Grey Monday | The Bruery

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BA SCORE
97.6%
Liked This Beer
4.52 w/ 1,728 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#94
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
1,728
Liked:
1,686
Avg:
4.52/5
pDev:
7.96%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1,287
Gots:
530
Trade:
85
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2.5/5  rDev -44.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -44.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -44.7%

Photo of Sabtos
2.56/5  rDev -43.4%
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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2.74/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -39.2%

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3/5  rDev -33.6%

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3.04/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Rifugium
3.11/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2013 bottle, consumed July, 2014.

Cellared, and then refrigerated for about 20 minutes, just so I could compare it to room temp. Poured into a Reserve Society stemless snifter. Deep cola brown color, slightly translucent around the edges, a finger of tan head quickly dissipated, leaving nothing behind, but a few legs on the glass. Not as dark/opaque as I would've expected. Big bourbon aroma, sweet milk chocolate, solvent, caramel. Similarly, the taste was very boozy, bourbon, vanilla cream, milk chocolate, sweet caramel, anise, lots of solvent. If any hazelnut was there, it was very light to the point of nearly being an afterthought, almost not worth mentioning. Body was a lot thinner than expected, especially for the higher ABV, the solventy booze I think really contributing to this. Mouthfeel was greasy and messy. Absolutely no smoothness whatsoever. Strange because Black Tuesday had a bigger body and better mouthfeel. Overall, this was ok, but not really anything special. Not that much different than BT, just thinner and messier.

I would've liked to have tried it fresh to get more of the hazelnut flavor, but could it really have faded THAT much over a few months? Plus considering the booziness now, I'm guessing it would've overwhelmed the flavor when it was fresh anyway. Another Bruery bomb.

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3.25/5  rDev -28.1%

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3.41/5  rDev -24.6%
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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3.44/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Way too boozy for me

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3.46/5  rDev -23.5%
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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3.47/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.49/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Grey Monday from The Bruery
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