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RATINGS: 232   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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3.4
zgaier (1951) - 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.

3.7
S_Side_Smitty (766) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pours like cola with a THICK off white head. Aroma is heavy roasted malts (almost burnt) & molasses. Taste is a disturbing but interesting blend fruity hops and heavy roasted malts. I think it?s the alcohol that makes it work by giving it a sweetness that ties the coflicting flavors together. As it warms you can taste tropical fruits with a burnt chalky background.....I?m thoroughly confused, but I?m still drinking it!

3.4
blankboy (7662) - 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.

2.6
Aurelius (5294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Huge, dense khaki head on a clear ruby-black brew. Bad can. Sharp, west coast hop aroma, maybe a tad floral. Acidic, raw, minor league. Few things are as easy to get wrong as a black IPA. Medium body, twangy, slightly roasty finish. ABC, Betton.

3.2
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2013
16oz can. Medium brown color, light tan foam. Aroma of pine & citrus hops. Tastes of toasted malts. Sharp bitter hops. Finishes with a pine resin bite & citrus oil bitterness. Huge lacing. Overall, not what I was expecting from a Black IPA. Nice hop. Color was bit of a throw-off. Medium bodied. (3611)

3.2
HogTownHarry (6622) - 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.

3.6
DietPepsican (1590) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2013
16 ounce can. Directly off of the fedex truck via ksurkin. Thanks man! Dark brown pour with a pretty big off white head. Toffee, chocolate, coffee, a bit of roasted pine cones, and just a hint at fruity hop bitterness. Not exactly a kick you in the face black IPA, but not bad either. The cans logo claims it is extremely fresh, but no date on the can. Oh well, still good.

3.7
superspak (5511) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2013
16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/15/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense light tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, floral, grass, light pine, toast, and brown bread. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; much weaker than I expected for the style. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, cocoa, roasted malt, pine, toast, brown bread, light char, floral, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, roasted malt, chocolate, pine, brown bread, light char, and piney spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of flavors with a nice malt/hop balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Black IPA offering. Good complexity and balance of flavors, and very smooth to drink. This was not as robust as I expected for the style, but it was still a pleasantly enjoyable offering.

3.6
keepersj12 (3114) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2013
I liked this a little bit more than my esteemed New Jerseyan and fellow piney Pineypower. I thought it had a very nice crisp aroma with some chocolate and a nice bit of pine and citrus. The flavor had similar qualities along with some caramel and a bit of booze to warm things up. Quite nice for the January doldrums.

3.4
pineypower (3295) - Ocean County, 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.


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