Cocoa Psycho - BrewDog

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89
very good

333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 18
Gots: 81 | FT: 4
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dgilks on 03-14-2013

Welcome to the world of Cocoa Psycho, a liquid dimension where pure indulgence reigns.

Originally brewed some 250 years ago to celebrate the Russian Royal Family, this 10% Imperial Russian stout borrows from the decadence of the time with its extravagantly smooth blend of crushed coffee beans, cocoa nibs and dark malts.

But continue to dig a little deeper, past the infusions of vanilla pods and toasted oak chips, and eventually you'll come face-to-face with the madness required to make this beer; a kind of insanity that would have made Rasputin himself proud.

To fully unleash the aromas and bittersweet luxury of this stout, we recommend drinking it from a stemmed beer glass before taking a sledgehammer to a Faberge Egg.
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Ratings: 333 | Reviews: 59
Photo of Aaron_Eicher
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yeah this beer is pretty serious. Tons of flavor and aroma that cover up the 10% ABV pretty well. The bitterness balance out the complex flavors, but it finishes a bit more bitter than I would have liked (hence the lower taste). Fantastic body though, and is exactly what I look for in a stout.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle at the forge in fort collins. 18 bucks, just about worth it. i have never seen this for sale before, so thats fun. inky black color, plenty thick, with a sticky viscosity that holds the beer to the edges of the glass as i twirl it. no head at all. the nose is all coffee for me, crushed coffee beans apparently, you get their earthy acidic intensity and almost harsh bitterness. the vanilla is there, but its lost to me in a sugary mire, at least in the smell. at least that balances the coffee, but with the cocoa too the bitterness wins, at least in the nose. one sip and im convinced this should have been named coffee psycho, as the cocoa is way back behind the java. the vanilla stands up a little more in the flavor, and if this isnt oak aged, then wow, because there is a distinct woody element in here, not bourbon per se, but wood for sure, earthy as well and also a bit sweet. a balance, albeit a huge one, is stuck someplace in the exceedingly long finish. it coats my teeth like a pack of cigarettes, and the booze is sharp but cant cut the thickness of this, and it has no reinforcements by way of carbonation to help, this beer is nearly dead still. the dark roast of the grain brings the coffee to the fore once more in the finish. really cool beer, warms up really nicely, but is probably a bottle to share. after my hangover, i wish i had shared mine (and laid of the whiskey a little bit too)...

Photo of HipCzech
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle (marked "best before 22/10/18") poured into a stemmed Pilsener (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Pours near pitch black with a thick, foamy, medium brown head.

Smell: Deeply roasted grain, coffee and chocolate. Almost salty caramel emerges as it warms.

Taste: More roasted grain with plenty of sweet dark chocolate, black coffee and vanilla. Only slight bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is subtle, emerging a little as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, full bodied, almost viscous sweet, and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Not overly complex as a RIS, but lives up to its name with big cocoa character.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: very dark indeed. Not much light getting through this bad boy. substantial mocha head on the pour.
smell: a nice charred RIS foundation. Hints of vanilla, coffee, chocolate but this is all RIS.
taste: A little sweet vanilla softens this beast but that RIS roasty char wins in the finish.
overall: Nice RIS with a wrinkle. Way to easy to drink for a 10%.

Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle batch 366, BB 09/19:
Pour is jet black, mildly thick looking as it enters the glass. The head is solid brown, but soapy big bubbles. Nose is raw cocoa, completely unsweetened chocolate. There seems to be no sweetness to the nose, but also no bitterness like coffee or burnt grain. A deeper whiff adds some smokiness, reminding me of a red meat jerky.

My original tastes with a older beer armed like a chalky, unsweetened cocoa. As the beer warms, the smokiness and salted meat bite from the nose come out. A few more sips brings me back to a strange chocolate mix, like chocolate covered bacon or chili peppers (not strong). The feel includes a surprising little tingle from carbonation, body is quite full. The lingering taste is a bit coffee bitter, but it takes some coating for that to build.

Each sip seemed to offer a little something different. The strength of the flavor is interestingly bold. In the end, this beer stayed to the non-sweet side, ending bitter. I wish there was a bit of sweetness in some part of the taste to add a contrast, but otherwise the boldness was enjoyable enough.

Photo of TequilaTom
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good offering from the BrewDogs. Has the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer, a nice chocolatey brown. Aroma was very good. Had an almost gritty mouthfeel from so much cocoa I presume. Alcohol burn kicks in after a while. The only real bitch I have about this beer is the price. At $12 for a 12 ouncer, it should put me into a state of euphoria. It did not. I wouldn't have bought it except I had a store gift card. To be honest, I've had better beers for 1/2 the price or less. But it was worth trying, albeit on someone elses dime!

Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: Nice and black with a tan one finger head that settled down to a ring. Curtainy lacing.

S: Cocoa heavy with dark chocolate and vanilla.

T: Follows nose in a big, regal way. Another terrific sipper with a bit of Coke sweetness on the finish. Dark fruits mingle in for the kill.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. Chewy and decadent.

O: Another winner from the boys in Scotland. Alcohol level definitely kicks in after a few sips. Dive in with a chocolate cookie.

Photo of crispinol
4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was quite surprised at what a good beer this was. Smoother than most RIS and better balanced combination of roast/coffee/vanilla/chocolate. Their show stinks tho'!

Photo of Wumsphire
1/5  rDev -74.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

at $12 per 12oz beer its worth a 1. Piss off!

