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Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 76
Gots: 81 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Verecund on 11-14-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bauermj, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

bombadil, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours opaque dark brown, almost black with thick, rich, tan head.

S- hints of coffee, dark chocolate, just a tiny bit of lacquer thinner. Not offensive in any way, just can't think of another way to word it.

T - Rich coffee flavor, hints of lightly charred fig. A bit of toasted marshmallow in there. Heavy on the dark chocolate, similar to a 70% cacao chocolate bar. Alcohol is very present, almost numbing the tongue.

M - Very peppery with creamy finish. Nicely breaks up the tongue coating body.

O - I prefer my RIS's to have at least a touch of sweetness, somthing this beer lacks. Very tasty, but not exactly what I was looking for.

RocPorterFanatic, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

poured cold and black from the bottle to a founders brewing goblet with a 1/2 finger, short lasting mocha head leaving a sheet of quickly receding lace after each sip.

aroma of cocoa and black coffee.

subtle espresso roast up front, right alongside cocoa, semi sweet and roast malts.

big bodied, light carbonation, smooth and sweet.

overall, nicely aged, sweet to the palate.

robwestcott, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

-2010 vintage

Dark in color with rich brown highlights at the edge of the glass. Has a small tan colored head of foam that vanishes rather quickly.

Lots of roasted malt and dark baker's choclate on the nose upfront, boozy. There's a chalky and somewhat wet grain aroma in with the roasted malt and chocolate notes. Fudge and burnt toffee as well with a developing soy sauce aroma as the beer warms. Good dark fruit notes of raisins, prunes and red grapes with, some faint notes of vanilla and cinnamon.

Medium in body, low carbonation that doesn't really show up till the finish. Sweet tasting upfront then becomes dry with lots of roasted malts. Espresso coffee is the main flavor I'm picking up with faint chocolate, fudge flavors. There's not much dark fruits going on here. Reminds me of a dry chocolate cake really. The finish has touch of carbonation that's dry and full of roasted malt and coffee flavors. As the beer warms it does develop this bitterness that lingers in the mouth, making it difficult to drink.
I could of used a touch more sweetness and more dark fruits in the taste to round out this beer.

CashMoneyVagrant, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of nhindian
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner's tulip. Bottles generously provided by stfun37 and denimdemon in separate trade, both as extras. Thanks a ton, guys!

Bottled in September 2010.

A - Much like the label portrays, this beer pours like the shade of your room when you know it's dark, but your eyes have adjusted and you can pick out gray and dark brown mingling in the shadows. Only a little, half-finger of head appears, tan in appearance, with low retention. Likewise, the lacing is thin and wispy, without covering a lot of glass.

S - Very nice and robust nose on this from the start. Big wafts of espresso roast, bittersweet cocoa nibs, burnt sugar, slight ash, and a bit of molasses. Quite rich, and entirely satisfying.

T - Starts off awesome, with that roastiness that gives off great flavors and depth, leading into the almost milk chocolate richness. However, it deteriorates much too quickly into an ash and almost char bomb. I don't know what happened, but halfway through my glass, each sip was more and more difficult to get down, and there's an eerie soy taste in the finish that is depressing as well. It feels like an overly roasted coffee, and at times even burnt. The word that best comes to mind is 'acrid'.

M - Mouthfeel is is moderately heavy-bodied with decent carbonation. The feeling isn't awful, its just that the flavors do not complement it in any way. Fairly smooth with a nice body to it.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately low. The first half of this beer is a joy, but after a bit it just becomes too much. Aggressive roast bitterness (even acridness) assaults the palate and makes it a slow sipper at bit. A bit of a disappointment given the appetizing nose, but alas.

nhindian, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Been a full 5 days with no power. Ah hurricane irene, you bitch! thanks to both 2beerornot2beer and nhindian for sending this one my way.

A - opened and filled my duvel taster tulip. The pour was a shiny watery black with a nice light caramel colored head that left some lacing traces on the glass.

S - cocoa nibs and a milky roasted malt. Touch of char or smokiness, not much. Licorice.

T - burnt chocolate dominates. Charred. Tastes like an overcooked RIS. Enjoyable in the way that a burnt home made cookie can be enjoyable, you have to focus your taste buds on what is under the charred flavor.

