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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 108
Hads: 1,397
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 1,212
Gots: 467 | 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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Reviews: 108 | Hads: 1,397
Photo of Halcyondays
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at Beachwood I, 6 oz., I'm putting the ABV at 18.2% since I don't know what the ABV of 2011 Black Tuesday is yet, I'll change it if necessary, this is Black Tuesday with Hazelnuts,

A: Pours the deepest black with a minimal tan head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Dark chocolate, like an amaretto cream truffle, some roast.

T: Sweet hazelnut nectar and chocolate. The nuttiness is much more overt than I thought it would be, but it certainly works here. A nice take on Black Tuesday.

M: Beyond full-bodied as BT tends to be. Very smooth, minimal carbonation which suits it fine. Trace amounts of booze which is impressive in a beer this big.

O: For my palate, better than Chocolate Rain as a Black Tuesday variation. Apparently they had this at The Bruery Molecular Dinner at Beachwood and had some left over so the layman off the street got try some. Well worth the chance. (884 characters)

Photo of rodkin
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Generously shared by Hopbully. Thanks for the trade!

Pour is medium thickness, dark dark brown. Looks basically pitch black, except for the tiniest hint of light at the absolute edges. Tiny little head, minimal carbonation.

Smell is vanilla and chocolate upfront, with some bourbon heat, booze, hazelnut and oak following. The hazelnut is not as big as I'd hope, and it's a little more boozy/oaky than I'd like.

Taste is much better. Really huge milk chocolate and hazelnut, followed by vanilla, some alcohol heat to cut the sweetness. There's a bit of oakiness at the finish, but it's not as overpowering as in the nose. Slight bitterness, too.

Body is medium thickness, minimal carbonation. Not as thick and chewy as I'd like for a stout like this, but it's certainly not bad.

This is a delicious beer that will lay you flat. It's very sweet, however. I split it three ways, and found the last couple sips to be a little difficult. A good one for sharing. (962 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,496 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and a very slight hazelnut scent. Taste is much the same with a sweet cocoa flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer but it's very sweet and strong. (655 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Tuesday with hazelnuts. Bottle into a tulip. Note: the wax smells like hazelnuts. Awesome.

The brown of melted dark chocolate, opaque everywhere save the very edges, where its a lighter cherry-red. Thin head of off-white.

SWEET! Chocolate syrup, boysenberry, hazelnuts, vanilla, toasted oak, alcohol. Beautiful.

Better than Black Tuesday. Syrupy chocolate, hazelnuts, vanilla, a little oak, toffee. Extremely rich, very sweet.

Very spicy on the tongue. That alcohol doesn't mess around. Syrupy medium body, thick and heavy. Very mild, tingly carbonation, though the alcohol adds something. (603 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the March tasting in Santa Cruz. Pours brown with a light tan head. Big rich brownie aroma with some apparent heat. Flavor is a concentrated maple syrup blast, with port grapes, deep chocolate notes, and not nearly as much booziness as the aroma would suggest. Also much milder than plain ol’ Black Tuesday. Not a whole lot of nuttiness to me, but it is somewhat creamy and smooth compared to BT. Nice beer. (426 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Salted Pig in Riverside, Ca.

Pours opaque black with a faint tan head that quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

Smell is dominated by bourbon with faint hints of vanilla, chocolate and hazelnuts.

Taste is a sweet mixture of dark chocolate, dark roasted malt and hazelnuts with accents of oak and vanilla. Bourbon flavor is strong toward the finish but is not as overpowering as it is in the aroma.

The texture is thick and syrupy with low carbonation.

This is a very well executed, complex and huge imperial stout. Seek this beer out and share among friends. (594 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance similar to Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain. Black and viscous with a thin, beige collar that quickly fades to nil, giving a still appearance. The aroma brings booze, chocolate, roast and some sweet hazelnuts. Really tasty beer, though I do prefer both Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain to this. Sweet and boozy. Packed wih flavor. Full bodied with moderately low carbonation. The hazelnut character is certainly present but doesn't overpower. A fun beer. (465 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours just like all of the Black Tuesday variants... thick, dark brown, and minimal head. The nose starts with rich chocolate and vanilla, this is followed by mild hazelnut notes. There's definitely a little nutella action going on in the nose. Notes of bourbon pair nicely with the big chocolatey base beer. The taste is very sweet with chocolate, roast, bourbon, and oak all present. The finish is hot and boozy. I'd say that this treatment is quite a bit more smooth than the base beer with a little better melding of flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, and mildly carbonated. Overall, I rank this one above Black Tuesday, but below Chocolate Rain and Mocha Wednesday. (671 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out pitch black without any head.

