Thursday, January 24, 2013

Teddy Bear Kisses

Upland's Teddy Bear Kisses is an Imperial Stout with 10.2% ABV and 80 IBU.  It has a specific gravity of 26.5, and the color is 63.4 SRM.

I served Teddy Bear Kisses from a bottle.  It pours a very dark brown, basically black.  There was a thick, tan head, with fairly long retention and some lacing.  The aroma had strong roasted and chocolate scents.  The taste starts with strong chocolate, and the accompanying chocolaty bitterness.  Then, it mixes with the roasted malts, and finishes with a lingering dark cocoa.  Despite the high ABV, the alcohol taste is fairly well hidden.  It had a creamy mouthfeel, and medium body and carbonation.

Teddy Bear Kisses was a very good Imperial Stout, unfortunately it's a seasonal and won't be readily available for a while.  I'll definitely be looking forward to Teddy Bear Kisses when it comes out again next fall.

The Big Guy: Have you ever been so excited to see a movie in the theaters that you went opening night, and came out thinking it was just ok? That is pretty much how I felt about this release. I had been waiting for so long in eager anticipation, but what I got did not live up to the hype in my head. Beer was good but most of the flavor was coco powder and roasted (almost burnt malts). It was a fine stout, but not something I will spend a lot of time trying to find next year. I give it a 3

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