Cocoa Psycho | BrewDog

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432 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
BrewDog
Scotland, United Kingdom
brewdog.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
432
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
122
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bylerteck
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much hotter than expected. Not as much coffee as expected either. Quite tasty but missing required elements that would take what is advertised to next level.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Canal-Winchester, OH brewery. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had chocolate. The taste was chocolate base with some roast. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was a good beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey_L
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chebode2
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Foley67
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dewsby
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heeenrik
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of igl
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mitchellrhen
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CurtisD
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of bourassa23
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Robertturnbull3
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Catalin90
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap @Brewdog Bologna. In my opinion, it's an world class Imperial Stout. Tons of cocoa in the smell, taste and aftertaste. You can also feel vanilla, dark fruits and slightly roasted coffee. I enjoyed drinking it.

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Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
3.95 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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