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RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.3
AirForceHops (7332) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2013
16 oz. can from Top Shelf Brews. No date on the can anywhere. Dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and a strange fruit note. Taste is exactly like the nose. Yet the hops are not really bold at all. My other problem with this brew is the body. The texture and body is really on the thin side. And at 7 % I taste a hint of ABV. Damn, overall this really falls short of what I was expecting from Six Point.

2
cheap (5911) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On tatp at the bocktown. Nice lean beery aroma. Taste really evolves. At first it seems like a mild stout then it kicks you in the face. Goes big and bitter and rude, but not really nasty. Mild co2. Quite bitter on the finish, wew.

3.5
jkwood04 (5449) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Pint size can. Looks dark with some beige foam. Aroma of citrusy hops, roasted and dark malts, and a little bit of dough/bread. Flavor the same, with a nice balance between the dark malts and hops. Average texture. Not a bad black IPA.

3.4
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

3.4
Niko100 (2942) - Chicago, 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.

3.8
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Poured a deep mahogany color, almost black, with a very thick and frothy tan head. Aroma is smoke, coffee, resin, floral, herbs, and citrus. Taste is smoke, citrus, leather, caramel, toast, grass, and herbs with a bitter lingering finish. Really enjoyable.

3.1
mansquito (6503) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
New Beer Distributors, NY 16oz can ($3): Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is grapefruit and light hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is moderately bitter, but not so much really. The porter aspects are not really that present. The body is also comparatively light and does not really have much sludge. It is easy to drink, but it seems to be just a tad unbalanced.

2.7
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Can. The aroma is very toasted with a bit of coffee and pine hops. The appearance is brown with a large tan head. The taste is super hoppy with some roasted malt but no balance. The palate is thin. Overall not quite toxic sludge but not easy to drink either.

3.4
johnnnniee (4346) - 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
bytemesis (8584) - 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.


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