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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


BK7's rating

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BK7 (693) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5553) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2014
Pretty awesome beer at ABV Taproom in Hillsboro. Pours a jet black color with a medium tan head. A big chocolate nose, resin and fruity hops. The flavor is berries, chocolates, resin, hell some weed in this, earthy dry bite in the tail. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjgmd (1224) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bomber. Pours a thick black color with a small java head. Nose is well balanced hops and malt, with some dark black licorice. Taste is burnt charcoal, quite bitter without any real sweetness. Finishes boldly and strongly on the same tasting notes with a moderately long finish. Quaff Score 7 / 10

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zgaier (1181) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2014
Pours black with a brown head and aroma of hops, grapefruit, and light roasted malt. Taste is bitter, of hops, grapefruit, and pine with roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate into the bitter finish. Nice black IPA

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark black pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, roast, coffee, hints of chocolate, pine, grass. Taste is a mix of cocoa, roast, coffee, slight pine, orange, hints of grain, finishing slightly spicy, dry, bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2701) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Dark mahogany pour with a small latte head. Decent amount of hop bitterness, grapefruit, and lemon zest, but the dark malt, caramel, and even notes of coffee interfere with the bright leafy citrus I was hoping for. Solid but not exceptional.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (342) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
Brune très foncé aux reflets rougeâtres. Torréfié. Chocolat. Café corsé. Fruité. Cerise. Anis. Sucré. Caramel brûlé. Fruit séché (dattes. Raisin sec). Vanillé. Légèrement fumé. Finale métallique un peu décevante mais reste une très bonne bière.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (265) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle to glass. A couple months old. Pours a very dark brown to black color with a frothy light brown head and a small amount of lacing. Aroma of burnt malts, coffee bitters, and light piney hops. Flavor moderately burnt bitter with some dark malt sweetness. Not much hops present in the flavor. Medium body, a bit too heavy for a black ipa. Lingering burnt flavor in the finish. Good, but wish I would have had it a bit more fresh.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (5659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
XXX??? ... kinky .. . . bottle .. . pours a deep brown .. mild foam head, solid lacing .. . roast grass .. . pretty nice beer but nothing special .. . . thug life didn’t choose me, my mom picked it out. It was on sale at sears.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Black pour, light tan head, some lace/retention. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, caramel, chocolate, roast. Medium bodied, moderate to high bitterness, primarily from hops. Very smooth despite some aggressive flavors.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (4083) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle from City Beer, consumed in a hotel room in SF in February 2014. (my first one from this brewery) Black with a creamy tan head. Nicely balanced with hops, grapefruit, roasted malt and some licorice. Smooth and nicely drinkable. An excellent Black IPA.


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