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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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176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 327
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 45
Gots: 44 | 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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Reviews: 176 | Hads: 327
Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber brought back from Portland, OR a month ago.

Served cold into a goblet, Arctic Rhino is a nearly black beer with thick off-white head that is slow to settle and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is rich and roasty with a great cold-press coffee smell.

Flavor is excellent - just what you would expect a coffee porter to offer - roasted malt and coffee beans, chocolate, and very mild smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very delicious coffee porter. I really wish we could get it here in Colorado.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TATURBO for sharing this bottle!

poured into snifter glass.

Vintage- Fall of 2011.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a thin white cap. Cap drops down to nothing.

Smell: mild roasty coffee and black licorice with a hint of sweetness from malts.

Taste: coffee grounds jump right out. Didnt think the coffee was going to still be this strong based on the nose of this beer. Its moderately bitter. Almost tastes like a cold cup of coffee. A touch of cardboard oxidation notes. Midpalate starting to find tobacco and molasses. A little bit ashey in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad coffee porter by Midnight Sun. I will need to revisit this beer when its a fresh bottle.

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Photo of azdback
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Dark black with dark brown highlight. A huge three finger head rises from the darkness and is dark cocoa colored and creamy in appearance. Head lays down rather quickly and leaves a nice lace pattern on the glass.

Smell is mostly coffee but has some other dark roasted smells. Charred wood and tart, dark fruit. Fig, cherry. Tobacco.

Taste isn't as great as the smell. There is some weak coffee and a bit of dark fruit but that is about it. The fruit is mostly like a cherry and is almost over bearing. Blah.

Mouth is rather thin. Carbonation is light and the finish is short and on the dry side for a porter.

Overall I didn't really enjoy this. Flavors are weak and the mouth is rather thin. Buy it and try it if the price is right but not something I would spent any amount of time or money getting.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark as night black with a thin dark brown head which left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was a little coffee, roasted chocolate malts, lots of sweetness, and slight vanilla notes as well.

T: coffee was definitely more apparent on the palate alongside chocolatey sweetness, roasty malts and vanilla accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, coffee, and slight creamy finish.

O: I honestly thought it was going. To be a whole lot better so I was a little dissapointed, oh well.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with a small tan head with minimal retention
S: coffee, coffee, and more coffee
T: coffee, sweet chocolate, and some coffee roastyness. huge coffee flavor on the swallow.
M: medium in the mouth with moderate carbonation
O: it's good but the coffee flavor is a bit too strong.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not something i normally go for but this is a nice change of pace.

pours a jet back with a decent tan head that leaves a little lacing. the smell is ok, though i was expecting more: you definitely pick up the roasty coffee smell, but little in the way of malts.

the taste is pleasant and balanced, you do get the coffee but a good mix of malts as well. the mouthfeel is a tad thin and there isn't a lot to savor, after you swallow, it's gone.

i would have appreciated something a little more intense, more in your face coffee perhaps, but all things considered this is a well made porter that sits snugly in the style profile.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Bier Thirty a week or so ago... I was going to send it out in trade, but realized it didn't really jive with my targets wants and it is probably a bit old. Poured into my little CC goblet.. short lasting dark tan head... the brew is black as far as I can tell... only spots of tan lacing.

Nose is pretty traditional porter territory with dark malts and decent whaffs of coffee ... seems pretty mild and dry .. hints of dark fruits.

Flavor is about on par with the nose... but it seems a tad metallic on the finish.. still though, a decent porter... almost "sessionable" porter spiked with coffee flavors.

Body is a tad higher than I would expect for such a low ABV brew... nice drinkability for sure.


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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks again tom for sharing this!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out nearly black with one fingers worth of light tan colored head. average retention and lace.

very earthy, grassy hops, espresso beans are there but are thrown off a bit by the somewhat strange dirt like earthiness. roasted malts.

follows the aroma, slight dirt and grassy earthiness. again the coffee is there, espresso bean like, but tastes a bit off. a little hoppier than expected. light roast flavors.

a weak feel, medium to light in body, almost a bit watery.

overall, some nice coffee flavors, but this needed some more body for sure. also had an odd earthiness to it.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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 .

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Photo of vande
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - a deep, dark black pour with a thick, dirty looking head... an excellent looking beer

s - light hints of coffee, bit of toffee, roasted malts

t - coffee, roasted malts,hint of vanilla, bitter cold cup a coffee kinda ending...

m - somewhat creamy, yet thinner than I thought..bit watery..

0 - not a bad beer...maybe drink a fresher one in the future, not sure how long I've had this...

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/4" light brown head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Coffee, toasted malt, dark chocolate and yeast.

T: Coffee, caramel, and toasted malt with a bit of a chalky presence.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of bubbly carbonation.

O: Some promising aspects but ultimately something was missing in the taste.

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Photo of Treebs
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber graciously shared by nasty31, thanks Andrew! Poured into my Deschutes snifter.

A: Dark brown with lighter brown edges. Khaki head that subsides into a ring. Little lace left.

S: Coffee grounds and some bitter chocolate.

T: Coffee grounds and some light chocolate with a slight bitter hop presence on the backend.

M: A little thin, but it is drinkable. Coffee left on the palate.

O: Not bad overall, but a little thing and the taste, while good, didn't wow me.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled third week of May 2011. 1pt 6fl oz bottle pours a roasted brown/black with a thin tan head capping the beer. Completely opaque.

Smells like a cup of fresh joe--roasted coffee malt aromas with a touch of chocolate in the nose.

