Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 39 | 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 augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled the second week of April (2010?). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Opaque bistre liquid with a thin fizzy light khaki head. Sticky sandy lacing coats the sides.

Very potent coffee aromatics - fresh medium roast beans, along with faint roast malt notes. Earthy, sweet, with sandalwood overtones.

Pleasing vaguely tart palate entry full of rich toasted malt and roasted coffee. Once again the coffee is paramount, overwhelming the beer base to some degree, making it difficult to evaluate. Faint lactic tartnes and alcohol warmth round out the finish and suggest a cream foil to the coffee bean flavor. Hints of cocoa and citrus/cherry in the finish.

Silky, medium-light bodied, moderately carbonated, and lightly astringent.

Serve as part of a "balanced breakfast."

Photo of Docer
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle to try w/ a bud at Whole Foods..

- Mild thin mocha fizz... slightly larger ring of lace making goodness... Pitch black color.. hardly anything from the edges either...

- Grain, bright bitter hop.. light hop... chocolate nose, coffee... black coffee.. light

- Tanic flavors... slightly seaweed-like.. something off in this one... but i still taste the nice cocoa notes, coffee... very bitter coffee flavors... maybe it's not off... but just real coffee going on here...

- light bodied w/ a slight creamy texture... drying.. but tasty..

- Easy to drink, but far different from most porters.... but drinkable. Would probably be better on tap, in Alaska... on nitro.

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.

Photo of Aenema
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark black, offwhite beige, no lacing.
Smell - Rich, roasted coffee notes.
Taste - Roasted bitter malts, coffee.
Mouthfeel - On the thin side - light-medium bodied with relatively high carbonation for a porter. Fine bubbles.
Drinkability - Very light with a great coffee aspect and strong flavors for such a low-impact beer.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Half a finger beige head that dies down to a thin cap on top. Dark black body.

Whiffs of coffee. Smokey malts. A hint of chocolate.

Some milk chocolate, coffee, a somewhat lactic sweetness, and a nice smokiness. The lactic sweetness is a little much after awhile.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, and well carbonated. A touch acidic (from the coffee I would suspect).

A pretty easy drinker. A solid porter, but nothing I want to try again.

Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. Poured dark brown in color with a big bubbly and frothy tan head. The head faded a bit but still kept a decent covering on the beer. Very nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a big coffee presence to it. It has some roasted and burnt flavors with a hint of chocolate to it as well. The coffee really is the main feature though in the aroma.

The taste highlights the coffee flavors nicely. The finish especially shows the bitter ground coffee flavor. Some bold burnt and roasty flavors come along with the coffee. A little chocolate but not much. There would be no mistaking this for something other than a coffee centered beer though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. It's not a big thick and heavy porter but nice for a moderate to low abv beer.

Drinkability is pretty good if you like coffee. It really had a lot of straight, bitter, coffee flavors to it so I'd say drinkability would be directly to a persons coffee taste. I personally liked it a lot, it had some great big flavors but still managed to have a moderate alcohol content.

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

Photo of willjschmidt
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours a very dark, nearly black, color.

S: Lots of coffee and espresso in the nose.

T: Coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a hint of hops. I understand this porter is only 5% but it's pretty weak and thin. It's not as rich and robust as I had hoped.

M: Medium bodied.

D: I like my porters a little more rich, full, and robust then this.

Photo of blackc5
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...

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown with black hue, good carbonation and a tannish head

S: Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate

T: Roasted malt and big coffee, like Folgers coffee beans, smooth at first but then it turns to a black coffee taste

M: Creamy, roasty, booze is nice and moderate

D: Very good and a must try

Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received in trade with olympuszymurgus. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Dark brown, to the point of being on the verge of being called black. A finger plus of dense, rich looking cappuccino colored head with good staying power...holding firm for several minutes. This head just won't fall...thicker and more durable than the head on top of a true cappuccino.

S - Fruity - maybe blackberries and/or blueberries, citrusy hops, dark malts and coffee, coffee, coffee. The fruits are a bit unusual, but they seem to work in here.

T - A cup of cold black coffee is my first impression. Rich, dark roasted flavors, that same berry-like fruity character found in the aroma, burnt espresso bean like coffee character, astringency on high (coffee asttringency, not a grainy, husky astringency). Quite good, but the berry character and high astringency is a bit on the strong side and out of balance with the other flavors in here.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Has some viscosity...like coffee with a bit of cream in it - definitely not watery, but still on the thin side. Carbonation is medium also. Astringency gives a slight pucker to the mouth.

D - I like this beer. It's all about the coffee here. I would love to know more about the exact coffee used in this brew. The beer has a lot of fruitiness and astringency...would really love to know how much of this is a direct result of the coffee addition - especially the fruitiness. This is a great breakfast beer and dessert beer. Light in alcohol, very easy drinking. Recommended and wish I could get some more of this...I know someone who drinks out of small glasses (you know who you are...) who is gonna love this beer.

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.

Photo of mjl21
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle purchased during the City Beer kickoff event. Poured into a tulip glass. Comes in at 5% and 20 IBUs. Bottled on the second week of either January or February.

A-Pours a dark brown with a one finger sandy head that sticks around and leaves some nice lace.

S-All coffee grounds all the time. The problem is the coffee smells more like the canned stuff my folks drink. Don't get much in the way of chocolate notes.

T-Like the nose, coffee flavor dominates. The grounds seem to have been roasted for too long and impart an acrid taste that I did not enjoy.

M-Medium bodied with proper carbonation.

D-I couldn't get over the fact that it reminded me of coffee in a can and ended up drain pouring the second half.

I was not a fan of this one. Not sure if it was an old bottle, but it really tasted like overly roasted inferior coffee.

Photo of nickd717
3.55/5  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 SeattleBeerBlog
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Very nice, super dark, actually looks like a cup of coffee (with some milk in it for the head!) nice lacing but wish the head stuck around a tad bit longer.

S- Coffee, Chocolate, and roasted malts, no hops which is pretty ideal.

T- wow a lot more roasted barley then I would have thought, very strong taste especially for an average ABV. Definetely coffee, but for once I get BALANCE in a coffee beer which is great, enough bitterness and overall flavor balance to make this one very drinkable. It is not a coffee stout afterall.

M- Very nice carbonation but flavor ccould linger a bit less, no Alcohol bite.

D- Overall A great new party beer. Seriously, it tastes like real beer, it is drinkable and plus has a bit of caffeine, man if only they had six packs.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first reaction was "this tastes like shitty coffee"

I then drank the bottle, let it warm, smelled it, swished it around and tried to enjoy, but in the end it still tasted like shitty coffee. Folgers type stuff...

I probably wont buy another bottle, there are better coffee style beers that I can enjoy for the same or less money.

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.)

Photo of woodychandler
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.

Photo of rpstevens
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.

Photo of checkfeet
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.

Photo of grub
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.

Photo of Viggo
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.

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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
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.

Photo of ralree
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.

Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.