Grey Monday
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #32
ABV:
19.9%
Score:
100
Ranked #119
Avg:
4.54 | pDev: 7.71%
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
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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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Reviews by BartS:
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BartS from California

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 22, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to baybum for dropping this on me, a beer that I’ve had at tastings but never drowned myself in. Here’s to hoping. 750ML silver-waxed bottle of 2013 vintage, split with my wife.

The pours is stout black, which should be a description on model planes. Carbonation is low, because straight moonshine-level ABV usually has no bubbles, right? The nose is BT + nuts: barrel, sweet malts, & a surprisingly strong nut shot. I mean, nut smell. That doesn’t…wait. It smells like nuts. Well, shit. Nutty? That’s better.

Grey Monday is the sweet hot mess of Black Tuesday with an addition of nuts. Now, I couldn’t ID the body as a hazelnut, but my wife, who drinks hazelnut creamer with a dash of coffee each morning, no doubt could. Big fappy bourbon notes suffuse the brain pan & go straight to the frontal cortex, along with a toothy bite of alcohol. Vanilla, oak, enough malt sweetness to…is that a tooth I just lost? Nuts cut the sugar-nado just enough to keep it tolerable (for a mortal – I love sweets!). Ends in a froth of star anise, licorice, & a forecast of bourbon headache on the morrow. It goes without saying this is tar-thick. It’s a sipper, but one I could sip until I woke up in an episode of Intervention. You’re just jealous of my roll, man!

Certainly an epic beer in every sense of the word. Big, thick, brutal, laden with alcohoolc, clears the bar of good, then very good, & settles into the stratosphere of excellent. I hope I can walk when I’m done.

Feb 07, 2015
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IKR from California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

2014 Vintage
Batch 2
18.5% ABV

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest beige head which dissipated fairly quickly. Considerable legs on this one. I've always felt that Black Tuesday and the variants are more dark brown than black.

Smell: Upfront Bourbon, raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate/cocoa, and a bit of hazel nut. No significant presence of ethanol in the nose which is great considering the strength.

Taste: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, mild chocolate, and some mild coffee/roast malts and hazelnuts appearing towards the finish. To me the biggest impact the hazelnuts have is in subduing the alcohol that's present in fresh black Tuesday.

Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied. Some heat but good for it's alcohol level. The hazelnuts lend a semi oily feel to the mouth-feel. There is a moderate level of carbonation which is impressive considering the ABV.

Overall: Great high alcohol beer. The hazel nuts improve the mouth-feel and subdue the alcohol compared to the base Black Tuesday.

Sep 27, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An amazing beer. I had a fresh 2016 Grey Monday and had no problem finishing the whole thing. Boozy, brutal and not for everyone but one for the chosen few... not to hot despite the 19.8% ABV.. if you get it, this hits all the right notes.

(A 2013 vintage enjoyed in 2018 was even more delicious)

Dec 23, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Mar 01, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottle traded for and shared by Curran for my birthday dinner. Thanks dude!

Pours a fairly dark brown, with a small quarter inch head, and basically no lacing, save for a few faint stripes. Looks really, really oily.

Smells really strongly of roasted, caramelized hazelnuts, plus intensely sweet bourbon, vanilla, and searing booze.

This is one strong mofo of a beer, and incredibly sweet. If you drink it fast, it's cloying, but if you drink it slowly, it's not as sweet, and much more doable. There's sugary vanilla cream, roasted hazelnut, hazelnut frosting, chocolate syrup, sweet syrupy bourbon, and a big boozy heat. It's kind of like drinking hazelnut gasoline, really. It's delicious, but it's so hard to drink large amounts of this.

The body is slightly thinner than I would've expected, but it has a creamy, sticky, oily mouthfeel, and an almost non-existent amount of carbonation.

An unbelievably extreme beer here, it's done well, but you must share the bottle or you will die.

Sep 20, 2014
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StephRai from New York

5/5  rDev +10.1%

DRAUGHT, indeed.

09/15/2014.
À The Ginger Man's The Bruery Draft Tasting Room event. {NYC}.

Let warm... Flavors and depth come out majestically.
Syrupy, melted dark chocolate, sweetness. Hazelnuts picked up after sitting a while, but in a great way. HIDES the 19.5%.
5++

Sep 17, 2014
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FosterJM from California

4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Jul 01, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Certainly not for the tepid or uninitiated, the bigness of this barley-type elixir seems to trump that even of stout, in favor of deep savory flavors, wonderfully oxidized taste, and a lavish texture.

