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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2011
Tasted 4/16/11. Schlafly’s Repeal of Prohibition festival. Pours opaque with a brown hue. Finger width of tan head. Total grapefruit nose with a bright grassy, fresh hop character. Full bodied and nicely bitter! Very well balanced between the smooth, dark malts and the bitter hops. The citrus, resinous hops mix together and create a wonderful palate. Cloying sticky finish. This was possibly my favorite beer of the fest!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 This is for the oak aged version. 2010 edition. Bomber at Spenard’s Roadhouse, Anchorage, AK. Roasted coffee and dried red fruit (rhubarb and strawberries). Very dark slightest magenta on the edges-appears like a medium-heavy porter, but mouthfeel is thinner and not as plush. Alcohol shows a bit strong but otherwise great balance. Mouth watering bitterness and a long, full palate. Terrific winter warmer. If Great Divide’s Hibernation and HUB’s Abominable had a baby it would be freaky and beautiful, and it would look a lot like this wunderkind. >Update: Just had a bottle of the 2010 edition last night (non-barrel aged). Give it: 7/4/8/4/16. Darker brown without as much red. Some roasted coffee notes and hop resin on nose and clean hop finish. Nice beer-wish I could get it in CO.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #80. Very dark cola color with a nice light brown head that left some pretty nice lacing on the glass. Very dark roasted coffee aroma with a light chocolate finish. Mild bitterness from the hops with a good malt roast to round it out and an underlying chocolate sweetness. Good stuff. (1652)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2011
Sweet, enticing nose is filled with chocolate. Awesome-looking beer: inky black with burgundy highlights and tan, seafoam-like head with foamy lace. Silky smooth texture. Warming alcohol. Notes of chocolate, creamed espresso and dark grains. There’s a decent amount of hops as well, but they’re perceptibly mellow because of all the sweetness. Bitterness is mild to moderate, but balancing. Great beer, but I would prefer less sweetness and beefier hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2011
Draft sample at the Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival. Pours a dark cola brown color, brown around the edges and opaque in the middle, with an inch-thick head. Aroma of toasted malts, piney hops, orange peel, pine, earth, and bitter dark chocolate. Flavor of piney hops, citrus peel, brown sugar, dark chocolate, earth, and coffee. Medium-bodied, with a roasty, resinous mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very good black IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 17, 2011
((draught - Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition) black with light tan head. Aroma of roast malt and citrus/pine hops. Flavor is toasty malt lots of hops - sort of a well hopped stout

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3996) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2011
Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition fest 2011 - Pours very dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has has roasty dark malt with cocoa, spice, pine and earthiness. Medium smooth body with sharp carbonation. The flavor has coffee, roast, lots of cocoa, earth, pine and grapefruit. The finish is very roasty and resiny. Really nice blacke IIPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nik925 (751) - California, USA - APR 14, 2011
Great sweetness/burnt/hop. It is what a BIPA (? is that how we are going to abbreviate it?) should be. Palate is a bit off and no sediment on the bottom (excluding an odd chunk...bottle was rested for a few weeks). Aroma is a bit disappointing, smells a bit like a macro stout...not much hop aroma coming through for me. Flavor as parts might be less than desired, but as a whole it delivers. A bit pricey, but for "exciting SF beer week specials" that is understandable. Worth shipping down from Alaska. The score is lowered by low carbonation and weak smell. When did Black IPA become an official style? Those arrogant bastards over at Stone get to claim creating a style with Aniv. #11? wow. Also, isn’t this a BDIPA? Another new beer style?

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2011
dusty and dirty milk powder yeast on top of medium-light roast and dank and green hops in the nose. char and soy heavy in the finish with a syrupy malt texture. dirty yeast (freshly opened yeast packet) and somewhat soggy hop flavors (mold, cooked greens, must) and drabby black patent licorice/soy sauce/char. not all that interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2011
Served on tap at the OTM Tasting Room. The appearance is a nice black hue with a off white head. The aromas are pine hops, rich malts, and chocolate. The flavors are very malty. A lot of nice roast and grain flavors ride a clean earthy/pine hop profile. The mouth is nicely carbonated with a touch of creaminess to the brew. A great black IPA.


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