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RATINGS: 186   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (4077) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle at Cotteridge wine convention; hazy almost black pour with a thin creamy light tan head, chocolate and jam aroma, taste has dark fruits, chocolate malts, bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (3655) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle at cotteridge tasting 24/1/15, cheers Leighton!
ruby brown, warming fruity chocolate, fruity orange, chalk, slick mouthfeel, cocoa, bitter savoury slight marmite

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5046) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle from City Beer, SF. Dark brown with a beige head. Marcipane, vanilla, burnt caramel and molasses aromas and flavours. Sweet malts are nicely balanced, but still this beer reminds me more of a Sticke than a black IPA. Good, though.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1819) - Earth, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bomber picked up on sale for $6.99 instead of $12.99. I stopped purchasing MS years ago because they’re all overpriced, but snagged this when I saw it for 1/2 off. Again, pretty good beer, nice and roasty toasty with hints of burnt cocoa and hops, big hoppy backend, but would never pay $11-$13 for.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"a fairly well done beer that just didn’t quite stack up to the big boys. given MS’s penchant for charging double digits for their bottles, probably not something i’ll try on it’s own. medium roasted character and bittering floral hops well balanced. tasty, but lacks the wow factor."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2453) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2014
22oz bottle from Craftshack (received 6 months old) Pours black in color with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, rich caramel, roasted malt, and syrupy pine. Taste of burnt malts, peanut brittle, dark chocolate, and pine.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Draft sampler pour at Face to Face Beerfest ( f2f.org ): Characterized as a very solid and smooth Russian Imperial Stout. Told it was brewed and bottle in January--- tastes about right: any fresh-hop character and char gone.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3432) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pour is a black with a tan head that slowly grew over the edge of the glass. Like a nitro beer. Aroma is decent roasted malt with a bit of sugar and hops. Flavor is a pretty darn good roasted malt with plenty of coffee. Finish leaves a nice roast on the tongue with a slick oily mouthfeel. The only thing I did not like is that the hops are way in the backround. This is all about the dark malt and could even be listed as a strong porter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
digrod (112) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Pours black with foamy white head. Aromas of roasted chestnuts, grapes, a little smoke. Tastes of prunes, earthy tones, kind of sweet and sticky (toffee perhaps). Finished a tad smoky and dry. Really good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larryLSB (456) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
On tap at City Beer in San Francisco. Dark, almost black brown, with a small light tan head. Sweet malty nose, hints of chocolate, somewhat balanced sweet taste. Enjoyable


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