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Cocoa Psycho - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

125 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 125
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%


Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: dgilks on 03-14-2013)
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yankeepride

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours the deepest brown imaginable, with some chocolate notes coming out of the tulip. I was able to taste the chocolate malts and the roasted character, but I was expecting much more. Didn't really get vanilla, and there was some mild bitterness that would probably account for some of the coffee. Overall, was enjoyable for breakfast on a Saturday, but didn't have the depth I was hoping to experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 14:37:51 | More by yankeepride
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice light brown head and decent lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, earthy, coffee, hint of brown sugar

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice flavors and enjoyable sipping, nice dessert beer

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 00:21:49 | More by MDDMD
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kojevergas

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and branded black and gold pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop for $12.99 USD and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. 10% ABV confirmed per the label. "Batch 218. Best before: 13-09-18." Expectations are above average given the description - "Imperial russian [sic] stout brewed with coffee, chocolate and vanilla." Reviewed as a Russian imperial stout for obvious reasons.

Served at fridge temp and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours an absolutely gorgeous rich tan colour head - 2.5 fingers wide - with an impeccable shiny complexion. Good creaminess and thickness. Appealingly frothy. Soft looking. Retention is great for the high ABV - at least 9 minutes. There's some sticky inconsistent lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes too. Love how rich and dark it is.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. I wouldn't call it jet black, but it's dark. No yeast particles or hop sediment are/is visible. Appears aptly carbonated.

In short, I'm craving the first sip. While far from unique, this is how a Russian imperial stout should look. Good execution.

Sm: Roasty creamy coffee/java notes. Even a bit of a burnt espresso edge. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Burnt sugars. Char. Molasses. I have trouble finding the vanilla; it's not very explicit and seems obscured by the cream. The cacao nibs are similarly unevocative; I don't find the richness I expect from true cacao nibs, and can only find a pretty generic chocolate character.

Still, the coffee works well with the burnt character, and the roast is lovely. I'm really looking forward to trying this. As it warms, I almost pick up on a cayenne powder note, but I'm probably just tricking myself. It does have the dustiness of cocoa powder.

Overall a very inviting aroma. Moderately strong.

No yeast character or hop character is detectable. The roastiness tames any malty sweetness, suggesting a very balanced flavour profile.

T: I do find that cayenne/chili powder note here; it's got a bit of heat. Cocoa powder, dark malts, chocolate malts, and a kiss of roasted barley comprise the foundation. The coffee character is less interesting here than the aroma suggested; I do find a bit of roast and burnt grounds, but there isn't much depth or diversity of flavour. Char, burnt sugars, molasses. Light cream. Faint kisses of vague dark fruits emerge as it warms. No hop character, alcohol, or overt yeast character comes through.

Boy, any vanilla is extremely reticent here. The cacao nibs are equally unevocative to the point that I'd question if any were even really used. Why is this called Cocoa Psycho, again? I'm not finding any oak, either.

The sweetness is very well balanced by the roast. BrewDog handles the complexity of this beer well, balancing each note carefully. There's even some subtlety here. That said, for the style it's not uniquely intricate or nuanced. The shallowness of flavour is definitely disappointing. Average flavour intensity and duration.

It's a damned enjoyable beer overall, and I really like it. It boasts a gestalt build and plenty of layers of flavour.

Mf: Near perfectly coarse and dry - in large part due to the well-utilized roasted barley and coffee roast. But the creaminess lends it just enough smoothness and wetness to prevent it from being rough or scratchy on the palate. Medium to full-bodied, with apt thickness. Not too filling. Has a good overall presence on the palate, with a fitting softness and near ideal carbonation.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Texture suits the taste well overall.

Dr: A very drinkable and enjoyable imperial stout with plenty to offer the discerning drinker. I'll easily murder this bottle and wish this was sold by the 6 pack (albeit at a much more reasonable price). In fact, I'd go so far as to say I could and would easily kill a 6 pack of this in a single sitting - it's that tasty. While the price point is a strong deterrent to buying this again, I do think every beer appreciator should give this a spin just once. Definitely one of BrewDog's better offerings. I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners. Well worth trying.

