Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 44
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 gford217
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Midnight Sun brew courtesy of NoonanDBarbarian poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown with very little light penetrating underneath a large tan head that hangs around for quite a while leaving very good lacing.

The aroma is dominated by bitter roasted espresso and not much else. There

The taste is slightly more complex than the aroma would suggest. There is bitter coffee still dominating but the sweetness of some milk chocolate comes through as well as more malts. The coffee bitterness is very evident (maybe a little too much) in the finish and lingers between sips.

The mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side with lots of carbonation that enhances the coffee bitterness a bit.

This is a decent beer but comes off a little too bitter with more of a burnt character than I prefer. One of the few Midnight Sun brews I wouldn't categorize as excellent. Nonetheless a drinkable brew.

Photo of misinformed
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottled in 11/2010. Reviewed 5/30/11, tulip glass.

A- Beer pours a dark brown, cola-like color that appears dull black in the glass. Started off with 1/2" of mocha brown head that quickly faded to a small ring.

S- Sweet roasted malt with some dark fruit notes and bitter coffee.

T- Sweet fruity, roasted malt up front, bitter black coffee with some faint cocoa notes as well. Mellow bitterness, with mild roasted coffee in the finish.

M- Lighter medium body, average carbonation.

O- Good balanced brew, but the coffee could have been stronger for my tastes. Smooth, easy drinking, but a bit unremarkable.

Photo of rpstevens
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to screamforme for this cool extra. Poured into a dogfish head signature glass. The pour yields a deep brown body with a one finger foamy white head. As the head fades it leaves an ample amount of foamy lacing on the glass.

The smell is full of roasted coffee, bordering on espresso sharp, dark and milk chocolate and some hints of caramel. The smell is very inviting.

The taste is a sharp blast of acrid coffee, almost over roasted malt and a some bitter dark chocolate. The flavors are begging for a some sweetness, or viscous mouthfeel to balance out the bitter flavors, but they don't come.

The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and fits the style well. It's nice to drink a full-flavored porter that doesn't approach stout thickness. This is a very good beer, that just needs some sweetness in the flavor to balance it out.

Photo of nickd717
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the now defunct Liquid Solutions.

Excellent appearance: black in color with a massive tan head that never goes away. I had this during the Super Bowl and some d-bag at the party asked, "What is that, a mochaccino?" I told him that no, it was a real beer, gesturing toward the Miller Lite can in his hand.

Aroma is lots of roast and coffee along with maybe some slight oxidative notes.

Flavor is pretty good but doesn't have all that much going on. Sharp, bitter roasted malt and coffee really stand out. There is a little cardboard/oxidation going on. Maybe this bottle is past prime - I'll have to try it again.

Medium-bodied with some coffee bitterness and perhaps a little more carbonation than would be ideal. Very dry.

Overall, well, this was all right, but as I watched the Super Bowl, I couldn't help but think how whereas most Midnight Sun beers I've had have been "super" and have "bowl"ed me over, this one wasn't and didn't.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is dark brown with translucent ruby highlights along the edges. The very center is opaque even when held up to light. Streams of carbonation bubbles are noticeable. The head is massive, rocky, and both the retention and the lacing are great.

Arctic Rhino has an aroma with tons of coffee, a big burst of dark fruit and some roasted malt.

Big coffee taste up front, but the coffee is acrid and bitter, the two killers of coffee beers. After the coffee comes a good bit of dark fruit, with black cherry and figs figuring into the mix. A hint of piney bitterness and a slightly metallic flavor come from the hops that are lurking in the background. Notes of both chocolate (which is quite large) and roasted malts (a little less powerful than the chocolate) are appreciated. The finish has a little more hops, with slight citrus and a bite of bitterness. Most coffee beers that come off acrid and bitter are utter failures, but Arctic Rhino has a lot of others going on that it does well, so a single failure doesn't completely destroy the beer.

Pretty light body, with moderate to high carbonation.

I think Arctic Rhino is close to be a very good porter, but not quite there. I appreciate the large amount of flavor with an ABV of 5% though.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer had too much carbonation out of the get go. I got a huge glass of foam and the carbonation continued to push foam out of the bottle. It was relentless. The body is a totally opaque, pitch black brew. The head is beyond frothy, a healthy sandy caramel color. Not bad looking beer once you get past the carbonation problems

S: Good rich coffee in the aroma. Also some bakers chocolate, cola and coal.

T: Immediate reaction is that it doesn’t have as much flavor as the nose would lead you to believe. First moments are slight sour twang with infused coffee and lactose at the front of the tongue. Some dried cocoa at play as well. As the swallow ensues, roasted barley comes forward as well as some graham and dark berries. Finishes slightly acidic, but a good amount of charred grains stays with you. Sprucy hops are hitting me as well towards the end.

M: Medium body, somewhat oily.

D: Coffee beers are hard to do…most of them fail. This one is not half bad. I was looking for a bit more punch, it’s a touch watery for my tastes.

Photo of HopDerek
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for splitting this with me.

