, soft, light carbonation

O I would never have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:54:06 | More by Lare453
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womencantsail

California

2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Mark for this one.

A: The pour is primarily a dark brown color with some reddish notes when held to the light. A sizable tan head with very nice retention.

S: The nose starts off with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and acrid coffee. A bit of a burnt thing going on here as well as some smoke.

T: A weird spicy, smokey flavor to begin. This is followed up by lots of intense roasted malt flavor, bitter, burnt sugar, ash, and alcohol. Delicious.

M: The body is medium and the carbonation is a bit on the high side.

D: This beer was just too burnt and bitter. Really not something I would look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 05:45:28 | More by womencantsail
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into CBS snifter. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a very deep brown, but not black color, and actually pours quite thin looking. A fairly attractive light khaki colored 1 finger head. Some decent lacing after a few vigorous swirls, and some memorable legs.

N: Very green and fresh smelling chocolate, dominated by heavily roasted malt. Some coffee on the nose as well.

T: Almost a burnt character...Loads of stale coffee character, to go along with a full blast of astringency. Real bitter sensation. Hardly any chocolate to speak off, nothing noteworthy. What is there is an after thought at the back of the tongue, but it's hard to separate the bitter chocolate, and the burnt roast flavor. This thing is dominated by charred or burnt character. Roasty would not be the correct term.

M: Light to medium body for the style, with alot of carbonation. A decent feel, long after taste (mostly that burnt flavor).

D and O: A fairly off putting flavor lingers in my mouth. Not a horrible stout, but hardly enjoyable. A bit thin bodied and astringent. I don't feel as thought time would really do this any good either.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 22:26:58 | More by MarcatGSB
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smell:

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.

Taste:

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.

Drinkability:

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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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ive been sitting on this for a few months with the recommendation that it definitely needs time in the bottle. After opening, i realize it needed longer, if there was any helping this one in the first place.
Right off the bat, the pour concerns me because its got some "clarity" and red hues as it comes out of the bottle, not nearly a color i expect. It yields a mocha colored frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly, but does stick to the sides of the glass rather aggressively.
On the nose is a faint booziness and not much cocoa to speak of. Its profile seems to be a little bit tired or off based on what im smelling. I dont think i really can appreciate whats going on here because the alcohol hits a bit up front, with some muddled chocolate and malt in the middle, followed by a huge booze hit in the finish. Its a little chewy to start but then a watery mouthfeel throws me off as it makes its way from front to back.
Im left with a black coffee bitterness after each sip that doesnt really impress very much. I guess maybe a little piece of me had bigger hopes for this one despite the few reviews i read. Its not really bad, persay, however it does fall flat on its requirements for being a successful brew. My mouth kind of feels like ive been sucking on bittersweet chocolate soaked in booze, theres really just no balance.
Cant say ill go after this again, at least the bottle looks cool.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 01:50:42 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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tykees88

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Very nice chocolate black. Mocha coffee two finger head. Alcohol legs and lacing.

S- Smells a lot like cinnamon coffee and chocolate. A booze aroma however, is also present.

T- Tastes like i'm drinking a shot of alcohol. It's just a hot mess really it is. A chocolate malt flavor is there but it is just very minor. I hate this.

M-Very slick carbonation is there. The oil like slickness just kind of makes it hard to swallow.

O-I'm staying very far away from this thing. Many people probably like it and that's ok with me. I wanted to like it, I built up an excitement waiting to drink it until that cold winter night, but alas...

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 18:39:40 | More by tykees88
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Bauermj for this one. I'm excited to try it, this will be my first Upland, I believe.

A- The appearance is tough to score here (but not that it matters anymore what with the new scoring weights *virtual eye-roll*). The body is too thin looking on the pour, it shows lots of red. But the head retention and lacing are superbitastic! But I think Im going to notch it over a 3 since the beer looks nice and black in the glass and that lacing is perfect.

S- The smell is pretty nice, if only a little weak. Cocoa nibs are imparting a more earthy and raw chocolate aroma than what we are used to associating with what we call chocolate. Its almost "barky" as in tree bark or nut shells. Its echoed by chocolate malts, some roasted coffee and oaky smells.

T- Woah, this stuff is pretty messy. Its certainly not tied down at all. More of a scatter shot of flavors ending with big whopping bitterness. Its really not all that bad until mid-palate. Then things go awry. The smooth sweetness with creamy chocolate gets wrecked by jagged flavors of burnt chocolate, some plastic and a chemical bitterness. The bitterness is very unwelcome and lasts way too long into the aftertaste. Its a shame. This beer has potential.

M- Nice, low carbonation, which is a good surprise based on the heady looks of the stuff. Its pretty smooth with a dry finish.

D- Man, this beer has a lot going for it. Its just a shame that the flavors are all cattywompus and that the finish tastes like I'm sucking on a battery.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 01:38:39 | More by MbpBugeye
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter. I think this is a 2010, but I am not sure (label torn a bit).

