Grey Monday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 1,373
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
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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 MtnSoup
5/5  rDev +14.7%

An incredible (and HUGE) beer. 2013 vintage.

Got a lot of chocolate, bourbon, but tons of hazelnut at the end (in a good, expected way). Some sweetness in there as well.

Been saving for a buddy from Boston to come visit during GABF. I'd put it well beyond any of the varieties I've had from Goose Island Bourbon County series. The Hazelnuts provide serious taste at the tail-end of this beer. Despite a super high-ABV, it wasn't too hot. Now I need to find more... (467 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

750 pulled out tonight by Syndicate!! Darrel wields the beer penis tonight!! Pours thick and black (as expected) head is short lived.. nothing when it comes to lacing or retention.

Nose is very nice... oaky chocolate with tons of barrel presence.. Unfortunately for me, the nut presence is very artificial.. Not "nutty" but extract... Not necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely could be less extract forward.

Grey Monday is everything that all the huge ABV Bruery beers deliver on... big vanilla and chocolate.. oak and hazelnut candy... I dig it for sure, but it is an ABV and sugar bomb that isn't good at all when delivered in a single glass.. Too sweet and the hazelnut extract is an error that I expect from Mr. Rue.

Glad I got a chance to try this one... Seriously.. Darrel is an animal!! But for my palate, Grey Monday/Black Tuesday/Chocolate Rain are Diabeetus bottles.

3.5/4/3.75/3.75/3.75 (911 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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 mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my top beers ever. It is a smooth, big, full stout with a lot of enjoyable hazelnut. Now, as all bruery beers, it's best split with 4+ people, but it will be very enjoyable when you do. (194 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had it a day after having Black Tuesday. This one was not that sweet with a more earthy feeling to it. Also a bit more balanced. Hazelnuts were present only in the aftertaste. Definitely a sipper. (196 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
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 StephRai
5/5  rDev +14.7%

DRAUGHT, indeed.

09/15/2014.
À The Ginger Man's The Bruery Draft Tasting Room event. {NYC}.

Let warm... Flavors and depth come out majestically.
Syrupy, melted dark chocolate, sweetness. Hazelnuts picked up after sitting a while, but in a great way. HIDES the 19.5%.
5++ (276 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev -8.3%

I didn't get any hazelnut... which is probably a good thing. At least there was artificial flavors.

This beer overall though was bit a of a let down, although delicious. I thought Black Tuesday was much much better. Grey Monday for some reason tasted much sweeter and boozier compared. (297 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -14%

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. (872 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%

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 Phelps
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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 BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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 zac16125
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Rifugium
3.11/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2013 bottle, consumed July, 2014.

Cellared, and then refrigerated for about 20 minutes, just so I could compare it to room temp. Poured into a Reserve Society stemless snifter. Deep cola brown color, slightly translucent around the edges, a finger of tan head quickly dissipated, leaving nothing behind, but a few legs on the glass. Not as dark/opaque as I would've expected. Big bourbon aroma, sweet milk chocolate, solvent, caramel. Similarly, the taste was very boozy, bourbon, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, sweet caramel, anise, lots of solvent. If any hazelnut was there, it was very light to the point of nearly being an afterthought, almost not worth mentioning. Body was a lot thinner than expected, especially for the higher ABV, the solventy booze I think really contributing to this. Mouthfeel was greasy and messy. Absolutely no smoothness whatsoever. Strange because Black Tuesday had a bigger body and better mouthfeel. Overall, this was ok, but not really anything special. Not that much different than BT, just thinner and messier.

I would've liked to have tried it fresh to get more of the hazelnut flavor, but could it really have faded THAT much over a few months? Plus considering the booziness now, I'm guessing it would've overwhelmed the flavor when it was fresh anyway. Another Bruery bomb. (1,318 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.6/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A two finger tan head quickly forms, but recedes just as quickly. Par for the coarse with the alcohol level and style.
S: Barrel aroma is strong and up front. A big sweetness in the nose, with chocolate, roasted malts, and roasted nuts. While a huge and boarding on over barring nose, still enjoyable.
T: Like the nose, this boarders on over barring but still fairly enjoyable. A huge barrel character with an equally large sweetness. Some roast, and coffee with an enjoyable nutty flavor. All help to try and balance the huge aspect of the beer.
M/D: Low carbonation, viscous, and just huge. Alcohol is certainly apparent, but almost kept in check. I can at least enjoy a few ounces.

