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Cocoa Psycho - BrewDog

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
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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01-25-2014 19:13:17 | More by oldvines
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a black motor oil like body with brown head that slowly receded. A heavy aroma of bitter chocolate, maybe some dark as well, dry/roasted malts with a decent coffee profile, and possible oakiness. The beer is heavy, sticky, good chocolatey sweetness mixed roasted coffee malts and it passes over the tongue smooth thanks to a touch of wood. I don't seem to pick up much else after the cocoa and coffee parts so it seems a bit simplistic but very enjoyable to me. The ABV is well-hidden and the beer never gets too dry or rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 15:22:55 | More by clayrock81
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-22-2014 04:32:26 | More by schmidtmattsays
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

01-21-2014 18:45:19 | More by Crumpetsnbeer
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-20-2014 05:04:42 | More by CreightonSM
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-19-2014 22:26:50 | More by NonicPanic
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2.64/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

With a name like that, I just had to get it.
Pours with an extremelly deep black color and a very small chocolate colored head.
The aroma is quite strong - there is roasted smell and coffee as well. I was missing some chocolate aroma perhaps.
The taste was a kick in the head. A very strong and extra bitter roasted and coffee taste.
Personally, a bit too strong, and too much coffee (not a fan of it) and not enough (or at all) chocolate. Just a hint of it in the aftertaste, maybe.
Definitely not a bad beer, but it just doesn't suit my style. It would be much better with more chocolatey taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 19:06:51 | More by MarkoNm
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Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.25/5  rDev +9%

01-14-2014 21:26:17 | More by Asgeirr
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The colour is jet black (120 EBC); the finger thick head is dark brown, firm and compact. It leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell is deep and complex. Vanilla, coffee (lots of it), smoked salami, liquorice, oak wood, dark chocolate, dried fruits and olives. No alcohol.

The taste is roasted, sweet and smooth. Vanilla, coffee, caramel and a light sour flavour. Some oak-aged cellar notes. Red berries and orange peels in the background. The bitterness is a both flowery and citric, it is quite strong but stays behind the massive malt flavours. Passing hints of caramel. Full body. The aftertaste is somewhat sweeter with some spicy notes of nutmeg and allspice, coffee with cream, gunpowder and orange chocolate. The long finish is dry and roasted.

The carbonation is light, the few small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is thick and a bit sticky.

A powerful yet delicate RIS, lots of flavours going on but it still manages to be balanced without any noticeable alcohol. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

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New York

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-30-2013 22:01:37 | More by Davit
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1.55/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Best before 2018 and $13 for a 12oz bottle, so it better be damn good!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 22oz snifter.

Appearance 4.75/5: Obnoxiously well-developed color. Extremely dark abyss, was darker than my black shirt, as my friend pointed out. The head was an intensely dark luxurious color of tan-brown, definitely was appeasing to the eyes.

Smell 1.25/5: I just wish the nose followed the look. I smelled next to nothing. It smelled like a cheap Russian Imperial Stout, not even close to as good as Old Rasputin. Smelled kind of like tar or rubber, to be quite honest. There were a few deep dark beer notes in the nose, but overall I was not pleased. There was no chocolate, vanilla, or coffee notes in the nose, all in all a boring beer to sniff at.

Taste 1.25/5: Sadly, this beer's flavor follows the nose. I got no chocolate, coffee, or vanilla once again. It didn't even taste like an okay Russian Imperial Stout. It tasted very cheap and like it was trying but had failed to succeed. Tokyo* was a better representation of a strong dark beer from BrewDog.

Mouthfeel 3/5: The only other thing going for this beer other than its looks was the feel. It felt pretty-full-bodied, but unfortunately, that cannot make up for the above two sections.

Overall 1/5: For a beer to truly succeed, it really needs more than just looks and feel. It needs a personality, in the sense of taste and smell. Looks and mouthfeel cannot save something that you are supposed to also enjoy by smelling it and actually drinking it. It should taste good, right? I am quite sad to give this beer such a negative review, but frankly, for spending $13, my expectations were up in the clouds. You do not charge that much for a beer unless it is up there with the greats. If no chocolate, vanilla, or coffee is discernible on the palate or the nose, then it is simply a failure and thus my score of 1/5 overall. If this beer was $5 or less, I'd be more inclined to give it a higher score, like a 2/5, but unless someone hands me this beer free-of-charge, I will not be returning, sad to say.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 21:32:41 | More by Deltrus
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-29-2013 18:57:39 | More by BeerHunter76
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 05:50:51 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep chocolate brown, solidly opaque; light brown 3/4" of head;fine cobweb lacing
S: rich hot cocoa, vanilla, oak, alcohol
T: woody espresso, alcohol, bitter
M: thin, dry
O: Pleasant, engaging appearance and smell, but let down by a thin body and unsuprising failure to mask the 10% abv.

Tulip Glass / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

Serving type: on-tap

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Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
87 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.