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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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark brown. Tan head disappears quickly. Nice malty coffee aroma. Coffee, toasty malts. Quite pleasant, but thin bodied and not assertive. I'd try it again except the coffee woke me up at night.

LiquidAmber, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

flagmantho, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of ccrida
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle I picked up in Seward, into a Midnight Sun goblet, the Artic Rhino coffee porter is a dark, inky black, with a small but thick, creamy tan head, leaving thick foamy lace.

The aroma is roasty, chalky and bitter coffee. It sweetens ever so slightly as it warms.

The taste is metallic and very astringent coffee, more akin to coffee grounds then the brewed drink, as well as black malt. There is also a bit of sour milk, and a touch of hops. Not really my cup of tea, and I also had a few of the excellent porter's from Homer Brewing Company on draft with dinner a few hours earlier, so I can't help but compare.

The body is heavy for a porter, and a bit oily.

This was not to drinkable to me, way to much coffee and not enough porter. I wish I'd had another couple fresh Homer Brewing Co. drafts instead, since I won't be in town much longer and can get these Midnight Sun brews back home.

ccrida, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andrew for this bottle! Bottled in 2nd week of November 2011. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Dark black. Half a finger of medium brown head that quickly reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Heavily roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and some char.

T - Big coffee flavour up front accompanies a slight bitterness. Big roasted malt profile and some lighter notes of char and sweet molasses add depth.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

KAF, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of vfgccp
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark khaki head. Great retention and lace. Black body with dark cola highlights.

S - Dry, almost dusty, high quality coffee. Hazelnut, caramel.

T - Thin flavor profile. Roasty, almost burnt grain. Hazelnut, toast, smoke. Amaretto finish.

M - Light body. Almost watery for the style.

O - Drinks more like a light brown than a porter. Tastes like cold coffee.

vfgccp, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a very dark brown in color with a thick, beautiful tanned head.

Smell – The malts here are dark and roasty but not burnt. The coffee is huge with an equally large compliment of alcohol notes.

Taste – The malts are very dark at the taste as well. I really enjoyed their complexity and could find little differences between the similar flavors. One moment a bit like straight coffee, the next maybe a hint of espresso, then another coffee flavor but a different blend, etc. I also found some light fruiting here that I didn’t get from the nose.

Mouthfeel – This is not quite medium-bodied with a light alcohol sting in the cheeks and a somewhat flat carbonation level.

Drinkability – This is a good-drinking AP but I thought it was a bit thin to earn a high recommendation. It was a delightful mix though of complex malts and big coffee.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for bringing this to the pre-pre-pre RoyalT Moving Party.

RoyalT, May 15, 2006
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!

Axnjxn, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

gford217, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Gobzilla, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Lare453, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, very dark with mahogany tinge up to the light. Head is spectacular, huge and ochre, but sinks maybe too quickly, with uneven craters and some lovely sticky trails of lace behind. Maybe too clear, would like a bit murkier, but pretty damn good.

Smells like coffee, in a word. Yeah, that's fuckin' coffee to the max, with that burnt, roasty espresso aroma just emanating like radio waves from that. There's a spiciness, and a bitterness, but really it's all just roasty espresso and I could get the same aroma from a fresh brewed long black. Hint of bread as well maybe? No, it's coffee.

Taste is very bitter throughout palate. Heaps of roasty characters with charcoaly notes on the assault followed by more intense espresso flavours that are really quite spicy, giving pepper and oak and some dark sour cherry notes as well. Almost a soapy finish to it as it's quite ascerbic. Could use more chocolatey notes or some lactose or possibly some wood, but just a touch. It's quite nice, just very intense coffee flavours.

A touch on the thin side at first, but lots of nice lively texture and leaves nicely smooth. Not bad.

Yeah, as drinkable as a good long black. I like it for one, but couldn't go for two in a row. It might make me jumpy and anxious.

laituegonflable, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was sent as an extra by BrewerB (thanks Brian!) and arrived just in time for me to take it to Dark Lord. It also excited a few people to get to try Midnight Sun. It poured a medium in body dark, dark brown on the verge of black with a mocha one finger head. The aromas were of freshly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and dark sweet malts. The flavors essentially mimicked the aromas. The chocolatey bitterness was nice. The roasted notes were well done. It tastes pretty good. It wasn't the most complex coffee porter but I thought it was very good and easily drinkable. It was a little lighter in body but that was fine. The 5% was welcomed and easily one of the smaller beers of the day. Overall, this was a very nice brew.

aasher, May 02, 2011
Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

popery, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of FosterJM
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.

FosterJM, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cocoapuph for the bottle!

Pours a beautiful black, with a creamy dark tanned head. Nice foamy lacing.

Nice roasted, creamy coffee nose, with roasted malts and some chocolate.

Bitter coffee on the taste, cocoa, roast, some meager smoke/char.

Nice creamy feel, not too light, not to heavy. Adequate carbonation, good feel overall.

Not sure why such he lowish rating...thought this was a great porter with nice coffee.

Thanks again Jeremy!

EgadBananas, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from liquid solutions several months ago.

A: Pours a nice bold dark black hue with a solid half finger foamy khaki colored head. Average retention which falls to a solid collar. Nice streams of spider webbed lace.

S: Nice light charred malt aromas with bitter coffee mingled in. Slight notes of chocolate and a bit of citrus hops can be detected as well.

T: Midnight Sun went rather simple here. They took a solid base porter and infused it with coffee. Nice toasty malt flavors with a blast of bitter coffee. Light milky chocolate with a dash of bittering hops round things out. It is a milder version of Bell's Java, or Pisgah Valdez.

M: Medium to light in body. Sort of on the thin side.

D: Easy to drink, I prefer the stout verisons of the coffee infused brews but this one is tasty nonetheless.

tpd975, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, near black, color with a short dense khaki colored head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of freshly ground coffee. There are some chocolate notes as well as some caramel malt. Some lemony tea like scents as well.

The flavor is a mixture of ground coffee and chocolate. The coffee flavor is very fresh. There is some standard porter flavors; caramel malt and a dry lemony tea. The coffee really stands out and is tastey. The tea flavors seemed to come out more as the beer warmed.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Feels a touch light for the style. Despite the strong coffee flavor, it doesn't finish all that bitter. A bit of a lingering coffee aftertaste.

Very good coffee porter at only 5%abv. Drinks well, though the coffee flavor lingers a bit too long.

Gmann, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is black with tight light brown head that holds tight for a while. Nose is lots of olive, light chocolate cake, sweet plum and roasted coffee grounds. Taste has a bit more smooth coffee, light olive and milk chocolate, and sweet plum and cherry. Body is smooth, creamy an lush with a lighter carbonation.

cpetrone84, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

mhaugo, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured an opaque black with tons of tan head. It smelled like strong dry roasted coffee with some very bitter chocolate and a bit of licorice. It tasted like tons of roasted coffee with some very bitter chocolate and a bit of waxy hops. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a strong bitter aftertaste. Overall this was one of the strongest coffee tastes I've ever had in a beer, on par with Peche Mortel. Good coffee taste, but very bitter. It had good body and no noticeable alcohol, but this beer still needs to be sipped due to the extreme coffee bitterness. Nice brew but not quite for me. (I would have preferred a more complex and balanced taste, with a bit more body and a bit less head.)

Pencible, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
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.

Reagan1984, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of canucklehead
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.

canucklehead, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of twelveinches
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

twelveinches, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Aug 23, 2012
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.