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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

479 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.81%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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ricecracker420

California

4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the first beer I'm reviewing on BA, and I find this one to be appropriate, however, this will be short.

A: Dark Brown, minimal head

S: Very alcoholic, some chocolate and nuts

T: Very strong alcohol (obviously), chocolate, nuttiness, very sweet

M: heavy body, almost thick, very little carbonation to break it up, strong alcohol burn

O: Despite how incredibly strong this beer is, it is exactly what I wanted and what I expected with the addition of the hazelnuts, I really quite enjoyed the interplay of the chocolate, hazelnuts and the barrel flavoring. I'll need to try this a few more times to confirm

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 05:59:12 | More by ricecracker420
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into short highball glass 11/10/13, thanks Adam for making this happen

A dark cola, no head or lace, long skinny legs, looks just like the chocolate rain sitting beside it, again not as dark as one would expect

S more vanilla and a little nuttella and much less fudge that I was loving on the chocolate rain, lots of booze and bourbon

T more of the same really, lots of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon, the hazelnuts fairly mellow

M much like the original and chocolate rain but with a little more heat, syrupy and sticky, faint nutella and coco on the finish

O not my favorite version, drinks like a liqueur, doesn't quite have what the original and chocolate rain had going for IMO, still great beer but don't get me wrong

by this point in the night I was getting a little buzzed, and my palate was getting fatigued and things were starting to taste the same, well I guess similarities between 3 versions of the same beer should be expected.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:32:44 | More by wordemupg
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Treebs

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750 ml grey waxed bottle served in a Funky Buddha snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown color with semi-clear edges. Very minimal tan head forms on the pour and recedes to nothing.

S: Overt alcohol with some dark fruits and a little chocolate. Light nuttiness and cocoa from the hazelnuts.

T: Same as the nose. The nuttiness and the cocoa-like flavors from the hazelnuts are inviting, but the alcohol heat and medicinal flavors that stem from it is quite the turn off. Fair amount of oak and chocolate as well. Sweet caramel.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a slick and oily mouthfeel. High alcohol heat on the back end.

O: The alcohol was too noticeable and it was just one dimensional in the sweetness. The best part of this beer was the smell of the wax, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 14:06:57 | More by Treebs
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.41/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours into the tulip glass with no head and no apparent carbonation. The beer is a rich brown color, and is definitely not black like one might expect of an Imperial Stout of this strength. The aroma is hot alcohol at first, but I can actually smell the hazelnut notes quite well from a distance. There is a lot of nuttiness to the nose up front, with supporting notes of chocolate, hints of coffee syrup, and lots of sweet, sugary aromatics. As the beer warms up it almost has a sherry like quality to it (the hazelnuts like accentuate this), still lots of alcohol, and even some cocoa character.<p>

The taste is quite sweet with lots of hazelnut syrup flavors and then towards the finish the expected, expressive, hot alcohol. There is a light carbonation here, more than I was expecting given the appearance. The body is syrupy and thick, but with all the alcohol this is not nearly as thick as one would expect. There is some spice character from the Bourbon in the finish, it helps to dry the finish out just a bit, though not really; flavors of spicy oak, and tongue lingering spiciness are noticeable, but the barrel character is really muted by the alcohol, the sweetness, and the hazelnut flavors that form the dominant notes in this beer.<p>

This is actually pretty good, it is a rich desert beer for sure, and should be drunk in very small amounts. This is nicer than I was expecting, but it still has a bit too much of an alcoholic kick to it; perhaps some extended aging will smooth this out, though I would guess that the hazelnut character might drop out too.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:06:41 | More by Gueuzedude
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown along with a razor thin light brown head that left behind light lacing throughout. I could immediately smell the hazelnut and booziness right off the bat along with some delicious chocolate notes Flavors of roasted hazelnuts, brown sugar, sticky chocolate, toffee, light molasses and bourbon vanilla. Full bodied, well-carbonated, slightly cloying on the palate, and a boozy finish with some lingering heat throughout. Overall, an amazing bourbon- and nutty-centric beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 17:46:05 | More by CuriousMonk
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pièce de résistance of the weekend tasting...bottle graciously shared by sstorck (thanks!) - my portion into a Stone chalice.

A: Dark brown but still not quite opaque; almost no head.

S: Cacao, vanilla, and just enormous amounts of caramel...extra sugary sweet; having had Chocolate Rain and Black Tuesday, this is obviously in the same vein as those beers. Plenty of bourbon and oak character, plenty of sweet booze as well. There is a darker fruit component here too that just pushes this over the edge into extraordinary and unique, though I'm having a tough time finding hazelnuts...

