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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1006) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle from city beer. Pours black with eggshell head. Taste is very bitter with a sharp bite of roasted malts. Differently on the dark stout side.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3090) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a smallish tan head on it. Nose has almost some worcestershire sauce on the nose with just a little bit of hoppy bitterness coming through underneath. Taste is bitter and just a little bit roasty, but seems very disconnected from the nose. Very interesting...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2013
On tap at the source... Pours a cola resembling consistency, lesser intense at the edges and topped with a creamy lighter than khaki... Aroma somewhat lacking on the hop front with a bit more malt focus. Anise and cocoa - very light on the citrus...Flavors are a mixture if anise, chocolate, and a green piney citrus bent. Semi-sweet with a slight added bitterness in the backend. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thorongil2 (1078) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2013
(bottle) clear very dark brown colour with a medium tall brown head; aromas of molasses, stewed fruit, hint of metal; rich, balanced flavour with a long light bitter finish

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KegOstertag (92) - - MAY 25, 2013
Drank in tulip from 22oz bottle. Aroma - licorice and molasses aroma. Appearance - dark black and thin. Light froth. Taste - smooth like a light stout or porter. Palate - sweet mouthfeel. Overall - good black ipa. Very drinkable

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kcorum10 (320) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Pours black with thin tan head. Aromas of roasted malt. Flavors of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and a mild earthy bitterness. Very good black IPA. As a matter of fact, one of my favorites!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmytalent (84) - New York, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Pours jet black with a light tan tight creamy head. Aroma of cola and caramel. Strong flavor. Tastes like root beer with notes malt and hops. Awesome finish. Overall great beer and a definite favorite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2356) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2013
Pours dark unclear blackish brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor are both lighter than expected for sure. The aroma brings a light subtle hoppiness, a bit sweet and blended well with roasted malts. Flavor is quite similar, hops fade in and out slowly for sure bringing super smooth brew with no bite at all. Maybe a bit too subtle for my palate, but nice overall.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dhunter151 (477) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
Pours black with a thin tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2013
pours a jet black with a small brown head, and good lacing. smell is of hops, roasted malt, and a touch of cocoa. taste is smooth, chocolate, hops, roasted malt, and some coffee. ends nicely bitter and creamy.


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