Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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2.75/5 rDev -25.9%
Pours dark brown, blackish in the very center, with a nice mocha head. Aroma is medium roasted coffee grind and some chocolate. I would have to say that the coffee does comes across a little on the stale side of things. Flavor followed suit with a slightly hoppy finish. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I was really looking forward to trying this one but was definitely let down. Not a great representation of the style, IMO. Perhaps I got an old bottle that had been sitting for a while? The stale coffee definitely ruined this beer for me.
08-24-2013 20:51:02 | More by denver10
3.6/5 rDev -3%
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, black coloring with only the slightest hints of dark brown highlights under light. Creamy, dense, small bubbled, light brown colored head that starts over an inch, but settles into a nice, tight, eighth of an inch retaining head. Aromas of chocolate syrup and ground coffee blend initially, with hints of more rich, bittersweet chocolate and earthy tones the more you dive in nose first. Flavors are bitter and roasty forward, on a thin, slightly watery body. Coffee backbone, both roasted and bitter, with chocolate highlights, both sugary sweet and bitter. Decent blending on the palate, but the body fails the beer a bit. Seems like it was going for a dry feel, and came up short. The aftertaste is roasted and bittersweet once again, and the beer has a clean, slightly filmy, slightly dry finish.
07-20-2013 19:45:21 | More by GarthDanielson
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
A- Big frothy mocha head, dark body, looks spot on
S-the malt and coffee intermingle well, but nothing seems to shine through, nice balance but nothing earth shattering
T- A light roast that is again barely indistinguishable between the malt and coffee, not bad but nothing seems to really stand out
M- a bit too carbonated for my taste, thin
O- decent beer, a thicker mouthfeel would probably help this brew out a bit.
07-16-2013 17:23:17 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
3.04/5 rDev -18.1%
A: Pours black with two fingers of light tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.
S: Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, and a bit of creamy coffee here without much else.
T: Roasted malts here as well with bitter chocolate, char, and a bit of roasted coffee. The finish is lightly bitter.
M: Not for sure if this is a bad bottle, but this beer is way overcarbonated. Every sip seems to explode into a mouthful of froth, making it more like drinking a glass of foam than a beer.
O: This would be a solid, drinkable porter, but the extreme carbonation makes it very difficult to drink.
07-14-2013 20:02:06 | More by n2185
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).
A: Very dark brown with wispy, beige head with poor retention but a few spare spots of lace are left behind.
S: I am a little worried about this beer -- it has a very light coffee aroma for a coffee porter. The porter base is not too strong either with only a little bit of roasted malt poking through btu not much else.
T: The flavor is also pretty lackluster with a fair amount of astringency and acrid quality without much either coffee or porter flavors. There is some spent black coffee ground flavor in the aftertaste along with mild ash and tobacco with only a slight roasted malt and dark caramel note barely making its way to perceptibility. No yeast and the hops are herbal but mild. There is a mild metallic off-flavor in the finish.
M: Too light in body, and I think the brewers would do well to bump up the malt in this beer to give it both more body and more flavor. The carbonation seems too heavy which only serves to lighten the feel further.
O: Not a great beer, not even a good beer. Way too light to support much coffee flavor. To be honest, I am not sure how old this bottle is or how well it was handled, but Midnight Sun doesn't leave an easy to find bottling date either. This one needs a ton more malt with more attention to the porter base before this can really improve a lot.
07-04-2013 01:53:01 | More by argock
3.79/5 rDev +2.2%
Picked up a single at City Beer Store today for $7.
Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing.
Nose is roasted malts and mocha, very nice.
Taste is dominated by the coffee. Finish is dry with a slight off sour taste.
Mouthfeel is on the light side and under carbonated.
Overall this is nice beer. Not sure how old this bottle is but I could imagine it is very good fresh.
06-01-2013 01:28:06 | More by arizcards
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.