Specialty Beer XXX Black Double IPA - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Kuaff:
4.34/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
The appearance is really quite fantastic. It's not the blackest of blacks, as it becomes a dark transparent brown when there's only a little left in the glass, but it's pretty darn black. The head is a good three or four fingers of light brown, billowy, fine foam with an aggressive pour.
It smells like a perfect blend of an imperial stout and a double IPA. The sweet, malty, slight chocolate aroma of a stout is there, but there's also that familiar strong hoppy smell. The stout characteristics remind me a quite a lot of the aroma of Old Raputin, which is a very good thing.
The taste does the same thing the smell does! This is my first black ale (or black DIPA, if you prefer), and it really is an amalgamation of a stout and an IPA. It's got that roasty, choclate after-taste, but also the juicy hop tanginess of a really good double IPA. I didn't know such a wicked fusion as this was possible...
I think it wouldn't have hurt for this to be a tad bit more carbonated, but this is just knit-picking. It's kind of thin, and very drinkable for being 8.5% ABV.
Overall, this is outstanding. A marvelous combination of two of my favorite styles which I think really has to be tried to be believed.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2013 03:46:01 | More by Kuaff
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 02:12:50 | More by MDDMD
3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at City a Beer Store San Francisco. Dark black color, looks like a stout. Aroma is mildly hoppy but mostly just dark malts. Flavor is more if the same. In fact this really felt like strong porter more than a black IPA which was fine with me as J didn't feel like the hops conflicted with the malts. Decent beer.
Serving type: on-tap
05-04-2014 15:37:37 | More by ArrogantB
Specialty Beer XXX Black Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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