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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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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 39 | 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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Pelican5

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-16-2013 07:24:00 | More by Pelican5
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -19.1%

05-16-2013 04:33:50 | More by pin
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

04-28-2013 20:39:59 | More by acurtis
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gwiedman1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-28-2013 19:57:39 | More by gwiedman1
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

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

Goofy colored pencil or crayon bottle art. Dark brown with a large roam dollop on top. A band of retention circles my glass and a thin film stretches across the middle. Dabs of splashy lace.

Smells, appropriately, of coffee. Bitter carob too.

Tates like coffee (warm infusion?) and dark backer's chocolate with more carob bitter in back. Tame amount of acrid porter-ish-ness. Thin body but silky and fine. Pretty easy drinkin' for a coffee beer.

My first Midnight Sun (they don't distribute by me, I picked this up on Long Island of all places) and I liked it enough to try'em again if they're around. Above Berkshire coffee porter and just below Wolaver's coffee porter on my coffee porter ladder.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 11:59:21 | More by donkeyrunner
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bvermilion

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

04-25-2013 02:56:09 | More by bvermilion
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laxer8811

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-19-2013 02:16:39 | More by laxer8811
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methtlcai

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-17-2013 02:19:11 | More by methtlcai
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vfgccp

New York

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark khaki head. Great retention and lace. Black body with dark cola highlights.

S - Dry, almost dusty, high quality coffee. Hazelnut, caramel.

T - Thin flavor profile. Roasty, almost burnt grain. Hazelnut, toast, smoke. Amaretto finish.

M - Light body. Almost watery for the style.

O - Drinks more like a light brown than a porter. Tastes like cold coffee.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 00:50:56 | More by vfgccp
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-24-2013 02:57:56 | More by Sparky44
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popery

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-26-2013 07:30:25 | More by popery
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mjenkins5

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-20-2013 02:58:37 | More by mjenkins5
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magictacosinus

California

4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass at Beer Revolution during SF Beer Week. Got to meet one of the co-owners of the brewery as well. Really nice people with a great vision in craft beer! I'll make sure I buy more of their beers in the future for sure. Review is from my notes.

Pours an opaque, blackened appearance coated with light foaminess at the top and bubbles gliding along the sides. It really does indeed look a lot like a coffee-infused dessert drink or liqueur over an actual porter. Definitely is really thick and viscous overall, although lacks a little bit in the department of lacing. A little ring seems to last for the entire consumption at the top of the glass, which does hold the espresso appearance I so desire with my coffee based beers.

As I bring my nose to the glass, I'm pelted with bittered, juicy coffee bean flavors combined with a milk chocolate sweetness and near grassy zest. Very surprised here. Coffee beers I've had in the past definitely had a far more roasted aroma combined with baker's chocolate, and any sweetness came from the boozy notes. Here, it's quite different, with the malts creating a near syrupy sweet aroma instead, and the coffee notes joining in to give the impression of a slightly sweetened black coffee instead. Also, I must mention that this smells quite clean and crisp on tap, and nothing else seems to drowned out or subdued by these ingredients, no matter how much of a backseat they may be taking here.

The flavor takes things slightly up a notch, with the coffee syrupy sweetness really coming together quite pleasantly and balanced overall. The initial flavor is coated with brown sugar, maple wood, and espresso flavors, but eventually it is taken over by the bittered notes produced by the coffee and dark malts. Not too grainy overall, although definitely slightly herbal. The texture of this beer is truly the highlight of this, as it is creamy to the point of appearing gelatinous, and also is crisp and smooth overall in each aftertaste.

As I talked to one of the co-owners, she told me that this was in fact brewed with more coffee than I initially expected. In fact, she said this is really good blending with vanilla ice cream to make a shake of some kind, and I totally believe it. Honestly, I have no idea how this is in the bottle, but on tap, it's an interesting twist on coffee beers, and while it's sweeter here, it's still very tasty. Definitely enjoyed this one.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 19:07:09 | More by magictacosinus
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adkieffer

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-16-2013 16:05:18 | More by adkieffer
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unclekeith

Alaska

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-20-2013 23:21:40 | More by unclekeith
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-18-2013 17:44:06 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-17-2013 01:36:29 | More by kjkinsey
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blackcloud

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-03-2013 22:36:16 | More by blackcloud
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BrewTasting

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

12-21-2012 00:18:44 | More by BrewTasting
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Markito

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

12-15-2012 15:28:54 | More by Markito
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sneaks2210

New York

3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-12-2012 02:51:15 | More by sneaks2210
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cocoapuph for the bottle!

Pours a beautiful black, with a creamy dark tanned head. Nice foamy lacing.

Nice roasted, creamy coffee nose, with roasted malts and some chocolate.

Bitter coffee on the taste, cocoa, roast, some meager smoke/char.

Nice creamy feel, not too light, not to heavy. Adequate carbonation, good feel overall.

Not sure why such he lowish rating...thought this was a great porter with nice coffee.

Thanks again Jeremy!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 02:18:51 | More by EgadBananas
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-04-2012 16:31:52 | More by laymansbeerfan
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Murrhey

Montana

2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Poured a three finger mocha head. Medium length retention, specks of fluff. Deep black color with no clarity. Nice looking beer.

S- Strong coffee, mocha, cake batter, roasted malts. Appealing.

T- Strange taste. Yes, coffee but something else. Peanut butter? So weird. Not great.

M- Creamy, wet.

O- Really meh. Nice smell, but feel and taste are not doing it for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 06:11:15 | More by Murrhey
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-22-2012 03:04:58 | More by t0rin0
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.