M - pretty silky and smooth at first but finishes a bit sootty with a burnt chocolate coating in my mouth. Really dry.

O - overall not that great. In the highly competitve world of the RIS style, this one falls a bit flat. Kind of like they left it in the oven too long and burned the beer. Burnt RIS.

cosmicevan, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this at a tasting... Finally getting around to typing up my notes from my iphone.

Served in a snifter.

This guy is dark, brown, like a cola brown and he's got some reddish hues in the legs. The half finger was tan and creamy and left a decent lace behind.

the nose has some cocoa, molasses, caramel, toffee, and uhhhh... a touch of smokiness. Hard to place it in a way.

the flavor is tasty-- starts out sweet and dries out towards the finish. It doesn't totally dry out, but it finishes much drier than it starts.

A bit too low on the carbonation level-- needs more to overcome the syrupy feel.

Overall-- this isn't bad, it's tasty, it's a decent Impy stout, but it is no where near being the benchmark of the style. If this were my homebrew, I'd be happy.

AleWatcher, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter. I think this is a 2010, but I am not sure (label torn a bit).

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of medium brown, creamy/frothy hybrid head. Retention is pretty good and lots of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Cocoa nibs come through really well and lend a tangy quality to the beer. Moderate roast with notes of coffee, caramel, and peat. The tanginess gives this brew a uniqueness that I haven't really encountered before. I like it. A light booziness, but hidden well overall.

2.0 T: The taste doesn't work as well as the nose. Acrid, charred astringency is too apparent. A certain burntness exists reminiscent of puffing on a fairly cheap cigar or chewing on deeply roasted coffee beans. Caramel and the tanginess of the cocoa nibs manifest in a strange sweet and sour flavor. There isn't enough sweetness to realign the aforementioned flavors to acceptable limits.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but not particularly smooth. Acrid, burnt aftertaste.

2.0 D: This is a pretty rough beer. It seems like they threw a couple too many sacks of roasted barley into this. I would sit on this for a long time with hopes that some of these flavors diminish.

DavoleBomb, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not huge on Upland, but I have been dying to try this. Picked up a bottle today bottled in 09, so it has almost 2 years of age on it allready. Pours black, small head, typical for a RIS. The nose was my favorite part. Awesome chocolate smell, plus malt and it smells of alcohol. Taste was a little bit on the boozy side. I loved the chocolate, but I was expecting more actually based on the nose. Not much else to it, maybe the slightest bit of coffee, and roasts, but it's just too boozy. Even at almost 2 years old it's boozy, so I bet it's extremely hot fresh. That being said, it is still smooth despite the boozy flavor. Slighty thin mouthfeel, a bit creamy. Overall this was a good, but not great, stout. There's just not much to it. Typical for upland though, there's just not much to anything that i've tried of theirs. This is probably my favorite brew so far from them though. It will make a nice extra for trading.

1Adam12, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice deep brown color with nice 1 finger mocha head.

S- smells of strong alcohol and cocoa nibs. also some dark malts and hops

T- Has a nice espresso cocoa flavor up front follwed but some roasted malts and finishes with a strong alcohol bitterness

M-Medium body with ok carbonation

D-overall this brew was good. Wish it didn't have that bitter taste at the end so much. Its def. a brew to try. i don't think anyone will fall in love with it but i could have it once a year or so.

zrab11, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of ottovon
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours out a dark brown, with a tan head.

S: roasted malt, brown sugar, and molasses. there is also dark chocolate, and hints of burnt sugar.

T: alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses.

M: thick body with low carbonation.

O: this is a good stout, that i would drink again.

ottovon, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Phelps
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle shared by ottovon into tulip. This one’s an imperial stout tweaked by long aging on fair-trade cocoa nibs.

Pitch black in color and like milk chocolate at the edges. A sudsy one-finger head the color of beach sand becomes a soapy top layer, leaving behind some strands of lace.

Very tangy nose. Sourdough bread and substantial earthy hops behind lots of tangy dark and sweet milk chocolate.

