Cocoa Psycho | BrewDog

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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:
429
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
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34
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123
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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle at the forge in fort collins. 18 bucks, just about worth it. i have never seen this for sale before, so thats fun. inky black color, plenty thick, with a sticky viscosity that holds the beer to the edges of the glass as i twirl it. no head at all. the nose is all coffee for me, crushed coffee beans apparently, you get their earthy acidic intensity and almost harsh bitterness. the vanilla is there, but its lost to me in a sugary mire, at least in the smell. at least that balances the coffee, but with the cocoa too the bitterness wins, at least in the nose. one sip and im convinced this should have been named coffee psycho, as the cocoa is way back behind the java. the vanilla stands up a little more in the flavor, and if this isnt oak aged, then wow, because there is a distinct woody element in here, not bourbon per se, but wood for sure, earthy as well and also a bit sweet. a balance, albeit a huge one, is stuck someplace in the exceedingly long finish. it coats my teeth like a pack of cigarettes, and the booze is sharp but cant cut the thickness of this, and it has no reinforcements by way of carbonation to help, this beer is nearly dead still. the dark roast of the grain brings the coffee to the fore once more in the finish. really cool beer, warms up really nicely, but is probably a bottle to share. after my hangover, i wish i had shared mine (and laid of the whiskey a little bit too)...

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—slight traces of red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high mocha-colored head that left a large patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of coffee beans and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bitter coffee beans along with hints of roasted malts, cocoa nibs and oak. Coffee-like bitterness lingers through the finish. No alcohol is perceptible. The taste seems to get a little better as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly chalky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as full-bodied compared to other Russian Imperial Stouts and seems like it could have more dominant aromas and flavors.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and branded black and gold pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop for $12.99 USD and served into an Avery stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. 10% ABV confirmed per the label. "Batch 218. Best before: 13-09-18." Expectations are above average given the description - "Imperial russian [sic] stout brewed with coffee, chocolate and vanilla." Reviewed as a Russian imperial stout for obvious reasons.

Served at fridge temp and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours an absolutely gorgeous rich tan colour head - 2.5 fingers wide - with an impeccable shiny complexion. Good creaminess and thickness. Appealingly frothy. Soft looking. Retention is great for the high ABV - at least 9 minutes. There's some sticky inconsistent lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes too. Love how rich and dark it is.

Body colour is a predictable opaque solid black. I wouldn't call it jet black, but it's dark. No yeast particles or hop sediment are/is visible. Appears aptly carbonated.

In short, I'm craving the first sip. While far from unique, this is how a Russian imperial stout should look. Good execution.

Sm: Roasty creamy coffee/java notes. Even a bit of a burnt espresso edge. Dark malts. Chocolate malts. Burnt sugars. Char. Molasses. I have trouble finding the vanilla; it's not very explicit and seems obscured by the cream. The cacao nibs are similarly unevocative; I don't find the richness I expect from true cacao nibs, and can only find a pretty generic chocolate character.

Still, the coffee works well with the burnt character, and the roast is lovely. I'm really looking forward to trying this. As it warms, I almost pick up on a cayenne powder note, but I'm probably just tricking myself. It does have the dustiness of cocoa powder.

Overall a very inviting aroma. Moderately strong.

No yeast character or hop character is detectable. The roastiness tames any malty sweetness, suggesting a very balanced flavour profile.

T: I do find that cayenne/chili powder note here; it's got a bit of heat. Cocoa powder, dark malts, chocolate malts, and a kiss of roasted barley comprise the foundation. The coffee character is less interesting here than the aroma suggested; I do find a bit of roast and burnt grounds, but there isn't much depth or diversity of flavour. Char, burnt sugars, molasses. Light cream. Faint kisses of vague dark fruits emerge as it warms. No hop character, alcohol, or overt yeast character comes through.

Boy, any vanilla is extremely reticent here. The cacao nibs are equally unevocative to the point that I'd question if any were even really used. Why is this called Cocoa Psycho, again? I'm not finding any oak, either.

The sweetness is very well balanced by the roast. BrewDog handles the complexity of this beer well, balancing each note carefully. There's even some subtlety here. That said, for the style it's not uniquely intricate or nuanced. The shallowness of flavour is definitely disappointing. Average flavour intensity and duration.

It's a damned enjoyable beer overall, and I really like it. It boasts a gestalt build and plenty of layers of flavour.

Mf: Near perfectly coarse and dry - in large part due to the well-utilized roasted barley and coffee roast. But the creaminess lends it just enough smoothness and wetness to prevent it from being rough or scratchy on the palate. Medium to full-bodied, with apt thickness. Not too filling. Has a good overall presence on the palate, with a fitting softness and near ideal carbonation.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Texture suits the taste well overall.

Dr: A very drinkable and enjoyable imperial stout with plenty to offer the discerning drinker. I'll easily murder this bottle and wish this was sold by the 6 pack (albeit at a much more reasonable price). In fact, I'd go so far as to say I could and would easily kill a 6 pack of this in a single sitting - it's that tasty. While the price point is a strong deterrent to buying this again, I do think every beer appreciator should give this a spin just once. Definitely one of BrewDog's better offerings. I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners. Well worth trying.

Strong B+

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque though still clear extremely dark and thick jet black with very faint traces of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has an eighth of a finger tall sudsy foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee bean with moderate aromas of vanilla and just a hint of roasted malts. Very light aromas of oak as well.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with a light hint of ash. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of rich dark chocolate (more bittersweet than sweet), freshly roasted coffee, oak, and vanilla. Light hints of earthiness. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness present in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Thick and viscous yet smooth. Hints of dryness towards the finish.

O: Very rich and decadent, one that I really enjoyed though this is definitely a slow sipping beer. Definitely one of the more expensive beers that I have picked up recently, but definitely worth trying. Alcohol is relatively well hidden.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 218 with a Best Before date of 13-09-18. 11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Pours pitch black with a dark and frothy mocha head which leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Rich cocoa, roast, slight char, coffee, vanilla, malts, and dark fruits/berries.

T: Initially boozy but settles down to earthy malts, nutty roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla. Well balanced.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Creamy, rich, smooth roasted chocolate and coffee finish.

O: Very nice, though a bit pricey. Would have again (if someone else buys).

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, one finger light brown foam, fast to a tiny lacing, sticky.
Dark roastiness in the smell, with some faint smoked wood, vanilla. Kinda low, if you think about all the added ingredients.
Taste follows nose, but is richer, with dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and sweet espresso. Some covered fruitiness, with juicy plums, dry figs and raisin and some citrus. Vanilla, cocoa powder, orange peel and some nutmeg/licorice spices. A clear taste of burnt/smoked wood, leaving charcoal in the aftertaste. Spicy hop presence in the finish, but already bitter enough from the heavy roast.
Creamy body, adequate, with a low crispness. Booze is nice, with kind of a coffee liquor feel to it. Aftertaste is a bit too "powdery".
A bit of everything, on the dark malt side of a RIS, nicely executed but not the best out there.

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Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
3.95 out of 5 based on 429 ratings.
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