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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 19.50%

Availability: Summer

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

Added by Halcyondays on 10-18-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
1,657
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
30.16%
 
 
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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very black, not the blackest SRM 100 or anything but its deep, tan head, 1/4". Aroma, well this is the only beer I can think of where the wax smells awesome. Aroma is the best thing about this beer, so dope. Nuts, bourbon, roast, vanilla, oak.

Taste is very good, its pretty much just like Black Tuesday. Rich deep brownie batter chocolate, oak, vanilla, sweetness that hides the immense alcohol relatively well. Thick ass mouth feel.

The main gripe I have about this beer is the cost. Why in the fuck is this $10 more than Black Tuesday? Those are some expensive ass hazelnuts!!! I eschew this beer for just regular Black Tuesday for that reason alone. But it is just as good, but if you can get basically the same beer for $10 less, well, that explains why I don't order this one anymore.

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Photo of YvesB
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage. Decadent beer. You can easily recognize the black tuesday. Heavy smell of hazelnut but the taste is more muted. Like it but drink with care.

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage opened at a recent bottle share. Pours jet black and has a great aroma. Huge beer but the ABV was hidden well. Not overly sweet and very enjoyable.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: it's a dark color that is a mixture of black, ruby red, and dark brown. Had on draught so comes to me with no head at all. Light is able to penetrate

S: bourbon, milk chocolate, soy, toasted malts, dried sweet fruits, and earthy nuttiness

T: wow tonsssssss of sweetness upfront. It's a thick, sugary syrup sweetness. There is definitely some hazelnut behind that as well, with that milk chocolate. The nutiness is a nice companion to the sweetness. Bourbon is in here as well, but is pretty mellow and acts as a nice accent. I'm surprised to say this, but the alcohol presence is really not much in here. You can feel it on the tongue, but not much beyond a tingle on the back of the tongue

M: full, syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty low, as I'd expect

O: really well crafted beer here. Huge ABV, but not extremely noticeable. It's very sweet though, so be prepared. This is the true definition of a sipper - take your time and enjoy this

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Photo of Hopislovehopislife
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really dont understand why people like the bruery big stouts. They are always super boozy and cloyingly sweet. The sweetness on these beers make dark lord seem like its not sweet at all. Lots of roasted malts and dark fruits in this one, but the back of the throat coating sweetness really puts me off of these beers(well also the pricetag on these too). Zero head when poured into a snifter, thinner than one would expect for such a huge beer but still pretty good. Just lots of sugary sweetness and alcohol.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2013 version poured in 2016.

Pours pretty flat and black. The smell is pretty much the same as BT with a very small hint of hazelnuts. I likely wouldn't have picked it up if I didn't know prior. The taste is a somewhat subdued version of BT. It is just as sweet with raisins, chocolate, and vanilla. The aftertaste is where the hazelnuts actually shine. It is subtle, but I feel like I just ate some. The texture is pretty thick, but a little flat. The alcohol is masked a lot better than BT.

I like it better than BT, but not by much. It's a very subtle variation on the base, but welcomed.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LIke Mocha Wednesday, I downed a couple 4 ounce pours at the brewery.

I like this beer. It's tasty. Plenty of rich body, diabetes-level sweetness, and a well-buried booze. How they accomplish that last part is beyond me.

The one thing I find odd about this beer is that I would be hard-pressed to differentiate it from Black Tuesday. Hazelnuts in the mix? News to me from simply drinking it. It's got some syrupy sweetness that is Frangelico-like, but hell, so is Black Tuesday.

So yeah, it's good.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at a share. Doesn't pour motor oil like as I hoped it would but still pours very dark. Smell is hazlenut heaven with some booziness. Taste is similar...2015 bottle was a little hot but the hazlenut sweetness helped mask it. Drank pretty thick. You can tell this is 18.6% but it's pleasurable drinking it.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank both 2013 and 2014 side by side. Really hard to tell the difference. Certainly, these are pretty hot for a typical beer, but as a 19% stout, they are done extremely well. I'd love to have one to age "for decades" as Bruery states. The combination of the sweet hazelnut, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, and roast is pretty hard to beat. This beer should be rated much higher, but maybe a fresh one is just way too boozy causing things to slip. Hopefully I'll be able to try this fresh and extremely old as well.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from 2013

