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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 322
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 45
Gots: 43 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2005

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
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Reviews: 176 | Hads: 322
Photo of Klym
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stone nonic. Shared with Cavery.

A: Pitch black with a roasted looking frothy head that comes up gradually with the pour and ends up being about two fingers. For a porter this is a very impressive look.

S: Run of the mill coffee beans backed up by some nutmeg and a cocktail of some other less familiar spices. A nice oaky vanilla note in the tail end. Coffee beans/coffee really dominates the smell of this, and it is the most black, straight up coffee I've had come out of a beer.

T: Taste really comes through almost identical to the nose, with a little less substance to the spices, oak, and vanilla in the nose. This beer is so straight up coffee I feel it could replace my cup of black in the morning. I really like black coffee so this isn't a big negative for me, but I think it could use a little more fullness backing it up and a few sweeter notes.

M: I'm tempted to say it's watery and certainly the carbonation could use beefing as it dissipates pretty quickly in the mouth, but I'm not sure if the wateriness comment isn't because this beer keeps tricking me into thinking it's a stout. A really stout-esque look with a stout-esque nose, but the mouthfeel definitely takes me back to porter. You know, I take back my hesitation, this is watery.

O: This beer isn't bad but it's certainly not great to me. I actually think one way to redeliver this beer in a better form would be to give the recipe on an oatmeal platform, if it's possible. I won't hate on this beer but the only time I can see myself drinking this again would be at a noon-time drinking party where I had forgotten my cup of coffee in the morning. Still lots of respect for midnight sun but this is a weaker offering. (1,716 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle enjoyed at a recent beer tasting/reviewing/trading session - cheers Jeff for this!

Poured into a snifter. Dark black, like cold coffee, thin tan head, a bit of lacing. Sits in the glass like cold coffee.

Nose is a powerful blast of espresso coffee, spice, a bit of dark fruit, the usual porter notes.

I tried this alongside some pretty potent and heavy Imperial stouts, so I really had to pull back to make sure I did this lighter brew justice. Coffee flavor, spice, dark roasted malts. Surprisingly thin, however, as there wasn't a whole lot of backing to this brew. The coffee felt washed out and not nearly as robust as the nose had suggested. Still, an enjoyable coffee porter. Thin, slightly watery feel. (719 characters)

Photo of DucksFan16
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown colored body, about 95% opaque with only a little light coming through when held directly to light and tilted at an angle. Aroma of strong brewed coffee, roasted malt, peat, a touch of oak and a bit more brewed coffee. Medium-bodied; Pungent roasted coffee flavors with a lot of roasted malt, dry oak, vanilla and a little sugars with mostly a bitter coffee note. Aftertaste is deep and strong with the coffee coming out first, a little nuts, some light peat and earth finished with some brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Overall, a pungent and strong coffee flavored porter with some good complexity. (618 characters)

Photo of Lunch
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber enjoyed a little while back and poured into a Deschuttes snifter/tulip.

Looks like a Porter as it is a dark brown with a bit of lighter tan head. Not the thickest or darkest pour, but "good". Smells has some definite coffee to it, but nothing that is overwhelmingly good. A little stale perhaps. Some roast as well. Taste is similar with an off flavor that is a bit like burnt rubber. It does not take too much away from the rest of the flavor profile, but I've certainly had better coffee porters. Feel is a little thinner than expected, but not bad. I'd drink it again if someone was opening it or if ti was my best option, but I'd take many other American Porters over this one. (694 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another bottle shipped home from my swing to the Northwest. Only a few left.

A dull finish on this brown beer and an almost milky tan head that forms. Lots of clinging lacing sticks to your glass.

Aroma is a mix of roasted malt and obviously coffee. Not much sweetness here which was confirmed in the flavor.

Two me there are two camps of Coffee Beers. Ones that taste like a wonderful glass of coffee and this can either be a dark “black” cup of espresso or otherwise.. even some taste like a creamy sweet cup of coffee of cappuccino. These are the ones that are good. Then there’s those that resemble the flavor of used coffee grinds. Sadly this one falls into that category... But it’s not nearly has coarse as some others I’ve tried. Coffee grounds rule the day here and this is begging for a bot of sweetness for balance.

Medium bodied could have benefitted from a little more of a rounded mouth feel.

I am always excited to try everything from Midnight Sun, but this wasn’t among my favorites. Live and learn. (1,032 characters)

Photo of misinformed
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottled in 11/2010. Reviewed 5/30/11, tulip glass.

