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The Whale - Community Beer Works

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The Whale
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89
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
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:
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alexkeil

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 13:14:11 | More by alexkeil
More User Reviews:
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%

07-01-2014 21:40:42 | More by kwjd
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kjrod20

New York

3/5  rDev -26.5%

06-18-2014 17:52:36 | More by kjrod20
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Hauckstadtjr00

New York

4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-02-2014 00:05:56 | More by Hauckstadtjr00
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tsp247

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

02-16-2014 23:27:40 | More by tsp247
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timmy2b

New York

4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-25-2014 05:00:26 | More by timmy2b
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deviousdannyg

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-25-2013 14:50:05 | More by deviousdannyg
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pottergator

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

11-25-2013 01:48:10 | More by pottergator
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jpd026

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-07-2013 22:24:22 | More by jpd026
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-13-2013 17:28:34 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

08-18-2013 23:10:18 | More by greg4579
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ng85

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

07-01-2013 00:56:59 | More by ng85
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spark3148857

California

4/5  rDev -2%

05-28-2013 01:19:04 | More by spark3148857
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deonreds

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

05-07-2013 06:56:56 | More by deonreds
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NT101

New York

4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler fill at the brewery.

A. Rich, brown opaque, little to no head

S. first sniff was nutty, then malty chocolate/coffee

T. Mellow, malty, chocolate caramel,light

M. Smooth mouthfeel.

O. Have not been a fan of brown ales in general but this one got my attention. I will definitely keep my eye open for this brew in my local.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2013 20:55:11 | More by NT101
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TheAyo

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

03-08-2013 00:56:27 | More by TheAyo
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Ctruskey

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

03-02-2013 20:50:30 | More by Ctruskey
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brentblack1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-24-2013 18:11:05 | More by brentblack1
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

02-16-2013 01:50:42 | More by bluntedboywonder
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oberon

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 13:49:37 | More by oberon
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BeerOps

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

08-19-2012 01:35:16 | More by BeerOps
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generallee

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

07-22-2012 13:14:00 | More by generallee
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 20:33:10 | More by Sammy
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2012 21:30:57 | More by ThePorterSorter
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gabedivision

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2012 21:04:59 | More by gabedivision
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