Grey Monday | The Bruery

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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
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
1,694
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
8.62%
 
 
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1,299
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528
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Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 1,694
Photo of parris
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer but think my expectations were too high, head was very thin, taste was great for the abv, hazelnut chocolate flavor as expected, giant silky mouthfeel.

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Photo of dthompson0279
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 1 2012 bottling reviewed:

Although this is still very hot (I didn't mind), the hazelnuts were still present and complemented this beer beautifully. As it warmed a bit, it really opened up. If you can, seek a bottle of this out....truly a delicious brew!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Photo of gcamparone
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a large Bruery snifter. 2014 vintage. Acquired in a trade with vitese, thank you sir!

Pours a deep brown, nearly black opaque body with a small light hazlenut head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

Allowed to warm for ~30 minutes prior to drinking for maximum flavor and aroma profiles. On the nose comes nice potent vanilla, bourbon, butterscotch, caramel, milk chocolate aromas.

On the tongue comes that big, sticky, syrupy sweetness of the Black Tuesday base, combined with sweet molasses, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bourbon. The aftertaste is where the hazlenuts shine through, with nutty notes followed by a nice, deep roastyness on the finish. Mouthfeel isn't as thick as you'd expect with low carbonation as expected.

Overall I'd say this is probably my favorite BT variant so far, the complexity is definitely there and the hazlenuts added something to this beer. Definitely a sipper!

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to danwho for this beer in trade (you rock!) Definite hazelnut bourbon flavor to beer. Another awesome Black Tuesday variety! This was 2014 edition with 9 months of age on it. Perfectly aged.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.5/5  rDev +2%

This was a lot like the other BBA stouts from Bruery. Poured black and smelled like rich bourbon. Had a great bourbon stout flavor as well. I did not pick up any hazelnut notes, but it was distinctly different from black tuesday.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another big want brought to last night's tasting.

2014 vintage sampled at room temperature.

Looks exactly what a 19.50% beer would look like. No head, syrupy body and insane legs.

Aroma is rich chocolate syrup with with bourbon present in a supporting role. Just intense/rich aromas and characteristics.

Flavor is like literally drinking chocolate syrup. Rich, viscous and insanely sweet. We each got 3-4 ounce pours and even though I went back for seconds (TOTALLY shouldn't have) it was just enough.

Still prefer Mocha Wednesday, but this was still tasty.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
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 floridadrift
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black abyss as always, label was cool.

T: Sugar bomb, too much hazelnut, lots of delicious bourbon infused stout, it reminded me of my mothers articial coffee creamer

M: Creamy and perfect aside from the taste

O: Unless you really, really like Hazelnut, trade this for a different variation of the Bruery's Weekdays

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! An aggressive pour yielded no head or lacing with a rather flat looking dark brown, nearly black body. The nose was incredibly big and incredibly boozey. Tons of dark fruit and chocolate fudge along with hints of vanilla, oak, raisins, and subtle hazelnut. The taste follows suit with huge boozey bourbon and chocolate fudge along with hints of raisins, tobacco, oak, port wine. and molasses. As it warms, the hazelnuts really emerge...beer meets Nutella. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, boozey and hot, with almost no carbonation. Overall, this was definitely better than Black Tuesday, albeit just as hot and boozey, but a tad bit more drinkable. The sweetness was dangerously close to cloying, but I think the hazelnuts gave it enough balance to make it a pretty enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of mothman
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%

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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Photo of supaadam
5/5  rDev +13.4%

I've had A LOT of beer. A LOT of BA stouts, but this is freakin' phenomenal. There's some vanilla from the hazelnuts I guess. Damn. The whole thing is great.

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Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev -5%
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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Photo of MtnSoup
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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...

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
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

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Photo of IKR
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my top beers ever. It is a smooth, big, full stout with a lot of enjoyable hazelnut. Now, as all bruery beers, it's best split with 4+ people, but it will be very enjoyable when you do.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had it a day after having Black Tuesday. This one was not that sweet with a more earthy feeling to it. Also a bit more balanced. Hazelnuts were present only in the aftertaste. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of StephRai
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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++

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Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev -9.3%

I didn't get any hazelnut... which is probably a good thing. At least there was artificial flavors.

This beer overall though was bit a of a let down, although delicious. I thought Black Tuesday was much much better. Grey Monday for some reason tasted much sweeter and boozier compared.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -15%

750ml bottle that has been kept in the fridge since it was release. Poured into a matching Bruery snifter, the brew appears dark brown with cola clarity around the edges. A couple big bubbles appear and fade quick. When you look close at the surface, you can seem some of the hazelnut oils collect and form across the top.

The aroma opens nutty the goes to anise and straight belgian candy sugar sweetness with a solid backing of booze that is somewhat solvent feeling. The taste includes anise and a huge booze and roasty char character before getting dominated by a clash of candy sugar verse bourbon heat. Sadly, the sugar and alcohol dominates any feeling of the barrel nuance.

This is medium to full bodied with a light level of carbonation. An absolute attack of alcohol verse sugar. As much as I was anticipating liking this, I ended up not being the biggest fan.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%

A-Black in the glass, one finger head that doesn't last long

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, coffee and the hazelnuts are there.

T-Starts with nice hazelnuts, good deal of roasted malt. Chocolate is there and bourbon is present.

M-Heavy and thick but not much carbonation.

O-Better than Black Tuesday but still not as good as Chocolate Rain.

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Photo of Phelps
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Tuesday with hazelnuts. Bottle into a tulip. Note: the wax smells like hazelnuts. Awesome.

The brown of melted dark chocolate, opaque everywhere save the very edges, where its a lighter cherry-red. Thin head of off-white.

SWEET! Chocolate syrup, boysenberry, hazelnuts, vanilla, toasted oak, alcohol. Beautiful.

Better than Black Tuesday. Syrupy chocolate, hazelnuts, vanilla, a little oak, toffee. Extremely rich, very sweet.

Very spicy on the tongue. That alcohol doesn't mess around. Syrupy medium body, thick and heavy. Very mild, tingly carbonation, though the alcohol adds something.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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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