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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DiarmaidBHK (3170) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Draft at Mae Mex. Pours black with a thin brown head. Thin mouthfeel. I definitely get a bit of pine sol on the nose. The hop bitterness seems to be tempered by the sheer maltiness of it. Interesting still emerging style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
This poured a very dark brown color with a smaller beige head. Aroma was lots if citrus and herbal hops, and medium roasted malt. Flavor was hops forward, the roastedness give it some balance from being a straigh ipa. I really like the hop profile in this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and grapefruit. Flavor is slightly sweet with notes of grapefruit, roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. Not a great Black IPA but decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9097) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 GABF 2011 and re-rate from pint-sized can March 2013. Pours dark brown with black highlights, a medium, fizzy and bubbly light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee malt with notes of dates, earthy and floral hops, some pine/resin notes. Flavor is bitter dark malt, roast and chocolate, earthy hops, leather yeast and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1741) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Nice black IPA. Good thick malt and a high hop flavor that kicks pretty hard. Nice and chewy and enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2011
I have to say that this isn’t the most appealing name for a beer ever. It is a brown-red color with an off white foam. Aroma is of mostly roast, chocolate, some light grassy hops. Taste is very similar and would make me say hoppy porter before I said Black IPA, and in this case, this is why I really like this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (1866) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2011
On tap at Stagshead, despite the terrible name for this beer I really liked it. pours nice cola color, and tastes of hop bitterness, coffee, oatmeal, malt,grapefruits, and pine. one of better bluepoints

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1558) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
22oz bottle thanks to mora2000. Near black pour with a nice creamy head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, pine and resin hops. Grapefruit, chocolate, and roast in the flavor - almost like a hoppy Porter as opposed to a Black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau (876) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2011
As expected this is very black with a tan head. The head left very nice lacing. Roasty malt nose. Big full palate, rich roasty flavor. Malt is nice and balanced. Roast lingers but it’s not overpowering. Very satisfying on all fronts.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1217) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Pour is darker brown with some amber shining through. Small tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is on the weaker side but with notes of caramel malts, milk chocolate, and grass. Flavor is licorice and pine needles. Weaker body and heavy carbonation.


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