T: Lots of rum-soaked raisin character and dark caramel/brown sugar...lots of chocolate, and tons of vanilla and boozy dark fruit. Bourbon and oak barrel are apparent; there is a hint of nutty dryness that can be called hazelnuts, sure, but is not overpowering or even prominent to me - this is just a sweet, sugary, bourbon/vanilla/caramel stout.

MF: Big full body with low carbonation; epitome of sipper, this is akin to a whiskey or port.

O: Really good, though I like Chocolate Rain more. Excellent Black Tuesday variant.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 14:04:57 | More by Scotchboy
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dbc5

Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into 10 ounce Kentucky Bourbon Stout Snifter

A: A surprising 1 finger head; surprising given the size of this beer. The head is somewhat thin and soapy looking, but again, impressive given that this beer is over 19% alcohol. The mocha colored foam recedes after about 30 seconds, leaving a pitch black liquid in the glass. Evident alcohol legs after each swirl. Good looking beer.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, and bourbon are the first things that hit my nose. A definite alcohol presence is perceptible. Clean sweetness. There is an indistinct nuttiness on the back end, I couldn't identify that this was aged on hazelnuts specifically, but you can tell some type of nut was used.

T: Initially, the taste is characteristic Black Tuesday, tons of chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, and raisins. Also hits with the sweetness you would expect from such a large beer. The hazelnut contribution becomes apparent on the back end. A savory nuttiness hit and provides an interesting wrinkle. Similar to the nose, I don't think I could identify the specific nut variety used in this beer, but can tell that something nutty and savory was added to the Black Tuesday base.

M: This one is a bit more effervescent than both Chocolate Rain and Black Tuesday. I would call this one moderately carbonated. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied. Alcohol warmth after each swallow. Leaves the palate thick and oily.

O: Really enjoying this sipper, although I must say that I slight prefer Chocolate Rain. I would rank the Black Tuesday variants (that I've had) as follows: 1) Chocolate Rain, 2) Grey Monday, 3) Black Tuesday. The nuts add an interesting new dimension to this beer that I find very intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:26:57 | More by dbc5
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This got stuck in my notes, but here is the review finally.

Shared with Rudzud from our Hoarers membership. Even the wax has an awesome candy cake hazelnut like aroma, what the hell!

Pours a light fizzy head, legs galore... wait its just a long line of beer slowly sliding down the side slowly like it has octopus legs that are all tied together, super awesome, pure pitch black color. Looks like pure crude oil.

Nose is great, it's starts with a black Tuesday aroma, dark sweet candy and choc malts, syrupy, chocolate syrup, cocoa, vanilla, bakers choc, double chocolate cookie, plenty of vanilla, lighter bourbon, tons of crazy chocolate overall, bakers and cocoa, lots if dark malts and syrupy goodness. Faint hint of nutty slight hazelnut.

Taste starts sweet and thick, rich dark malts, and booze. Plenty if tingly warming booze, alcohol taste but not overbearing. Tons of cocoa, dark syrupy chocolate, cocoa syrup, bakers choc, etc. Then vanilla, plenty of vanilla, barrel and vanilla iced cream, with light hazelnut nutty flavor. Really thick rich syrup and cocoa vanilla booze, to sum it up. Big thick syrupy aged malt, light bourbon barrel, and faint coconut barrel as well as almond joy like candy bar, but still mostly black Tuesday with very faint hint of hazelnut, and the hazelnut is like a coffee creamer flavoring. Some bitterness from dark malts and hint of earthy hops. Booze is plenty warming and tingly but mostly clean. Finish is full bodied, rich and thick, syrupy sticky sweetness, light booze, lots of vanilla and some cocoa, plenty of barrel, little hazelnut like, some bitterness plenty of booze.

Mouth is full bod, thick syrupy, boozy almost as hell, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, but doesn't really have much over the original Black Tuesday. Yeah the hazelnuts come through a bit, but not as much as I would have hoped and as different as I hoped. That being said, this is still an awesome beer that I would drink again, a sipper for sure though.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 17:47:50 | More by jlindros
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:23:06 | More by SpeedwayJim
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mdfb79

New York

4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 06/19/13 notes. Got this last year being a RS member; been wanting to crack this for a while and opened it with my brother for his 30th birthday. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a jet black color with two to three inches of dark tan head and light to moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, hazlenut, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, and molasses. Initially I found this very sweet and very bourbon forward, but as it warms up a lot more hazelnut and vanilla comes through, improving this quite a bit. Really nice complex nose.

t - Tastes of hazlenut, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, hazlenut coffee, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, raisins, sugar, and molasses. Taste is a bit sweet again initially but still great to me, as I love bourbon. More vanilla than the nose, and again, the hazlenut comes out as it warms up.

m - Full bodied stout and low carbonation. The body is really thick, smooth, and creamy, and the ABV is very well hidden. Awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall another fantastic variant of BT. Like most big RIS's, this one improved a lot as it warmed up, allowing more hazlenut and vanilla to come out and mask the molasses/dark fruit sweetness. Still a good amount of bourbon and an awesome mouthfeel; while you know it is a big beer, it doesn't feel lik 19.5% at all. Had no problem finishing 12 oz.'s of it which is scary.

