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:
432
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.41%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
122
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of basshaug
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle of batch 281 (best by nov 2018) poured into a snifter.

Jet black beer with a nice dark brown head when poured into center. It has a chocolaty and slightly boozy nose.

Loads of chocolate flavor that lasts. There is a nice touch of coffee in the finish . Overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jtk21351
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickyS
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely dark beer, with an extremely dark foam. The aroma is dominated by a roasted character, metallic and acidic but not in a violent way. Coffee, cocoa and a bit of bacon. The taste is on the same notes, with long finish, persistent on the bacon and coffee notes. Very chewy and thick. Overall a nice beer.

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Photo of Highbury09
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alarmclock314
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, best before date of 9/24/19, batch #363. Pours jet black with a smaller sized dark brown head. Smells of roasted malt, char, earthy hops, cocoa, and some dark fruit; somewhat abrasive. The taste is rounder with roasted malt and hops followed by a nice blend of cocoa, dark fruit, vanilla, coffee, and char. Just a hint of sweetness and good amount of dryness; surprisingly refreshing. Smooth mouthfeel and above average body. Although the smell is somewhat abrasive, the flavors really blend well and have good complexity. Good example of a RIS.

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Photo of Caesarr
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgregory
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dougbreathe
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dentist666
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint.
Pours opaque jet black beer with dark brown cocoa head.
Smell - strong cocoa/chocolate, roasted, leather, vanilla.
Taste - mellow, roasted, cocoa, coffee, pepper, oak characters.
Full body, soft carbonation, outstanding.

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Photo of zac16125
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into a tulip
no bottling dates


A: Opaque jet black, thick on the pour like motor oil, one of darkest heads I’ve ever seen on a beer, probably second only to Zhukov. Disspiates down fairly slowly and leaves only a few small patches of lacing. Beautiful beer. 4.5

S: Very roasty, lots of leather/tobacco characters, dark cocoa, subtle vanilla and roasted coffee. Excellent nose. 4.5

T: Like the nose, roasty characters dominate; big leather and tobacco; herbaceous characters; a bit of coffee; very subtle semi-sweet cocoa. 4.25

M/D: Fuller side of medium bodied, carbonation on the higher end but not bad, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is pretty good. 4

O: Its not very chocolatey, at all, so Cocoa Psycho is a misnomer; but its a very well done IS that I enjoyed quite a bit. 4.25

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with an almost pumpkin color thin head. Smells mostly of oak tannins and dark coffee. Taste is definitely heavy on coffee with some dark chocolate, vanilla and oak. Felt a little watery. By the name I was hoping for a lot more chocolate flavor but still a decent beer.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours thick and black. Completely opaque. Thin cap of dark tan head. Patchy lacing.

S- Cocoa Nibs (or really high cocoa content chocolate), sugary malt, and a hint of alcohol (nothing off-putting)

T- Cocoa Nibs, Dark Roast Coffee, and roasty malt. Little bit of alcohol burn on the finish.

M- Thick and Creamy body. Low Carbonation.

O- I haven't had many Russian Imperial Stouts (maybe Five or so) but I must say that I was impressed with this one. Extremely flavourful and a dream of a body.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black color with no visible activity, but a nice slow foam construction. Thick creamy brown sparkling 4 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with poor lacing. Flavors of rotten dark fruits, yeast, burnt malts, coffee, peppers, cocoa, and herbal spices. Chalky medium body with prickly carbonation. Vinous sweetness with sour bitterness. Super strong and long astringent finish, ending with a tongue burning leathery coffee feel, with a little bit of cocoa. Overall this is a good quality bold Russian stout, but I personally find it overly strong and unbalanced. Fully flavored, very rich and tasty, with a killer peppery mouth feel. Highly vinous and alcoholic. A very sour smell, almost foul. Stale, hard to drink, yet super warming. Hardcore only. You can easily serve this as an appetizer, still quite complex and unique.

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Photo of alucard
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LantGladstone
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBE May 8, 2020 10% ABV 330 ml bottle from Ales by Mail


Appearance (Look) = 6%
black almost opaque, dark tan head, viscous
Smell = 24%
chocolate, sweet, malt, alcohol


Taste = 40%
chocolate, sweet, roasted, coffee, slight astringency, alcohol burn


Mouthfeel (Feel) = 10%
creamy, thick, alcohol burn


Overall = 20%
very good. I like it. I have had better of this style where you can really taste the fresh malt. Here they seem to be overshadowed by the additives that get muddled a bit.

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Photo of JustinSparks
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuccoFan
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great looking head and solid lacing. Aroma is pretty roasty, with some chocolate elements. Good roast, medium body. A little sweet on the finish, but a solid overall beer.

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Photo of changdulla
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LaMbOfGoD
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cocoa Psycho from BrewDog
3.95 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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