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RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1447) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2013
16 ounce can. Directly off of the fedex truck via ksurkin. Thanks man! Dark brown pour with a pretty big off white head. Toffee, chocolate, coffee, a bit of roasted pine cones, and just a hint at fruity hop bitterness. Not exactly a kick you in the face black IPA, but not bad either. The cans logo claims it is extremely fresh, but no date on the can. Oh well, still good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2693) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2013
16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/15/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense light tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, floral, grass, light pine, toast, and brown bread. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; much weaker than I expected for the style. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, cocoa, roasted malt, pine, toast, brown bread, light char, floral, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, chocolate, pine, brown bread, light char, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of flavors with a nice malt/hop balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Black IPA offering. Good complexity and balance of flavors, and very smooth to drink. This was not as robust as I expected for the style, but it was still a pleasantly enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2714) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2013
I liked this a little bit more than my esteemed New Jerseyan and fellow piney Pineypower. I thought it had a very nice crisp aroma with some chocolate and a nice bit of pine and citrus. The flavor had similar qualities along with some caramel and a bit of booze to warm things up. Quite nice for the January doldrums.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Can, much thanks to Dave. Pours out a reddish brown color with a big off white head. Aroma is of moderately bitter hops, citrus, light chocolate and toasty malty notes. Taste is citrus and floral hops, caramel sweetness, semi-sweet chocolate, toasted malts, some lingering bitterness and light soy sauce notes.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1290) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Can. Poured a dark copper color with a full frothy head. Nice typical ipa aromas. Medium bitterness. Pine flavors. Texture is kind of creamy. A bitter finish. Alright alright alright!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsmerig (1260) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Pours a not suprisingly deep brown black. Aroma is of citrusy hops. Taste is mildly sweet up front followed instantly by a strong peppery bitterness. A bit of burnt malt overtones as well. I could have one, but I’m not a fan of the style so that doesn’t mean too much as it’s a good representation of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Pint can from Capone’s and State Line. Pours chestnut toward black colored with 1-finger tan head. Nose is choc malt, resiny hops, cacao. Tastes piney hoppy, with the hops taking the forefront, and a cacao and black patent malt flavor at mid-palate. In fact, the hops get dominant late, which is OK because the malt balances them out well. This one is very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3040) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2013
16 oz can. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Citrus and roasted malt aroma. Similar flavors. Medium body with average carbonation. The best beer I’ve had from this brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Can. Pours a dark brown color with a big frothy beige head. Nose is light resiny hops, dark roasty malts, some grassy notes and a light dryness. Palate is big and chewy with a light crispness. Flavors of grassy and resiny hops, some dark fruits, roast malts and some chalkiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (3696) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Can. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate off-white head. Nose has a decent amount of hops to it. Taste is well-balanced, with both the hops and the malts coming through. Fairly smooth, too.


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