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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 1,397
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 2.29%
Wants: 1,211
Gots: 468 | FT: 85
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  19.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-18-2011

Grey Monday is a special version of our Black Tuesday imperial stout that has been aged on hazelnuts.
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Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow what a huge beer! Pours a dark sort of caramel brown, huge huge huge nose, tons of dark dried fruit sweetness, not that much carbonation. Has a great BBA flavor, tons of vanilla sweetness and a slight hazelnut finish. Not that far off from the base Black Tuesday. (269 characters)

Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on one and it was worth the wait. Not as much hazelnut as I was hoping for, but still plenty of delicious going on in this bottle. Having the majority of Bruery's big stouts, I would rank it above Mocha Wednesday and Black Tuesday, but below Chocolate Rain. Overall a fine stout, just watch out for that abv, because it knocked me out! (359 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Almost pitch black and super thick, slight head at first that quickly dissipates leaving an oily, black beer

Smell - Smells malty, with hint of caramel. But more than anything the overwhelming smell is that of hazelnut (as advertised) with a whiff of bourbon. A very sweet smelling beer.

Taste - Hazelnut is the first thing that hits you. Very strong, which is followed by molasses, caramel, coffee and chocolate. Bourbon is very faint but definitely there and add to the overall flavor. Booze is ridiculously well hidden... how can an 18% beer not taste boozy?!?

Feel - Super thick and sticky. Very little carbonation.

Overall - Very fun beer. Never tasted a beer like it. Worth the hype (707 characters)

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 version shared at Highland Lodge after FoFA. This may be my favorite of the Black Tuesday variants. Massive bourbon aroma and complex boozy flavor profile. The hazelnuts add nice depth to the flavor. (204 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage

This is one of those really great stouts that is worth seeking out.

From the description, it should be apparent that if you like Black Tuesday -and also like hazelnuts- you are really going to like this beer.

The only dilemma here is that you have to make the decision of whether you want to cellar this beer or enjoy it "fresh."

A recent vintage is going to be strong on hazelnut presence, while, over time, the beer is going to lose that novelty and become "just" Black Tuesday. (Note: cellared Black Tuesday tastes amazing)

I would definitely share this beer and split it into two pours, one chilled, the other warmed to room temperature. The former is super smooth and strong on hazelnuts, the latter boozier and more representative of what Black Tuesday has to offer.

Overall, a great beer worth trying. (831 characters)

Photo of Absolut
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with little head

Smells of hazzlenut, vanilla, cocoa and bourbon.

Taste is similar to the nose, with a more coconut presence and a bit of heat.

Thinner than expected

Tapped 8-9-15 at the Blue Palms Anniversary party (241 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Fairly thin with minimal head. Not as viscous as I was hoping, but typical of a barrel aged beer.

Smells excellent. Chocolate, sweet roasted nuts, vanilla. All masked a hair by a lot of alcohol.

Tastes outstanding, but there is that significant amount of heat up front that I smelled. Tons of bourbon. You will want to sip this a bit. Tip of the tongue for best flavor. However, once the initial blast of alcohol passes this beer starts to shine. It's a hazelnut throwdown. Also some vanilla, molasses, and then closes with some brownie/fudge like chocolate. Slightly bitter with some more astringent heat in the aftertaste.

Body is a tad thin. Carbonation is somewhat prickly.

Interesting what my friend San Fran Jake has to say about this with some age because my first thought was, I wonder what 6-18 months would do. Obviously it gets hard to hide that kind of abv, and it really isnt that bad, but I think I would have this brew in the 4.75 + range overall if it came in around 12-15%. Still right on that world class line.

Edit: this really gets better and better as it warms (1,103 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into tulip. Bottled 9/24/2013. Thanks for the bottle, Tyler!

