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Cocoa Psycho - BrewDog

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very good

222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
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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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DeanMoriarty, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body appears jet black and leaves a thin, cocoa brown head that eventually fades to nothing. Aroma is primarily a low-intensity cocoa with some charred grain notes. The taste exudes a big, malty flavor infused with baker's chocolate, hints of dates and prunes, charcoal, and a slightly boozy sensation. The feel is heavy-bodied, slick and smooth; dusty dryness.

The beer develops a more alcohol-like character the more you drink yet does a nice job of presenting and maintaining a rich, thick, tasty RIS kind of flavor. Too bad its looks are flat and the aroma rather tame. Nothing world-class about this one, but it ain't no weak, forgettable beer either...it's no 'psycho' but not necessarily for the faint of heart...

beergoot, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of PoppaSquat
3/5  rDev -23.5%

PoppaSquat, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of WMD-1002
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

WMD-1002, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of torriman
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

torriman, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of KG710
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

KG710, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of adam42381
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

adam42381, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

wrightst, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of JJChrist
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

JJChrist, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of erialbill
4/5  rDev +2%

erialbill, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of krl2112
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

krl2112, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
1.86/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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

Mebuzzard, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Knapp85, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of pgrenvicz
4/5  rDev +2%

pgrenvicz, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of benjamincarter
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

benjamincarter, May 31, 2014
Photo of NRo
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

NRo, May 29, 2014
Photo of Arriskuwonder
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Arriskuwonder, May 29, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

vermilcj, May 24, 2014
Photo of Svyturys30
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Let me start by saying that I am not a huge stout fan. I am trying to delve more and more into these beers as I am wanting to start a mini cellar. I tried this in a bottle and had it served into a small tasting glass.

A- It is like dark motor oil. The way a stereo typical stout looks (IMO) Has a much darker head that most of the stouts that I have seen. Very little head compared to most beers and the head disappears after about 30 seconds.

S- It also has the stout-esce type of smell with a bit of a bittersweet chocolate small on the end.

T- This is the second stout I have had in a couple of days. I thought this one was much better than the other I tried (will review the other one after this).

M- This stout has a very smooth, thick viscosity to it (like watered down maple syrup).

O- I think this stout tastes much better than the Wells and Young stout I had earlier. I hope DL, BCBS or the proprietor is better than this one.


Svyturys30, May 23, 2014
Photo of bayern1987
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

bayern1987, May 23, 2014
Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +2%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2014
Photo of trippytbta
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter. Pours black with approx. one finger of dark tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma of dark chocolate and a little coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma with roasted malt and char. Kind of tastes like dark chocolate over coffee beans. A little hop comes through as well as other tastes, excluding the vanilla, i never really tasted vanilla. The mouth feel is good accompanied by the warm alcohol presence.. A pretty good beer for such a high ABV.

trippytbta, May 19, 2014
Photo of Thedrizzle
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Thedrizzle, May 18, 2014
Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
88 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.