Grey Monday - The Bruery

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pDev: 8.49%
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  19.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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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 StephRai
5/5  rDev +14.7%

DRAUGHT, indeed.

09/15/2014.
À The Ginger Man's The Bruery Draft Tasting Room event. {NYC}.

Let warm... Flavors and depth come out majestically.
Syrupy, melted dark chocolate, sweetness. Hazelnuts picked up after sitting a while, but in a great way. HIDES the 19.5%.
5++ (276 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (612 characters)

Photo of supaadam
5/5  rDev +14.7%

I've had A LOT of beer. A LOT of BA stouts, but this is freakin' phenomenal. There's some vanilla from the hazelnuts I guess. Damn. The whole thing is great. (161 characters)

Photo of MtnSoup
5/5  rDev +14.7%

An incredible (and HUGE) beer. 2013 vintage.

Got a lot of chocolate, bourbon, but tons of hazelnut at the end (in a good, expected way). Some sweetness in there as well.

Been saving for a buddy from Boston to come visit during GABF. I'd put it well beyond any of the varieties I've had from Goose Island Bourbon County series. The Hazelnuts provide serious taste at the tail-end of this beer. Despite a super high-ABV, it wasn't too hot. Now I need to find more... (467 characters)

Photo of dthompson0279
4.91/5  rDev +12.6%
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 uvachief
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
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 RaulMondesi
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow... Christmas, Walt Disney, the memory of your granmama, and heaven; this is what conjures up to Raul while drinking the divine substance that is Grey Monday. Luscious, silky and glorious stout textures/layers/aroma/taste with a lil nip of roasted hazelnut.

Pinch me, my children. I am alive. (299 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (2,969 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A. Pours a deep, dark, tarry black. A half finger of light brown, loose head emerges and fades rapidly to a few bubbles. Big oily legs remain on the glass. Good.

S. Vanilla, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, lots of hazelnut, some fusile alcohol notes. This is really really nice.

T. Wow. This is so mellow considering the heat. Thick fudge, brownie batter, prominent vanilla, mild hazelnut, mild bourbon, overripe fruit. Amazing.

M. Cloying, coating. Low carbonation, excellent balance, sits nicely on the palate.

O. Wow. We had a Black Tuesday before this and it didn't do much for me but this is so shockingly different I can barely believe it is the same base beer. I don't get a ton of hazelnut, just some subtle notes in the background that even it out. Whatever was done differently here really balanced this out. Drinks like a liquid Heath bar. One of the best things I have had, albeit extremely sweet. (913 characters)

Photo of Hands22
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a cask in 6oz pours at Beachwood BBQ (Seal Beach).

A- Deep, dark black color. No real head but has a small ring of tan bubbles along the edge of the glass. 

S- Has a strong port-like smell. Little bit of alcohol. Chocolate and hazelnuts. 

T- Port again. Some alcohol. Has a great hazelnut taste throughout, and with the chocolate is almost like nutella. Sweet and malty. 

M- Full bodies and delicious. No carbonation to speak of. Finishes very sweet. 

O- Amazing. The alcohol is well hidden and I liked that it was a cask served beer. Really smoothed things out and made for an easy drinking (despite the high ABV) desert-like beer.  (656 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had an opportunity to try this beer at Freshcraft in downtown Denver. The place was claustrophobicly packed with people, but I'm glad I stuck around to try this beer. So full they didn't have proper glassware.

A&S: Brown/black colored beer. No head or sign of carbonation. Spots of oily slicks on the top. Huge toffee and caramel notes. Not a ton of chocolate and only a hint of coffee. Alcohol in the mix, but not overly present.

T&M: Amazingly unique. Tons of Toffee and caramel again. Dark fruits and milk chocolate mixed in. Similar to the aroma alcohol is there but not in your face and especially not for pushing 20% ABV. Didn't get any nutty notes. Incredibly smooth and silky. Very thick and chewy body.

Overall: Unbelievably good. I broke my no more than $1 an ounce rule, but honestly it was more than worth it. Easily goes down in my top 5 for any style and would come close to rivaling CBS(even though they are completely different). I really hope I have a chance some day to sit down with a bottle of the beer and give it the rating justice it deserves, instead of quick notes. (1,093 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
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! (1,365 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my top beers ever. It is a smooth, big, full stout with a lot of enjoyable hazelnut. Now, as all bruery beers, it's best split with 4+ people, but it will be very enjoyable when you do. (194 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. The hazelnut aroma is out of this world. Chocolate and bourbon fill the void of the scents. The flavor is sweet at first but dies down with every sip. Bourbon, cocoa, hazelnut, brown sugar.
Full body low carbonation.
This is a hell of a beer. I've never seen legs on a beer before. It was worth every single drop of doubt I ha about trading my vsb for a mix of bruery beers. (442 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: a very dark brown body with a white lacy head.

S: In the front, there is very strong chocolate. The aroma transitions to a sweet bourbon flavor at the end. Almost identical to the nose of Black Tuesday

T: while there are simalarities to Black Tuesday, this is a different beast. Bourbon and chocolate are up front but there is the hazelnut flavors that meld these flavors perfectly. There is an alcohol bite that comes up at the end.

M: Heavy heavy body with a suprising amount of carbonation given the ABV.

O: Amazing beer. Better then both Chocolate Rain and Black Tuesday. (582 characters)

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
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 timc100
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage - 6 months fresh

Going into this I was intrigued as to how much of a difference/impact some hazelnuts would offer. Very impressed with the result.

