Grey Monday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 101
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rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  19.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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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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Photo of Axnjxn
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9/24/13 bottling date. into a tulip.

wax smells amazing...insane like hazelnuts... pours a dark black with a great beige head. vanilla, hazelnuts, slight bourbon on the nose. very nice aroma. the taste starts off hot but quickly balances out with the bourbon and hazelnuts. ABV apparent though, this is a big beer. very full bodied...mild carbonation.

overall just a great imp stout. smell is world class. taste is awesome. (426 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours just like all of the Black Tuesday variants... thick, dark brown, and minimal head. The nose starts with rich chocolate and vanilla, this is followed by mild hazelnut notes. There's definitely a little nutella action going on in the nose. Notes of bourbon pair nicely with the big chocolatey base beer. The taste is very sweet with chocolate, roast, bourbon, and oak all present. The finish is hot and boozy. I'd say that this treatment is quite a bit more smooth than the base beer with a little better melding of flavor. Mouthfeel is thick, syrupy, and mildly carbonated. Overall, I rank this one above Black Tuesday, but below Chocolate Rain and Mocha Wednesday. (671 characters)

Photo of Aldogg007
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Where does one begin with a beer this beautiful? Dark restaurant made it look probably even darker than it was. A beautiful light carbonation that is expected of a beer this large. Smell. Wow the smell tells you exactly what your about to drink. Everything is there the hazulnut, the bourbon, oak, dark roasted malts and even some chocolate. Yeah well all those flavor meld perfectly and coat your mouth with liquid happiness. The warmer it gets the more you taste and the more the aromas come through. The booze is there but well hidden for 19%. This is a special one that needs to be seeked out. Sell your soul do what you must to get your hands on this thing. (662 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage - 6 months fresh

Going into this I was intrigued as to how much of a difference/impact some hazelnuts would offer. Very impressed with the result.

Pours out like black tuesday - dark brown, sits pitch black in the glass. Zero head to speak of, but still a great looking beer.

After it warms up and aerates the aroma really opens up - nutella milk chocolate, nuttiness, bourbon caramel, sweet vanilla and coconut enhanced by the hazelnut. Definitely some oaky vanilla and bourbon as well. The dark fruits that are so prominent in black tuesday are covered up a bit and overall it's sweeter.

Taste follows the aroma perfectly - very rich and full, lots of creamy barrel notes enhanced by the hazelnut and a really nice boozy bourbon burn. Well rounded, perfectly minimal carbonation and very smooth.

Fantastic beer - skeptical at first as to how much variation there would be from the base, but it's a great, subtle compliment. (946 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,627 characters)

Photo of abrethanson
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprise 750ml refreshment during our Tax Session with Tax Panther, David Ow, at South Coast Tax.

A: From Pours a pitch black with minimal head which dissipates quickly. A little disappointed with how fast the head disappeared. Appears thick like you would expect Imp Stout.

S: Loads of chocolate and hazel nut. Friend and wife thought chocolate brownie was good description

T: Awesome - boozy brownie with hazel nuts? Really well balanced - chocolate, vanilla, molasses, slight roast, hazel nut, bourbon heat at end. Boozy but alcohol is not over the top apparent.

O: Impressive. Similar to BT but with hazel nut and felt more holiday. Great for doing taxes (or not doing). Probably the perfect Christmas beer during a Polar Vortex as you sit inside next to the fire forgetting about having to dig your car out of 12" thick ice. (834 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage tapped at The Catch (Anaheim, CA) on 8-Feb-14.
4 oz. pour into taster wine glass.

Smells like BT. Tastes like BT with hazelnut and the toffee is more prominent than the regular. I was hoping the hazelnut would shine more as it warmed, but it wasn't much.

2013 vintage 750 mL bottle poured into wine glass on 23-Feb-14.
Got more hazelnut and it wasn't overpowering.

Overall, It's no Mocha Wednesday but a nice variant of a solid BBA Imperial Stout. Prefer this slightly more than the regular BT. (512 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. The hazelnut aroma is out of this world. Chocolate and bourbon fill the void of the scents. The flavor is sweet at first but dies down with every sip. Bourbon, cocoa, hazelnut, brown sugar.
Full body low carbonation.
This is a hell of a beer. I've never seen legs on a beer before. It was worth every single drop of doubt I ha about trading my vsb for a mix of bruery beers. (442 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2013
Mini snifter

A: It's not as dark as you would expect. You see light through it. Similar to CR. Still. No lacing. Tons of alcohol feet. Sticks on the glass.

S: Alcohol. Not getting the hazelnuts on the nose. More sweetness, ala CR. Booze.

T: Very sweet. Dark chocolate. Almost like an after dinner drink.

M: Full bodied. After dinner drink.