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer with a small tan head that disappears quickly with no lacing
S: Smells of bourbon barrel influence with vanilla and caramel along with some oak. Slight roast malt, coffee and chocolate with an underlying nuttyness.
T: Taste is hazelnuts, caramel, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate covered espresso beans with some oak. Slight vinous character as well at times. Swallow is a little licorice, lingering caramel, vanilla and roasted malts with more hazelnuts and soft warm oak.
M: Big and thick in the mouth with soft carbonation and a dry finish from the alcohol.
O: Quite different from Chocolate Rain. this beer still has a lot of sweetness but it has some great complexity and some fantastic flavors. Very mellow alcohol flavors from the age as well. This is another exceptional twist on Black Tuesday from The Bruery.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle consumed Jan 2016

A- Jet black, almost no head. A few guys thought hazelnut parts or oil were floating in their pour.
S- Booziness, chocolate, dark fruits
T- Chocolate and dark fruits up front, a bit of hazelnut, but very subtle. Ends with a bit of burn from the high alcohol
F- Smooth and viscous

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Photo of peensteen
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jeffo for the bottle

Nearly jet black with light brown at the edges, ring of tan head no lace. Smell is well roasted, some anise, bourbon, oaky and fudgey, some dark chocolate sweetness as well. Taste is oaky, like a nutella like fudge cake, roast and bourbon, moderate sweetness with some alcohol to cut it.Lightly carbonated, big thick full body. Awesome stuff, my second favourite BT variant after Chocolate Rain.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 edition bottled poured into a tulip.
A: Slightly translucent brown. Creamy brown head that dissipates very quickly.
S: Boozy for sure. Bourbon and maybe hints of chocolate.
T: Initially very sweet. Fades into some nice hazelnut. Some slight booziness on the tail.
F: Very nice mouth feel. Somewhat thick and very smooth.
O: This beer is great. Super smooth and very drinkable, which can be dangerous with the high ABV!

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Photo of -Rick
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: a solid dark brown with a tan head
S: coffee, whiskey, hazelnut, vanilla
T: like the nose, lots of hazelnut and vanilla. The booze smell is not noticeable in the taste
F: creamy and thick, leaves a great coating on your mouth
O: Liked this beer a lot. Its a beast of a beer. Certainly need a few people to help put down the entire bottle. Aged really well, this was a 2013 bottle.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2015 Edition... into a glass, and looked like a stout, yada, yada... Smell is pure molten chocolate, very intoxicating... while flavors have some nice chocolate, raisin, and nuts---kind of a funky nutty flavor-- overall they are just eclipsed by the uber-molasses-sweetness!.... way too sweet for me, hard to even get one glass down!

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Photo of rand
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL bottle to snifter.

A: Jet black and sludgy. Used motor oil. No chance of a head with this weight.

S: Sharp tones of molasses and booze. Burnt sugar, oak and grass complete the bouquet.

T: The sweet molasses aspect dominates, quickly met by drying oak tones and booze. There's a berry-ish or raisiny aspect I can't quite put my finger on, but it adds depth and complexity. Caramelly malts resonate with the caramelly aspects of the bourbon, as a touch of bittering hops keeps things drinkable. Long finish with sweet residuals between sips.

M: Chewy and stodgy, as viscous as possible.

Of the line of the Black Tuesday stouts, I think this is the best. Can't wait for the Grand Reserve.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was able to score a 2013 bottle in a facebook trade. This has been a beer that I've wanted to try ever since I learned of its existence. Hazelnut flavor still very much intact, especially on the nose. The nose was chocolate, bourbon, hazelnuts, and rich molasses. Taste followed form. Overall, I enjoyed the chocolate in Mocha Wednesday a bit more, but the addition of hazelnut puts it ahead of Black Tuesday to me personally. I have a bottle of Chocolate Rain that I will open soon to complete my comparison.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with my favorite Bruery society member, ThickNStout. Held onto this one a little bit hoping to open with friends in the interest of not dying (19%!!!), but finally couldn't wait any longer and cracked it open. Poured out of a 750 ml brown bottle with thick grey wax around the neck and crown and a 2014 vintage on the label. Poured into an oversized brandy-style snifter.

Appearance (4.0) - Initial pour comes out looking almost flat, with very little head being generated, so I amp up the aggression on my pour to coax a finger of khaki colored foam that doesn't even last but a few seconds, quickly receding to a moderate ringlet around the sides of the glass and pretty much zero lace. The body is dark chestnut brown and doesn't allow any light to penetrate. Atop the surface of the liquid, you can see little flecks that I assume are created by the oils in the hazelnuts that this beer was aged on. They aren't actually sediment, but tiny oil-like imperfections.