A- Beer pours a dark brown, cola-like color that appears dull black in the glass. Started off with 1/2" of mocha brown head that quickly faded to a small ring.

S- Sweet roasted malt with some dark fruit notes and bitter coffee.

T- Sweet fruity, roasted malt up front, bitter black coffee with some faint cocoa notes as well. Mellow bitterness, with mild roasted coffee in the finish.

M- Lighter medium body, average carbonation.

O- Good balanced brew, but the coffee could have been stronger for my tastes. Smooth, easy drinking, but a bit unremarkable. (615 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

538th Review on BA
Bottle to Sinner's tulip
22oz Bottle.

Thank you GuruDel for sharing

App- A black coffee looking brew with a massive two finger head that left tons of cling in the glass.

Smell- Hello coffee, welcome to my beer. When it says its a coffee porter it needs to smell of coffee, malts and beer. This was it.

Taste- For a coffee porter, this was it. It tasted like a big cup of black coffee although a little subdued for thickness.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Left a roasty, bitter coffee taste on the end.

Drink- One of the best beers I have had. For the style it was everything it needed to be and more. It had flavor, balanced. (664 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul at 7:30 in the morning at Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of moderately bitter roasted coffee grounds. Also present are hints of semi-sweet chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the coffee flavors are a bit smoother. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light roasted coffee flavors with hints of smoother espresso. Midway through the sip slightly bitter dark chocolate flavors come into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass however I’m not sure about another.

Overall this was a surprisingly lackluster beer from MS. Their Brewtality coffee beer blew this one out of the water, so try to find that one first before falling back on this beer. (1,028 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a very airy small cap. Very nice lattices of lacing all over the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark malts, roasted coffee beans, and some unsweetened cocoa powder. Taste is of cocoa dusted dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Mild coffee/dark chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. This is extremely carbonated for a porter and it takes away from the overall experience. It's very prickly and soda like with each drink. Overall, this is a pretty good porter that could be much better if the carbonation was dialed down. (604 characters)

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with minimal head floating around the edges.
Definite coffee notes followed by caramel and creamy smoothness.
Taste builds nicely as it warms but never overwhelms. The malt takes over and keeps any edginess under control.
A good beer that I thought at first would session well but slight cloying at the finish would make me want to shift to something else after one or two glasses. (400 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours black with a beige meringue type head that really sticks around. Nose is some toasted malt, coffee dust, light vanilla sweetness. Coffee is fairly sharp in the mouth, more bitter on the finish, but is expressed pretty richly and nicely for such a low abv beer. Fairly thin feel but not overly so, pretty good. Finish is too messy and bitter without much direction. Other than that this is pretty nice stuff. (428 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was sent as an extra by BrewerB (thanks Brian!) and arrived just in time for me to take it to Dark Lord. It also excited a few people to get to try Midnight Sun. It poured a medium in body dark, dark brown on the verge of black with a mocha one finger head. The aromas were of freshly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and dark sweet malts. The flavors essentially mimicked the aromas. The chocolatey bitterness was nice. The roasted notes were well done. It tastes pretty good. It wasn't the most complex coffee porter but I thought it was very good and easily drinkable. It was a little lighter in body but that was fine. The 5% was welcomed and easily one of the smaller beers of the day. Overall, this was a very nice brew. (739 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of coffee. There was a nice roasted malt aroma, too.

T - The coffee flavor tones down a little more than the nose. Some chocolate and toffee flavors, too. A slight bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice coffee porter. I'm glad I got to try this one on tap. (479 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight coffee, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight coffee, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, and hint of pale malt. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and blend. (365 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've got a 22 ounce bottle that needs to be emptied. On to the beer:

The head forms large on top of the ink black colored beer. Head retention is good, leaves some patchy works of lacing to the glass. The coffee in this beer has no problem showing itself off in the nose, and with it are chocolate syrup notes that complimet the coffee.

Dissapointment arrives in the taste; it doesn't grab my senses. I can taste a little of the delicous coffee, then it quickly fades and faint notes of wet cardboard arrive. Bittersweet throughout. The body is light-medium with a small burst of carbonation in the mouth.

An okay beer from the 49th state. For $12.99, I expected more than merely okay. At least I know where not to spend my allowance next time. (749 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is dark brown with translucent ruby highlights along the edges. The very center is opaque even when held up to light. Streams of carbonation bubbles are noticeable. The head is massive, rocky, and both the retention and the lacing are great.