A: Pours near black with a couple fingers of dark brown coffee-colored head that faded into a faint bubbly collar.
S: Rich notes of leather, bourbon barrel, vanilla, caramel and faint hazelnut mixed with fudge. Smells pretty much like BT. Very decadent but not overly sweet.
T: Very intense and potent flavors of BT mixed with silky smooth hazelnut. Bourbon, vanilla, cocoa, fudge, leather, and tobacco come through strongly, and I get hints of hazelnuts, caramel, toast, butterscotch and chocolate syrup in the finish. The aftertaste is full of vanilla, leather, and tobacco, with a good dose of bourbon as well. Overall the flavors are thick, well-integrated, complex, and dangerously buttery and smooth. I could drink this whole bottle (oh wait, I am). The chocolate flavors really linger in the aftertaste as well, especially as the beer reaches room temp.
M: Thick and heavy body; chewy, slick, and smooth mouthfeel; with low but tingly carbonation. The sweet and sticky bourbon character is present, but this beer is not hot or overly boozy. Very integrated.
O: Dare I say this is an improvement on BT? The hazelnuts are not dominating, but they add another layer of complexity to an already complex and world class stout. I wish I had more bottles of these. Thanks again for the hook-up Tyler. (1,379 characters)

Photo of SanFranJake
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My review is based on a 2014 bottle that I just opened.
I'd rate this 4.75 on all ratings, but the hazelnuts and taste have fallen off significantly.
If you cop this, drink it fresh.
It's still great, just not as good. (218 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. This was bottled on 9/24/13, so has almost 2 years of age on it.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown and leaves a mini half finger of tan head that fades right away to a tan rim around the glass. (4.25)

Smell: Big nutty hazelnuts, fudgy chocolate, oak, vanilla, slight smokiness. Real nice. (4.75)

Taste: Lots of oak, molasses, dark chocolate, nutty finish. Candied dates, bourbon, vanilla. Almost dominated by the oak, but there are some other nice flavors in here as well. Fairly smooth, I'm guessing the couple years in the bottle mellowed it a bit. (4.75)

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carb with a medium, slightly syrupy, creamy body. If I have any complaints, maybe this could be a bit thicker but it's still nice and creamy. (4.25)

Overall: Really well done with nice, huge flavors, including hazelnuts, coming through in a great way. Good amount of chocolate and bourbon flavors as well. Alcohol is there all the way through but not dominant. (4.5) (996 characters)

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Might be the best of the varients. Hazelnuts add a lot to the great base.

Bourbon base was very upfront and the alcohol was a bit hot, Very, very sweet (153 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Steady oil black body with just a skim of tan head on the edges. Nose is of bourbon soaked hazelnuts. Flavor is of a fine hazelnut port. It is creamy and smooth with hints of vanilla and Carmel on the palate. Impressive brew for 18.25%. Incredible. (248 characters)

Photo of SoNiC21
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage bought from 2014 Christmas sale.

Split between two days, Slight hazelnut smell though I'm under the weather, hazelnuts give it a small nutty taste, the bourbon part had mellowed nicely but it's still there. Another good part is I didn't get the sweetness taste as I did with BT and CR, this was overall very good and quite drinkable until the alcohol catches up to you. (387 characters)

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.57/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured out black with what looked like an oil slick sheen. There is some nuts, chocolate, bourbon, and coffee on the nose, but the overpowering smell is alcohol and not in a good way.

Lots of bourbon and nuts with some coffee and chocolate in the flavour. Booze is very much present. It drinks a lot lower than the 18% ABV it is, however, this beer is too boozy for my liking. I did, however, drink nearly the entire bottle myself.

That resulted in a fairly terrible hangover the next day. (500 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to baybum for dropping this on me, a beer that I’ve had at tastings but never drowned myself in. Here’s to hoping. 750ML silver-waxed bottle of 2013 vintage, split with my wife.

The pours is stout black, which should be a description on model planes. Carbonation is low, because straight moonshine-level ABV usually has no bubbles, right? The nose is BT + nuts: barrel, sweet malts, & a surprisingly strong nut shot. I mean, nut smell. That doesn’t…wait. It smells like nuts. Well, shit. Nutty? That’s better.

