Teddy Bear Kisses
Upland Brewing Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #846
Ranked #38,696
3.71 | pDev: 14.02%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
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Notes: Russian Imperial Stout aged on cacao nibs
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can dated 10-09-20

Thick looking pitch black pour. There's almost no head, and what's there, the retention is poor, and there's no lacing on the glass.
The nose has a nice nose of caramel, toffee, and chocolate.
Taste - very nice rich flavor. Tons of caramel, toffee, and chocolate. I also get hints of coffee and dark fruits - raisin/plum.
The body is pretty good here. There's just a faint boozy feel to it.
Not bad at all.

May 10, 2021
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a vaery dark brown with ruby highlights. Nice tan head; no lacing. Initial impression is chocolate, a bit of coffee, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium (a little thin for a RIS) and smooth. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is more chocolate, with a little residual bitterness. Overall, a decent if not world-class RIS.

Apr 18, 2021
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jkblr for this one from a recent trade. 12oz can (canned 11/1/19) poured into 14oz teku. poured the anticipated solid black color with less than 1/4 inch of tan head that had low retention and some light lacing.

The aroma was led by some base roast malts, with some chocolate showing through in the background.

Fairly similar on the tongue, a nicely solid base stout, but I was hoping for a bit more of the cocoa to pop through.

The body was full, smooth, even, and had a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was very nice, I could see having this again if it were local to me. I'd really be interested in trying the cocoa/orange version.

Overall, a nicely solid and enjoyable brew. Worth trying if you get the chance.

May 26, 2020
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Colenso from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark, not jet black, light carbonation, a hint of red when up against the light.
S: Chocolate, malt, cocoa, and phenol.
T: Chocolate, coffee, a hop bitterness on the finish, phenol (band-aids)
M: Medium body, perhaps a little too thin for the style
O: Overall, a decent imperial stout, but it tastes like the yeast may have been stressed during fermentation resulting in some off-flavors (phenols)

May 16, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Welcome back for New Beer(s) from @jkblr Sunday (Week 777), MKIII, Part 3! I had CANsidered CANtinuing with these at the end of last week, but @jkblr gave me the wave-off & I aborted the mission at that juncture. Today, I have gotten an early start in the hope that pacing will enable me to get them al in over the course of the day. We shall see.

From the CAN: "Russian Imperial Stout aged on Oak".

I brought my teddy bear down as emotional support in case it was needed as I beCAN with a Crack! of the vent. I then CANmenced a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass as Teddy watched closely. We were overjoyed as it foamed up to form just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky deep-brown head with moderate retention, slowly falling away to wisps. Color was carbon Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration, scaring Teddy & leaving me shaken. Nose smelled like a liquefied chocolate brownie! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. MUCH more in line with the style than the previous two! The taste was rich, dark chocolaty, slightly smoky, slightly woody, but not overdone. Baby Teddy Bear declared it "Just right!" I pretty much have to agree. The two previous ones were just so much of everything involved that I felt overwhelmed where this was just about my speed. I felt like I could really taste the beer, as opposed to being overwhelmed by it. This probably marks me as a wuss, but I'll take that hit. Man, it was just so pleasantly chocolaty with a slight smokiness as well as a light berry (raspberry) flavor that I beCAN to feel rapturous. Mmm. Finish was semi-dry to dry, but just the way that I would prefer. YMMV.

Jan 12, 2020
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Arjen from Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from debierliefhebber.nl, enjoyed at home. Pours a black color and a brown head with short retention. Aroma's are sweet, rye bread, dark/dried fruit. Retronasal it's fruity, rye bread, sweetish. Flavor is moderate sweet, fruity, rye-bread. Medium bodied. Coffee is mostly noticable in the finish, albeit mildly, with rye bread and some bitterness,

Oct 20, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, jet black in color with minimal head. Taste is dark chocolate, cocoa, big vanilla, and light coffee on the finish. Heavy bodied, roasty, low carbonation. Excellent multi layered RIS. No additive flavors. Really good stout.

