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Black Tusk Ale - Whistler Brewing Company

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.96%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Whistler Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: elricorico on 11-25-2008

To date, we have won 2 World Awards for this dark, English-style mild ale. You can expect a mild bitterness with notes of chocolate and roasted coffee, and a very clean finish.

Oh, and Black Tusk Ale is named for a famous local landmark – the jet black core of a now-extinct volcano. A must-see when you next come to Whistler.
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 29
Photo of leaddog
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark chestnut brown with two fingers of bubbly white head that quickly disappates.

Smell - caramel malts, toffee sweetness, dark fruits (plum), hint of nutty aromas, slight earthy hops.

Taste - Pretty identical to the aromas. Caramel malts start it off then go into the toffee sweetness, dark fruits (plum, raisin), hint of nuttiness, and slight earthy hops. The taste is not as pronounced as the aromas suggest.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes with the toffee sweetness and slight dark fruits.

Overall - An agreeable English dark mild. I found the aromas to be a promising start but fell through in the taste. Nonetheless, this has the definite "sessionable" quality to it but the flavours just need to be amped a tad.

Photo of souvenirs
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle.

A: Very dark, but clear with a reddish hue when held to the light. Lots of light brown head leaving lacing around the glass as it dissipates.

S: Toasted malt. A hint of cocoa.

T: Grainy, roasted-malt flavours, mildly bitter, with a bit of warmth from the alcohol.

F: Smooth, a little bit thinner than medium-bodied.

O: Very sessionable. This isn't outstanding, but there's nothing to complain about. Definitely an enjoyable beer, if not a show stopper.

Photo of LampertLand
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Whistler Brewing 'Black Tusk Ale' @ 5.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50

A-pour is very dark brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass , almost impenetrable to light , with a big tan head which is quickly dissipating leaving a minimal lace around the pint

S-grain ? with some roasted chocolate malt

T-grainy , mild coffee bitterness , not detecting much hop presence

MF-weak carbonation , weak medium body , thin

Ov-one and done , no thanks Whistler

prost LampertLand

Photo of soju6
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with a nice tan head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, hint of coffee and dark fruits.

T: Taste follows the aroma with roasted malt, dark chocolate with some dark fruit and bit of coffee. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth with a bit of a creamy texture.

O: Easy drinker, nothing fancy.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a flute glass. Pours a dark brown amber, light off-white head, some lacing. Light aroma of sweet caramel malt, nuts. A mild tasting dark ale with light toasted malt and chocolate. Finish has some nice coffee and roasted malt. Everything just a little light tasting. Pleasant, but not exceptional.

Photo of PolarBear3
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a deep brown ruby colour with a one fingered head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film.

S - Roasted coffee and chocolate malts with a hint of dark fruit

T - Definite coffee and chocolate sweet malts with some caramel and toffee biscuit at the finish.

M - medium bodied with good carbonation and fairly smooth.

O - Not a bad drop. A fairly smooth and well balanced beer but a little bland overall.

Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: decent old-school 330mL bottle, cool Canadian-style label. The beer name trumps it for me :)

Appearance: deep amber with ruby-black highlights. Light tan head with moderate retention.

Aroma: slightly grainy and sweet, with a touch of fruit overtones. Light aroma per the English mild style.

Taste: light roasted nut, caramel, biscuit, some berries, reasonable bitterness for a mild.

Aftertaste: the light flavour lingers slightly. Some malts and fruit remains.

Mouth feel: quite a light body, and light carbonation. Could have done with a bit more body to carry the flavour.

Overall: an interesting English Dark Mild Ale - has some grain and fruit flavours, with a touch of bitterness. Much better than most milds I have had, however it is 5% ABV, so maybe it isn't a true-to-style mild...

Photo of Derek
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps a bit strong for a mild, but that might be a good thing because the flavour is muted with filtering.

Deep amber with a light tan head, ring of retention leaves a little lace.

Aroma is slightly grainy and sweet, with a Brit-like fruityness.

Roasted nut, caramel, biscuit, hints of cocao and field berries, good bitterness.

Light to moderate body is pleasant enough.

Overall a decent brew that I'm happy to drink.

Photo of neilgavigan
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Black brown with finger width white head

S - Caramel and toasted bread, bitter chocolate

T - Caramel and butterscotch with bitter and sour finish

M - Thin body with light carbonation

O - Some interesting flavors but they dont really go together, and OK smell, but overall an unimpressive brown ale

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.41/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark brown with a 2 inch puffy tan head that settles to a thin cap. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty much only of toasty malt/grains. There is a slight onion aroma as the beer warms. Taste is of toasty/burnt malt and a slight onion/garlic flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer. As it stands, Whistler is 0 for 2 in my book with their beers.