Pours out like black tuesday - dark brown, sits pitch black in the glass. Zero head to speak of, but still a great looking beer.

After it warms up and aerates the aroma really opens up - nutella milk chocolate, nuttiness, bourbon caramel, sweet vanilla and coconut enhanced by the hazelnut. Definitely some oaky vanilla and bourbon as well. The dark fruits that are so prominent in black tuesday are covered up a bit and overall it's sweeter.

Taste follows the aroma perfectly - very rich and full, lots of creamy barrel notes enhanced by the hazelnut and a really nice boozy bourbon burn. Well rounded, perfectly minimal carbonation and very smooth.

Fantastic beer - skeptical at first as to how much variation there would be from the base, but it's a great, subtle compliment. (946 characters)

Photo of Aldogg007
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Where does one begin with a beer this beautiful? Dark restaurant made it look probably even darker than it was. A beautiful light carbonation that is expected of a beer this large. Smell. Wow the smell tells you exactly what your about to drink. Everything is there the hazulnut, the bourbon, oak, dark roasted malts and even some chocolate. Yeah well all those flavor meld perfectly and coat your mouth with liquid happiness. The warmer it gets the more you taste and the more the aromas come through. The booze is there but well hidden for 19%. This is a special one that needs to be seeked out. Sell your soul do what you must to get your hands on this thing. (662 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 06/19/13 notes. Got this last year being a RS member; been wanting to crack this for a while and opened it with my brother for his 30th birthday. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a jet black color with two to three inches of dark tan head and light to moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, hazlenut, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, and molasses. Initially I found this very sweet and very bourbon forward, but as it warms up a lot more hazelnut and vanilla comes through, improving this quite a bit. Really nice complex nose.

t - Tastes of hazlenut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, hazlenut coffee, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, raisins, sugar, and molasses. Taste is a bit sweet again initially but still great to me, as I love bourbon. More vanilla than the nose, and again, the hazlenut comes out as it warms up.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. The body is really thick, smooth, and creamy, and the ABV is very well hidden. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall another fantastic variant of BT. Like most big RIS's, this one improved a lot as it warmed up, allowing more hazlenut and vanilla to come out and mask the molasses/dark fruit sweetness. Still a good amount of bourbon and an awesome mouthfeel; while you know it is a big beer, it doesn't feel lik 19.5% at all. Had no problem finishing 12 oz.'s of it which is scary.

I still prefer Chocolate Rain to this as I think the vanilla beans and cocoa nibs in that beer hide the sweetness of BT a little bit better than the hazlenut did, and I prefer those flavors, but this is another world class beer. I'd rank then CR, GM, and BT last, but you can't go wrong with any of those there, they are all great. (1,772 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown along with a razor thin light brown head that left behind light lacing throughout. I could immediately smell the hazelnut and booziness right off the bat along with some delicious chocolate notes Flavors of roasted hazelnuts, brown sugar, sticky chocolate, toffee, light molasses and bourbon vanilla. Full bodied, well-carbonated, slightly cloying on the palate, and a boozy finish with some lingering heat throughout. Overall, an amazing bourbon- and nutty-centric beer! (488 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had it a day after having Black Tuesday. This one was not that sweet with a more earthy feeling to it. Also a bit more balanced. Hazelnuts were present only in the aftertaste. Definitely a sipper. (196 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

this is straight up one of the best beers ever. it takes black tuesday, an already beyond world class massive stout, and brings it to a whole new place with just layers and layers of additional flavor and character. a huge contribution from one ingredient to say the least. inky black in color just showing brown. the head doesn't hang on real long, but froths up pretty well on the pour, lighter than mocha, but rather dark. the nose is perfect, and i hardly ever give anything perfect marks, but this cannot be improved upon. the hazelnuts add this incredible earthy sweet dimension that fits right into the thick malty abyss of black tuesday. it lightens it, with a robust nutty flavor that moves from vanilla to honey to almond extract, and back again. with the darkness of the barley and the licorice character, its a dream come true. i could just smell it all day, just a tiny hint of booze, right on. the taste does much of what the nose does, i get a little more tobacco or molasses type spice in this than i did in regular black tuesday, but i can imagine thats from the nuts. tons of oak on this coming through too, char and vanilla, which plays up the already desserty hazelnut properties. the nuts just make this sing. its impossibly light and soft for its size, drinks a lot easier than its base beer, and finishes for an hour, seriously, i can taste it through food, other beer, everything. its burned into my palate, and i am thankful for it. every drop of this stuff us pure gold. its body is massive, its alcohol only comes out with temperature, and the layers of flavor are fit for kings and gods. just magic. (1,627 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

First release. Teku glass. I've had this about half a dozen times on draft by now, but this is the first time I've gotten around to writing a review.

A: Pours a dark coffee brown, a little lighter around the edges. Some light brown head which fizzles out quickly to a razor thin ring. No lacing and so-so retention. Looks flat after a few minutes.

S: Hazelnut extract, vanilla and oak, dark chocolate and some nice spice (cinnamon), and a little bourbon.

T: Rich, dark liquid chocolate, hazelnuts, tannic oak, vanilla, with a lengthy finish. Fairly sweet. More sweet and a little boozy than I remember the draft version being (in which the alcohol was completely undetectable).

M: Mouthcoating, full bodied, with medium-high, sharp carbonation. Sticky.

O: Delicious and decadent. An improvement over both BT and CR. The hazelnuts enhance the base and meld well with the other flavors. The sweetness is probably the limiting factor in terms of drinkability. This is probably best enjoyed in relatively small servings. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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)

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