Cocoa Psycho

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #508
Ranked #5,393
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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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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an inky, oily black, topped by a very large dark brown head. Retention is quite nice; head composition is firm.

Smooth, big aroma: roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate, dark coffee, a touch of dark fruit and banana esters, and a bit of vanilla. Perhaps a touch of oak.

Flavor delivers on the promise of the nose, firing on all cylinders. A touch sweet up front, with chocolate, grapes, vanilla, and yeast. Around mid-palate, the roasted barley comes on, riding a wave of coffee. Incredibly roasty finish, long and bitter, with a flat, oak edge to it.

Big, strong beer; smooth and full; the 10% comes across very cleanly and goes down far too easily.

This is a big, traditional Russian Imperial Stout, with some extra flavorings that certainly complement the overall profile, if not coming through all that strong.

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

Photo of REVZEB
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. A RIS that doesn't mind having a rich semi sweet chocolate taste before hitting you with the hop and roasted malt bitterness. Has a power feeling mixed in with the typical RIS smooth and sharp combo, fun! Not too heavy, in fact medium bodied with a bright booze finish, like a chocolate chip liqueur.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

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4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

Served in a half pint stemmed glass at BrewDog pub in Edinburgh.
Like sipping cocoa powder and cold espresso.
So strong and bitter yet also a little sweet.
Not sticky at all though.
Very dry in the mouth.
I feel the half-pint I got was too much, this could be something I could drink like a schnapps or a whiskey. Fairly hard to enjoy through the extreme bitterness.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 479 ratings