Whistler Black Tusk Ale

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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.

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Granville Island Brewing “Lions” Winter Ale

Well, the Canucks got smoked 7-1 by the stupid Black Hawks! That’s just great!

Included in the GIB mingler pack is the GIB Lions Winter Ale. For the uninitiated, the beer is likely named after the rounded twin peaks in the North Shore Mountains of Vancouver, which in the winter are capped with a majestic white blanket of snow, and to which we gaze daily in awe. At least that is the namesake I assume, could also be the Lions Gate Bridge or the BC Lions. Whatever.

The GIB Lions Winter Ale is a great seasonal alternative to the regular Pale Ale that we drink all year long. Today I downed two GIB Lagers (one during each period), and am topping off this hockey night with the Winter Ale.

This ale has a noticeable vanilla flavour that tastes smooth and natural, but has enough intensity to make your eyes open with surprise. This is like an adult’s version of a rootbeer float. Vanilla happens to be my favourite flavour, so I think they hit the jackpot with this one.

The Lions Winter Ale “combines premium malt with aromatic specialty hops,” and has a “vanilla-like finish.”

This is a great beer to drink once in a while. Unlike most flavoured beers which seem to hide bad taste, this one is not terrible at all. It tastes clean and natural. The vanilla is like a nice little bonus.

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