OldGrowth (2932) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, from Sam’s Quik stop. Good aroma, sweet, toasty. citrusy, little chocolate. Dark orangy brown color, good head, spotty lace. Bitter flavor. Lite body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. OK, didn’t like the blend of flavor. Malt and hops combo wasn’t doing it for me.
Slipstream (2238) - USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
10th anniversary for Blue Point, says the bottle cap. It has been a great decade for American beer. I am not a huge Blue Point fan, but I couldn’t resist buying something called Toxic Sludge. I like the concept too - some of the money you spend goes to protect birds. Dark brown pour with a burgeoning, bubbly crown. This is a dry, herby, astringent IPA. Hopefully it is not really toxic. It is not that sludgey either. This made me think of a new term - coffee IPA - not sure that has been used before. The hops reminded me of some German styles. It did grow on me some as I sipped, but it is not really an amazing IPA.
scarletfire65 (1127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown to black, medium beige head dissipated quickly. Nose was kind of weak - dark malt, stale coffee, cola. Flavor profile is predominantly bitter hops and malt. Hints of burnt coffee, licorice, pine. The black IPA style is new to me and I found the combination of flavors not too enjoyable. I think a touch more malty sweetness, the backbone of many high IBU IPA’s, would have been a good thing. The roasted flavors riding on so many hops produced a burnt, unbalanced palate.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark amber hue with a short beige head and a thick network of lacing. the thin body and moderate carb make for an interesting mouthfeel. moderate bitterness, light grassy notes. decent brew.
BillZav (22) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Toxic Sludge is a smooth, easy drinking ale. Mocha in color, it has appreciable notes of caramel malt and chocolate balanced by grassy hops with a slightly bitter finish. There’s a hint of citrusy fruit in the backbone, such as grapefruit, that compliments the beer. Toxic Sludge has a somewhat lighter feel to it compared to others in its style, such as Cigar City Or, but nevertheless is a very enjoyable black IPA.
thirdeye11 (5817) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bomber thanks to Mora2000) clear medium brown, ring of creamy tan bubbles. Nose of chocolate malt, brown sugar, bitter citrus. Taste of grapefruit, chocolate malt, more bitter than balanced but a nice creamy body.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap @ Specific Gravity, Salisbury Md-Dark brown pour w/a moderate head. Burnt malt aroma. Started out w/a little bit of a stout flavor, some roasted malt/caramel, but that was soon overwelmed by a very bitter hop flavor. These two flavors just did not blend well for me, gave it a burnt malt flavor which I just didn’t enjoy. I enjoy a nice balanced IPA, even a Black IPA; this isn’t it. Long bitter, burnt finish.
rocbyter (1958) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty and hop aroma. Clear amber color with a large brown head. Mild sweet being with a sweet and hoppy finish.
zdk (1833) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle brought to Joe’s goodbye tasting - dry caramel malts, piney hop and floral notes. Dark chocolate, licorice. dark and dry with an astringent finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a deep black body with a tan head, light lacing and thin head retention. Roast y hoppy body light citrus, roast y coffee tones, and a sweet hoppy body. Thin bodied with a fresh grass and citrus body with a mild tangy floral tones. A solid black IPA.