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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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300 Ratings
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 40 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a very airy small cap. Very nice lattices of lacing all over the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark malts, roasted coffee beans, and some unsweetened cocoa powder. Taste is of cocoa dusted dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Mild coffee/dark chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. This is extremely carbonated for a porter and it takes away from the overall experience. It's very prickly and soda like with each drink. Overall, this is a pretty good porter that could be much better if the carbonation was dialed down.

UCLABrewN84, May 17, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7.8%

djrn2, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

zestar, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

acurtis, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a three finger high brownish beige head that took a very long time to die down, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is all about the favors of roasted coffee beans and has a light amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this beer because it tastes a lot like how I lie my coffee - straight up and black.

metter98, May 19, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a modest head that delivers a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Roasty malt with hints of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee

Taste: Roasty malt and brown bread up front with a lot of fruit developing; the coffee and chocolate appear after the swallow along with some astringent fruity tones that deliver a surprisingly tart finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably easy to quaff but the astringency is a negative surprise and the coffee flavors are less than optimal

brentk56, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black coffee black with faint cherry highlights. The crown of foam resembles a cafe latte moccachino and is twice as sticky. Abstract patterns of lace paint the glass in attractive fashion. I love the fact that Arctic Rhino looks more like an American double stout than a porter. This should be fun.

As is the case with most well-brewed, coffee-infused beer, if you like java, you'll like the way this rampaging rhino smells. Roasted beans dominate from top to bottom, yet still allow black malt and cocoa powder to sneak in around the edges. I think I'm gonna enjoy this one.

I wish this beast tasted as big, as bold, as full and as rich as it looks. Having said that, it's pretty damn nice for a porter that barely cracks the 5.0% barrier. There's no shortage of flavor with respect to intensity, but it isn't as deep as a bigger beer (natch).

The flavor profile is an intriguing blend of roasted coffee beans (with a mild char and a wee tendril of smoke), bittersweet chocolate and fruity hops. I might even taste a hint of vanilla as well. I'm glad AR doesn't taste like iced coffee, but like an honest to goodness coffee-infused American porter. Even if you aren't fond of that other beverage, this is enjoyable beer.

I'm tempted to knock a half point off the mouthfeel score... and I think I will. Porters don't need to be chewy, but they need to have a little more heft than this. A Rhino isn't exactly a skinny animal after all. It's still nicely composed with a perfect amount of carbonation.

It just occured to me that Arctic Rhino would be a great breakfast beer. The coffee flavor is appropriate, the caffeine would do a great job of keeping the eyelids open and the relative lightness and low ABV would keep one from feeling bogged down for the rest of the day. Midnight Sun has another winner on their hands. Too bad their beer isn't more widely available.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Texasfan549, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recieved this one as a gift from Tayner, Thank you very much. Had been sitting on it in the fridgr and decided to crack it open this evening. The pour was simply wonderful as the cellar temp beer was poured into my oversized wine glass. A deep, dark, black liquid emerged in front of me. One of the darkest I have ever seen. A huge billowing tan head of foam that reached a height of perhaps three inches then came up over the top and stayed around for what seemed like forever before it finally let up and simply left a two finger high head of foam on top. Tons of side glass lace then ensued, in a word, big.

The aroma is where it all started going down hill for me if I am being honest. It was an almost fake kinda coffee smell. This is simply one of my favorite styles and it just was not doing it for me in any way. Sugary sweet coffee aromas were pretty much all there was to this one. The flavor was just a touch off, not nearly strong enough to really make it stand out. But I think the real ditractor was thin feel of this. It was almost watery at times, way too thin, and just not enough for me at all. Good carbonation, but it was just lacking. The drinkability was good as the ABV was low and it was light, it was just a touch disapointing to me as the thiness did not allow the flavor to develop. It was really one sided, not offering any kind of depth, just straight up sweet, burnt coffee taste, almost like a melted coffee flavored slurpee.

Overall I was really not impressed here. Dont get me wrong as there are much worse beers out there, I just had really high hopes for this one and being how much I love the style it was just a touch disapointing. I do not think I will be endulging in this one again.

mikesgroove, May 26, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

kjkinsey, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a nice mild tan head on top.

S: Plenty of coffee in the nose with a light touch of chocolate and a nice roasted malt character.

T: The coffee dominates the flavor as well with a decent amount of roasted malt and a mild bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation which works well.

D: A pretty decent coffee beer, but nothing that will blow you away. It's nice to see Midnight Sun is making its way down to California.

womencantsail, Mar 12, 2010
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

zeff80, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
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.

Kegatron, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Took a flyer on this even thought wasn't rated that high, obtained from Liquidsolutions

Pours an effervescent ebony with 4 fingers of mocha head. Zero head retention & minmal lacing

S: Coffee & dark chocolate & licorice & sarsaparilla right at the end, by far the best feature of this brew

T: Coffee beans, dryness & a smidge of iron up front. Roasted wet grain & coffee grounds as this warms, plus just a touch of chocolate. Finishes dry, with a whisper of chocolate & more coffee, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight astringency that fades as this warms, starts to smooth out & get a little oily

Drank alright, I need something besides coffee to hold my attention when it comes to porters, If you dig coffee beers, you may disagree

russpowell, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to waltonc for throwing this into a trade (even if it was inadvertent). Poured into a pint glass and shared with the wife, who loves coffee porters.

A - Almost black, with the faintest bit of brown at the edges. One finger of mocha foam that dissipates quickly; not much lacing. Visible carbonation rising to the top. No surprises here.

S - Coffee! Roasted barley malt, cream & sugar, and strangely the tiniest hint of soap. I guess it's a good thing I like Thrills gum. Again - solid.

T - Surprise...coffee! There's actually a good balance of roast malt and coffee here - it's not totally palate destroying. This is a kind of monochromatic brew, but it does it very well. Starts sweet and ends a little more bitter dark chocolate-y.

M - It's about the right density for a porter, but a little more carbonated than I like. There's a tingle that's a little excessive for my liking on both my lips and the top of my palate.

D - Easy to drink 5.4%. Not so overwhelming that it turns you off. The carbonation is a little bloaty, so I'd stop after one bomber.

Solid brew from Alaska - looking forward to trying the Arctic Devil.

MasterSki, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a friend at my homebrew club.

Light fizzy head over essentially black but thinner beer.

The nose brings lots of coffee, somewhat fresh roasted coffee but light roast. A little roasted malt and sweet caramel and molasses.

Taste is sweet and a little syrupy, like a coffee syrup, some light coffee and some fresh roasted coffee in the background. Sticky, and some caramel and molasses. Little chewy dark malts and hints of earthy bitterness. Finishes with sticky mouth feel and syrupy flavors. Still a little sweet and slight bitter with more lingering coffee syrup.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation and sticky mouth feel.

Drinkability is ok but a little lower with all the sticky syrups.

jlindros, Oct 13, 2010
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.

Mora2000, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

mdfb79, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.