1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Teddy Bear KissesTeddy Bear Kisses

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

414 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 414
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 77
Gots: 97 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Verecund on 11-14-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 414 | Reviews: 126 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brystmar
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Bcarson7287
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of striker2160
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of EgadBananas
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.

Photo of CEDAMA
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Brew33
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

Photo of twenty5
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of mpayne5
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BoneyardBrewer
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of getstoked
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received in trade from ajzy, thanks for thew opportunity!
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a decent sized tan head that persists for a while before falling to a cap on top. Smells of roast and chocolate with a solid earthy hop edge and a faint plastic phenol. The flavor is roast and chocolate up front with enough roast and earthy hop flavor to provide more than enough balance. Light bits of dark chocolate and Hershey's syrup mixed with a faint oxidized character round things out. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet rich chocolate mouthfeel. Nice brew, a couple of minor flaws, I enjoyed it for what is was.

Photo of monitorpop
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BrianSherry
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of TheDarkKnight
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of markasparov
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of IrishColonial
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled October 2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is OK, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells mostly like roasted malt and dark chocolate, along with some coffee and dark fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt, and some dark fruit. There's a nice lingering sweet chocolately finish. I think it tastes better compared to the aroma, the flavors just seem stronger to me. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. Definitely worth a try, I wouldn't mind picking up a bomber of this again. $7.99 a bottle.

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of chugalug06
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very little brown-rust colored head rises from an oil black brew.

Smokey, roasty, heavily malted, tons of molasses, dark chocolate, and slight kick of licorice.

Solid, a bit thin. Robust, coffee, chocolate, toasty. Heavyer carbonation than I would have imagined. Slight rust flavor, mildly off. Dry and nicely bitter.

Nice beer, can't say i'll still be ISO, but nice. Glad I finally got to try this one.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - no light is getting through this one. A thick creamy head of mocha foam is going nowhere and is very sticky. Excellent retention, a thick wall of lace is around half the glass.

Aroma - dark roasted grain, a touch of soy. Not very expressive, though some chocolate emerges with warmth.

Taste - huge blast of roasted grain, dark, slightly burnt. The swallow is a touch ashy, the hop bitterness is drying to enhance that even more. No sugar to this beer either, a very dry experience all around. A bit metallic early, excellent dark chocolate flavor on the aftertaste and finish. A couple elements taken on a deep dive. Very tasty, wouldn't mind a hint of malt sweetness though.

Mouthfeel - weighty but not as much as I was expecting. Very fluffy, that should tame down if I am patient. A bit thin for an imperial.

Overall - excellent sipper on the last evening of Winter '13. Nice job Upland!

Photo of guytyping
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.