Brewed by Whistler Brewing Company
Style: Mild Ale
Whistler, Canada
Serve in English pint


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Established in 1989, The Whistler Brewing Company quickly built a reputation for producing some of British Columbias finest craft beers. From the original recipe, this re-release of Whistler Black Tusk Ale is brewed exclusively with Whistler Glacier Water and a special blend of imported chocolate and roasted malts. Brewmasters Notes Appearance: Obsidian black with a creamy, tan coloured head. Aroma: Subtle, malty aroma Palate: A dark, bold English-style mild ale. Expect a mild bitterness with notes of chocolate and a roasted coffee finish. Finish: Delightfully subtle with a refreshing, lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3307) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Black pour. White head. Lightly roasted maly aroma. Flavors of mild barley malt where the bitterness covers up the sweetness. Head vanishes. Finisbes with a little caramel malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
simonblaine (228) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
Aroma of light coffee and chocolate, pours black with little head. Taste is like a black ale should, but like its on a diet. Good, not great, but easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vadie (517) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
Couleur noir avec un col moyenne beige/marron. L’arôme est du malt avec un peu du caramel. D’abord le goût est du malt, puis du caramel, ensuite une finale très, très légèrement amer. Bien équilibré, facile à boire.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
brleo (64) - - SEP 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 A decent beer reminiscent of a schwarzbier (black lager). The only beers I can think of that are similar are Vancouver Island Brewery’s Hermann’s Dark Lager and Okanagan Spring Brewery’s Brewmaster’s Black, both excellent choices. Black Tusk is milder than these two. Aroma is fresh, slight malt, faint chocolate and coffee. Taste is very mild given its black appearance, so mild that I think non-dark beer drinkers could enjoy this if they can go so far as having a brown ale of some kind. For me, it’s kind of drab. The aroma is faint, the taste is rather lacklustre. It’s by far not a bad beer, but it’s nothing astonishing. Overall, for a dark, its very easy-going. A good choice to introduce non-dark beer drinkers to.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattyhennessy (179) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2013
Pour jet black with a darkish foam. A sight level of smoke flavour balanced with nutty chocolate with just a hint of chocolate and fruit. Light bodied for easy and smooth consumption. A nice winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
solidfunk (3001) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2013
The best part of this is the faint trace of smokiness, but even that isn’t well integrated. Pours dark clear brown (you know what I mean), without much head or lacing. Average carbonation. Finishes a little sour with an unreachable ideal of hops present. On tap at The Beagle Pub.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1343) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2013
I kind of liked this. Jet black. Chocolate, nuts, vanilla all present. Pretty light bodied. Drinkable for sure. By the end i was convinced it was rootbeer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cirrhosis (1175) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 3, 2013
I must hate my self tonight for I have chosen a Whistler beer to review. Dark brown with a spotty film floating on top...... looks sad. Aroma is bad strong coffee that has been sitting in the pot way to long, some peanuts and all combined with hidden hops. Feels so dry..... almost like the way diet coke feels (not tastes) Taste is better but is some how held back, coffee, nuts, and I want to say cherry soda but I know that’s wrong. 5-2 the OILERS are crushing the flames....SUCK IT GLENCROSS!!! Is there a decent Whistler beer to drink? only time and the rest of this mix pack can tell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cantabrian (762) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 31, 2013
I love the presentation. Aroma of dates - that’s the best aroma of dates that I had from a beer. Flavour is too sweet and feeble though. Very watery. More like a Vitamalz. Pretty disappointing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bcBelgianbrew (79) - , British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
I think it looks great. Pitch black, with a tinge of red when held up to light. Mine poured a good head, though I poured it boldly, straight down into the glass. A beautiful tan crema. The appearance of Black Tusk is the best part. As others have commented, thin on the palate. Many may like this. I prefer something thicker. It’s a mild ale, not a Belgian strong or an oatmeal stout. Old Yale Brewing Company’s "Sasquatch Stout" has better flavor and mouthfeel. I make the comparison b/c they are both micro-breweries near Vancouver, BC, sharing shelf-space. Take the sasquatch.

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