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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: 292
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 37 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +28%

08-02-2013 04:43:23 | More by MattSlem
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

07-23-2013 07:03:30 | More by Liondiscs
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 19:45:21 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 17:23:17 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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North Carolina

3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 20:02:06 | More by n2185
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-07-2013 08:49:21 | More by InfernoBoss
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

07-04-2013 18:10:08 | More by ColSanders123
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3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:53:01 | More by argock
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

06-11-2013 15:53:44 | More by taigor
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-02-2013 02:06:50 | More by itracy63
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-01-2013 09:09:02 | More by jakecattleco
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3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:28:06 | More by arizcards
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-31-2013 18:01:44 | More by zeledonia
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-31-2013 01:52:58 | More by rab53
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-29-2013 10:03:45 | More by thegerm87
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-22-2013 16:52:39 | More by crkopacz
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-19-2013 01:07:46 | More by smithj4
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a three finger high brownish beige head that took a very long time to die down, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is all about the favors of roasted coffee beans and has a light amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this beer because it tastes a lot like how I lie my coffee - straight up and black.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 01:06:52 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark brown (approaching jet black) in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some coal brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer, a thick ring at the edges of the glass, and a medium to large thick cap in the center of the glass. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly roasted/ground and brewed coffee underneath some light notes of roasted dark malts. Very light notes of chocolate as well.

T: Upfront there is a really nice moderate flavor of roasted dark malts with some light notes of dark chocolate. There is also a moderate to strong flavor of roasted/freshly ground coffee that overall contributes a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a long time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: This beer tastes like I like my coffee - dark, strong, and slightly bitter. I really enjoyed this one and would gladly drink more of this one. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 01:04:50 | More by dbrauneis
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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