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Cocoa PsychoCocoa Psycho

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

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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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 418
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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 cjgiant
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 -6.9%
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 +1.5%
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 +17.8%
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 IAmThird
2.71/5  rDev -31.2%
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 stcules
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Totally black, with a dark brown foam.
At the smell a powerful impact of cocoa, coffee, and toasted notes.
A lot of coffee.
Full taste, again chocolate, coffee, toasted. Low bitterness, some dried fruits, woody hints.
Then some vanilla. Full, and still realtively delicate.
The alcohol is (almost) hidden.
Full, but not too much bodied.
Cocoa, toasted, coffee and vanilla in the aftertaste again. Good.

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Photo of little_star
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Definitely tasty....but I had higher expectations for this one. Bitterness (from the chocolate?) overpowered the other flavors for me. But that said, a very enjoyable imperial stout that goes down pleasantly and probably too easily.

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Photo of hopley
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

• 12.24.14 – Christmas Eve
• 4.5 - Look - Jet black pour with nice .5 inches of tan / light brown head that mostly fades away almost completely and leaves limited lacing
• 3.75 - Smell - Can’t get much smell
• 3.75 - Mouthfeel – Medium mouthfeel – well balanced, not chewy, not thick or thin, similar to what you’d expect for a RIS
• 3.75 - Taste – Too roasty and bitter for my taste, but this lessens as it warms, alcohol well hidden – no alcohol burn at all
• 4.0 – Overall a pretty good RIS but I prefer sweeter and less roasty / bitter RISs, glad to have tried it nonetheless

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Photo of heygeebee
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Flat looking pour, nice and full on nose, but taste let down by a slight bite of coffee bitterness which would likely balance out over time.
Having said that, a somewhat mainstream coffee/vanilla RIS.

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Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

Pours the darkest black/brown hue with the most chocolatiest two finger head and a thick rim of lacing, the smell is pepperoni, milk chocolate duds and dark fruits, the mouthfeel is full bodied with very laid back carbonation suiting perfectly allowing every ingredient to be noticed which suprises me with such a complex list of ingredients, it starts off with a good mix of toasted oak and roasted malts followed by milk chocolate, berries and finished with a very smokey oak dryness, overall another well put together complex drop from the dogs that would even age nicely cheers.

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Photo of drpimento
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Appearance has a brown thick head that slowly settles, some lace and an opaque brown black color. aroma is on the mild side with malt Cocoa, hint of molasses and roast. flavor is like aroma very small subtle hints of coffee and good balance between bitter sweet and tang. Perfect body. A velvet Hammer beer with some booze at the very end of the finish.

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Photo of danieelol
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours black as ^@*$ with awesome tanned head, big lacing. Looks pretty awesome in the grand scheme of things.

Nose is so roasty, huuuuuge coffee, bit of chocolate and a hint of banana.

Taste is massive roast, slight hint of banana, big burnt flavours, coffee in huge amounts. There is a hint of balancing sweetness holding the oppressive roast at bay.

Mouthfeel is about Big, Black Coffee. Kind of bitter. Lots of chocolate comes out later, lots.

Despite the American-style adjuncts this also has Euro leanings in its burnt, acrid dry style. If you like roasty RISes the coffee in this really takes it to the next level. Could use some balancing maltiness to counteract all that acrid coffee and a bit of booze. But quite a good beer on the whole, with a distinctive profile. Maybe I would split the bottle next time. I think ultimately the adjuncts are quite forward and dominant also. Strong coffee is pretty dominant in both nose and taste.

An ambitious and unique beer. I think this beer has a lower rating than it deserves which I largely attribute to BrewDog reactionaries.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Pitch black, black hole, thick crude oil like as it pours into the glass. Virtually impenetrable. Topped with 2 fingers of dark brown rusty head with a yellow ochre tinge. Oil like head consistency but leaves no lacing

S: Chocolate, cocoa, black licorice, alcohol, light lilac floral scent.

T: Sweet, smooth, chocolate, ash, lilac. Little alcohol, but a burn in the throat.

M: Thick, oily smooth with little carbonation.

O: Well done but not overly complex for the style, especially for the addition of cocoa nibs and coffee. Nonetheless, I was tickled to find this through Wishbeer in Thailand. Drank Sept 7th, 2014 in Kunming, China.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%

11.2 ounce bottle, Batch 253, best before 22/10/18. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like burnt/charred malt, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and some dark fruit. I like the taste too, it tastes like bittersweet chocolate, burnt/charred malt, coffee, vanilla, molasses, and a bit of dark fruit and licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good bittersweet imperial stout, I wouldn't mind trying this again in the future. $10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of vauxhaulastra
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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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Photo of SawDog505
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours pitch black with a huge 2 inch mocha head, that leaves behind some solid lace.

