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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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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

drewman_capote, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

ZachT, Feb 15, 2014
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 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 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
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Coastal_Brew, Jul 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

Cidius, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

w00ddy, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of bobsy
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany pour with a tan head, and a nice amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Aromas of chocolate, ash and sweet malt. Surprisingly large amounts of milk chocolate come through in the flavour, as well as a pleasant fruitiness, some coffee grounds and ash. It reminded me of a decent Dunkel, and seems closer to that in style than an English Dark Mild. The body is light, and at first disappointing, but it seems to thicken and satisfy more with each subsequent sip. Carbonation is medium-low.

Thanks Bryan!

bobsy, Feb 17, 2009
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
Photo of DanOLeary
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

DanOLeary, Jan 11, 2010
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
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

BRYeleJR, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

ccrida, Mar 06, 2010
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 yuriruley
3.63/5  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.

yuriruley, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of bagpiper2005
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

bagpiper2005, Jul 14, 2010
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 wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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

wordemupg, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Shadman
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Shadman, Feb 17, 2010
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 GreaseShark
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

GreaseShark, Oct 17, 2013
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
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Black Tusk Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.