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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
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176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 322
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 45
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2005

Inspired by local artist & roaster Michael Allen's eccentricly-named blend of coffee beans, Midnight Sun's brewers designed a beer recipe and flavor infusion process that perfectly captures the alluring aroma, satisfying flavor and curious legend of Allen's Arctic Rhino Coffee Blend.

Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter combines two quintessential Pacific Northwest favorites: coffee and ale. The result is wonderfully romantic and robust--a duel-fueled porter that melds charismatic dark malt with freshly roasted coffee beans.

20 IBU
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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic. I remember the first time I had it in the summer of 2014 it opened new doors for me and ever since I've preferred porters and stouts to all other beers. Great look, pours heavy and dark with a brown foamy finish. Tastes like the coffee beans it's brewer with. The fact that the BA score for this beer is 84 is misleading because this beer is amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes coffee flavoured beers. (445 characters)

Photo of irishevans
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down my favorite coffee porter I've yet tried, very noticeable coffee flavour which makes it strange that i enjoy this beer so much, because i detest coffee. mellow bitterness and a clean smooth finish, if you have the chance to try this i strongly recomend it. (267 characters)

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Very nice, super dark, actually looks like a cup of coffee (with some milk in it for the head!) nice lacing but wish the head stuck around a tad bit longer.

S- Coffee, Chocolate, and roasted malts, no hops which is pretty ideal.

T- wow a lot more roasted barley then I would have thought, very strong taste especially for an average ABV. Definetely coffee, but for once I get BALANCE in a coffee beer which is great, enough bitterness and overall flavor balance to make this one very drinkable. It is not a coffee stout afterall.

M- Very nice carbonation but flavor ccould linger a bit less, no Alcohol bite.

D- Overall A great new party beer. Seriously, it tastes like real beer, it is drinkable and plus has a bit of caffeine, man if only they had six packs. (767 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

538th Review on BA
Bottle to Sinner's tulip
22oz Bottle.

Thank you GuruDel for sharing

App- A black coffee looking brew with a massive two finger head that left tons of cling in the glass.

Smell- Hello coffee, welcome to my beer. When it says its a coffee porter it needs to smell of coffee, malts and beer. This was it.

Taste- For a coffee porter, this was it. It tasted like a big cup of black coffee although a little subdued for thickness.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Left a roasty, bitter coffee taste on the end.

Drink- One of the best beers I have had. For the style it was everything it needed to be and more. It had flavor, balanced. (664 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber brought back from Portland, OR a month ago.

Served cold into a goblet, Arctic Rhino is a nearly black beer with thick off-white head that is slow to settle and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is rich and roasty with a great cold-press coffee smell.

Flavor is excellent - just what you would expect a coffee porter to offer - roasted malt and coffee beans, chocolate, and very mild smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very delicious coffee porter. I really wish we could get it here in Colorado. (543 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/02/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a bottled on notch strip on the side. Shows the month and the week it was bottled. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep black in color. Slight less than half inch head upon pour. Settles at a very light rim. Leaves behind light lace markings.

Smell- Fragrant fresh brewed coffee, ultra dark chocolate and a nice roasted malt nose.

Taste- This one is all coffee. Well, mostly at least. Perfectly brewed coffee flavor mixes with a bit of coco powder and shavings of dark chocolate. Just the right amount of sweetness from the chocolate to pull it all together. Malt is not burnt, but deeply roasted.

Mouthfeel- Starts off at a mid range carbonation level and turns almost cask like after sipping over an extended period of time.

Drinkability- Another wonderful brew from Midnight Sun. One of the best coffee brews I have ever had. Right along with the likes of Peche Mortel and Breakfast Stout. (1,008 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What impresses me lately is lots of flavour in a session level beer. Like Hook Norton's stout this is full of flavour and mouthfeel in that it tastes like a 8% imperial stout but with just over 5% ABV. The coffee really comes through in the finish as the beer warms up and the roasted top notes are warming and really add to the mouthfeel. Great porter in a very drinkable package. (381 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Im going to have to agree with irish evans on this one. he is after all a gentleman and a scholar! This is the best coffee porter i have ever had. very dark and robust. aside from meantimes coffee porter, nothing i have tried even nips at the heels of this rhino! intense coffee flavor yet still incredibly porter. pours with little light brown head. smooth and drinkable with a clean finish, drink with breakfast on a day you sleep in late, or if your just a beer geek. great buy, and an experience worth trying. (513 characters)

