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RATINGS: 188   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (35959) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2013
Draft @ City Beer, San Francisco, CA. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty hoppy bitter chocolate aroma. Roasted malty coffee chocolate flavor with piney hoppy bitter hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate hoppy bitter piney finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (18660) - , 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16394) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14327) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge Convention 2014. Picked up at New Beer Distributors in NYC. Pours clear, deep brown with a creamy tan cap. The nose holds some old burnt pine, citrus rind and light cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with bittersweet chocolate, earth, dry pine and orange rind. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Bitter finish with further cocoa, scorched earth, more citrus rind, burnt wood. Good stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13603) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown color featuring a substantial amount of reddish hue, with a thin layer of tan foam. S: The nose is not all that much like other Black (D)IPAs I’ve come across. Fairly roasty with a bit of coffee, dark chocolate, and smoke. The hops are rather woody, and not the usual resinous piney sort. T: Again, this beer leans more towards the "black" part of the name rather than the IPA. Soft roast notes along with some coffee and hints of smoke. The hops are subtle, providing a bit of bitterness and citrus flavor. M: The body is slightly watery with a moderate level of carbonation. D: This was a total miss for me. I usually enjoy this style and Midnight Sun has made some pretty nice beers, but I can’t say this is one of them.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12864) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle split at the Cotteridge Convention, big thanks to LKS, 24/01/15. Light black with a decent tan covering. Nose is pine, earthy hop, dark maltings, cocoa rub, red berries, toffee. Taste comprises pine needle, treacle toffee, light charr, chocolate, bitter citric peel. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent boozey sequel CAN but there’s plenty out there that deliver more for less !

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12577) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours very dark brown with a slight creamy/bubbly tan head. Nice aromas of floral/fruity hop over chocolate? Med plus body. Flavor is fruity hop over some rather chocolatey very toasted/burnt malt. There’s a lot of flavor here. Tastes good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2009
(22oz. bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and light cocoa. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, and hops (grapefruit, herbal). Excellent!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11586) - 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.


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