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RATINGS: 165   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Tasted on 12/18/10 from a bomber bottle purchased in Sitka, Alaska, bottle date is the first week of January. Pours nearly black amber with an average tan head that leaves bubbly lace. The nose is molasses and coffee up front with tons of roasted notes and a good amount of resin hops. The flavor starts off with dark chocolate and roasted coffee with a lot of molasses, and finishing with resin hops bitterness. The body is light with average carbonation and a long bitter chocolate finish. I know that this beer is called an IPA, but at a year old it is drinking very nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Dark chocolate malt with good citrus hop presence. Solid for Midnight Sun but nothing too amazing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9940) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown color featuring a substantial amount of reddish hue, with a thin layer of tan foam. S: The nose is not all that much like other Black (D)IPAs I’ve come across. Fairly roasty with a bit of coffee, dark chocolate, and smoke. The hops are rather woody, and not the usual resinous piney sort. T: Again, this beer leans more towards the "black" part of the name rather than the IPA. Soft roast notes along with some coffee and hints of smoke. The hops are subtle, providing a bit of bitterness and citrus flavor. M: The body is slightly watery with a moderate level of carbonation. D: This was a total miss for me. I usually enjoy this style and Midnight Sun has made some pretty nice beers, but I can’t say this is one of them.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6523) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Courtesy of juiceisloose. Thanks Justin! Bomber pours mahogany with ruby edges and mocha head. The aroma has some dark roasted malts, nice earthiness, some tangerine, apricot and an earthy roasty black tea like sense. The taste is similar with dark roasted malts, some spicy hops, a little bit of chocolate, a pleasing level of earthiness and some grapefruit too. Into the finish hop resin and a modest level of dark roasted malts help dry this out into the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2069) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 23, 2010
Draft at Brouwer’s Hopfest. Clean dark pour, foamy/soapy head. Nose is deep robust hop.. thick. Not fresh, huge stout malts. Oatmeal-y stout body with crush of round bittering hopes. Finishes full and balanced. Terrific, probably the best black ipa i’ve had. Amazing fresh hoping for such a dark and moody beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010
On tap at Brouwer’s Hopfest 2010. Pours black with a light tan head. Big, skunky hops on the nose, with some bittersweet chocolate. Flavor follows suit. Thick, but clean - nice bitter aftertaste, too. Good stuff! Certainly one of the best black IPAs I’ve had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
On tap at The Taphouse, pours dark brown/black with a small head. Aroma of light hops, some roasted flavours and a bit of smoke. Flavour of nuts, wood, roastiness and somewhat bitter hops that lingers. Excellent brew.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2010
22oz bottle, thanks to suzygreenberg for the MS hookup a while ago. Black as night pour with nice off white lacing. Malts are really roasted in this one, but I love the aromas of citrus in the background. I expect this to be a little more bitter and it is, kinda nails it in the finish. Complex and delicious, for sure the best black ipa style ive had, especially with no boozy notes. Solid offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2010
On tap @ Tap House. Clear dark red, almost black pour, with a short head which leaves a dense, fine lace. Coffee and bitter chocolate flavors, medium body, minimal carbonation. Bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Wow, I’m ticking a lot of Black IPAs (aka CDAs) recently. This was a very good and interesting one. Pours deep, dark reddish-brown with a substantial light tan head and some good lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty and smoky with chocolate, caramel, citrus, pine, and resin. The flavor is really unique. If I had to describe it, I’d say it’s like a scotch ale/porter/DIPA hybrid. A little smoky and maybe even peaty with huge caramel malt, chocolate, roast, orange/grapefruit, pine, and resinous hops. The palate is full of hop resins, with medium-full body and average carbonation. A success for Midnight Sun if you ask me. Really breaks the mold for this emerging style.


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