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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 1,400
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 1,216
Gots: 470 | 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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle traded for and shared by Curran for my birthday dinner. Thanks dude!

Pours a fairly dark brown, with a small quarter inch head, and basically no lacing, save for a few faint stripes. Looks really, really oily.

Smells really strongly of roasted, caramelized hazelnuts, plus intensely sweet bourbon, vanilla, and searing booze.

This is one strong mofo of a beer, and incredibly sweet. If you drink it fast, it's cloying, but if you drink it slowly, it's not as sweet, and much more doable. There's sugary vanilla cream, roasted hazelnut, hazelnut frosting, chocolate syrup, sweet syrupy bourbon, and a big boozy heat. It's kind of like drinking hazelnut gasoline, really. It's delicious, but it's so hard to drink large amounts of this.

The body is slightly thinner than I would've expected, but it has a creamy, sticky, oily mouthfeel, and an almost non-existent amount of carbonation.

An unbelievably extreme beer here, it's done well, but you must share the bottle or you will die. (995 characters)

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

Important note: while the listing says 19.5% the bottle states 18.6%

Big thanks to Hagedorn for this gem!

Opened tonight, well just because. Nice start to beer week.
The lady and I have split choco rain, and blak Tuesday twice, we'll see I we can handle this.

Split into 2 bruery snifters. Bottle bubbled up a little bit, funny enough a bottle of bt 11 at a tasting last weekend bubbled up huge (but still tasted great!)

A- well this is very much like its brothers. Just as expected, super dark with a thin dark head

S- upon opening it was huge! Frangelico liquor immediately comes to mind, which is t a bad thing per sa but not the direction I was hoping. Maybe this is going to be invariably sweet. In the glass it is actually quite muted at first, maybe the killer aroma was all in te bubbling up? However it slowly opens up and starts showing its splendor. Right up front more like CR than BT, chocolate sweetness upfront and mild alluring hazelnut all over. Its subtle and very nice. Part of the reason in cracking it is exactly for this.

T- big but this is expect. At first it was very very strong, I actually had thought that there was no way we'd get through this. Much more boxier than cr and bt...initially. Halfway down the glass and second glass it's a completely different story. Huge chocolate upfront and that great hazelnut flavor in the mix work very well together. Surprisingly not overly sweet as initial expecting (though it must be mentioned I do particularly like sweetness in beers). Chocolate with bits of hazelnut , the hazel is very subtle and not over bearing. I'm halfway through my second glass and in loving every sip.

M- surprisingly high carbonation for a beer this size. On the thicker side of course but if you've had bt and cr this is very much like em. At first the booze was overbearing and dissapointing but like I mentioned earlier that didn't last long. It's nicely integrated in the beer.

O- I'm lovin this stuff. Not as much hazelnut as I would have liked but it delivers in all departments. This feels like a variation of CR than a variation of Bt if that makes any sense. I'd love to try this side by side with em, and plan too some time in the future. I had bt and cr side by side last weekend and know for sure cr is my favorite. This one lands slightly behind cr.
Cr last week was fantastic even with some age and I have a strong feeling this one will be the same. I partly joined the rs this year for this beer and am glad it delivers.

However if your after on of these bad boys, while this one is great, go after a CR instead. (2,585 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 ricecracker420
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the first beer I'm reviewing on BA, and I find this one to be appropriate, however, this will be short.

A: Dark Brown, minimal head

S: Very alcoholic, some chocolate and nuts

T: Very strong alcohol (obviously), chocolate, nuttiness, very sweet

M: heavy body, almost thick, very little carbonation to break it up, strong alcohol burn

O: Despite how incredibly strong this beer is, it is exactly what I wanted and what I expected with the addition of the hazelnuts, I really quite enjoyed the interplay of the chocolate, hazelnuts and the barrel flavoring. I'll need to try this a few more times to confirm (617 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9/24/13 bottling date. into a tulip.

wax smells amazing...insane like hazelnuts... pours a dark black with a great beige head. vanilla, hazelnuts, slight bourbon on the nose. very nice aroma. the taste starts off hot but quickly balances out with the bourbon and hazelnuts. ABV apparent though, this is a big beer. very full bodied...mild carbonation.

overall just a great imp stout. smell is world class. taste is awesome. (426 characters)

Photo of dbc5
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,708 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/12/2013

Bottle into a Bruery snifter. Nice looking bottle.

A: Very dark, though not quite black. It seems black but there's some brownish red near the edges. The beige head is robust upon the initial hard pour, rising two fingers above the liquid. A swirl of the glass gives indication of the high ABV as there's a thick alcohol collar that devolves into a cascading string of pearls

S: This smells like Black Tuesday with the addition of hazelnuts, as you might have guessed, so if Black Tuesday isn't your thing you're not going to like this. It's super sweet and desert-like with tons of vanilla, hazelnut, maple, coconut, and bourbon. Mounds of diabetes inducing brown sugar and chocolate blend with alcohol, oak, and toffee. Dark fruit is restrained and redolent of grape and plum

T: Oak, bourbon, vanilla, hazelnuts, brown sugar, and maple. Very sugary and sweet, but you were expecting that. Alcohol provides much warming but little flavor. Dark chocolate is rich and pervasive and it blends with molasses and toffee. The finish is very rich.

M: Full body with upper low carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, chewy, and sticky with much warming on the palate (palatial warming, henceforth).

