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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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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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 russpowell


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of bbothen


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

Purchased at Portland St market in Klamath Falls, Or. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep cola like brown, almost black. Small skim of foam across the top. Minimal lacing or webbing. Ominous.

Smells of roasted coffee beans. In a big way. The coffee aroma is massive. Some chocolate & roastiness sneak through, but not much. If you like the smell of coffee beers, you'll love this.

More roasted coffee in the front, slight fruitiness, faint chocolate character, some hop bitterness, bitter coffee finish.

Medium to full bodied, somewhat thin, low carbonation, lingering coffee aftertaste.

A 22oz bottle is quite abit if you don't like coffee infused beers. I do, but I wouldn't want to open another.

An enjoyable coffee porter. The coffee aromas & flavors are dominate over most porter characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 00:49:41 | More by bbothen
Photo of gford217


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

Another Midnight Sun brew courtesy of NoonanDBarbarian poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown with very little light penetrating underneath a large tan head that hangs around for quite a while leaving very good lacing.

The aroma is dominated by bitter roasted espresso and not much else. There

The taste is slightly more complex than the aroma would suggest. There is bitter coffee still dominating but the sweetness of some milk chocolate comes through as well as more malts. The coffee bitterness is very evident (maybe a little too much) in the finish and lingers between sips.

The mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side with lots of carbonation that enhances the coffee bitterness a bit.

This is a decent beer but comes off a little too bitter with more of a burnt character than I prefer. One of the few Midnight Sun brews I wouldn't categorize as excellent. Nonetheless a drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 01:15:06 | More by gford217
Photo of Crosling


2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 02:12:24 | More by Crosling
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought from Liquid solutions a few months ago.

Took forever to pour this one, over carbonated for sure. Pours a dark brown almost black with faint ruby highlights when held to the light. Oversized head is a medium mocha color and takes a little while to fall. Aroma is obviously coffee, more like an instant coffee type smell if that makes any sense. Slight phenolic in there also that seems just a little out of place. Taste holds more coffee and adds some chocolate slight hop bite in the finish. Mineral type taste in there too. Body is kind of thin Mouthfeel is kind of watery I would have loved it creamier. Carbonation is too high. Overall I'm not impressed. Its possible I got a bad bottle, but as is this beer is lacking.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 21:40:00 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of brdc


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks brewczar for this sample.

Nearly pitch black, coffee colored voluminous head, good retention, sticky lacing.
Roasted coffee beans dominate the aroma, with some chocolate, but that is about it. Medium to thin, more coffee on the taste, with some cocoa, but a bit too subtle for my taste.
Not their best effort, but still nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 01:40:56 | More by brdc
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Black pour with decent head
S- Serious coffe aroma, fairly one dimensional in the coffee aroma smell
T- Coffee taste very present but not really pleasant, tasted more like old coffee that had been sitting around the office or like somebody's coffee breath, earthy hops underneath that added to the stale coffee flavor, not balanced enough with malt/creamy creamy flavor
M-Fairly creamy but medium
D- I wouldn't come back to this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 22:07:32 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of tpd975


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

Purchased from liquid solutions several months ago.

A: Pours a nice bold dark black hue with a solid half finger foamy khaki colored head. Average retention which falls to a solid collar. Nice streams of spider webbed lace.

S: Nice light charred malt aromas with bitter coffee mingled in. Slight notes of chocolate and a bit of citrus hops can be detected as well.

T: Midnight Sun went rather simple here. They took a solid base porter and infused it with coffee. Nice toasty malt flavors with a blast of bitter coffee. Light milky chocolate with a dash of bittering hops round things out. It is a milder version of Bell's Java, or Pisgah Valdez.

M: Medium to light in body. Sort of on the thin side.

