Cocoa Psycho | BrewDog

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Cocoa PsychoCocoa Psycho
BA SCORE
3.99/5
Very Good
459 Ratings
Cocoa PsychoCocoa Psycho
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
Ranking:
#4,968
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
459
pDev:
12.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
125
Trade:
6
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 459 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of wc94wc
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Cheers

 809 characters

Photo of Dzu
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

 175 characters

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

Photo of matuka123
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

 883 characters

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.

 801 characters

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.

 340 characters

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.

 1,356 characters

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.

 329 characters

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 459 ratings