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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

700 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 875
Gots: 261 | FT: 36
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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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
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.9%

02-08-2014 19:12:29 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

01-16-2013 15:38:49 | More by Thorpe429
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.9%

02-09-2014 15:13:10 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

02-03-2014 22:25:56 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -11.9%

05-07-2014 21:01:32 | More by ygtbsm94
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

02-03-2014 19:22:20 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

05-02-2013 04:10:30 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

06-19-2014 00:24:26 | More by kylehay2004
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

03-16-2013 04:20:02 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-15-2013 21:57:31 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 21:11:24 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

05-08-2013 04:45:10 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

06-02-2013 16:26:26 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

01-26-2014 23:20:22 | More by nickfl
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

08-25-2013 14:39:43 | More by MasterSki
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

04-10-2014 17:46:30 | More by Jason
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

03-10-2014 01:30:41 | More by drabmuh
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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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 00:36:50 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

01-12-2014 06:41:05 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:04:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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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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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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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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Grey Monday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.