Photo of IAmThird
2.71/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Great cocoa very little vanilla. Good mouthfeel and color. No lace. I would have liked more for the price. I've had beers for 2/3 the cost with more.

Photo of stcules
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Totally black, with a dark brown foam.
At the smell a powerful impact of cocoa, coffee, and toasted notes.
A lot of coffee.
Full taste, again chocolate, coffee, toasted. Low bitterness, some dried fruits, woody hints.
Then some vanilla. Full, and still realtively delicate.
The alcohol is (almost) hidden.
Full, but not too much bodied.
Cocoa, toasted, coffee and vanilla in the aftertaste again. Good.

Photo of frankrizzo
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

If it had a bit more mouthfeel the one I drank was just about perfect.

Photo of Karibourgeois
2.86/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too smokey and boozy for me.

Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too smokey for me. One noted smoke.

Photo of little_star
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely tasty....but I had higher expectations for this one. Bitterness (from the chocolate?) overpowered the other flavors for me. But that said, a very enjoyable imperial stout that goes down pleasantly and probably too easily.

Photo of hopley
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

• 12.24.14 – Christmas Eve
• 4.5 - Look - Jet black pour with nice .5 inches of tan / light brown head that mostly fades away almost completely and leaves limited lacing
• 3.75 - Smell - Can’t get much smell
• 3.75 - Mouthfeel – Medium mouthfeel – well balanced, not chewy, not thick or thin, similar to what you’d expect for a RIS
• 3.75 - Taste – Too roasty and bitter for my taste, but this lessens as it warms, alcohol well hidden – no alcohol burn at all
• 4.0 – Overall a pretty good RIS but I prefer sweeter and less roasty / bitter RISs, glad to have tried it nonetheless

Photo of heygeebee
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Flat looking pour, nice and full on nose, but taste let down by a slight bite of coffee bitterness which would likely balance out over time.
Having said that, a somewhat mainstream coffee/vanilla RIS.

Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev -2%

Pours the darkest black/brown hue with the most chocolatiest two finger head and a thick rim of lacing, the smell is pepperoni, milk chocolate duds and dark fruits, the mouthfeel is full bodied with very laid back carbonation suiting perfectly allowing every ingredient to be noticed which suprises me with such a complex list of ingredients, it starts off with a good mix of toasted oak and roasted malts followed by milk chocolate, berries and finished with a very smokey oak dryness, overall another well put together complex drop from the dogs that would even age nicely cheers.

Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Appearance has a brown thick head that slowly settles, some lace and an opaque brown black color. aroma is on the mild side with malt Cocoa, hint of molasses and roast. flavor is like aroma very small subtle hints of coffee and good balance between bitter sweet and tang. Perfect body. A velvet Hammer beer with some booze at the very end of the finish.

Photo of danieelol
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours black as ^@*$ with awesome tanned head, big lacing. Looks pretty awesome in the grand scheme of things.

Nose is so roasty, huuuuuge coffee, bit of chocolate and a hint of banana.

Taste is massive roast, slight hint of banana, big burnt flavours, coffee in huge amounts. There is a hint of balancing sweetness holding the oppressive roast at bay.

Mouthfeel is about Big, Black Coffee. Kind of bitter. Lots of chocolate comes out later, lots.

Despite the American-style adjuncts this also has Euro leanings in its burnt, acrid dry style. If you like roasty RISes the coffee in this really takes it to the next level. Could use some balancing maltiness to counteract all that acrid coffee and a bit of booze. But quite a good beer on the whole, with a distinctive profile. Maybe I would split the bottle next time. I think ultimately the adjuncts are quite forward and dominant also. Strong coffee is pretty dominant in both nose and taste.

An ambitious and unique beer. I think this beer has a lower rating than it deserves which I largely attribute to BrewDog reactionaries.

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +1%

A: Pitch black, black hole, thick crude oil like as it pours into the glass. Virtually impenetrable. Topped with 2 fingers of dark brown rusty head with a yellow ochre tinge. Oil like head consistency but leaves no lacing


S: Chocolate, cocoa, black licorice, alcohol, light lilac floral scent.


T: Sweet, smooth, chocolate, ash, lilac. Little alcohol, but a burn in the throat.


M: Thick, oily smooth with little carbonation.


O: Well done but not overly complex for the style, especially for the addition of cocoa nibs and coffee. Nonetheless, I was tickled to find this through Wishbeer in Thailand. Drank Sept 7th, 2014 in Kunming, China.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

11.2 ounce bottle, Batch 253, best before 22/10/18. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like burnt/charred malt, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and some dark fruit. I like the taste too, it tastes like bittersweet chocolate, burnt/charred malt, coffee, vanilla, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit and licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good bittersweet imperial stout, I wouldn't mind trying this again in the future. $10.99 a bottle.

Photo of RedDieselBrewing
5/5  rDev +26.3%

All I am saying is, if you are into stout / porter/black ale ....DRINK THIS BEER ! you will not be dissapointed.

Photo of Browninc1
4/5  rDev +1%

Works well over vanilla ice cream as an amazing Affogato! Try it!

Photo of vauxhaulastra
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Served in a half pint stemmed glass at BrewDog pub in Edinburgh.
Like sipping cocoa powder and cold espresso.
So strong and bitter yet also a little sweet.
Not sticky at all though.
Very dry in the mouth.
I feel the half-pint I got was too much, this could be something I could drink like a schnapps or a whiskey. Fairly hard to enjoy through the extreme bitterness.

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Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
89 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.