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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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3.5
tderoeck (10615) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2012
11/VIII/2012 bomber bottle @ RBBSG - (2012-904) Thanks to Jeff for sharing the bottle!

Clear cola coloured beer, aery off-white head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, sweet sugary, mocha, alcohol. MF: good carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sweet, malty, very fruity, hops, some mocha, caramel. Aftertaste: mocha, bit of coffee, grassy hops, some caramel, bitter hoppy dry ending.

3.8
sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2010
Pression @ Lagerhaus. Cette bière renforce mon idée que ce style de Black IPA est franchement une bonne découverte. Couleur est brune avec une mousse dans des tons léger moka. Arôme de malt, grillé, limite de la molasse, caramel, le tout est agrémente de note de citron et de houblon. Au palais, cette dernière donne un superbe goût de grillé et de malt le tout suivi de qcq notes de café en poudre, de grains le tout étant balance par le houblon et un côté pin et citron qui caractérisent ce style de bière.

3.7
JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2011
Deep brown-black pour with a very light dank hop aroma. Lots of cocoa and black roasted malt. Chewy and roasty with a heavy dank hoppiness. Assertively hopped with a nice clean bitterness and some roasted malt character. Chewy and a little bit earthy. It’s quite fragrant with some lingering bitterness. Pretty solid.

3.1
DrSilverworm (10000) - 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.

3.8
blipp (9902) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Nutty and sweet malty aroma with floral and earthy hoppy notes. The flavor has nutty malts, hazelnut, light coffee, and light floral hops. Strikes me as more of a porter/stout than a Black IPA. Pretty good.

3.8
arminjewell (9727) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Pours deep black with nice big lacing off white head. Aroma includes notes of grass, pine, touch of metal, some biscuit. Taste is big pine and resinous hops up front, touch of citrus leading into caramel and biscuit, finishing punishingly bitter with a touch of roast. Very good black IPA, roast and hops meld well together.

3.4
czar (9609) - 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.

3.4
bytemesis (9497) - 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.

3.5
drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
12/7/10. Draft. Nice mix of roasted notes and piney, catty, almost sour hop aroma. Nice flavor that leans more towards roasty with touches of sour hop.

3.8
Svesse (8942) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2012
(Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Dark ruby colour, almost black, with brief beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and hints of pine needles. Roasted, malty taste with coffee, dark chocolate, some ashes and hints of pine needles and grapefruit in the finish. More than medium body, quite dry. Very nice.


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