Smell (4.5) - The aroma is fantastic, with the sweet, boozy notes wafting out of the glass like you expect from Black Tuesday, but with a more decadent dimension imparted by the smell of hazelnuts--that luscious, nutty sweetness. Caramel and bourbon are also major players in the aroma, with some fainter notes of bittersweet chocolate. I wish the bitterness from the roasted malts provided more counterpoint to the sweeter smelling elements, but such is Black Tuesday.

Taste (4.25) - Much of the taste follows directly from the aroma, with the base of sweet, caramel-infused boozy stout and faint bitterness from the roasted malts being enhanced by fantastic hazelnut flavoring. It's a delicious Nutella booze bomb--an ideal dessert beer to share with several friends after dinner, and it's plenty sweet for your non-beer friends to enjoy as well. It finishes with a lingering sweetness and slight kiss of bitterness, just enough to prevent you from feeling like you are actively developing diabetes as you drink it.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - A nice full body and fairly low carbonation, but just enough to avoid feeling flat. There is also a viscous, mouth-coating feeling to it, possibly from the hazelnut oils.

Overall (4.5), a delicious dessert beer and in many ways comes across like the top of the potential that Black Tuesday is capable of. Enjoying a fantastic variant like this makes me want to have a chance to sample a "Mexican" take on the base beer, with cinnamon, chiles and chocolate. But for now, this fantastic hazelnut variant will suffice.

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Photo of danh53
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle. Great dark fruit flavors to go along with chocolate and hazelnut, and bourbon. Rich and decadent liqueur like dessert beverage. I don't need a very large pour. Caramel and toffee from the bourbon. This is complex and excellent.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2012 shared Friday night.
Deep thick black color with a small quickly dissipating tan head. Huge molasses roast and chocolate with a fair bit of hazel nuttiness still evident. Solid warming alcohol never gets harsh, Very well made huge sipping beer.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours thick and with a decent amount of fizzy head. The color of the pour is pretty much black, but a touch of brown appears on the edges when held to light. The little bit of head that formed didn't last long, but was a light tan in color. No real lacing to speak of, but there are some alcohol legs as you drink it down.

S- Huge and sweet booze characteristics are the entire scent of this beer. The hazelnuts are definitely prominent up front, but the barrel and whiskey scents take over shortly thereafter. Tons of bourbon and oak come through as the beer warms up and the smell ends with a lingering, sweet whiskey that is very strong.

T- When this beer hits the tongue, it follows the scent pretty closely. The hazelnuts and a touch of chocolate hit right up front in an intense, sweet flavor. The whiskey ramps up to try to balance the incredible sweetness next and totes a big does of booze flavor and a ton of oak. There is a return of the sweetness after the barrel and whiskey that is also accompanied by the alcohol burn. The sweetness and hazelnuts linger a good while after the drink, along with the alcohol burn.

M- This beer is incredibly strong, with prominent burn in both feel and flavor. It actually isn't especially thick for its alcohol and style, but it is fairly smooth. The carbonation is unexpectedly high for this beer. It is a very slow drink, possibly slower than a sipper, due to the alcohol content.

Overall, I wasn't surprised, but this beer is incredibly sweet and strong. It is actually kind of hard to drink due to the very sweet flavor and strength of the beer. It is what it is, and it is good, but if you don't like sweet beers, stay away from this one.

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Photo of Mojua
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good, not great. My third favorite hazelnut beer, after Nooner 8 and Nutuhlu. It's a bit thin and sweet like all Bruery beers, but the flavors are nice.

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

long line at this place. they dont make a bad beer. they dont even make decent beers. they are all good! this one was no exception. guy was pouring heavy pours too!!

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

2013. Celebratory ending of the cottage season. Well worth the trade. It is difficult to pull off this level of sweetness, but it does it.
At the top with the Bourbon County series for me. Can't wait to compare to the other days and rain. The nut component really adds to the already great stout/bourbon flavors there in mass quantity.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola brown. Looks thinner than expected. Aroma of booze, huge amounts of dark fruits, and a wee bit of hazelnut. The flavor is sweet as can be. Certainly is diabetes in a glass. Still hoped for more hazelnut. So much flavor crushing my tongue. Warming...yes. Hot...no. Goes down entirely too easy for the 18.6%. Paired very well with frozen raspberries. Flavor follows nose well. Very intense. Body is full and the low level carbonation is perfect.

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