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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2005)
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 5%ABV. Pitch black color, thin mocha head. Pretty good looking. Decent head retention.

Coffee, chocolate and cream in the nose. Maybe a hint of vanilla in the back.

Good roasty coffee flavor, without being overbearing. A bit bitter and astringent. An odd sourness?

Full body, maybe a bit frothy. Pretty simple, coffee is the star here. Good amount of carbonation. Easy to drink. Would be outstanding if the sourness were not there.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 13:03:00 | More by Bierguy5
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

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

Big thanks to AKBelgianBeast for including this and other great extras in our trade.

Pours black with a light brown head into my Short's Imperial Pint glass.

Smells like old coffee rinds that have been sitting around a few days and a little like a slightly sour mash left in the tun overnight.

Taste is 100% coffee, nothing else going on. It's not strong on the coffee flavors but that's all there is. It's smooth, I think if it were a bit more carbonated it wouldn't hurt.

I'd buy this if it were readily available but I wouldn't set up a trade just for this. Thanks again Frank!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 05:23:27 | More by TheBlackMallard
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Vancer

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A disappointing brew from Midnight Sun - not bad, but nothing to write home about. Very plain and average from start to finish.

Coal black pour, just some minimal tan heading - this low alcohol brew should have produced more.

Very subtle hints of coffee in both the aroma and taste. Finishes harsh, tart and dry. Drinks ok - but not worth the high shipping $ to get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 01:45:41 | More by Vancer
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rhino Coffee Porter is the color it should be with the style and the number one bean on the planet. It has a 1 & a half finger head with little retention and some nice webbing.

With the smell you get coffee, roasted malts and molasses.

The taste is the dark malt up front and all the way through with the bitter coffee on the back end. Too bad you couldn't have one of these on the way to work.

In the mouth I found it very thin and left a soft bitter chocolate all around. Overall it a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 04:09:30 | More by cswhitehorse
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SargeC

Japan

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

Appearance: Brown-black with a light brown head.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, molasses and toffee.

Taste: The coffee flavor really shines along with the solid ale backbone. Almost reminds me of an iced coffee. Minor mineral and hop flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Great porter consistency.

Drinkablity: Interesting flavor. Very easy drinking and has a bit of a pick-me-up quality. It is an excellent breakfast beer. I like it with bacon, eggs and pancakes.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 05:52:46 | More by SargeC
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nbrown

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber and poured what I could into a pint glass. There was some head but it went away very fast and almost no lacing. Pours a dark brown/black and looks pretty carbonated. The only thing that bugs me is that it looks like soda. It smells like coffee, but it is a coffee porter that should be a given. Also a slight hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is pretty good. Reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans but not as sweet. Medium mouthfeel and good drinkability. Not sure if I could deal with the coffee flavor for more than two or three of these though.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 18:38:23 | More by nbrown
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Wasatch

Utah

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a clean dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, and lots of coffee/chocolate. The taste is malty, nice touch of coffee/chocolate. Also agree on the watery part, as mentioned below. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 19:31:20 | More by Wasatch
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Floydster

California

2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for about six dollars

Poured into my Chimay goblet with a thin black color that resembled watered down oil, 1/2 light tan head that settled almost immediately, no retention and no lacing

Smell had strong coffee right up front, some roasted malt, burned aromas, coal, charcoal, also a faint scent of cherries

Taste was tons of coffee throughout, it overpowered everything and it was veryu one dimensional, did not get sweeter at any point which I found interesting, porters typically get sweeter as it warms in my experience, dry sensation in the finish almost made me feel like I needed a glass of water along with it, needed some hoppiness or unroasted malt to balance out the coffee flavor, not much to brag about here

Body was thin and this one was way too carbonated, taste did not last long at all, very weak mouthfeel overall

Could not even get through the bottle myself, had to give some to a friend, super heavy and taste is tiresome, even though alcohol is low this one is not very drinkable, needed to be a lot smoother

One of the worst beers I have had from Midnight Sun, big disappointment after looking forward to trying this one for so long, not recommended unless you are a fan of coffee beers, but then I would not even think it is too good

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 21:54:02 | More by Floydster
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Im going to have to agree with irish evans on this one. he is after all a gentleman and a scholar! This is the best coffee porter i have ever had. very dark and robust. aside from meantimes coffee porter, nothing i have tried even nips at the heels of this rhino! intense coffee flavor yet still incredibly porter. pours with little light brown head. smooth and drinkable with a clean finish, drink with breakfast on a day you sleep in late, or if your just a beer geek. great buy, and an experience worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 02:38:41 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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irishevans

Alaska

4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down my favorite coffee porter I've yet tried, very noticeable coffee flavour which makes it strange that i enjoy this beer so much, because i detest coffee. mellow bitterness and a clean smooth finish, if you have the chance to try this i strongly recomend it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2007 04:54:54 | More by irishevans
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Westsidethreat

California

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer had too much carbonation out of the get go. I got a huge glass of foam and the carbonation continued to push foam out of the bottle. It was relentless. The body is a totally opaque, pitch black brew. The head is beyond frothy, a healthy sandy caramel color. Not bad looking beer once you get past the carbonation problems

S: Good rich coffee in the aroma. Also some bakers chocolate, cola and coal.

