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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter

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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 39 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2005)
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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of irishevans
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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

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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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

Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of Ghenna
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

Photo of younger35
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

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4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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