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The Whale - Community Beer Works

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The Whale
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29 Ratings
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Community Beer Works visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Whale is a smooth yet complex beer, packed with flavor yet easy to drink. We layer distinctive English brown malt and two types of chocolate malt to create aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate and a surprisingly deep roast.

(Beer added by: trxxpaxxs on 04-20-2012)
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Reviews by alexkeil:
Photo of alexkeil
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo, NY

A deep brown beer with tan head...couldn't really examine well in the bar but nice looking nonetheless.
The aroma is toasty malts, some chocolate, nuts: hazelnut, almond, cereal.
The taste is malty sweet balanced with roasted malts and enough hops to help offset the malt but not be a distraction.
The mouthfeel is smooth with enough carbonation to round out the flavors and allow for some of the subtler cereal flavors to come through.
This is one of my favorite styles and usually what I go to for drinking beer just for the joy of having a beer. I love this offering and will have it again and again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cole's last night.Poured a deep roasted chesnut brown with a thinner light tan colored head.The coffee aromas were HUGE,I thought that maybe this was coffee infused but I don't think it is.Mild chocolate and earth underneath the coffee,pretty appetizing.Coffee flavors with a little caramel and brown sugar sweetness,highly roasted with a drying earthy finish.Iam not sure if this coffee infused,if its not these guys did an amazing job here.One of the better browns I have had in a while.

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at cole's, served into a pint glass.

comes to me as a very dark brown color, looked nearly black in the low lite area i was in. a thin light tannish colored head that retained a thin ring and left a bit of lacing.

lots of roast and chocolate for a brown ale, very nice. a nice range of nutty aromas as well.

very nice taste, again lots of both milk and dark chocolate and roasted malt, as well as some nice nutty flavors. simple, but very flavorful.

medium bodied, carbonation feels about right for the style.

brown ales definatly arent one of my favorite styles, but they did very well with this one. lots of nice flavors. as was frank, this is a very approachable, sessionable beer. ill definatly be coming back for more of both of these first time beers and i really cant wait to see what else their going to release. very well done CBW... very well done...

Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Cole’s. I am not a big fan of this style but there have been some solid ones I have rated on taste. Very deep brown coloured body with a slight head. Lace sheet in the glass. Light roast aroma. Nutty, a little citrus in the aftertaste. Big carbonation, medium mouthfeel.
Had it fresh on tap a month later and it was the same.

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of gabedivision
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a 16 oz glass.

A-Pours a nice dark reddish brown with little to no head.

S- Smells of toasted malts, roasted nuts, chocolate espresso, slight hop bitterness.

T- Sweey chocolates, bold nutty breadiness, dank tobacco.

M- medium bodied, lightly carbonated,buttery and smooth on the way down,very wholesome.

O- Nice brown ale leaning on a porter, lots of flavor nice complexity for its style.

Photo of jpd026
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ng85
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of timmy2b
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a goblet purchased from the guys at the Farmers market. Dark brown/Amber color. Very small amount of off white head. Smells hazel nutty with a light amount of malt in the background. Tastes fairly nutty leaving a slight nutty aftertaste. Fairly light in the mouthfeel and it does not have a lingering taste at all. I enjoy this quite a bit and will be getting it again.

Photo of deviousdannyg
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of vinylrooster
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of TheAyo
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of tsp247
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pottergator
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Ctruskey
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of sliverX
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of deonreds
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of brentblack1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo, NY...

A: Pours a nice deep brown with lighter shades along the edges. There is about a half finger of khaki colored foam that lays atop the beer and settles nicely in a decent amount of time. Not much lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is incredibly roasty. I'm actually surprised by how toasted this beer smells. There are great notes of cashew, caramel, chocolate, and toast.

T: Hmmm. Honestly... It reminds me of Shredded Wheat. You know the burnt ends of the Shredded Wheat? Yeah, it tastes like that but in beer form. There is a nutty, roastyness that I'm really enjoying. The chocolate in the nose doesn't translate into the taste, but I do get a bit of caramel. Pretty good.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's silky and smooth, with a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. The bitters aren't overwhelming.

O: Brown ales aren't my favorite style, but this beer is pretty darn good. Shredded Wheat and all... I'm enjoying it. I would order this beer again.

Photo of Hauckstadtjr00
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Fairly dark but not completely black. Poured into a snifter from a growler from Amherst consumers. Spotty lacing throughout with a thin head.

S- Nice smell! Roasted smelling malts with coffee and a nutty subtleties.

T- Roasty nutty taste comes through for a very tasty brown ale. Not too sweet, well balanced. Not overly malty either. Good finish, with a nice aftertaste, nothing bad sticking around. Good beer.

M- Smooth beer, not too heavy but definitely not too light like Guinness. No flemmy or sugary feel.

O- Good beer! Nothing amazing needing to write home about but definitely going to try another before it's gone. I recommend to anyone looking for something similar to a porter or a brown ale. And you can almost never go wrong buying local.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer pours a dark brown, almost black, with no head or lacing. the nose is very chocolatey/coffee with a slight sweetness. there is lots of roastiness and a slight bitterness after a deep whiff. the taste follows the nose with bold coffee upfront followed by a dry finish. this beer is definitely a flavorful brown ale, not watery or weak in comparison to some brown ales ive had. it's a very drinkable beer, but still packed with flavor. I would like to see how this beer holds up sitting in bourbon barrels or on coffee beans for some time. definitely worth trying at some point, but expect someintense roastiness.

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The Whale from Community Beer Works
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