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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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869 Ratings

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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 939
Gots: 302 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  19.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Grey Monday is a special version of our Black Tuesday imperial stout that has been aged on hazelnuts.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-18-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

cmdmzmjm, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Dajtai007, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

MarkFy, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

jhillwastaken, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

craftbeerasian, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

EB1, Nov 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

750ml bottle that has been kept in the fridge since it was release. Poured into a matching Bruery snifter, the brew appears dark brown with cola clarity around the edges. A couple big bubbles appear and fade quick. When you look close at the surface, you can seem some of the hazelnut oils collect and form across the top.

The aroma opens nutty the goes to anise and straight belgian candy sugar sweetness with a solid backing of booze that is somewhat solvent feeling. The taste includes anise and a huge booze and roasty char character before getting dominated by a clash of candy sugar verse bourbon heat. Sadly, the sugar and alcohol dominates any feeling of the barrel nuance.

This is medium to full bodied with a light level of carbonation. An absolute attack of alcohol verse sugar. As much as I was anticipating liking this, I ended up not being the biggest fan.

stakem, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

ipafool, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

littlebeer, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Leazk, Jun 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Sethzilla, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

rdooley, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

mnbearsfan, Aug 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

readbaron, Apr 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

smithj2154, Aug 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

eagles22, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

mrotstein, Jun 12, 2014
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3.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog stemmed tasting glass. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours a deep, jet black color, very inky and sludge-like out of the bottle, a trace of caramel brown film appears on top of the beer but is gone immediately, no lacing to speak of. The aroma is intensely sweet, lots of milk chocolate, hazelnut, brown sugar, marshmallow with a pungent bourbon alcohol heat at the finish. The flavors are in line, massively sweet and borderline cloying. Lots of chocolate, brown sugar, marshmallow and a good amount of hazelnut character. It's really hard to tell that this was even aged in bourbon as it has almost zero noticeable barrel character and lacks any decent richness and complexity. Vanilla was the only detectable barrel note which was a huge loss for me. The body on this beer is nearly perfect, luscious, silky, rich, any adjective you can find for smooth and creamy but finishes a bit harshly because of the high alcohol content.

Verdict: An ambitious stout from the Bruery. I like the creativity with the hazelnut addition but the fact that this beer is so one dimensionally sweet and intensely rich makes it really hard to drink more than just a few ounces. I struggled to finish only 3oz.

kevanb, Mar 18, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev -13.7%

Slatetank, Sep 02, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2013
Mini snifter

A: It's not as dark as you would expect. You see light through it. Similar to CR. Still. No lacing. Tons of alcohol feet. Sticks on the glass.

S: Alcohol. Not getting the hazelnuts on the nose. More sweetness, ala CR. Booze.

T: Very sweet. Dark chocolate. Almost like an after dinner drink.

M: Full bodied. After dinner drink.

Short review, but my thought the overall review of this one will come down. I used to love sweet beers, but this is excessive. I still love their big stouts, this is just a touch too much.

inlimbo77, Feb 05, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Not nearly as heavy as I was expecting. Very viscous coffee with no head. The legs on the glass looks like scotch.

S - Big bourbon! Hints of hazelnut, chocolate, toasted malts. Smells very sugary and sweet. Desert beer?

T - Slightly let down by the amount of hazelnut in the taste. Pretty much none. Reminded me more of a chocolate stout than anything else. Don't get me wrong, this is a big, sweet barrel bomb, but the hazelnut that I was hoping for just wasn't there. For the money I could have just gotten a Black Tuesday.

M - Very sticky and stays on the palette for a while. Small amount of carbonation. As always for the Bruery, so smooth for %18.5.

O - This beer was on my radar for a while and I was a little let down. Next time I'll just get another Chocolate Rain.

ThePaleRider, Jun 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

johnyb, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

acurtis, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

Beerontwowheels, Sep 24, 2013
Grey Monday from The Bruery
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