The Whale | Community Beer Works

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4.04 w/ 52 ratings

Brewed by:
Community Beer Works
New York, United States

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

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by alexkeil:
Photo of alexkeil
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev -1%
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...

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -1%
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 twillingthenoz
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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 dd43
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gabedivision
3.88/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of jpd026
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of SenorBiggles
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
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 JLC60
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dante23x
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ng85
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of unclejazz
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of timmy2b
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of deviousdannyg
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of djhovajk
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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