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RATINGS: 227   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 thatís big on flavor. This limited release, specialty brew was crafted to benefit birds affected by BPís 2010 Gulf oil spill. 100% of the proceeds go to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research for their ďSpreading Our WingsĒ campaign. Available only in draft and 22-ounce bottles Ė you can do more for the birds than drinking your share of Toxic Sludge, donate or buy a cool, limited edition BP Toxic Sludge ďSave the BuffleheadsĒ Tshirt: bptoxicsludge.com

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - APR 11, 2013
On tap. Pours an opaque black with a dense foamy coffe colored head. Bright aroma of hops, coffee notes. Very full body, slight carbonation makes for broad & smooth feel. Wonderfully balanced initial salty mellows to sweet with a smooth finish. Really nice take on an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4416) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2013
Tall boy can thanks to UDBeernut. Creamy and chocolate. Lots of carbonation out of the can. Hoppy but without the intense hop aroma of some Black IPAs. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1316) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 5, 2013
I poured a 16oz can into a goblet. I believe there was a Julian date of 11/15/12 on it but Iím not sure (which would make it about four and a half months old).

Appearance: Opaque black in the glass, though itís brown coming out of the can. Forms a large, fluffy, white, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Slight earthy note with a hint of flowers or other clean scent, though muted overall.

Taste: The black IPA is meant to be a hybrid of the stout and India Pale Ale style, but lately it seems every brewery is making a standard IPA and throwing in dark malt just for coloring. Thatís how I feel about Blue Point Toxic Sludge since it tastes like a traditional American IPA but is lacking the roasty quality that should be found in a true black IPA. Not that itís a bad beer, in fact itís pretty good for what it is, but more couldíve been accomplished.

Begins with a prominent, slightly sharp, somewhat dry bitterness. It doesnít change or develop much throughout the swig. Itís not in the typical citrus or pine hop flavor, but rather the sheer bitterness. Blue Pointís website says itís only 40 IBUs, but it seems a little stronger than that. A hint of pine or resin on the back end with mild coffee or dark chocolate flavors in the aftertaste. Itís a rather simple palette to be sure, but the taste thatís here is pretty good. Unbalanced yes, but not cloying or gimmicky in any way. Just a solid, standard Black IPA.

Drinkability: Blue Point Toxic Sludge is an ideal Black IPA for beginners or those not appreciative of overly hoppy beers. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, but never intense. Thereís a creamy, smooth texture to it which makes it easy to quaff or sip and savor. At 7% ABV itís right where it should be - big enough to be a truly bold beer, but light enough to not be anything obese or intimidating. An ideal brew to pair with a hearty meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanfolty (2007) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2013
March 31, 2013 - can as an extra from Dave. Brown pour with nice amount of head and spotty lacing. Aroma was roasted malt, caramel and piney hops. Taste was mildly roasted malt and a slight piney bitter finish. Medium bodied and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3960) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2013
16 oz. can from Top Shelf Brews. No date on the can anywhere. Dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and a strange fruit note. Taste is exactly like the nose. Yet the hops are not really bold at all. My other problem with this brew is the body. The texture and body is really on the thin side. And at 7 % I taste a hint of ABV. Damn, overall this really falls short of what I was expecting from Six Point.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cheap (4389) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On tatp at the bocktown. Nice lean beery aroma. Taste really evolves. At first it seems like a mild stout then it kicks you in the face. Goes big and bitter and rude, but not really nasty. Mild co2. Quite bitter on the finish, wew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4365) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pint size can. Looks dark with some beige foam. Aroma of citrusy hops, roasted and dark malts, and a little bit of dough/bread. Flavor the same, with a nice balance between the dark malts and hops. Average texture. Not a bad black IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
justabeergeek (225) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Reviewed on: 3-14-13

Appearance: Deep ruby color (almost black) with a foamy offwhite head.

Aroma: Almost no hops in the nose, and what hops are present meld into the background with malt roast. Mainly toffee and caramel malt sweetness present.

Taste: A little more hops than in the aroma, but not too much. There is almost a hybrid experience between the hops and the coffee notes from the malt. Definite caramel and toffee sweetness with burnt toast in the background. Blackcurrants present, too.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. Drinks well, thereís a good, gentle carbonation present.

Overall: While this is a tasty beer, it doesnít fit the description of a black IPA in my opinion. This tastes more like a red or a brown ale that has had some extra hops added for a bit of an extra bite.

Score: 6/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2142) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, floral hops, some chocolate, & citrus; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, pine hops, and citrus; Finish is fairly bitter; Not too bad - average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Poured a deep mahogany color, almost black, with a very thick and frothy tan head. Aroma is smoke, coffee, resin, floral, herbs, and citrus. Taste is smoke, citrus, leather, caramel, toast, grass, and herbs with a bitter lingering finish. Really enjoyable.

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