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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

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.77%
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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BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6%

03-16-2014 23:21:24 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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jakecattleco

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-01-2014 02:53:37 | More by jakecattleco
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NickThePyro

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-26-2014 07:14:34 | More by NickThePyro
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draheim

Washington

3.99/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 04:56:22 | More by draheim
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Rick778

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

02-17-2014 04:08:25 | More by Rick778
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kaseydad

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-10-2014 01:53:18 | More by kaseydad
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cherche

Washington

4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:57:49 | More by cherche
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%

01-01-2014 04:20:39 | More by Boozecamel
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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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magnusdave

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

12-04-2013 23:21:19 | More by magnusdave
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wolf_switzer

California

3.75/5  rDev -6%

11-09-2013 18:18:52 | More by wolf_switzer
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

11-08-2013 11:37:09 | More by vermilcj
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 16:21:13 | More by StonedTrippin
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Wukk

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6%

09-24-2013 00:36:08 | More by Wukk
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ReverendJon

Alaska

4/5  rDev +0.3%

09-07-2013 22:08:15 | More by ReverendJon
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northstar23

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

09-07-2013 22:05:28 | More by northstar23
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Billolick

New York

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 20:52:07 | More by Billolick
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andy1701

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

08-17-2013 14:56:07 | More by andy1701
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MattSlem

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

08-02-2013 04:57:31 | More by MattSlem
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 14:09:44 | More by cvm4
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lovindahops

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%

07-28-2013 02:46:31 | More by lovindahops
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spw109

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6%

07-26-2013 16:51:02 | More by spw109
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banger7

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

07-23-2013 23:05:06 | More by banger7
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high dark tan colored head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark, roasted malts are present in the nose. No hops are perceptible, but there seems to be enough to subdue some of the roasted aromas.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark roasted malts along with hints of pine resin hops and a light to moderate amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Black IPA has a very good balance between the malts and hops as it's neither too roasty nor too bitter.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 02:16:26 | More by metter98
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -6%

07-21-2013 10:12:18 | More by Kirk
Specialty Beer XXX Black Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.