D: Easy to drink, I prefer the stout verisons of the coffee infused brews but this one is tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 21:10:59 | More by tpd975
Photo of djeucalyptus


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fridge-temp bomber into a pint glass.

appearance - Pours a rich, dark brown bordering on black, with amber & caramel color barely visible when held up to the light. A smooth and steady pour yielded a nice, rich dark mocha one-inch head that was slow to dissipate, leaving decent lacing.

smell - predominantly toasty malts, with a good roasted-almost-burnt coffee aroma lingering. subtle cocoa and mocha blend in to create a pleasant smell, though nothing amazing.

taste - Coffee. Coffee. and more Coffee. Not overpowering, but coffee is definitely the predominant flavor - as it should be. Some coffee porters barely have a hint of coffee - this one nails it. Not overpowering and the malt and mocha flavors pull through beautifully, with an almost creamy mocha finish. There's a bit of lemony sour tartness which balanced out the coffee and roasted malt nicely.

mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, a bit lighter than i was expecting for a porter. A touch watery - i was anticipating a bit chewier and heavier.

drinkability - Very easy drinking for a coffee porter. Light enough that it could still pair well with foods, but delicious on its own. I 'll definitely be having a few more before the season has past.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 20:00:11 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


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

Poured from a bomber to a snifter, the liquid is close to black and has very good carbonation. The Head is very tall 2 plus fingers dark tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is very coffee like, really nice not the watered down kind, just fresh beans.

The taste is great his is a very well done coffee brew, then coffee is strong, black and fresh. The rest is a nice porter, good roasty malt and nice hops for very good balance.

The mouthfeel is just right for a porter, good carbonation and the body is just better then medium.

The drinkability is very good, I fine brew I would have again.

Prosit, MK

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 05:40:31 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddled brown in color with a nice inch or more of head. Smell is highly roasted malts and some coffee. Taste is more coffee and it's a subdued coffee, not a huge, burnt or roasty type. Works well with the beer. A little thinner on the mouthfeel than I'd like. This is my first Midnight Sun beer and I guess I had higher expectations than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 01:28:24 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of seanpachefddfa


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

Appearance - Poured black with a 1 inch thick mocha colored head. The head held up ok and a light lace.

Smell - Very nice nose on this beer. coffee, some dark cocoa and maybe a little vanilla

Taste - Very true to the nose good but not great. I thought the coffee could have stood out just a bit more.

Mouthfeel - Just a bit on the light side for a porter but good carbonation

Drinkability - This was a good beer that i enjoyed very much. This beer went down very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 04:21:15 | More by seanpachefddfa
Photo of ClavisAurea

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

About 4oz in a glass.

Appearance: midnight black, no light escapes this one, creamy head and lace that coats the glass like a blanket of khaki foam

Smell: holy coffee, there is a flood of coffee, chocolate, dark espresso

Taste/Mouthfeel: chocolate, coffee(duh), espresso, hops by the gallon, coated the throat like a bad cough syrup

I did like this one with the exception that it was this like molasses. I like my beers to be a little more smooth and less thick. Overall it was a joy to try. Thanks Sourdough Mining Co.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2008 00:45:49 | More by ClavisAurea
Photo of Kegatron


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for including this in a trade.

Pours black (with a bit of ruby along the bottom)with 2 fingers of burnt mocha colored head that starts out foamy but then settles into a fizzy retention. Not much lace is to found. The aroma is astringent coffee grounds, some espresso, and light notes of balancing caramel.

The taste is once again coffee grounds (with a slight sour character) lactic millk notes, subtle roasted malts, and a caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a prickly feel but the overall carbonation seems a little flat at times.

Not quite what I was expecting. The coffee character came off a little too much like burnt coffee grounds and neither the look or feel were very impressive. Maybe I waited a bit long to consume this, as the overall character just didn't come off as very fresh or exciting.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 16:48:14 | More by Kegatron
Photo of DrDogbeer


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass from the 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark brown with a good size tan head. Aromas of coffee, and more coffee. A nice malty porter wioth a good bit of coffee flavor for bitterness. A bit thin on the mouthfeel for my liking. Not very smooth and not much of an aftertaste. The taste kind of dies after you swallow. Good beer- woiuld be a decent session beer, but it does not rate as highly for me as some other coffee flavored beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 21:38:06 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of HopDerek


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for splitting this with me.

