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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,182 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,182
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 1,106
Gots: 379 | FT: 65
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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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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2013

BA review #550, here's to milestones!

A big thanks to NHbeerguy for sending this over in a trade!

A: Pours a very dark brown nearly black, opaque with less than 1/2 a fingers width of tan colored head. Head is fizzy and dissipates down almost immediately. Leaves effectively zero lacing, but some nice alcohol legs. Looks like a cola.

S: Very sweet, with dark fruits and syrup sugary sweetness. Accompanying the sweetness is a ethanol booze and a big charred oak bourbon character. Subtle cocoa and bourbony vanilla. I dont get much hazelnut at all, and probably wouldn't have even noticed it if I didnt know it was brewed with them. Aroma seems a bit boozier than I remember from BT and CR.

T: A big, decadent sweetness is the first thing I get; dark fruits, cocoa,
and syrupy sugar. This is balanced out but some really great roasty and bourbon barrel notes. Theres an herbaceous component and boozy ethanol. Like the nose, I dont get much hazelnut at all, although it starts to come out a bit as the beer warms towards room temperature. Great balance of sweetness, booze, and roasty. Excellent.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very smooth and somewhat chewy, but a bit syrupy. ABV is certainly noticeable but is a welcomed and necessary component to balance out the sweet. Carbonation is very low, which is appropriate. Like most of the huge ABV Bruery beers this one is dangerously drinkable.

O: Excellent beer. Not that different from BT IMO though, and I wish the hazelnut characters were more prominent. Out of BT, CR, and GM, I think CR is still my favorite. That being said, this a wonderful beer. Highly recommend. 4.5

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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.

Grey Monday from The Bruery
100 out of 100 based on 1,182 ratings.