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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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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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kemoarps

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a nice almost black but a masssive brown head comes barreling up the glass as soon as I finish pouring. Now I'm all for good head, but the nature of this one is... not what I would expect/desire from this style. It reminds me of a homebrew where I didn't clean out the bottles well enough.

The aroma restores some of my faith. It's all black coffee and roasty malts with a little bit of dark sweet chocolate which is pretty much what I was hoping for from this brew. Dark and rich initially, though as it has warmed much of that excitement has dissipated and it is just kind of burnt grains.

Sadly, the goodwill this beer built on its nose is abandoned once it gets into your mouth. The first thing that stands out is that this beer is WAY overcarbonated. The fears the explosive head brought forth are rekindled here as all I can really get off my tongue is tingly bubbles. Fighting through them for a moment I get glimpses of the black beans and dark chocolate that my nose was promised, but only that. There's some encouraging aspects here, but it tastes like something one of my friends would have made (who are talented in their own right!), not something coming from a solid professional brewery.

I would not pick this one up again, but would drink it if someone gave it to me and there weren't better options. If you must be bright at Midnight exploring the Arctic, pass on the Rhino's horn and find the Devil instead.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 06:07:31 | More by kemoarps
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/4" light brown head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Coffee, toasted malt, dark chocolate and yeast.

T: Coffee, caramel, and toasted malt with a bit of a chalky presence.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of bubbly carbonation.

O: Some promising aspects but ultimately something was missing in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 17:14:31 | More by DaftCaskBC
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vande

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - a deep, dark black pour with a thick, dirty looking head... an excellent looking beer

s - light hints of coffee, bit of toffee, roasted malts

t - coffee, roasted malts,hint of vanilla, bitter cold cup a coffee kinda ending...

m - somewhat creamy, yet thinner than I thought..bit watery..

0 - not a bad beer...maybe drink a fresher one in the future, not sure how long I've had this...

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 04:28:52 | More by vande
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another bottle shipped home from my swing to the Northwest. Only a few left.

A dull finish on this brown beer and an almost milky tan head that forms. Lots of clinging lacing sticks to your glass.

Aroma is a mix of roasted malt and obviously coffee. Not much sweetness here which was confirmed in the flavor.

Two me there are two camps of Coffee Beers. Ones that taste like a wonderful glass of coffee and this can either be a dark “black” cup of espresso or otherwise.. even some taste like a creamy sweet cup of coffee of cappuccino. These are the ones that are good. Then there’s those that resemble the flavor of used coffee grinds. Sadly this one falls into that category... But it’s not nearly has coarse as some others I’ve tried. Coffee grounds rule the day here and this is begging for a bot of sweetness for balance.

Medium bodied could have benefitted from a little more of a rounded mouth feel.

I am always excited to try everything from Midnight Sun, but this wasn’t among my favorites. Live and learn.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 13:34:08 | More by Reagan1984
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for including this in a trade.

Pours black (with a bit of ruby along the bottom)with 2 fingers of burnt mocha colored head that starts out foamy but then settles into a fizzy retention. Not much lace is to found. The aroma is astringent coffee grounds, some espresso, and light notes of balancing caramel.

The taste is once again coffee grounds (with a slight sour character) lactic millk notes, subtle roasted malts, and a caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a prickly feel but the overall carbonation seems a little flat at times.

Not quite what I was expecting. The coffee character came off a little too much like burnt coffee grounds and neither the look or feel were very impressive. Maybe I waited a bit long to consume this, as the overall character just didn't come off as very fresh or exciting.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 16:48:14 | More by Kegatron
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grumpy

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nearly black with minimal head and lace.

Aroma: Malt, roastiness, coffee.

Taste: No surprises here. Exactly what one would expect from a Coffee Porter. Roastiness, dark malt, bitter chocolate, and of course, coffee. Hops create a balance but are not a big part of the taste profile. A pretty decent effort but a little on the boring side. A nice blend of flavors, but I thought the whole thing ought to be ramped up a little.

Mouthfeel: Viscosity is medium-light, carbonation is moderate. Some astringency from the roastiness and/or coffee and/or hops.

Drinkability: Easy to quaff a couple of pints of this, but that’s enough for me. It just doesn’t grab my attention that effectively.

Serving type: growler

11-08-2005 16:47:39 | More by grumpy
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blackc5

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Near black with a slight tinge of ruby. Creamy tan head but only middling retention. Some minor patches of lacing.

S - Lots of roasted goodness and definitely the coffee beans. A little bit of fruit as well.

T - This is a deep roasted porter with very strong toasted flavors. Coffee is prominent and forward as expected from the name. Nicely balanced with some raisin or prune as well. Not too sweet though, and quite bitter - almost a bit of burnt coffee in the flavor actually which was unfortunate.

M - Very dry. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation for a porter. Definitely a bit of coffee oiliness as well.

D - Shared a 22oz with the wife and that was enough. The bitterness lingers and the burnt coffee taste was a bit too strong to make me want to drink more...

