Midnight Sun Specialty Imports 30th Anniversary Black Double IPA Oak Aged

RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Specialty Imports 30th Anniversary Specialty Beer aged in oak barrels for several months. This "Specialty Beer" brings together smooth, dark malts with intense aromatic hops to create a wonderfully balanced yet committed-to-flavor ale. Then this ale was aged in oak barrels for several months." The original non-barrel-aged version of this beer was released in January 2009.

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peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Thank you Ira. Frothy snowdrift tan head with resinous lacing. Aroma is light bitter pine behind semi-roasted, caramel heavy and slightly charred sweet malt. Taste is medium bitter hops and pine up front followed by a mellow caramel, light roasted malt, slight char, and sweet malt character. I usually do not like malt heavy, relatively lightly hopped strong ale type beers but Midnight Sun really pulled it all together with this beer. Great easy sipping heavily malted beer with some hop bite.

Sledutah (8126) - Utah, USA - MAR 28, 2011
22oz bottle generously shared by Mike, thanks
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium sized beige head and some lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate and pine
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and pine resin
Nice and balanced.

douglas88 (9890) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Bomber brought back from the Great White North by Mike, thanks man. Pours a pure black color with a medium white head. A lovely nose of wood and sweet citrus hops. A very good Black IPA flavor; intense sweet hops, some pine, light bitterness, the oak is massive, it adds a depth and rounds out the flavors a bit. I’m digging this style a lot lately, and this was a great example.

jgb9348 (6723) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Didn’t know this was so rare - I would have saved it for a specialer occasion! Very dark brown coloured body, showing some brown near the bottom with a perfect, dense, tall (three centimetre tall) light brown head that leaves a nitrogenated looking lace - crazy. Aroma of fresh hops, caramel, pine, malt, coriander seed, coffee and a bit more hops - a very complex mix of a lot of nice smells. Full-bodied; Dense, thick roasty malt gives way to a nice potent piney and herbal hop flavour with a little caramel, some nuts and a touch of oak and pit fruits near the end. Aftertaste shows a slight metallic note, some light coffee and chocolate even, a little roasty malt flavour, a lot of hops and even more of an alcohol kick. Sweetness and pit fruits finish it off nicely. Overall, a very very complex beer that bridges the gap between an Imperial IPA, Black IPA, American Strong and a Baltic Porter all in one. A very nice beer and definitely worthwhile to try, if you can find it, that is. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Brown Jug in Anchorage, Alaska on 23-June-2010, sampled at home in Washington a day after coming back from the other new state (Hawaii) on 09-March-2011.

MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Dark translucent sepia, thin tip white head. Bit of oak, acetyldehyde, caramel. Very bitter thin flavor, light paper and caramel, a used up, oxidized bitterness. Thin, salty, sticking body. Didn’t enjoy this one at all, clashing throughout.

GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
651mL thanks to CaptainCougar. The pour is perfect like the non oaked version: an ultra deep ruby with a giant yellow head with a sheen and rocky top and leaving big sticky, sheety lace. Aroma here was a big letdown. Instead of rich chocolate and hops I can only get red apples and oxidation. Taste is earthy, dirty, some odd plastic character thankfully moving to simply cocoa and peppery hops. Palate is bitter, softly carbonated, definitely still 100+ IBUs. But greatly inferior to the non oaked version.

BeerandBlues2 (14515) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours clear black with a large, creamy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, toasted, dark fruit), heavy hops (earthy, herbal, grassy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of lactic, prune, grapes, raisin, and leather. Flavor is heavy malt (caramel, hay, straw, toasted, dark fruit), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (fruity) with notes of lactic, prune, raisin, wood, and leather. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.

EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Tropical fruits and hops on the noise. Citrus and hops flavor. Notes of apple and peach. Roasty with a bitter finish. Some chocolate notes. Not bad.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle: Pours an opaque black with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a toasty oaky nose with a fresh piny hoppiness and some lightly sweet dark caramel malt. Starts with pretty good fullness and light black malty sweetness with a smooth fresh bittering hop presence and toasted oak before a drier crisp finish. Smooth, complex and dangerously drinkable. A very good black double IPA.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2011
22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Small beige head atop clear red-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, oak, grapefruit, light roast. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, oak, light caramel. Medium body, some resin, light stickiness. Nice double IPA, but other than the color, not experiencing much black ipa-ness.

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