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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (7400) - 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 (5016) - , 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle from Grape Expectations, Anchorage. Deep, translucent brown/garnet body, thick beige head. Bitter nose with piny, leafy hops and chocolate. Bitter, leafy hops body with spruce needles backed by dark chocolate and coffee. Bitter finish with warming alcohol notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Midnight sun xxx double black ipa...fink’s dad on 4/14/11. Straight from AK! Porter color with a soft tannish ow head 4/5 A = choco, roast, ash, some pine hops, oniony, oak, coffee-nuttiness,citrus F is the same... Very dry, ash on the finish...almost numbing, noticed pronounced cocoa nibs...tons of hops! But not overly bitter8/4/8/4/16+

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and citrus hops. This has to be one of the better Black IPA’s I have had. Good thick flavor of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt blended with a fair amount of citrus hops. Well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle shared with a guy from our local facebook beer group. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of citrusy hops and dark chocolate. Full bodied with a slick texture. Flavor of dark chocolate and dark roasted malts, countered by a firm citrusy bitterness. I usually don’t like my black IPAs this roasty, but it works here for some reason.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2011
750ml bottle shared at Dstructo/Daknole tasting. Been looking forward to trying this beer for a while. It was just..ehh. For a black IPA there wasn’t much hop presence in the aroma or flavor. Was a tad sweet with hints of licorice. Not too bad but nothing special either.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11321) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2011
on tap @Toronado-pours a retaining tight tan head with heavy lacing and black color. Aroma is chocolate-dark malt, some wood/pine. Taste is chocolate/cocoa/very roasty-dark malt, some wood/pine/spice hops. Drying finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10037) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2011
brown pour. Alcohol forward, acetone, hops, caramel. Flavor is sweet and hoppy. Some toffee notes too


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