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RATINGS: 188   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (7084) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2756) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Thanks to whoever brought this on the bus at RBSG. Pours out dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma is of lots of juicy citrus hops, and some roasty dark malt notes, and some tobacco. Taste is of lots of citrus hops, light pine, roast, light coffee and a bitter finish. Very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4407) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Shared by turdferguson. Pours dark chocolaty black with one finger of tan head. Citrusy and piny hops with some roast and chocolate. Smooth chocolaty flavor with a resinous oily hop character. Rich and full bodied with a low carbonation and residual bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bomber from Northwest Liquid Gold. I think this bottle had just a smidge too much age when I got it via mail order, as it wasn’t quite the hop explosion I expected. But overall this really didn’t matter very much. The pour was big, dark, and oily, with a prickly two-finger pale head. Nice sticky retention seems to capture what’s going on in the flavors. Big nose of strong roasted and chocolate malts, with dry, bitter hops merging well. Mouthfeel is sumptuous, a bit oily, thick and well carbonated. The malt forward flavors suite the creamy mouthfeel, but there are still (happily) plenty of citric explosions. Quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7680) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours black with a nice tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a hearty chocolate and treacle flavor with a bitter citrus finish. The flavors work well together and this is one of the better examples black dipa.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMCC2181 (1554) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle from HH22... Pours a nice black color...good head... Smells like chocolate, burnt roasted malts and some hops... Taste is a nice well balanced black ipa... Usually not a big fan of these but this is nice... More of a hopped up stout. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, nice hop bite in the after taste. Really easy to drink.... Alcohol well hidden for a 8.5 percent brew. Medium body, on the creamier side. Very easy to drink. Thanks tim. Nice brew

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12596) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours very dark brown with a slight creamy/bubbly tan head. Nice aromas of floral/fruity hop over chocolate? Med plus body. Flavor is fruity hop over some rather chocolatey very toasted/burnt malt. There’s a lot of flavor here. Tastes good.

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 (1517) - 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 (2879) - 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)


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