Photo of beersabound
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This botle was fresh from the brewery. I picked it up today in Anchorage at my favorite beer store. The store owner said it had just come in today. I doubt that this beer is available year round as the profile here says. Also, the ABV on the bottle says 5%. As expected, this has a heavy and intriquing coffee aroma and some chocolate and roasted grains in the aroma. The head is a dark brown and the beer is very dark brown. The body is medium/full but not viscous and is very easy to drink especially if you like coffee beers. The flavor is coffee predominantly but some chocolate and hop bitterness contribute as well and there is enough residual sugars to give it some balance. It is slightly acrid in the finish of the mouthfeel. The coffee lasts for quite a while in the after taste. It is very enjoyable, by no means a session beer and would be great with dessert or as dessert. If you like coffee infused ales you'll appreciate this one. (945 characters)

Photo of scottoale
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my bud travisd13 for throwing this in as an extra...sweet! From the 22oz. bomber pours a very dark chestnut brown with 1/2" of cocoa fine froth. As the foam eventually settles, some fine sticky lace is left clinging in decoration.

The smell is very roasty and chock full of coffee...black roasted coffee with just a bit of sweetness.

The flavor, no surprise, is like black roasty coffee. Nice dark malt with just enough sweetness complimented by the rich roasty coffee flavor that finishes with a pleasant bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with a smooth feel to the mouth...this stuff defines what the style "coffee porter" would be, if there were such a style. Almost makes you forget if your drinking an ale or coffee, and I mean this in a good way. Very drinkable (especially if you like coffee) and the alcohol is mild so drink up. (858 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of Secret Bunny 2009, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, black coffee, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is more well-balanced than most other coffee beers. While it has your typical flavors of black coffee and a little chocolate with a very hearty malt character, it doesn't knock you over with extract sweetness or dark bitterness. There's a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice less-intense coffee beer which I believe makes it that much more drinkable than many others. Overall it's a good beer to pound down when you're in the mood milder dark beer. (1,071 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a snifter, the liquid is close to black and has very good carbonation. The Head is very tall 2 plus fingers dark tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is very coffee like, really nice not the watered down kind, just fresh beans.

The taste is great his is a very well done coffee brew, then coffee is strong, black and fresh. The rest is a nice porter, good roasty malt and nice hops for very good balance.

The mouthfeel is just right for a porter, good carbonation and the body is just better then medium.

The drinkability is very good, I fine brew I would have again.

Prosit, MK (607 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown with black hue, good carbonation and a tannish head

S: Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate

T: Roasted malt and big coffee, like Folgers coffee beans, smooth at first but then it turns to a black coffee taste

M: Creamy, roasty, booze is nice and moderate

D: Very good and a must try (310 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a FW teku glass.

Pours an opaque black with an inch and a half thick beige head with amazing lacing. Smell is huge on malty coffee goodness. taste is of coffee at first followed by some good malty notes. Some smoke. Very good porter honestly. Extremely flavorful for just 5% ABV. really digging this one. Super smooth and creamy. Mild body, mild carbonation.

overall a superb coffee porter. glad i have another bottle! (432 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived with two fingers' worth of roiling, foamy deep-brown head that eventually settled into a milkshake-like froth. Nose was rich with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of charcoal. Color was a deep, dark brown that allowed very little light penetration. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid coffee bitterness on the tongue. Finish lingered with coffee. Yum. (372 characters)

Photo of veinless
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured an opaque black that let not one ray of light pass through. Head was minimal and coarse, with next to no lacing. I looked away from my beer shortly after pouring and by the time I turned back every single bubble of head was gone.

Smell is a nice robust roasted rubbery coffee; I could wake up to this in the morning and I'd be happy. Hint of milk chocolate in the back, but mainly toasty malt and earth in this one.

Taste follows aroma, with lots and lots of rich coffee brew flavors to with that little bit of milk chocolate. It's a nice change of pace to get milk instead of dark for the cocoa, and it helps the coffee flavor out a great deal in this case. Biscuity middle is also making me think of toast and coffee in the mornings. Earthy dirt is intermingled adding complexity.

