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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 1,479
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 1,224
Gots: 489 | FT: 90
Brewed by:
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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 tmbgnicu
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was able to score a 2013 bottle in a facebook trade. This has been a beer that I've wanted to try ever since I learned of its existence. Hazelnut flavor still very much intact, especially on the nose. The nose was chocolate, bourbon, hazelnuts, and rich molasses. Taste followed form. Overall, I enjoyed the chocolate in Mocha Wednesday a bit more, but the addition of hazelnut puts it ahead of Black Tuesday to me personally. I have a bottle of Chocolate Rain that I will open soon to complete my comparison.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with my favorite Bruery society member, ThickNStout. Held onto this one a little bit hoping to open with friends in the interest of not dying (19%!!!), but finally couldn't wait any longer and cracked it open. Poured out of a 750 ml brown bottle with thick grey wax around the neck and crown and a 2014 vintage on the label. Poured into an oversized brandy-style snifter.

Appearance (4.0) - Initial pour comes out looking almost flat, with very little head being generated, so I amp up the aggression on my pour to coax a finger of khaki colored foam that doesn't even last but a few seconds, quickly receding to a moderate ringlet around the sides of the glass and pretty much zero lace. The body is dark chestnut brown and doesn't allow any light to penetrate. Atop the surface of the liquid, you can see little flecks that I assume are created by the oils in the hazelnuts that this beer was aged on. They aren't actually sediment, but tiny oil-like imperfections.

Smell (4.5) - The aroma is fantastic, with the sweet, boozy notes wafting out of the glass like you expect from Black Tuesday, but with a more decadent dimension imparted by the smell of hazelnuts--that luscious, nutty sweetness. Caramel and bourbon are also major players in the aroma, with some fainter notes of bittersweet chocolate. I wish the bitterness from the roasted malts provided more counterpoint to the sweeter smelling elements, but such is Black Tuesday.

Taste (4.25) - Much of the taste follows directly from the aroma, with the base of sweet, caramel-infused boozy stout and faint bitterness from the roasted malts being enhanced by fantastic hazelnut flavoring. It's a delicious Nutella booze bomb--an ideal dessert beer to share with several friends after dinner, and it's plenty sweet for your non-beer friends to enjoy as well. It finishes with a lingering sweetness and slight kiss of bitterness, just enough to prevent you from feeling like you are actively developing diabetes as you drink it.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - A nice full body and fairly low carbonation, but just enough to avoid feeling flat. There is also a viscous, mouth-coating feeling to it, possibly from the hazelnut oils.

Overall (4.5), a delicious dessert beer and in many ways comes across like the top of the potential that Black Tuesday is capable of. Enjoying a fantastic variant like this makes me want to have a chance to sample a "Mexican" take on the base beer, with cinnamon, chiles and chocolate. But for now, this fantastic hazelnut variant will suffice.

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Photo of danh53
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. Great dark fruit flavors to go along with chocolate and hazelnut, and bourbon. Rich and decadent liqueur like dessert beverage. I don't need a very large pour. Caramel and toffee from the bourbon. This is complex and excellent.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2012 shared Friday night.
Deep thick black color with a small quickly dissipating tan head. Huge molasses roast and chocolate with a fair bit of hazel nuttiness still evident. Solid warming alcohol never gets harsh, Very well made huge sipping beer.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours thick and with a decent amount of fizzy head. The color of the pour is pretty much black, but a touch of brown appears on the edges when held to light. The little bit of head that formed didn't last long, but was a light tan in color. No real lacing to speak of, but there are some alcohol legs as you drink it down.

S- Huge and sweet booze characteristics are the entire scent of this beer. The hazelnuts are definitely prominent up front, but the barrel and whiskey scents take over shortly thereafter. Tons of bourbon and oak come through as the beer warms up and the smell ends with a lingering, sweet whiskey that is very strong.

T- When this beer hits the tongue, it follows the scent pretty closely. The hazelnuts and a touch of chocolate hit right up front in an intense, sweet flavor. The whiskey ramps up to try to balance the incredible sweetness next and totes a big does of booze flavor and a ton of oak. There is a return of the sweetness after the barrel and whiskey that is also accompanied by the alcohol burn. The sweetness and hazelnuts linger a good while after the drink, along with the alcohol burn.

M- This beer is incredibly strong, with prominent burn in both feel and flavor. It actually isn't especially thick for its alcohol and style, but it is fairly smooth. The carbonation is unexpectedly high for this beer. It is a very slow drink, possibly slower than a sipper, due to the alcohol content.

Overall, I wasn't surprised, but this beer is incredibly sweet and strong. It is actually kind of hard to drink due to the very sweet flavor and strength of the beer. It is what it is, and it is good, but if you don't like sweet beers, stay away from this one.

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Photo of Mojua
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good, not great. My third favorite hazelnut beer, after Nooner 8 and Nutuhlu. It's a bit thin and sweet like all Bruery beers, but the flavors are nice.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

long line at this place. they dont make a bad beer. they dont even make decent beers. they are all good! this one was no exception. guy was pouring heavy pours too!!

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Photo of Bung
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013. Celebratory ending of the cottage season. Well worth the trade. It is difficult to pull off this level of sweetness, but it does it.
At the top with the Bourbon County series for me. Can't wait to compare to the other days and rain. The nut component really adds to the already great stout/bourbon flavors there in mass quantity.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola brown. Looks thinner than expected. Aroma of booze, huge amounts of dark fruits, and a wee bit of hazelnut. The flavor is sweet as can be. Certainly is diabetes in a glass. Still hoped for more hazelnut. So much flavor crushing my tongue. Warming...yes. Hot...no. Goes down entirely too easy for the 18.6%. Paired very well with frozen raspberries. Flavor follows nose well. Very intense. Body is full and the low level carbonation is perfect.

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Photo of jjdc
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Diabeetus! Drink a whole one of these and you will be afflicted. This is a huge, giant beer that is really great, but in truth is overly sweet on the finish. The sugar just sticks to each sip like you got cotton candy on the hands.

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Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow what a huge beer! Pours a dark sort of caramel brown, huge huge huge nose, tons of dark dried fruit sweetness, not that much carbonation. Has a great BBA flavor, tons of vanilla sweetness and a slight hazelnut finish. Not that far off from the base Black Tuesday.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on one and it was worth the wait. Not as much hazelnut as I was hoping for, but still plenty of delicious going on in this bottle. Having the majority of Bruery's big stouts, I would rank it above Mocha Wednesday and Black Tuesday, but below Chocolate Rain. Overall a fine stout, just watch out for that abv, because it knocked me out!

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.53/5  rDev +3%
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

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Absolut
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
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

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Photo of scottfrie
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of SanFranJake
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Resuin
4.62/5  rDev +5%
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)

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Photo of Bobloblawlawblog11
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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4.49/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of SoNiC21
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of BakaGaijin
3.57/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Grey Monday from The Bruery
97 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.