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 04:03:59 | More by blackc5
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dogfishandi

New York

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks again tom for sharing this!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out nearly black with one fingers worth of light tan colored head. average retention and lace.

very earthy, grassy hops, espresso beans are there but are thrown off a bit by the somewhat strange dirt like earthiness. roasted malts.

follows the aroma, slight dirt and grassy earthiness. again the coffee is there, espresso bean like, but tastes a bit off. a little hoppier than expected. light roast flavors.

a weak feel, medium to light in body, almost a bit watery.

overall, some nice coffee flavors, but this needed some more body for sure. also had an odd earthiness to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 21:22:04 | More by dogfishandi
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CascadeConan

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with substantial sandy head that lingers and laces as you sip.

The nose is of course full of coffee but some roasted and chocolate malt characteristics play a strong second chair.

Initial taste is full on bitter coffee and I honestly couldn't detect much complexity in the roast just a straight Folgers bitter. After the coffee the taste mellows into a short, sweet malt and the bitterness from the coffee.

Kind of thin body but a fair amount of carbonation to let the flavors work.

The verdict? I've had better beers of this style that layer a more complex or enticing coffee roast over the typical porter malts you expect and overall they keep me coming back. This is however a solid beer from a great brewery and represents the style adequately.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:42:52 | More by CascadeConan
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks brewczar for this sample.

Nearly pitch black, coffee colored voluminous head, good retention, sticky lacing.
Roasted coffee beans dominate the aroma, with some chocolate, but that is about it. Medium to thin, more coffee on the taste, with some cocoa, but a bit too subtle for my taste.
Not their best effort, but still nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 01:40:56 | More by brdc
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This seems an appropriate beer after roasting some coffee. A solid pour produces a three-finger thick, nicely browned, creamed chocolate colored head. The beer is quite black in appearance and when held up to the light only passes a hint of light (really, I mean this as it almost seems a trick of the light). This beer smells strongly of bitter black coffee, even as I was pouring the beer it was clear that this was a coffee infused beer. It is hard to get anything but coffee from the nose, perhaps a hint of sweet, dark malt and a bit of cocoa are noticeable towards the end if you really dig for it. The coffee notes can be a little harsh, though there is a bit of coffee complexity here.

A bit on the fizzy side, some vigorous swirling of my glass helps to mitigate this problem. This beer seems somewhat light bodied, I was expecting some richness to balance the coffee, but that might be a bit too much to expect from a 5% abv beer. In truth though the coffee notes in the flavor are not quite so dominant as in the nose, but they are still the dominant note in the flavor. The beer has some roast-derived bitterness to it and it finishes with a burnt acidity as well. This can really reminds me of drinking cold black coffee at times. There is a touch of malt sweetness here though that manage to accentuate a chocolate like flavor. The taste reminds me of thin, deeply roasted, cold black coffee and I can't say that this is really all that exciting.

Not a bad beer, but it is a bit too coffee dominated (bitter, a touch acrid and acidic). A more rounded malt character, or less coffee would go a long way towards making this a balanced beer. That said if you are a die hard coffee person, then you might enjoy this a bit more than I did.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 01:36:00 | More by Gueuzedude
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-23-2013 18:31:39 | More by williamjbauer
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InfernoBoss

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-07-2013 08:49:21 | More by InfernoBoss
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GuisseppeFranco

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-11-2012 01:25:22 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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growlerfills

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-31-2011 02:36:32 | More by growlerfills
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A-pours black with a two-finger light tan head, great retention, leaving good lacing behind

S- smells of day old coffee with roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate

T- coffee with a hint of dark chocolate meshes with a roasty base porter, more sweet chocolate and woodsy notes on the finish

M- medium body with bubbly carbonation, seems a bit over carbonated, very foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- nice coffee notes, bottle gushed upon opening, seems like carbonation was a little off

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:58:37 | More by Treyliff
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-14-2013 16:42:47 | More by jaydoc
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-06-2012 02:23:36 | More by injuredreserve
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colforbin73

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not something i normally go for but this is a nice change of pace.

pours a jet back with a decent tan head that leaves a little lacing. the smell is ok, though i was expecting more: you definitely pick up the roasty coffee smell, but little in the way of malts.

the taste is pleasant and balanced, you do get the coffee but a good mix of malts as well. the mouthfeel is a tad thin and there isn't a lot to savor, after you swallow, it's gone.

i would have appreciated something a little more intense, more in your face coffee perhaps, but all things considered this is a well made porter that sits snugly in the style profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:49:56 | More by colforbin73
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 05:10:07 | More by rpstevens
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-27-2014 17:00:46 | More by Morey
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Tone

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight coffee, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight coffee, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, and hint of pale malt. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and blend.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 14:38:27 | More by Tone
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bernat1971

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-15-2013 08:50:19 | More by bernat1971
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bbadger

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-21-2013 15:49:43 | More by bbadger
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klipper

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-04-2012 00:23:46 | More by klipper
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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