Grey Monday - The Bruery
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Reviews by dvmin98:
5/5 rDev +10.1%
2014 Reserve Society Allocation poured into a Westbrook Brewing snifter
Jet black appearance. The wax from the bottle smells amazing..tempted to chew it like the wax candy from the 70s. Big bold imperial stout flavor with a nice bourbon coating on my tongue, with the hazelnuts on the back end. A bit hot (hey dummy, its 18.5%), but hidden well for the percentage.
I actually enjoyed the bottle more than I did from the tap at the Reserve Socitey party. Will sit on one or two of these for a year to see if the heat drops a bit.
I'm a sucker for hazelnut, and this one is the best I've ever had. Outstanding.
05-11-2014 12:00:49 | More by dvmin98
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4.83/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
03-03-2013 17:22:36 | More by tectactoe
4.48/5 rDev -1.3%
Black, heavy, and viscous throughout. Very, very small film of minimal carbonation. Leaves the glass oily on the way down. Appropriate, and pretty enough, though this beer's appearance is not what makes it special.
Exceptionally rich aroma: vanilla and very sweet chocolates, lots of barrel (coconut, stinging bourbon, Mounds bars), and a distinct, integrated, lovely, and sweet hazelnut addition. The base beer (Black Tuesday) is quite present, obviously, but the addition of hazelnuts is a welcome one that works.
As with Black Tuesday, this is sweet, rich, chocolate, and barrel-forward. This does seem a bit more subdued though and slightly less raw and aggressive than regular Black Tuesday, with distinct, authentic, flavorful hazelnut present, especially on the swallow and lingering finish. Some alcohol heat, but not quite as strong as regular Black Tuesday.
Full in body with low, creamy, silky carbonation.
Fantastic Black Tuesday variant.
Additionally, the wax smells of hazelnuts.
04-21-2013 16:45:56 | More by ehammond1
4.36/5 rDev -4%
Bottle shared by nasty31 at a Black Tuesday and Variants tasting
A - Dark brown with small cocoa head that faded quickly. Lots of carbonation. Really a thick body that coats the glass. It looks a bit like syrup
S - Get hints of hazelnuts, slight oak and vanilla. There is a ton of sweet bourbon in it as well that makes up the main nose profile. It has sweet caramel and also a strong boozy presence
T - This is one sweet and boozy beer. There is sweet chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, and cream. The hazelnuts make themselves known near the end with just a slight hazelnut presence. The bourbon and its booziness makes itself known in the taste as it did on the nose. This alcohol presence remains in the finish as well as a slight oak
MF - Thick, sticky and syrupy beer that coats the tongue. It also leaves a thick coating on the tongue in the finish. The finish is astrigent from the oak and the booziness.
O - Like Black Tuesday, this is a sweet beer. The hazelnuts add a slight twist with the nutty hazelnut presence. However, there isn't as much hazelnut as I'd like as it's just a small presence instead of making a strong presence. Out of this, CR and BT, I preferred this over BT but liked CR more.
02-23-2013 23:28:52 | More by jeonseh
Grey Monday from The Bruery
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