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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle. Black with a toasted malt and hop aroma. A nice hoppy flavor with the complexity of a porter like consistency. A really nice balance between the two styles. It has a nice hop bite at the finish but leaves a flavorful dark malt aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
22oz bottle from the Pizza Port bottle shop. Pours a deep coffee brown / black with a frothy beige head. Big nose of pine, cocoa and roasted malts. Medium hop bitterness on the palate, nice roasty finish. Damn good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
poured into my kids cinderella plastic sippy cup. Huge overflowing tan head, big ass chunky bubbles. Smell was malt dominated, a smoky maltiness. Taste was more porter than ipa, but what do i know. Nice sweet mouthfeel, very drinkable and very smooth at 8.5%. I like this for a one time bomber, and if your into the black IPA’s, solid. I’ve beeen pounding a ton of velvet merkin from firestone and this is a tad hoppier, different style, but pretty much the same. This is top notch if you can find it, ledgers/ berkeley....

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle. Black sweet caramel scent. Dusty chocolate charcoal taste. Big and smooth. Like a black chocolate Christmas treat,

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (1810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Feb ’11. Bomber, labeled as the XXX IPA rather than the 30th anniversary (and thus fresh).

As far as I’m concerned, Midnight Sun has invented a new style here, the Dank Porter.

Black pour, insane lacing. Nose of cacao-dusted candied grapefruit and pineapple. Lovely roasty flavor, with a sticky-sweet aroma that takes me back to the 1970’s pinball arcades of an unnamed liberal midwestern oasis. I’m sitting here bacheloring it with a half-eaten pizza and this beer and an old jangling alt-country record. Simple pleasures for simple minds, maybe, but it doesn’t get better ’round these parts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9690) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of charcoal, earthiness, grapefruit and pine resin. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, earthiness, grapefruit and light pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter roasty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle from Bottle Barn in Norcal. Black pour with off white head. Aroma was roasted coffee and hops. Nice roastiness with nice balanced bitterness. Frothy medium carbonation. Great Black IPA

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2011
22oz. Bomber. Pours a dark brown/black color with almost no head. Nose is chocolate malt and roasted grain with a tiny bit of citrus hop in the background. Flavor is essentially porter like with very few indications that it was intended to be an IPA. Has a toasted grain flavor with some dark chocolate notes and an intensely bitter backbone. There are also some subtle grapefruit hop flavors around, but they are light and dominated by the dry and roasty character of the malts. The palate is soft and a little creamy with strong carbonation. The finish is too harsh with lots of pepper and some burnt tobacco leaf flavors. Overall I found this one a little disappointing and maybe a bit misleading. Not sure how a hoppy porter qualifies as a "double black IPA".

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Tasted at the Triple Rock Sour and Barrel Aged Fest on 2/13/2011. This Imperial Black IPA pours a medium black to dark black color from the tap. Medium sized beige to tan colored head with decent retention. The aroma is roasty malt, chocolate, citrusy hops and fruity. A medium bodied Black IPA. The malts are chocolate, fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and floral. Nice balance. Good carbonation. This beer is somewhere between a hoppy porter or stout and a black IPA. Tasty if a little hard to categorize. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Poured very black, roasted malts, coffee, piney hops, little dark chocolate.


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