Strong B+

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 06:24:34 | More by kojevergas
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An overly thick black pour with barely a finger of dark brown head. Smells a bit like nail polish remover upon pouting but once it settles it's a nice Chocolatey ostmeal aroma.. Smells very boozy. The flavor is dark, roasty, rich, a bit sweet, a bit soy sauce, a bit charred oak.. The alcohol isn't as present. This is a nice full body low carbonation dark roasty stout. Definitely better than I expected it to be. A bit too pricy, but I had the money at the time so why not?!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 00:59:48 | More by facundoCNB
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque though still clear extremely dark and thick jet black with very faint traces of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has an eighth of a finger tall sudsy foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee bean with moderate aromas of vanilla and just a hint of roasted malts. Very light aromas of oak as well.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with a light hint of ash. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of rich dark chocolate (more bittersweet than sweet), freshly roasted coffee, oak, and vanilla. Light hints of earthiness. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness present in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Thick and viscous yet smooth. Hints of dryness towards the finish.

O: Very rich and decadent, one that I really enjoyed though this is definitely a slow sipping beer. Definitely one of the more expensive beers that I have picked up recently, but definitely worth trying. Alcohol is relatively well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:37:01 | More by dbrauneis
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pkalix

California

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

black! dark brown foam on top that settles quickly.
dark bitter cocoa aroma, earthy.
taste is earthy also, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, bitter. some coffee...
a little heavier, but that was expected. nice suds down the side of the glass. very interesting and flavorful....

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 23:17:24 | More by pkalix
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Bung

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Good Bottle. Thick place pour, dark tan fine bubble head. Retains well.

Aroma, roast malt, mocha coffee, black licorice.

Taste, big roast malt, fudge, molasses. Coffee and cocoa finish. Sounds simple but this is really good and right on point.

Full body, near creamy carb, costs well. Warmth kept well in check for the size. I bet draft is the way to go with this.

Usually not a fan of the quality-cost point with these guys, but if you can find on draft and get a half pour, this stuff is top notch. A quality non barrel aged imperial.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 21:20:52 | More by Bung
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wethorseblanket

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 218 with a Best Before date of 13-09-18. 11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Pours pitch black with a dark and frothy mocha head which leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Rich cocoa, roast, slight char, coffee, vanilla, malts, and dark fruits/berries.

T: Initially boozy but settles down to earthy malts, nutty roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla. Well balanced.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Creamy, rich, smooth roasted chocolate and coffee finish.

O: Very nice, though a bit pricey. Would have again (if someone else buys).

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 21:34:37 | More by wethorseblanket
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, batch #218, best before 13-09-2018 printed on the label. Another big beer to me from BrewDog. I haven't reviewed many BrewDog beers here on BeerAdvocate, since I usually overlook them often due to the high cost. Imported by Anchor Brewing Co., strangely enough. Anyway, I'm excited to have it.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark inky opaque black, one of the darkest beers I've seen. Straight pour down the center conjures about two fingers of luscious dark mocha chocolate head. Head has excellent staying power for the high abv. Thin strands of lacing. Looks excellent.

S - Smell is of dark freshly ground coffee bean roast, dark bitter cocoa, subtle vanilla, some brown sugar / molasses, & some crisp green apple / musty yeast presence noticeable.

T - Taste follows the nose - dark bitter coffee bean roast, dark chocolate, mild cream / vanilla presence, & notes of char. Bitter roasted coffee seems to dominate the most, with the cocoa and vanilla firmly in the background, which is somewhat disappointing.

M - Feel is silky smooth and creamy. Medium-full bodied with excellent carbonation. Dark bitter roastiness lingering on the palate. No alcohol heat noticeable at all.

Overall, an excellent imperial Russian stout, but definitely not worth the $13.99 I paid for this tiny bottle. There are much better everyday shelf stouts that can be had in a 4 pack for less than the cost of this bottle, so for that it gets the thumbs down. The coffee dominates and the cocoa and vanilla aren't nearly as prominent as they should be. I'd love to see what some barrel aging would do to this beer. As it is, I'm glad to have tried it, but it leaves much to be desired.

BrewDog Cocoa Psycho ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 19:53:55 | More by mfnmbvp
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—slight traces of red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha-colored head that left a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bitter coffee beans along with hints of roasted malts, cocoa nibs and oak. Coffee-like bitterness lingers through the finish. No alcohol is perceptible. The taste seems to get a little better as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chalky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as full-bodied compared to other Russian Imperial Stouts and seems like it could have more dominant aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2014 23:47:35 | More by metter98
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with a milky coffee coloured head. Look fantastic can't wait to try it.

