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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7419) - 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 (2233) - 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 (4625) - 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 (770) - 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 (8554) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2601) - 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 (4901) - 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,


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