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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,186 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,186
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 1,115
Gots: 382 | FT: 66
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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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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.23/5  rDev -7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottling

Appearance: No surprise that the beer has no head but I was surprised to the some foaming bubble up from the lip of the bottle; a quick pour took care of that problem; the fudge brown liquid is very leggy, though there is no lacing to speak of

Smell: The alcohol tones tingle the nostrils, wafting chocolate, molasses, Bourbon, cinnamon and vanilla elements: there is a nut aspect in there, but I was expecting more from the hazelnuts

Taste: Fudgy and sweet, up front, with the Bourbon bombing the tastebuds; wherever the hazelnuts were hiding in the aroma, they make up for it in the flavor as they take over in the mid-palate and dominate the finish; though the hazelnuts make a statement, the chocolate fudge, vanilla, molasses are all in there, as well; the sweetness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with low carbonation; quite a lot of heat in the gullet

Overall: An intense beer and a bit too sweet for me; but I can respect the impact of the hazelnuts on the base beer

Thanks, sj3324, for the opportunity

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4.46/5  rDev -2%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of black chocolates and hazelnut are pretty interesting with light vanilla notes also noticeable. Taste is a very nice mix of chocolate and hazelnut notes with balanced residual sugar level which is usually not a strong point for the Bruery. Body is full enough with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer and I was surprised by the fact that it is quite drinkable considering the ABV and the base beer.

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4.4/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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Grey Monday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,186 ratings.