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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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1/5  rDev -70.3%

SteveRod, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -40.7%

pin, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of philbertk
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

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.

philbertk, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%

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
Photo of slaintemhor
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%

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.

slaintemhor, May 07, 2010
Photo of neilgavigan
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%

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
Photo of RJLarse
2.73/5  rDev -19%

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.

RJLarse, Dec 07, 2009
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2.88/5  rDev -14.5%

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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3/5  rDev -11%

sansho, Feb 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

harrymel, Sep 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

wesbray, Feb 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11%

EskimoDave, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -11%

TrojanWheels, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of illidurit
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

illidurit, Jan 26, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -5%

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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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

KStark, May 28, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%

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 Derek
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%

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 Vancer
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

Vancer, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%

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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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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