T: Immediate reaction is that it doesn’t have as much flavor as the nose would lead you to believe. First moments are slight sour twang with infused coffee and lactose at the front of the tongue. Some dried cocoa at play as well. As the swallow ensues, roasted barley comes forward as well as some graham and dark berries. Finishes slightly acidic, but a good amount of charred grains stays with you. Sprucy hops are hitting me as well towards the end.

M: Medium body, somewhat oily.

D: Coffee beers are hard to do…most of them fail. This one is not half bad. I was looking for a bit more punch, it’s a touch watery for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 02:03:28 | More by Westsidethreat
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black coffee black with faint cherry highlights. The crown of foam resembles a cafe latte moccachino and is twice as sticky. Abstract patterns of lace paint the glass in attractive fashion. I love the fact that Arctic Rhino looks more like an American double stout than a porter. This should be fun.

As is the case with most well-brewed, coffee-infused beer, if you like java, you'll like the way this rampaging rhino smells. Roasted beans dominate from top to bottom, yet still allow black malt and cocoa powder to sneak in around the edges. I think I'm gonna enjoy this one.

I wish this beast tasted as big, as bold, as full and as rich as it looks. Having said that, it's pretty damn nice for a porter that barely cracks the 5.0% barrier. There's no shortage of flavor with respect to intensity, but it isn't as deep as a bigger beer (natch).

The flavor profile is an intriguing blend of roasted coffee beans (with a mild char and a wee tendril of smoke), bittersweet chocolate and fruity hops. I might even taste a hint of vanilla as well. I'm glad AR doesn't taste like iced coffee, but like an honest to goodness coffee-infused American porter. Even if you aren't fond of that other beverage, this is enjoyable beer.

I'm tempted to knock a half point off the mouthfeel score... and I think I will. Porters don't need to be chewy, but they need to have a little more heft than this. A Rhino isn't exactly a skinny animal after all. It's still nicely composed with a perfect amount of carbonation.

It just occured to me that Arctic Rhino would be a great breakfast beer. The coffee flavor is appropriate, the caffeine would do a great job of keeping the eyelids open and the relative lightness and low ABV would keep one from feeling bogged down for the rest of the day. Midnight Sun has another winner on their hands. Too bad their beer isn't more widely available.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 15:58:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
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joe1510

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$5.13
Liquid Solutions

Bottled the first week of February '07

Arctic Rhino pours black, absolutely opaque black. There's a hint, and by hint I mean sliver, of chestnut brown toward the bottom of my pint glass. A 1+ finger mocha head formed on the pour that fades to a thick cap of creaminess. Leaves sheet lacing on it's way down.

Roasted malts are first to greet the nose along with an unexpected but pleasant aroma of dark berries. Mild blueberries and blackberries. The freshly ground coffee shows up on the backend with a splash of cream and lingers around with a balancing herbal hoppiness. Very enticing aromas from this one.

Nicely bitter roasted malts kick things off and the coffee steps in quickly for the one-two punch. Fresh coffee that balances very well with the roasted malt. Both linger throughout the swallow. Mid palate the creaminess that was in the aroma appears but is quickly elbowed out of the way by a pretty solid dose of hops. Bitter herbal hops. Good flavors all around.

Mouthfeel is just slightly on the thin side with the carbonation being slightly too aggressive. Don't get me wrong in no way is this bad just something for me to pick apart I guess. Welcomed hop and roasted malt bitterness on the finish.

I could sit here and sip the night away with this brew. Some coffee infused beers are one and done for me but the coffee is just a component compared to others where it's the showcase.

My first offering from Midnight Sun turns out to be a solid porter I would try anytime if it was available in my area. Looking forward to trying all their beers I can get my hands on.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 23:54:02 | More by joe1510
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GClarkage

California

4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/02/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a bottled on notch strip on the side. Shows the month and the week it was bottled. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep black in color. Slight less than half inch head upon pour. Settles at a very light rim. Leaves behind light lace markings.

Smell- Fragrant fresh brewed coffee, ultra dark chocolate and a nice roasted malt nose.

Taste- This one is all coffee. Well, mostly at least. Perfectly brewed coffee flavor mixes with a bit of coco powder and shavings of dark chocolate. Just the right amount of sweetness from the chocolate to pull it all together. Malt is not burnt, but deeply roasted.

Mouthfeel- Starts off at a mid range carbonation level and turns almost cask like after sipping over an extended period of time.

Drinkability- Another wonderful brew from Midnight Sun. One of the best coffee brews I have ever had. Right along with the likes of Peche Mortel and Breakfast Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 15:55:28 | More by GClarkage
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ccrida

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle I picked up in Seward, into a Midnight Sun goblet, the Artic Rhino coffee porter is a dark, inky black, with a small but thick, creamy tan head, leaving thick foamy lace.

