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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Toxic Sludge is our version of the relatively new Black IPA style. Care should be taken to not spill this heavy ale, as the results could be disastrous, so please consume BP Toxic Sludge responsibly. Hopped at four stages of the brewing process, we combined a hoppy India Pale Ale with a richer, darker malt base for a full bodied beer that’s big on flavor. This limited release, specialty brew was crafted to benefit birds affected by BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill. 100% of the proceeds go to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research for their “Spreading Our Wings” campaign. Available only in draft and 22-ounce bottles – you can do more for the birds than drinking your share of Toxic Sludge, donate or buy a cool, limited edition BP Toxic Sludge “Save the Buffleheads” Tshirt: bptoxicsludge.com


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (5530) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s Fullers-Gales tasting, thanks to Leighton. It pours very dark brown, with a thick beige head. The nose is treacle, pine, resin and sweet caramel. The taste is pine, resin, treacle, charcoal, liquorice, cola and roasted malt, with a bitter-sweet finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A decent black IPA.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
craftycarl21 (2136) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Draught at Churchkey. Deep brown pour with a small bubbly head. Nose and flavor hold touches of soapy hop, light roasted malt, a bit of strange dark fruit presence, and a milky mouthfeel that doesn’t fit with the style. Not impressed.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 28, 2012
from le Mondial de la Bičre 2011, Strasbourg - pours a very dark brown beer under a solid and creamy long lasting beige foam; toasted malty aroma; slightly biscuity and with a solid flowery hoppiness; full-bodied and slightly tart; a bit soapy and with a solid bitterness, dry and bitter soapy finish, flowery and biscuity - disappointing

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Deep dark brown coloured body with a bit of a cola glow at the bottom and a thinnish, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, caramel, toffee, light grassy hops and some good coffee. Medium-bodied; Assertive hoppy flavour at first dies fairly quickly and shows a lot of malt, some good caramel and sweetness but also a little nutty and earthy quality at the end. Aftertaste shows a great complex flavour with the roasted malt coming together quite nicely with the caramelised sugars and the earthy and herbal hops. Overall, a nice Black IPA with more of the focus on sugars and roasted malt - but it works out well without a ton of hops! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 20-November-2011 for US$3.75 sampled at home in Washington an hour before heading back up to New York on 26-February-2012.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (9855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle I brought to chriso Vintage Tasting. Pours clear, red-brown with a soft, off-white head. Decent roast/pine aroma. Medium sweet flavor, light plastic and pine bitterness, some citrus notes, slight grass, and roast. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish with nice roast, lasting pine, dark sugars, dark malts. Lasting burnt sugars. Very decent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (12674) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle at Chriso FullersGales tasting. Dark brown. Lasting beige. Smokey black ipa alright actually still suffers from some black ipa probs i.e. its a bit thin on the back end. Ok upfront but end fails

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle shared by ryandevilhorns at my beer tasting. Black pour with brown head. This was hoppy and roasty with a nice smooth finish. Pretty good black IPA.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goodgrief (1744) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 28, 2012
On tap at Pinocchio’s. One of the best black IPA’s that I’ve had! Dark as night pour, frothy head. Cocoa aroma. Hops are citrus, sweet cocoa and roast, a touch a milky lactic acid. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Growler. Pours very dark garnet red, clear, with a 2-finger frothy/creamy light brown head. Aromas of cocoa and roasted malt, earthy notes (leaves, bark), some vanilla, coffee, and slightly sweet Tootsie Roll notes. Flavors of bitter roasty malt, sweet caramel, and mocha. Medium carbonation and body, with a dry finish. Easy-drinking; good. [932]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
On cask at Blind Tiger. Pours with a thick black body and tan head that slowly fades. Aromas are bready, malty, chocolate, caramel, roast. Hop aromas are spicy and citrusy. Clean yeast wise. Flavors show a nice balance. Ashy, bitter, roasty bitterness with some hop bitterness, malty and bready. Very dry on the roast notes. Hop notes are of mild, generic citrusy hops and some pine. Light esters and fruit towards the finish. Creamy cask mouthfeel. Well conditioned with a nice mild carbonation, medium bodied.


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