Teddy Bear Kisses
Upland Brewing Company

Teddy Bear KissesTeddy Bear Kisses
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #812
Ranked #36,184
3.7 | pDev: 14.05%
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
Teddy Bear KissesTeddy Bear Kisses
Notes: Russian Imperial Stout aged on cacao nibs
Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 512 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Arjen
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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,

 360 characters

Photo of tigg924
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

 240 characters

Photo of jzlyo
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 162 characters

Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

 264 characters

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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

 799 characters

Photo of darktronica
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 313 characters

Photo of jkblr
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

 573 characters

Photo of Chizzlethespeez
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

 154 characters

Photo of BarrelyLegal
2.02/5  rDev -45.4%
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

 504 characters

Photo of rlee1390
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

 234 characters

Photo of martinpfal
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

 215 characters

Photo of clarkybsu
3.96/5  rDev +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.

 342 characters

Photo of paco1029384756
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

 384 characters

Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

 334 characters

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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)

 641 characters

Photo of blevel
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 282 characters

Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev +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.

 463 characters

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

 1,006 characters

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

 421 characters

Photo of Stevedore
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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

 964 characters

Photo of secondtooth
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with tan carbonation. Lace is thin and wispy.

Aroma is charry, roasty, and with lots of dark fruit and bittersweet cocoa. Very nice.

Taste is heavy — bittersweet chocolate dominates, with dark fruit and deeply charred malts underneath it all. Very deep, tasty, and thick. This 10% Russian Imperial Stout is a excellent and exemplary brew for the style, and with the added twist of cocoa nibs.


 428 characters

Photo of leantom
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery. Here goes:

A: Beautiful. Pours black with a red tint; nice and thick brown head.

S: Lots of dark fruit. Plums, figs, dates and raisins. A fruit bomb, but some dark chocolate. Not very original, but good.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of dark fruit with a bitter chocolate backbone. Good.

M: Nice and thick. Good.

O: A pretty good stout. Like a less-robust version of The Abyss.

 424 characters

Photo of dmgeng
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Coworker told me that this was strangest name for a beer he'd ever heard and I was intrigued.

A - Deep black color, like the label it is dark and scary. Khaki colored head with almost no lacing.

S - Strong roasty aroma with burnt tones and a dark cocoa that is predominant. There is some alcohol and a light coffee tone after the roasted notes.

T - Very similar to the smell this beer with the dark cocoa bitter flavor at the front. It seems somewhat muddled and has a burnt chocolate that fills the palate. There is a sweet roasty character that is secondary and has some light coffee tones that compliment. It's good but it seems that the roasted chocolate, burnt character is the most predominant flavor.
M - Moderate mouth-feel. Light carbonation. I have no complaints about the body of the beer it isn't cloying and is drinkable if you like the burnt cocoa flavor.

Overall, this is an okay imperial stout. I wouldn't seek this out again and I was disappointed by the lack of diversity. I know that someone else may taste the complexities and like the cocoa flavor but it isn't my favorite. I would suggest you spend your money elsewhere like on an Old Rasputin or if you can find it a delicious Ten Fidy. However, if you are as intrigued as I was by the novelty of the beer it isn't a bad beer.

Glass- Snifter

 1,324 characters

Photo of tlery
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, looks like motor oil coming out of the tap, but some light passes through. Creamy dark tan head with little retention due to high ABV with some slight lacing.
S - Roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, some coffee and chocolate toward the end.
T - A bit of chocolate, then dark fruits and some char. Really gets hot at is warms up.
M - Kind of thin for a Russian Imperial Stout.
O - Not my favorite Russian Imperial Stout. It always seems to be missing something, maybe a spice component to combat the cocoa nibs and burnt malt.

 542 characters

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still one of my favorite Russian imperial stouts to this day. Pours a pitch black with a solid tan head and nice clinging lacing on the glass. Chocolate and coffee on the nose with deeply roasted grains. Thick coating mouthfeel with dark chocolate and heavily roasted coffee, a hint of vanilla, and a fantastic background of cocoa that is not grainy. Lots of deeply roasted malt flavor that comes through in waves. An imperial stout lovers dream. Better on tap, but the bottle is still very nice. Cheers!

 504 characters

Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 512 ratings