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Specialty Beer XXX Black Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Specialty Beer XXX Black Double IPASpecialty Beer XXX Black Double IPA

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89
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 28
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

This Specialty Beer Black Double IPA celebrates Specialty Imports' success in importing and distributing the world's best wines and beers to the appreciative folks in Alaska. This "Specialty Beer" brings together smooth, dark malts with intense aromatic hops to create a wonderfully balanced yet committed-to-flavor ale.

87 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2009)
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Ego

New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

a beer inspired by current events

eyes...
talking head... sizzling really, nice deep cocoa tone running about one finger thick, nearly jet black presentation, the head sticks and rolls around well, good uniform bubble construction, a formidable looking beer

nose...
pretty hoppy.. but smoky-ish, really bright stinging hops with almost a porter blanket underneath, definite molasses, not sure I love it but it is damn interesting

taste etc...
ummm, velvety... like a really malty DIPA with a roasty kick, some bitterness that blends more into the euro chocolate zone, nice roasty undertones that meld into hops coated in molasses then meld into bitterness that almost spikes medicinal (almost), the abv also seems to hit harder than what is listed on the bottle

verdict?
tasty, I can't say I love the hybrid but this is an interesting and well made brew. worth a try

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 05:11:54 | More by Ego
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4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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A-dark brown black color with a nice light tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, pine, citrus, chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, citrus, chocolate, coffee, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth but with a bite

O-one of the better black IPAs (in this case DIPA), harmonious blend of flavors

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Specialty Beer XXX Black Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.