Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter

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318 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 318 | Reviews: 175
Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. Near black pour, average sized light cream head. Really sweet malty aroma with hints of coffee and caramel. I really did not get the coffee in the smell of this one. Peaty with malty toffee/caramel sweetness. Chocolate and coffee bitter balances the sweetness out nicely. Finishes pretty abrupt with not much lingering. A bit thin, but all around good drinkable porter. I think I would have enjoyed this a bit more had I not had a Victory at Sea Vanilla Bean Porter previous to it. That had some really strong flavors that drown this out a bit. If this was available locally, I could see myself drinking this often as a session brew.

Photo of FosterJM
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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 EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with a half finger of tan head.

Smell. Dark fruits and sweet dark chocolate with a little coffee, smoke and anise.

Taste. Really roasty malts, bitter coffee, some cocoa powder and a hint of molasses. A little acidic. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice roasty coffee porter. I'd buy it again.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to guinnessdoc for this one. Yet another fine beer from the Secret Santa BIF. Thanks, Josh.

Arctic Rhino pours a very dark chocolate brown color. It's nearly opaque. A faint amount of light at the edges reveals some nice garnet highlights. Sitting atop is a light mocha brown head that stood around a finger or so tall. It receded quickly and left light strands of lace behind.

The nose is pretty impressive. A strong roasted coffee flavor resonates throughout. As a coffee fan, that's a good thing for me. For others, maybe not so much. Coffee certainly smells prominent. A good mix of roasted and chocolate malts are noted. It smells a little bittersweet. But, coffee's still pretty much running the show. Smells like there's some molasses and licorice at the secondary level. They're clearly complementary and never come through very strong. Nice additions to the mix nonetheless. Brown sugar sweetness is strong on the tail. This is damn good smelling stuff.

My first impression is that this is really good beer. Roasted coffee and a little espresso kick it off and don't relent much throughout. If you're not into coffee, you probably won't be into this beer much. The coffee force is very strong with this one. Roasted and chocolate malts are present and complement the coffee flavor nicely. I can't help but think those aspects seem a little light. Overall, I'd prefer a little more malt presence. It is somewhat bittersweet, but is balanced to a large degree by a sweet brown sugar flavor. Licorice and molasses are noted, but are somewhat faint. I still like the impact they have. Overall, this is good stuff. I like it. I'd like a little more malt flavor. Small gripe.

Arctic Rhino is anything but a beast. Its body is light and thin. More body would be good. This is more penguin-esque than rhino. Carbonation is pretty well restrained. Ultimately, it nearly feels smooth, but could use more malt to get there. Drinkability is very high. I'm liking it quite a bit. It's relatively tame for a rhino and goes down easy. The coffee flavor is really nice and keeps drawing me back.

This is my first go with a Midnight Sun beer. I'm impressed. I like this one. Perhaps my affinity for coffee has tainted my view of it a little, but I can't help it. It's good stuff. It'd be a little better with more malt to give it a more substantial body and a little more Porter flavor. Just my $.02. But, this is a far cry from bad beer. On the contrary, it's very good stuff and is well worth seeking out, especially if you're into coffee.

Photo of argock
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Very dark brown with wispy, beige head with poor retention but a few spare spots of lace are left behind.

S: I am a little worried about this beer -- it has a very light coffee aroma for a coffee porter. The porter base is not too strong either with only a little bit of roasted malt poking through btu not much else.

T: The flavor is also pretty lackluster with a fair amount of astringency and acrid quality without much either coffee or porter flavors. There is some spent black coffee ground flavor in the aftertaste along with mild ash and tobacco with only a slight roasted malt and dark caramel note barely making its way to perceptibility. No yeast and the hops are herbal but mild. There is a mild metallic off-flavor in the finish.

M: Too light in body, and I think the brewers would do well to bump up the malt in this beer to give it both more body and more flavor. The carbonation seems too heavy which only serves to lighten the feel further.

O: Not a great beer, not even a good beer. Way too light to support much coffee flavor. To be honest, I am not sure how old this bottle is or how well it was handled, but Midnight Sun doesn't leave an easy to find bottling date either. This one needs a ton more malt with more attention to the porter base before this can really improve a lot.

