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RATINGS: 185   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6569) - 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 (770) - 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 (221) - 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 (18351) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (799) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
This beautifully dark black beer has a roasted malty aroma. It really hits you with the hoppy bitterness but finishes with a complex smooth coffee aftertaste. I'm not a huge fan of IPA but this is a good beer I would choose to have again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3631) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Fairly priced bottle purchased on ebay in early ’11 before it got shut down. Poured very deep brown, nearly black. Lacing and head were average. Aromas of pine resin, roasted and sweet malts, wood, and ginger. Taste was lots of citrus hops, light cocoa or coffe, and creamy but smoked malts. Really good coating on the tongue. Medium body, light carbonation. Nice black ipa from Midnight Sun but I prefer the blacks that have no roast or sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3956) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Tap. Pours opaque black with a small tan head. Aroma is light with notes of roasted malt, pine, perhaps coffee. Flavor is about the same, hop presence more through bitterness than specific aromatics. Kind of a hoppy porter with roasty and chocolate notes, but no real coffee. Full bodied, creamy mouth feel. Light , medium bitterness. nice beer on its own merits, not the best example of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (2783) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle shared by mdfb79. Thanks Dan! The beer is a dark brown hue with 1/4" or so of tan head and sparse lacing. The aroma consists of roasted malt, with pine and citrus hops. The flavor brings some nice chocolate, with a healthy dose of roasted malt. The hops get lost in the shuffle here, as they are overshadowed by roast and chocolate. The finish has some of the hop bitterness I was hoping for, along with a lingering chocolaty roast. Overall, this was a decent brew, but a bit out of balance, as again, the hops were buried in the flavor too much. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-12-2011

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Beer pours very dark brown with a massive, totally retained tan colored head. Aroma is dicotomous. Very roasy, maltly with a fabulous hop spruce aroma. Very yummy smelling. Flavor is sweet and bitter. This is going to one of my highest ratings since going bonkers for Alpha Klaus years back. This is a helleva good beer IMO. Thanks so much to my wife for bringing it back from Alaska for me. xoxo

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4942) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2012
Deep dark brown coloured body with a deep amber/lighter brown bottom and a nice, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, earth, citrus and piney hops and a decent amount of caramel and alcohol. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasty malt with perhaps a touch of peat in the mix with a lot of deep earthy and piney hops that balance out the deep malt. Aftertaste shows a great complexity with the cereal and roasty malt battling out but in the end, losing to the deep earthy and citrusey hop flavour that is huge. Sweetness also fights it out with bitterness and alcohol but the bitterness prevails. Overall, a very well crafted and complex beer that shows very well - nice to have this one, as always from the last Frontier state. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Brown Jug (Old Seward) in Anchorage, Alaska on 18-June-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 12-June-2012.


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