Grey Monday is the sweet hot mess of Black Tuesday with an addition of nuts. Now, I couldn’t ID the body as a hazelnut, but my wife, who drinks hazelnut creamer with a dash of coffee each morning, no doubt could. Big fappy bourbon notes suffuse the brain pan & go straight to the frontal cortex, along with a toothy bite of alcohol. Vanilla, oak, enough malt sweetness to…is that a tooth I just lost? Nuts cut the sugar-nado just enough to keep it tolerable (for a mortal – I love sweets!). Ends in a froth of star anise, licorice, & a forecast of bourbon headache on the morrow. It goes without saying this is tar-thick. It’s a sipper, but one I could sip until I woke up in an episode of Intervention. You’re just jealous of my roll, man!

Certainly an epic beer in every sense of the word. Big, thick, brutal, laden with alcohoolc, clears the bar of good, then very good, & settles into the stratosphere of excellent. I hope I can walk when I’m done. (1,496 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml into snifter for the birth of my son.
A- deep brown with a brown tint to it. Very little beige head that dissipated quickly.
S- hazelnuts hit me first. Chocolate, a bit of bourbon.
T- follows the nose pretty much. Nutty, booziness, sweet.
M- super viscous, sweet, nutty.
O- well worth it. Exactly what I was hoping for being a big fan of hazelnut flavor. (378 characters)

Photo of sunnrider
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this and Mocha Wednesday on the same day with friends.

Pours dark with very short lived head.
Smells delicious, lots of vanilla, a little hazelnut, you can tell it will be very sweet.
Boozy flavor, not a lot of nuts but plenty of the regular BT taste in there.
Great beer but it´s way too big, 125ml bottles would be so much easier. (339 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Take black Tuesday and make it Hazelnut sweet. Really smooth and hides the abv well. Burns but not offensively. Really smooth. Tasty and chewy. Can't beat it. Big boy beer. (178 characters)

Photo of parris
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer but think my expectations were too high, head was very thin, taste was great for the abv, hazelnut chocolate flavor as expected, giant silky mouthfeel. (163 characters)

Photo of dthompson0279
4.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 1 2012 bottling reviewed:

Although this is still very hot (I didn't mind), the hazelnuts were still present and complemented this beer beautifully. As it warmed a bit, it really opened up. If you can, seek a bottle of this out....truly a delicious brew! (262 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of black chocolates and hazelnut are pretty interesting with light vanilla notes also noticeable. Taste is a very nice mix of chocolate and hazelnut notes with balanced residual sugar level which is usually not a strong point for the Bruery. Body is full enough with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer and I was surprised by the fact that it is quite drinkable considering the ABV and the base beer. (552 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a large Bruery snifter. 2014 vintage. Acquired in a trade with vitese, thank you sir!

Pours a deep brown, nearly black opaque body with a small light hazlenut head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

Allowed to warm for ~30 minutes prior to drinking for maximum flavor and aroma profiles. On the nose comes nice potent vanilla, bourbon, butterscotch, caramel, milk chocolate aromas.

On the tongue comes that big, sticky, syrupy sweetness of the Black Tuesday base, combined with sweet molasses, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon. The aftertaste is where the hazlenuts shine through, with nutty notes followed by a nice, deep roastyness on the finish. Mouthfeel isn't as thick as you'd expect with low carbonation as expected.

Overall I'd say this is probably my favorite BT variant so far, the complexity is definitely there and the hazlenuts added something to this beer. Definitely a sipper! (953 characters)

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to danwho for this beer in trade (you rock!) Definite hazelnut bourbon flavor to beer. Another awesome Black Tuesday variety! (150 characters)

Photo of wulfie85
4.5/5  rDev +3%

This was a lot like the other BBA stouts from Bruery. Poured black and smelled like rich bourbon. Had a great bourbon stout flavor as well. I did not pick up any hazelnut notes, but it was distinctly different from black tuesday. (229 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another big want brought to last night's tasting.

2014 vintage sampled at room temperature.

Looks exactly what a 19.50% beer would look like. No head, syrupy body and insane legs.

Aroma is rich chocolate syrup with with bourbon present in a supporting role. Just intense/rich aromas and characteristics.

Flavor is like literally drinking chocolate syrup. Rich, viscous and insanely sweet. We each got 3-4 ounce pours and even though I went back for seconds (TOTALLY shouldn't have) it was just enough.

Still prefer Mocha Wednesday, but this was still tasty. (566 characters)

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Grey Monday from The Bruery
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