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Grey Monday | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 20.00%

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:
#96
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
1,765
pDev:
7.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,285
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Photo of bcerv-ca
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of chadwicktorres
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Jpepe08
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of indianabeerman
3.55/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

booze bomb. not a hint of anything but alcohol

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Photo of BakaGaijin
3.57/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured out black with what looked like an oil slick sheen. There is some nuts, chocolate, bourbon, and coffee on the nose, but the overpowering smell is alcohol and not in a good way.

Lots of bourbon and nuts with some coffee and chocolate in the flavour. Booze is very much present. It drinks a lot lower than the 18% ABV it is, however, this beer is too boozy for my liking. I did, however, drink nearly the entire bottle myself.

That resulted in a fairly terrible hangover the next day.

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Photo of Egotist
3.57/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beefsquatch
3.58/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

i've had better hazelnut stouts. these guys are always going over the top. bringin' the heat. in a bad way.

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Photo of champ103
3.6/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A two finger tan head quickly forms, but recedes just as quickly. Par for the coarse with the alcohol level and style.
S: Barrel aroma is strong and up front. A big sweetness in the nose, with chocolate, roasted malts, and roasted nuts. While a huge and boarding on over barring nose, still enjoyable.
T: Like the nose, this boarders on over barring but still fairly enjoyable. A huge barrel character with an equally large sweetness. Some roast, and coffee with an enjoyable nutty flavor. All help to try and balance the huge aspect of the beer.
M/D: Low carbonation, viscous, and just huge. Alcohol is certainly apparent, but almost kept in check. I can at least enjoy a few ounces.

For this massive barrel aged imperial stout, this is somewhat enjoyable. Though, again, I can find plenty of the same style I enjoy much more. That are much easier to get, and in many cases locally made. Interesting to try, but not one of my favorites on the style.

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Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gaesori
3.66/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Euroglot
3.68/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these from jbeatty and claaark13. Cheers gents!

From a 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2013
Black Tuesday with hazelnuts

APPEARANCE: A very transparent, thin, and relatively light brown pour yields a thin, loose, bubbly, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a thin ring, which eventually vanishes as well. Looks flat by the end and absolutely no lacing at all. Much too thin and transparent for the style as well. Very disappointing. Same as Chocolate Rain, but clearly worse than older vintages of the Black Tuesday.

SMELL: Bold and boozy, just like its base beer. Basically this is all the elements of recent vintages of Black Tuesday with a touch of hazelnuts, so it passes inspection in that sense. Lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, with hints of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Just enough hazelnut to cut the big, boozy aromas and bourbon barrel. Rather nice.

TASTE: Big and boozy. Again, this is Black Tuesday with a touch of hazelnuts. Pulls it off too. The nuts are probably more prevalent here than in the nose, but they still don’t get obnoxious, which I was afraid they might. Lots of bourbon, oak, milk chocolate and some hazelnuts up front, then a huge and massive, boozy swallow. Big finish of bourbon, oak again, coconut, milk chocolate, a bit of roasted malt, some bitter dark chocolate and sweet cream linger and linger. Some light nut flavor also joins the show as the flavors persist on the palate. This is good stuff. Hot and boozy of course, but not as much as I’d originally expected.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A bit prickly on the palate, not as smooth as hoped, though it is 19% I guess, goes down okay with a burn at the swallow and finishes sticky. Some decent heat lingers as well. A bit prickly and airy in the mouth. Could be smoother, but others at this level of ABV have been worse.

OVERALL: This is quite nice actually. Feel is not as good as the other variants perhaps, and the look is equally as disappointing, but the flavor is basically decadent Black Tuesday and the hazelnut addition is restrained but present, adding another dimension to the flavor profile. Something I quite enjoyed and would love to solo another bottle of the next batch when it becomes available. Thanks again for the bottles gents. Good stuff all around.

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Photo of bierdeflanders
3.68/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

S: some nutty notes, but hard to tell with all the vanilla/burbon notes

A: black with no head

T: nice rich chocolate flavor with vanilla notes, oak and hazelnut notes.

M: heavy body, not a beer to drink quickly

O: This is a big beer, the burbon/vanilla notes become more present as the beer warms up to the room.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not quite black. Transparent at the edges. Deep brown but never black. No head.

Smell - Caramel. Lots of bourbon. Some oak but it's a mild barrel character. Tons of sugar.

Taste - Sweet, sugary, bourbon. Just a hint of hazelnut. Not the level of artificial coffee creamer, but a lot of hazelnut. Caramel and some roast, but not much. The more I drink it the more I like it.

Mouthfeel - A bucket of sugar. Sweetness is pretty overwhelming. Just like Black Tuesday.

Overall - It barely tastes like a stout, like Black Tuesday. Sugary but a good sugar.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.74/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this one. 750ml bottle into a snifter. Had at a tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Pours pitch black with minimal lacing and minimal head. Beer is pitch black with thick, oily legs. Par for the course for a Bruery Imperial Stout.

Nose is chocolate, molasses, vanilla, fudge and booze. Aromatic and robust. Decent but a bit too heavy on the alcohol.

Opens sweet molasses, fudge, chocolate, and vanilla. Diabeetus for sure. Booze in the middle with more chocolate and molasses presence. A bit of cocoa and roasted malt but they do little to balance out the incredible malt body. So incredibly sweet. Great for sipper but I can't imagine having more than 4oz. of this one. Finishes boozy with a sweet, filmy, sticky sweet aftertaste. Decent but certainly over-the-top.

Full bodied with minimal carbonation. Oily, slick and booze in the mouth and goes down hot and sticky sweet. Finishes messy with a lingering, boozy aftertaste. You feel every bit of the ABV here. Definitely a sipper.

Pretty standard for a Bruery Black Tuesday variation. Decently complex, very boozy, in your face, and certainly a sipper. I'd like to see how this mellows out with time but as is, its a bit too much for my taste. Worth trying though.

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Photo of dgilks
3.74/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark. Garnet highlights. No head.

Intense bourbon. Lots of oak. Interesting nuttiness. Vanilla.

Sweet and chocolatey. This is big. BIG. The sweet chocolate and alcohol are a dominating character. Hazelnut comes through with some sort of Nutella note. Te residual sugars are diabetes inducing.

Full body. I mean full. Moderate carbonation. Good.

This is a massive beer. Frankly, it is too fucking big. Epically big. Bourbon and chocolate kill everything.

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Photo of hatfulofhollow
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of huskermike12
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of cmdmzmjm
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of Dajtai007
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of MarkFy
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of jhillwastaken
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of Beerman6686
3.75/5  rDev -17%

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grey Monday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 1,765 ratings
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