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Grey Monday - The Bruery

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114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 1,438
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 31.82%
Wants: 1,222
Gots: 477 | FT: 89
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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 RaulMondesi
4.84/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -5%
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!

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of ricecracker420
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ah, Grey Monday. Always so delicious. Huge, chocolatey, nutty, alcoholic wonder in liquid form. Nice bourbon barrel character. Boozy but surprisingly balanced for it's ABV.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.41/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of dbc5
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this one. 750ml bottle into a snifter. Had at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black with minimal lacing and minimal head. Beer is pitch black with thick, oily legs. Par for the course for a Bruery Imperial Stout.

Nose is chocolate, molasses, vanilla, fudge and booze. Aromatic and robust. Decent but a bit too heavy on the alcohol.

Opens sweet molasses, fudge, chocolate, and vanilla. Diabeetus for sure. Booze in the middle with more chocolate and molasses presence. A bit of cocoa and roasted malt but they do little to balance out the incredible malt body. So incredibly sweet. Great for sipper but I can't imagine having more than 4oz. of this one. Finishes boozy with a sweet, filmy, sticky sweet aftertaste. Decent but certainly over-the-top.

Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Oily, slick and booze in the mouth and goes down hot and sticky sweet. Finishes messy with a lingering, boozy aftertaste. You feel every bit of the ABV here. Definitely a sipper.

Pretty standard for a Bruery Black Tuesday variation. Decently complex, very boozy, in your face, and certainly a sipper. I'd like to see how this mellows out with time but as is, its a bit too much for my taste. Worth trying though.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 750ml into Crooked Stave Snifter. This bottle is a gusher!!!

Apperance- Can't see through the glass, dark black/brown. Somewhat viscous. Minimal lacing.

Smell- Booze first and foremost, chocolate, dark fruit then hazelnut.

Taste- Black Tuesday with minimal Hazelnut, but with a lot of vanilla. Maybe my mouth is not keen on picking up nutty flavor in high abv ba stouts, but I am getting some hazelnut, but not a lot. The reason why I wanted to open this one was to get as much variant as possible before it goes bye bye.

Mouthfeel- Somewhat viscous for a ba stout. I love the burn that high abv ba stouts get, so I am happy. I know many like to tame the beast down.

Overall- CR>GM>BT with all being superior beers. Really happy I have another bottle to chill on.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

First release. Teku glass. I've had this about half a dozen times on draft by now, but this is the first time I've gotten around to writing a review.

A: Pours a dark coffee brown, a little lighter around the edges. Some light brown head which fizzles out quickly to a razor thin ring. No lacing and so-so retention. Looks flat after a few minutes.

S: Hazelnut extract, vanilla and oak, dark chocolate and some nice spice (cinnamon), and a little bourbon.

T: Rich, dark liquid chocolate, hazelnuts, tannic oak, vanilla, with a lengthy finish. Fairly sweet. More sweet and a little boozy than I remember the draft version being (in which the alcohol was completely undetectable).

M: Mouthcoating, full bodied, with medium-high, sharp carbonation. Sticky.

O: Delicious and decadent. An improvement over both BT and CR. The hazelnuts enhance the base and meld well with the other flavors. The sweetness is probably the limiting factor in terms of drinkability. This is probably best enjoyed in relatively small servings.

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Photo of rodkin
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Generously shared by Hopbully. Thanks for the trade!

Pour is medium thickness, dark dark brown. Looks basically pitch black, except for the tiniest hint of light at the absolute edges. Tiny little head, minimal carbonation.

Smell is vanilla and chocolate upfront, with some bourbon heat, booze, hazelnut and oak following. The hazelnut is not as big as I'd hope, and it's a little more boozy/oaky than I'd like.

Taste is much better. Really huge milk chocolate and hazelnut, followed by vanilla, some alcohol heat to cut the sweetness. There's a bit of oakiness at the finish, but it's not as overpowering as in the nose. Slight bitterness, too.

Body is medium thickness, minimal carbonation. Not as thick and chewy as I'd like for a stout like this, but it's certainly not bad.

This is a delicious beer that will lay you flat. It's very sweet, however. I split it three ways, and found the last couple sips to be a little difficult. A good one for sharing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not quite black. Transparent at the edges. Deep brown but never black. No head.

