Grey Monday
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #32
Ranked #119
4.54 | pDev: 7.71%
The Bruery
California, United States
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Notes: Grey Monday is a special version of our Black Tuesday imperial stout that has been aged on hazelnuts.
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, or more so, it's black with brown shining through the edges. Its a blood-burgundy color with a clear transparency when direct sunlight pierces it. Head is a finger of khaki-caramel foam after a slow pour, but it fizzles out quickly. Aroma is raisins, toffee, molasses, caramel, chocolate and roasty, toasty, earthy, nutty and caramely malts. Heat is seeping through pretty heavy with a whollop of bourbon booze at the back. Flavor profile is raisins, figs, toffee, molasses, caramel, chocolate, molasses and syrup with hearty roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely and bready malts. It's thick, thick and thick. Drinking a boozy cookie. Bourbon adds heat that seems in and lingers long after the malts wash away. A touch of char adds a little grounding bitterness for the sugary initiation. Mouth feel is thick, sticky, velvety and chewy. Overall, thick and boozy with a lot of complexities. It's super rich and full, which is what you'd imagine out of an 20% ABV beer.

Served in a glencairn glass from a 750mL bottle. 2017 vintage, served & reviewed in May of 2020.

May 08, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from @2beerdogs in NBS BIF 10 – Thanks Derek! Reviewed 1/26/20.
“2018 Edition”. Etched on the shoulder above the rear label “B#573 6/25/18” above “11:19 005479”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees (as stated on the label) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 62 degrees F.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Medium brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to direct light, a very deep red-amber, translucent. No legs.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), tannish with large bubbles nosily popping, gone within a minute after the pour is completed, leaving thin partial ring of tiny bubbles, fed by effervescence. While not fizzy, the head demonstrates no tendency to last. At 18.9% ABV, this is not surprising.
Lacing – None, again 18.9% ABV.
Aroma – 4 - Has an almost watery raisin aroma with some weak wood and possibly bourbon in the background.
Flavor – 4 – The flavor is somewhat elusive, starting slightly sweet and a bit fruity, without bourbon, oak, or hazelnut. The nasal raisins seem to be dominant. No alcohol (18.9% ABV as marked on label) aroma or flavor, but massive numbing of the tongue and soft palate as it warms while being held in the mouth. Alcohol on the exhale. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide, no hops.
Palate – 4 – Medium, just short of syrupy, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4. The appearance in unremarkable, looking like any headless imperial stout. The aroma is most like Flying Dog’s Raison D’Etre, at least to my burnt-out lab nose. In the flavor I find no hint of hazelnuts, oak, or bourbon, just a generic sweetness with a hint of DARK FRUIT, something I didn’t taste (other than raisins) until I was typing this summary. Palate feels good, but I’ve corked the bottle after one glass, so I don’t wake up with my head on the keyboard and beer leaking onto the motherboard (Incidentally, Mrs. Lizard has miraculously appeared and approved the corking of the bottle for later. Maybe today I won’t sleep through Noir Alley!) Overall, I’ve probably rated this too high, but it’s from The Bruery, so, by definition, it HAS to be a superior brew.

Jan 26, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

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

2015 bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours nearly black with a frothy cocoa brown head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a little spotty lacing.

S: Liquid candy bar, milk chocolate, hazelnut, bourbon, a bit of spice, brown sugar, vanilla, faint oak, and a nip of alcohol on the back end.

T: Roasty, big milk chocolate, smooth bourbon, nice hit of hazelnut, brown sugar and toffee, vanilla, a little spice, a bit of oak, and a touch of alcohol poking through, though not unpleasant.

M: Full body, mild carbonation, a little warmth, yet creamy smooth.

O: The Bruery doing what they do. Massive brew, but well balanced. Not complaining about this being a 1 and done. It's aged beautifully.

Nov 28, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle at share, courtesy of Toby. Pours out the normal, but nice retention on the head gives it a better look. Aroma is nutty, but a bit too much like flavoring and not real nuts. Still good. Lots of vanilla, chocolate, roasty notes on top of a velvety feel. Really superb, and aged well.

Nov 01, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

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.

May 21, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried 2015 in 2017. A heavy one for sure. Hazelnuts are my favorite, but I barely picked them out. Nevertheless it was a tasty brew which I may have enjoyed more than its boozy Black Tuesday cousin.

May 10, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

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!

Apr 10, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

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.

Apr 09, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Apr 01, 2019
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

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

Feb 09, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

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.

Dec 30, 2018
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aleigator from Germany

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.

Dec 30, 2018
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Sandis from Minnesota

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!

Dec 26, 2018
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

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.

Dec 02, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

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.

Nov 03, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 03, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Sep 23, 2018
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Bowers-Brew from Illinois

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!

Aug 18, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

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.

May 20, 2018
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M-Fox24 from New Jersey

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

Jan 03, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 31, 2017
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brewaddict from California

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.

Dec 30, 2017
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

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.

Nov 16, 2017
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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.

Oct 13, 2017
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anvindr from California

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

Jul 20, 2017
Grey Monday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1904 ratings