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Upland Cherry Bourbon Barrel Teddy Bear Kisses

Upland Cherry Bourbon Barrel Teddy Bear Kisses
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
We made our Teddy Bear Kisses Imperial Stout even more cuddly on the palate by aging it in 23 year-old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barrels, imparting hints of oak and bourbon. We added cherries to a few barrels to make things even more interesting. / ABV: 11.5 IBUs: 80 SG: 26.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2010
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small cream head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, cherries, and some toffee with a dry oak finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Draft at the Great Taste. Poured a brown murky color with a tan head. The nose is pretty confusing to me with notes of fruits and pear. This is one odd brew and almost tastes like a cider to me. Not at all what I was expecting nor am really wanting. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, I choked down the one sample but this is not a beer that I would search out anytime soon although I would try it again to see if I liked it any better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10220) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Sampled from the tap at the 2010 GTMW. Poured black with a grayish brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of dark grain and dark chocolate with underlying cherry and bourbon note. Flavor was sweet with tart cherries and a bit of bourbon coming out in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2010
On tap at GTMW 2010
Late in the afternoon this was tapped. By then I was ready for a non-sour. This was not really what I needed. The combination of bourbon aging, cherries, and base imperial stout fell together into a muddled mess. It was possible to pick up bits of pieces of the final intent. The problem is simply that the final product does not hold together well.

Aroma / Appearance - Oily black film sheeted down the sides of the glass. While a mug is not the ideal beer for an imperial stout it did highlight the mocha head. Vanilla, bourbon, coffee, and a cloying sweetness result in a package which is somewhat confusing. Sending mixed messages the base beer is completely lost by the additions. It is just too much with little balance.

Flavor / Palate - Cherry does come out at first before the vanilla and bourbon. Some anis, chocolate, and coffee eventually pops up. However the total impression is overload. While the experiment was a good attempt the base beer was just not strong enough to tie it all together. In the end I could not finish more than half the glass before having to water the grass with the rest. Maybe if this had been at a standalone tasting I would have had better success.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
Sampled on tap at the GTMW ’10 (Madison, WI). Pours a murky brownish pour, a decent tannish head dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas are cherries and bourbon, a touch of chocolate chip cookies, toffee malts, oaky vanilla and wet wood make their presence felt with a touch of spirit, brown malts, toffee, light coffee roast. Initial is fuller bodied, sour and sweet cherries, dark and sweet cocoa, roasty malts, caramel, toffee, oaky vanilla, cookies and biscuits. Sweeter, with light bitterness, touch of booziness, tart cherries take over. Finish is tart and sweet, a melange and meshing of sweet flavors, touch of coffee but sweetened coffee at that. Lighter barrel than anticipated, contributing flavor but not much heat. Nice beer, a bit sweet, but I like how the elements play off on each other. Cherry tannins save it for me, but the base beer seems lost in the fold and thinned out overall. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2010
15th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Summer Fest 2010: Was hoping to try the Baddest Elmer’s but was told it was not ready... damn it, but this was a nice surprise with it’s availability. Deep near opaque mahogany hue with an okay frothy tan head. The aroma is quite nice with a blend of cherry, plum, chocolate, walnut, vanilla, oak, herbal remains of the hops, and a touch of coffee. The taste is where I was very disappointed, while very fruity and tannic much of the base Impy Stout character is beaten to death by the barrel and fruit. With some hard searching I did find some bittersweet chocolate and espresso notes attempting to be found. The mouth feel is far too tannic, dry and chalky. Such promise but utterly fails to deliver the knock out punch. Oh well, still happy to at least have tried this once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Draught at the UpCup reception. Pitch pour, light brown head, reeks of Bourbon, oak, vanilla. Huge waves. Cherries do come through though and they impart a good bit of metallic sourness. As for the taste, a dry (!) roasty stout underneath, but any chocolate etc. totally overwhelmed by the dry cherry addition - as if someone had poured a dry kriek into a stout. Full body, faint bitterness, stronger sourness but still low, light mocha. Alcohol very well integrated. Interesting enough, needs to play more off the base beer.

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