Pours a dark brownish black with loads of foamy brown head, takes a long time to empty the bottle in the glass. Long retention but only average lacing. Smells of chalk, roasted malt, lactose, coffee beans, and citrus. Tastes of lightly roasted malt followed by a chalkiness and some notes of lactose. Finishes with a subtle coffee flavoring as well as some citrus. Medium in body with lots of carbonation, very roasty with only a little bit of coffee flavoring. Nothing extraordinary, but a good brew never the less.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with hardly any head. Some tan colored bubbles...looks like it's gonna be kinda flat. Scent is quite nice. Light malty notes with a good amount of coffee for such a light beer. Coffee and chocolate linger in the aroma with some burnt malt as well. Taste is just as I was expecting. Good coffee flavors and roasted malt. A little bit of burnt toast with some light-blend coffee. Mouthfeel is where this beer really loses points for me...it's not completely flat, but it is under carbonated and a little thin. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer was tasty for how light and sessionable it is, just need more body and more carbonation.

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: body is entirely black and lets no light through at all. Edges are a deep brown ruby. Head is two fingers of dense, dark tan foam. I like it, though head retention could be better.

Smell: aroma is an unsophisticated onslaught of coffee grounds and vegetabley hops. Actually, it's not bad, per se, but it could be a lot smoother and better-integrated. It reminds me a lot of homebrew.

Taste: flavor is almost identical to the aroma, although the vegetabley hop character is toned down a bit. Bitterness and coffee grounds are the watchword here. If you like cold coffee drinks, this might be for you. As for me, I think it's a bit overdone and ill-balanced. Still relatively tasty, though.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with beaucoup carbonation yielding a solid creaminess. With a little bit more body, the feel could easily start reaching into "excellent" territory.

Drinkability: not bad, but its one-note song does get a little tiring after awhile.

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a to finger beige foam head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks and rings of lacing behind.

Slightly smokey malt aroma with a deep roasted coffee/espresso bean character. Lots of silky chocolate malt along with hints of toffee, oatmeal, burnt toast and hazelnut in the nose. Not acrid smelling at all, like some coffee porters/stouts but rather nicely balanced between the coffee, lactic cream and smokey/chocolate notes.

Chewy medium body with slight acrid bitterness and overly roasted coffee up front that is countered mid-palate by a smooth, silky chocolate malt profile. I'm also picking up some oatmeal, burnt toast, toffee and a slight toasted/roasted nut flavor. There is also a slight lactic creaminess that adds a bit of balance but overall the deep roasted coffee bean flavor overpowers the flavor of this beer a bit too much. Very dry, slightly bitter finish.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, thanks GT.

a - Pours a dark brown color with no head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of faint, water downed coffe, roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent coffee porter, but felt like the taste was a little bit faded. Would like to try again.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Half a finger beige head that dies down to a thin cap on top. Dark black body.

Whiffs of coffee. Smokey malts. A hint of chocolate.

Some milk chocolate, coffee, a somewhat lactic sweetness, and a nice smokiness. The lactic sweetness is a little much after awhile.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, and well carbonated. A touch acidic (from the coffee I would suspect).

A pretty easy drinker. A solid porter, but nothing I want to try again.

Photo of homebrew311
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Great Lakes snifter.

A: pours deep dark brown/black, cocoa colored head, the head leaves a considerable collar around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing.

S: the aroma feature a thin bit of chocolate and roast, coffee character is reminiscent of spent grounds of a medium or light roast, light hoppiness

T: the first flavor that comes to the palate is a somewhat empty malt character, a bit thin tasting, this develops in to subtle waves of chocolate and coffee, the roast leaves a bit of bitterness on the after taste. This certainly lacks the robustness that other coffee porters and stouts feature.

MF: somewhat thin, light bodied, medium carbonation

O: this is a drinkable beer and isn't bad by any means, However, it's a little lacking in the "umph" department .

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle enjoyed at a recent beer tasting/reviewing/trading session - cheers Jeff for this!

Poured into a snifter. Dark black, like cold coffee, thin tan head, a bit of lacing. Sits in the glass like cold coffee.

Nose is a powerful blast of espresso coffee, spice, a bit of dark fruit, the usual porter notes.

I tried this alongside some pretty potent and heavy Imperial stouts, so I really had to pull back to make sure I did this lighter brew justice. Coffee flavor, spice, dark roasted malts. Surprisingly thin, however, as there wasn't a whole lot of backing to this brew. The coffee felt washed out and not nearly as robust as the nose had suggested. Still, an enjoyable coffee porter. Thin, slightly watery feel.

Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark black with red brown edges and a small tan cap(poured about 90 minutes after it erupted all over hopdog's bar) that fades into a collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of coffee, cocoa, and cream.
Taste is of the same aromas with roasty mild lactose notes.
Mouthfeel is lingering coffee, roasted creamy cocoa and fizzy carbonation bubbles.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TATURBO for sharing this bottle!

poured into snifter glass.

Vintage- Fall of 2011.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a thin white cap. Cap drops down to nothing.

Smell: mild roasty coffee and black licorice with a hint of sweetness from malts.

