Cocoa Psycho

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #436
Ranked #11,467
3.99 | pDev: 11.78%
Jul 30, 2022
Mar 14, 2013
Very Good
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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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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This being sitting around for over 4 years. Color as black as you can get with the darkest head (by the way, quite thin) I have likely seen.
Aroma with predominant notes of cocoa, coffee, a bit of smoke and licorice.
Flavor with notes of roasted coffee beans, smoke, burnt sugar, cocoa, figs, lots of licorice and dark fruits. Dry aftertaste with a good bitterness.
Medium bordering full body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 10% is well-disguised.
I felt more the coffee, licorice and smoke over the cocoa. I was hoping for something more luscious. This was quite attenuated with no residual sugar.
Jul 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sample at BrewDog tasting, Stavanger. Impressive appearance: pitch black colour, large brown head. Lovely roasty aroma with notes of coffee, cocoa and vanilla. The flavour is a tad less impressive but still good - with the same elements as the aroma, and decent hops in the finish.
Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 17, 2020
Rated: 4 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

Jun 15, 2020
Rated: 4 by Stengelfoot from California

Mar 06, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Jan 05, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS)

Dec 26, 2019
Rated: 3.43 by Houborg1 from Denmark

Dec 19, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by Lanas from Greece

Nov 04, 2019
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in a balloon glass.
Black colour, dark brown medium head with short retention, creamy lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, pharmacy alcohol, coffee, some varnish, a bit of smoke, dried fruits.
Medium body, creamy texture, normal carbonation. Cognac like finish.
In the mouth is more smokey, chocolate, coffee, varnish and booze.
Warming beer.
Oct 07, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by arzt from Germany

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by Lelampp from Ohio

Aug 10, 2019
Rated: 3.8 by travelguy from Ohio

Jul 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Jeffrey1701 from Netherlands

3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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.
Jul 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.99/5  rDev 0%
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
Jul 04, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by Unclevince from West Virginia

May 25, 2019
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
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.
Mar 24, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Mar 17, 2019
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Reviewed by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.
Mar 11, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Mar 02, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by yaron73 from Israel

Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Nov 19, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by BeerGlassesCollector from Cyprus

Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 4.19 by TargaFlorio from Indiana

Sep 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Sound_Explorer from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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.
Jul 13, 2018
Rated: 4 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Jul 02, 2018
Rated: 4.07 by wc94wc from California

May 16, 2018
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

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.

May 14, 2018
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4.07/5  rDev +2%
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
May 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Dzu from Russian Federation

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.
Apr 30, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by trickykid from Russian Federation

Apr 24, 2018
Rated: 4.67 by matuka123 from Finland

Apr 21, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by Jmar25 from Ohio

Apr 21, 2018
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Reviewed by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

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.
Feb 28, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by BdM from Netherlands

Feb 18, 2018
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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev -5%
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.
Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Feb 10, 2018
Rated: 3.6 by themayorkoch from Ohio

Feb 09, 2018
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

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.
Jan 30, 2018
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