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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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very good

155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.79%
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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a true pint, the beer is jet black, with a thin, filmy, low profile, off-white head that clings to everything. Aromas of heavily roasted malt sweetness, with a piney, resiny, rich hops presence. Very subtle citrus scents, with hints of smoke as well. Flavors are roasty and malty on the forward tongue, with chocolatey notes and a creamy sweet backbone. Floral and citrus hops highlights, bringing a peppery spice and lightness to the beer. Very balanced, and leaves a great cling along the glass. Aftertaste of roast coffee, alpha acid, grapefruit, and pine. Tons of bitterness in the finish, leaving a drying, resiny lingering invitation to keep on drinking. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:13:35 | More by GarthDanielson
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-29-2013 07:45:20 | More by BAsbill
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petermethot

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

06-26-2013 02:09:36 | More by petermethot
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black as stated on the bottle, there's a nice sized beige head that did settle down but left some nice trails of lacing.

S - a good shot of citrus hops with a roasty background.

T - starts out sweet and roasty at the same time with a citrus rind bitterness on the finish, a pleasant experience.

F - medium bodied, it feels silky smooth.

O - I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 23:42:32 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-11-2013 19:21:18 | More by dcguitar
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baybassboy

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-14-2013 05:12:01 | More by baybassboy
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.34/5  rDev +9%
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
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a Teku snifter.

Appearance - Almost black. Clings to the inside of the glass. Nice surface wisps.

Smell - Green pine hop aroma. Lots of nutty and chocolate malt. Very sweet smelling.

Taste - Very sweet. Less intense hoppiness. Much more sugar and chocolate. Overwhelms the black IPA aspects. Meh.

Mouthfeel - Very thick. Too sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The sugars take over and kill most of the good flavors. Starts off well though.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 01:20:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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Laklimell

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

05-07-2013 00:54:01 | More by Laklimell
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Kendo

New York

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black with a 1-finger, tight-bubbled light-brown head. Leaves behind good lacing.

S: Some roasty notes, a touch of hops - but not terribly strong in the nose all around.

T: Roasted barley malt, some charcoal or char and a lingering touch of chocolate malt at the finish. Hops are piney, and first impression is that they're not as strong or as juicy (citrusy) as I'd like. However, as it warms up a bit (or as my palate adjusts to the roasty flavors), I get more grapefuit and juicy hops. Alcohol is noted at the finish, both in heat and as a drying element. Heat felt in belly. Finishes with lingering roastiness that borders on burnt at times.

M: Good feel to this beer - quite smooth, with modest carbonation. Medium-to-full in heft, but drinks lighter.

O: Good. I was hoping for better, but this is solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 01:33:51 | More by Kendo
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-02-2013 22:58:36 | More by xnicknj
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woemad

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $9.99. No freshness date. Different label than the one picture above, and it appears Specialty Beer is no longer a part of this beer's name.

Poured a nearly black-looking dark brown that took on rubyish highlights on it’s edges when held up to direct light. Big, sudsy-looking tan head that left lots of lace on the sides of my glass.

Citrusy hops stand out the most in the scent department, with some slightly bitter coffee notes in the background. Definitely a hop forward beer, which is just fine for anything labeled an IPA, Black or otherwise.

Much more malty than the nose led on, with citrusy and piney hops wrapped in a cloak of milk chocolate and coffee. It’s almost like a stout, except that the hops are a little more sharp than is generally the case.

Resiny and coating mouthfeel. Don’t pare this up with any food that can be described as delicate tasting!

A very tasty beer. This beer goes down remarkably easy considering it's abv percentage. Once again Midnight Sun has not let me down. I’d definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 23:43:29 | More by woemad
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chase2634

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

04-26-2013 15:23:12 | More by chase2634
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sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-12-2013 00:21:37 | More by sneaks2210
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Opaque black, not as "black" as some stouts with a superior dark brown tint and a very light tan head rising to about 1/3".

Smell: This brew is light, smells good but still of light hops and malts.

Taste: For what this beer lacks in scent it beyond makes up for in taste, rich malts and smooth but heavy hops. Malty and hoppy not exactly super floral as some DIPAs but still good.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and oh so sticky, with an after finish that feels a slight sour but

Overall: Pretty good brew, not the best Black IPA I have had but does satisfy the taste buds. Would I buy it again, maybe. It's a little pricey I will add that so If you have a go to black IPA (which I already do) it might be a safer bet. If not you can always split the 12 bucks with a friend. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 06:37:38 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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devlishdamsel

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-30-2013 05:48:28 | More by devlishdamsel
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Greywulfken

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: almost pitch black body - hint of ruby peeks through - with a thick dark tan head; scattered lacings

S: chocolate roasted malts, dark deep fruit; earthy, piney hops

T: lotsa of dark malt flavors, like espresso sweetened with cane sugar; buried dark fruit and dark caramel; bitterer on the finish than the front

M: crisp, bittering finish, smooth, slightly sticky, slightly coating

O: a delicious black ale - reminded me of other great ABAs like Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous, Uinta's Dubhe, Dark Horse's Special Black Ale, and Dark Element. If any of those strike your fancy, this is a safe bet. Lots of roasty dark malts and well-represented hops. A little on the sweet (as opposed to dry/bitter) side of an ABA.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 23:48:00 | More by Greywulfken
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ayarbs

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-27-2013 01:52:51 | More by ayarbs
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-21-2013 12:56:17 | More by RedneckBeerz
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

03-20-2013 22:53:24 | More by kscaldef
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RichH55

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-15-2013 15:46:13 | More by RichH55
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litheum94

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-15-2013 03:04:18 | More by litheum94
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.6%

03-11-2013 02:49:35 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-26-2013 03:49:58 | More by Hopmodium
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Two finger tan head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, aromatic grassy, somewhat piney hops and a hint of citrus and chocolate. Flavor is dark toasted malt, aromatic piney hops and coffee, finishing with a light, almost floral herbal hops. Medium bodied. The taste progression is great with interesting herbal and light fruit flavors in the aftertaste. I really enjoyed this black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 04:25:04 | More by LiquidAmber
Specialty Beer XXX Black Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.