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RATINGS: 220   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 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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2010
courtesy of mora2000. Clear ruby red color/ tan head. Grassy, pine, mild chocolate aromas. smooth mouthfeel. Nice caramel, floral hop flavors with mild chocolate, medium roast malts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1807) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2010
bottle brought to Joe’s goodbye tasting - dry caramel malts, piney hop and floral notes. Dark chocolate, licorice. dark and dry with an astringent finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1346) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a dark cola-like brown color with a flufy 2 finger head that slowly settles, leaving sticking lace as it goes down. Vanilla and caramel in the nose with a very slight hoppy character aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet start with a mix of roast and caramel that then transitions to a hop bitterness that lingers on. I love the fact that this beer is for a good cause but as a beer it is really not that memorable. The hop characteristic is pretty laid back and takes a back seat to the roastedness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2411) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (5805) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zgaier (1186) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bytemesis (2610) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Can. Pours deep clear chestnut with a large creamy tan head that slowly dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is pine, with some caramel and roasty notes as well. Light bready sweetness and light bitterness lingering to the finish where it becomes almost a bit lemon-zesty. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2044) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Odd but neat looking can reminds me more of an energy drink than a beer. Pours a solid dark brown color with ruby highlights and a huge creamy tan head that persists forever leaving lots of stickiness to the glass. Smells slightly ashy with a hint of wet cardboard on top of light chocolate and earthy floral hops. The nose is kind of disappointing for a black IPA really. The flavor is a bit better with a solid malty chocolate mixed with an earthy spicy hop flavor. Firm but pleasant hop bitterness rounds out a caramel butterscotch malt sweetness quite well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy mouthfeel. Decent beer that I could drink, but middle of the road and honestly not worth purchasing again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (1842) - 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.

3.4
   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, there’s a good, gentle carbonation present.

Overall: While this is a tasty beer, it doesn’t 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


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