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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

850 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 934
Gots: 299 | FT: 41
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

djrn2, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Thorpe429, Jan 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

zestar, Feb 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

acurtis, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

BEERchitect, Jul 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Texasfan549, Feb 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

kjkinsey, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -11.9%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

GRG1313, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

spycow, May 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

kylehay2004, Jun 19, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -3.1%

jaydoc, Aug 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Knapp85, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured into a tulip glass, it appears still and glassy. Swirling brings a hint of carbonation to the edges, but not much.

Smell is rich and boozy. Very malty and slightly nutty with some overt heat.

Sticky and sweet, rich and chewy. The viscous body and sweetness remind me a bit of dwojniak mead, defined by a 1:1 honey to water ratio with a similar double digit abv. Hazelnut is noticeable only in the aftertaste. You can also taste the alcohol. A slow sipper, took my time with it and enjoyed it in small amounts.

Thanks to Andrew and Matt for sharing!

emerge077, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

largadeer, May 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

SocalKicks, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Jason, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

nickfl, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

MasterSki, Aug 25, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev -13.7%

Slatetank, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

drabmuh, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.61/5  rDev +1.5%

this is straight up one of the best beers ever. it takes black tuesday, an already beyond world class massive stout, and brings it to a whole new place with just layers and layers of additional flavor and character. a huge contribution from one ingredient to say the least. inky black in color just showing brown. the head doesn't hang on real long, but froths up pretty well on the pour, lighter than mocha, but rather dark. the nose is perfect, and i hardly ever give anything perfect marks, but this cannot be improved upon. the hazelnuts add this incredible earthy sweet dimension that fits right into the thick malty abyss of black tuesday. it lightens it, with a robust nutty flavor that moves from vanilla to honey to almond extract, and back again. with the darkness of the barley and the licorice character, its a dream come true. i could just smell it all day, just a tiny hint of booze, right on. the taste does much of what the nose does, i get a little more tobacco or molasses type spice in this than i did in regular black tuesday, but i can imagine thats from the nuts. tons of oak on this coming through too, char and vanilla, which plays up the already desserty hazelnut properties. the nuts just make this sing. its impossibly light and soft for its size, drinks a lot easier than its base beer, and finishes for an hour, seriously, i can taste it through food, other beer, everything. its burned into my palate, and i am thankful for it. every drop of this stuff us pure gold. its body is massive, its alcohol only comes out with temperature, and the layers of flavor are fit for kings and gods. just magic.

StonedTrippin, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

jlindros, Jul 08, 2013
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Grey Monday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.