Grey Monday - The Bruery
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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.
02-25-2013 17:46:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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.
07-23-2014 17:50:55 | More by BEERchitect
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!
01-12-2014 21:11:24 | More by emerge077
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.
07-08-2013 17:47:50 | More by jlindros
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.
02-13-2014 01:04:11 | More by StonedTrippin
3.35/5 rDev -26.2%
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.
07-14-2014 00:36:50 | More by Rifugium
Grey Monday from The Bruery
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