The aroma is roasty, chalky and bitter coffee. It sweetens ever so slightly as it warms.

The taste is metallic and very astringent coffee, more akin to coffee grounds then the brewed drink, as well as black malt. There is also a bit of sour milk, and a touch of hops. Not really my cup of tea, and I also had a few of the excellent porter's from Homer Brewing Company on draft with dinner a few hours earlier, so I can't help but compare.

The body is heavy for a porter, and a bit oily.

This was not to drinkable to me, way to much coffee and not enough porter. I wish I'd had another couple fresh Homer Brewing Co. drafts instead, since I won't be in town much longer and can get these Midnight Sun brews back home.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 02:27:32 | More by ccrida
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. Notches on the label indicate this was brewed in the first week of February (2007), so just shy of two months ago. Label reads: 5.0% alcohol by volume - 20 IBU's.

A: Dark, dark, DARK...no light is getting through this one - OK, maybe just a thin trace of auburn at the edges. 1-finger of rocky, dark tan head fades just a little too quickly to a thin cap of cream. Terrific-looking sticky lace clings in rings.

S: Almost all coffee in the nose, so fresh it's like the dust is still rising from the grinder. Traces of dark chocolate, too...could be a little stronger but it's hard to find fault with this one.

T: Smoky malts and a dark, slightly sour "coffee grounds" bitterness. Moderately spicy, like a dash of nutmeg. Still this one is mostly black coffee (reminds me of a dark-roasted African blend like Sulawesi), through and through...it's strange how bitter this is, yet it has such a low IBU level...

M: Surprisingly sharp and tingly, well carbonated. True to the style, this porter is still fairly light in the mouth, but the carbonation gives it a tingle and the maltiness gives a very light stickiness. Most of all, clinging bitterness dominates with that terrific coffee bean character.

D: A great find - I'm glad this one has arrived here in Portland. Very drinkable and, at just 5% ABV, easier on the mind & body, too. Highly recommended to coffee beer lovers and one I'll be sure get more of.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 06:07:41 | More by msubulldog25
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beersabound

Alaska

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

This botle was fresh from the brewery. I picked it up today in Anchorage at my favorite beer store. The store owner said it had just come in today. I doubt that this beer is available year round as the profile here says. Also, the ABV on the bottle says 5%. As expected, this has a heavy and intriquing coffee aroma and some chocolate and roasted grains in the aroma. The head is a dark brown and the beer is very dark brown. The body is medium/full but not viscous and is very easy to drink especially if you like coffee beers. The flavor is coffee predominantly but some chocolate and hop bitterness contribute as well and there is enough residual sugars to give it some balance. It is slightly acrid in the finish of the mouthfeel. The coffee lasts for quite a while in the after taste. It is very enjoyable, by no means a session beer and would be great with dessert or as dessert. If you like coffee infused ales you'll appreciate this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 06:06:30 | More by beersabound
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – This is a very dark brown in color with a thick, beautiful tanned head.

Smell – The malts here are dark and roasty but not burnt. The coffee is huge with an equally large compliment of alcohol notes.

Taste – The malts are very dark at the taste as well. I really enjoyed their complexity and could find little differences between the similar flavors. One moment a bit like straight coffee, the next maybe a hint of espresso, then another coffee flavor but a different blend, etc. I also found some light fruiting here that I didn’t get from the nose.

Mouthfeel – This is not quite medium-bodied with a light alcohol sting in the cheeks and a somewhat flat carbonation level.

Drinkability – This is a good-drinking AP but I thought it was a bit thin to earn a high recommendation. It was a delightful mix though of complex malts and big coffee.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for bringing this to the pre-pre-pre RoyalT Moving Party.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 06:23:54 | More by RoyalT
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark black with red brown edges and a small tan cap(poured about 90 minutes after it erupted all over hopdog's bar) that fades into a collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of coffee, cocoa, and cream.
Taste is of the same aromas with roasty mild lactose notes.
Mouthfeel is lingering coffee, roasted creamy cocoa and fizzy carbonation bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 15:41:44 | More by weeare138
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grumpy

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nearly black with minimal head and lace.

Aroma: Malt, roastiness, coffee.

Taste: No surprises here. Exactly what one would expect from a Coffee Porter. Roastiness, dark malt, bitter chocolate, and of course, coffee. Hops create a balance but are not a big part of the taste profile. A pretty decent effort but a little on the boring side. A nice blend of flavors, but I thought the whole thing ought to be ramped up a little.

Mouthfeel: Viscosity is medium-light, carbonation is moderate. Some astringency from the roastiness and/or coffee and/or hops.

Drinkability: Easy to quaff a couple of pints of this, but that’s enough for me. It just doesn’t grab my attention that effectively.

Serving type: growler

11-08-2005 16:47:39 | More by grumpy
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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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