Short review, but my thought the overall review of this one will come down. I used to love sweet beers, but this is excessive. I still love their big stouts, this is just a touch too much. (545 characters)

Photo of bierdeflanders
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S: some nutty notes, but hard to tell with all the vanilla/burbon notes

A: black with no head

T: nice rich chocolate flavor with vanilla notes, oak and hazelnut notes.

M: heavy body, not a beer to drink quickly

O: This is a big beer, the burbon/vanilla notes become more present as the beer warms up to the room. (316 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out pitch black without any head.

The aroma has tons of intense bourbon. Alcohol is very obvious in this. Then there's sweet chocolate, vanilla, and then hazelnutes.

The flavor follows with a huge punch of sweet chocolate and then alcohol and bourbon notes. The hints of hazelnut come through towards the middle.

A big delicious beer as the hazelnuts are a enjoyable little addition. Tuesday is still not my favorite base brew. Alcohol comes through at 19.5%, though it isn't as obvious as it could be. (520 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark. Garnet highlights. No head.

Intense bourbon. Lots of oak. Interesting nuttiness. Vanilla.

Sweet and chocolatey. This is big. BIG. The sweet chocolate and alcohol are a dominating character. Hazelnut comes through with some sort of Nutella note. Te residual sugars are diabetes inducing.

Full body. I mean full. Moderate carbonation. Good.

This is a massive beer. Frankly, it is too fucking big. Epically big. Bourbon and chocolate kill everything. (466 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow... Christmas, Walt Disney, the memory of your granmama, and heaven; this is what conjures up to Raul while drinking the divine substance that is Grey Monday. Luscious, silky and glorious stout textures/layers/aroma/taste with a lil nip of roasted hazelnut.

Pinch me, my children. I am alive. (299 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2013 (9/24/13). Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black with a bunch of sediment in the glass.

S - Huge bourbon and vanilla notes up front with char and chocolate fudge. Not getting any hazelnut notes. Decadent nose that seems to mirror Black Tuesday.

T - Barrel qualities dominate - bourbon, charred oak and vanilla notes all come to the forefront. A big chocolate fudge presence and a very slight nuttiness comes through. As the beer warmed all the way up to room temperature, the hazelnut became more pronounced but it still wasn't as prominent as I expected.

M - Full body. Viscous. Light carbonation. (639 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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! (560 characters)

Photo of Rinkor16
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle shared with friends.

A: Dark brown in color. I thought it would have been pitch black, but a much lighter tone.

S: Strong vanilla, chocolate and alcohol.

T: Nice nuttiness mixed with chocolate and vanilla. The alcohol is present, but not as present as you would expect for 19.5%. Very sweet. I'm glad I split this among 5 people. No way could I handle a full glass.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth.

O: A good beer, but I would prefer Chocolate Rain or Black Tuesday over it. (493 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75cl batch 1 bottle, generously shared by Doug at our latest whale tasting today, 11/26/2013. Poured approx. 10cl into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Review #300, totally a perfect beer for a milestone like this.

Pours a motor oil, viscous opaque black body with a relatively minimal mocha head that doesn't really have great retention. Not much lacing. Basically looks like Black Tuesday.

Smells phenomenal. Easily the best characteristic of the beer, aside from the vanilla scented wax. Smells like Black Tuesday mixed with a lot of vanilla. I don't get a lot of hazelnut specifically while it is smelling quite nutty; I'm really digging the nutty vanilla on top of the already-sweet Black Tuesday nose.

I think this is way too sweet. So cloying, lots of that Black Tuesday sweetness. It honestly reminds me of a Nutella chocolate bar, if there was a such thing. Its incredibly sweet, very cloying on top of the Black Tuesday base. It gets boozy as it warms up, but initially its simply a very sweet beer without heat.

Full bodied, phenomenal fullness of feeling in the mouth. Carbonation is minimal, solid but nothing to write home about. Again, the whole story is sweet, sweet, sweet. Dark Lord is a bitter IPA compared to this. My palate was pretty much destroyed after drinking my pour and I needed to clean it out with some water and bread.

Glad to have tried this one; I'm not sure I'd go after this one again but it is incredibly interesting as only the Bruery can do. This gives Dark Lord a run for its money in terms of sweetness. (1,549 characters)

Photo of ricecracker420
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the first beer I'm reviewing on BA, and I find this one to be appropriate, however, this will be short.