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of medium brown, creamy/frothy hybrid head. Retention is pretty good and lots of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Cocoa nibs come through really well and lend a tangy quality to the beer. Moderate roast with notes of coffee, caramel, and peat. The tanginess gives this brew a uniqueness that I haven't really encountered before. I like it. A light booziness, but hidden well overall.

2.0 T: The taste doesn't work as well as the nose. Acrid, charred astringency is too apparent. A certain burntness exists reminiscent of puffing on a fairly cheap cigar or chewing on deeply roasted coffee beans. Caramel and the tanginess of the cocoa nibs manifest in a strange sweet and sour flavor. There isn't enough sweetness to realign the aforementioned flavors to acceptable limits.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but not particularly smooth. Acrid, burnt aftertaste.

2.0 D: This is a pretty rough beer. It seems like they threw a couple too many sacks of roasted barley into this. I would sit on this for a long time with hopes that some of these flavors diminish.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:22:04 | More by DavoleBomb
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

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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Auracom

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was sitting in the reserves for quite a while, decided to crack it before 2011 ended. 2009 vintage 22 oz. bottle poured on December 31st, 2011 into a Cantillon flute.

A - Very standard RIS coloring, but it looks quite light and is relatively clear. Fluffy, one-finger tan head with decent lacing.

S - Some roast, very slight coffee, and an undertone mixture of light and dark chocolate. A bit delicate and underwhelming.

T - More of the same. Cocoa powder and chocolate cake surrounded by a boring roasted character.

M - Way too thin with a light-medium body, average carbonation, sort of smooth.

D - This just needed to be bolder, stronger, and heavier. So basically, everything needed improvement.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 22:14:32 | More by Auracom
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brian44556

Kentucky

2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 22oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Bottled September 2010.

Pours a pitch black, with a small chocolate head that diminishes very quickly. Light sporadic lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smells of bitter chocolate, hops, and alcohol. Taste was a bit off. I caught notes of stale chocolate and bitter hops. The beer was still pretty hot from the alcohol. The beer was a bit under carbonated and too thin for an imperial stout. This beer just didn't do it for me. I didn't have a problem getting the bottle down, but you won't ever see this in my fridge again.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 02:56:41 | More by brian44556
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from boatshoes a while back. Thanks for the trade man.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour, relatively transparent for the style, makes a two finger, medium-looking, fluffy head with great retention. Black body, easier to see through, with higher levels of active carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a ½ finger, huge, thick foam cap that coats the sides of the glass. A good foam cap remains until the end and leaves sheets of lacing down the glass. A phenomenal head, but the body is far too light for the style. Score averages out.

SMELL: Roasted malts with notes of cocoa and coffee. Not quite forthcoming enough for the style. Hints of dark grapes and dates as well, which is a little odd for an RIS.

TASTE: Roasted malts with slight hints of dark chocolate and coffee notes. A little lacking in this department. Quite boozy for the ABV, with a dose of citrus hoppy flavors as well. Spicy, boozy, and slightly bitter finish and into a mild and shorter lived aftertaste. For a brew aged on cocoa nibs, there's not much in terms of cocoa flavor in this one. A bit too much alcohol in the taste profile as well.

PALATE: By far the best part of the beer. Medium body and medium carbonation. Nicely creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a touch of heat after the swallow and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Good stuff here.

OVERALL: A decent effort. The body definitely needs some beefing up. Far too transparent for a 10% imperial stout. The nose could also use some work, as it lacked enough of the trademark stout aroma we have come to love so much. Other than that, this is a standard imperial stout that satisfies most of the requirements, even if the aging on cocoa nibs could have been a little more obvious and the ABV masked a little better. There was nothing wrong with this bottle, and I'm glad to have had the opportunity. Thanks again for the awesome trade boatshoes.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 12:46:47 | More by Jeffo
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CashMoneyVagrant

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

-2010 vintage

Dark in color with rich brown highlights at the edge of the glass. Has a small tan colored head of foam that vanishes rather quickly.

Lots of roasted malt and dark baker's choclate on the nose upfront, boozy. There's a chalky and somewhat wet grain aroma in with the roasted malt and chocolate notes. Fudge and burnt toffee as well with a developing soy sauce aroma as the beer warms. Good dark fruit notes of raisins, prunes and red grapes with, some faint notes of vanilla and cinnamon.

Medium in body, low carbonation that doesn't really show up till the finish. Sweet tasting upfront then becomes dry with lots of roasted malts. Espresso coffee is the main flavor I'm picking up with faint chocolate, fudge flavors. There's not much dark fruits going on here. Reminds me of a dry chocolate cake really. The finish has touch of carbonation that's dry and full of roasted malt and coffee flavors. As the beer warms it does develop this bitterness that lingers in the mouth, making it difficult to drink.
I could of used a touch more sweetness and more dark fruits in the taste to round out this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 16:20:04 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
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cosmicevan

New York

2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Been a full 5 days with no power. Ah hurricane irene, you bitch! thanks to both 2beerornot2beer and nhindian for sending this one my way.

