Grey Monday | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.90%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grey Monday is a special version of our Black Tuesday imperial stout that has been aged on hazelnuts.

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Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 1,867
Photo of Roguer
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

No head retention. Fairly clear and pale, more like a strong ale than stout.

Nose is almost all booze and brown sugar. No hint of hazelnuts.

Brew is nutty on the palate, especially up front, followed by waves of brown sugar, grapes, dates, chocolate, oak, raisins, bourbon, and lots of boozy heat.

Hot, big, boozy, and proud of it. This is a warming sipper that presents its booze well.

Like the best, most complex Bruery beers, this is reminiscent of Utopias. I definitely feel it’s more of a strong ale, as I don’t get much of a stout feel to this.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good lord is this a boozy beast.

I decided, probably in error, to drink a bottle by myself on a Tuesday evening. I had two Grey Mondays gathering dust in my cellar - and no one ever wants to open these at shares, so I thought I might start thinning the herd. Full disclosure: I only finished one glass before falling asleep.

Appearance brings to mind a barleywine, more than a stout - Grey Monday pours a deep reddish brown and smells tremendously boozy. Seriously, this stuff makes my head swim. Hazelnuts are faint in the nose, but there's definitely a bit of warm nuttiness there. It's quite sweet and fairly sticky, thick, and oily.

While Bruery stouts aren't my every day go-to, it's difficult to deny them accolades - these beers are nuts. Delicious, but they just aren't practical when drinking alone!

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Photo of Rristow
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle. Pours black with beige head. Huge caramel, hazelnut and cocoa aroma. Taste is still a little boozy but good for its ridiculously high ABV. Lots of hazelnut on the flavor with molasses, caramel, butterscotch, cocoa, bourbon. Delicious huge beer. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 9/24/13; drank 8/8/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Muddy brown/purple appearance.

Minimal dark tan head; no lace.

Raisin, caramel & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate, port, sweet caramel & molasses flavors; no booze heat.

Insanely drinkable considering the a.b.v., this is a sweet dessert treat that isn't cloying. A triumph of the brewer's art.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.27/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours clear brown without a head but is thin and black in the glass
S: bourbon, hazelnuts, chocolate...big sweetness. Smells delicious
T: yum, just like the nose it has the bourbon and chocolate hazelnuts all working together. This vintage is 20.0% and it is smooth. Never would guess it. But it soo sweet, only a few oz in a sitting is drinkable.
F: a bit thin like the pour suggested but sticky sweet.
O: great beer but only can drink it on small quantities

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 Release. 20.0% ABV.

The pour is a dark brown with a distinct crimson hue. Hardly any head appears, but what does bubble up is a nice ivory color. Thin and spaced out, quick to disappear.

As was expected, this thing is BOOZY, with lots of dark fruit right away on the nose. As it warms, bourbon and oak come forth with some urgency. The booze is still overwhelming, but the subtly complex aromas that come peeking through that ethanol are pleasant, and chocolate in particular becomes gradually more prevalent.

In the flavors you get more of that powerful booziness, but it is not as overwhelming as the nose. Oak and bourbon is noticeable, with that stinging alcohol quick to follow it up. As it warms, you get some nuttiness, but can’t really pick out hazelnuts specifically. Hazelnuts are one of those nuts that can be potent in a beer, but even just a year bottle conditioning with an ABV that high can swallow up some of the originally intended components.

The body on Grey Monday is thin, but with a syrupy feel and a low carbonation. Sharp, stinging booze is present throughout and makes for a hot finish. Closer to the liquor end of the spectrum than beer, honestly.

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Photo of aleigator
3.45/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Grey Monday '14 on 181225

Pours an oily almost black color with no head at all.

Smells of honey, scorched malts, spicy molasses, toasty oak and a faint hint of heated hazelnuts.

Offers no carbonation at all, the beer itself has a thinner mouthfeel with a relatively well working boozy edge.

Tastes of alcohol soaked praline, caramel and a touch of toasty hazelnuts. Brings a huge rock sugar impact to the palate, effectivly dissolved in the licorice and scorched malts. Offers a pleasnt milk chocolate flavor, covered in caramel and maintaining, dry, not sharp oak.

