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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,076 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,076
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 1,005
Gots: 337 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
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California, United States

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

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Grey Monday is a special version of our Black Tuesday imperial stout that has been aged on hazelnuts.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-18-2011)
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Reviews by dbc5:
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4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into 10 ounce Kentucky Bourbon Stout Snifter

A: A surprising 1 finger head; surprising given the size of this beer. The head is somewhat thin and soapy looking, but again, impressive given that this beer is over 19% alcohol. The mocha colored foam recedes after about 30 seconds, leaving a pitch black liquid in the glass. Evident alcohol legs after each swirl. Good looking beer.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, and bourbon are the first things that hit my nose. A definite alcohol presence is perceptible. Clean sweetness. There is an indistinct nuttiness on the back end, I couldn't identify that this was aged on hazelnuts specifically, but you can tell some type of nut was used.

T: Initially, the taste is characteristic Black Tuesday, tons of chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, and raisins. Also hits with the sweetness you would expect from such a large beer. The hazelnut contribution becomes apparent on the back end. A savory nuttiness hit and provides an interesting wrinkle. Similar to the nose, I don't think I could identify the specific nut variety used in this beer, but can tell that something nutty and savory was added to the Black Tuesday base.

M: This one is a bit more effervescent than both Chocolate Rain and Black Tuesday. I would call this one moderately carbonated. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied. Alcohol warmth after each swallow. Leaves the palate thick and oily.

O: Really enjoying this sipper, although I must say that I slight prefer Chocolate Rain. I would rank the Black Tuesday variants (that I've had) as follows: 1) Chocolate Rain, 2) Grey Monday, 3) Black Tuesday. The nuts add an interesting new dimension to this beer that I find very intriguing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of IKR
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

2014 Vintage
Batch 2
18.5% ABV

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest beige head which dissipated fairly quickly. Considerable legs on this one. I've always felt that Black Tuesday and the variants are more dark brown than black.

Smell: Upfront Bourbon, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate/cocoa, and a bit of hazel nut. No significant presence of ethanol in the nose which is great considering the strength.

Taste: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, mild chocolate, and some mild coffee/roast malts and hazelnuts appearing towards the finish. To me the biggest impact the hazelnuts have is in subduing the alcohol that's present in fresh black Tuesday.

Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied. Some heat but good for it's alcohol level. The hazelnuts lend a semi oily feel to the mouth-feel. There is a moderate level of carbonation which is impressive considering the ABV.

Overall: Great high alcohol beer. The hazel nuts improve the mouth-feel and subdue the alcohol compared to the base Black Tuesday.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

750 pulled out tonight by Syndicate!! Darrel wields the beer penis tonight!! Pours thick and black (as expected) head is short lived.. nothing when it comes to lacing or retention.

Nose is very nice... oaky chocolate with tons of barrel presence.. Unfortunately for me, the nut presence is very artificial.. Not "nutty" but extract... Not necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely could be less extract forward.

Grey Monday is everything that all the huge ABV Bruery beers deliver on... big vanilla and chocolate.. oak and hazelnut candy... I dig it for sure, but it is an ABV and sugar bomb that isn't good at all when delivered in a single glass.. Too sweet and the hazelnut extract is an error that I expect from Mr. Rue.

Glad I got a chance to try this one... Seriously.. Darrel is an animal!! But for my palate, Grey Monday/Black Tuesday/Chocolate Rain are Diabeetus bottles.

3.5/4/3.75/3.75/3.75

Photo of ThickNStout
4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Grey waxed (which for the record is hazelnut scented!) 750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 9/25/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours midnight black, chestnut at the very edges with a small pale tan cap. Wisp of a halo linger but leave no lace. As with the base beer and all it's siblings, swirling will coat the glass well and produce thick legs.

Invitingly sweet nose with string hazelnut, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak with a noticeable undercurrent of booze

Big, bold and delicious. The hazelnut is strong and up front with plenty of other layers. Dark chocolate, cream coffee, sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel and molasses all mixed in with a pleasant alcohol burn. A delightful sipper that can be milked for well over an hour of enjoyment.

Oily, heavy body with light carbonation so this really settles right down to make it's self at home on the tongue. Hazelnut for days in the finish but it leaves room for some sweet bourbon, vanilla and smooth chocolate.

I haven't had them back to back yet but I like this almost as much as Chocolate Rain. The hazelnuts raise the already luscious Black Tuesday to delecable new heights. I'm tempted to try cellaring a bottle for a year or two but fear that the hazelnuts that make this beer so special are already starting to fade. So drink up, this stuff is incredible!

