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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (1624) - 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 (5922) - 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 (3371) - Candiac, 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 (1237) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1200) - 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 (3808) - 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 (3366) - 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 (1395) - , 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


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