I still prefer Chocolate Rain to this as I think the vanilla beans and cocoa nibs in that beer hide the sweetness of BT a little bit better than the hazlenut did, and I prefer those flavors, but this is another world class beer. I'd rank then CR, GM, and BT last, but you can't go wrong with any of those there, they are all great.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 13:27:09 | More by mdfb79
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 750ml into Crooked Stave Snifter. This bottle is a gusher!!!

Apperance- Can't see through the glass, dark black/brown. Somewhat viscous. Minimal lacing.

Smell- Booze first and foremost, chocolate, dark fruit then hazelnut.

Taste- Black Tuesday with minimal Hazelnut, but with a lot of vanilla. Maybe my mouth is not keen on picking up nutty flavor in high abv ba stouts, but I am getting some hazelnut, but not a lot. The reason why I wanted to open this one was to get as much variant as possible before it goes bye bye.

Mouthfeel- Somewhat viscous for a ba stout. I love the burn that high abv ba stouts get, so I am happy. I know many like to tame the beast down.

Overall- CR>GM>BT with all being superior beers. Really happy I have another bottle to chill on.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 13:28:09 | More by gueuzedreg
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

First release. Teku glass. I've had this about half a dozen times on draft by now, but this is the first time I've gotten around to writing a review.

A: Pours a dark coffee brown, a little lighter around the edges. Some light brown head which fizzles out quickly to a razor thin ring. No lacing and so-so retention. Looks flat after a few minutes.

S: Hazelnut extract, vanilla and oak, dark chocolate and some nice spice (cinnamon), and a little bourbon.

T: Rich, dark liquid chocolate, hazelnuts, tannic oak, vanilla, with a lengthy finish. Fairly sweet. More sweet and a little boozy than I remember the draft version being (in which the alcohol was completely undetectable).

M: Mouthcoating, full bodied, with medium-high, sharp carbonation. Sticky.

O: Delicious and decadent. An improvement over both BT and CR. The hazelnuts enhance the base and meld well with the other flavors. The sweetness is probably the limiting factor in terms of drinkability. This is probably best enjoyed in relatively small servings.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 04:49:48 | More by pmarlowe
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rodkin

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:26:08 | More by rodkin
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 02:56:40 | More by Alieniloquium
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 23:16:45 | More by rudzud
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ehammond1


4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

Black, heavy, and viscous throughout. Very, very small film of minimal carbonation. Leaves the glass oily on the way down. Appropriate, and pretty enough, though this beer's appearance is not what makes it special.

Exceptionally rich aroma: vanilla and very sweet chocolates, lots of barrel (coconut, stinging bourbon, Mounds bars), and a distinct, integrated, lovely, and sweet hazelnut addition. The base beer (Black Tuesday) is quite present, obviously, but the addition of hazelnuts is a welcome one that works.

As with Black Tuesday, this is sweet, rich, chocolate, and barrel-forward. This does seem a bit more subdued though and slightly less raw and aggressive than regular Black Tuesday, with distinct, authentic, flavorful hazelnut present, especially on the swallow and lingering finish. Some alcohol heat, but not quite as strong as regular Black Tuesday.

Full in body with low, creamy, silky carbonation.

Fantastic Black Tuesday variant.

Additionally, the wax smells of hazelnuts.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 16:45:56 | More by ehammond1
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ngeunit1

California

4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of reddish-brown around the edges and a thin finger of khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, hazelnuts, black licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and some booze.

T - Roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts, hazelnuts, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, black licorice, molasses, dark fruits, coffee, and booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and nutty finish.

D - Super bold and complex, and the hazelnuts add some great character.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 04:21:59 | More by ngeunit1
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illidurit

California

4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 05:33:31 | More by illidurit
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kevanb

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 15:33:39 | More by kevanb
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oline73

Maryland

4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours almost black with very little tan head.
The smell is quite sweet and a bit hot with roast and some dark fruit. The nose doesn't quite live up to the wax. The taste is also rather sweet. I'm getting some chocolate, dark fruit, and the hazelnut shows up here. The alcohol is quite hot. Nice after dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 04:54:33 | More by oline73
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A. Pours a deep, dark, tarry black. A half finger of light brown, loose head emerges and fades rapidly to a few bubbles. Big oily legs remain on the glass. Good.

S. Vanilla, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, lots of hazelnut, some fusile alcohol notes. This is really really nice.

