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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

869 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 939
Gots: 302 | FT: 42
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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 oline73
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.

oline73, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

mendvicdog, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

MarkyMOD, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

XmnwildX12, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On cask at Beachwood I, 6 oz., I'm putting the ABV at 18.2% since I don't know what the ABV of 2011 Black Tuesday is yet, I'll change it if necessary, this is Black Tuesday with Hazelnuts,

A: Pours the deepest black with a minimal tan head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Dark chocolate, like an amaretto cream truffle, some roast.

T: Sweet hazelnut nectar and chocolate. The nuttiness is much more overt than I thought it would be, but it certainly works here. A nice take on Black Tuesday.

M: Beyond full-bodied as BT tends to be. Very smooth, minimal carbonation which suits it fine. Trace amounts of booze which is impressive in a beer this big.

O: For my palate, better than Chocolate Rain as a Black Tuesday variation. Apparently they had this at The Bruery Molecular Dinner at Beachwood and had some left over so the layman off the street got try some. Well worth the chance.

Halcyondays, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of beernads
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

beernads, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

InspectorBob, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

imperialking, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -11.9%

yourefragile, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to our monthly tasting last night, 2013 bottle.

A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to next to nothing, leaving very small trails of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of intense sugary sweetness, fresh roasted hazelnuts, bakers chocolate, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, charred wood and plenty of warming bourbon. All of the aromas I expected are present and it smells just as sweet as I thought it would.

T - Starts off with the intense sweetness - mainly chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and molasses - quickly being joined by the hazelnuts, charred wood and warming bourbon burn. Finish is really sweet with some mild booze burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Huge, sweet feel from start to finish makes it hard to consume more than a few ounces in a sitting.

O - A really nice rift on regular Black Tuesday. We drank this one right after a Chocolate Rain and I think I actually prefer that one to this, but only by a small margin. Looking forward to seeing how this one ages over the next few years.

orangesol, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

750ml bottle that has been kept in the fridge since it was release. Poured into a matching Bruery snifter, the brew appears dark brown with cola clarity around the edges. A couple big bubbles appear and fade quick. When you look close at the surface, you can seem some of the hazelnut oils collect and form across the top.

The aroma opens nutty the goes to anise and straight belgian candy sugar sweetness with a solid backing of booze that is somewhat solvent feeling. The taste includes anise and a huge booze and roasty char character before getting dominated by a clash of candy sugar verse bourbon heat. Sadly, the sugar and alcohol dominates any feeling of the barrel nuance.

This is medium to full bodied with a light level of carbonation. An absolute attack of alcohol verse sugar. As much as I was anticipating liking this, I ended up not being the biggest fan.

stakem, Aug 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

drewone, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

duceswild, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

afsdan, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance similar to Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain. Black and viscous with a thin, beige collar that quickly fades to nil, giving a still appearance. The aroma brings booze, chocolate, roast and some sweet hazelnuts. Really tasty beer, though I do prefer both Black Tuesday and Chocolate Rain to this. Sweet and boozy. Packed wih flavor. Full bodied with moderately low carbonation. The hazelnut character is certainly present but doesn't overpower. A fun beer.

Huhzubendah, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Gonzoillini, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of billab914
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

billab914, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Zaphog, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of HopHead84
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

01/12/2013

Bottle into a Bruery snifter. Nice looking bottle.

A: Very dark, though not quite black. It seems black but there's some brownish red near the edges. The beige head is robust upon the initial hard pour, rising two fingers above the liquid. A swirl of the glass gives indication of the high ABV as there's a thick alcohol collar that devolves into a cascading string of pearls

S: This smells like Black Tuesday with the addition of hazelnuts, as you might have guessed, so if Black Tuesday isn't your thing you're not going to like this. It's super sweet and desert-like with tons of vanilla, hazelnut, maple, coconut, and bourbon. Mounds of diabetes inducing brown sugar and chocolate blend with alcohol, oak, and toffee. Dark fruit is restrained and redolent of grape and plum

T: Oak, bourbon, vanilla, hazelnuts, brown sugar, and maple. Very sugary and sweet, but you were expecting that. Alcohol provides much warming but little flavor. Dark chocolate is rich and pervasive and it blends with molasses and toffee. The finish is very rich.

M: Full body with upper low carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, chewy, and sticky with much warming on the palate (palatial warming, henceforth).

Overall: Over the top in the sweetness category, but I was expecting this. I'm not doing a side by side with Black Tuesday at the moment, but this seems much more sugary sweet than Black Tuesday (if you can imagine that), to the point that 4oz would be an appropriate serving size. That being said, my fiance and I will be drinking this whole bottle and loving it. This is very nice, but I hope it doesn't interfere with my personal dreams of the Iced and Coffee Black Tuesday variants. Props to SR for a great idea.

HopHead84, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

ShanePB, Oct 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

HuskyinPDX, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

iL0VEbeer, Feb 10, 2014
Grey Monday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.