Taste: coffee grounds jump right out. Didnt think the coffee was going to still be this strong based on the nose of this beer. Its moderately bitter. Almost tastes like a cold cup of coffee. A touch of cardboard oxidation notes. Midpalate starting to find tobacco and molasses. A little bit ashey in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad coffee porter by Midnight Sun. I will need to revisit this beer when its a fresh bottle.

Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of coffee. There was a nice roasted malt aroma, too.

T - The coffee flavor tones down a little more than the nose. Some chocolate and toffee flavors, too. A slight bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice coffee porter. I'm glad I got to try this one on tap.

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled third week of May 2011. 1pt 6fl oz bottle pours a roasted brown/black with a thin tan head capping the beer. Completely opaque.

Smells like a cup of fresh joe--roasted coffee malt aromas with a touch of chocolate in the nose.

Flavor is....interesting. Roasted coffee beans with a slightly medicinal/herbal quality. Bit if a bitter twang at the end. Rosted malts and coffee beans added really dominate here.

Mouthfeel is fine. Not particularly think, chewy or viscous, but not really thin and watery either. Somewhere in the middle of the road.

Overall, pleasant, but a bit unusual in the flavor profile. Again, it has a unique taste in the middle of the flavor profile that was unexpected. It was that kind of raw coffee bean herbal taste.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, black coloring with only the slightest hints of dark brown highlights under light. Creamy, dense, small bubbled, light brown colored head that starts over an inch, but settles into a nice, tight, eighth of an inch retaining head. Aromas of chocolate syrup and ground coffee blend initially, with hints of more rich, bittersweet chocolate and earthy tones the more you dive in nose first. Flavors are bitter and roasty forward, on a thin, slightly watery body. Coffee backbone, both roasted and bitter, with chocolate highlights, both sugary sweet and bitter. Decent blending on the palate, but the body fails the beer a bit. Seems like it was going for a dry feel, and came up short. The aftertaste is roasted and bittersweet once again, and the beer has a clean, slightly filmy, slightly dry finish.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my nonic pint glass. The porter appears a clear deep brown color with about an inch of fluffy tan foam. The foam lingers for a few minutes before settling to a thin layer. Nose and flavor are of roasted coffee beans, caramelized malts, milk chocolate, malted milk balls, a hint of sourness, molasses, quite bitter. A tad better than medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style. Worth a try if you come across a bottle.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. I can smell the coffee after just opening this thing!

A - Black body with a tan head resting on top. If the label didn't say porter I'd swear this was a stout!

S - Wow. Big espresso coffee aroma on this one. A bit of a roastyness comes through as well. but mostly just espresso. Maybe a little vanilla as well

T - Picking up the espresso at first before giving way to a lightly roasty porter. Finishes more on the sweet side but a pretty clean finish. Really doesn't come close to the aroma.

M - medium bodied, a fair amount of carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable. A solid beer for sure but the aroma had me ready for an amazing one and this one just kinda fell short. I wish the base beer was a bit more robust before the coffee flavors got a hold of it. I'm glad to have tried this and would drink it again but won't really seek it out.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark as night black with a thin dark brown head which left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was a little coffee, roasted chocolate malts, lots of sweetness, and slight vanilla notes as well.

T: coffee was definitely more apparent on the palate alongside chocolatey sweetness, roasty malts and vanilla accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, coffee, and slight creamy finish.

O: I honestly thought it was going. To be a whole lot better so I was a little dissapointed, oh well.

Photo of Treebs
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber graciously shared by nasty31, thanks Andrew! Poured into my Deschutes snifter.

A: Dark brown with lighter brown edges. Khaki head that subsides into a ring. Little lace left.

S: Coffee grounds and some bitter chocolate.

T: Coffee grounds and some light chocolate with a slight bitter hop presence on the backend.

M: A little thin, but it is drinkable. Coffee left on the palate.

O: Not bad overall, but a little thing and the taste, while good, didn't wow me.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rhino Coffee Porter is the color it should be with the style and the number one bean on the planet. It has a 1 & a half finger head with little retention and some nice webbing.

With the smell you get coffee, roasted malts and molasses.

The taste is the dark malt up front and all the way through with the bitter coffee on the back end. Too bad you couldn't have one of these on the way to work.

In the mouth I found it very thin and left a soft bitter chocolate all around. Overall it a good beer.

Photo of azdback
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Dark black with dark brown highlight. A huge three finger head rises from the darkness and is dark cocoa colored and creamy in appearance. Head lays down rather quickly and leaves a nice lace pattern on the glass.

Smell is mostly coffee but has some other dark roasted smells. Charred wood and tart, dark fruit. Fig, cherry. Tobacco.

Taste isn't as great as the smell. There is some weak coffee and a bit of dark fruit but that is about it. The fruit is mostly like a cherry and is almost over bearing. Blah.

Mouth is rather thin. Carbonation is light and the finish is short and on the dry side for a porter.

Overall I didn't really enjoy this. Flavors are weak and the mouth is rather thin. Buy it and try it if the price is right but not something I would spent any amount of time or money getting.

Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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