This is pretty good for a liqueur and very strange for a beer. Drank it with five persons, none too many.

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Photo of Sandis
4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aroma of booze and hazelnut. A bit of heat in the taste but with this high ABV how could there not be? I like the mild carbonation. This is creamy goodness. I even loved the aroma they put in the wax!

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 vintage. Pours a deep mahogany with a tight band around the shoulders. Nose reveals hazelnut, cocoa, butterscotch and spirit/ethanol. Taste expresses butterscotch, cocoa, ethanol and a hint of soy sauce. Mouthfeel is fairly light with a lively carbonation. All and all - drinkable and ABV is dangerously well-hidden; however, I think another year in the cellar might be the sweetspot.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 2016 750 ml. bottle into a snifter. This beer pours out very light in color for the style, just like the rest of the series. Doesn't form a crown, only an outer ring of bubbles attaching themselves to the glass. The smell is big boozy raisins and plums with slight chocolate as well. This whole series has had huge dark fruit notes. It just smells like you're going to get drunk. The taste comes in hot with booze and the dark fruit remains. This is the version aged on hazelnuts, but honestly how would you ever know with a beer this boozy? I do think I like this one better than the rest, but they just still don't hold up to the caliber I thought they would bring.

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

03/2014 - There's certainly ethanol up front, with bourbon, Nutella, and some anise; decent mouthfeel that lasts with cocoa, plum, tobacco; subtle heat and booze, creamy and sweet finish.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Vintage 2018.

Dark oily chestnut brown out of the bottle, filling with a deep mahogany brown body color. Snapping tan head, making two fingers but dissolves very quickly off the pour, with virtually no collar.

Exquisite aroma. Even while opening and pouring the beer just bursts alive. Thick rich nougat smelling, with hints of earthy walnuts/hazelnut smelling quality. Deep dark cocoa and rich almost coffee scented chocolate bar quality. Wine port like aromas particularly with woody barrel notes all over of oak, even a strange touch of soft cinnamon character without the burn. Big, impressive, controlled, not ovepowering but just giant and salivating. Woah.

Palate tuns things a bit down to earth. Large aromatic flavors are taken over a bit, mostly through a very port and wine like body and flavor, but still a great one. Soft dark cocoa, with large fruity booze qualities more like brandy than bourbon. Earthy touches slightly, but forgoes nuts in flavor in the mid palate for more berry and cocoa tastes. Nougat aftertaste, almost like a sticky almond but not a sweet, touches with the high booze but tolerable still. Mouthfeel while silky is just a touch fizzy lacking a lasting coating to make the flavors last and linger. Tends to flirt with fizz just a hair making for a bit of distraction.

Neat take on a Black Tuesday variant, nearly magical, but the flaws are really nothing major to bring it down in enjoyment.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2013! I had a 2015 after 1 year of aging. This is better, but is mostly booze and sugar at this point. A bit too drinkable for 18+%. Prost!

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Photo of csmrx7
4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really impressed, but not as nutty as I expected. Dark and opaque with small tan head. Rich nose with heat in the nose, bourbon, reasons and sweet malt. The taste is very complex with molasses, Brown sugar, dates, raisins, oak,bourbon and just a hint of nuts.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle: 2013

A: Pour is thick, and dark brown with minimal head formation, retention, and lacing

S: Hazelnuts, dark figs and mixed fruits in the aroma. Quite impressive with the barrel character surfacing the roasted malts, nuts, and fruity/earthy undertones. A nice balance to the subtle foray of black licorice, toffee, molasses, smoked bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut/marshmallows

T: More of the heat takes precedence, yet not overbearing with well-incorporated notes of raisins, caramel, brown sugar, smoke, leather, molasses, oak, cocoa, hints of nuts

M: Feel is roughly average, with fluctuating carbonation; more heat as it warms

O: Age seemed to be a benefactor, with the elegant portrayal of notes in the aroma while not too cloying. There’s heat, but it’s not overly constraining