The smell is sweet malts and just a hint of coffee.

The taste is malts, slight bitterness upfront, giving way to some milky cream and sweetness. The finish has some sourness and a bit of alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel a bit thinner than I like in a RIS, there is a little prickly carbonation which works pretty well.

Overall a pretty tasty RIS just doesn't have the mouthfeel that you get with ten fidy or stone RIS.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:46:42 | More by Dave1999
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer pours an oily, jet black coloring with scant traces of a dark brown, filmy head. Aromas of booze first and foremost, with a heavy and rich roasted coffee backbone, smoke and charcoal, bitter baker's chocolate, cigarettes, and earth. It smells like someone dropped a campfire into a monster RIS. The flavors are smoke and char forward, with a quick blast of solid cocoa and coffee, blended together very well, with cream and vanilla highlights. This beer is insanely rich on the palate, and that is heightened by the smoke and char characteristics. More tobacco notes coming forward, as well, with some earthy backbone to ground everything. Smooth and slick in mouth, but always heavy. There is no underestimating this one once you have made it past the initial taste. Wow. Aftertaste of cream, mocha, and hints of vanilla, with surprisingly little to no note of the smoke/charcoal. It's really impressive how that clears your palate towards the end of each sip. The finish is smooth and slick, leaving a slight linger of bittersweet chocolate and rich cream and coffee notes. This is a beast.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 03:19:08 | More by GarthDanielson
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dcmchew

Romania

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, one finger light brown foam, fast to a tiny lacing, sticky.
Dark roastiness in the smell, with some faint smoked wood, vanilla. Kinda low, if you think about all the added ingredients.
Taste follows nose, but is richer, with dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and sweet espresso. Some covered fruitiness, with juicy plums, dry figs and raisin and some citrus. Vanilla, cocoa powder, orange peel and some nutmeg/licorice spices. A clear taste of burnt/smoked wood, leaving charcoal in the aftertaste. Spicy hop presence in the finish, but already bitter enough from the heavy roast.
Creamy body, adequate, with a low crispness. Booze is nice, with kind of a coffee liquor feel to it. Aftertaste is a bit too "powdery".
A bit of everything, on the dark malt side of a RIS, nicely executed but not the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 14:22:29 | More by dcmchew
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Best by 11/20/18, assuming brewed 11/20/13. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours oil black with an eighth finger deep mocha head. The froth disappears quickly without lacing.

Smells a bit muted but there's definately coffee and cocoa with a little roasty sweetness.

Bitter dark black coffee and dark chocolate remain in the forefront throughout. Burnt caramel/sugar, char/smoke, molasses, earth, faint vanilla and booze. More bitter than sweet, it's a shame the vanilla isn't more prominent because it might have served to balance the hefty bitterness.

Feel is fairly substancial yet somehow still comes accross to me as too thin. Very faint carbonation. Bitter dark cocoa and burnt coffee finish.

I really wanted to like this more. Instead, I find it all around lackluster and while it won't affect my score- entirely over priced. In the end Cocoa Psycho is a decent imperial stout with unfortunately only my least favored aspects of coffee and chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 21:49:37 | More by ThickNStout
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black motor oil like body with brown head that slowly receded. A heavy aroma of bitter chocolate, maybe some dark as well, dry/roasted malts with a decent coffee profile, and possible oakiness. The beer is heavy, sticky, good chocolatey sweetness mixed roasted coffee malts and it passes over the tongue smooth thanks to a touch of wood. I don't seem to pick up much else after the cocoa and coffee parts so it seems a bit simplistic but very enjoyable to me. The ABV is well-hidden and the beer never gets too dry or rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 15:22:55 | More by clayrock81
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

2.64/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

With a name like that, I just had to get it.
Pours with an extremelly deep black color and a very small chocolate colored head.
The aroma is quite strong - there is roasted smell and coffee as well. I was missing some chocolate aroma perhaps.
The taste was a kick in the head. A very strong and extra bitter roasted and coffee taste.
Personally, a bit too strong, and too much coffee (not a fan of it) and not enough (or at all) chocolate. Just a hint of it in the aftertaste, maybe.
Definitely not a bad beer, but it just doesn't suit my style. It would be much better with more chocolatey taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 19:06:51 | More by MarkoNm
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bark

Sweden

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The colour is jet black (120 EBC); the finger thick head is dark brown, firm and compact. It leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell is deep and complex. Vanilla, coffee (lots of it), smoked salami, liquorice, oak wood, dark chocolate, dried fruits and olives. No alcohol.

