Grey Monday - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,339
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 1,184
Gots: 441 | FT: 83
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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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Ratings: 1,339 | Reviews: 110
Photo of SanFranJake
4.13/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of indianabeerman
3.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

booze bomb. not a hint of anything but alcohol

Photo of Resuin
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
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)

Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of MisterKilderkin
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Who knew wax could smell so good? Really sweet, not too boozy, big and heavy.

Photo of Nichols33
3.44/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Way too boozy for me

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of SoNiC21
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had the 2014 as part of a 14 bottle Bruery tasting and this was definitely one of the standouts!

Photo of RebelWithoutACause
4.98/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This goes to show that the bros know diddly squat about beer

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon, maple, vanilla and boozy. Not getting much in the way of hazelnuts. On the thinner side for a Bruery stout.

Photo of fegelFatso
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It was awesome... But I didn't taste any hazelnuts. A slightly smoother Black Tuesday. Loved it!

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.57/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of sunnrider
4.12/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of uvachief
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of parris
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Brabander
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer but very boozy.....drank it with friends who had the same opinion.

Photo of dthompson0279
4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of beefsquatch
3.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

i've had better hazelnut stouts. these guys are always going over the top. bringin' the heat. in a bad way.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Photo of kimjongill
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best of the Bruery stouts.

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Grey Monday from The Bruery
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