Photo of Vancer
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A disappointing brew from Midnight Sun - not bad, but nothing to write home about. Very plain and average from start to finish.

Coal black pour, just some minimal tan heading - this low alcohol brew should have produced more.

Very subtle hints of coffee in both the aroma and taste. Finishes harsh, tart and dry. Drinks ok - but not worth the high shipping $ to get it.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. Notches on the label indicate this was brewed in the first week of February (2007), so just shy of two months ago. Label reads: 5.0% alcohol by volume - 20 IBU's.

A: Dark, dark, DARK...no light is getting through this one - OK, maybe just a thin trace of auburn at the edges. 1-finger of rocky, dark tan head fades just a little too quickly to a thin cap of cream. Terrific-looking sticky lace clings in rings.

S: Almost all coffee in the nose, so fresh it's like the dust is still rising from the grinder. Traces of dark chocolate, too...could be a little stronger but it's hard to find fault with this one.

T: Smoky malts and a dark, slightly sour "coffee grounds" bitterness. Moderately spicy, like a dash of nutmeg. Still this one is mostly black coffee (reminds me of a dark-roasted African blend like Sulawesi), through and through...it's strange how bitter this is, yet it has such a low IBU level...

M: Surprisingly sharp and tingly, well carbonated. True to the style, this porter is still fairly light in the mouth, but the carbonation gives it a tingle and the maltiness gives a very light stickiness. Most of all, clinging bitterness dominates with that terrific coffee bean character.

D: A great find - I'm glad this one has arrived here in Portland. Very drinkable and, at just 5% ABV, easier on the mind & body, too. Highly recommended to coffee beer lovers and one I'll be sure get more of.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours dark enough to block out all light. A big bubbled mocha head springs up and I have to quell the pour a bit to calm things down. It caps off and forms a nice creamy cover with large spacious bubbles of foam below it. Sprays of lace left behind.

Aroma - yup, coffee beans, and right away. Kind of a Folger's or Maxwell House canned smell, but not bad. Roasted grain works its way in after a few minutes.

Taste - roasted grain, a touch of char to it. A touch of metal to start as well. The coffee beans have their moments. Again, as in the nose, there is a metallic, canned ground-coffee flavor to them. On the swallow, they turn kind of jalapeno on me. The finish is better. Roasted malt and a better representation of the coffee beans as the metal fades. The beer shines in spots, unfortunately the metal and canned coffee hurt it, barely avoiding a 2.5 IMO.

Mouthfeel - thinner than I'd think. Crisply carbonated with an element of smoothness.

Drinkability - easy enough to drink but not hitting the right buttons for me. I'd like to try this on tap but wouldn't seek the bottles out 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 Jeffo
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

In the great Alaskan hookup with akbeerfiend. Thanks again for the great trade!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A black pour produces a one finger, medium looking, beige head with good retention. Black body with medium-high levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a decent wisp and clings to the sides. Splotchy wisp and a ring remain leaving some dots of lacing down the sides. Good looking, but too much carbonation for the style.

SMELL: A strong coffee nose for sure. Roasted coffee beans with some roasted malt and caramel there as well. Some dark chocolate comes out as it sits for a while. Bold and enticing for sure.

TASTE: Roasted malt, lots of roasted coffee beans, and some caramel sweetness up front. Finishes with some sweet dark malt, and swings into a mild yet lingering bitter coffee and roasted aftertaste. Okay, but nothing overly special, and not as bold as the nose.

PALATE: Medium body with slightly higher levels of carbonation for the style. Slightly thin and watery on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Not really creamy or full enough for the style.

OVERALL: Was certainly promising until it hit my mouth, then it got average fast. Looked and smelt pretty nice, but that was as far as it went. An average coffee porter that I'm glad to have tried, but I don't need to seek it out again. Thanks again akbeerfiend.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Black and totally opaque with brown rings around the edges with a 1/2 inch tan head and good retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Gourmet coffee and honestly not much else.