The taste is roasted, sweet and smooth. Vanilla, coffee, caramel and a light sour flavour. Some oak-aged cellar notes. Red berries and orange peels in the background. The bitterness is a both flowery and citric, it is quite strong but stays behind the massive malt flavours. Passing hints of caramel. Full body. The aftertaste is somewhat sweeter with some spicy notes of nutmeg and allspice, coffee with cream, gunpowder and orange chocolate. The long finish is dry and roasted.

The carbonation is light, the few small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is thick and a bit sticky.

A powerful yet delicate RIS, lots of flavours going on but it still manages to be balanced without any noticeable alcohol. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 22:22:52 | More by bark
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Billolick

New York

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY

Pours damn near to black, under a very dark, rich and creamy mocha head that leaves nice solid rings of sturdy lacing with every sip.

Sweet mocha/chocolate/dark grains nose

On the palate, waves of chocolate, malt balls and again smooth and flavorful dark grains.

10% well masked, super smooth, dangerously delicious and easy drinking.

Quality RIS-happy to get to savor it on tap...

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2014 18:53:17 | More by Billolick
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Deltrus

Illinois

1.55/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Best before 2018 and $13 for a 12oz bottle, so it better be damn good!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 22oz snifter.

Appearance 4.75/5: Obnoxiously well-developed color. Extremely dark abyss, was darker than my black shirt, as my friend pointed out. The head was an intensely dark luxurious color of tan-brown, definitely was appeasing to the eyes.

Smell 1.25/5: I just wish the nose followed the look. I smelled next to nothing. It smelled like a cheap Russian Imperial Stout, not even close to as good as Old Rasputin. Smelled kind of like tar or rubber, to be quite honest. There were a few deep dark beer notes in the nose, but overall I was not pleased. There was no chocolate, vanilla, or coffee notes in the nose, all in all a boring beer to sniff at.

Taste 1.25/5: Sadly, this beer's flavor follows the nose. I got no chocolate, coffee, or vanilla once again. It didn't even taste like an okay Russian Imperial Stout. It tasted very cheap and like it was trying but had failed to succeed. Tokyo* was a better representation of a strong dark beer from BrewDog.

Mouthfeel 3/5: The only other thing going for this beer other than its looks was the feel. It felt pretty-full-bodied, but unfortunately, that cannot make up for the above two sections.

Overall 1/5: For a beer to truly succeed, it really needs more than just looks and feel. It needs a personality, in the sense of taste and smell. Looks and mouthfeel cannot save something that you are supposed to also enjoy by smelling it and actually drinking it. It should taste good, right? I am quite sad to give this beer such a negative review, but frankly, for spending $13, my expectations were up in the clouds. You do not charge that much for a beer unless it is up there with the greats. If no chocolate, vanilla, or coffee is discernible on the palate or the nose, then it is simply a failure and thus my score of 1/5 overall. If this beer was $5 or less, I'd be more inclined to give it a higher score, like a 2/5, but unless someone hands me this beer free-of-charge, I will not be returning, sad to say.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 21:32:41 | More by Deltrus
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Reuben's Brew snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin light brown head that dissipates slowly to patches and a small ring around the glass that still manages to leave light lacing. Nice, nice aroma of chocolate, toasted malt, vanilla, hints of coffee and dark dried fruit. I gained pounds just smelling this glass. Flavor starts with molasses, toasted malt, chocolate and a hint of char, then notes of dark dried fruit, woody vanilla, light coffee and finally finishing with lightly charred dark malt, lactose and moderate hop bitterness. Medium to heavy bodied with light creaminess. A quite rich and flavorful Russian stout. The coffee seems to be mostly subsumed into the char flavor, but there is enough going on here that one mild component isn't noticed. Alcohol completely covered and this required pacing to allow savoring it and not being knocked on my ass. A worthy RIS and one I will watch for again. Brew dog has been a rare visitor to the Northwest and I welcome them back.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 05:50:51 | More by LiquidAmber
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep chocolate brown, solidly opaque; light brown 3/4" of head;fine cobweb lacing
S: rich hot cocoa, vanilla, oak, alcohol
T: woody espresso, alcohol, bitter
M: thin, dry
O: Pleasant, engaging appearance and smell, but let down by a thin body and unsuprising failure to mask the 10% abv.

