If you've read my posts for any amount of time now you've caught on to the fact that I love theme writing. If I can relate a beer to something going on in my life, or a relevant event, then I'm quick to do so. With yesterday being Valentine's Day I could not think of a more appropriate beer to drink last evening than Teddy Bear Kisses Imperial Stout from Upland Brewing.
I popped the top on my holiday treat and poured a dark, black stallion-esque beer with a caramel-colored, two-finger head. I was so pleased with the thickness of the head, and wanted to let the beer sit for a few minutes to breathe and warm slightly anyway, that I even took a small knife and drew a heart in the foam; I should have taken a picture, you would have been impressed. Teddy Bear Kisses is aged on fair trade cocoa nibs and I was delighted at how, upon first sip, I could taste a slight smokiness from the roasted malt up front with the cocoa following up on the back end. I thought it was incredibly well-balanced for a 10.2% ABV beer with 80 IBUs. The big alcohol taste was not present, which made it incredibly easy to sip, and I noticed more and more of the cocoa as the beer warmed.
I thought this was a great Imperial Stout and it seems plenty of other people do as well. According to the Upland website Teddy Bear Kisses won a Gold Medal at the 2010 World Beer Championships. Your fellow craft beer drinkers on Beeradvocate.com and Ratebeer.com had slightly different views from each other. The BA readers assigned Teddy Bear Kisses a score of 79 while their counterparts on RB gave it a hefty 91. My score would be more in line with Ratebeer.com. If you didn't have a Valentine to snuggle up with and smooch on last night then I suggest heading out today and picking up a Teddy Bear Kisses to make out with.
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