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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 LantGladstone
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBE May 8, 2020 10% ABV 330 ml bottle from Ales by Mail

Appearance (Look) = 6%
black almost opaque, dark tan head, viscous
Smell = 24%
chocolate, sweet, malt, alcohol

Taste = 40%
chocolate, sweet, roasted, coffee, slight astringency, alcohol burn

Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
creamy, thick, alcohol burn

Overall = 20%
very good. I like it. I have had better of this style where you can really taste the fresh malt. Here they seem to be overshadowed by the additives that get muddled a bit.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking head and solid lacing. Aroma is pretty roasty, with some chocolate elements. Good roast, medium body. A little sweet on the finish, but a solid overall beer.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

BrewDog - Cocoa Psycho. 10% ABV. 11.2 oz bottle poured into snifter. Best by date: 9-24-2019

Look: Pitch black, allowing no light to penetrate. Semi aggressive pour yielded a half inch head, dark brown in color, with red hue. Dissipated fairly quickly.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roast coffee, with fairly strong tones of alcohol. Also has a perfume like odor that is very faint.

Feel: Not too thick, but creamy with a little carbonation.

Taste: First drink of this I had caught me off guard. Tasted of dark bitter chocolate, and roast coffee. Alcohol taste is more profound on the back end, and as it warms up, the alcohol taste begins to burn.

Overall: I spotted this beer, and had to try it. There were only four, so I took a chance and bought one, even though it was pricey. I have not had a lot of Russian Imperial Stouts, but this one was different than the others. I did enjoy it, but feel it was not worth the high price I paid for it. A good example of a Russian Imperial Stout that is not like others. If I find another one cheaper, I might buy it to age, and see if it changes anything.

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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 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 WunderLlama
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into an antique German chalice

Pours like motor oil, thick , viscous, impervious to light. Dense , solid one finger brown foam cap

Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, roast coffee, raisins

Tastes of Roast coffee, chocolate, oak notes on the finish

Taste / feel the alcohol, smooth, no biting. Roast coffee lingers with alcohol on the back of the tongue

Heavy feel on the to gue, moderate sudsing, alcohol weighs on the tongue

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24/09/19 poured into a snifter/tulip on July 23, 2015.

Look - Dark, oily black. Thin, dark tan head with aggressive pour. Lacing and head dissipates quickly.

Smell - Chocolate. Liquor. Coffee. Vanilla. A little sour smell.

Taste - Alcohol. Chocolate. Coffee. Prune. Vanilla. Oranges. Slight bitterness

Feel - Heavy. Full. Carbonation high as well. Alcohol sting on tongue.

Overall - This is not my favorite RIS. While it has many of the traditional traits, it is not unique or genuine. Alcohol taste is high.

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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 Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours thick black with thick dark brown head. Aroma is dark bitter malts, bitter malts, dark rich and bitter chocolate, slight hops, coffee and grainy. Taste is chocolate, bitter rich, coffee, smooth at first turns more mora dry cocoa. Subtle dark fruits. Quite bitter finish with chocolate, roasty coffee. Dry cocoa. Slight soy. Thick body.

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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 PolarBear3
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured a thick complete black in colour with pure dark brown head that retained and laced well

S - Just about all chocolate, some molasses and coffee with a hint of a sweet vanilla

T - Similar to aromas but more dark chocolate, dark malts with heavy coffee grounds along with that little hint of vanilla oak bitterness at the finish

M - Big bodied and very smooth but with only a little carbonation

O - A good stout that warms you up nicely on a winters night. Smooth to drink and although I have had better it is worth a try.

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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 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 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 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 HipCzech
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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 cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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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 IAmThird
2.71/5  rDev -31%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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 hopley
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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

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