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RATINGS: 171   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.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (2921) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 25, 2013
A transcendent black IPA. Perfect blend of hops and malts. Roasted, chocolatey, with a pine aroma. Picked this up in Juneau in 2011.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Beer pours very dark brown with a massive, totally retained tan colored head. Aroma is dicotomous. Very roasy, maltly with a fabulous hop spruce aroma. Very yummy smelling. Flavor is sweet and bitter. This is going to one of my highest ratings since going bonkers for Alpha Klaus years back. This is a helleva good beer IMO. Thanks so much to my wife for bringing it back from Alaska for me. xoxo

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2010
22oz bottle, thanks to suzygreenberg for the MS hookup a while ago. Black as night pour with nice off white lacing. Malts are really roasted in this one, but I love the aromas of citrus in the background. I expect this to be a little more bitter and it is, kinda nails it in the finish. Complex and delicious, for sure the best black ipa style ive had, especially with no boozy notes. Solid offering.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madvermin (86) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Poured this one to kick start the super bowl festivities, and boy did it get things going. Appeared jet black, with a nice grayish head that was not ample, but certainly held its own. No tinges of color on the sides, even when held in the light. Lacing was phenomenal - this one was a great looking beer. Smell was of roasted malt, toasted grain, coffee, and some non-specific hop bitterness. It was crisp while still being full bodied in terms of aroma, although the lack of a specific hop smell was a bit off-putting. Taste more than made up for that though, with an awesome combination of strong roasted coffee and a clean hop bitter body. Toasted grain and dark chocolate fight an ongoing battle with an awesome leafy, earthy bitterness that doesn’t quit. Finish is a fantastic blend of black coffee and hops, both of which end bitter, that leaves your mouth semi-parched and aching for more. Really a fantastic, chewy beer in terms of texture, and coated the palate like a champ. Drinkability was great too, as you couldn’t taste the abv at all, and each sip led you to want that next one. Finest beer I’ve had thus far from Midnight Sun, and that’s saying something.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 This is for the oak aged version. 2010 edition. Bomber at Spenard’s Roadhouse, Anchorage, AK. Roasted coffee and dried red fruit (rhubarb and strawberries). Very dark slightest magenta on the edges-appears like a medium-heavy porter, but mouthfeel is thinner and not as plush. Alcohol shows a bit strong but otherwise great balance. Mouth watering bitterness and a long, full palate. Terrific winter warmer. If Great Divide’s Hibernation and HUB’s Abominable had a baby it would be freaky and beautiful, and it would look a lot like this wunderkind. >Update: Just had a bottle of the 2010 edition last night (non-barrel aged). Give it: 7/4/8/4/16. Darker brown without as much red. Some roasted coffee notes and hop resin on nose and clean hop finish. Nice beer-wish I could get it in CO.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Black with a creamy off white head. Beautiful floral chocolate caramel and orange aroma. Orange and chocolate up front immediately replaced by a big bitter bite and finishing with a dry earthy hoppy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (1812) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Feb ’11. Bomber, labeled as the XXX IPA rather than the 30th anniversary (and thus fresh).

As far as I’m concerned, Midnight Sun has invented a new style here, the Dank Porter.

Black pour, insane lacing. Nose of cacao-dusted candied grapefruit and pineapple. Lovely roasty flavor, with a sticky-sweet aroma that takes me back to the 1970’s pinball arcades of an unnamed liberal midwestern oasis. I’m sitting here bacheloring it with a half-eaten pizza and this beer and an old jangling alt-country record. Simple pleasures for simple minds, maybe, but it doesn’t get better ’round these parts.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
poured into my kids cinderella plastic sippy cup. Huge overflowing tan head, big ass chunky bubbles. Smell was malt dominated, a smoky maltiness. Taste was more porter than ipa, but what do i know. Nice sweet mouthfeel, very drinkable and very smooth at 8.5%. I like this for a one time bomber, and if your into the black IPA’s, solid. I’ve beeen pounding a ton of velvet merkin from firestone and this is a tad hoppier, different style, but pretty much the same. This is top notch if you can find it, ledgers/ berkeley....

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petermethot (26) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Jessica and I both loved this beer. Some Hops with a great malt balance. Wish I had easier access to it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (4905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear very dark brown body, almost black, with a frothy light brown head that left tons of heavy lacing. Beautiful nose: coffee, chocolate, roast, nice bright lightly citrusy hops. This almost seems like a very hoppy strong Porter. The flavor is dry, roasty, lots of coffee, chocolate malt, and has a moderately bitter citrusy hoppiness. Reminds me of certain coffees that have a citrusy component on the finish. Lingering roasty and coffee finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice level of soft light fizzy carbonation. Lingering green raw hoppy finish. Very natural feeling carbonation. Not normally a fan of Black IPAs, but this one was exceptional. I’m glad I drank this when I did, this is one that shouldn’t sit around.


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