T. Wow. This is so mellow considering the heat. Thick fudge, brownie batter, prominent vanilla, mild hazelnut, mild bourbon, overripe fruit. Amazing.

M. Cloying, coating. Low carbonation, excellent balance, sits nicely on the palate.

O. Wow. We had a Black Tuesday before this and it didn't do much for me but this is so shockingly different I can barely believe it is the same base beer. I don't get a ton of hazelnut, just some subtle notes in the background that even it out. Whatever was done differently here really balanced this out. Drinks like a liquid Heath bar. One of the best things I have had, albeit extremely sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:04:58 | More by siege06nd
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger tan head. No lacing.

S- Super sweet fudge, chocolate, light coffee.

T- Crazy sweet diabetic coma!!! Some nuttiness (almost a Peanut Butter note), chocolate, fudge, and bourbon.

M- Full body and low carbonation. Syrupy and viscous.

O- very, very sweet but still very good. The chocolate and bourbon blend very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 21:00:49 | More by kawilliams81
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to Ron, Tim, and Mike for letting me partake in this bottle, even though I would've been contempt just sitting there smelling the wax. This one pours nearly black with a very small and menacing tan head that is reduced to a ring pretty quickly. Seemingly low carbonation, this one looks very thick and syrupy on the pour - I would expect nothing less from this 19.5% ABV beast.

And whoof... the aroma washes over my senses like a goddamn tidal wave. Chocolate, both dark and milky, smooth bourbon, sweet vanilla, roasted hazelnuts. Much like it's counterpart, Chocolate Rain, this beer has such an intoxicating and powerful aroma that demands attention. One thing I like about Grey Monday, however, is that the sweetness does seem nearly as cloying.

But don't get me wrong - the sweetness is still there on the nose. Brown sugar, thick molasses, melted fudge; it just appears to be a bit more settled in and refined. Another thing I love about Grey Monday is that the bourbon aroma is so smooth; not harsh or burning the nostrils at all. This is an amazingly crafted beer, and I haven't even brought the thing to my lips yet.

And just like Chocolate Rain, Grey Monday hits the palate and injects an intense sweetness throughout your entire nervous system. But just as the aroma indicated, tasting has confirmed - the sweetness of Grey Monday is controlled so much better than it was in Chocolate Rain. It's the "super sweet but still manageable" sweetness, and it's perfect.

The flavors explode like a fucking bomb on my palate: vanilla, hazelnut, light cocoa, bourbon, oak and wood. Chocolate Rain felt like 19.5% ABV. Grey Monday does not. It's got that heavy warmth - but the bourbon is so smooth and even "soft", and it goes down like a dream. I've loving the balance of boozy and sweet; they play off of each other perfectly.

I love the hazelnut addition - not only because I love hazelnuts, but because it was done masterfully. It was subtle enough as to not wash any other flavors out (see: Frangelic Mountain Brown), but at the same time - it was noticeable and appreciated with each and every sip.

As the beer warms up, new flavors emerge and current ones get stronger. Nutty, smooth, boozy, and sweet all at once. There is a certain harmony between all of these things - a detailed system of checks and balances. The aftertaste is a collection of hazelnut, cocoa, sweet vanilla, smooth bourbon, brown sugar, and dense oak. Nice, creamy body with a slick mouth feel, surprisingly not as sticky as you'd expect.

I didn't want this one to end. I liked Chocolate Rain, but I said that it would have potential to be a world beater if the sweetness and the booze were toned down. Alas - Grey Monday accomplishes those exact things, and the cost of lost cocoa nibs and vanilla beans is more than made up for with an excellent hazelnut addition. Thanks again to Ron, Tim, and Mike for this world class beer. Don't forget to smell the fucking wax.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 17:22:36 | More by tectactoe
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to duff27 for the bottle share! Thanks Duffy!

poured into snifter glass.

reviewed from notes taken on 02/23/2013.

Appearance: black bodied with thin white cap. When the cap fades away the beer has a bit of an oily film on the top of the beer and no head.

Smell: Hazelnuts and peanut butter. Some faint coffee. Boozey nose, but not distracting and you gotta expect that from a beer this big.

Taste: Sweet hazelnuts and cocoa. Nutty and roasty. Hint of bourbon and faint coffee. The flavors are so well balanced and integrated in this beer. Really just spectacular complexity.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer really hides its ABV. Yeah there is a little bit of heat, but nothing much when considering the almost 20% ABV of grey monday. How does the Bruery hide the ABV so flawlessly in these massive beers? Its gotta be thier calling card, I really cant think of any brewery that does this better.

Overall: Fantastic Black Friday varient. It really exceeded my expectations. I didnt think that I would like this beer more than Chocolate Rain, but I do and it did.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:45:11 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 17:46:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
Grey Monday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.