Taste: Roasted malt upfront with just a slight ash note. The backend has some great gourmet coffee notes

Mouthfeel: Just a touch thinner than medium body and I would really have loved a thicker body with medium carbonation and a bit silky

Overall: Pretty good coffee porter. It has some good qualities to it and just some ok ones but I do recommend giving this one a try

Photo of Floydster
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for about six dollars

Poured into my Chimay goblet with a thin black color that resembled watered down oil, 1/2 light tan head that settled almost immediately, no retention and no lacing

Smell had strong coffee right up front, some roasted malt, burned aromas, coal, charcoal, also a faint scent of cherries

Taste was tons of coffee throughout, it overpowered everything and it was veryu one dimensional, did not get sweeter at any point which I found interesting, porters typically get sweeter as it warms in my experience, dry sensation in the finish almost made me feel like I needed a glass of water along with it, needed some hoppiness or unroasted malt to balance out the coffee flavor, not much to brag about here

Body was thin and this one was way too carbonated, taste did not last long at all, very weak mouthfeel overall

Could not even get through the bottle myself, had to give some to a friend, super heavy and taste is tiresome, even though alcohol is low this one is not very drinkable, needed to be a lot smoother

One of the worst beers I have had from Midnight Sun, big disappointment after looking forward to trying this one for so long, not recommended unless you are a fan of coffee beers, but then I would not even think it is too good

Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at City Beer Store today for $7.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is roasted malts and mocha, very nice.

Taste is dominated by the coffee. Finish is dry with a slight off sour taste.

Mouthfeel is on the light side and under carbonated.

Overall this is nice beer. Not sure how old this bottle is but I could imagine it is very good fresh.

Photo of DIM
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a dark brown with some ruby edges. It poured with a medium sized light mocha head. Decent retention and moderate lace.

s: Roasty cocoa scented malts and coffee blend to make a very nice smelling brew.

t: The coffee flavors are very well done. Relatively mild, nicely bitter, and not at all overpowering. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of porter to back up the coffee. Some roasty, slightly sour, grainy malts. Moderate sweetness as well.

m: The body was a bit watery.

d: Mmmmm...free beer... Thanks to tayner for this via LIF. Not a beer to knock your socks off, but a very tasty offering.

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 donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Goofy colored pencil or crayon bottle art. Dark brown with a large roam dollop on top. A band of retention circles my glass and a thin film stretches across the middle. Dabs of splashy lace.

Smells, appropriately, of coffee. Bitter carob too.

Tates like coffee (warm infusion?) and dark backer's chocolate with more carob bitter in back. Tame amount of acrid porter-ish-ness. Thin body but silky and fine. Pretty easy drinkin' for a coffee beer.

My first Midnight Sun (they don't distribute by me, I picked this up on Long Island of all places) and I liked it enough to try'em again if they're around. Above Berkshire coffee porter and just below Wolaver's coffee porter on my coffee porter ladder.

Photo of grub
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. bottled 3rd week of july. sampled aug 26/09.

pours deep dark brown and opaque with a big fluffy dark brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. coffee. dark and milk chocolate. touch of baltic sourness. light alcohol. bit of citrus.

taste is good. huge coffee blast up front. light milk and dark chocolate. light roast. bit of alcohol. light citrus. just under medium bitterness level, but considering it's listed at 20IBU, it's likely to be mostly from the coffee.

mouthfeel is nice. a bit over carbonated coming out of the bottle, but with a few minutes to breathe it quickly settles to a more pleasant medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good coffee character.

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 Crosling
2.74/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark brown colored brew with a small, very light tan head that fades to a collar. Coffee and espresso aromas, but devoid of any aromatic malt character and the coffee character isn't very suave or complex. Flavor has some nice things going on, but is disappointing overall. Very light tasting, not much nuance or malt complexity. I want bolder flavors and aromas. I really like Midnight Sun. They make incredible beers. But this is a pretty weak example. They can and should do better.

Photo of n2185
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of light tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, and a bit of creamy coffee here without much else.

T: Roasted malts here as well with bitter chocolate, char, and a bit of roasted coffee. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: Not for sure if this is a bad bottle, but this beer is way overcarbonated. Every sip seems to explode into a mouthful of froth, making it more like drinking a glass of foam than a beer.

O: This would be a solid, drinkable porter, but the extreme carbonation makes it very difficult to drink.

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.

Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.