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Cocoa Psycho - BrewDog

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very good

221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

muskiesman, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

tbryan5, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

jondavidsson, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Ciocanelu, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

mfnmbvp, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

leitmotif, Mar 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 04, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

metter98, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

smithj4, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

GABrew, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

SStein, Feb 27, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Dave1999, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Goofster, Feb 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

PapaRottman, Feb 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Andy_Luft, Feb 21, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

GarthDanielson, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

aquazr1, Feb 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

904Will, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

JavierGC, Feb 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

akbeerfiend, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Gonzoillini, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

bcm75, Feb 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

nickfl, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

KVNBGRY, Feb 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Troublebar, Feb 10, 2014
Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.