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Cocoa Psycho - BrewDog

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 389
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 31.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 103 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews by beergoot:
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body appears jet black and leaves a thin, cocoa brown head that eventually fades to nothing. Aroma is primarily a low-intensity cocoa with some charred grain notes. The taste exudes a big, malty flavor infused with baker's chocolate, hints of dates and prunes, charcoal, and a slightly boozy sensation. The feel is heavy-bodied, slick and smooth; dusty dryness.

The beer develops a more alcohol-like character the more you drink yet does a nice job of presenting and maintaining a rich, thick, tasty RIS kind of flavor. Too bad its looks are flat and the aroma rather tame. Nothing world-class about this one, but it ain't no weak, forgettable beer either...it's no 'psycho' but not necessarily for the faint of heart...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Zakk
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of -DF-
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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...

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Marius
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black pour, very thick-looking. Velvety head, dark brown, with nice retention - it looks perfect, for a RIS. Smells of cocoa and dark chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of bourbon. The taste follows the same notes, but overall is a bit mellow - there isn't anything that stands out, not bitterness, not sweetness, not even alcohol.

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Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of simoen
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of En29356
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of azkkr
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Graeme24
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SomethingClever
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass

A: pure night with no moon or stars in a glass, held ip to light not a drop escapes the abyss. little very chocolatey head dissipates to nothing.

S: lot of chocolate and licorice

T: Big chocolate, deep almost acidic roast maybe thats the coffee its ver acidic almost like burnt expresso, rich malts, anise

M: fairly full feel but not that creamy

O: this is a big stout but not a very amazing one I thought the vanilla or coffee would stand out neither did. Its just an ok stout, boozy and very acidic.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of ShaneSmith
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inky, oily black, topped by a very large dark brown head. Retention is quite nice; head composition is firm.

Smooth, big aroma: roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate, dark coffee, a touch of dark fruit and banana esters, and a bit of vanilla. Perhaps a touch of oak.

Flavor delivers on the promise of the nose, firing on all cylinders. A touch sweet up front, with chocolate, grapes, vanilla, and yeast. Around mid-palate, the roasted barley comes on, riding a wave of coffee. Incredibly roasty finish, long and bitter, with a flat, oak edge to it.

Big, strong beer; smooth and full; the 10% comes across very cleanly and goes down far too easily.

This is a big, traditional Russian Imperial Stout, with some extra flavorings that certainly complement the overall profile, if not coming through all that strong.

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3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.