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Cocoa Psycho - BrewDog

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242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of danieelol
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

danieelol, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of benjaminkhlaw
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

benjaminkhlaw, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of cirobordieri
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%

cirobordieri, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of Andrew-beer1981
1/5  rDev -74.6%

Andrew-beer1981, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of cunninusa
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%

cunninusa, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of Monroe592
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%

Monroe592, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Kellerbj
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%

Kellerbj, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pitch black, black hole, thick crude oil like as it pours into the glass. Virtually impenetrable. Topped with 2 fingers of dark brown rusty head with a yellow ochre tinge. Oil like head consistency but leaves no lacing

S: Chocolate, cocoa, black licorice, alcohol, light lilac floral scent.

T: Sweet, smooth, chocolate, ash, lilac. Little alcohol, but a burn in the throat.

M: Thick, oily smooth with little carbonation.

O: Well done but not overly complex for the style, especially for the addition of cocoa nibs and coffee. Nonetheless, I was tickled to find this through Wishbeer in Thailand. Drank Sept 7th, 2014 in Kunming, China.

patre_tim, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

bluejacket74, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of RedDieselBrewing
5/5  rDev +26.9%

All I am saying is, if you are into stout / porter/black ale ....DRINK THIS BEER ! you will not be dissapointed.

RedDieselBrewing, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Mgraupner26
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Mgraupner26, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of edugasmtl
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

edugasmtl, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

freshflesh, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Browninc1
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Works well over vanilla ice cream as an amazing Affogato! Try it!

Browninc1, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of joeymorris
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%

joeymorris, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of vauxhaulastra
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Served in a half pint stemmed glass at BrewDog pub in Edinburgh.
Like sipping cocoa powder and cold espresso.
So strong and bitter yet also a little sweet.
Not sticky at all though.
Very dry in the mouth.
I feel the half-pint I got was too much, this could be something I could drink like a schnapps or a whiskey. Fairly hard to enjoy through the extreme bitterness.

vauxhaulastra, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Chemister
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Chemister, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +1.5%

enelson, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of GeorgeCarroll
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of altmer
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

altmer, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Posadboy
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Posadboy, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +1.5%

KevinGordon, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Axnjxn, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of shiggins22
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

shiggins22, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Konkretek
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%

Konkretek, Aug 14, 2014
Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.