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Cocoa Psycho

Rating: 3.5

This imperial stout from Brewdog was the winner of the brewery’s annual prototype challenge for 2012, narrowly beating Jackhammer to the title. As a result, Cocoa Psycho earned a place of Brewdog’s rotating beer list although due to the fact that the results were so close Jackhammer is also occasionally brewed. I picked this bottle up in Glasgow a few months ago after initially missing it the first time my local bottle shop had it in stock, thankfully I wasn’t too long a wait until it was back. The beer is a 10% imperial stout which wil go some way to explaining how in managed to win the prototype challenge, as there seems to be a heavy bias in the craft beer world towards strong, dark beers with imperial stouts leading the charge and dominating the top 100 lists on most ratings websites. That’s not to say I don’t think this one will be a good beer but I imagine Jackhammer will prove to be more to my liking given the fact the abv. of this one is so high.

Cocoa Psycho

Appearance (4/5): A solid black colour for the body, topped with a very dark looking brown head that is creamy and about half a centimetre tall before it fades to a patchy lacing about thirty to forty-five seconds later but does well considering the alcohol content of the beer.
Aroma (8/10): This one starts with some very strong and dark roasted malts with a lot of coffee coming through as well in the initial stages. There is a tonne of sugar and sweet malts coming through with a hint of vanilla and spice plus some darker fruits. The fruits include some plum and fig along with some raisin and there is a hint of oak right at the end. A very complex but thoroughly enjoyable aroma.
Taste (6/10): Very rich tasting and with a fair amount of alcohol coming through, even at the start with this one. There is a lot of dark chocolate and sugar with some roasted malts and spice. Spicy and with a lot of dark fruits, particularly some dates and figs coming through, this beer is a good one but sadly a little strong for my liking.
Palate (3/5): A smooth tasting beer with a creamy feel and a medium body. Carbonation seems low with this beer but the texture is a rich and complex one that also packs a punch due to the huge alcohol content of the drink. Overall the beer is quite dry but is also one to be savoured.

Overall (14/20): This one was a bit of a mixed bag really in that it started pretty well and the smell was incredibly complex but very enjoyable although after that things started to slide a little. The taste wasn’t a bad one per say but it was a touch strong for my liking and touches alcohol were a little to noticeable for my liking. This one is a beer that is definitely worth trying but given the strength of it I’m not sure it’s one I’ll be going back to all that often.

Brewed In: Ellon, Scotland
Brewery: BrewDog
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Imperial Stout
Abv: 10.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirit Co., Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £4.50

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