Teddy Bear Kisses
Upland Brewing Company

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #806
Ranked #36,821
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: 140 | Ratings: 517 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by bootsdomino:
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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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)

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of karengarys
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours, ooh yeah, nice and dark and thick and the foam on the top is medium dark caramel color. Admittedly, a bit too cold for the style - about 35F/2C.

Smells sweet and licoricey, come cocoa, it is nice and rich and smooth. [update: it did warm up slightly, and some coffee scent came through...]

Tastes of licorice, chocolate and there is a tawny bitterness, perhaps molassis? There is a slight edge on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. I did pour this very slow, though.

Nice rich body to this, as you would expect with the style.

Alcohol is hidden well.

It is quite drinkable, but, of course, it is to be sipped.

This is a great beer. It represents the style well, with enough personality to give it a try for its uniqueness. Though I'm sipping it, I like it enough to sip so fast that I never got a chance to let it warm up!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RickS95
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance doesn't get any better. Pitch black, no brown notes, no reddish hues, simply a black hole. On top, the head is light brown and a couple fingers thick, with different sized bubbles. Decent retention.

Scents include malt, alcohol, chocolate and something 'creamy' I can't quite put my finger on.

The cocoa really comes thru in the taste. Bittersweet chocolate lasts well into the finish where you pick up some alcohol notes and some earthy hops.

There's a good battle between bitter and sweet from the cocoa nibs. In addition to the chocolate, it's well-hopped giving a nice bitter punch in the finish. Very creamy, and alcohol is muted, but present til the finish, where it dominates.

This is a pretty good beer. A bit bitter for the type, but the chocolate is nice and makes for a good winter warmer.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tremendously characterful and balance Russian Imperial Stout with a softer/sweeter body that allows for way too much ease in drinkability.

Very dark brown, maybe opaque black, the beer carries a dense and viscous appearance. From the sheet of barley-stained foam to the swirl of legging on the glass, the beer promises powerful flavor and succulent textures.

Boastful elements of espresso, bittersweet cocoa, molasass, licorice, charred berries, cherries, and raisons all weigh in in intermitten waves and give new aromas and flavors as the beer warms. Very creamy and full with the initial sips, but the beer transitions nicely into a a velvety smooth finish, leaving only a mild abrastion of alcoholic head and roasty bitterness for which to account. A deep and long linger of burnt caramel, coffee, and cocoa outlast the other flavors for a simplified and rewarding aftertaste.

Teddy Bear Kisses is among my new favorites, with the complexity and flavor that remind me of Dark Lord but with a smooth mouthfeel nearing Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: unibroue tulip, pours a murky brown in color, essentially black, with a nice mocha head showing average retention

s: solid roasted barley nose - lots of dark chocolate notes, roast char, slightly sweet under, some citrus rind hops, more dark cocoa, sweet alcohol after warming

m: lightly carbonated, body rides the line between medium and full

t: big on the barley roast, burnt grain and bittersweet chocolate, smoky coffee notes after the swallow, full citrus pith hop flavor and a full bitterness, a little piney in the finish with very heavy char, decent flavor set but nothing out of the ordinary, fairly unbalanced towards the harsh char

d: drinks well enough for the elevated abv, it's a passable ris if without anything to set it apart from the pack

bottle from dirtylou paired with some basketball (in)action

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4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Working on a bomber, served up in a Duvel tulip. Sheets of lacing coat the glass, no point even trying to look through. Black obsidian.

Sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, and mild roasty char in the nose. Gets a little bit leathery at room temperature.

Roasty char hits first and resonates with an undercurrent of herbal hoppiness. Espresso and dark bitter chocolate with high cacao content. Some honey notes in the aftertaste, but the sweetness isn't overpowering. Balanced sweet, bitter, and roasty elements. Lip smacking, sticky finish. Full bodied thickness, beefed up with a ton of malt and possibly lactose. Rich and fudgy. Perfect sipper released just in time for winter...

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 517 ratings