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RATINGS: 229   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
jjgmd (1623) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a dark brownish black color, with a nice head. Nose is sweet with citrus and piney. Taste is bitter and balanced by some deep malt, with some subtle licorice. Finish is bitter and moderately long. Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zizzybalubba (1570) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Pint-sized can from Tasty Beverage Co., Raleigh, NC. Dark brown pour with a frothy tan head. Cola-like sweet aroma at first with tangerine hops making their way through eventually. Citrusy hops are evident in the flavor and are certainly muted by cocoa and smoke from the malt. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for this style and certainly given the name. A decent black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixonian (1562) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours a deep black color with just a touch of brown with a finger of off-white head. The retention on the head was okay and there was some nice lacing left behind. S - Heavy amount of sweet roasted malt and some nice piney/grassy hops. Touch of toffee and chocolate elements are also blended in. T - Starts off with some sweet roasted carmel malt flavor with hints of grassy hop in the background. Also a bit of sweet brown sugar. Slight bitterness. Through the middle the hops gain some power and there is some very nice bitterness. The finish has a lot of flavors going on including some black licorice, chocolate/coffee taste, and some hop bitterness. M - Medium bodied with moderate to moderate-low amount of carbonation. Smooth and just a bit creamy. Slight dry finish. D - Very drinkable. There is a nice balance here of malt and hop. There is a slight alcohol presence, but nothing that gets in the way of the beer. Overall very smooth and crisp.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1549) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a red-brown with a light tan head and aroma of roasted malt and hop. Taste is of hops, caramel, and light roasted malt and pine with a bitter, toasty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Dark brown appearance with an average size tan head and decent lacing. Resinous, floral hops meet roasted malts touched with coffee in the aroma. On the palate, roasted malts provide the backbone and hops the flavor. Both are evident in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1501) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Pleasantly grassy and also kind of nutty. Dark, reddish brown as opposed to black. Moderate bitter, finishes with a lasting chocolate-fruit sweetness. Much sweeter than many examples. Also has a smoother feel too it. A most approachable version of a dark IPA. Nice charitable tie in too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2011
THOUGHTS: Yet another Black IPA. Love the style, but was only an average or worse example of the style. I can’t exactly explain what was wrong with it, but somehow it just wasn’t quite right. Not overly bitter, but there still wasn’t enough malt to balance the bitterness, making it seem too intense. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was black in the glass with bright red highlights and a large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate roasted and burnt malts; light to moderate pine, resin and citrus hops; and something a little rubbery. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderately sweet, rather bitter and light to moderately acidic with a fairly long duration. There was roasted malt, slight chocolate, pine hops, metallic hops, come citrus hop, a little resinous hops, even some grassy hops and burnt malt. The nearly medium body was fairly oily and then dry with a sort of soft, but still tingly carbonation and a rather metallic finish.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Good solid brew from the blue point gang. Pours dark, tastes light. Good character, palate is slightly thin. Not the best black ipa, stone stone still holds that honor. In fact this isn’t blue point’s best ipa, hoptical illusion still holds that honor. This beer is definitely worth a try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldbrewky (1490) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
Ah the rotating taps of the Dutch.......Ale house that is. A lovely charcoal black IPA. Thick and lasting head. Nose of hops and thinner malts. body reveals a moderate wood tinged flavor that is twice overtaken by malts then settles to a longer finish of hop. Advertised as 7% and it will let you know such after two of these with dinner.


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