Cocoa Psycho | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by dgilks on 03-14-2013

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Ratings: 454 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of Jmar25
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to an Ora et Labora taster.

A: The body is pitch black and when pouring it shows a very thick density. The head is brown and shows good retention. No lacing however.
S: The aroma is very prominent of roasted coffee, having real coffee infused, probably Ethiopian. Right after, there's a mild cocoa aroma. Disappointingly, there's a big touch of alcohol in the aroma.
T: Taste starts off with sweetness from chocolate, then uses the dark touches to follow through to the coffee roastiness and finishes very lightly with a lingering sweetness and zero bitterness at all.
M: Body is high. Carbonation is a bit too high from the ideal spot but it's still good. Alcohol is very prominent. And the aftertaste left by the alcohol is not very enjoyable. Sweetness is medium to high.
O: It's a medium RIS. Flavour-wise, it's very interesting but alcohol should be caged in other ways.

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Photo of BdM
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chrismattlin
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of themayorkoch
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 12/14/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a dark khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of cocoa and vanilla. The coffee aromas seem to almost go unnoticed, but are noticeable in the flavor department. The flavors have a nice amount of chocolate. Mild hints of anise/black licorice. Solid malt backbone. It's bittersweet. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid Imperial Stout. It's not too flashy, but it's still enjoyable and can be considered a nice classic and traditional example of the style. The coffee is on the subtle side, but the cocoa and chocolate come through. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vader444
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lembeh
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark black with a cafe au lait head which dissipates quickly leaving behind some impressive lacing. On the nose getting some faint vanilla and cocoa but it's very muted. The taste has strong coffee notes, bittersweet coffee which lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium plus with more corbonation than typical for the style.

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Photo of crewfan1952
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Everydayoff
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch opaque black in color with rather thick dark tan head that stays with pretty good retention, it gradually dissipates to a lasting bubble sheet atop and leaves some lacing patch and spot here and there.

In a nose, it is so rich with notes of coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, charred nut, dark bread, toasted wood, licorice, and mild sweetness while hop provides its subtle earth and spice to support.

Sweetness upfront with notes of vanilla and burnt sugar, it follows by a presence of dark malt with roasted flavor along with toasted wood, cocoa, dark chocolate, and coffee. Dark bread covers as a base of the flavor structure while there is also some spice of licorice and alcohol at the almost end. Hop is there at the end and in the aftertaste with notes of some earthiness and citrus. Bitterness comes from both roasted malt and hop (more from roasted malt).

The body is full with high viscosity and sticky yet chewy mouthfeel. The feeling is so smooth and well-rounded with rather low carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well. Finish is very pleasant and dry.

This Stout is big and intense with great profile of cocoa and coffee as well as roasted malt and toasted wood. Alcohol is there but it comes in style, not so sharp and surprisingly easy to drink. Great sipper.

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Photo of Nunya
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sellen
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dazka
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with substantial head - nice and dark brown. Nose is dark roasted coffee, tobacco, and burnt malts. Definitely smoke in it. Taste follows the nose - dark roasted coffee and charred wood. Really flavorful and roasty. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Really nice overall, if not a tad bitter.

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Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a one finger dark tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lac
S: Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, burnt sugars and charred wood.
T: Taste is big and slightly bitter dark chocolate with some smoke and charred wood. Burnt sugars come in at times too but the chocolate likes to come in for multiple passes across the palate. Hints of espresso at times as well. The finish on this beer is more cocoa and burnt sugars with some lingering roasted malts and charred wood.
M: This beer has some serious heft on the palate with a velvety smooth feel. The carbonation is there but the beer does seem to be almost flat. The beer has a drying finish as well.
O: I'm not picking up on any oak or vanilla but I've had this beer for awhile. The best by is 2018 if that is any indication. It tastes like a fairly standard well made IRS with some adjuncts. Worth trying if you can find it but not worth hunting for.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.3 oz bottle shared with Rob, thanks!
A: pours a deep dark reddish chestnut brown, thin chocolate milk colored foam head, some spotty lacing
S: cocoa, char, vanilla, oak, coffee, dark malt
M: thick, creamy body with wet finish
T: slight sweet dark malt, oak, coffee, cola, molasses, tobacco, char, oak, vanilla, carbonation tingles on the tongue and leads to slight bitterness
O: fantastic brew with awesome taste, definitely worth getting a bottle

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a pure black color. One finger tan foamy head dissipates within about a minute and leaves a nice stringy lacing glazing the sides of the glass. The smell has a superb roasty to smooth dark chocolate to milk chocolate coated coffee. The taste tales those previously mentioned flavors to combine subtlety and finely on my tongue. There’s a slight roasty chocolate to coffee aftertaste. The finish is smooth and roasty. On the palate, this one sits about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality to it. Overall, I say this was an absolutely wonderful RIS that I would definitely have again.

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