Mouthfeel is just phenomenal, as this one has a smoothness all its own to go with a creamy, thick texture of oil. Carbonation is not too strong, with just enough to arouse the beer. After that, it just stops, letting you have a clean, flat coffee experience that ends with a great fresh hop kick to clean the palate. Hops almost didn't show up...but they finally came around when it counted most. They make this very drinkable, and at 5% abv, this is one of the best session porters around. Great value too, at 6 bucks a bomber. Pick it up. (1,336 characters)

Photo of Ghenna
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a room temp pint glass. This is a beautiful beer, an opaque black save the slightest tinge of red along the sides of the glass. Tightly packed bubbles of cola colored head.

Smells of medium roasted coffee beans with a touch of malt sweetness. Super smooth coffee flavor- no hint of bitter roast at all. Very mild in terms of sweetness as well, but very well balanced. Not at all a sticky beer, it is really drinkable if you are a fan of coddee

Had to pull out a Kona Pipeline porter to compare this to, and I really think that this pulls off the coffee porter noticabley better. It is a little more dry than the Kona, but I think that it really suits the style. My favorite coffee beer, I just wish their distribution was a little better in Northern California. (789 characters)

Photo of drewba
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep, dark brown with an amazing fluffy khaki head. Very minimal lacing and head retention.

S - Smells like a fresh cup of roasted coffee in the morning, absolutely amazing. Touches of roasted malt, sweetness and smoke.

T - Coffee, coffee coffee. Tastes like a primo brand of fresh, roasty, low acidity, mild coffee. The coffee goes through the beginning to the finish. Also, chocolate, a hint of smoke, and some sweetness from the malt. Though the flavor is great, there isn't a depth of flavor; somewhat lacking.

M - Quite thin, but doesn't bother me. Carbonation is somewhat lacking. Some dryness in the finish.

D - Could see this as a replacement for my morning cup of coffee, I'll have to ask my boss. A fantastic coffee drinkers beer, the coffee is so well done. Reminds me a little of FFF Hells Black Intelligencer. I gave this to several non beer drinking coffee drinkers and they really enjoyed it. (915 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my dad for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a large tan head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a little bit of cayenne pepper.

The flavor is coffee and chocolate. I also get a little bit of roasted malt, but the black coffee and milk chocolate notes are what really stands out. Low bitterness.

Creamy, medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (403 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Generously received this brew as an extra from akorsak in a recent trade. This will be my first brew from Midnight Sun and I'm super glad it's Arctic Rhino. Coffee beers are my favorite so I'm hella pumped to try this. Drank from my Surly clear coffee mug.

Bottled the first week of Feb '09. This puppy is fresh!

Appearance- Pours a super dark brown nearing black with a nice half fingered dark tan head that bubbles away a bit o quickly. A spotty cap and thin collar remain leaving behind a fair amount of ring like lacing.
Smell- A bit of coffee in the nose although admittedly, it's not as potent as I wanted. Milk and sugar add a light vanillin creaminess. The chocolate is fairly prominent though as its very dark and yummy. Either a bit of hops or the dark roasted malts add a semi sort of bitterness as well to the nose.
Taste- Starts with a deep dark roastiness that is dry and somewhat quenching. Like the nose the coffee isn't all that strong (I'm so spoiled) as the dark chocolate seems to own the beer. Deep and slightly bitter, the chocolate (and beer for that matter) isn't anywhere near sweet as the bitterness is held in check by the smooth cream like flavor and maybe a tinge of acidity. A touch of smoke remains in the aftertaste as does some long drawn out chocolaty goodness.
Mouthfeel- Maybe slightly on the thin side with a touch of acidity and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Nice change of pace to sit down and enjoy a bomber of beer that is 5% or less. I wish the coffee was bumped up a notch but thank god the beer in itself is delicious and able to keep my attention. Great beer that I really enjoyed, thanks Adam! (1,649 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a brownish black color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer doesn't look all that impressive, but the nose quickly changes that impression. This beer has a huge aroma of fresh coffee grounds, that pretty much dominates everything else. Maybe there is a hint of chocolage and licorice as well, but coffee dominates everything. Flavors on the palate are not nearly so intense, and one is quickly reminded that the abv. in this beer is a modest 5.4%. Still, more coffee, chocolate and a hint of licorice is what I get on the palate as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, and the alcohol is no more then an afterthought.

Nothing earth shattering, but this is still a pretty nice beer. (752 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. Notches on the label indicate this was brewed in the first week of February (2007), so just shy of two months ago. Label reads: 5.0% alcohol by volume - 20 IBU's.