The aroma has tons of intense bourbon. Alcohol is very obvious in this. Then there's sweet chocolate, vanilla, and then hazelnutes.

The flavor follows with a huge punch of sweet chocolate and then alcohol and bourbon notes. The hints of hazelnut come through towards the middle.

A big delicious beer as the hazelnuts are a enjoyable little addition. Tuesday is still not my favorite base brew. Alcohol comes through at 19.5%, though it isn't as obvious as it could be. (520 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! An aggressive pour yielded no head or lacing with a rather flat looking dark brown, nearly black body. The nose was incredibly big and incredibly boozey. Tons of dark fruit and chocolate fudge along with hints of vanilla, oak, raisins, and subtle hazelnut. The taste follows suit with huge boozey bourbon and chocolate fudge along with hints of raisins, tobacco, oak, port wine. and molasses. As it warms, the hazelnuts really emerge...beer meets Nutella. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, boozey and hot, with almost no carbonation. Overall, this was definitely better than Black Tuesday, albeit just as hot and boozey, but a tad bit more drinkable. The sweetness was dangerously close to cloying, but I think the hazelnuts gave it enough balance to make it a pretty enjoyable sipper. (838 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage tapped at The Catch (Anaheim, CA) on 8-Feb-14.
4 oz. pour into taster wine glass.

Smells like BT. Tastes like BT with hazelnut and the toffee is more prominent than the regular. I was hoping the hazelnut would shine more as it warmed, but it wasn't much.

2013 vintage 750 mL bottle poured into wine glass on 23-Feb-14.
Got more hazelnut and it wasn't overpowering.

Overall, It's no Mocha Wednesday but a nice variant of a solid BBA Imperial Stout. Prefer this slightly more than the regular BT. (512 characters)

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another big want brought to last night's tasting.

2014 vintage sampled at room temperature.

Looks exactly what a 19.50% beer would look like. No head, syrupy body and insane legs.

Aroma is rich chocolate syrup with with bourbon present in a supporting role. Just intense/rich aromas and characteristics.

Flavor is like literally drinking chocolate syrup. Rich, viscous and insanely sweet. We each got 3-4 ounce pours and even though I went back for seconds (TOTALLY shouldn't have) it was just enough.

Still prefer Mocha Wednesday, but this was still tasty. (566 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%

Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, booze, caramel, raisins, toffee, oak, vanilla. Very similar to BT, but nuttier with the addition of the hazelnut. Did a side-by-side with BT and CR and this was in the middle of them with CR being the best. (234 characters)

Photo of Psyko
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grey Monday
On Tap at the Bruery Tasting Room
Served in a taster glass

Had this beer Tuesday October 30th at the Bruery Black Tuesday release party

A: Pours black as night, with only a slight brown head. Only minimal effervescence. Pronounced alcohol legs are visible. Unofficial ABV communicated by the tasting room staff was 19.5%. Yikes!

S: There is a strong boozy bourbon smell to this beer. Multiple smells presented vanilla and some nondescript nut aromas. 

T: Milk chocolate and bourbon are the dominate flavors of this big sweet stout. It might have been me but I did not taste the hazelnut flavors, but only a slight nuttiness. This could have been a result of the food I was eating at the time. Surprisingly there was no alcohol burn on the finish. Only a lingering milk chocolate aftertaste. With all of the flavor additions it is very evident that the base of this beer is Black Tuesday.

M: This beer has a different mouthfeel than the 2012 Black Tuesday which was tasted before this beer. While not quite as thick, Grey Monday coats the palate with a oily sheen. Not a bad effect, but would limit the amount of this beer one could tolerate in one sitting.

