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Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 77
Gots: 95 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Verecund on 11-14-2009

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap, 5oz sampler at the Upland Production Brewery
Served: 26 October 2013

Appearance: Magnificently dark and thick with a chocolate-milk colored head that actually cascades down the side of the glass like nitro-taps (never seen that before!). The head quickly disappears due to the high ABV. Looks thick and oily; like "liquid chocolate" as the tour guide said.

Smell: Dark and roasty. Smells like a stout, not much more to say.

Taste: Wow is this one smokey, and I love it. The beer is sweet initially due to the added cocoa nibs, but then mid-swallow really lets bitter chocolate and coffee notes shine. What makes this one special though, in my opinion, is this marvelous smokiness that comes through after swallowing that really envelopes your whole palate, inviting another sip. Nice and warming due to the big ABV.

Mouthfeel: Thick and silky like you would expect from a big stout. Mid-low level carbonation really makes this one feel big.

Overall: I'm not sure why the ratings are so low for this one. This is a great beer, especially if you are okay with the smokiness at the end. I found this to be an exemplary sipping beer, and one I would anxiously have talking around a fireplace in the middle of winter. I would try this if you can get your hands on it, especially on tap.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Appears black in the glass, but there is light getting through around the edges, showing this beer to be a dark brown in color. Forms a modest, creamy dark tan head. Little retention as it falls to just a faint surface coating fairly quickly. Some very light lacing.

S: Aroma is primarily roasted malts and sweet, dark fruits with lesser notes of cola and coffee.

T: Taste is a little thin for the style. Starts with a touch of chocolate and a very light sweetness. Dark malts with some notes of char. Burnt bitterness. Cola. Piney hops in the background. Finishes with some not-very-sweet dark fruit, more char, and alcoholic heat.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Rather thin for the style. Fairly bitter, but it's more a burnt malt bitterness than a hoppy bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer. Certainly better than I was expecting it to be. And at $9/bomber, it's fairly reasonably priced. However, I'm not sure this beer is really much of a RIS. More of a stronger stout or, maybe, an Imp Stout.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage.

I heard this was really hot when it was first released, so, I've avoided it. Lets see if the fire's out.

Appearance: black, light brown finger of head, light lace.

Aroma: its quite unique, and I'm not sure if its great or peculiar. First off there is some alcohol, that much I can discern. There's a very raw cocoa aroma, mixed with some ground spent coffee grinds. Some dark fruits and toffee as well. Finally, its kinda like a burned kettle with a burnt metal smell.

Taste: the taste is much less ambiguous. Dried cocoa, coffee, heavy roast, with a touch of char, dark fruits and toffee. Booze is muted, thankfully.

Mouthfeel: simply, its fully, low carbonation and slightly chewy.

Overall: I'm sure I'm glad that this is 3 years old. I must admit the aroma was the most unique RIS aroma I've experienced, but a good drink in the end.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of fthomal pours a dark black color with small tan head.

Nose is raspberry fruitiness with plenty of cocoa goodness. Not overly sweet, but has a nice vanilla-chocolate-marshmallow aroma going on.

Theres some roasty, hoppy bitterness going on that is totally different than the aroma. Pretty decent taste with the cocoa evident, but I am a little letdown that the aroma is much better than the flavor.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.