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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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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

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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived with two fingers' worth of roiling, foamy deep-brown head that eventually settled into a milkshake-like froth. Nose was rich with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of charcoal. Color was a deep, dark brown that allowed very little light penetration. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid coffee bitterness on the tongue. Finish lingered with coffee. Yum.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 20:41:47 | More by woodychandler
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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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checkfeet

Korea (South)

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thick inky black pour with sticky rings for lace as the mocha head settles.

Smells a little smoky, coffee more subdued than expected: burnt and acrid like the used puck after an espresso is pulled. Also a little like a winter closet, in a good way.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and the burnt coffee attacks the palette right away. One wants a malty chewiness to support it, but it doesn't come. A sharp, dark chocolate bite only.

Quite drinkable, but in the end a bit thin in the mouth and acidic to be one of our favorites.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 12:34:28 | More by checkfeet
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 14:50:25 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle picked up at Biercafe in Portland. Bottled the third week of July, fresh!

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, fluffy brown head forms, settles to a big bubbled and very chunky thick layer and ring around the glass, nice lace chunks stick. Smell is nice, tons of coffee/espresso roast, chocolate, raisin, caramel, iron, bready and biscuity malt, more coffee, very sharp bite in it. Taste is nice too, super roasty, tons of espresso, bit of chocolate, toast and biscuit, wafers, oats, more coffee and espresso, dry in the finish, pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, only detractor from this beer I found. Almost tastes exactly like an espresso, maybe a touch of coffee liqueur, but pretty tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 18:47:17 | More by Viggo
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 03:26:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 20:21:33 | More by ClockworkOrange
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ralree

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Nice head, brown, black color.

S: Dark coffee all the way. Would prefer a little more complexity.

T: Total coffee. A little too bitter. Too much coffee flavor, not enough beer.

M: Too light-bodied, not thick enough. Too dry, should be more syrupy.

D: Doesn't go down easily.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2009 00:42:25 | More by ralree
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froghop

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a black with a large brown head, and good lacing.

smell is of milk chocolate, some coffee, vanilla bean, and malt in the back.

taste of coffee, sour malt, bakers chocolate, some licorice, and some vanilla, ends dry and slightly bitter.

overall a very nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 01:21:01 | More by froghop
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woemad

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Midnight Sun is finally in Spokane!

Bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $5.99. According to the label, this was bottled during the first week of april, presumably of this year. the label also states that the abv is an even 5%.

Poured a very dark brown color that lightened by the merest fraction when held up to direct light. HUGE tan head that took forever to drop, with sheets of tan lace slowly dripping down the sides of a Bass UK-style pintglass, eventually leaving large tan spots behind.

The nose was not as assertive as I was expecting. I guess I really dig big, massively roasty coffee aromas from any beer with the word coffee on the label, and that wasn't how this beer smelled. Sure, there's some coffeenotes, but it's not as strong as the scents of mollasses and baker's chocolate that I was getting. Don't get me wrong - this doesn't smell bad at all, but it's not what I was hoping for.

Taste was similar to the smell, with pretty much the same observations noted above. Starts out with a mildly bitter and acidic flavor, then is joined by mild, chocolaty sweetness. No real hop flavor to this. I'd probably rate the flavor higher if this was market as a garden variety porter, but something calling itself a coffee porter should have more coffee flavor, IMHO.

Thin bodied - too thin, really - but the mouthfeel is pleasingly oily and almost manages to make up for it's wateryness.

Despite the demerits I've given this beer above, it's actually pretty drinkable. I could have serveral in a sitting, especially with it's rather modest abv. I'd have fewer problems with it if it was just marketed as a regular porter, but at $5.99 per bomber and with "Coffee Porter" prominent on the label, I was expecting a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 00:27:27 | More by woemad
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John_M

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a brownish black color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer doesn't look all that impressive, but the nose quickly changes that impression. This beer has a huge aroma of fresh coffee grounds, that pretty much dominates everything else. Maybe there is a hint of chocolage and licorice as well, but coffee dominates everything. Flavors on the palate are not nearly so intense, and one is quickly reminded that the abv. in this beer is a modest 5.4%. Still, more coffee, chocolate and a hint of licorice is what I get on the palate as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, and the alcohol is no more then an afterthought.

Nothing earth shattering, but this is still a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 17:38:49 | More by John_M
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csmiley

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appreciation goes out to prototypic for breaking this one out.

A - Pours almost black in color. Some shades of garnet show up when held to the light but not much though. The tan head is able to reach a little over half inch and recedes after about 2 minutes. It ends up a thin cap that doesn't quite cover the top. Lacing is minimal to just a shade above non-existent.

S - Coffee beans jump out first. Some light bittersweet chocolate aromas come in midway and stick around for a while. The very end reveals some smokey / burnt notes.

T - Coffee flavors hit the palate first and foremost. The coffee really sticks around all the way through this one. Some chocolate and cocoa show around the middle but they seem to be beaten back pretty quickly by the other flavors. A nice dry smokiness sees it through to the finish.

M - Lighter to medium bodied. Finish is a little dry and doesn't stick around forever. Carbonation is a little active for my taste but only enough to mention and not really bring the score down.

D - Drinkability is good. The low alcohol and smooth flavor help this out. This beer has several characteristics that I look for and prefer in a nice porter. The body might be a little light but it works well within the confines of this particular brew. The coffee flavor is remarkable as well. I can definitely see having a couple pints of this over the course of an evening. Well done MS.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 23:11:38 | More by csmiley
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prototypic

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 00:09:16 | More by prototypic
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scottoale

California

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my bud travisd13 for throwing this in as an extra...sweet! From the 22oz. bomber pours a very dark chestnut brown with 1/2" of cocoa fine froth. As the foam eventually settles, some fine sticky lace is left clinging in decoration.