Photo of yuriruley
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, with no head to speak of, and no lacing.

Smell - Faint roasted malt, not much to speak of.

Taste - Roasted malt, has a smoke flavor with hints of caramel.

Mouthfeel - medium body, pretty crisp and higher carbonation.

Drink - simple and easy drinking at a low ABV.

I don't know if this is classified right as an "English Dark Mild Ale". I can't really say, but it is a simple beer with a decent amount of flavor. Seems more like a smoked beer to me, but I have no clue. I have had other beers from this brewery and this is easily the best one they make.

Photo of illidurit
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark amber brown with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is nutty, slightly smokey, with caramel and a nice vomity note. Ugh. Fortunately that doesn't come through in the taste. Flavor is toasted caramel and bread with a whisper of smoke and a mineral water finish. Pretty thin with prickly carbonation.

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. The label depicts a wooly mammoth emerging, as if it were an outcropping, from a mountainside?

This beer pours a clear, very dark brownish amber colour, with a multitude of thin billowy and foamy pale beige head, which leaves some bulbous splotches of lace around the glass as it slowly and surely recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, toasted and crackery caramel malt, nutty dry chocolate, coffee beans, a bit of wet ash, and earthy, weedy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, chocolate wafer, a bit of coffee grounds, oily nuts, a hint of dried dark fruit, and a soft leafy, earthy, and tempered hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly mild, but still quite airy at times, the body a sturdy medium weight, adequately smooth, and perhaps even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, with a clean malty chocolate curtain-fall.

My first offering from this brewery, and I'm moderately impressed. More of a nut brown ale than the given classification, but whatever, it's an easy drinking, keep 'em comin', kind of beer. That poor mammoth could use a keg of this, or so, I would imagine!

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich amber brown hue, clear body. Head is two fingers of creamy light-ivory foam, dissipating quickly and leaving a chunky lace. Pretty solid.

Smell: slightly sweet caramel malt aroma with a little nuttiness and biscuitiness. Kind of like a nut brown ale; light, but actually pretty good for a mild ale.

Taste: medium-sweet caramel malt with a very light nuttiness. Hops are very subtle but earthy, with a light bitterness toward the end. Actually pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with quite a nice level of carbonation. Surprisingly full-bodied for a dark mild; I like it.

Drinkability: I found this highly drinkable and was quite impressed with this beer. I'd gladly have it again.

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Deep brown color with two fingers of cream-colored head that dissipates somewhat fast and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, fruity, and a slight hint of coffee. No detectable hop aroma.

Taste: Starts off with a very light sweet taste which gives way to a rather yeasty middle. Toward the back there is a bit of chocolate malt followed by a slight nutty character and finishes up with a light coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with high carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, more of a session beer.

Final Notes: A tasty no-frills session beer that would pair well against a meal or for a night at the bar with friends. Nothing really special, but I can see myself buying it again.

Photo of philbertk
2.26/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Whistler Brewing Company--Original Black Tusk Ale--2010 11.2 oz. 5.00% ABV. 10 IBU's? (2.0 / 5.0) Black Ale. Foamy thin tan thin lace head. Clear black ruby edge dark red color. Delicate roasted mild hop cocoa hint front. Fizzy thin CO2 zest dry sweet soapy thin toast roast coffee hint mild English no fruit body. Mild hop spice bitter black malt hint weak end. Dull. Sampled 6/3/2010. 6-Pack $7.49.

Photo of slaintemhor
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a bottle of this back in Sept. '09. The colour was a very dark brown with no head. The aroma was quite roasty with hints of day old coffee and bits of hops. On the palate, it was thin and had some lightly roasted malt and a smidge of hops but all in all it was rather blah.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a long tulip beer glass.

Appearance - dark caramel-cola appearance with only a little red shining through. Nice beige foam head and limited carbonation. Good lacing.

Smell - roasted barley first off over a light coffee aroma.

Taste - soft, malty mocha flavour with a decent barley taste. A little bit of dry hop taste as well with a decent malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - exceptionally smooth, with an awesome eveness that carries the taste for a while.

Drinkability - the best beer I've had from this brewery, a good signature brew, worthy of several.

