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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.79%
Wants: 29
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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Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 80 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

rudedude985, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Zaximus, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Brewcycler, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of J_Barrett
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

J_Barrett, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Pete27lax
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Pete27lax, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev +0.5%

jakecattleco, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +0.5%

NickThePyro, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of draheim
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a not surprisingly black w/ a 1-finger mocha head, some patchy lacing.

Aroma is simultaneously chocolatey, roasty, and brightly hoppy. Nice piney hops interplay with the chocolate undertones to produce an almost minty quality. Nice.

Taste is likewise a blend of deep bitter roast, bittersweet chocolate, and clean piney hops. Sometimes this combo doesn't work for me, but here it does. I don't detect any alcohol either.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, medium bodied with a crisp bitter finish. Lingering aftertaste.

Overall a really nice, smooth black IPA, right up there with some of the best I've had.

draheim, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Rick778, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of kaseydad
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

kaseydad, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of cherche
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle with a 12/17/2013 date poured into a stemless wine glass

a: pours very dark, almost black with a mocha colored 1 inch head, fades fairly quickly but enough retention for me.

s: hoppy at first followed by a malty, almost porter smell (coffee, cocoa) - not as hoppy as some of my favorite black ipas but the malty, porter smell combined with the hoppiness is a nice combo.

t: similar to the smell, very slight hoppy front end that is then dominated by those porter flavors the smell has. makes for a very enjoyable taste.

m: thicker than a standard ipa, lighter than the porter flavors might make you think - i think it is the right feel for this beer though and really enjoy it.

o: great beer. unique enough to be different but not so out there to taste crappy just for the sake of being different. really enjoy it and would suggest it for anyone who enjoys ipas and/or porters. good stuff.

cherche, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Boozecamel, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Ego
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Ego, Dec 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

magnusdave, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of wolf_switzer
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

wolf_switzer, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +0.5%

vermilcj, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

not as hoppy as I wanted it to be, but mine has a little age on it, so maybe they have faded some from the intended. jet black pour, almost shiny black, with an inch or so of fast fading tan lace head. it smells bitter more from roasted barley than from hops, but there is a nice west coast sort of sticky hop element to it that's complimentary. near burnt dark malt aroma gives way to a partially charred taste, which is an interesting way to start off what people now call Cascadian dark ale. the hops don't come in until the finish, and by then the palate is a little tired of bitter. still, a very flavorful brew, and it works on a chilly fall night, but it lacks the depth and pungency I was hoping for with it. a well made beer no doubt, with a velvety feel uncommon in the style. good enough carbonation to keep it moving, and a well concealed alcohol strength. overall a neat example of the style, but I like them a little more aggressively hopped than this one was. again, could be my error not theirs for holding on to the bottle for almost a year.

StonedTrippin, Oct 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Wukk, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

ReverendJon, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of northstar23
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

northstar23, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Billolick
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o any freshness/brewing date info that I can find

Pours near black, under a looser dark tan head that quickly fades, but leaves nice high sheeting and more then ample fields and strands of lacing.

Milk chocolate on the nose.

More chocolate on the palate, with some cafe au lait and mellow hops in the finish.
Quite smooth and well rounded on the tongue. Pleasing and enjoyable take on the style.

Tasty and moderatly hoppy black ale.

Billolick, Aug 19, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

andy1701, Aug 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

MattSlem, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep black, not viscous, with a one finger light tan head.

S - Roasted malts, subtle sweetness (cocoa nibs?) and piney hops.

T - Again with the roasted malts, mildly burnt chocolate that brings some sweetness and a mild piney hop finish. It pretty much follows the nose to me. I'm not sure how old this bottle is, but to me it seems like the IPA part of the beer takes a backseat to the black ale portion.

M - A thicker body for the style with medium carbonation. Can seem cloying with the sweetness.

O - Tamp down the sugar/sweet portion and ramp up the IPA hoppy portion of the beer and I think this could be a winner.

cvm4, Jul 28, 2013
Specialty Beer XXX Black Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.