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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,033 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,033
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 981
Gots: 326 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of dgilks
3.74/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark. Garnet highlights. No head.

Intense bourbon. Lots of oak. Interesting nuttiness. Vanilla.

Sweet and chocolatey. This is big. BIG. The sweet chocolate and alcohol are a dominating character. Hazelnut comes through with some sort of Nutella note. Te residual sugars are diabetes inducing.

Full body. I mean full. Moderate carbonation. Good.

This is a massive beer. Frankly, it is too fucking big. Epically big. Bourbon and chocolate kill everything.

dgilks, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this one. 750ml bottle into a snifter. Had at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black with minimal lacing and minimal head. Beer is pitch black with thick, oily legs. Par for the course for a Bruery Imperial Stout.

Nose is chocolate, molasses, vanilla, fudge and booze. Aromatic and robust. Decent but a bit too heavy on the alcohol.

Opens sweet molasses, fudge, chocolate, and vanilla. Diabeetus for sure. Booze in the middle with more chocolate and molasses presence. A bit of cocoa and roasted malt but they do little to balance out the incredible malt body. So incredibly sweet. Great for sipper but I can't imagine having more than 4oz. of this one. Finishes boozy with a sweet, filmy, sticky sweet aftertaste. Decent but certainly over-the-top.

Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Oily, slick and booze in the mouth and goes down hot and sticky sweet. Finishes messy with a lingering, boozy aftertaste. You feel every bit of the ABV here. Definitely a sipper.

Pretty standard for a Bruery Black Tuesday variation. Decently complex, very boozy, in your face, and certainly a sipper. I'd like to see how this mellows out with time but as is, its a bit too much for my taste. Worth trying though.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of hatfulofhollow
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

hatfulofhollow, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of huskermike12
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

huskermike12, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not quite black. Transparent at the edges. Deep brown but never black. No head.

Smell - Caramel. Lots of bourbon. Some oak but it's a mild barrel character. Tons of sugar.

Taste - Sweet, sugary, bourbon. Just a hint of hazelnut. Not the level of artificial coffee creamer, but a lot of hazelnut. Caramel and some roast, but not much. The more I drink it the more I like it.

Mouthfeel - A bucket of sugar. Sweetness is pretty overwhelming. Just like Black Tuesday.

Overall - It barely tastes like a stout, like Black Tuesday. Sugary but a good sugar.

Alieniloquium, May 21, 2013
Photo of cmdmzmjm
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

cmdmzmjm, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Dajtai007
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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

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

jhillwastaken, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Beerman6686
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Beerman6686, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of craftbeerasian
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

craftbeerasian, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of EB1
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

EB1, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Gotti311
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Gotti311, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of stakem
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
Photo of ipafool
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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

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

Leazk, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these from jbeatty and claaark13. Cheers gents!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
Black Tuesday with hazelnuts

APPEARANCE: A very transparent, thin, and relatively light brown pour yields a thin, loose, bubbly, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a thin ring, which eventually vanishes as well. Looks flat by the end and absolutely no lacing at all. Much too thin and transparent for the style as well. Very disappointing. Same as Chocolate Rain, but clearly worse than older vintages of the Black Tuesday.

SMELL: Bold and boozy, just like its base beer. Basically this is all the elements of recent vintages of Black Tuesday with a touch of hazelnuts, so it passes inspection in that sense. Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, with hints of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Just enough hazelnut to cut the big, boozy aromas and bourbon barrel. Rather nice.

TASTE: Big and boozy. Again, this is Black Tuesday with a touch of hazelnuts. Pulls it off too. The nuts are probably more prevalent here than in the nose, but they still don’t get obnoxious, which I was afraid they might. Lots of bourbon, oak, milk chocolate and some hazelnuts up front, then a huge and massive, boozy swallow. Big finish of bourbon, oak again, coconut, milk chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, some bitter dark chocolate and sweet cream linger and linger. Some light nut flavor also joins the show as the flavors persist on the palate. This is good stuff. Hot and boozy of course, but not as much as I’d originally expected.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A bit prickly on the palate, not as smooth as hoped, though it is 19% I guess, goes down okay with a burn at the swallow and finishes sticky. Some decent heat lingers as well. A bit prickly and airy in the mouth. Could be smoother, but others at this level of ABV have been worse.

OVERALL: This is quite nice actually. Feel is not as good as the other variants perhaps, and the look is equally as disappointing, but the flavor is basically decadent Black Tuesday and the hazelnut addition is restrained but present, adding another dimension to the flavor profile. Something I quite enjoyed and would love to solo another bottle of the next batch when it becomes available. Thanks again for the bottles gents. Good stuff all around.

Jeffo, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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

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

grachdar, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of rdooley
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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

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

LightSaber, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of readbaron
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

readbaron, Apr 18, 2013
Grey Monday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,033 ratings.