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Photo of Phineasco
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Mahogany brown with small white head. Has low carbonation.
Smell: Hazelnuts, Almond, chocolate, with bourbon heat.
Taste: Hazelnuts, marshmallows, Almond, chocolate, with bourbon heat.
Mouthfeel: Medium full.
Overall: A good bourbon barrel aged stout from the Bruery.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 12/25/17
2017 bottle
L - pours a dark caramel color with a minuscule fizzy mocha head.
S - Upon opening the bottle and got a big blast of sugary hazelnuts. But in the glass, the beer smells like Black Tuesday.
T - There is classic Black Tuesday sweetness and a little bitter boozy notes. Finish is a little nutty.
F - The mouth feel is a little thin but sticky. Finish is dry and a little astringent. Definitely has chest heat.
O - I don't think this is much better than Black Tuesday. The hazelnuts are a unique variation. But I don't think there is as much depth.

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Photo of rypkr
4.52/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle

L - teku pour. Thin out if the bottle. Dark cola brown in the teku. Nice bubbly offwhite one finger head. Thick sticky lacyling.

S - literally made me cackle with mind blowing sensory overload. Like the decadent black tuesday with sweet nutty Nutella and vanilla whipped throughout. Fuck.

T - it tastes like black tuesday + hazlenuts... I'd say they did it right. All the dark fruit and deep carmelized sugars of its base brother + dessert like nuttiness.

F - highly carbonated, quite fizzyy. Sweet up front, finishes more dry. Although roughly the same abv as BT this variant tastes significantly hotter.

O - stellar shit. I still think BT is my favorite of the weekdays (still have CR to try) but this is right there neck to neck with it.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.08/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In the interest of fairness, I am not a huge fan of hazelnut. There is something of putting about the overall profile. That said, at the front the thick boozing this is very apparent. Lingering about the mouth, the hazelnut was very easy to detect. The field was very sticky and sweet, swinging easily to the sides of the mouth. The feel was almost chewy. Raisins and dark fruit were also present. Yet in the overall scheme of things, the hazelnut make this hard for me to like.

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Photo of anvindr
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

To me this tastes like a slightly smoother more chocolatey black tuesday. And I love black tuesday dont get me wrong but I dont think this one is worth the extra effort of chasing down compared to black tuesday. the wax smells amazing tho

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/4/2016. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger foamy khaki head with poor retention, and reduces to nothing pretty quickly. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Plenty of alcohol legs on the glass. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, raisins, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, hazelnuts, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, raisins, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak spiciness and light roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, raisins, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, hazelnuts, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness and roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairy full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/syrupy/sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a small lingering warmth, with mild booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, hazelnuts, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. I was hoping for more intense hazelnut character from this; but it seems to be much more balanced between the malt, barrel, and hazelnut flavors. A highly enjoyable offering regardless.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing a 2016 version. The beer pours a strange deep brown color with no head and no lacing.

The smell explodes with chocolate, bourbon, and nutty dark fruits.

The taste is sweet, nutty, chocolate, boozy, and bourbon.

The mouthfeel is effervescent, thick, rich, and smooth.

Overall this beer is a monster. Definitely a slow sipper, but very good.

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Photo of BWood
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: black with no real head or lacing.

S: nice bourbon smell. Maybe a slight slight hazelnut. There is a nutty smell on the back. Mostly Black Tuesday.

T: decadent beer. Smooth bourbon with the base beer present. A little more depth than Black Tuesday.

F: very smooth and drinkable for 19%. I do with a tad more thick. But this is the style of Bruery beers. They do the thin bognstouts the best around.

O: a big fan of Bruery beers. This is a great Black Tuesday variant.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.56/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sanded, not yet polished dark brown wood with a minimal tan fizzy ring.

This puppy is hot as hell, but what else did I expect? It also has a sweet syrupy flavor with honey. It's almost barleywine-esque, which is surprising for its relative youth (2016), and has a slick feel with tons of bourbon. There's minimal hazelnut, if any at all--which is a damn shame and a huge waste of hazelnuts.

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Photo of AndrewP17
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours nice and dark. smells of nuttiness and chocolate compliments the bourbon and sweet fruits. taste was more black Tuesday than anything else. didn't pick up any of the hazlenuts on the taste. feel is good but could be a little thicker.

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Grey Monday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 1,867 ratings