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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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atalayafr


4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Very dark with a medium head that subsides quickly.
S-Strong hop smell with noticeable alcohol.
T-This is where this beer comes alive. Abundantly hoppy, high alcohol flavor.
M-Moderately carbonated. Lingers on the palate quite awhile.
O-A good IPA, not too overwhelming and very drinkable. But still with plenty of hops and good IBU presence.
S-22oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 06:37:56 | More by atalayafr
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-22-2013 06:15:37 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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kojevergas

Texas

3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

8.5% ABV confirmed. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap acquired at a local SoCal beer store for $12.00 USD and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude, Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this brewery has been very hit and miss for me.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger dark khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and above average retention (~2 minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque dark brown-black. A bit cola-esque. Not jet black by any means. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Standard fare for a black IPA. Nothing unique or special here, but no overt flaws.

Sm: Caramel, floral hop character, a touch of vanilla, milky malty sweetness, spruce, chocolate, light subtle espresso, and timid roast. Intriguing and spot on for a black IPA. The dark elements are well integrated with the hoppy notes here. I'm curious to see how this one goes down. A mild strength aroma.

T: Bold milk chocolate with a hint of crisp bitterness, timid roast, a bit of spruce, wonderful light espresso, delightfully well integrated espresso, floral hops, a bit of piney hop character, and some bitter grains. The marriage of dark notes like roast, espresso, and chocolate with lighter IPA notes like the floral character works well here, but then the hops are rather tame. It could use more bold pine notes and hop character to really satisfy the needs of the style. That said, it's quite well balanced and impressively well executed. I definitely like it. Complex and even a bit subtle - especially the espresso. I'm fairly impressed. Chocolate is dominant.

Mf: Nicely smooth and wet, aiding its refreshing yet filling feel. Good body. Good palate presence. A touch oily from the hops. Heavy on the palate but welcome. Nicely thick. Good if slightly overdone carbonation.

Dr: One of the better beers in the style I've had to date. Midnight Sun's IPAs have often disappointed me, but this black IPA hits the mark. Well executed and worth trying. A great beer to ease you into the style. It's not the best I've had, but it's solid. I'd have this on-draught, though it is rather pricey. $7-8 would be a much more acceptable price for this brew. Hides its ABV well. Very drinkable.

Low B

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:55:42 | More by kojevergas
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +25.6%

02-09-2013 16:55:36 | More by CEDAMA
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unclekeith

Alaska

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-20-2013 23:24:35 | More by unclekeith
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-16-2013 09:17:26 | More by jaminjohnson
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blackcloud

Alaska

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-31-2012 22:31:02 | More by blackcloud
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-29-2012 01:11:45 | More by t0rin0
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big beer, very tasty and well integrated roast and citrus hops.Sweet pine,spruce. The hops rule, the roast, the chocolate, is substantive and yet not obtrusive.Though some charring, clean, not astringent. Warming alcohol. Long finish.Trade with Andrew.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 04:04:25 | More by Sammy
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belguinyeast

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-26-2012 20:00:25 | More by belguinyeast
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SgunnarW

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-02-2012 00:12:52 | More by SgunnarW
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-31-2012 15:54:57 | More by JohnnyP3
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SHODriver

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a small tan head that recedes to a small pool
S: Smells of roast malts mixed with chocolate and some piney citrusy hop aroma
T: tropical fruit flavor kicks things off along with a dash of roastiness and a little bit of pine and a touch of chocolate. Aftertaste is oily piny hop goodness and a fair bit of roastiness
M: about what you would expect from a double IPA. Not a lot of carbonation going in but it is there.
O: An enjoyable beverage that is pretty drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 01:58:31 | More by SHODriver
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pdxbeerdrinker

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-18-2012 21:19:31 | More by pdxbeerdrinker
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours out a befitting black body with a small, sudsy, light beige head.

Smell: Dark chocolate paired with toast and robust roast, though what I'll call a laid back roast character. Hop accents of citrus peel and temperate wood resins.

Taste: A bite of chocolate of bitter variety followed by a sip of espresso delivering a full roastiness without breeding any astringency. Soothed by some sweet, helpful caramel. Hoppiness bringing about some florals, citrus, and light resins. Medium-light bitterness. Just the right amount of alcohol warmth. Fairly dry finish with a lingering bitterness, still quite light.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: An agreeable black ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 15:49:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

01-15-2012 00:56:14 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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Beerenauslese

California

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, almost black, with a tint of reddish brown at the edges. Poured in a tulip to a 3/4 inch tan head, dissipates quickly to a ring with some moderate amounts of sticky lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, and orange hops.

Tastes of smooth chocolate and roasted malts, and orange rind, with a lightly bitter dark chocolate finish. The flavor is pretty good, but I have had others that are more complex like Drake's 2011 Jolly Rodger.

Body is medium as is the carbonation, producing a creamy mouthfeel.

This is another good black IPA, a double with 8.5% ABV, the alcohol is not very noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 10:34:30 | More by Beerenauslese
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-11-2012 07:19:16 | More by ygtbsm94
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-18-2011 18:38:54 | More by mhaugo
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-16-2011 05:02:06 | More by ChrisPro
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-14-2011 00:00:35 | More by spycow
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-13-2011 06:50:45 | More by twelveinches
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChrisPro for sharing. I'm guessing this is from January 2011? Served in a wine glass while consuming Thai BYOB.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind spotty lace. Dark brown body with some reddish tints.

S - Not much hops left here. Nice chocolate and caramel malt flavors, minimal alcohol. For an aged Black DIPA this has turned into a nice porter-esque beer.

T - Taste is again mostly chocolate and nutty malts. There's a bit of herbal hop flavor in the finish as well as a low level of bitterness. Again, it's somewhat bland at this stage.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, extremely silky-smooth texture, no alcohol, and a very clean finish. Best thing about this beer.

D - This was probably much better nine months ago, but it was still pretty enjoyable. Easier to drink than the oak-aged version although lacking in complexity. Will revisit when a fresh batch is released. I appreciated that there was actually a beer underneath the hops instead of bitter and astringent black malt, like in so many Black IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:13:47 | More by MasterSki
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-18-2011 23:13:45 | More by lakersfan16
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-15-2011 01:16:58 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Specialty Beer XXX Black Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.