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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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3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

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

Ericbeech_87, Jul 12, 2014
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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
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

ZachT, Feb 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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

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

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

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

BRYeleJR, Jul 28, 2013
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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, May 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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

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

pin, Oct 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

4ster, Oct 12, 2012
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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
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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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

wesbray, Feb 29, 2012
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Black Tusk Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.