Jan 29, 2019
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is dark bread, dark malts and milk chocolate. The flavor is dark malts, chocolate and a mix of acidity, slight sweetness and warming alcohol in the finish.

Jan 18, 2018
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with very thing head. Aroma- slightly muted notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Taste- dark chocolate, little coffee, little vanilla, little molasses. Mouthfeel, velvety and smooth. Overall- nice heavy Stout. Pretty good tasting. Nice all around.

Dec 11, 2017
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 16 bottling

Appearance: Pours espresso dark, with a bubbly tan head; decent enough retention and a leggy lacing pattern

Smell: Roast and dark chocolate tones; hints of dark fruit

Taste: Dark chocolate forward, with the roasty element increasing in intensity; through the middle coffee and dark fruit tones make an appearance; the finish is on the sweet side, with licorice tones lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Really surprised by the low ratings here - I saw at least one reviewer who thought it was a barrel-aged beer; it's not the best RIS I have encountered (not enough dark fruit and too much sweetness) but it can sit in the same room as many of the others

Thanks, darktronica, for the opportunity

Apr 06, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

November 2016 bottling. Pours opaque and black, with moderate thickness and producing a small bit of lacing. Smells of cocoa powder and slight char. Chocolate up front on the tongue, immediately followed by significant bitterness that gives more of an impression of malts roasted to a crisp than of hop character.

Mar 21, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled Nov 2016 poured into tulip glass at 50 degrees. Impressive tan head from aggressive pour. Thin lacing all the way down the glass. Smell is sweet chocolate and roast. Taste follows with chocolate and coffee fading to moderate bitterness from roasted malt on the end. Mouthfeel is thick and enjoyable and not overly sweet. Overall, good and enjoyable. I think there is sometimes confusion on this beer as it is aged on cacao nibs but not in barrels(unless you come across that at the brewery). One of the better beers coming out of southern Indiana IMO.

Mar 20, 2017
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Chizzlethespeez from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very roasty and bitter. I'm more of a fan of creamy, more balanced stouts. Still worth a try considering the price point is decent. Had it on tap at work.

Nov 22, 2016
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BarrelyLegal from Kentucky

2.02/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft served in a mini snifter

A - Black, with large light- tan bubbles around the edge of the glass 4

S - very little smell to it for a BA Stout. Slightly sweet odor. 2

T - super light, faintly roasts. I'd believe this was more of a porter than a barrel aged stout. Not as much sweetness as expected, but a bit of coffee. Not picking up any cocoa. 1.75

M - light and watery. Very thin for the style. 2

O - Does not hold up to the competition. Much less going on than in any other BA RIP I've had. 2

Oct 22, 2016
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Burnt and roasted notes but they eventually get overwhelmed by too much sweetness. It as if someone dumped extra sugar into the beer. I had this problem with Bad Elmer's Porter so it seems to be a running error on the part of Upland.

Jan 02, 2016
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martinpfal from Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Russian imperial stout no doubt. But left me a little underwhelmed. Abv at 10% was hidden indeed, but lacking bite on the back end. Very dark, little head present with sandy color. Malty-ish with hints of cocoa.

Nov 14, 2015
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clarkybsu from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quickly dissipating light tan head leaving a black beauty. Smell of dark chocolate and mild acidity weave through nose. Very drinkable and deceiving imperial stout as does not feel like 12% with below average fullness in the sip. Not top of the line but definitely a quality, balanced imperial stout for those cold Midwestern winter nights.

Oct 20, 2015
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paco1029384756 from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, minimal sand head with short retention. Scent of rich, dry cocoa, brown sugar, dark fruit, oil, earth and dark malts. Flavors of powdered brown sugar, bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malts, oil, tobacco and earth. The body is unfortunately thin and oily, but it is easy to overlook because the beer is quite good if you like the flavors the darkest of Stouts offer.

