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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 1,437
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 1,221
Gots: 477 | FT: 89
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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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Photo of Rifugium
3.11/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | 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.

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Photo of champ103
3.6/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A two finger tan head quickly forms, but recedes just as quickly. Par for the coarse with the alcohol level and style.
S: Barrel aroma is strong and up front. A big sweetness in the nose, with chocolate, roasted malts, and roasted nuts. While a huge and boarding on over barring nose, still enjoyable.
T: Like the nose, this boarders on over barring but still fairly enjoyable. A huge barrel character with an equally large sweetness. Some roast, and coffee with an enjoyable nutty flavor. All help to try and balance the huge aspect of the beer.
M/D: Low carbonation, viscous, and just huge. Alcohol is certainly apparent, but almost kept in check. I can at least enjoy a few ounces.

For this massive barrel aged imperial stout, this is somewhat enjoyable. Though, again, I can find plenty of the same style I enjoy much more. That are much easier to get, and in many cases locally made. Interesting to try, but not one of my favorites on the style.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1800th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750ml- Grey Wax

2013 Release

App- This was about the same as BT. Just thick, dark and viscous in the glass. A small amount of brown bubbles formed and was gone rather quickly.

Smell- When I first had a BT, I thought it was more port with a big sweetness, phenol alcohols and fruits. This was like that but the chocolate and hazelnut dominated the flavors. When I put my nose in the glass, I felt I was smelling a hazelnut chocolate milk.

Taste- I felt it this was actually better than BT and MW. Its a good stout due to the base beer. This highlighted the chocolate and hazelnut way more than MW and coffee. This had more flavor and was creamier and layered.

Mouth- Thick and viscous. A low carbonation level and was very creamy just like BT. The hazelnut dominates the residual flavors along with the chocolate.

Drink- It was a good beer. It was expected. I appreciate when someone says its a hazelnut beer, it should taste like hazelnuts. This was that and was a huge beer.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Not nearly as heavy as I was expecting. Very viscous coffee with no head. The legs on the glass looks like scotch.

S - Big bourbon! Hints of hazelnut, chocolate, toasted malts. Smells very sugary and sweet. Desert beer?

T - Slightly let down by the amount of hazelnut in the taste. Pretty much none. Reminded me more of a chocolate stout than anything else. Don't get me wrong, this is a big, sweet barrel bomb, but the hazelnut that I was hoping for just wasn't there. For the money I could have just gotten a Black Tuesday.

M - Very sticky and stays on the palette for a while. Small amount of carbonation. As always for the Bruery, so smooth for %18.5.

O - This beer was on my radar for a while and I was a little let down. Next time I'll just get another Chocolate Rain.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got to try a small sample of this at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop bottle share. Pours dark brown, murky, almost like a BA Old Ale or Barleywine, but maybe a bit darker. Nearly no head, what is there is a yellowish khaki color that is just a ring around the top of the glass. Aroma of big caramel notes, pralines, hazelnuts, booze, huge vanilla, maybe some coocnunt. Flavor follows the aroma perfectly with massive nutty caramel vanilla notes, some light marshmallow, bourbon galore, booze, sweet brown sugar. Wow. This blows away BT and CR for me. Really drinks more like a BA Barleywine or BA Scotch Ale than a stout. Mouthfeel is big, thick, boozy, and warming with low carbonation. Just a really beautiful beer and thus far easily my favorite variant of the BT brew.

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Photo of dvmin98
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 Reserve Society Allocation poured into a Westbrook Brewing snifter

Jet black appearance. The wax from the bottle smells amazing..tempted to chew it like the wax candy from the 70s. Big bold imperial stout flavor with a nice bourbon coating on my tongue, with the hazelnuts on the back end. A bit hot (hey dummy, its 18.5%), but hidden well for the percentage.

I actually enjoyed the bottle more than I did from the tap at the Reserve Socitey party. Will sit on one or two of these for a year to see if the heat drops a bit.

