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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
177
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
11
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SHODriver
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of pdxbeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Beerenauslese
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Docer
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Rich dark brown brew.. can't see through it... heavily poured into a glass.. rendered about a finger and a half of light mocha colored bubbly foam. Settled to some creamy spotting like a nice porter. Big bubbles left about.

Smell: (4.5)
- Lovely roasty chocolate and bitter coffee touch.. perfectly sweet and grassy bitter with hops. Nice grainy malt, and plenty of bittering hop here.

Taste: (4.5)
- Yum. Perfectly solid and balanced brew. Taste is rather light actually, but melds so well. Chocolate grainy malt, bitter husky barley flare.. light coffee skunk, and grassy earthy bitter hops.. perfectly melded. This is a really good Black IPA.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Creamy medium to heavy body.. though the flavor was certainly smooth and drinkable. Bitter dryness, and chewy. This is a light meal in a bottle. Carbonation is just right, and leaves a slight chalky finish as it should.

Overall: (4.5)
- A beer I would buy many more of if more available. On tap I am sure this beer would be bliss. It holds up to my favorite CDA's and has certainly found its spot at the top. Get it.

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3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a nearly jet black color with a thin light tan head. When held up to the light it's a ruby red hue.

S: Milk chocolate malt with a hint of northwest hops.

T: A very good black IPA. The first thing on the palate is that of the chocolaty malt, milk chocolate to be exact. Nearly no roasted flavors which I like to see in a black IPA. The hops are bursting around the edges as well as the finish. Loads of citrusy and piney American hops in this one. Nice balance between the two.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

O: An enjoyable black IPA, would seek out again.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

black as night with a light colored head that rose up about an inch and a half before settling down into a nice broken crown that stayed throughout the session. The aroma was very bright, lots of citrus here, orange and tangerine mostly and a wonderfully bright lemon like aroma that rose up, not at all what you would have expected from something that looked so fark. Nice medium body with a smooth and mellow carbonation and a lightness to it that again was outside what I was expecting. Smooth flavor, clean, crisp, loaded with bitter citrus hops. Lots of grapefruit and pineapple here.

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Specialty Beer XXX Black Double IPA from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 177 ratings.
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