Oct 02, 2015
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mlockman from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Russian Imperial Stout, but evidently neither my rating nor review were save successfully. As such, all I can say is that I recall a moderate hop-flavor upon the first sip that faded into malt-centric flavor on the finish. While the hops presence was discernible, it was nuanced enough to let the malt shine through.

Sep 29, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt, Cacao, Cordial, Warm

Creepy label is fitting for a strong dark beer aged on cacao nibs we guess. As dark as any Imperial Stout can be with a struggling tan lace. Roasty burnt nose with hints of black currants, broth, dark chocolate, & esters. Unsweetened dark chocolate on the palate throughout, hefty burnt tone with dark fruit underneath. The alcohol is pretty well hidden until several sips in. In the aged of hyped up Stouts this one lands around the middle of the pack, even with a creepy looking label.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 10.0% | AVAILABILITY: Winter

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

Aug 25, 2015
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blevel from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black with a light brown head. Light malty aroma and light to creamy mouthfeel. Very surprising taste for a 10%, would not have known it was a high ABV. A somewhat hoppy taste on the front with a bitter cocoa finish. I found it to be an enjoyable and unique stout.

Mar 17, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good thick pour with a deep black complexion and a cloud of foam on top. The nose is filled with creamy lactose, marshmallow, light coffee, espresso, chocolate fudge and a touch of char.

The flavor is so interesting, muted yet delicious. Chocolate malts, toasted barley, roasted coffee, very little sweetness, peanut brittle and a touch of charred embers meet the palate. I don't think this meets the expectation or the intent but it's very good and recommended.

Feb 28, 2015
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SackBlabbath from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours nearly black, a little brown around the edges, from a pretty solid pour you can see it produced almost no head. Looked a bit runny coming out of the bottle as well. 3.75

S- Rich chocolate up front. Perhaps a little roasty coffee smell, not much. No trace of the 10% in the nose. 4

T- Surprisingly hoppy/bitter for a stout of this nature. I do get chocolate, but not nearly as much as in the nose. Roasted malts. I'm finding it hard to get over the hop bitterness/spiciness. It's not an alcohol spiciness, though. That 10% is still nowhere to be found. 3.75

M- My least favorite part of this beer, no thickness at all. Has the same consistency as Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout. (yuck) It has a little more carbonation than the pour would lead on, but still not much. Though it is a very thin mouthfeel, it is still rather sticky. 3.5

O- 3.75

Drinkable, but not what i was hoping it would be. I've not really enjoyed Uplands beer, but hopefully they can make improvements and continue to grow.

Feb 22, 2015
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Black, almost entirely opaque, short tan head, fades quickly. Legs, but not much lacing.

S - Dark fruit, alcohol burn, molasses, and dark chocolate.

T - Starts with dark fruits, chocolate nibs, caramelized sugar. The middle roast closes with minerality and bitterness, a touch of ash.

M - Slick and moderate body, bitter, drying close.

O - Decent stout. Good open. The bitter turn at the close is a bit harsh.

Feb 03, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Moon in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a goblet 11/11/2014.

A- Dark black body, opaque. One finger mocha head, very nice retention time. No lacing. [4]

S- Roast malt, dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa. As it warms up, there is a slight metallic flavour. Could be the earthiness mixed in with the water's minerals. But there is definitely a slight metallic scent at the end. [3.25]

F- Smooth roasted malt, sweet milk chocolate, espresso bitterness, cocoa complexity. Not as much dark fruit on the palate as in the nose. No metallic flavours here. Very smooth, nice complexity and easy to drink. [3.75]

M- Medium bodied, on the thicker side. Nice carbonation, slightly slick and resinous. Nice earthy, cocoa-forward finish. [3.75]

O- Pretty decent Russian Imperial Stout. Missing a bit of that dark fruit complexity. It seems more like an American Imperial Stout than anything else, but it's not a particularly hoppy beer. [3.5]

Final score: 3.61

Nov 12, 2014
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