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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 87   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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4.8
ads135 (5010) - Omaha, Nebraska, 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
TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, 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
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
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
wchesser (2140) - 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.


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