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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
6oz pour from the brewpub. Dark brown mahogany edges, thin head. Aroma of citrus, roast, some odd earthy/wooden notes . Taste is decent, citrusy, not too much roast, molasses. Not bad but did not wow me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012

Date: January 01, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, lots of hops, sweet pine and citrus
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, bitter dark chocolate, sweet pine, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2763) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2012
at GABBF 2012. Good aroma, sweet and spiced. Yeasty, smokey, ashy thing going on, chocolate, kind of burnt grain. Blackish brown color, ok head and lace. Bitter sweet flavor, Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Good beer, nice mix witht he yeast and roasted malts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4423) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Appearance: Pours out a befitting black body with a small, sudsy, light beige head.

Smell: Dark chocolate paired with toast and robust roast, though what I’ll call a laid back roast character. Hop accents of citrus peel and temperate wood resins.

Taste: A bite of chocolate of bitter variety followed by a sip of espresso delivering a full roastiness without breeding any astringency. Soothed by some sweet, helpful caramel. Hoppiness bringing about some florals, citrus, and light resins. Medium-light bitterness. Just the right amount of alcohol warmth. Fairly dry finish with a lingering bitterness, still quite light.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: An agreeable black ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13465) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Draft at GAaBBF. Dark murky brown color. Aroma of pine and chocolate. Taste is bitter coffee grounds. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4176) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle... Poured near black with a big forming, off-white/khaki head. This ’09 bottling had a nice mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. A little bit of oxidization and big sweetness. Some residual hop spice and resinous but hardly bitterness. It’s odd to rate a two year version of the beer, but I thought it was still exceptional for this unorthodox sampling.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
bottle... had high hopes for this but got to it a bit old, solid but nothing to track down at this point

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (7037) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy and my neighbour Steve. Very dark brown pour, medium tan head, lacy legs. Perfectly balanced between bitter hard roasted malt and coniferous, leafy green hops. Both elements are in balance, each complimenting the other. Early on I thought I could detect a little smoke, but deeper into the glass I lost this to the fragrant hops. The burnt malt was ever-present, never lost to the hops. To me, this beer exemplifies what I feel is the ideal representation of the style: an equal balance of quality roast and fresh hops, without one being eclipsed by the other, and without any clumsy superfluous elements. Fantastic.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Dan. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip. Currently the #24 American Black Ale. Reviewed from my tasting sheet. Pours nearly black with a small tan head, not much lacing, and a thin collar throughout. The nose carries some good resinous pine and roast plus some earthiness in the background. The flavor drops off with the roast coming through too much and not bringing enough hops. Mouthfeel is very dry, though it tastes like it’s coming from the roast rather than hops and bitterness, which isn’t ideal. A bit of a disappointment from a brewery that’s normally dead on with its beers. Serving type: bottle

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
In short: A splendid roasted and very hoppy Black IPA. Archetypical example of the style
How: Bottle 22oz. Shared by yopdog in the RBSG 2011 bus tour
The look: Near black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nice roasted nose with a tiny bit of smoke along with a strong herbal and slightly piney resinous hops presence. Taste is roasted malts with low sweetness sensation, unsweetened black chocolate, a bit of coffee, burnt toasts, assertive hopping with a medium long-lasting bitterness. Nothing fruity, no molasses, etc. This beer is simply roast and hops, but this simplicity works so well here. One of the best Black IPA I’ve ever had. Every time I’m about give up on this style comes a superb beer like this one that renew my love for this controversial style. Anyway I was drinking from this bottle at 10am, first of many bottles/growlers during the RBSG bus trip. I usually don’t drink that early, I usually try to avoid drinking beer early in the morning because I want to avoid being drunk while the tattoo shops are still opened.


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