There’s an impressive (abrasive) amount of alcohol in the flavor, like a shot of vodka in a cup of cocoa. This is undeniably chocolatey, though. Bittersweet chocolate chips blend with burnt bread and cocoa powder. Lots of spicy hops make the finish rather bitter, and then espresso moves to clean up.

The medium-light body is soft and a bit watery, with light carbonation, matching fizziness and lots of tongue-numbing alcohol burn that also blazes through the nose.

Well, the name’s about right — the amount of booze in this is as violent as a teddy bear kiss. It’s a smooth, chocolatey blend but could use less booze, and better aroma.

Phelps, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of brian44556
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured 22oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Bottled September 2010.

Pours a pitch black, with a small chocolate head that diminishes very quickly. Light sporadic lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smells of bitter chocolate, hops, and alcohol. Taste was a bit off. I caught notes of stale chocolate and bitter hops. The beer was still pretty hot from the alcohol. The beer was a bit under carbonated and too thin for an imperial stout. This beer just didn't do it for me. I didn't have a problem getting the bottle down, but you won't ever see this in my fridge again.

brian44556, May 27, 2011
Photo of Cresant
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada etched hops glass. Bottled in Sept. 2010. The body was a very dark brown. The head was the star here though. A huge tan head stayed for the whole show. Creamy and decadent lacing was dense.

The smell was chocolate and molasses. Milky, lactic aroma. Heavy malts.

The taste was creamy sweet chocolate with a light bitterness. There was a milkiness in the flavor. Not cloying at all, very well constructed. Hints of walnuts. Very well hidden alcohol. Extremely drinkable.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Silky and creamy with spot on carbonation.

Cresant, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of koopa
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with a medium beige 2 finger crown that recedes to a 1 finger crown displaying good retention and lace.

Smell: Dark roast malt, espresso, slightly spicy with some floral hop presence as well. A hint of underlying booze is present.

Taste: Ok after enjoying the beer thus far I must admit I was surprised by the nose dive it takes in the taste category. The hops are too bitter and too prominent. The beer has hints of alcohol that aren't very enjoyable. The malt is buried and muted which is a real shame because its probably the best part of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Too thin and too crisp.

Overall: Not bad but certainly not good...a bit messy!

koopa, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a snifter; thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: Midnight black body with a finger of fine light-brown head. Decent reteniton and spotty lace. Nice.

S: Husky roasted malts dominate, with some chocolate, coffee, and lightly smoky notes peeking through the generic bitter roastiness. Meh.

T: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some hoppy bitterness, and alcohol. Very bitter, astringent, and just not enjoyable.

M: Medium to full body with rich, mouth-filling carbonation. Excellent.

O: Disappointing. This was my first Upland beer, and I was expecting more. The bitterness and astringency completely outweighed any enjoyable complexity, and it was a chore to finish even a modest pour. There are far too many great imperial stouts out there to spend time on this one.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ive been sitting on this for a few months with the recommendation that it definitely needs time in the bottle. After opening, i realize it needed longer, if there was any helping this one in the first place.
Right off the bat, the pour concerns me because its got some "clarity" and red hues as it comes out of the bottle, not nearly a color i expect. It yields a mocha colored frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly, but does stick to the sides of the glass rather aggressively.
On the nose is a faint booziness and not much cocoa to speak of. Its profile seems to be a little bit tired or off based on what im smelling. I dont think i really can appreciate whats going on here because the alcohol hits a bit up front, with some muddled chocolate and malt in the middle, followed by a huge booze hit in the finish. Its a little chewy to start but then a watery mouthfeel throws me off as it makes its way from front to back.
Im left with a black coffee bitterness after each sip that doesnt really impress very much. I guess maybe a little piece of me had bigger hopes for this one despite the few reviews i read. Its not really bad, persay, however it does fall flat on its requirements for being a successful brew. My mouth kind of feels like ive been sucking on bittersweet chocolate soaked in booze, theres really just no balance.
Cant say ill go after this again, at least the bottle looks cool.

Kkottonmouthkngz, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one from boatshoes a while back. Thanks for the trade man.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pour, relatively transparent for the style, makes a two finger, medium-looking, fluffy head with great retention. Black body, easier to see through, with higher levels of active carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a ½ finger, huge, thick foam cap that coats the sides of the glass. A good foam cap remains until the end and leaves sheets of lacing down the glass. A phenomenal head, but the body is far too light for the style. Score averages out.