Arctic Rhino has an aroma with tons of coffee, a big burst of dark fruit and some roasted malt.

Big coffee taste up front, but the coffee is acrid and bitter, the two killers of coffee beers. After the coffee comes a good bit of dark fruit, with black cherry and figs figuring into the mix. A hint of piney bitterness and a slightly metallic flavor come from the hops that are lurking in the background. Notes of both chocolate (which is quite large) and roasted malts (a little less powerful than the chocolate) are appreciated. The finish has a little more hops, with slight citrus and a bite of bitterness. Most coffee beers that come off acrid and bitter are utter failures, but Arctic Rhino has a lot of others going on that it does well, so a single failure doesn't completely destroy the beer.

Pretty light body, with moderate to high carbonation.

I think Arctic Rhino is close to be a very good porter, but not quite there. I appreciate the large amount of flavor with an ABV of 5% though. (1,252 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head, medium lace. The smell is of burnt coffee, pale malt, chocolate, earth.
The taste bummed me out a bit, a little coffee with a huge metallic background. The mouth is a little watery and there is an unpleasent metal aftertaste. Upon warming it gets a little better but still...
I may have a bad bottle because this is nothing like what reviews I have read. I gave out some tastes and the response is the same, something screwy with the batch or bottle. Might just not be as great as everyone says. (553 characters)

Photo of veinless
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured an opaque black that let not one ray of light pass through. Head was minimal and coarse, with next to no lacing. I looked away from my beer shortly after pouring and by the time I turned back every single bubble of head was gone.

Smell is a nice robust roasted rubbery coffee; I could wake up to this in the morning and I'd be happy. Hint of milk chocolate in the back, but mainly toasty malt and earth in this one.

Taste follows aroma, with lots and lots of rich coffee brew flavors to with that little bit of milk chocolate. It's a nice change of pace to get milk instead of dark for the cocoa, and it helps the coffee flavor out a great deal in this case. Biscuity middle is also making me think of toast and coffee in the mornings. Earthy dirt is intermingled adding complexity.

Mouthfeel is just phenomenal, as this one has a smoothness all its own to go with a creamy, thick texture of oil. Carbonation is not too strong, with just enough to arouse the beer. After that, it just stops, letting you have a clean, flat coffee experience that ends with a great fresh hop kick to clean the palate. Hops almost didn't show up...but they finally came around when it counted most. They make this very drinkable, and at 5% abv, this is one of the best session porters around. Great value too, at 6 bucks a bomber. Pick it up. (1,336 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for this one.

poured cold and near black to a surly darkness 10oz goblet with a 1/2 finger, relatively short lasting mocha head leaving a bit of lace.

aroma of toasted malts, dark black coffee and hints of dark chocolate in the wayback.

as advertised, this is a serious coffee brew. dark black coffee is way up front, followed by hints of chocolate and toffee. but really, let's face it, its about the coffee.

medium bodied, smooth, creamy, medium carbonation, semi-sweet, no real bitter.

drinkable - at 5.0, very. (548 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a to finger beige foam head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks and rings of lacing behind.

Slightly smokey malt aroma with a deep roasted coffee/espresso bean character. Lots of silky chocolate malt along with hints of toffee, oatmeal, burnt toast and hazelnut in the nose. Not acrid smelling at all, like some coffee porters/stouts but rather nicely balanced between the coffee, lactic cream and smokey/chocolate notes.

Chewy medium body with slight acrid bitterness and overly roasted coffee up front that is countered mid-palate by a smooth, silky chocolate malt profile. I'm also picking up some oatmeal, burnt toast, toffee and a slight toasted/roasted nut flavor. There is also a slight lactic creaminess that adds a bit of balance but overall the deep roasted coffee bean flavor overpowers the flavor of this beer a bit too much. Very dry, slightly bitter finish. (1,033 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, near black, color with a short dense khaki colored head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of freshly ground coffee. There are some chocolate notes as well as some caramel malt. Some lemony tea like scents as well.

The flavor is a mixture of ground coffee and chocolate. The coffee flavor is very fresh. There is some standard porter flavors; caramel malt and a dry lemony tea. The coffee really stands out and is tastey. The tea flavors seemed to come out more as the beer warmed.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Feels a touch light for the style. Despite the strong coffee flavor, it doesn't finish all that bitter. A bit of a lingering coffee aftertaste.

