Teddy Bear Kisses - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 77
Gots: 87 | 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 Auracom
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
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 -31.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of marine1975
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of kzoobrew
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


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
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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 +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of nrobaws
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

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.

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.

Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.