Cocoa Psycho - BrewDog

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 357
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 22
Gots: 93 | FT: 5
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dgilks on 03-14-2013

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.
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Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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... (440 characters)

Photo of Deltrus
1.59/5  rDev -58.6%
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. (2,079 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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 (339 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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… (1,053 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4.50):
Black with a very dark looking brown head that is creamy and about half a centimetre tall before it fades to a patchy lacing about thirty to forty-five seconds later.

Strong and dark roasted malts with a lot of coffee coming through as well in the initial stages. There is a tonne of sugar and sweet malts coming through with a hint of vanilla and spice plus some darker fruits. The fruits include some plum and fig along with some raisin and there is a hint of oak right at the end.

Rich tasting and with a fair amount of alcohol coming through, even at the start with this one. There is a lot of dark chocolate and sugar with some roasted malts and spice. Spicy and with a lot of dark fruits, particularly some dates and figs coming through.

Smooth with a creamy feel and a medium body. Carbonation seems low with this beer but the texture is a rich and complex one that also packs a punch due to the huge alcohol content of the drink.

A mixed bag really in that it started pretty well and the smell was incredibly complex but very enjoyable although after that things started to slide a little. The taste wasn't a bad one per say but it was a touch strong for my liking and touches alcohol were a little to noticeable although it is an Imperial stout I guess. (1,319 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Dark dirty brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to nice thickish covering... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Big blast of strong espresso coffee and toasted malts, some milk chocolate, oats, light blackcurrent/blackberry notes, cocoa, leathery, woody, some faint vanilla traces, light spicy hops, burnt sugar...

Taste - Lots of creamy chocolate and rich dark coffee to the fore, roasted malts, faint smokey notes, some liquorice, some peppery hops, nutty, light molasses sweetness..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable for 10%

Overall - An outstanding brew although a little aging wouldn't do it any harm to round out the edges... definitely recommended (843 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cocoa Psycho
330 mL bottle, poured into a tulip. This pours the colour and viscosity of motor oil, it is impenetrably black and thick and viscous. A slightly aggressive pour yielded about 2 fingers of dark caramel brown foamy head. Lacing is great, leaves some whispy film and a coating around the edge. Wow, excited indeed. 4.5

S- coffee brewing in a log cabin, no joke. Big rich aromas of dark roasty malt, notes of lemon and cumin, lot of coffee, chocolate a big understated, both hot cocoa powder and sweet milk chocolate notes. Lot of balanced bitterness and spice notes. Some vanilla and oaky campfire, surprising toffee sweetness. 4

T- bitter coffee, bitter cocoa pods, vanilla, roasty malt, log cabin with some wool blankets about, smooth mocha, more earthy spice. An amazingly smooth and creamy feel to it. Bitter dark chocolate on the end, dark malt with a really pleasant bitterness. A very tasty Russian stout, with a fair bit of sweet, almost milky, character. Quite complex, maybe not as much as some others, but still very solid. 4

M- creamy initially, then a perceptible coating bitterness of coffee and cocoa. Ends with a lingering oaky warmth, a sort of mouth puckering coffee tannic coating. Amazingly the alcohol is hardily noticeable behind the really big body of this stout. Really sippeable, and satisfying. 4.5

Well, a solid and well-made Russian stout. I enjoyed it a lot, really balanced and creamy for this strength which made it quite the treat. I suspect however it doesn’t have the complexities to challenge the titans of this style. The more I sip it the better it gets though and I would highly recommend this, quite well-balanced even with the amped up hops. Worth trying for sure. 4.5 (1,724 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Definitely top marks for appearance as it pours an inky black colour, with a lively chocolate brown head. Looks absolutely gorgeous.

Smells dark and burnt, with a slight hint of sweetness. Some vanilla too I think.

Tastes first of a massive hit of bitterness - coffee, and dark, burnt malts. Lots of alcohol but not overwhelming (great for 10%, especially considering it's so fresh), and adds an aspect of strong dark fruits, almost like port wine. Dryness lingers on the palate after you swallow. Near perfect level of carbonation - it's there but it doesn't ruin the taste like some other big stouts.

Overall a nice beer, better than what I expected from Brewdog and I'd love to have this again. Good show lads. (777 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the prototype batches that are now being brewed year-round for 2013.

Light absorbing black like falling into an abyss. Tight, dark tan head. Fair head retention.

Massive roast malt and cocoa aroma. Fair amounts of alcohol and some earthiness. Pretty nice.

Abig alcohol hit with most of the malt being a chocolate note. A little light on the malt sweetness and the bitterness is a touch high for my tastes.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Fine.

A decent strong stout. The cocoa notes are clear but I want a little more sweetness to bring out the chocolate flavour rather than the bitter cocoa. (627 characters)

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Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
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