Smell - Caramel. Lots of bourbon. Some oak but it's a mild barrel character. Tons of sugar.

Taste - Sweet, sugary, bourbon. Just a hint of hazelnut. Not the level of artificial coffee creamer, but a lot of hazelnut. Caramel and some roast, but not much. The more I drink it the more I like it.

Mouthfeel - A bucket of sugar. Sweetness is pretty overwhelming. Just like Black Tuesday.

Overall - It barely tastes like a stout, like Black Tuesday. Sugary but a good sugar.

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Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh yeah....split with JLindros thanks to last years reserve society.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a deep dark black bye with a quarter inch head that faded to legs....octopus legs haunt my glass. Gah.

S - Gaahhhh...aromas of rich chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, tons of barrel and vanilla. Not getting much hazelnut though but still my goodness is this good.

T - Taste is tons of sweet malts, loads of chocolate and vanilla...my God is there alot of chocolate and vanilla and bourbon and oak. This is plainly amped up black Tuesday with sweeter chocolate malts. The hazelnut ..its almost a dairy creamer type flavour. Damn tasty if I may say so...like an almond joy melted in my mouth.

M - Mouthfeel is damn good for the ABV. Lowly carbonated, thick, lightly boozy....this is a sipper for sure.

O - Overall this was a good beer, wish the hazelnut was more prominent. Tons of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, super faint hazelnut....solid black Tuesday variant.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

Black, heavy, and viscous throughout. Very, very small film of minimal carbonation. Leaves the glass oily on the way down. Appropriate, and pretty enough, though this beer's appearance is not what makes it special.

Exceptionally rich aroma: vanilla and very sweet chocolates, lots of barrel (coconut, stinging bourbon, Mounds bars), and a distinct, integrated, lovely, and sweet hazelnut addition. The base beer (Black Tuesday) is quite present, obviously, but the addition of hazelnuts is a welcome one that works.

As with Black Tuesday, this is sweet, rich, chocolate, and barrel-forward. This does seem a bit more subdued though and slightly less raw and aggressive than regular Black Tuesday, with distinct, authentic, flavorful hazelnut present, especially on the swallow and lingering finish. Some alcohol heat, but not quite as strong as regular Black Tuesday.

Full in body with low, creamy, silky carbonation.

Fantastic Black Tuesday variant.

Additionally, the wax smells of hazelnuts.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a bit of reddish-brown around the edges and a thin finger of khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades fairly quickly.

S - Roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, hazelnuts, black licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and some booze.

T - Roasted chocolate and dark caramel malts, hazelnuts, Bourbon, vanilla, oak, black licorice, molasses, dark fruits, coffee, and booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, sweet, and nutty finish.

D - Super bold and complex, and the hazelnuts add some great character.

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Photo of illidurit
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at the March tasting in Santa Cruz. Pours brown with a light tan head. Big rich brownie aroma with some apparent heat. Flavor is a concentrated maple syrup blast, with port grapes, deep chocolate notes, and not nearly as much booziness as the aroma would suggest. Also much milder than plain ol’ Black Tuesday. Not a whole lot of nuttiness to me, but it is somewhat creamy and smooth compared to BT. Nice beer.

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Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Hair of the Dog stemmed tasting glass. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours a deep, jet black color, very inky and sludge-like out of the bottle, a trace of caramel brown film appears on top of the beer but is gone immediately, no lacing to speak of. The aroma is intensely sweet, lots of milk chocolate, hazelnut, brown sugar, marshmallow with a pungent bourbon alcohol heat at the finish. The flavors are in line, massively sweet and borderline cloying. Lots of chocolate, brown sugar, marshmallow and a good amount of hazelnut character. It's really hard to tell that this was even aged in bourbon as it has almost zero noticeable barrel character and lacks any decent richness and complexity. Vanilla was the only detectable barrel note which was a huge loss for me. The body on this beer is nearly perfect, luscious, silky, rich, any adjective you can find for smooth and creamy but finishes a bit harshly because of the high alcohol content.

Verdict: An ambitious stout from the Bruery. I like the creativity with the hazelnut addition but the fact that this beer is so one dimensionally sweet and intensely rich makes it really hard to drink more than just a few ounces. I struggled to finish only 3oz.

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