Its sheer blackness is only impeded by its chalky cocoa haze, casting a brownish depth. Decadent aromas of port and sherry wrap around flavors of chocolate fudge, espresso, cashew and blackstrap molasses. Early sweetness fare similarly as its tawny liquor clings to the mouth like silk.

Its full toasted sweetness is taste and felt on the middle palate while tangy alcohol reinforce the taste of fortified brandy, grape and plum, leather and oak. All the while, a foundation of cake batter and toasted soft nuts provide a savory earthiness that's stern and unyielding.

Its incredible oily body is viscous, dense and indefinite in its linger. While strong vinous and rum alcohols thin the body slightly, a granular texture of silt seem to rise from a cocoa powder base and gives the stout a bit of grit.

Jul 23, 2014
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.8/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

RB

750 pulled out tonight by Syndicate!! Darrel wields the beer penis tonight!! Pours thick and black (as expected) head is short lived.. nothing when it comes to lacing or retention.

Nose is very nice... oaky chocolate with tons of barrel presence.. Unfortunately for me, the nut presence is very artificial.. Not "nutty" but extract... Not necessarily a bad thing, but it definitely could be less extract forward.

Grey Monday is everything that all the huge ABV Bruery beers deliver on... big vanilla and chocolate.. oak and hazelnut candy... I dig it for sure, but it is an ABV and sugar bomb that isn't good at all when delivered in a single glass.. Too sweet and the hazelnut extract is an error that I expect from Mr. Rue.

Glad I got a chance to try this one... Seriously.. Darrel is an animal!! But for my palate, Grey Monday/Black Tuesday/Chocolate Rain are Diabeetus bottles.

3.5/4/3.75/3.75/3.75

Oct 05, 2014
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Mar 16, 2014
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a snifter
Vintage 2013

BA review #550, here's to milestones!

A big thanks to NHbeerguy for sending this over in a trade!

A: Pours a very dark brown nearly black, opaque with less than 1/2 a fingers width of tan colored head. Head is fizzy and dissipates down almost immediately. Leaves effectively zero lacing, but some nice alcohol legs. Looks like a cola.

S: Very sweet, with dark fruits and syrup sugary sweetness. Accompanying the sweetness is a ethanol booze and a big charred oak bourbon character. Subtle cocoa and bourbony vanilla. I dont get much hazelnut at all, and probably wouldn't have even noticed it if I didnt know it was brewed with them. Aroma seems a bit boozier than I remember from BT and CR.

T: A big, decadent sweetness is the first thing I get; dark fruits, cocoa,
and syrupy sugar. This is balanced out but some really great roasty and bourbon barrel notes. Theres an herbaceous component and boozy ethanol. Like the nose, I dont get much hazelnut at all, although it starts to come out a bit as the beer warms towards room temperature. Great balance of sweetness, booze, and roasty. Excellent.

M/D: Mouthfeel is very smooth and somewhat chewy, but a bit syrupy. ABV is certainly noticeable but is a welcomed and necessary component to balance out the sweet. Carbonation is very low, which is appropriate. Like most of the huge ABV Bruery beers this one is dangerously drinkable.

O: Excellent beer. Not that different from BT IMO though, and I wish the hazelnut characters were more prominent. Out of BT, CR, and GM, I think CR is still my favorite. That being said, this a wonderful beer. Highly recommend. 4.5

Jul 15, 2014
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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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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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MtnSoup from Colorado

5/5  rDev +10.1%

An incredible (and HUGE) beer. 2013 vintage.

Got a lot of chocolate, bourbon, but tons of hazelnut at the end (in a good, expected way). Some sweetness in there as well.

Been saving for a buddy from Boston to come visit during GABF. I'd put it well beyond any of the varieties I've had from Goose Island Bourbon County series. The Hazelnuts provide serious taste at the tail-end of this beer. Despite a super high-ABV, it wasn't too hot. Now I need to find more...

Oct 07, 2014
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RebelWithoutACause from California

4.98/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This goes to show that the bros know diddly squat about beer

Apr 10, 2015
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ncelauro from New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Mar 23, 2014
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mdeluna from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Sep 18, 2014
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LotsofLupulin from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Feb 16, 2014
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Cynic-ale from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Oct 29, 2013
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MLDucky from Texas

4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oct 06, 2014
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
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

Feb 08, 2016
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bmh_the_legend from Virginia

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

Aug 04, 2015
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oline73 from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

Pours almost black with very little tan head.
The smell is quite sweet and a bit hot with roast and some dark fruit. The nose doesn't quite live up to the wax. The taste is also rather sweet. I'm getting some chocolate, dark fruit, and the hazelnut shows up here. The alcohol is quite hot. Nice after dinner beer.

Mar 17, 2013
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smitty5245 from California

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

May 29, 2014
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