Cocoa Psycho

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #498
Ranked #5,240
4.03 | pDev: 11.66%
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Notes: 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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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 476
Photo of Jeffrey1701
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle at Brewdog seven dials in London and took it home with me. When pouring this imperial stout it looks very thick and velvety, the body is black and it has a pretty dark brown head. When smelling it i think i smell something faintly woody, maybe leathery, dried fruit, hard to place for me. When tasting there is no sweetness and a bitter that's not too intense but lingers for a (short) while. When tasting i get a retronasal aroma of coffee. Also has a high ABV but doesn't feel boozy to me.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has good retention

S- rich dark roasted malt mixes with notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, dark fruits, fruit cake, caramel, licorice, vanilla & a hit of coffee to close it out

T- dark and roasty, with notes of charred malt, chocolate syrup, cocoa nibs, fig, raisin, caramel & anise. The finish brings out a hint of coffee, as well as more dark fruits and chocolate

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- big and bold, my only complaint is that I would have preferred a thicker mouthfeel

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. 2015 vintage bottle, consumed on 9/21/17.

A: Very dark brown, nearly black. Opaque. Forms a half-finger of dense tan head that fades to a ring of foam. Minimal visible carbonation, though that's not unexpected.

S: A punch of dark chocolate and cacao nibs up front. A good bit of vanilla as well, with dark roasted malts, caramel, and pipe tobacco. Necco wafers and a modest coffee roasted malts. Hints of toffee, anise (though not obnoxious), and more European dry dark roasted malts.

T: Chocolate – big dark chocolate, cacao nibs, baker’s dry bitter chocolate. Vanilla, caramel, and more chewing tobacco. Some coffee, and a sweet-ish fruity cherry flavor with more dry cacao nibs and 99% cacao. Dark roasted malts. Sweet and boozy vanilla (like vanilla extract) mixes with the chocolate in the hang.

M: Heavy-bodied, but probably about average for a Russian Imperial Stout. Low but again as-expected carbonation sensation. It does seem a touch boozy but pretty restrained for the listed 10%.

O: I can’t quite place, nor reconcile, the sweet to almost tart “cherry” flavor near the swallow here. It doesn’t seem like yeast esters, but this otherwise doesn’t seem infected at all. But if intentional, it’s not on the label nor does it seem to fit the beer particularly. And I think it clashes with the dry chocolate flavors. Perhaps it could be some overly sweet vanilla mixed with the chocolate. Either way, I’m not digging that flavor. Otherwise decent.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle with a "Best by" date on label. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: The one finger, dark tan head goes away pretty quickly and leaves some lacing in patches all over the glass. It's a pure black color.

Smell: There's mostly vanilla, roasted malt, milk chocolate, molasses and cloves. In the background there's some alcohol and a hint of raisins.

Taste: It's bitter at first with coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt. It finishes quite sweet with vanilla, milk chocolate and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, oily, medium to heavy bodied and a little bit cloying with medium-low carbonation.

Overall: It has a very complex aroma but not everything comes through on the palate. It's a little bit cloying despite not being that sweet but it's still an excellent beer.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having a bottle from 6/2014 and now 7/2018, few months before the BBD. Pours black as night with not much for foam/carbonation really. Aroma is strong still of coffee and malts both dark roasted. Taste is much the same, with a hint of chocolate one might expect but not much. Goes down a bit bitter and yet still rather clean, only the edges of the tongue still tingling. Overall rather good for 4yrs old.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the growler via Cappy's in Loveland in a snifter. This excellent
foray into RIS territory pours a perfect coal black with a nice thick head
of brown foam that subsides to a thick silky ring, thin wispy layer, and
displays some excellent lacing. Nose of muted cocoa, moderately strong
booze, earthy malts, and sweet char laden coffee. Flavors hit the perfect
harmony with beefy coffee and balanced bakers cocoa with hints of
vanilla on the rear with a light woodsy note mixed with toffee and char.
Exceptional mouth feel; full body, medium carbonation that is lively
and aids to lift this beast to a higher degree of quaff-ability, and a
rich cocoa and coffee heavy finish that is balanced and keeps a
stout drinker going back for more.

Overall, stunning excellence from a great brewery.


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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

bottled and a little distressed from the long and unusual journey to myself
So pours a full on overworked oil dirty black body with full on dark brown foaming head
lots of esther aand chocolate in the aroma
the chocolate and booze warm through, that coffeee is now subtle but its all very comforting

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Photo of Dzu
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap.
L: pitch bald with a tan foam head.
S: cocoa beans, dark chocolate.
T: dark chocolate, coffee.
F: oily body and low carbonated.
O: great ale. Worth a try.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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 secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on draft at the fine Gerst Haus in Evansville IN.

Appearance: Black with a tan head. Little to no lace.

Aroma: Fruity almost.

Taste: Smooth bittersweet cocoa with some fruit and wood underneath. I get some definite alcohol burn at the finish here, solid Russian Imperial Stout, and a definite sipper.

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Photo of BB1313
3.57/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Lembeh
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Everydayoff
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Beersnake1
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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 SHODriver
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +5.5%
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 -0.7%
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 bylerteck
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
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 -1.5%
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 Catalin90
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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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Photo of basshaug
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle of batch 281 (best by nov 2018) poured into a snifter.

Jet black beer with a nice dark brown head when poured into center. It has a chocolaty and slightly boozy nose.

Loads of chocolate flavor that lasts. There is a nice touch of coffee in the finish . Overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of RickyS
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark beer, with an extremely dark foam. The aroma is dominated by a roasted character, metallic and acidic but not in a violent way. Coffee, cocoa and a bit of bacon. The taste is on the same notes, with long finish, persistent on the bacon and coffee notes. Very chewy and thick. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, best before date of 9/24/19, batch #363. Pours jet black with a smaller sized dark brown head. Smells of roasted malt, char, earthy hops, cocoa, and some dark fruit; somewhat abrasive. The taste is rounder with roasted malt and hops followed by a nice blend of cocoa, dark fruit, vanilla, coffee, and char. Just a hint of sweetness and good amount of dryness; surprisingly refreshing. Smooth mouthfeel and above average body. Although the smell is somewhat abrasive, the flavors really blend well and have good complexity. Good example of a RIS.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint.
Pours opaque jet black beer with dark brown cocoa head.
Smell - strong cocoa/chocolate, roasted, leather, vanilla.
Taste - mellow, roasted, cocoa, coffee, pepper, oak characters.
Full body, soft carbonation, outstanding.

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Photo of zac16125
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates

A: Opaque jet black, thick on the pour like motor oil, one of darkest heads I’ve ever seen on a beer, probably second only to Zhukov. Disspiates down fairly slowly and leaves only a few small patches of lacing. Beautiful beer. 4.5

S: Very roasty, lots of leather/tobacco characters, dark cocoa, subtle vanilla and roasted coffee. Excellent nose. 4.5

T: Like the nose, roasty characters dominate; big leather and tobacco; herbaceous characters; a bit of coffee; very subtle semi-sweet cocoa. 4.25

M/D: Fuller side of medium bodied, carbonation on the higher end but not bad, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is pretty good. 4

O: Its not very chocolatey, at all, so Cocoa Psycho is a misnomer; but its a very well done IS that I enjoyed quite a bit. 4.25

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