Off the Wall: Teddy Bear Kisses

Teddy Bear KissesName: Teddy Bear Kisses
Brewery: Upland Brewery
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Bloomington, Indiana
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 10.20%
First Brewed: 

Ricky’s Thoughts

Sheryl said I have had this beer, but I don’t remember. Let me check Untappd… Nope. I haven’t had it. (Note from Sheryl: He had it before he started using Untappd!) But I see they also have a bourbon barrel aged Teddy Bear Kisses. WANT! I love barrel aged beers. Sheryl grabbed this beer while she was in Indiana a few weeks ago, and we have been saving it for an “off the wall” review. Tonight we drink!

I love the label on this beer. I also really like Upland. I miss them more than most Indiana breweries. I am glad she grabbed a bottle of this to share and to review. Cheers!

In the Glass: This looks like a stout! Good thing. Hey, last week was International Stout Day. There was even an Untappd badge for it.

Stout Day 2013

We celebrated at Whole Foods with a pint of Kremlin Crude from Beer Here. It was good, but nothing to write home about. I am hoping this one rocks, but knowing there is a bourbon barrel aged version of this beer out there will leave me wanting to try it as well. Oh, and this beer has a nice tan head that just sits there waiting for me to drink. Cheers!

Nose: I am getting a nice combination of sweet and burnt chocolate malt aromas with a nice tinge of alcohol in the finish. At 10.20%, I bet there is a hint of alcohol burn on this one. I am not sure how fresh this is, but it would age nicely. This is also a beer that will taste better as it heats up. But I have to try it cold. Basically… I’m thirsty. Cheers! (Yes, I am going to keep saying that. Cheers!)

Flavor: That is good. That is REALLY good. There isn’t an alcohol burn like I expected, but I get hit with a nice creamy mouthfeel and a somewhat sweet finish that leads to a drying finish. That is good cold. I can’t imagine how good this will be warm. I also can’t imagine how good this would be barrel aged for 6 months or more. Does anyone know how rare the barrel aged version of this beer is?

Mouthfeel: It’s creamy. If you have had Guinness, it has a similar experience as that. However, it explodes with a nice flavor and a subtle carbonation that I didn’t expect. Also, after taking a drink, I am noticing a really nice lacing. This beer is sticky. That’s a good word for it.

Aftertaste: At first, it is dry. But the longer it sits there I am getting more burnt chocolate flavor. It reminds me of a beer… But I can’t think of which one. I just wish Upland beers were distributed to Arizona. Hey Scott, send me more beers from Upland!

This was a good pick and I am glad we decided to review it. Now I have to sit here and wait for the beer to warm up. It’s still too cold! Cheers! (I bet you saw that coming!)

Teddy Bear Kisses – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 4/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

Once again, I am very behind on posting blogs for 1001 Bottles. It’s just so easy to drink the beer, review it, and then not want to sit down and edit the post to get it up there. My apologies. But here we are… this will get posted soon, I promise.

This is a beer that I brought back from Indiana with me. Ricky doesn’t remember having it before, but I know that he has. We tried it on tap at Twenty Tap once when we were in Indy. I think we only went there like twice. It was in Broad Ripple, just not the most convenient location for us. But still a cool place. And a good beer. (Yes, I’ve had it before. But I’m writing about it this time!)

The beer is really dark, basically black. It had some head to it, but not a ton. It looks pretty thick, too. (I feel like I say the same thing about all these beers, but well, porters, stouts and the like all tend to look the same.) It smells kind of malty and like dark chocolate. Let’s see how it tastes.

Mmm… that’s pretty good. It tastes a lot like dark chocolate, kind of bitter. It’s thick and not too carbonated. There’s a lot of flavors that hit you the first time you take a sip. I almost want graham crackers and marshmallows with this so I can have s’mores! There’s almost a slight hint of smokiness to it. I like it. Definitely one I’d buy again (since I did!).

Rating: 4/5

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