The Whale | Community Beer Works

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50 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Community Beer Works
New York, United States
communitybeerworks.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

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.

Added by trxxpaxxs on 04-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
13
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a dark brown color with a level foamy white head. Mild stringy lace. The aroma had some roasty malts, good dose of nuts, some caramel/toffee maltiness, light coffee, and a little bit of dark chocolate. Some leafy hops at the very end - some light bitterness. The flavor leaned into the roast initially and then created a nice delicate sweet to roasty aftertaste. Smooth sweet and roasty finish. The feel was about medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt fine. Overall, damn good brown ale that I would love to have again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Swifwater Brewing in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazed golden brown color, slightly dark, with a good amount of lacing, and a little bit of head.

This smells like baked brown bread, cocoa powder, roasty coffee, and toffee.

This has a really evocative flavor profile, and is surprisingly flavorful for the ABV and style. It really tastes like they added coffee to this, and even like they added some chocolate- they really massaged some great flavors out of the malts here. There's tastes of freshly baked brown bread, rye, toffee, and a little bit of caramel- but it's not too sweet at all.

This has a pretty creamy mouthfeel, slightly thin on the finish, with a good level of carbonation.

This is absolutely excellent- one of the best brown ales on the market.

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Photo of twillingthenoz
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SkeletonBitch
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of h8r
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SenorBiggles
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from the brewery (free with the purchase of a steel growler, which was nice). A complex, well-balanced brown ale. I don't think I have anything bad to say about this one. Big coffee and roasted nut flavours, and just enough sweetness to balance everything out. I'd love to see more brown ales like this made where I am in Ontario.

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Photo of LakeEffectSteam
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of djhovajk
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dante23x
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of unclejazz
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of masonstorm
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wortman1998
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dd43
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fishguyac
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinylrooster
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of kjrod20
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Hauckstadtjr00
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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The Whale from Community Beer Works
4.07 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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