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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 174
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 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.

DrDogbeer, Jul 06, 2008
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.

HopDerek, Jun 28, 2008
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.

Wetpaperbag, Jun 14, 2008
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.

DIM, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, May 26, 2008
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.

brewdlyhooked13, May 08, 2008
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.

pwoods, May 08, 2008
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.

bkilpatr, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
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.

Bierguy5, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of TheBlackMallard
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!

TheBlackMallard, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Vancer
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.

Vancer, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
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.

cswhitehorse, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of SargeC
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.

SargeC, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of nbrown
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.

nbrown, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Floydster
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

Floydster, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of irishevans
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.

irishevans, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
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.

Westsidethreat, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of joe1510
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.

joe1510, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
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.

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of ccrida
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.

ccrida, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
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.

msubulldog25, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of beersabound
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.

beersabound, Jun 16, 2006
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.