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RATINGS: 166   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (956) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle served in a tulip. Pours dense dark cola with a short khaki head. Decent retention, sparse lace. Earthy hops, cereal malt, and chocolate roast. Nice start. Medium-plus sweet flavor that eases to a solid roast and hop bitterness. Full body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, and a long oily bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BoostIPA (1112) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2013
There’s a lot of roast in this beer, but not a boat load of hops.

Pure jet black with a smallish tan head. Aromas of roast, cock rings and burnt toast. Taste is similar - pierced, tattooed fat girls, roasty malts and a shortage of any hop profile. Perfectly bland.

Not a great beer but I’ll slam it so I can get buzzed quick.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle from Skagway Alaska. Pours an opaque black with nearly no head, even with a vigorous pour. Smell is significant roastiness with a bit of fruity note as well, citrus and pineapple. Palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied and has good carbonation. Taste is quite sweet at first, but has a roasty and slightly bitter buildup before leaving a sweet and roasty aftertaste. Quite nice, though not a revelation.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 25, 2013
A transcendent black IPA. Perfect blend of hops and malts. Roasted, chocolatey, with a pine aroma. Picked this up in Juneau in 2011.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (953) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2013
Pours black with a moderate foam tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, roasted malts. Taste is coffee, chocolate, tropical fruit, malt sweetness. Very well balanced and exceptionally good!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (4553) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized beige head.The aroma had roasted malt, pine, citrus, and a strange kitchen cleaner note that distracted. The flavor was roasted malt, pine and citrus hops, hints of cleaner, soy as it warmed. This was a disappointment from this brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (2839) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
Une grosse bière bien foncée et sa tête mousseuse plutôt petite, crémeuse et beige. Une dentelle qui s’éparpille. Un nez solidement parfumé par les houblons et par les grains noircis. Des notes vertes qui vibrent. De la résine bien collante. De la menthe poivrée et du chocolat. Des malts rôtis, des conifères, des oranges amères et du caramel. Je suis quelque peu impressionné. Un goût intense. Les houblons mitraillent mes papilles. Ma langue est verte et mentholée. J’ai du poivre dans les yeux. Les céréales rôties me bombardent avec allégresse. J’aime beaucoup ce type de souffrance chocolatée. J’ai une dernière impression fruitée : quelque chose comme des mandarines touchées par la magie noire. Sur le palais, un corps bien rond et parfaitement sculpté par des bulles au comportement modéré. La texture reste toujours bien huileuse et presque riche. En finale, une ode aux houblons verts et poivrés avec une amertume maltée bien placée et justement longue. Une bouteille heureuse et très fraîche. Une expérience solide.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle: Pours opaque with a khaki head. Resiny aroma with some roasted fruitiness as well. Burnt raisins and hempy notes. Silky body with a smooth rich roasted black malt flavor, mocha and a rich hempy resiny hop flavor. Balanced, rich, straight forward.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (899) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Bottle opaque black. Nose starts like hop, but followed by chemical, cleaner smell. Taste starts with hint of fruit and pine hop, but immediately replaced with roast and char. Mid palate bitterness and long finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermethot (26) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Jessica and I both loved this beer. Some Hops with a great malt balance. Wish I had easier access to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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