A - opened and filled my duvel taster tulip. The pour was a shiny watery black with a nice light caramel colored head that left some lacing traces on the glass.

S - cocoa nibs and a milky roasted malt. Touch of char or smokiness, not much. Licorice.

T - burnt chocolate dominates. Charred. Tastes like an overcooked RIS. Enjoyable in the way that a burnt home made cookie can be enjoyable, you have to focus your taste buds on what is under the charred flavor.

M - pretty silky and smooth at first but finishes a bit sootty with a burnt chocolate coating in my mouth. Really dry.

O - overall not that great. In the highly competitve world of the RIS style, this one falls a bit flat. Kind of like they left it in the oven too long and burned the beer. Burnt RIS.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 00:37:18 | More by cosmicevan
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a snifter; thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: Midnight black body with a finger of fine light-brown head. Decent reteniton and spotty lace. Nice.

S: Husky roasted malts dominate, with some chocolate, coffee, and lightly smoky notes peeking through the generic bitter roastiness. Meh.

T: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some hoppy bitterness, and alcohol. Very bitter, astringent, and just not enjoyable.

M: Medium to full body with rich, mouth-filling carbonation. Excellent.

O: Disappointing. This was my first Upland beer, and I was expecting more. The bitterness and astringency completely outweighed any enjoyable complexity, and it was a chore to finish even a modest pour. There are far too many great imperial stouts out there to spend time on this one.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 23:26:17 | More by woosterbill
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Bendurgin

Maine

2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this one as an extra from Phishisphunk a while back. Thanks a lot! Poured into a tulip. This one pours pitch black with a thin layer of dark tan head.

The aroma gives of chocolate aromas with a leathery background. Lots of roast and char on this one. Very sweet chocolatey edge. The pallet is more of the same. Lots of leathery charred malts with a sweet chocolate edge. A little bit of cloves on the pallet. A little sweeter than I would prefer.

Body is full and robust with soft carbonation. A bit hot here. Eh, this one is forgettable. Lots of polarizing flavors here. A little bit too sweet with to much char. I'll enjoy it enough, but I would pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 01:31:43 | More by Bendurgin
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Darkness glass...A dark brown, just not yet turned black. A nice big creamy mocha head of at least three fingers, good retention and great lacing. Way to start!...The aroma is so strong! Burnt cocoa nibs and alcohol, this is just charred and not good at all...The taste is even worse, charred, burnt destroyed cocoa nibs. Bitter bakers chocolate, so bitter I can't even drink this. As it warms its slightly better, but not much.

This is really bad, big avoid unless you like burnt cocoa.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 02:46:18 | More by jrallen34
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nasty31

Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pint Glass, Pours a hazy brown, no completely black in appearance, Little creamy head with very little cling.

S- Smells of roasted barley, tad bit of chocolate notes, alcohol smell if very present.

M- Smooth going down but not a big RIS

T- Lots or roasted barley up front with and aftertaste of bitter chocolate and citrusy hops. Very bitter

D- This is a very bitter RIS not my cup of tea might be better after a year or so but fresh does not impress me.

02/12/11

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:24:19 | More by nasty31
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Docrock

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap as a guest brew at Three Floyd's, served in a snifter

A- deep dark brown with abig thick head that lasted quite awhile, very pleasing to look at. solid lacing, a really attractive beer, that was its strong point.

S- chocolate hits you right away, not picking up much of anything else.

T- tastes just like it smells, chocolate a touch bitter then a touch of bitter burned malt flavor which lingers.

M- seemed to be a bit thin for the abv and the style. with the amount of carbonation I expected acreamy feel but it just wasnt there.

O- it wasn't a bad beer but it left me wanting a little more body and flavor. It may fit the requirements of a Russian Imp Stout, but it was not in the same class as most.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2012 22:56:32 | More by Docrock
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010

Pours a translucent coffee color. The beer settles into the glass an opaque glass color. Very creamy frothy two finger head. The white sand colored head recedes slowly, heavy lacing left plastered to the walls of the glass.

Cocoa and roast are the predominate scents, neither of which are very assertive unfortunately. Soft caramel and a milky sweetness can be found underneath. The nose is a bit disappointing, lack of depth and lack of intensity.

The chocolate finally makes an appearance worth discussing, however it is quickly smothered by an overpowering roasted malt flavor. Semisweet chocolate flavor is pleasant on the front of the palate. As the beer reaches the back of the tongue a rather abrasive combination of dark malt and biting coffee ground flavor. I like an assertive roast, and even some char in my stouts, this surpasses what I would find pleasant.

Medium bodied, a bit light for an Imperial Stout. Carbonation is also a bit higher than one would expect for the style. Long finish.

Teddy Bear Kisses is very close to being a much better beer, unfortunately the issues I have really kills the beer. Pleasant flavor upfront is killed by the overpowering roast. Decent stout, lacks as an Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

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Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
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