O: This beer did not taste how I had anticipated. I was expecting Black Tuesday with Nutella stirred in. While Grey Monday is a great variant of Black Tuesday there are others that I personally like better (Chocolate Rain). Overall, I would recommend trying this beer, you wont be let down. (1,466 characters)

Photo of abrethanson
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprise 750ml refreshment during our Tax Session with Tax Panther, David Ow, at South Coast Tax.

A: From Pours a pitch black with minimal head which dissipates quickly. A little disappointed with how fast the head disappeared. Appears thick like you would expect Imp Stout.

S: Loads of chocolate and hazel nut. Friend and wife thought chocolate brownie was good description

T: Awesome - boozy brownie with hazel nuts? Really well balanced - chocolate, vanilla, molasses, slight roast, hazel nut, bourbon heat at end. Boozy but alcohol is not over the top apparent.

O: Impressive. Similar to BT but with hazel nut and felt more holiday. Great for doing taxes (or not doing). Probably the perfect Christmas beer during a Polar Vortex as you sit inside next to the fire forgetting about having to dig your car out of 12" thick ice. (834 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to our monthly tasting last night, 2013 bottle.

A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving very small trails of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of intense sugary sweetness, fresh roasted hazelnuts, bakers chocolate, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, charred wood and plenty of warming bourbon. All of the aromas I expected are present and it smells just as sweet as I thought it would.

T - Starts off with the intense sweetness - mainly chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and molasses - quickly being joined by the hazelnuts, charred wood and warming bourbon burn. Finish is really sweet with some mild booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Huge, sweet feel from start to finish makes it hard to consume more than a few ounces in a sitting.

O - A really nice rift on regular Black Tuesday. We drank this one right after a Chocolate Rain and I think I actually prefer that one to this, but only by a small margin. Looking forward to seeing how this one ages over the next few years. (1,142 characters)

Photo of SoNiC21
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of Rinkor16
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle shared with friends.

A: Dark brown in color. I thought it would have been pitch black, but a much lighter tone.

S: Strong vanilla, chocolate and alcohol.

T: Nice nuttiness mixed with chocolate and vanilla. The alcohol is present, but not as present as you would expect for 19.5%. Very sweet. I'm glad I split this among 5 people. No way could I handle a full glass.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

O: A good beer, but I would prefer Chocolate Rain or Black Tuesday over it. (493 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,226 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of black chocolates and hazelnut are pretty interesting with light vanilla notes also noticeable. Taste is a very nice mix of chocolate and hazelnut notes with balanced residual sugar level which is usually not a strong point for the Bruery. Body is full enough with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer and I was surprised by the fact that it is quite drinkable considering the ABV and the base beer. (552 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.37/5  rDev 0%

A-Black in the glass, one finger head that doesn't last long

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, coffee and the hazelnuts are there.

T-Starts with nice hazelnuts, good deal of roasted malt. Chocolate is there and bourbon is present.

M-Heavy and thick but not much carbonation.

O-Better than Black Tuesday but still not as good as Chocolate Rain. (350 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh yeah....split with JLindros thanks to last years reserve society.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black bye with a quarter inch head that faded to legs....octopus legs haunt my glass. Gah.

S - Gaahhhh...aromas of rich chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, tons of barrel and vanilla. Not getting much hazelnut though but still my goodness is this good.

T - Taste is tons of sweet malts, loads of chocolate and vanilla...my God is there alot of chocolate and vanilla and bourbon and oak. This is plainly amped up black Tuesday with sweeter chocolate malts. The hazelnut ..its almost a dairy creamer type flavour. Damn tasty if I may say so...like an almond joy melted in my mouth.

M - Mouthfeel is damn good for the ABV. Lowly carbonated, thick, lightly boozy....this is a sipper for sure.

O - Overall this was a good beer, wish the hazelnut was more prominent. Tons of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, super faint hazelnut....solid black Tuesday variant. (968 characters)

Photo of parris
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer but think my expectations were too high, head was very thin, taste was great for the abv, hazelnut chocolate flavor as expected, giant silky mouthfeel. (163 characters)

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