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RATINGS: 225   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle at Joe’s ridiculous going away party tasting. Pours a murky brown with a thin beige head. Big and malty. Sticky hops all over. Murky and malty. Nothing crazy going on, but still decent enough.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of resin, pine needles, earthy, peppery. Tastes of light resin, some sweet caramel, tea. Spicy finish. Not as bold as some of their other projects, but enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (6300) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
16oz can from Perfect Pour. Shared with Steph. Can says "Extremely fresh"... Lol where is the date? Put your money where your mouth is, BP. Kind of clear dark brown red color. Made hazy with lots of fine particles in the body. Thin khaki head. Some bits of lace, mostly loose. Medium to bigger body. Reasonably smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Aroma and flavor is a little disappointing. It’s a black IPA, yeah, but it tastes kind of like a black IPA that a macrobrewer made. Like a leinenkugels black IPA or something. Very mild and mild-mannered. Kind of sweet, too. Moderate sweet taste, light on the bitterness. Some chocolate malt, toasty malt, nutty malt, and earthy hop. Light bit of pine. Tastes like a hoppier but basic brown ale, basically. Light bit of metallic. This is my friend Steph’s first time trying a black IPA... She likes it, but her only input is that "it tastes a little watered down". And that is fucking spot on! This is like a decent black IPA sat around for a bit, got a little malty and sweet, and then was watered down a bit. OK "black IPA", I suppose. I like the style so I may be a bit forgiving. But "Toxic Sludge" seems like a misnomer. I asked Steph what’d she’d score this (never asked her that before). She said 2.7, which I’m pretty impressed by. Because 3 is close to average, she says. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle:   Deep cola in color, huge rocky tannish head, nice lacing.   Soft ash and toasted malts on the nose.   Minor hop up front, slightly sweet, a little roasty.   Certainly a lighter IPA, but with some hop flavor without being overly bitter.   Good roasted malt background.   This is pretty good, not heavy or big, but smooth and flavorful.   Moderate body and mouthfeel, but for not being heavy its very smooth.   Faint sweet citrusy hops on the backside, moreso ash and roasted malts with a touch of bitterness.   Its like a sessionable Black IPA.   Thanks BJ for the bottle!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Pours deep black with nice big lacing off white head. Aroma includes notes of grass, pine, touch of metal, some biscuit. Taste is big pine and resinous hops up front, touch of citrus leading into caramel and biscuit, finishing punishingly bitter with a touch of roast. Very good black IPA, roast and hops meld well together.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6065) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2012
(Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Dark ruby colour, almost black, with brief beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and hints of pine needles. Roasted, malty taste with coffee, dark chocolate, some ashes and hints of pine needles and grapefruit in the finish. More than medium body, quite dry. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
16oz can shared by blankboy with me and biegaman. Very deep clear ruby, large average off-white head. Dark, oily aroma, wheaty, a little boozy, slightly harsh. Taste - simple bitterness, quite malty but thin. Ehh. Decent, easy to drink, not memorable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6028) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Nutty and sweet malty aroma with floral and earthy hoppy notes. The flavor has nutty malts, hazelnut, light coffee, and light floral hops. Strikes me as more of a porter/stout than a Black IPA. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6023) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
My can [473ml] shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman. Pours a deep orange-brown with an average size semi-lasting frothy tan head. Aroma of leafy hops, toasted malt and notes of coffee and chocolate. Flavour of toasted malt and leafy hops. Average to medium bodied. Not great, but pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6016) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
bottle, thanks to mora2000, nutty brown amber with hoppy roasty aromas, flavors of roasted nuts, coffee and caramel


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