Photo of ccrida
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this on a Horizon flight, served in a plastic cup (gasp!). Black Tusk Ale is a dark cola brown with a light sand head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is malty, dark, some chocolate.

Taste is like porter light, but with a decent amount of depth for a mild, chocolate, char, roast.

Mouthfeel is where this beer really shined, very smooth and velvety, full carbonation, with a slick, lighter body.

Drinkability is pretty good, really slid down easily, if not the most exciting beers in the world. One of the best beers I've had from Western CA.

Photo of Shadman
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

English Dark Mild Ale...and here I thought I was buying a Swartzbier. Who Knew?

Since this is the first of this type I'm gonna call it average, only because the head was fizzy and left the scence faster than a Lindsey Jacobellis in a snowboard cross olympic final.

Aroma is quite nice...certainly well balance between some roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of smoke.

ANother weak starter and strong finisher. Watery pap until the rich roast malts quick in with a nice, mellow coffee, then chocolate feel.

Weak and thin in the front end combined with a fizzy carbonation brings it into an average mouthfeel.

Wayyy better than their export lager...regardless I'm sure they're selling truckloads right now.

Photo of Vancer
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from the sample pack my son from Seattle brought me for Xmas.

This one pours a deep cola brown into the Saison Dupont glass, small tan head tries to rise from the deck, but falls quickly.

Chocolate malt shake in the aroma, tidbits of roasted bread and coffee. Taste almost gets over the hump with the same flavors, but they lack an overall goodness and remain wimpy in the background. A hint, and a small one, of caramel helps in the finish. Not a bad beer, it would make a decent lawnmower brew, if not for the insane prices from the Canada boys.

My son says a case is like $40 US bucks. Nuts!

Photo of DanOLeary
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light but defined aroma of coffee with a background of semi-sweet chocolate. As you go deeper into the subtle smells there are hints of white bread and a slight DMS.

Appearance: Light brown with excellent and translucent clarity. Pours a rich and fluffy off-white head, like the color of Latte foam. The head holds very well throughout the glass and forms a nice lacing along the sides. The color is only slightly darker than the brown bottle it resides in.

Flavor: The aroma of coffee follows into the flavor as expected, but also at the forefront on the tongue is a light but easily detectable roasted quality that is drying and slightly bitter. Hop bitterness follows this up with an earthy bite through the middle before the beer fades quickly to a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high carbonation. The sparkly carbonation has a tingling quality that continues throughout and leads into a drying finish. The hops come into play with a bit of a bite in the end, though not overwhelming by any means.

Overall: Generally light flavors and aromas throughout but what is presented has been done very cleanly and with an almost lager like crispness. The carbonation seems a little high for the beer itself, if it were backed off a bit then more body would be able to come out I believe. This is the first beer I've had from Whistler, and I'm looking forward to trying more of their lineup.

Edit: Noticing my rather high deviation I went back and reviewed the BJCP guidelines for this style. As an English Brown Ale (11A), I still feel this beer hits the mark in many ways.

Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice jan6 2010

A dark brown until held up to the light where it's a deep maroon, thumbs worth of head has decent retention and leaves some lace

S very faint coffee and a little cherry

T not far from the smell a little more coffee but I don't pick up on much chocolate that I see on the label

M a little thin but good carbonation helps its cause

D no major complaints with this beer, I doubt I'll buy a 6pack of it but a highlight in the 12pack mixer

one of the better beers from this brewer but that's not saying too much. worth trying but I wouldn't go looking for

Photo of froghop
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a clear brown with a thin off-white head, and a little lacing.

smell is of malt, sugar, roasted nuts, and a touch of toffee.

taste is watery, grain, malt, caramel, and a touch of spice, end is thin.

a good dark ale, a little too watery for my liking.

Photo of RJLarse
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a mixed-six of Whistler brews at a grocery store. I think it was about $6. Cool looking old school bottle, made of clear glass. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark mahogany brown color and is translucent with read hues when help up to the light. Foamy beige one-finger head, is not particularly sticky, and does not lace the glass.

Smell is a sweet aroma with a dairy note like cream.

Taste is a roasty coffee and molasses flavor, with a hint of an acerbic vinegar bitterness on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. There is a bit of an acerbic cloying aftertaste.

Drinkability is a bit questionable. Everything about this beer seems to be just a bit off. It might not be a bad meat tenderizer, but beyond that I doubt I'll buy this again. The bottle is probably the best part of this brew.

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Black Tusk Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.