For this massive barrel aged imperial stout, this is somewhat enjoyable. Though, again, I can find plenty of the same style I enjoy much more. That are much easier to get, and in many cases locally made. Interesting to try, but not one of my favorites on the style. (987 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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 ThePaleRider
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got to try a small sample of this at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop bottle share. Pours dark brown, murky, almost like a BA Old Ale or Barleywine, but maybe a bit darker. Nearly no head, what is there is a yellowish khaki color that is just a ring around the top of the glass. Aroma of big caramel notes, pralines, hazelnuts, booze, huge vanilla, maybe some coocnunt. Flavor follows the aroma perfectly with massive nutty caramel vanilla notes, some light marshmallow, bourbon galore, booze, sweet brown sugar. Wow. This blows away BT and CR for me. Really drinks more like a BA Barleywine or BA Scotch Ale than a stout. Mouthfeel is big, thick, boozy, and warming with low carbonation. Just a really beautiful beer and thus far easily my favorite variant of the BT brew. (767 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 Reserve Society Allocation poured into a Westbrook Brewing snifter

Jet black appearance. The wax from the bottle smells amazing..tempted to chew it like the wax candy from the 70s. Big bold imperial stout flavor with a nice bourbon coating on my tongue, with the hazelnuts on the back end. A bit hot (hey dummy, its 18.5%), but hidden well for the percentage.

I actually enjoyed the bottle more than I did from the tap at the Reserve Socitey party. Will sit on one or two of these for a year to see if the heat drops a bit.

I'm a sucker for hazelnut, and this one is the best I've ever had. Outstanding. (612 characters)

Photo of RachelZ
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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 minterro
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had an opportunity to try this beer at Freshcraft in downtown Denver. The place was claustrophobicly packed with people, but I'm glad I stuck around to try this beer. So full they didn't have proper glassware.

A&S: Brown/black colored beer. No head or sign of carbonation. Spots of oily slicks on the top. Huge toffee and caramel notes. Not a ton of chocolate and only a hint of coffee. Alcohol in the mix, but not overly present.

T&M: Amazingly unique. Tons of Toffee and caramel again. Dark fruits and milk chocolate mixed in. Similar to the aroma alcohol is there but not in your face and especially not for pushing 20% ABV. Didn't get any nutty notes. Incredibly smooth and silky. Very thick and chewy body.

Overall: Unbelievably good. I broke my no more than $1 an ounce rule, but honestly it was more than worth it. Easily goes down in my top 5 for any style and would come close to rivaling CBS(even though they are completely different). I really hope I have a chance some day to sit down with a bottle of the beer and give it the rating justice it deserves, instead of quick notes. (1,093 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Dark black with a thin tan head. Essentially opaque with almost no visible carbonation.

S: Hazelnut up front, with thick aromas of dark cacao and huge oak barrel, with coffee, tobacco and musty leather in the background.

T: Sweet hazelnut, oak, coffee and cacao nearly in balance, roasted malt sweetness, drying tobacco, and the alcohol burn and sweet. Sweet oak and chocolate in the hang.

M: A bit thin body and mouthfeel for style, but far from watery. Mouthfeel is sticky with carbonation sensation on the low side. The alcohol is certainly noticeable but it doesn't seem as "hot" as Black Tuesday.

O: Really quite good, and an improvement on the base beer in my opinion. Huge alcohol and huge sweetness are still predominant characteristics though - certainly not a subtle beer. But an enjoyable one. (886 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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 ThickNStout
4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Grey waxed (which for the record is hazelnut scented!) 750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 9/25/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours midnight black, chestnut at the very edges with a small pale tan cap. Wisp of a halo linger but leave no lace. As with the base beer and all it's siblings, swirling will coat the glass well and produce thick legs.

Invitingly sweet nose with string hazelnut, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak with a noticeable undercurrent of booze

Big, bold and delicious. The hazelnut is strong and up front with plenty of other layers. Dark chocolate, cream coffee, sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel and molasses all mixed in with a pleasant alcohol burn. A delightful sipper that can be milked for well over an hour of enjoyment.

Oily, heavy body with light carbonation so this really settles right down to make it's self at home on the tongue. Hazelnut for days in the finish but it leaves room for some sweet bourbon, vanilla and smooth chocolate.

I haven't had them back to back yet but I like this almost as much as Chocolate Rain. The hazelnuts raise the already luscious Black Tuesday to delecable new heights. I'm tempted to try cellaring a bottle for a year or two but fear that the hazelnuts that make this beer so special are already starting to fade. So drink up, this stuff is incredible! (1,365 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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)

Grey Monday from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.