A: Dark Brown, minimal head

S: Very alcoholic, some chocolate and nuts

T: Very strong alcohol (obviously), chocolate, nuttiness, very sweet

M: heavy body, almost thick, very little carbonation to break it up, strong alcohol burn

O: Despite how incredibly strong this beer is, it is exactly what I wanted and what I expected with the addition of the hazelnuts, I really quite enjoyed the interplay of the chocolate, hazelnuts and the barrel flavoring. I'll need to try this a few more times to confirm (617 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into short highball glass 11/10/13, thanks Adam for making this happen

A dark cola, no head or lace, long skinny legs, looks just like the chocolate rain sitting beside it, again not as dark as one would expect

S more vanilla and a little nuttella and much less fudge that I was loving on the chocolate rain, lots of booze and bourbon

T more of the same really, lots of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon, the hazelnuts fairly mellow

M much like the original and chocolate rain but with a little more heat, syrupy and sticky, faint nutella and coco on the finish

O not my favorite version, drinks like a liqueur, doesn't quite have what the original and chocolate rain had going for IMO, still great beer but don't get me wrong

by this point in the night I was getting a little buzzed, and my palate was getting fatigued and things were starting to taste the same, well I guess similarities between 3 versions of the same beer should be expected. (969 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750 ml grey waxed bottle served in a Funky Buddha snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown color with semi-clear edges. Very minimal tan head forms on the pour and recedes to nothing.

S: Overt alcohol with some dark fruits and a little chocolate. Light nuttiness and cocoa from the hazelnuts.

T: Same as the nose. The nuttiness and the cocoa-like flavors from the hazelnuts are inviting, but the alcohol heat and medicinal flavors that stem from it is quite the turn off. Fair amount of oak and chocolate as well. Sweet caramel.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a slick and oily mouthfeel. High alcohol heat on the back end.

O: The alcohol was too noticeable and it was just one dimensional in the sweetness. The best part of this beer was the smell of the wax, unfortunately. (770 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.41/5  rDev -21.8%
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. (1,597 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark brown along with a razor thin light brown head that left behind light lacing throughout. I could immediately smell the hazelnut and booziness right off the bat along with some delicious chocolate notes Flavors of roasted hazelnuts, brown sugar, sticky chocolate, toffee, light molasses and bourbon vanilla. Full bodied, well-carbonated, slightly cloying on the palate, and a boozy finish with some lingering heat throughout. Overall, an amazing bourbon- and nutty-centric beer! (488 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pièce de résistance of the weekend tasting...bottle graciously shared by sstorck (thanks!) - my portion into a Stone chalice.

A: Dark brown but still not quite opaque; almost no head.

S: Cacao, vanilla, and just enormous amounts of caramel...extra sugary sweet; having had Chocolate Rain and Black Tuesday, this is obviously in the same vein as those beers. Plenty of bourbon and oak character, plenty of sweet booze as well. There is a darker fruit component here too that just pushes this over the edge into extraordinary and unique, though I'm having a tough time finding hazelnuts...

T: Lots of rum-soaked raisin character and dark caramel/brown sugar...lots of chocolate, and tons of vanilla and boozy dark fruit. Bourbon and oak barrel are apparent; there is a hint of nutty dryness that can be called hazelnuts, sure, but is not overpowering or even prominent to me - this is just a sweet, sugary, bourbon/vanilla/caramel stout.

MF: Big full body with low carbonation; epitome of sipper, this is akin to a whiskey or port.

O: Really good, though I like Chocolate Rain more. Excellent Black Tuesday variant. (1,120 characters)

Photo of dbc5
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into 10 ounce Kentucky Bourbon Stout Snifter

A: A surprising 1 finger head; surprising given the size of this beer. The head is somewhat thin and soapy looking, but again, impressive given that this beer is over 19% alcohol. The mocha colored foam recedes after about 30 seconds, leaving a pitch black liquid in the glass. Evident alcohol legs after each swirl. Good looking beer.

S: Chocolate, dark fruits, and bourbon are the first things that hit my nose. A definite alcohol presence is perceptible. Clean sweetness. There is an indistinct nuttiness on the back end, I couldn't identify that this was aged on hazelnuts specifically, but you can tell some type of nut was used.

T: Initially, the taste is characteristic Black Tuesday, tons of chocolate, burnt sugar, caramel, and raisins. Also hits with the sweetness you would expect from such a large beer. The hazelnut contribution becomes apparent on the back end. A savory nuttiness hit and provides an interesting wrinkle. Similar to the nose, I don't think I could identify the specific nut variety used in this beer, but can tell that something nutty and savory was added to the Black Tuesday base.

M: This one is a bit more effervescent than both Chocolate Rain and Black Tuesday. I would call this one moderately carbonated. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied. Alcohol warmth after each swallow. Leaves the palate thick and oily.

O: Really enjoying this sipper, although I must say that I slight prefer Chocolate Rain. I would rank the Black Tuesday variants (that I've had) as follows: 1) Chocolate Rain, 2) Grey Monday, 3) Black Tuesday. The nuts add an interesting new dimension to this beer that I find very intriguing. (1,708 characters)

Grey Monday from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.