Black Tusk Ale
Whistler Brewing Company

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Whistler Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
Mild Ale - English Dark
Ranked #46
Ranked #28,941
3.41 | pDev: 15.84%
Apr 18, 2022
Nov 25, 2008
Black Tusk AleBlack Tusk Ale
Notes: 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.
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2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by TheHammer from Canada (ON)

From notes, had it at the Vancouver Airport

Appearance: Poured with one finder of head, that laced while it lasted, but quickly disappeared. Body is a dark brown, near black and completely opaque.

Smell: Slight nut note is all I get initially and even with ample warming, all I am getting is some mild toffee being brought to the table, with maybe a hint of licorice? Very weak.

Taste: Dark chocolate to start with a touch of licoric that gives way to charred burnt malt and then a finally slight muddy hop kick. I explicitly noted, I wouldn't have minded a bit more bitterness at the end, probably to drown out the burnt note.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly despite the lack of head, I get an excess carbonation vibe from this. That kind of club soda taking over a drink when you've over diluted it. Transitioning is kind of a rough patch as well here, but at least the aftertaste is a mild charred malt note with a touch of licorice.

Drinkability: It's very thin, and drinks like this should be a 3.5% ABV beer. How this has been accomplished with a 5% beer leaves me asking both how and why? It's refreshing I suppose, and settles down well enough but this isn't what I want with a dark ale.

Final Thoughts: This was the last beer I had in BC and it was probably the biggest disappointment of the trip. Again, this is shocking to me that this is 5% as this drinks like an absurdly light 3.5% bitter gone wrong and too charred. I certainly would not be looking to pick this one up again should I return to BC, nor do I think you should either. Hard pass.

Apr 18, 2022
4.13 by aklavall from Canada (AB) on Oct 31, 2021
3.53 by Eric_Standard from Canada (BC) on Jul 20, 2020
4 by Amoeba from California on Apr 11, 2020
Photo of altstadt
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
by altstadt from Canada (BC)

Dark red-brown color with a very short tan head. The head quickly collapsed to a thin skiff across the top. No lacing. Too dark to see the carbonation level. Looks like a coke in the glass.

Smells of sweet malts, more like a malty coke than a beer. Swirling the glass kicked up a bit of barnyard.

Very thin flavor. Some mild malt and a little bit sweet. Aftertaste is similar to the smell of dry, uncooked quick oats (oatmeal). Might be better chilled cold on a hot day. Still working on the soft drink theme.

Quickly foams up like a beer, but still has a lot of tongue tingling carbonation like a coke.

Somewhat insipid. Boring. Overwhelmingly mild. This is far too much like a coke where some of the sugar has been replaced with a little malt and most of the flavor left out. A good beer for people who don't like beer.

Feb 23, 2020
4.04 by Shintetsuken from Canada (BC) on Jan 30, 2020
3.42 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK) on Nov 17, 2018
3.25 by Howlader from Canada (AB) on Mar 10, 2018
3.75 by spokenwheels from Canada (BC) on Jan 09, 2018
3.67 by Bunman3 from Canada (AB) on Sep 06, 2017
4.02 by jcubz from Canada (SK) on May 08, 2017
4.11 by ILOVEHAM from Canada (BC) on Mar 04, 2017
Photo of kitschiguy
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by kitschiguy from Hong Kong

Poured 330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass. A vigorous pour produced a fairly big tan head which died almost immediately and left a film which also disappeared. Dark reddish brown and otherwise looked ok.

Nose is very malty with hints of coffee and cocoa.

Palate is much of the same and lacking some complexity - very mildly hopped.

Mouth is a little thin

Overall very easy drinking and recommended if you want something unchallenging.

Oct 26, 2016
Photo of EMV
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Had on-tap at the Vancouver airport, poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear black color.. hints of red where the light hits it. Thin tannish head.

S: Sweet... roasted malts, hints of cherry.

T/F: Semi-sweet overall.. with roasted malts providing the bulk of the flavor. Notes of cocoa and cherry... very mild hops at the finish to clean it up a bit. Moderate carbonation... medium thickness.

O: Not bad for a sweet-ish stout, but not a standout either. Very sessionable and no bad flavors to speak of. I'd have it again.

Jun 21, 2016
3.33 by BCborn from Canada (BC) on Jan 01, 2016
3.68 by k3ve from Switzerland on Sep 01, 2015
3.25 by Drknight from Virginia on Jul 29, 2015
3.63 by Canada_Dan from Colorado on Jun 02, 2015
3.51 by rawfish from California on Apr 04, 2015
2.82 by Fader from Canada (AB) on Mar 29, 2015
3.54 by Knuckles2531 from Canada (YT) on Jan 10, 2015
3.47 by 130guy from Canada (ON) on Dec 31, 2014
3.25 by imfinished from Canada (BC) on Dec 07, 2014
Photo of leaddog
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by leaddog from Canada (AB)

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.

Nov 22, 2014
3.5 by Ericbeech_87 from Canada (BC) on Jul 12, 2014
3.5 by stript from Washington on Apr 07, 2014
Photo of souvenirs
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by souvenirs from Canada (BC)

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.

Mar 03, 2014
3.25 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON) on Mar 03, 2014
Photo of LampertLand
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

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

Feb 17, 2014
3.89 by ZachT from Canada (BC) on Feb 15, 2014
3.5 by chickenm from Canada (BC) on Dec 31, 2013
3.5 by GreaseShark from New York on Oct 17, 2013
4 by Cidius from Canada (AB) on Oct 16, 2013
3.75 by BRYeleJR from Massachusetts on Jul 28, 2013
3.25 by petermethot from New Jersey on Jun 26, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by soju6 from Missouri

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.

Jun 01, 2013
3.25 by KStark from Canada (BC) on May 28, 2013
4.5 by drewman_capote from France on Jan 14, 2013
2 by pin from Australia on Oct 13, 2012
Black Tusk Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 77 ratings