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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3963) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle from wavers and one on the Philly RBSG bus. Thanks! Dark brown with a sudsy tan head. Nose shows notes of pine, roast, cocoa, coffee, some caramel sweetness. Flavor is very bitter and ashy, ending with a dose of boozy caramel. Oily, slick body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8780) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle on RBSG bus. Pours black. Brown head. Nose/taste of licorice, hops, dark caramel, chocolate malt, grass, dark resins and light pipe tobacco. Full mouth feel. Delicious brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (15840) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2011
15th May 2009
Opaque black beer with a short lived creamy tan head. Soft palate. Semi dry. An aroma and taste of grassy hops. Smooth dry malt rides alongside. Reminded by strongly of ’Dark Hops’ by ’Beer Here’ but this is just a tad better. Smoother.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31628) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malty and solid hoppy. Dense pine and almost liqourice to dark caramelish malty flavoured. Bitter, dark roasted malty and solid hoppy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6249) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle on the RBSG bus trip. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Herbal and earthy hoppy aroma with some light roasty notes. The flavor has hard roasted malts, chocolate, and bitter floral and earthy hops. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2527) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Thanks to whoever brought this on the bus at RBSG. Pours out dark brown with a small off white head. Aroma is of lots of juicy citrus hops, and some roasty dark malt notes, and some tobacco. Taste is of lots of citrus hops, light pine, roast, light coffee and a bitter finish. Very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4096) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Shared by turdferguson. Pours dark chocolaty black with one finger of tan head. Citrusy and piny hops with some roast and chocolate. Smooth chocolaty flavor with a resinous oily hop character. Rich and full bodied with a low carbonation and residual bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bomber from Northwest Liquid Gold. I think this bottle had just a smidge too much age when I got it via mail order, as it wasn’t quite the hop explosion I expected. But overall this really didn’t matter very much. The pour was big, dark, and oily, with a prickly two-finger pale head. Nice sticky retention seems to capture what’s going on in the flavors. Big nose of strong roasted and chocolate malts, with dry, bitter hops merging well. Mouthfeel is sumptuous, a bit oily, thick and well carbonated. The malt forward flavors suite the creamy mouthfeel, but there are still (happily) plenty of citric explosions. Quite nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6695) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours black with a nice tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is a hearty chocolate and treacle flavor with a bitter citrus finish. The flavors work well together and this is one of the better examples black dipa.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GMCC2181 (1513) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Bottle from HH22... Pours a nice black color...good head... Smells like chocolate, burnt roasted malts and some hops... Taste is a nice well balanced black ipa... Usually not a big fan of these but this is nice... More of a hopped up stout. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, nice hop bite in the after taste. Really easy to drink.... Alcohol well hidden for a 8.5 percent brew. Medium body, on the creamier side. Very easy to drink. Thanks tim. Nice brew


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