Tulip Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 23:54:36 | More by RandomExile
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 11/12/2013, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pitch black in colour, coming with a dark khaki foamy head retreating slowly to a rim to last, on top of rather mild carbonation.
S: jammy dark fruits, dates, dark chocolates, sweet coffee, vanilla, marzipan and aromatic roast nuts abound, with a whiff of warming alc. lurking in the background and some Fuggles-like aromatic hoppiness.
T: a lubricating swallow of roast malts, syrupy chocolates and licorice-coffee precedes a rather neat mid-taste of mild hoppiness and weighty spicy bitterness balanced by a decent lease of acidity from both dark fruits and roast coffee beans, leaving a lightly spicy bite at the end of each long sip. Chewy, bitter-sweet, aromatically coffee-ish and nutty-malty goes the long finish.
M&O: full-bodied, softly carbonated and just lightly lubricating on the palate, this fulsome, chocolaty, coffee-ish and fruity Imperial Stout is executed beautifully on the balance, with the alc. strength hidden a bit too well…

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 21:18:55 | More by wl0307
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.50):
Black with a very dark looking brown head that is creamy and about half a centimetre tall before it fades to a patchy lacing about thirty to forty-five seconds later.

Strong and dark roasted malts with a lot of coffee coming through as well in the initial stages. There is a tonne of sugar and sweet malts coming through with a hint of vanilla and spice plus some darker fruits. The fruits include some plum and fig along with some raisin and there is a hint of oak right at the end.

Rich tasting and with a fair amount of alcohol coming through, even at the start with this one. There is a lot of dark chocolate and sugar with some roasted malts and spice. Spicy and with a lot of dark fruits, particularly some dates and figs coming through.

Smooth with a creamy feel and a medium body. Carbonation seems low with this beer but the texture is a rich and complex one that also packs a punch due to the huge alcohol content of the drink.

A mixed bag really in that it started pretty well and the smell was incredibly complex but very enjoyable although after that things started to slide a little. The taste wasn't a bad one per say but it was a touch strong for my liking and touches alcohol were a little to noticeable although it is an Imperial stout I guess.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 11:48:16 | More by flyingpig
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thickish covering... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of strong espresso coffee and toasted malts, some milk chocolate, oats, light blackcurrent/blackberry notes, cocoa, leathery, woody, some faint vanilla traces, light spicy hops, burnt sugar...

Taste - Lots of creamy chocolate and rich dark coffee to the fore, roasted malts, faint smokey notes, some liquorice, some peppery hops, nutty, light molasses sweetness..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable for 10%

Overall - An outstanding brew although a little aging wouldn't do it any harm to round out the edges... definitely recommended

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 07:59:47 | More by mdagnew
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cocoa Psycho
330 mL bottle, poured into a tulip. This pours the colour and viscosity of motor oil, it is impenetrably black and thick and viscous. A slightly aggressive pour yielded about 2 fingers of dark caramel brown foamy head. Lacing is great, leaves some whispy film and a coating around the edge. Wow, excited indeed. 4.5

S- coffee brewing in a log cabin, no joke. Big rich aromas of dark roasty malt, notes of lemon and cumin, lot of coffee, chocolate a big understated, both hot cocoa powder and sweet milk chocolate notes. Lot of balanced bitterness and spice notes. Some vanilla and oaky campfire, surprising toffee sweetness. 4

T- bitter coffee, bitter cocoa pods, vanilla, roasty malt, log cabin with some wool blankets about, smooth mocha, more earthy spice. An amazingly smooth and creamy feel to it. Bitter dark chocolate on the end, dark malt with a really pleasant bitterness. A very tasty Russian stout, with a fair bit of sweet, almost milky, character. Quite complex, maybe not as much as some others, but still very solid. 4

M- creamy initially, then a perceptible coating bitterness of coffee and cocoa. Ends with a lingering oaky warmth, a sort of mouth puckering coffee tannic coating. Amazingly the alcohol is hardily noticeable behind the really big body of this stout. Really sippeable, and satisfying. 4.5

Well, a solid and well-made Russian stout. I enjoyed it a lot, really balanced and creamy for this strength which made it quite the treat. I suspect however it doesn’t have the complexities to challenge the titans of this style. The more I sip it the better it gets though and I would highly recommend this, quite well-balanced even with the amped up hops. Worth trying for sure. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 17:45:56 | More by mick303
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Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
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