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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
SHIG (3785) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle: Poured a dirty black with reddish clearing hints to the edges. Aroma is edgy with hops filling the nose, yet loads of malts (chocolate, roast, caramel?). Taste is gritty with huge hops, sprinkles of chocolate and coffee keep it balanced along with malts. Very warming to the palate throughout.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (9190) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2012
Big beer, very tasty and well integrated roast and citrus hops. The hops rule, the roast is substantive and yet not obtrusive. Trade with Andrew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6343) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2012
Bomber bottle and served in Stone IRS snifter: Pour deep brown with some amber highlight around the edges, some frothy off-white head, okay lace. The aroma has notes of resiny, piney, and grassy hops. Heavy roast and toast malts, moderate char and some biscuit. Minimal fruit sans a touch of plum. The taste is straight forward hop bitterness, light coffee, and moderate roasted malts. A tad ashy and a bit boozy on the finish. The mouth feel is brisk and aggressive, if the finish was cleaner i would jizz in my pants. A damn nice brew, one of better of the genre I have tried so far. Methinks an oaked version would rox sox.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1911) - 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 (2827) - 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 (4474) - 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 (14380) - 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 (4185) - 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 (3487) - 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


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