Photo of FosterJM
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1800th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750ml- Grey Wax

2013 Release

App- This was about the same as BT. Just thick, dark and viscous in the glass. A small amount of brown bubbles formed and was gone rather quickly.

Smell- When I first had a BT, I thought it was more port with a big sweetness, phenol alcohols and fruits. This was like that but the chocolate and hazelnut dominated the flavors. When I put my nose in the glass, I felt I was smelling a hazelnut chocolate milk.

Taste- I felt it this was actually better than BT and MW. Its a good stout due to the base beer. This highlighted the chocolate and hazelnut way more than MW and coffee. This had more flavor and was creamier and layered.

Mouth- Thick and viscous. A low carbonation level and was very creamy just like BT. The hazelnut dominates the residual flavors along with the chocolate.

Drink- It was a good beer. It was expected. I appreciate when someone says its a hazelnut beer, it should taste like hazelnuts. This was that and was a huge beer.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Dark black with a thin tan head. Essentially opaque with almost no visible carbonation.

S: Hazelnut up front, with thick aromas of dark cacao and huge oak barrel, with coffee, tobacco and musty leather in the background.

T: Sweet hazelnut, oak, coffee and cacao nearly in balance, roasted malt sweetness, drying tobacco, and the alcohol burn and sweet. Sweet oak and chocolate in the hang.

M: A bit thin body and mouthfeel for style, but far from watery. Mouthfeel is sticky with carbonation sensation on the low side. The alcohol is certainly noticeable but it doesn't seem as "hot" as Black Tuesday.

O: Really quite good, and an improvement on the base beer in my opinion. Huge alcohol and huge sweetness are still predominant characteristics though - certainly not a subtle beer. But an enjoyable one.

Photo of DanGeo
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tectactoe
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Ron, Tim, and Mike for letting me partake in this bottle, even though I would've been contempt just sitting there smelling the wax. This one pours nearly black with a very small and menacing tan head that is reduced to a ring pretty quickly. Seemingly low carbonation, this one looks very thick and syrupy on the pour - I would expect nothing less from this 19.5% ABV beast.

And whoof... the aroma washes over my senses like a goddamn tidal wave. Chocolate, both dark and milky, smooth bourbon, sweet vanilla, roasted hazelnuts. Much like it's counterpart, Chocolate Rain, this beer has such an intoxicating and powerful aroma that demands attention. One thing I like about Grey Monday, however, is that the sweetness does seem nearly as cloying.

But don't get me wrong - the sweetness is still there on the nose. Brown sugar, thick molasses, melted fudge; it just appears to be a bit more settled in and refined. Another thing I love about Grey Monday is that the bourbon aroma is so smooth; not harsh or burning the nostrils at all. This is an amazingly crafted beer, and I haven't even brought the thing to my lips yet.

And just like Chocolate Rain, Grey Monday hits the palate and injects an intense sweetness throughout your entire nervous system. But just as the aroma indicated, tasting has confirmed - the sweetness of Grey Monday is controlled so much better than it was in Chocolate Rain. It's the "super sweet but still manageable" sweetness, and it's perfect.

The flavors explode like a fucking bomb on my palate: vanilla, hazelnut, light cocoa, bourbon, oak and wood. Chocolate Rain felt like 19.5% ABV. Grey Monday does not. It's got that heavy warmth - but the bourbon is so smooth and even "soft", and it goes down like a dream. I've loving the balance of boozy and sweet; they play off of each other perfectly.

I love the hazelnut addition - not only because I love hazelnuts, but because it was done masterfully. It was subtle enough as to not wash any other flavors out (see: Frangelic Mountain Brown), but at the same time - it was noticeable and appreciated with each and every sip.

As the beer warms up, new flavors emerge and current ones get stronger. Nutty, smooth, boozy, and sweet all at once. There is a certain harmony between all of these things - a detailed system of checks and balances. The aftertaste is a collection of hazelnut, cocoa, sweet vanilla, smooth bourbon, brown sugar, and dense oak. Nice, creamy body with a slick mouth feel, surprisingly not as sticky as you'd expect.

I didn't want this one to end. I liked Chocolate Rain, but I said that it would have potential to be a world beater if the sweetness and the booze were toned down. Alas - Grey Monday accomplishes those exact things, and the cost of lost cocoa nibs and vanilla beans is more than made up for with an excellent hazelnut addition. Thanks again to Ron, Tim, and Mike for this world class beer. Don't forget to smell the fucking wax.

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Grey Monday from The Bruery
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