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RATINGS: 224   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3324) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours cola color with a moderate tan head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left medium lace. Pleasant aroma of grassy hops, light pine, and some mild malt. The flavor is lightly roasted malt followed by a mild-moderate bite of hops bitterness that lingers briefly after the swallow. Medium bodied. A bit spritzy on the palate. No problems, but a little underwhelming.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - 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 (1808) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Nice dark (and yes, sludgy) pour, with a thick fluffy head. Sweet toasted malts in the aroma, with deep chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick, a bit oily, with a long dry finish. Taste has a bunch more coffee in it than the nose promised. While I do love coffee brews, it’s not exactly the ticket in a black IPA in some sense, as it tends to cut in on the hop/malt dance underway.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1349) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DialSquare (2506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Bomber from Liquor Loft. Brown pour with a red tint and large fluffy tan head. Aroma is a little sugary, toast and molasses. Taste is sharp bitter and flowers. Slight metallic vibe in finish. Chalky palate with sharp carbonation. Interesting but harsh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5484) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to Mora2000) clear medium brown, ring of creamy tan bubbles. Nose of chocolate malt, brown sugar, bitter citrus. Taste of grapefruit, chocolate malt, more bitter than balanced but a nice creamy body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slipstream (1979) - USA - JAN 23, 2011
10th anniversary for Blue Point, says the bottle cap. It has been a great decade for American beer. I am not a huge Blue Point fan, but I couldn’t resist buying something called Toxic Sludge. I like the concept too - some of the money you spend goes to protect birds. Dark brown pour with a burgeoning, bubbly crown. This is a dry, herby, astringent IPA. Hopefully it is not really toxic. It is not that sludgey either. This made me think of a new term - coffee IPA - not sure that has been used before. The hops reminded me of some German styles. It did grow on me some as I sipped, but it is not really an amazing IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdavenp (18) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2011
bomber from whole foods bowery. dark pour with tan head. strong on the malt flavors for a black IPA. Hops come in after the fact. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zenwolf (268) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle. Decent brew. A good casue which might temper my review and put me on the generous side. Not a as well realized as i would like to see. Fairly "half done" with a definate lack of complexity. Nice nose with great malt sweetness and roast characteristics. Not as complex or as rich in the mouthfeel as i had hoped.


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