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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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BA SCORE
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302 Ratings
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Ratings: 302
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 brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

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

brentk56, Jun 24, 2010
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.

willjschmidt, Jun 20, 2010
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...

blackc5, Jun 03, 2010
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

barleywinefiend, May 08, 2010
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.

portia99, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

womencantsail, Mar 12, 2010
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.

mjl21, Feb 23, 2010
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.

nickd717, Feb 10, 2010
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.

SeattleBeerBlog, Jan 08, 2010
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.

olympuszymurgus, Jan 02, 2010
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 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.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
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.

rpstevens, Dec 24, 2009
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.

checkfeet, Sep 25, 2009
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.

grub, Sep 17, 2009
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.

Viggo, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of Secret Bunny 2009, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, black coffee, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is more well-balanced than most other coffee beers. While it has your typical flavors of black coffee and a little chocolate with a very hearty malt character, it doesn't knock you over with extract sweetness or dark bitterness. There's a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice less-intense coffee beer which I believe makes it that much more drinkable than many others. Overall it's a good beer to pound down when you're in the mood milder dark beer.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of 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.

ClockworkOrange, Aug 13, 2009
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.

ralree, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of froghop
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.

froghop, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of woemad
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.

woemad, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of csmiley
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.

csmiley, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of prototypic
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.

prototypic, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of scottoale
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.

scottoale, Jun 13, 2009
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.