Overall: Over the top in the sweetness category, but I was expecting this. I'm not doing a side by side with Black Tuesday at the moment, but this seems much more sugary sweet than Black Tuesday (if you can imagine that), to the point that 4oz would be an appropriate serving size. That being said, my fiance and I will be drinking this whole bottle and loving it. This is very nice, but I hope it doesn't interfere with my personal dreams of the Iced and Coffee Black Tuesday variants. Props to SR for a great idea. (1,722 characters)

Photo of RachelZ
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is poured through a bottle. With a dark brown/black pour. Aroma consists of alcohol, chocolate and sweet hazelnut. The taste consists of chocolate and hazelnuts with some vanilla tastes. There is moderate carbonation with a bittery aftertaste. Overall delicious! (272 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Small collar. Nice alcohol legs. Doesn't seem as dark as Black Tuesday but its been awhile. Can see an "oil" floating on top...guessing from the hazelnutz somehow?

Faint coffee, hazelnuts. Boozy but not overdone, even for 18+%abv.

Follows the nose, sweet on the backend. Groupthink suggests "peanut butter". Dangerously drinkable.

Medium thick mouthfeel. Low but great mouthfeel.

Well, I put A LOT trading into for this bottle and right now it's paying off. In a tasting where we've already had Rare, FFF brandy vanilla DL, FFF PvW DL, etc, this stands up! (560 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 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to duff27 for the bottle share! Thanks Duffy!

poured into snifter glass.

reviewed from notes taken on 02/23/2013.

Appearance: black bodied with thin white cap. When the cap fades away the beer has a bit of an oily film on the top of the beer and no head.

Smell: Hazelnuts and peanut butter. Some faint coffee. Boozey nose, but not distracting and you gotta expect that from a beer this big.

Taste: Sweet hazelnuts and cocoa. Nutty and roasty. Hint of bourbon and faint coffee. The flavors are so well balanced and integrated in this beer. Really just spectacular complexity.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer really hides its ABV. Yeah there is a little bit of heat, but nothing much when considering the almost 20% ABV of grey monday. How does the Bruery hide the ABV so flawlessly in these massive beers? Its gotta be thier calling card, I really cant think of any brewery that does this better.

Overall: Fantastic Black Friday varient. It really exceeded my expectations. I didnt think that I would like this beer more than Chocolate Rain, but I do and it did. (1,125 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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. (1,021 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 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 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 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 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 zac16125
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2013

BA review #550, here's to milestones!

A big thanks to NHbeerguy for sending this over in a trade!

A: Pours a very dark brown nearly black, opaque with less than 1/2 a fingers width of tan colored head. Head is fizzy and dissipates down almost immediately. Leaves effectively zero lacing, but some nice alcohol legs. Looks like a cola.

S: Very sweet, with dark fruits and syrup sugary sweetness. Accompanying the sweetness is a ethanol booze and a big charred oak bourbon character. Subtle cocoa and bourbony vanilla. I dont get much hazelnut at all, and probably wouldn't have even noticed it if I didnt know it was brewed with them. Aroma seems a bit boozier than I remember from BT and CR.

T: A big, decadent sweetness is the first thing I get; dark fruits, cocoa,
and syrupy sugar. This is balanced out but some really great roasty and bourbon barrel notes. Theres an herbaceous component and boozy ethanol. Like the nose, I dont get much hazelnut at all, although it starts to come out a bit as the beer warms towards room temperature. Great balance of sweetness, booze, and roasty. Excellent.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very smooth and somewhat chewy, but a bit syrupy. ABV is certainly noticeable but is a welcomed and necessary component to balance out the sweet. Carbonation is very low, which is appropriate. Like most of the huge ABV Bruery beers this one is dangerously drinkable.

O: Excellent beer. Not that different from BT IMO though, and I wish the hazelnut characters were more prominent. Out of BT, CR, and GM, I think CR is still my favorite. That being said, this a wonderful beer. Highly recommend. 4.5 (1,667 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

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. (1,041 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Certainly not for the tepid or uninitiated, the bigness of this barley-type elixir seems to trump that even of stout, in favor of deep savory flavors, wonderfully oxidized taste, and a lavish texture.

Its sheer blackness is only impeded by its chalky cocoa haze, casting a brownish depth. Decadent aromas of port and sherry wrap around flavors of chocolate fudge, espresso, cashew and blackstrap molasses. Early sweetness fare similarly as its tawny liquor clings to the mouth like silk.

Its full toasted sweetness is taste and felt on the middle palate while tangy alcohol reinforce the taste of fortified brandy, grape and plum, leather and oak. All the while, a foundation of cake batter and toasted soft nuts provide a savory earthiness that's stern and unyielding.

Its incredible oily body is viscous, dense and indefinite in its linger. While strong vinous and rum alcohols thin the body slightly, a granular texture of silt seem to rise from a cocoa powder base and gives the stout a bit of grit. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pièce de résistance of the weekend tasting...bottle graciously shared by sstorck (thanks!) - my portion into a Stone chalice.

A: Dark brown but still not quite opaque; almost no head.

S: Cacao, vanilla, and just enormous amounts of caramel...extra sugary sweet; having had Chocolate Rain and Black Tuesday, this is obviously in the same vein as those beers. Plenty of bourbon and oak character, plenty of sweet booze as well. There is a darker fruit component here too that just pushes this over the edge into extraordinary and unique, though I'm having a tough time finding hazelnuts...

T: Lots of rum-soaked raisin character and dark caramel/brown sugar...lots of chocolate, and tons of vanilla and boozy dark fruit. Bourbon and oak barrel are apparent; there is a hint of nutty dryness that can be called hazelnuts, sure, but is not overpowering or even prominent to me - this is just a sweet, sugary, bourbon/vanilla/caramel stout.

MF: Big full body with low carbonation; epitome of sipper, this is akin to a whiskey or port.

O: Really good, though I like Chocolate Rain more. Excellent Black Tuesday variant. (1,120 characters)

Photo of aquazr1
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a snifter. Pours black with a light tan head. The hazelnuts shine in this beer mellowing out the Black Tuesday base in a wonderful way. (152 characters)

Grey Monday from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.