Very good coffee porter at only 5%abv. Drinks well, though the coffee flavor lingers a bit too long. (806 characters)

Photo of drewba
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep, dark brown with an amazing fluffy khaki head. Very minimal lacing and head retention.

S - Smells like a fresh cup of roasted coffee in the morning, absolutely amazing. Touches of roasted malt, sweetness and smoke.

T - Coffee, coffee coffee. Tastes like a primo brand of fresh, roasty, low acidity, mild coffee. The coffee goes through the beginning to the finish. Also, chocolate, a hint of smoke, and some sweetness from the malt. Though the flavor is great, there isn't a depth of flavor; somewhat lacking.

M - Quite thin, but doesn't bother me. Carbonation is somewhat lacking. Some dryness in the finish.

D - Could see this as a replacement for my morning cup of coffee, I'll have to ask my boss. A fantastic coffee drinkers beer, the coffee is so well done. Reminds me a little of FFF Hells Black Intelligencer. I gave this to several non beer drinking coffee drinkers and they really enjoyed it. (915 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, very dark with mahogany tinge up to the light. Head is spectacular, huge and ochre, but sinks maybe too quickly, with uneven craters and some lovely sticky trails of lace behind. Maybe too clear, would like a bit murkier, but pretty damn good.

Smells like coffee, in a word. Yeah, that's fuckin' coffee to the max, with that burnt, roasty espresso aroma just emanating like radio waves from that. There's a spiciness, and a bitterness, but really it's all just roasty espresso and I could get the same aroma from a fresh brewed long black. Hint of bread as well maybe? No, it's coffee.

Taste is very bitter throughout palate. Heaps of roasty characters with charcoaly notes on the assault followed by more intense espresso flavours that are really quite spicy, giving pepper and oak and some dark sour cherry notes as well. Almost a soapy finish to it as it's quite ascerbic. Could use more chocolatey notes or some lactose or possibly some wood, but just a touch. It's quite nice, just very intense coffee flavours.

A touch on the thin side at first, but lots of nice lively texture and leaves nicely smooth. Not bad.

Yeah, as drinkable as a good long black. I like it for one, but couldn't go for two in a row. It might make me jumpy and anxious. (1,272 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the West Coast, not really sure how I came across this but it was supposedly fresh! Into a snifter, split with Nichols over Thanksgiving break.

The beer is a dark brown, almost black color with a touch of mahogany around the edges when held to the light. A thin cap of cappuchino colored foam crowns this good looking porter and leaves good lace. Not the best ever, but nice!

The smell is interesting in that the coffee and traditional porter elements seem to have shared the stage well. There's no dominating coffee, more of an enhancement, but it's there with a dark roasty presence. Some chocolate and caramel and a touch of hops give some traditional porter notes. The beer is expressive and isn't a one-trick pony - I appreciate that depth.

The beer has a nice coffee edge in the taste, but this is a great porter even before that. Some light coffee and sweet malt give this beer depth and balance, while chocolate and hops give it unique flavor aspects. The taste is something I would strive for as a brewer because good flavors were added to a good base beer, instead of injected to cover or dominate.

The mouthfeel is really thin and I just can't get over that, unfortunately. A bit of lactose sugar would make this improve vastly. The carbonation makes it feel a bit heavier than it is, but what it looses in creaminess it gains in drinkability. A fine beer, not exactly world-class, but really quite enjoyable. (1,442 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep and very dark brown colour, with a very large and frothy head of light brown bubbles. Lacing is clumpy, but stays in quite consistent patterns on the inside of the glass. Some clarity to it as well, despite the dark colour - something which definitely makes me consider it a porter rather than a stout, even if that brewery had not labelled it so. Looks good.

Nose is roasted and dark, with a huge coffee hit, but but burgeoning sweetness and a touch of dank acridity. Around the edges is a character like frozen mint peas. Really, it's a very full and robust nose, which covers a swathe of the spectrum, moreso than the initial whiff of coffee would have you believe.

Taste is disappointingly thin, and to be honest, a little unpleasant. Where I expected coffee to be dominant, it's only a slight roasty bitterness, while more organic characters (possibly the frozen peas I noticed on the palate) come through in force, giving a rankness to the back. Body stays rather thin throughout, which I find very disappointing, particularly for this style, although the ABV probably suggests such a thing.

Disappointing, in the end. It has some promise, but there's not a lot of merit on the palate, and it feels thin and reedy by the end. Not one of my favourites of the style, or one of my favourites from Midnight Sun. (1,329 characters)

Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.