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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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

SuIIy's rating

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1371) - Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Can bought at Champanes in Warren, this ale had a very clear ruby pour with dark brown and black hues at the sides of the glass, the pour made more than a finger worth of a faint off-white head, the head lowered to thin cover with a ring, it left some spots and small fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, this drink had aromas of roasted and toasted malt, dark malt and grainy notes, the hops were grass and faint herb, dark brown sugar with little sugar sweetness, a little dark candy (almost horehound like) and faint dark chocolate notes, it had roasted grain and malt flavors with some coffee in the background, some malt and brown sugar sweetness, there was a touch of licorice in the background, the finish had some hop bitterness and roasted malt astringency that lingered a bit on the mouth, the mouth feel was light and felt a little thin, there was average carbonation in this drink, this was an ok Black IPA, the nose and flavor were good, not a stand out drink but not a bad drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, pine and mild hops. Flavor of chocolate, pine, citrus, roast and earth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
malrubius (2321) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 30, 2015
Can from Table and Vine. Dark amber with lasting head and lace. Caramel spicy herbal bready aroma. Chocolate and toasted caramel sweetness with some plummy fruit and nuts and and herbal bitterness with lingering caramel. This is much more of a hypothetical American neo-traditional porter than a black IPA. And it’s not very good at either. A mess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rdixon77 (1787) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
Old rating. Generic black IPA.not bad, but totally boring. Malt body with hop bite. Slightly metallic and earthy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
March Ale Alpharetta. 16oz can. Stale citrus and pine hops that get buried by the roasted malts, nuttiness, metallic, cocoa, earthy. Lacking anything that pops out at you, and the most watered down black ipa I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2490) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Draft. Pours a deep black sludgy color. Has a hoppy porter taste to it. Interesting complexity. I like it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkSachon (833) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Can from Gator’s in Pittsburgh. Tastes pretty much like any other IPA. I didn’t think this one had the advertised heaviness --- a little disappointed overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanscourt (1154) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Just a bit off of being a really good black IPA. Nice citrus hops mixed with chocolate flavors. Nice lingering flavor. A little bit weak up front.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (6538) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
can. pours unclear and almost light brown with a nice creamy very light beige head showing some retention and lacing. lightly sweet chocolate malts, brown sweet nutty maltiness, nice citrus and soft pine needles, spices, molasses and burnt sugars, some red fruits here and there, mint and coffee traces. moderate carbonation, light body - oily and a bit sticky, bittersweet resiny-citrusy finish. agreeing with doc below as toxic sludge is a misnomer indeed. still enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrSilverworm (9456) - 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.

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