Teddy Bear Kisses | Upland Brewing Company

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82
good
489 Ratings
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80
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
uplandbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Russian Imperial Stout aged on cacao nibs

Added by Verecund on 11-14-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
489
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
109
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 489 |  Reviews: 135
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GRG1313
1.88/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of metter98
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface along with a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas or roasted malts and cocoa nibs are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark roasted malts along with a moderate amount of bitterness plus notes of cocoa nibs. The bitterness lingers through the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout with the roastiness and bitterness with some added complexity from the cocoa nibs. The alcohol is rather well masked from the taste.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It had good head retention and left some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate and mild coffee notes. Some toffee and caramel, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate, coffee and burnt molasses. Carmal and toffee flavors are faint.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a good RIS. The coffee flavors are not as strong as I hoped.

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2.06/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks, Andrew.

Black with a huge dense head that retains solidly. Smells bland, smoke with some cocoa. Roasty on the palate, borderline burnt. Little cocoa and tar. Medium body, slightly thin. Lot of roast in the finish, pretty astringent with lingering cigar smoke. Not my favorite Upland beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 10/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, raisin, toast, light char, toffee, fudge, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa nib notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, toast, toffee, fudge, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, toast, toffee, fudge, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa nib flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa nib flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Azurelimits for sharing this bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours black with a single-finger tan head. This quickly recedes into a thin collar around the edges, though no lacing remains on the glass. The nose brings quite a bit of dark chocolate as well as some roast. A bit of a creamy, milky character in the nose as well. The taste brings some more chocolate and a lot of roast. The feel is quite dry with a roasted finish. It's also a bit harsh with some bitter astringencies there a well. Oddly, this actually gets less appealing as it warms and I didn't particularly wish to finish my pour.

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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Teddy Bear Kisses from Upland Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 489 ratings.
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