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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
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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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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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.

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Photo of crispinol
4.64/5  rDev +18.1%
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'!

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Photo of mdagnew
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

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Photo of pkalix
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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....

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Photo of trippytbta
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter. Pours black with approx. one finger of dark tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma of dark chocolate and a little coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma with roasted malt and char. Kind of tastes like dark chocolate over coffee beans. A little hop comes through as well as other tastes, excluding the vanilla, i never really tasted vanilla. The mouth feel is good accompanied by the warm alcohol presence.. A pretty good beer for such a high ABV.

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Photo of Bung
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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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 cindyjeffsmith
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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%.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very black. Has a sweet oak aroma. Sweet dark chocolate taste with mild hints of coffee. Moutfeel is a little this for a beer of 10% ABV . I'd say it's a little pricey since I paid $10, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle with a Brewdog style label and artwork with a dark purple or even navy color(depending on how you see it) clashing with white. I've always been fond of Brewdog and their labels. Poured into a stemmed tulip that's tulip isn't all that pronounced but just a slight flare at the the top.

A - black as anything I've ever had with dark brown and the slightest bit of ruby cutting the bottom corners. Head is pure cinnamon brown with excellent size fluff quickly vanishing to a ring of lacing that leaves minimal stick as expected.

S - classic barley and hints of roasted malt. Black coffee beans in abundance with this aroma while the cocoa and vanilla stay somewhat in the back ground.

T - this is an awesome flavor and complex while sticking every detail. Roasted coffee and malt ger things started with hints of bittersweet cocoa and soft dark chocolates creeping up from the black depths this pysco has to offer. Some real breakfast like characters pop up with sweet vanilla bean as this warms. It almost balances perfectly bitter with sweet the more it warms. An excellent flavor.

M - big and full with superb texture and thickness. Drinks smooth and doesn't overwhelm you with bitterness but actually balances black coffee beans with bittersweet cocoa and Vanilla notes. Finish lingers with a bittersweet imperial stout Booziness that adds to its complexity. Very nice

O - what can I say? Brewdog has some odd, off the wall creations, but they knock it out of the park more often than not in which I continue to find myself buying their beer. Cocoa Pysco is a blend of traditional imperial stouts and infused bittersweet American double stouts, in the end being a must try for massive stout junkies. This is one I'd like to thank Brewdog personally for and one I'd buy again and again. Top shelf imperial stout.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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Photo of little_star
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of mick303
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

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Photo of Aaron_Eicher
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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…

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Photo of dbrauneis
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.

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Photo of danieelol
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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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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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Definitely top marks for appearance as it pours an inky black colour, with a lively chocolate brown head. Looks absolutely gorgeous.

Smells dark and burnt, with a slight hint of sweetness. Some vanilla too I think.

Tastes first of a massive hit of bitterness - coffee, and dark, burnt malts. Lots of alcohol but not overwhelming (great for 10%, especially considering it's so fresh), and adds an aspect of strong dark fruits, almost like port wine. Dryness lingers on the palate after you swallow. Near perfect level of carbonation - it's there but it doesn't ruin the taste like some other big stouts.

Overall a nice beer, better than what I expected from Brewdog and I'd love to have this again. Good show lads.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of SawDog505
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours pitch black with a huge 2 inch mocha head, that leaves behind some solid lace.

Smell is expresso, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, and vanilla.

Taste follows the nose. Starts with a shot of expresso, dark chocolate and finishes with a leathery, tobacco, and vanilla.

Body is only only maybe medium, slight carbonation, very dry, and pretty easy drinking for a fan of aggressive stouts.

This is very nice, but will take an equally if not better Founder's imperial stout at the same price a four pack as a single bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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)...

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle ($11) with a best before date of 24/9/19. Europeans and their fancy talk :)

Pours a viscous jet black, with a massively dense dark kahki brown head. Think Ten Fidy. The fluffy/frothy head slowly works its way out to the edge of the glass as a Saturn like ring.

Aromas are mainly chocoalte and more chocolate. Cocoa powder with a hint of sweetness. Vanilla and molasses maybe. Some alcohol on the nose as it warms.

Based on the aroma and the name, you can probably guess that this is a chocolate explosion. It taste like blended Whoppers. A sweet, non bitter chocolate with touches of vanilla and what seems like some oak in the background. Reminds me of Oak Aged Yeti a bit. The one thing that I dont care for, and find odd is a slight Rye like kick at every turn. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable for 10%, but only slightly.

Body isnt quite as thick as it appeared, but still on the higher end of the spectrum. A little too prickly feeling. Not really sure if it is yeast or the peppery spice I notice though.

This is an excellent RIS. It has lots of flavor, and is pretty smooth overall. Personally, I like Brooklyn's Black Chocolate a lot more in this category, and given the fact that I can get 4/$8, I doubt I will be consuming this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of facundoCNB
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?!

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