Smell is expresso, dark chocolate, leather, tobacco, and vanilla.

Taste follows the nose. Starts with a shot of expresso, dark chocolate and finishes with a leathery, tobacco, and vanilla.

Body is only only maybe medium, slight carbonation, very dry, and pretty easy drinking for a fan of aggressive stouts.

This is very nice, but will take an equally if not better Founder's imperial stout at the same price a four pack as a single bottle.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body appears jet black and leaves a thin, cocoa brown head that eventually fades to nothing. Aroma is primarily a low-intensity cocoa with some charred grain notes. The taste exudes a big, malty flavor infused with baker's chocolate, hints of dates and prunes, charcoal, and a slightly boozy sensation. The feel is heavy-bodied, slick and smooth; dusty dryness.

The beer develops a more alcohol-like character the more you drink yet does a nice job of presenting and maintaining a rich, thick, tasty RIS kind of flavor. Too bad its looks are flat and the aroma rather tame. Nothing world-class about this one, but it ain't no weak, forgettable beer either...it's no 'psycho' but not necessarily for the faint of heart...

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Photo of Mebuzzard
1.86/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Sampled at the Great International Beer Fest sponsored by Elite Brands.

Pours a dark ruby red, very dark. Looks thick and rich, not much of a head, if you can call it that.

Oof. Aroma is booze and nail polish remover. Hot, burn....not a hint of anything RIS

Flavor is just a mess. The booze kills everything. Cocoa is burnt and barely alive. Malt is putrid.

Not even a sipper beer. Too hot, too messy

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Photo of Svyturys30
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Let me start by saying that I am not a huge stout fan. I am trying to delve more and more into these beers as I am wanting to start a mini cellar. I tried this in a bottle and had it served into a small tasting glass.

A- It is like dark motor oil. The way a stereo typical stout looks (IMO) Has a much darker head that most of the stouts that I have seen. Very little head compared to most beers and the head disappears after about 30 seconds.

S- It also has the stout-esce type of smell with a bit of a bittersweet chocolate small on the end.

T- This is the second stout I have had in a couple of days. I thought this one was much better than the other I tried (will review the other one after this).

M- This stout has a very smooth, thick viscosity to it (like watered down maple syrup).

O- I think this stout tastes much better than the Wells and Young stout I had earlier. I hope DL, BCBS or the proprietor is better than this one.


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Photo of trippytbta
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter. Pours black with approx. one finger of dark tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma of dark chocolate and a little coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma with roasted malt and char. Kind of tastes like dark chocolate over coffee beans. A little hop comes through as well as other tastes, excluding the vanilla, i never really tasted vanilla. The mouth feel is good accompanied by the warm alcohol presence.. A pretty good beer for such a high ABV.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Alc. 10% by Vol, 2014

It pours midnight black with a 1 finger milk chocolate orangeish head that doesn't stick around. No lacing.

Smells of cocoa powder, char, cappuccino.

The taste is mostly cocoa powder. So much of it. There is a slight warming alcohol booziness that adds to the smooth and creamy mouth feel. Roasted malts and char are very present. chocolate liquor. No vanilla. Cocoa powder and unsweetened coffee bitterness on the finish.

This is like drinking dark chocolate covered espresso beans. The vanilla is not really present at all, which is a bit of a disappointment. The chocolate is super dark, and the coffee is very bitter. Its pretty good, but I wouldn't buy it again. Trying it once though - I definitely recommend it. Don't expect any vanilla.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I was hoping to taste more of the coffee and vanilla notes, but I didn't get much of that. I definitely detected chocolate, raisin, and molasses. Not that those flavors are bad, but they just remind me too much of Raisinette candy. Despite the Raisinette flavor, the beer wasn't too sweet, which I've noticed before in other Russian Imperial Stouts. There was also a bit of dryness to the beer too, which I enjoyed.

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Photo of yankeepride
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours the deepest brown imaginable, with some chocolate notes coming out of the tulip. I was able to taste the chocolate malts and the roasted character, but I was expecting much more. Didn't really get vanilla, and there was some mild bitterness that would probably account for some of the coffee. Overall, was enjoyable for breakfast on a Saturday, but didn't have the depth I was hoping to experience.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice light brown head and decent lacing

S-dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, earthy, coffee, hint of brown sugar

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice flavors and enjoyable sipping, nice dessert beer

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