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

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

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

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City a Beer Store San Francisco. Dark black color, looks like a stout. Aroma is mildly hoppy but mostly just dark malts. Flavor is more if the same. In fact this really felt like strong porter more than a black IPA which was fine with me as J didn't feel like the hops conflicted with the malts. Decent beer.

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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.

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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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