A: Dark, dark, DARK...no light is getting through this one - OK, maybe just a thin trace of auburn at the edges. 1-finger of rocky, dark tan head fades just a little too quickly to a thin cap of cream. Terrific-looking sticky lace clings in rings.

S: Almost all coffee in the nose, so fresh it's like the dust is still rising from the grinder. Traces of dark chocolate, too...could be a little stronger but it's hard to find fault with this one.

T: Smoky malts and a dark, slightly sour "coffee grounds" bitterness. Moderately spicy, like a dash of nutmeg. Still this one is mostly black coffee (reminds me of a dark-roasted African blend like Sulawesi), through and through...it's strange how bitter this is, yet it has such a low IBU level...

M: Surprisingly sharp and tingly, well carbonated. True to the style, this porter is still fairly light in the mouth, but the carbonation gives it a tingle and the maltiness gives a very light stickiness. Most of all, clinging bitterness dominates with that terrific coffee bean character.

D: A great find - I'm glad this one has arrived here in Portland. Very drinkable and, at just 5% ABV, easier on the mind & body, too. Highly recommended to coffee beer lovers and one I'll be sure get more of. (1,462 characters)

Photo of DucksFan16
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown colored body, about 95% opaque with only a little light coming through when held directly to light and tilted at an angle. Aroma of strong brewed coffee, roasted malt, peat, a touch of oak and a bit more brewed coffee. Medium-bodied; Pungent roasted coffee flavors with a lot of roasted malt, dry oak, vanilla and a little sugars with mostly a bitter coffee note. Aftertaste is deep and strong with the coffee coming out first, a little nuts, some light peat and earth finished with some brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Overall, a pungent and strong coffee flavored porter with some good complexity. (618 characters)

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark color body with a tan head.

S- smell of robust coffee and dark roast and chocolate malts.

T-Taste of coffee and chocolate from the malts. Bitterness of the coffee and robust malts.

M- Creamy and smooth with the bitterness and coffee flavors linger through out sip.

D- Very good beer from Alaska this porter is right up there other coffee porters. Must have for everyone to try.

Cheers... (405 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to guinnessdoc for this one. Yet another fine beer from the Secret Santa BIF. Thanks, Josh.

Arctic Rhino pours a very dark chocolate brown color. It's nearly opaque. A faint amount of light at the edges reveals some nice garnet highlights. Sitting atop is a light mocha brown head that stood around a finger or so tall. It receded quickly and left light strands of lace behind.

The nose is pretty impressive. A strong roasted coffee flavor resonates throughout. As a coffee fan, that's a good thing for me. For others, maybe not so much. Coffee certainly smells prominent. A good mix of roasted and chocolate malts are noted. It smells a little bittersweet. But, coffee's still pretty much running the show. Smells like there's some molasses and licorice at the secondary level. They're clearly complementary and never come through very strong. Nice additions to the mix nonetheless. Brown sugar sweetness is strong on the tail. This is damn good smelling stuff.

My first impression is that this is really good beer. Roasted coffee and a little espresso kick it off and don't relent much throughout. If you're not into coffee, you probably won't be into this beer much. The coffee force is very strong with this one. Roasted and chocolate malts are present and complement the coffee flavor nicely. I can't help but think those aspects seem a little light. Overall, I'd prefer a little more malt presence. It is somewhat bittersweet, but is balanced to a large degree by a sweet brown sugar flavor. Licorice and molasses are noted, but are somewhat faint. I still like the impact they have. Overall, this is good stuff. I like it. I'd like a little more malt flavor. Small gripe.

Arctic Rhino is anything but a beast. Its body is light and thin. More body would be good. This is more penguin-esque than rhino. Carbonation is pretty well restrained. Ultimately, it nearly feels smooth, but could use more malt to get there. Drinkability is very high. I'm liking it quite a bit. It's relatively tame for a rhino and goes down easy. The coffee flavor is really nice and keeps drawing me back.

This is my first go with a Midnight Sun beer. I'm impressed. I like this one. Perhaps my affinity for coffee has tainted my view of it a little, but I can't help it. It's good stuff. It'd be a little better with more malt to give it a more substantial body and a little more Porter flavor. Just my $.02. But, this is a far cry from bad beer. On the contrary, it's very good stuff and is well worth seeking out, especially if you're into coffee. (2,550 characters)

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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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