Grey Monday | The Bruery

Grey MondayGrey Monday
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:
#93
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
1,728
Liked:
1,686
Avg:
4.52/5
pDev:
7.96%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,287
Gots:
530
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,728 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of Sammy
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and a very slight hazelnut scent. Taste is much the same with a sweet cocoa flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer but it's very sweet and strong.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

this is straight up one of the best beers ever. it takes black tuesday, an already beyond world class massive stout, and brings it to a whole new place with just layers and layers of additional flavor and character. a huge contribution from one ingredient to say the least. inky black in color just showing brown. the head doesn't hang on real long, but froths up pretty well on the pour, lighter than mocha, but rather dark. the nose is perfect, and i hardly ever give anything perfect marks, but this cannot be improved upon. the hazelnuts add this incredible earthy sweet dimension that fits right into the thick malty abyss of black tuesday. it lightens it, with a robust nutty flavor that moves from vanilla to honey to almond extract, and back again. with the darkness of the barley and the licorice character, its a dream come true. i could just smell it all day, just a tiny hint of booze, right on. the taste does much of what the nose does, i get a little more tobacco or molasses type spice in this than i did in regular black tuesday, but i can imagine thats from the nuts. tons of oak on this coming through too, char and vanilla, which plays up the already desserty hazelnut properties. the nuts just make this sing. its impossibly light and soft for its size, drinks a lot easier than its base beer, and finishes for an hour, seriously, i can taste it through food, other beer, everything. its burned into my palate, and i am thankful for it. every drop of this stuff us pure gold. its body is massive, its alcohol only comes out with temperature, and the layers of flavor are fit for kings and gods. just magic.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer poured out a little thinner looking than I expected. The smell of the beer is jam packed with hazelnut and it's awesome. The taste is sweet and nutty. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side and a bit boozy. Overall the beer is pretty fantastic and that scented wax is the shit!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass, it appears still and glassy. Swirling brings a hint of carbonation to the edges, but not much.

Smell is rich and boozy. Very malty and slightly nutty with some overt heat.

Sticky and sweet, rich and chewy. The viscous body and sweetness remind me a bit of dwojniak mead, defined by a 1:1 honey to water ratio with a similar double digit abv. Hazelnut is noticeable only in the aftertaste. You can also taste the alcohol. A slow sipper, took my time with it and enjoyed it in small amounts.

Thanks to Andrew and Matt for sharing!

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4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottling

Appearance: No surprise that the beer has no head but I was surprised to the some foaming bubble up from the lip of the bottle; a quick pour took care of that problem; the fudge brown liquid is very leggy, though there is no lacing to speak of

Smell: The alcohol tones tingle the nostrils, wafting chocolate, molasses, Bourbon, cinnamon and vanilla elements: there is a nut aspect in there, but I was expecting more from the hazelnuts

Taste: Fudgy and sweet, up front, with the Bourbon bombing the tastebuds; wherever the hazelnuts were hiding in the aroma, they make up for it in the flavor as they take over in the mid-palate and dominate the finish; though the hazelnuts make a statement, the chocolate fudge, vanilla, molasses are all in there, as well; the sweetness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with low carbonation; quite a lot of heat in the gullet

Overall: An intense beer and a bit too sweet for me; but I can respect the impact of the hazelnuts on the base beer

Thanks, sj3324, for the opportunity

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4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of black chocolates and hazelnut are pretty interesting with light vanilla notes also noticeable. Taste is a very nice mix of chocolate and hazelnut notes with balanced residual sugar level which is usually not a strong point for the Bruery. Body is full enough with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. I really enjoyed this beer and I was surprised by the fact that it is quite drinkable considering the ABV and the base beer.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/4/2016. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger foamy khaki head with poor retention, and reduces to nothing pretty quickly. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Plenty of alcohol legs on the glass. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, raisins, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, hazelnuts, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, raisins, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate bourbon/oak spiciness and light roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, fudge, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, toasted oak, coconut, raisins, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, hazelnuts, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness and roast bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairy full body; with a smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/syrupy/sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a small lingering warmth, with mild booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, hazelnuts, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. I was hoping for more intense hazelnut character from this; but it seems to be much more balanced between the malt, barrel, and hazelnut flavors. A highly enjoyable offering regardless.

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Photo of Boone757
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%

Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, booze, caramel, raisins, toffee, oak, vanilla. Very similar to BT, but nuttier with the addition of the hazelnut. Did a side-by-side with BT and CR and this was in the middle of them with CR being the best.

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Grey Monday from The Bruery
Beer rating: 97.6% out of 100 with 1,728 ratings
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