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Black Tusk Ale | Whistler Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
66
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
23.74%
 
 
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 66
Photo of froghop
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

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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.

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Black Tusk Ale from Whistler Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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