Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

What is a Whale?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by EdTheEdge, Mar 14, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. EdTheEdge

    EdTheEdge Disciple (392) Mar 26, 2011 California

    I expect some flack ; ) That's OK.... but I would really like to know what you guys mean by a Whale status of beer.


  2. sgoro

    sgoro Aspirant (296) Jul 15, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    If you don't know then you can't afford one.
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  3. smaisch

    smaisch Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    The phrase comes from the book Moby Dick http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby-Dick

    Captain Ahab is utterly obsessed with capturing and killing Moby Dick, the whale. Thus, beers that are extremely sought after are labeled as "whales."
    EdTheEdge and BrianTheBrewer30 like this.
  4. pschul4

    pschul4 Zealot (562) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Sarcastic response deleted before i posted it :slight_smile:

    A whale is anything that looks good but you'd have to trade 3x what the whale is worth to get it
    EdTheEdge and Duff27 like this.
  5. EdTheEdge

    EdTheEdge Disciple (392) Mar 26, 2011 California

    OH OK.... Thanks! You can let the sacrasm flow now! LOL!
  6. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Aspirant (211) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Hey man...a whale is just another beer. That is all.

    A whale to you could be getting a Pliny the Elder.
    A whale to someone else could be Dave or M.
    A whale for my Dad was the day he tried a beer I brewed.

    It is what it is to you and you alone.
  7. Grohnke

    Grohnke Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    apparently a 2012 Kate
    ABisonEgo, aasher and EdTheEdge like this.
  8. Levitation

    Levitation Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2009 California

    look up speedwalejim's posting history. anything he talks about is a wale. hope this helps.
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  9. sergeantstogie

    sergeantstogie Aspirant (202) Nov 16, 2010 Washington

    It's what drives you home with after waiting in line for KBS all day.
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  10. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

  11. paslaugh

    paslaugh Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2012 Illinois

    Apparently King Henry, people see Pappy Van Winkle and freak out!

    PS: just between us - the 2012 Sucaba is much better and much more readily available
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  12. Grohnke

    Grohnke Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    Also if you are a new trader, it's anything brewery released
    EdTheEdge and Levitation like this.
  13. nogidrew86

    nogidrew86 Initiate (0) Aug 16, 2010 Nevada

    I have always wondered how many of the people that go crazy for Pappy bal aged beers have even had Pappy before?
  14. wemissmikey

    wemissmikey Initiate (0) May 19, 2011 South Carolina

    Blackbeerd, Mexican Cake, Boy King. Those are the only 3 that I know of.
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  15. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    Oh, you want to see the Equation?
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  16. coppcw08

    coppcw08 Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 New York

    Depend. For me it's The Bruery Black Tuesday...I have had several trades lined up for it...but it always falls through or the person just wants way too much for it. For each person it could be different.
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  17. paslaugh

    paslaugh Initiate (0) Feb 17, 2012 Illinois

    Thanks for your own subjective analysis, in conjunction with a snarky Argumentum ad populum. Everyone's got a different palate, I just thought that KH was an average BB barleywine fueled by massive hype. To each their own.
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  18. Levitation

    Levitation Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2009 California

    i take issue with both parts of that statement.
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  19. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,223) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
    Supporter Beer Trader

    I'm of the opinion that most real whales/wales are beers that have been held onto too long and are well past their prime so acquiring *some* of them could lead to big time disappointment to the acquirer.
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  20. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,220) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    That would certainly be consistent with Ahab's experience when he found his whale. (A disappointing outcome is certainly an aspect of whale hunting that many folks conveniently ignore. :slight_smile: )
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  21. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,223) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
    Supporter Beer Trader

    Yep. And when they think back on what they traded away to get said whale/wale. I wouldn't want to be around their neighborhood for fear of my eardrums bursting....:wink:
    EdTheEdge likes this.
  22. EricCioe

    EricCioe Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 Montana

    EdTheEdge likes this.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.