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Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company

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82
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330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 74
Gots: 70 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Verecund on 11-14-2009)
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Azurelimits for sharing this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours black with a single-finger tan head. This quickly recedes into a thin collar around the edges, though no lacing remains on the glass. The nose brings quite a bit of dark chocolate as well as some roast. A bit of a creamy, milky character in the nose as well. The taste brings some more chocolate and a lot of roast. The feel is quite dry with a roasted finish. It's also a bit harsh with some bitter astringencies there a well. Oddly, this actually gets less appealing as it warms and I didn't particularly wish to finish my pour.

Thorpe429, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3%

zestar, May 04, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10%

acurtis, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

metter98, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tremendously characterful and balance Russian Imperial Stout with a softer/sweeter body that allows for way too much ease in drinkability.

Very dark brown, maybe opaque black, the beer carries a dense and viscous appearance. From the sheet of barley-stained foam to the swirl of legging on the glass, the beer promises powerful flavor and succulent textures.

Boastful elements of espresso, bittersweet cocoa, molasass, licorice, charred berries, cherries, and raisons all weigh in in intermitten waves and give new aromas and flavors as the beer warms. Very creamy and full with the initial sips, but the beer transitions nicely into a a velvety smooth finish, leaving only a mild abrastion of alcoholic head and roasty bitterness for which to account. A deep and long linger of burnt caramel, coffee, and cocoa outlast the other flavors for a simplified and rewarding aftertaste.

Teddy Bear Kisses is among my new favorites, with the complexity and flavor that remind me of Dark Lord but with a smooth mouthfeel nearing Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout.

BEERchitect, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
1.78/5  rDev -50.7%
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.

GRG1313, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

womencantsail, Nov 30, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

spycow, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Knapp85, Jun 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to cptnspeed1 for this bottle!

I hate Virgin Mobile commercials. just sayin'. This creepy thing pours a nice onyx topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, black cherries, soil, greens, and dark roasted malts. The taste follows a similar route, adding some astringently bitter coffee and what seems like a bunch of earthy hops. The richness that was hinted at in the smell is drowned out by this bitter, almost grassy character. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a semi-chewy feel. Overall, what could have been a great stout is ruined by the astringency. Beyond that, though, this thing is pretty nice. If only...

TMoney2591, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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...

emerge077, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2.05/5  rDev -43.2%
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.

largadeer, Nov 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It had good head retention and left some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and mild coffee notes. Some toffee and caramel, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate, coffee and burnt molasses. Carmal and toffee flavors are faint.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a good RIS. The coffee flavors are not as strong as I hoped.

zeff80, Feb 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to eyeenjoybeer for this extra. Served in an Alvinne snifter - pretty sure this is the 2011 release.

A - Gorgeous beer. Late-rising but voluminous dark tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind glass-coating lacing. My only complaint is the body fails to hit midnight on the shade of blacks, instead running a very dark brown.

S - The cocoa nibs dominate the aroma, imparting flavors of melted chocolate and fudge. There's a light caramel note, as well as some deeply roasted malts. I also get a hint of anise, and that 'green' character that I occasionally get from cocoa nibs. As the beer warms up there's a faint hint of alcohol, but nothing unexpected or excessive.

T - The taste is a little less convincing. There's some semi-sweet cocoa powder, a touch of char, stale coffee, and a chalky sort of flavor going on. The roasty bitterness of the finish is formidable but thankfully keeps from getting out of hand. Not bad, just kind of uninteresting.

M - Medium-high carbonation for an RIS, slightly thin medium body, smooth texture, and negligible alcohol presence. Not bad, but more appropriate for a 7% export stout.

D - A competent but somewhat unrewarding RIS. This batch doesn't seem to suffer from some of the burnt and acrid qualities described by other reviewers, but it could use a little sweetness (or roast, or anything, really) in the flavor. Goes down very easily, but mostly because it lacks the heft and intensity a good RIS needs to be successful.

MasterSki, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

XmnwildX12, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

beernads, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

imperialking, Jul 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +10.8%

drewone, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheCPJ for sharing. Bomber into a snifter, the brew appears a dark brown cokor. A brownish stained head sits atop with decent retention. Some reddish hints of coloring are noted around the edges. Fingers of stringy lacing stick to the glass.

The aroma is roasted with suggestions of coffee along with dark and fruity alcohol. All the while cocoa quality emerges throughout. Not a bad smelling brew, I find no fault in it, just prefer my stouts to have more roasty impact instead of fruity tones.

The taste includes quite a bitterness that seemingly comes from a combination of hops and roasted grain that imparts flavors of coffee. Some earthen tones come out towards the back with hints if chocolate and a bit booze.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is quite bitter from a combo of different elements that comes together to form a pretty decent brew. This isnt something I would go out of my way for but i also wouldnt say no to having it again.

stakem, Dec 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

duceswild, Jun 12, 2012
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Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.