SMELL: Roasted malts with notes of cocoa and coffee. Not quite forthcoming enough for the style. Hints of dark grapes and dates as well, which is a little odd for an RIS.

TASTE: Roasted malts with slight hints of dark chocolate and coffee notes. A little lacking in this department. Quite boozy for the ABV, with a dose of citrus hoppy flavors as well. Spicy, boozy, and slightly bitter finish and into a mild and shorter lived aftertaste. For a brew aged on cocoa nibs, there's not much in terms of cocoa flavor in this one. A bit too much alcohol in the taste profile as well.

PALATE: By far the best part of the beer. Medium body and medium carbonation. Nicely creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a touch of heat after the swallow and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Good stuff here.

OVERALL: A decent effort. The body definitely needs some beefing up. Far too transparent for a 10% imperial stout. The nose could also use some work, as it lacked enough of the trademark stout aroma we have come to love so much. Other than that, this is a standard imperial stout that satisfies most of the requirements, even if the aging on cocoa nibs could have been a little more obvious and the ABV masked a little better. There was nothing wrong with this bottle, and I'm glad to have had the opportunity. Thanks again for the awesome trade boatshoes.

Jeffo, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
1.78/5  rDev -51%
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 MbpBugeye
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Bauermj for this one. I'm excited to try it, this will be my first Upland, I believe.

A- The appearance is tough to score here (but not that it matters anymore what with the new scoring weights *virtual eye-roll*). The body is too thin looking on the pour, it shows lots of red. But the head retention and lacing are superbitastic! But I think Im going to notch it over a 3 since the beer looks nice and black in the glass and that lacing is perfect.

S- The smell is pretty nice, if only a little weak. Cocoa nibs are imparting a more earthy and raw chocolate aroma than what we are used to associating with what we call chocolate. Its almost "barky" as in tree bark or nut shells. Its echoed by chocolate malts, some roasted coffee and oaky smells.

T- Woah, this stuff is pretty messy. Its certainly not tied down at all. More of a scatter shot of flavors ending with big whopping bitterness. Its really not all that bad until mid-palate. Then things go awry. The smooth sweetness with creamy chocolate gets wrecked by jagged flavors of burnt chocolate, some plastic and a chemical bitterness. The bitterness is very unwelcome and lasts way too long into the aftertaste. Its a shame. This beer has potential.

M- Nice, low carbonation, which is a good surprise based on the heady looks of the stuff. Its pretty smooth with a dry finish.

D- Man, this beer has a lot going for it. Its just a shame that the flavors are all cattywompus and that the finish tastes like I'm sucking on a battery.

MbpBugeye, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
1.35/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to Tom (TPatuto) for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Southampton oversize snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger light mocha head with poor retention. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. Lacing is spotty with moderate cling. Beer is a bit on the thin side and too lightly colored for its style. Poor legs too.

S: Nose is an odd combination of cocoa nibs, non-sour spoiled milk, tangerine slices, liquorice, coffee, and some slight hints of milk chocolate. Aromatic, but not pleasant. Rather awkward actually.

T: Opens cocoa nibs, liquorice, heavy cream, and lactose. Sour whole milk towards the middle with a heavy dose of roasted malt bitterness. Some chocolate is present to sweeten the experience but spoiled dark fruit and coffee beans enters towards the end to crush my taste buds. Finish is a terrible combination of roasted malt, chocolate, spoiled milk, and over-ripe dark fruit. Aftertaste is more of the same but with a coffee bean graininess added. Its all I can do to take 2 or 3 sips to review this one.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly grainy and bubbly in the mouth. Filmy and oily going down with a messy finish and a long, lingering aftertaste. This just serves to prolong and intensify the horrible flavored of this beer.

D: This beer is terrible in almost every respect. Skip it. Please. I drank it and reviewed it so you don't have to. No amount of aging or barrel-aging could possibly save it in my mind. Upland makes some good beers but this is a complete failure. Furthermore, the name makes me think this is just some mean prank by the brewery. Sounds cute to lure you in, then punches you in the mouth with disgustingness.

SpeedwayJim, Mar 04, 2011
Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.