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Cocoa Psycho - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
88
very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
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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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

02-02-2014 22:00:30 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-02-2014 22:15:42 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

09-14-2013 14:26:07 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-24-2014 04:28:41 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-13-2014 06:23:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-27-2014 00:30:35 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-11-2014 06:53:15 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-01-2014 06:02:27 | More by Knapp85
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-14-2014 09:30:18 | More by SocalKicks
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-10-2014 17:09:45 | More by nickfl
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-26-2013 21:42:05 | More by mendvicdog
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-01-2014 05:48:14 | More by MarkyMOD
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kojevergas

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +1%

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+

04-17-2014 06:24:34 | More by kojevergas
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-15-2013 03:57:57 | More by oriolesfan4
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

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…

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

New York

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%

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...

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

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-15-2013 18:18:52 | More by duceswild
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

02-15-2014 01:40:26 | More by Gonzoillini
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.3%

01-27-2014 01:50:57 | More by BillRoth
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

1.86/5  rDev -52.4%

Sampled at the Great International Beer Fest sponsored by Elite Brands.

Pours a dark ruby red, very dark. Looks thick and rich, not much of a head, if you can call it that.

Oof. Aroma is booze and nail polish remover. Hot, burn....not a hint of anything RIS

Flavor is just a mess. The booze kills everything. Cocoa is burnt and barely alive. Malt is putrid.

Not even a sipper beer. Too hot, too messy

06-01-2014 21:11:22 | More by Mebuzzard
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wrightst

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-19-2014 02:14:24 | More by wrightst
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +2%

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.

02-19-2014 03:19:08 | More by GarthDanielson
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-21-2014 21:32:39 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.