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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Originally brewed in 2009 to celebrate Specialty Imports’ 30th Anniversary, XXX Black Double IPA is now produced each winter. XXX offers bold, American hop character — comfortably cloaked in dark, luxurious malt. This exciting “winter warmer” will take the chill right out of your bones. Curl up with this session-beer-meets-nightcap.

Sometimes XXX just means 30.

In 2009, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Specialty Imports’ specialty wine and beer import business, Midnight Sun Brewing Company brewed a very special beer--a black double IPA--to honor this Alaska company’s long-term success. In 2010 this beer was added to MSBC’s "seasonal double IPA" line-up.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11432) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2011
on tap @Toronado-pours a retaining tight tan head with heavy lacing and black color. Aroma is chocolate-dark malt, some wood/pine. Taste is chocolate/cocoa/very roasty-dark malt, some wood/pine/spice hops. Drying finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10202) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2011
brown pour. Alcohol forward, acetone, hops, caramel. Flavor is sweet and hoppy. Some toffee notes too

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle on the RBSG bus. Pours a black to brown with a thin beige head. Big resinous sticky citrus on the nose. Roast and chocolate, toast. Roast with some sweet chewy candy and malt. Tasty. Long slow coffee bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4625) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle shared during the RBSG bus trip. Poured a clear deep red brown with a small foamy beige head. Awesome aroma loaded with lots of roastiness, chocolate and tons of grassy hops....blended very nicely. Full bodied that is slightly milky and chalky at the same time, strong carbonation and a lingering finish. Flavor of dark toast, chocolate and a bitter citrus rind finish. Awesome beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5279) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2011
This poured a very dark brown almost black with a beige heead. Aroma was medium roast and lots of fresh piney and citrusy hops, intruiging. Flavor was very nicely balanced between the sweetness/roast of the dark beer and the nice piney hops,. Great Black IPA

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4017) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle from wavers and one on the Philly RBSG bus. Thanks! Dark brown with a sudsy tan head. Nose shows notes of pine, roast, cocoa, coffee, some caramel sweetness. Flavor is very bitter and ashy, ending with a dose of boozy caramel. Oily, slick body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10627) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle on RBSG bus. Pours black. Brown head. Nose/taste of licorice, hops, dark caramel, chocolate malt, grass, dark resins and light pipe tobacco. Full mouth feel. Delicious brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (17849) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2011
15th May 2009
Opaque black beer with a short lived creamy tan head. Soft palate. Semi dry. An aroma and taste of grassy hops. Smooth dry malt rides alongside. Reminded by strongly of ’Dark Hops’ by ’Beer Here’ but this is just a tad better. Smoother.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (34797) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malty and solid hoppy. Dense pine and almost liqourice to dark caramelish malty flavoured. Bitter, dark roasted malty and solid hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle on the RBSG bus trip. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Herbal and earthy hoppy aroma with some light roasty notes. The flavor has hard roasted malts, chocolate, and bitter floral and earthy hops. Pretty good.


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