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Black Tusk Ale - Whistler Brewing Company

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | 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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Ratings: 54 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by neilgavigan:
Photo of neilgavigan
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
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

neilgavigan, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

GreaseShark, Oct 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

chickenm, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

biboergosum, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich dark color somewhere between chocolate brown and mahogany. A small, creamy tan head sticks around for a couple of minutes before retreating to a thin film.
Strong aroma of sweet, nutty malt, with a hint of chocolate syrup and mild English hops. Palate is mild dark malt, with a pleasantly sweet, nutty character. A bit of chocolate syrup and Some mild notes of dark fruit and just a very slight bitterness from the hops. Finish is smooth and moderately sweet. The body is creamy and smooth, but just a touch foamy. This is a nicely drinkable session ale, and of a style that I don't get to try very often. Interesting stuff.

ElGordo, Nov 29, 2009
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 elricorico
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very deep brown, looks opaque in the glass everywhere except the edges. Pour generated one finger of beige head. Head falls to half its height rather quickly, but holds there for the duration. Lots of lacing as I drink.

Aromas of ground coffee beans and dark chocolate, with a fruity, almost grape juice-like edge to it. Mixed in is just a touch of smokiness.

Taste has more of that fruity impression right up front, then coffee and a bit of ash in the middle. Finish becomes more chocolatey.

Light bodied, but far from watery, it has just a touch of a creamy feel. Carbonation is not overdone.

Altogether I like this one, it is to me the definition of a session beer. I didn't expect to like it this much when I picked up the sixer.

elricorico, Nov 25, 2008
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
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3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

urbs76, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of ritzkiss
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle pours a dark brown with minimal head.

Smells of light chocolaty candy pieces, hints of roasting malts and a touch of hops in the back.

First sip is an odd mixed chocolaty, roasted bitterness that quickly subsides into a bland, milk chocolate taste - like chocolate mixed with water. There is not much else going on here. Such a light body.

Perhaps this appeals to a cross-over crowd but this did nothing for me. I normally rate decent beers with a low ABV with a touch more drinkability but I simply did not want another after this one.

ritzkiss, Apr 26, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

pin, Oct 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

sansho, Feb 11, 2012
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 DoctorStrangiato
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

DoctorStrangiato, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
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
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1/5  rDev -70.3%

SteveRod, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Derek, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

froghop, Dec 26, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Ericbeech_87, Jul 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11%

harrymel, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

flagmantho, Jul 18, 2010
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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
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Black Tusk Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.