Black Tusk Ale | Whistler Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Whistler Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada
whistlerbeer.com

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by elricorico on 11-25-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
16.27%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jcubz
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ILOVEHAM
4.11/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitschiguy
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of EMV
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BCborn
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of k3ve
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drknight
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rawfish
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fader
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Knuckles2531
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 130guy
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imfinished
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of leaddog
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of urbs76
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Ericbeech_87
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of stript
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of souvenirs
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of CRObighit2
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of LampertLand
3.64/5  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

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Photo of ZachT
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of GreaseShark
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Cidius
4/5  rDev +18.3%

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Black Tusk Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
3.38 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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