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Cocoa Psycho (2)

Rating: 4.4

A milestone 300th review of a Scottish beer now and what will also be a rare  re-review of a beer that I’ve already tried now, this one is a beer that I originally tried back in September 2013 and wasn’t really taken by but decided to give it another chance as my palate has changed some since then and I’ve come to appreciate imperial stouts more. The beer in question is Brewdog’s Cocoa Psycho and is one of the most highly rated Scottish beers so it’s only fair that I give it another go. I actually picked this bottle up back in May 2015 and aged it for about a year and a half to see if that had much impact on the flavours as well. Here’s what I thought of the beer at the second time of asking.

cocoa-psycho

Appearance (4/5): Quite thick looking and pouring jet black, the beer is opaque and almost oil like in appearance. There’s quite a dark, tan brown head to the beer about half a centimetre tall that fades to leave a small amount of lacing around the edges of the glass; pretty much as expected for such a strong beer.
Aroma (8/10): A touch more subdued than I remember, this one opened with some nice chocolate malts and a few hints of sweetness alongside plenty of toasted malts. Closer to the middle I got some caramel that added to the sweetness before some coffee and darker fruits started to come through; mainly some plum and dates along with some cherries too. There was a hint of vanilla following on from this with some subtle hops in there as well to give the nose a nice balance.
Taste (9/10): Opening a bit stronger than the nose, there was a roasted malt taste that came through with slightly more sweetness than the nose and was followed by some vanilla, oak and background caramel flavours. Towards the middle the chocolate from the nose appeared and was again quite strong, the darker fruits coming through next with the plums and dates from the nose featuring alongside some raisins and cherries. The beer was a great tasting one with some cocoa and a hint of coffee bitterness towards the end and some dark malts seeing things out.
Palate (5/5): Quite thick and full-bodied, this one had soft carbonation and was quite crisp with a semi-dry feel. There was plenty of sweetness throughout and the balance was a good one too, the sugars and darker fruits working well with the more bitter, roasted flavours. The beer was also quite an easy one to drink despite being a 10% offering, some faint boozy touches and a slightly warming feel did feature at the end but it was smooth and very drinkable.

Overall (18/20): This one, although similar, was a much better version of the beer I tried a couple of years ago but the is down to the fact that I’m more into this style of beer than I was back in 2013. The balance of the beer seemed a lot better this time around and it was a very smooth, drinkable offering that combined the darker fruits and sweetness with the roasted malts very well, hiding a lot of the alcohol content in the process. I really enjoyed this one at the second time of asking and will definitely pick it up again; excellent stuff and one I’m glad I gave a second chance.

Brewed In: Ellon, Scotland
Brewery: BrewDog
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Imperial Stout
Abv: 10.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £3.50

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