Flavor is....interesting. Roasted coffee beans with a slightly medicinal/herbal quality. Bit if a bitter twang at the end. Rosted malts and coffee beans added really dominate here.

Mouthfeel is fine. Not particularly think, chewy or viscous, but not really thin and watery either. Somewhere in the middle of the road.

Overall, pleasant, but a bit unusual in the flavor profile. Again, it has a unique taste in the middle of the flavor profile that was unexpected. It was that kind of raw coffee bean herbal taste.

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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black with no head and some slight lacing

S: It has an aroma of mentholated coffee and some slight roasted notes

T: It tastes like a rich aromatic coffee and there is really not much going on except coffee. It has some mentholated notes as well, and some slight smokyness.

M: It is a bit more creamy than actual coffee, but with the light carbonation it has a great mouthfeel.

O: I was expecting more from this beer, I was hoping for coffee but also more subtleties like chocolate and maybe some sweetness. It is a bit drier, but that is what is characteristic of a porter. This beer was ok, it was good but not amazing what so ever.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Midnight Sun Arctic Rhino

Appearance: Black, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, coffee, and faint hop.

Taste: roasted malts, coffee, faint dark chocolate, and distant hops.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This brew has some good flavor, but it seems just a tad watery. If it had more potent flavors, this could be a very nice brew.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap in a shaker glass.

appears black with thin tannish colored head. as expected, aroma is heavy on coffee, with some dark chocolate. taste is very roasty, but nice balance between sweetness and bitter.
body is medium, fairly smooth mouthfeel.

overall, a nice porter. however, because of the strong coffee flavors, I'd recommend drinking it alone or with dessert.

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Photo of TheStove
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from City Beer in SF. Poured into a 12 oz mug from a bomber for two servings.

Nice opaque black color with a coffee-ish foam head that quickly departs. Smells mostly of coffee with some slight bitter malt jumping in. First sip yield some malt sweetness counter balanced by coffee flavors and a slight bitterness. Finishes closer to a kind of "dregs" sip of french press coffee however the last flavors on the tongue are of some chocolate malt flavors making this more light a slight dessert-esque adult coffee beverage than your standard black coffee beer. Great interplay of malt sweetness and flavor to balance out the coffee flavor and bitterness.

Seems like it would hold it's own as a porter but the coffee adds substantially to the complexity throughout consumption of this one. In some ways it seems more booze or a bigger malt and hop profile would contribute substantially to this especially coming from an Alaskan brewery but this is still an enjoyable beverage. Hopefully you can grab this one for under $6.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad porter, but it seems just like a typical coffee beer. A little bit darker - more into the stout territory, with a brown, frothy head. Definite coffee scent, a little sugar to it. Kind of like chocolate covered coffee beans. Smooth, but lightly bitter coffee and malt taste. Creamy aftertaste, very little hops. Nice, creamy body, low carbonation. There is a bitter, dark coffee aftertaste that lingers.

Again, not bad but it doesn't stand out as anything spectacular.

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Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours nice opaque, jet black with a one finger of brown sudsy head. Head recedes to a light film that seems to hang throughout. Minor spots of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is deep roast malts, light charred notes, bitter chocolate, coffee, and a light caramel note.

T: Taste starts with the charred notes and light bitter chocolate. A bit of a metallic flavoring comes in through the middle. Mild bready notes come in through the middle before a milk chocolate and coffee flavoring fill in and round out this beer.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, a bit thin but then has quite a bit of girth, with a creamy, sticky finish.

O: Goes down easy, tastes pretty good - the metallic flavoring fades as the beer warms, not overly filling, light kick, decent representation of style. I've not had a porter in a bit - it's summer time! But this is an easy drinking porter that doesn't blow your hair back, and yet is rather drinkable.

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Photo of Cavery
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 shared with Klym; poured into Stone Nonic.

A: Just pure opaque black; comes off looking like an eight ball. Absolutely no light gets through. This could pass for a stout any day of the week. A lightly off color brown/cream/white film lines the top of the glass. Speckles and streaks of lacing round out the look of this very black coffee looking porter.

S: Black Coffee with spices: paprika, cardamom, light nutmeg, and some clove. A sweet roasty characteristic that sticks out, this sweet note really reassures me that this is a porter. You wouldn't expect to get that note as much out of a stout, which helps contrast the visual. Excited for the sip of this stout illusion! Light chili-pepper sweet note in the end.

T: This really is a coffee porter with spices, it remains consistent with the nose in that some clove/paprika go in the start and then give into the nutmeg and coffee roasts. The spiciness really overwhelms the backbone of this beer. This is like having a stake crusted (not garnished, but crusted) in basil. There's just too many condiments on this sandwich; if it wasn't for a late appearance of great tasting black coffee, I would have dinged this category a bit more.

M: there really is a bit too thin of a body here, the flavors are already so sweet and light that to have a redundant mouth makes for a suffocating drinking experience. I find myself gasping for air after consecutive sips. A more consolidated body would have really helped this brew. light bubble dissipation is apparent, but beyond that it's underwhelming.

O: This beer is a bit of a civil war. The visual is really quite promising; but the taste really battles itself. The spices really dominate the flavor experience to the point to where the backbone of the beer is irrelevant. Unfortunately for the beer. there is a really nice flavored beer behind all the fanciness. Furthermore, the "coffiness" of this beer is really only suggested; as there is a caffeine-esque flavor sensation to this beer. Don't be fooled, this is a superficial presentation from a brewery that is capable of much more sincere offerings. Make this an imperial oatmeal, and I'll come rushing back.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.