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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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Photo of HopZen
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of tykees88
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
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...

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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

Photo of MarcatGSB
2.39/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

Photo of ATPete
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jeffoatess
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Auracom
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of MrHirschybar
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of CarolinaKevin
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of marine1975
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of thewimperoo
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jheiss
1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

Photo of kzoobrew
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of dannyfrost
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of southhousebrew
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of nrobaws
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the brewery on 12/11/11, label says it was bottled in December so it's pretty fresh.

A - Very dark, pours slightly thick and the color of oil, a 1/2" brown head that disappears after a few minutes leaving a thin head a a bit of lacing. Even holding it up to a bright light, there's no seeing through this beer.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malts, a slight organic floral hint.

T - Daaark roasted coffee, chocolate, and malts. Burnt flavors of all three almost, which I enjoy. I love black, bitter-ass coffee and this is what this reminds me of. There's a strange almost grass flavor towards the back end, not the after taste, but right before. Oddly enough I enjoy it. This stout masks the alcohol well.

M - Mouthfeel is medium to creamy, about what you would expect.

O - I think people on here are a bit harsh on this beer. Yes, it's not the greatest thing I've drank in my life, but it's not bad at all. I also love dry, black, bitter, sludgy coffee so maybe that helps. I would say this is probably one of the most solid brews by Upland for sure. I would treat myself to a few of these a year.

Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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