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Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 70
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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Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An imperial stout aged on cocoa nibs definitely seemed worth checking out. Interesting name, as well…way to draw me in, Upland.

Brewed five months before the date of this tasting (cool little marker on the label denotes that it was bottled in December 2011).

A: Looking good! The body, shining in its pitch blackness, moves smoothly around as the head comes up from below: not as pronounced as something like Guinness, but reverse-cascading nonetheless. Pretty thick head, standing an inch high in a rich tan foaminess. It takes a full minute to collapse to a ring of cream, leaving a bit of retention here and there.

S: Really wonderful aromas we have here, starting with a thick caramel syrup, spicy bourbon, smoky wood, and vanilla. The chocolate is really full and bittersweet – lots of cream and dark cocoa notes – and there’s even a fruity aroma of raspberry tart and cherry cordial. It isn’t as big as I had hoped, as it has a layer of ash scents mulling over the entire nose. Still, very nicely done.

T: Moderately-full caramel malt and much bigger dark roasts, with a good flavor of coffee, smoke, and spicy, piney hops. The palate’s more bitter than anything. Syrup and alcohol are not as pronounced, but still evident, like honey mixed with bourbon and black pepper. Lots of oak, bread crust, almond, molasses, and char towards the end of the palate, giving this one an aftertaste of burnt rye bread and a salty dryness. The chocolate in this one, unfortunately, isn’t very apparent, showing up in spurts between the bitters and the syrups.

M: This one’s thick, palpably so, with a chalky, coating character. After it settles around the mouth, though, it’s a totally dry experience: astringency literally sucking all the moisture off the tongue. It just serves to make the palate more intensely bitter.

O: This is a tasty beverage; granted, I love roasted flavors in a stout. I only wish there was more chocolate in the palate. Quite satisfying, nonetheless – a stout that’s bitter to the core.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 02:35:55 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of 3Hops


4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

05-05-2012 04:21:35 | More by 3Hops
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-22-2012 16:54:13 | More by Ajax84
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-19-2012 01:00:12 | More by antoines15
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

04-07-2012 00:07:23 | More by KarlSpackler
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-06-2012 01:03:38 | More by Marti403
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

03-08-2012 14:45:05 | More by Eriktheipaman
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

03-04-2012 02:29:41 | More by Redglimmer
Photo of RickS95


4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance doesn't get any better. Pitch black, no brown notes, no reddish hues, simply a black hole. On top, the head is light brown and a couple fingers thick, with different sized bubbles. Decent retention.

Scents include malt, alcohol, chocolate and something 'creamy' I can't quite put my finger on.

The cocoa really comes thru in the taste. Bittersweet chocolate lasts well into the finish where you pick up some alcohol notes and some earthy hops.

There's a good battle between bitter and sweet from the cocoa nibs. In addition to the chocolate, it's well-hopped giving a nice bitter punch in the finish. Very creamy, and alcohol is muted, but present til the finish, where it dominates.

This is a pretty good beer. A bit bitter for the type, but the chocolate is nice and makes for a good winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:49:33 | More by RickS95
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-26-2012 15:46:13 | More by getbehindthemule
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-20-2012 17:07:09 | More by cpinto6
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a one finger khaki colored head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malt. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Pretty much every aspect of this one was very solid, but the mouthfeel left a little to be desired. It just felt a little thin, but had a nice carbonation level going on. Definitely worth trying if you are a fan of the style as all of the proper flavors and aromas are there, but you just have to forgive it for the thinner mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:53:33 | More by thagr81us
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3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up in Indiana at a local store when I went to get my cases of Zombie Dust a few weeks ago. 2011 bottle.

Appearance – Pours into my sweet Duvel tulip (thanks Kevin!) with an opaque black and about 2.5 fingers of head that dissipates at a moderate pace leaving some nice lacing.

Smell – Sweet cocoa, heavy roasted malt, charred malt, slight coffee.

Taste – Yikes. Am I drinking a liquid cigarette? Holy char and burnt everything. Literally everything is bitter and charred about this. No sweetness whatsoever. Huge, huge, huge bittersweet cocoa. Raw nasty shitty bitter green coffee beans, and more char.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – Finished maybe 4-5 ounces of this. Drainpour the rest. Yikes. Can someone say cigarette ashes?

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:35:00 | More by SpdKilz
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-08-2012 14:50:58 | More by ConorThomas
Photo of BeerHunter76


4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up in a trade and I am so glad that I did! Cracked this bottle with my wife and mother-in-law. It got me points with both. TB pours out extremely dark and the aroma of cocoa is very evident from bottle to glass. I got 2 fingers of creamy tan head that didn’t last long, but it laced down the glass while drinking nicely. This is a good example of a Russian Imperial Stout. NO light was going to get through this. TB is a creamy rich brew with notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, a hint of smoke, and a faint, lingering hop. The aftertaste stays on the tongue. Up front it is creamy. It’s a stronger stout, but the flavor masks the alcohol content. I read many of the comments on this one and I have to say I think it has been rated low too often. It is not the number 1 RIS, but it is very good. If you have the chance to pick one up, nostrovya!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:54:12 | More by BeerHunter76
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-02-2012 00:44:58 | More by ohtheguilt
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

01-27-2012 19:12:05 | More by PhineasGage
Photo of HopZen


4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from home growler of BrewPub dispensed draught.

A: Dark espresso, but clear. Rich tan head that persists, mostly around the rim, with trace lacing.

S: Smoke and bitter chocolate. Slight booze.

T: Starts with a strong roasted malt, meanders through a mild booze flavor, and finishes with the bitter chocolate, light hops, and smoke.

M: Thick and meaty, compliments the bold, charred flavors. Carbonation is low. Mid dry finish.

O: I am a fan of this beer. I love the charred flavors, but I like my coffee bold with a touch of cream, so I'm a fan of that natural bitter chocolate sweetness.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2012 13:02:12 | More by HopZen
Photo of tykees88


2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
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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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

01-17-2012 23:48:46 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-15-2012 22:08:02 | More by kawilliams81
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4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date Sept 2010
Got this from Cosmicevan. Thank. You. Sir.

Appearance- Pours thick. Black with a thick tan head. Lacing is bold but slides down the side of the glass as if to join the rest of the head. 4.5/5

Smell- Lots of milk chocolate with a tinge of bitterness. Bits of earthy, but smooth hop aroma. 4.5/5

Taste- Wow! Tons of Hershey chocolate and a small amount of earthy bitterness. It is a little chalky. That adds just a bit of interesting-ness to it. Not necessarily a bad thing. The 10.5 abv is invisible. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Very full. A bit of a chalkyness to it. The sip sticks to every inch of my mouth. 4/5

Overall- This is a very good RIS. I would not know what the abv is until half way though and that is not because of the flavor. Little bit of a stickiness to it as well. Pair this with a coffee chocolate truffle (homemade), like I did, and hold on to your seat. 4/5

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:01:15 | More by MADhombrewer
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2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
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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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-05-2012 16:54:08 | More by ATPete
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-03-2012 20:42:24 | More by jeffoatess
Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.