Pours a dark brownish black with loads of foamy brown head, takes a long time to empty the bottle in the glass. Long retention but only average lacing. Smells of chalk, roasted malt, lactose, coffee beans, and citrus. Tastes of lightly roasted malt followed by a chalkiness and some notes of lactose. Finishes with a subtle coffee flavoring as well as some citrus. Medium in body with lots of carbonation, very roasty with only a little bit of coffee flavoring. Nothing extraordinary, but a good brew never the less.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 19:41:38 | More by HopDerek
Photo of Wetpaperbag


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

A- Very dark black, little head and nice thin lacing.

S- I can't smell much, but I can smell a slight bit of chocolate and the roasted malts.

T- The taste is full of roasted malts, with a sort of charred wood taste. The coffee shines through nicely, giving a nice coffee taste. Too bad I couldn't wake up and drink one of these before I went to work instead of a regular cup of joe.

M- Smooth and easy to drink, not too thick. Just a nice in the mouth, my tongue isn't dried out.

D- Easy to drink, works well with pizza.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 00:40:48 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of DIM


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

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

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

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

m: The body was a bit watery.

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

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 10:46:05 | More by DIM
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recieved this one as a gift from Tayner, Thank you very much. Had been sitting on it in the fridgr and decided to crack it open this evening. The pour was simply wonderful as the cellar temp beer was poured into my oversized wine glass. A deep, dark, black liquid emerged in front of me. One of the darkest I have ever seen. A huge billowing tan head of foam that reached a height of perhaps three inches then came up over the top and stayed around for what seemed like forever before it finally let up and simply left a two finger high head of foam on top. Tons of side glass lace then ensued, in a word, big.

The aroma is where it all started going down hill for me if I am being honest. It was an almost fake kinda coffee smell. This is simply one of my favorite styles and it just was not doing it for me in any way. Sugary sweet coffee aromas were pretty much all there was to this one. The flavor was just a touch off, not nearly strong enough to really make it stand out. But I think the real ditractor was thin feel of this. It was almost watery at times, way too thin, and just not enough for me at all. Good carbonation, but it was just lacking. The drinkability was good as the ABV was low and it was light, it was just a touch disapointing to me as the thiness did not allow the flavor to develop. It was really one sided, not offering any kind of depth, just straight up sweet, burnt coffee taste, almost like a melted coffee flavored slurpee.

Overall I was really not impressed here. Dont get me wrong as there are much worse beers out there, I just had really high hopes for this one and being how much I love the style it was just a touch disapointing. I do not think I will be endulging in this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 01:05:47 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

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

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

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

Drinkability - easy enough to drink but not hitting the right buttons for me. I'd like to try this on tap but wouldn't seek the bottles out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 03:35:37 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of pwoods


3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for this bottle.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint. Bottled 3rd week of September.

A: Pours deep brown, nearly completely opaque. 2+ big fingers of light khaki head forms on the rocky side but holds pretty good. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Stale, but pleasant, coffee nose. Loads of earthy spent coffee grounds. A light sweetness similar to cream.

T/M: Check this out, bro. Coffee. Does that not blow your mind? Yeah, no shit. Lots of the earthy and gritty coffee ground goodness found in the nose. Sweetness is much more controlled which is a bit of a let down. In its place is a very dry, slightly bitter character. Body is moderate and has a diet cola like fizzy carbonation feel.

D: Still a tasty brew because I love me some coffee porters. Easy enough to drink. I'm very glad I got a chance to try this but I'll probably seek out my porters elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 01:58:53 | More by pwoods
Photo of bkilpatr


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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/21/08. Label says it was bottled in the 3rd week of September (I assume 2007).

Pours pitch black, maybe a hint of brown. Two fingers of soft brown head leave nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is dark roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Roasted coffee and a hint of sweet milk chocolate, with a dry and bitter dark chocolate finish. Very nice coffee flavor throughout. Not much else going on though.

The mouthfeel is the only disappointing factor in this beer. It's a bit thin, and the carbonation is kinda high. If it were thicker and smoother it'd be perfect. Drinkability is good considering the carbonation level. The low ABV (5%) and good flavor make it pretty easy to drink.

Overall, a very good coffee porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 01:18:43 | More by bkilpatr
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.