Whistler Black Tusk Ale

[xrr rating=4/5]


From the peak of Whistler mountain you can see a majestic black monolith of a mountain in the distance, called “Black Tusk.”  Thousands of people scramble to the top of this crumbling chimney of volcanic rock every year.  If you are like me and suffer from vertigo, you will spend the first ten minutes laying face down at the top seemingly holding on for dear life,  while getting de-sensitized to the height.  Funny though, everyone else seemed to be walking around just fine.

Well, too many of these could make you dizzy too, but in a good way.

Believe it or not, I was very surprised at how dark this beer was when it came out of the bottle, then I read the name and I was like “oh yah, okay that makes sense.”

Everything is beautiful about this beer.  The bottle is dark glass with a custom insignia embossed on it.  The label is trimmed with gold and has a photo of the actual black tusk, (and an elephant too, just in case you don’t know what mountain that is).  The clarity and colour of the beer are absolutely beautiful to look at, as is the gorgeous head on the glass.

The aroma is slightly bitter, and almost bready.  There is a moderately intense but smooth taste of bitter chocolate, and a gradually fading sweet aftertaste.


4/5 G1


Tin Whistle Brewing Black Widow Mild Ale

It’s been a long day today!  In an effort to go paperless in my office we are implementing new software, but for the time being it means doing all the work twice while we learn the new system.   Silly computers eh?  FYI, this is a completely paperless website!!!

After arriving home at 8pm, i was having an Okanagan Spring Hopped Lager when the doorbell rang, and our carpenter Yong came to the door and dropped off some salmon that he caught in the Fraser River and had smoked.  I am enjoying this tall boy with some of this smoked salmon… An while I make dinner.

This ale is black with a medium amount of fizz.  The aroma is mild and bitter: chocolate, vanilla and slightly floral.

The taste is very well balanced.  It is mild enough to sink it with confidence, but has enough flavor to make beer lovers happy.

This is very similar to some of the other dark beers I have tried recently, and it will be interesting to taste them all one day to compare.

[xrr rating=4.75/5]

Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter

Phillips beers seldom disappoint. I received complements for my selection of this tall bottle from the cashier at the Port Moody Liquor Store. Although she pronounced the name wrong, she was very correct in her recommendation of this London style porter. As is quoted in the side of the bottle, “this porter is charged with a distinct chocolatey finish.”

My avoision (yes, avoision) of flavoured beers in the past is well documented, but this chocolatey porter tastes smooth, fresh and natural. The head is healthy with a caramel tint, and a moderately intense vanilla-bean aroma, and the finish is chocolatey, like those expensive Lindt chocolate bars you find at the grocery check-out. The taste of slightly bitter dark chocolate envelopes your mouth enough that you almost expect to be chewing.

When I opened this bottle, I intended to share it with my wife. Instead, I sit in front of my mac hoping to polish it off on my own.


[xrr rating=4.7/5]