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RATINGS: 171   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kcorum10 (325) - 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 (2579) - 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 (544) - 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 (2073) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Hoppy pine aroma. Taste is sweet pine tire, with some soapy after taste

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6027) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3/21/13. 22oz bottle thanks to bitbucket. Deep brown black pour with a nice khaki head. Rich American hop aroma - citrus, pine, dank, and more - with a balanced dose of maltiness and roast. The flavor follows suit and adds a nice bitterness. Delish.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BK7 (733) - Turner, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bomber. Citrus, roasted malts and chocolate. Bitterness throughout. Sweet and silky smooth in the middle. Sharp pine finish. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
birdmachine (165) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - MAR 6, 2013
22 oz bottle poured into an Allagash tulip. Pours oily thick with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, dusty chocolate, stale coffee and faint pine. Taste is mostly roasty, with bitter chocolate, not a whole lot of hops here, but maybe hidden beneath everything else. The mouth is pretty luscious and creamy that I can dig. Lingering tastes of stale coffee and chocolate. Not quite sure what the intention in flavor was here, but I probably had an old bottle. There are other better Black IPAs out there

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2013
Draft @ City Beer, San Francisco, CA. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter chocolate aroma. Roasted malty coffee chocolate flavor with piney hoppy bitter hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate hoppy bitter piney finish.


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