I'm a sucker for hazelnut, and this one is the best I've ever had. Outstanding.

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Photo of RachelZ
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is poured through a bottle. With a dark brown/black pour. Aroma consists of alcohol, chocolate and sweet hazelnut. The taste consists of chocolate and hazelnuts with some vanilla tastes. There is moderate carbonation with a bittery aftertaste. Overall delicious!

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Photo of minterro
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had an opportunity to try this beer at Freshcraft in downtown Denver. The place was claustrophobicly packed with people, but I'm glad I stuck around to try this beer. So full they didn't have proper glassware.

A&S: Brown/black colored beer. No head or sign of carbonation. Spots of oily slicks on the top. Huge toffee and caramel notes. Not a ton of chocolate and only a hint of coffee. Alcohol in the mix, but not overly present.

T&M: Amazingly unique. Tons of Toffee and caramel again. Dark fruits and milk chocolate mixed in. Similar to the aroma alcohol is there but not in your face and especially not for pushing 20% ABV. Didn't get any nutty notes. Incredibly smooth and silky. Very thick and chewy body.

Overall: Unbelievably good. I broke my no more than $1 an ounce rule, but honestly it was more than worth it. Easily goes down in my top 5 for any style and would come close to rivaling CBS(even though they are completely different). I really hope I have a chance some day to sit down with a bottle of the beer and give it the rating justice it deserves, instead of quick notes.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Dark black with a thin tan head. Essentially opaque with almost no visible carbonation.

S: Hazelnut up front, with thick aromas of dark cacao and huge oak barrel, with coffee, tobacco and musty leather in the background.

T: Sweet hazelnut, oak, coffee and cacao nearly in balance, roasted malt sweetness, drying tobacco, and the alcohol burn and sweet. Sweet oak and chocolate in the hang.

M: A bit thin body and mouthfeel for style, but far from watery. Mouthfeel is sticky with carbonation sensation on the low side. The alcohol is certainly noticeable but it doesn't seem as "hot" as Black Tuesday.

O: Really quite good, and an improvement on the base beer in my opinion. Huge alcohol and huge sweetness are still predominant characteristics though - certainly not a subtle beer. But an enjoyable one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Grey waxed (which for the record is hazelnut scented!) 750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 9/25/13. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours midnight black, chestnut at the very edges with a small pale tan cap. Wisp of a halo linger but leave no lace. As with the base beer and all it's siblings, swirling will coat the glass well and produce thick legs.

Invitingly sweet nose with string hazelnut, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak with a noticeable undercurrent of booze

Big, bold and delicious. The hazelnut is strong and up front with plenty of other layers. Dark chocolate, cream coffee, sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel and molasses all mixed in with a pleasant alcohol burn. A delightful sipper that can be milked for well over an hour of enjoyment.

Oily, heavy body with light carbonation so this really settles right down to make it's self at home on the tongue. Hazelnut for days in the finish but it leaves room for some sweet bourbon, vanilla and smooth chocolate.

I haven't had them back to back yet but I like this almost as much as Chocolate Rain. The hazelnuts raise the already luscious Black Tuesday to delecable new heights. I'm tempted to try cellaring a bottle for a year or two but fear that the hazelnuts that make this beer so special are already starting to fade. So drink up, this stuff is incredible!

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Photo of Furlinator
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Salted Pig in Riverside, Ca.

Pours opaque black with a faint tan head that quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace.

Smell is dominated by bourbon with faint hints of vanilla, chocolate and hazelnuts.

Taste is a sweet mixture of dark chocolate, dark roasted malt and hazelnuts with accents of oak and vanilla. Bourbon flavor is strong toward the finish but is not as overpowering as it is in the aroma.

The texture is thick and syrupy with low carbonation.

This is a very well executed, complex and huge imperial stout. Seek this beer out and share among friends.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Aldogg007
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of timc100
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of abrethanson
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of bierdeflanders
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.27/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.74/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Grey Monday from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.