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Black Tusk Ale - Whistler Brewing Company

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 17.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: elricorico on 11-25-2008)
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Photo of leaddog
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

leaddog, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of urbs76
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

urbs76, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Ericbeech_87, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of stript
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

stript, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of souvenirs
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

souvenirs, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of CRObighit2
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

CRObighit2, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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

LampertLand, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of ZachT
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

ZachT, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

chickenm, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of GreaseShark
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

GreaseShark, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Cidius
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Cidius, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of BRYeleJR
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

BRYeleJR, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

soju6, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of KStark
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

KStark, May 28, 2013
Photo of drewman_capote
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

drewman_capote, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -40.7%

pin, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of 4ster
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

4ster, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3/5  rDev -11%

harrymel, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

LiquidAmber, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Coastal_Brew
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of PolarBear3
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

PolarBear3, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

SmashPants, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
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Black Tusk Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.