The smell is very roasty and chock full of coffee...black roasted coffee with just a bit of sweetness.

The flavor, no surprise, is like black roasty coffee. Nice dark malt with just enough sweetness complimented by the rich roasty coffee flavor that finishes with a pleasant bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with a smooth feel to the mouth...this stuff defines what the style "coffee porter" would be, if there were such a style. Almost makes you forget if your drinking an ale or coffee, and I mean this in a good way. Very drinkable (especially if you like coffee) and the alcohol is mild so drink up.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 18:59:37 | More by scottoale
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Love the name and the label.

Pours a deep, dark brown with an espresso-esque head that is about a half inch in thickness.

Smell is burnt coffee grounds (but not bad), licorice and molasses. Their is also a bit of sweet vanilla, almost like ice cream.

Taste is definitely bitter black coffee, vanilla and some dark bittersweet chocolate. Not a whole lot else comes out, the bitter coffee seems to dominate but that is something I like personally.

Mouthfeel is pretty weak IMO, sort of watery but at 5% its not going to be thick and chewy like a 12% imperial porter/stout.

Drinkability is great since this one weighs in fairly low on the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 00:14:07 | More by indiapaleale
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Bung

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 14:43:35 | More by Bung
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younger35

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Generously received this brew as an extra from akorsak in a recent trade. This will be my first brew from Midnight Sun and I'm super glad it's Arctic Rhino. Coffee beers are my favorite so I'm hella pumped to try this. Drank from my Surly clear coffee mug.

Bottled the first week of Feb '09. This puppy is fresh!

Appearance- Pours a super dark brown nearing black with a nice half fingered dark tan head that bubbles away a bit o quickly. A spotty cap and thin collar remain leaving behind a fair amount of ring like lacing.
Smell- A bit of coffee in the nose although admittedly, it's not as potent as I wanted. Milk and sugar add a light vanillin creaminess. The chocolate is fairly prominent though as its very dark and yummy. Either a bit of hops or the dark roasted malts add a semi sort of bitterness as well to the nose.
Taste- Starts with a deep dark roastiness that is dry and somewhat quenching. Like the nose the coffee isn't all that strong (I'm so spoiled) as the dark chocolate seems to own the beer. Deep and slightly bitter, the chocolate (and beer for that matter) isn't anywhere near sweet as the bitterness is held in check by the smooth cream like flavor and maybe a tinge of acidity. A touch of smoke remains in the aftertaste as does some long drawn out chocolaty goodness.
Mouthfeel- Maybe slightly on the thin side with a touch of acidity and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Nice change of pace to sit down and enjoy a bomber of beer that is 5% or less. I wish the coffee was bumped up a notch but thank god the beer in itself is delicious and able to keep my attention. Great beer that I really enjoyed, thanks Adam!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 22:53:22 | More by younger35
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Liquid Solutions, this one had a thicker, slush consistency on arrival and so it is one of the first few on deck.

A: The bottle opened without a hiss but the pour conjured up a thick head that bubbled over the sides of the glass. The porter is dark, a moonless night. The three fingers of head from pour have left scant lacing.

S: The nose is primarily coffee, roasted and sweet with a bitter undertone. The coffee is met by porter malts, dark and roasted with chocolate and burnt toast.

T: The beer is a delicious mouthful of coffee. The flavor has a cold infusion taste, fuller and more luxurious than the addition of beans to the kettle. As the porter warms, the coffee becomes denser, fuller with an acrid finish. A Starbucks-like bite leaves a strong finish.

M: The mouthfeel is primarily coffee, porter is an afterthought. The ale could use a little more balance between the two elements.

D: I am enjoying the bomber and would gladly dig into another one (or two).

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 00:48:21 | More by akorsak
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 01:15:51 | More by MasterSki
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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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erosier

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MtGoat for this one.

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some sweeter toasted ones, then a nice coffee aroma.
T: A sweet roasty malt base underneath coffee, hints of chocolate as well. The coffee was not as bold as I was expecting which actually made it nicer.
M: Very smooth, warming, right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. Not a lot of alcohol in this one and the flavors worked very well together. This was a really nice beer and would recommend if anyone can get this.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 02:23:02 | More by erosier
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 04:51:47 | More by russpowell
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 16:53:00 | More by canucklehead
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HopasaurusRex

New Hampshire

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

I shared this 22 ounce bomber with my wife while brewing an Oatmeal Porter.

Well-carbonated. It pours with a thick beige head of big bubbles almost twice the size of the beer. The head collapses slowly and leaves a nice spiderweb of Belgian lace on the sides of the glass.

Dark brownish-black hue approaching the color of a dark Starbucks espresso.

Nose of dry roasted coffee beans with a chocolate center. Lingering smoke on the edge.

Fairly dry and thin for a porter, it could use some extra malty goodness to clamp down on the roasted acidity of the coffee. The high carbonation level detracts from my enjoyment.

Overall it lacks complexity, but is easy to drink. A good beer for breakfast. Javaah!

Cheers to Jeager for the Midnight Sun LIF and the chance to try a taste of Alaska.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 22:31:16 | More by HopasaurusRex
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cgarviereg

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at home ... thanks to beer_bill for this ... Deep black colour... huge foaming in glass ... hardly got any beer in in first pour ... drops to tan lacing ... roast malts little bitter coffee nose little sweetness ... over fizzy ... big roast malt ... good cofeee hit ... medium body ... massive overcarbonation

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 18:46:21 | More by cgarviereg
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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