Cocoa Psycho | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

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

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle with a Brewdog style label and artwork with a dark purple or even navy color(depending on how you see it) clashing with white. I've always been fond of Brewdog and their labels. Poured into a stemmed tulip that's tulip isn't all that pronounced but just a slight flare at the the top.

A - black as anything I've ever had with dark brown and the slightest bit of ruby cutting the bottom corners. Head is pure cinnamon brown with excellent size fluff quickly vanishing to a ring of lacing that leaves minimal stick as expected.

S - classic barley and hints of roasted malt. Black coffee beans in abundance with this aroma while the cocoa and vanilla stay somewhat in the back ground.

T - this is an awesome flavor and complex while sticking every detail. Roasted coffee and malt ger things started with hints of bittersweet cocoa and soft dark chocolates creeping up from the black depths this pysco has to offer. Some real breakfast like characters pop up with sweet vanilla bean as this warms. It almost balances perfectly bitter with sweet the more it warms. An excellent flavor.

M - big and full with superb texture and thickness. Drinks smooth and doesn't overwhelm you with bitterness but actually balances black coffee beans with bittersweet cocoa and Vanilla notes. Finish lingers with a bittersweet imperial stout Booziness that adds to its complexity. Very nice

O - what can I say? Brewdog has some odd, off the wall creations, but they knock it out of the park more often than not in which I continue to find myself buying their beer. Cocoa Pysco is a blend of traditional imperial stouts and infused bittersweet American double stouts, in the end being a must try for massive stout junkies. This is one I'd like to thank Brewdog personally for and one I'd buy again and again. Top shelf imperial stout.

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aaron_Eicher
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yeah this beer is pretty serious. Tons of flavor and aroma that cover up the 10% ABV pretty well. The bitterness balance out the complex flavors, but it finishes a bit more bitter than I would have liked (hence the lower taste). Fantastic body though, and is exactly what I look for in a stout.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Alaska1
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving: 12 oz bottle (marked "best before 22/10/18") poured into a stemmed Pilsener (beer tulip) glass.

Appearance: Pours near pitch black with a thick, foamy, medium brown head.

Smell: Deeply roasted grain, coffee and chocolate. Almost salty caramel emerges as it warms.

Taste: More roasted grain with plenty of sweet dark chocolate, black coffee and vanilla. Only slight bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is subtle, emerging a little as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, full bodied, almost viscous sweet, and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Not overly complex as a RIS, but lives up to its name with big cocoa character.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: very dark indeed. Not much light getting through this bad boy. substantial mocha head on the pour.
smell: a nice charred RIS foundation. Hints of vanilla, coffee, chocolate but this is all RIS.
taste: A little sweet vanilla softens this beast but that RIS roasty char wins in the finish.
overall: Nice RIS with a wrinkle. Way to easy to drink for a 10%.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of -DF-
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elicoleman
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tunemx
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle batch 366, BB 09/19:
Pour is jet black, mildly thick looking as it enters the glass. The head is solid brown, but soapy big bubbles. Nose is raw cocoa, completely unsweetened chocolate. There seems to be no sweetness to the nose, but also no bitterness like coffee or burnt grain. A deeper whiff adds some smokiness, reminding me of a red meat jerky.

My original tastes with a older beer armed like a chalky, unsweetened cocoa. As the beer warms, the smokiness and salted meat bite from the nose come out. A few more sips brings me back to a strange chocolate mix, like chocolate covered bacon or chili peppers (not strong). The feel includes a surprising little tingle from carbonation, body is quite full. The lingering taste is a bit coffee bitter, but it takes some coating for that to build.

Each sip seemed to offer a little something different. The strength of the flavor is interestingly bold. In the end, this beer stayed to the non-sweet side, ending bitter. I wish there was a bit of sweetness in some part of the taste to add a contrast, but otherwise the boldness was enjoyable enough.

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good offering from the BrewDogs. Has the darkest head I've ever seen on a beer, a nice chocolatey brown. Aroma was very good. Had an almost gritty mouthfeel from so much cocoa I presume. Alcohol burn kicks in after a while. The only real bitch I have about this beer is the price. At $12 for a 12 ouncer, it should put me into a state of euphoria. It did not. I wouldn't have bought it except I had a store gift card. To be honest, I've had better beers for 1/2 the price or less. But it was worth trying, albeit on someone elses dime!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Alan.

A: Nice and black with a tan one finger head that settled down to a ring. Curtainy lacing.

S: Cocoa heavy with dark chocolate and vanilla.

T: Follows nose in a big, regal way. Another terrific sipper with a bit of Coke sweetness on the finish. Dark fruits mingle in for the kill.

M: Medium to heavy with medium carbonation. Chewy and decadent.

O: Another winner from the boys in Scotland. Alcohol level definitely kicks in after a few sips. Dive in with a chocolate cookie.

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Photo of crispinol
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was quite surprised at what a good beer this was. Smoother than most RIS and better balanced combination of roast/coffee/vanilla/chocolate. Their show stinks tho'!

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

Photo of Wumsphire
1/5  rDev -74.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

at $12 per 12oz beer its worth a 1. Piss off!

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Photo of Jobin_24
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IAmThird
2.71/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Great cocoa very little vanilla. Good mouthfeel and color. No lace. I would have liked more for the price. I've had beers for 2/3 the cost with more.

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Photo of BostonPhilly
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 459 ratings