Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter

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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 39 | 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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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Liquid Solutions, this one had a thicker, slush consistency on arrival and so it is one of the first few on deck.

A: The bottle opened without a hiss but the pour conjured up a thick head that bubbled over the sides of the glass. The porter is dark, a moonless night. The three fingers of head from pour have left scant lacing.

S: The nose is primarily coffee, roasted and sweet with a bitter undertone. The coffee is met by porter malts, dark and roasted with chocolate and burnt toast.

T: The beer is a delicious mouthful of coffee. The flavor has a cold infusion taste, fuller and more luxurious than the addition of beans to the kettle. As the porter warms, the coffee becomes denser, fuller with an acrid finish. A Starbucks-like bite leaves a strong finish.

M: The mouthfeel is primarily coffee, porter is an afterthought. The ale could use a little more balance between the two elements.

D: I am enjoying the bomber and would gladly dig into another one (or two).

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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Solid black, little head with the pour but very small/none after a few sips.

S: Smells of coffee, roasted coffee beans, roasted malts.

T: Nice coffee taste similar to Kahlua but more thin. Almost tasting a hint of vanilla but it's pushed behind with the coffee aromas.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation. Watery on the palette and thin going down.

D: Would like to try another bottle to or hopefully one day on draft to see if it thickens up a bit. A little too thin for what I was expecting but I would definitely pick another bottle up to try again.

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured this into a snifter. Nice dark body with about two fingers of dark, tan head. A good looking beer.

Smells like a fresh pot of very good coffee, a nice dark roast. Like sitting in Starbucks all day.

Taste is somewhat coffee forward, but doesn't match that gorgeous smell. Slight tang on the back end that reminds me of drinking coffee black.

Mouthfeel is thin. I wish it were creamier, fuller; but I've come across thinner porters.

Overall, this is pretty good. But not a go-to porter like Edmund Fitzgerald. And God knows I wish I could drink Everett every damn day.

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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Portland St market in Klamath Falls, Or. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep cola like brown, almost black. Small skim of foam across the top. Minimal lacing or webbing. Ominous.

Smells of roasted coffee beans. In a big way. The coffee aroma is massive. Some chocolate & roastiness sneak through, but not much. If you like the smell of coffee beers, you'll love this.

More roasted coffee in the front, slight fruitiness, faint chocolate character, some hop bitterness, bitter coffee finish.

Medium to full bodied, somewhat thin, low carbonation, lingering coffee aftertaste.

A 22oz bottle is quite abit if you don't like coffee infused beers. I do, but I wouldn't want to open another.

An enjoyable coffee porter. The coffee aromas & flavors are dominate over most porter characteristics.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to New Belgium Globe...

A: Dark brown/nearly black with a nice tan head and some moderate lacing.

S: Coffee Porter aromas, moderately strong coffee...burnt notes, dusting of cocoa and light notes of bitter chocolate, toasted grains.

T: Taste and mouthfeel betray the fact that this is a 5% beer...a bit watery, coffee profile is roasted and dark and dirty but lighter than I prefer...hints of bitter bakers chocolate and dark caramel, light suggestions of smoke/burnt malt.

MF: Again, a bit 'watery'...lighter medium mouthfeel for sure. Carbonation is lighter as well.

O: Decent coffee porter, but I was definitely hoping for more.

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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Took a flyer on this even thought wasn't rated that high, obtained from Liquidsolutions

Pours an effervescent ebony with 4 fingers of mocha head. Zero head retention & minmal lacing

S: Coffee & dark chocolate & licorice & sarsaparilla right at the end, by far the best feature of this brew

T: Coffee beans, dryness & a smidge of iron up front. Roasted wet grain & coffee grounds as this warms, plus just a touch of chocolate. Finishes dry, with a whisper of chocolate & more coffee, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight astringency that fades as this warms, starts to smooth out & get a little oily

Drank alright, I need something besides coffee to hold my attention when it comes to porters, If you dig coffee beers, you may disagree

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
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.

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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Black and totally opaque with brown rings around the edges with a 1/2 inch tan head and good retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Gourmet coffee and honestly not much else.

Taste: Roasted malt upfront with just a slight ash note. The backend has some great gourmet coffee notes

Mouthfeel: Just a touch thinner than medium body and I would really have loved a thicker body with medium carbonation and a bit silky

Overall: Pretty good coffee porter. It has some good qualities to it and just some ok ones but I do recommend giving this one a try

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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a nice mild tan head on top.

S: Plenty of coffee in the nose with a light touch of chocolate and a nice roasted malt character.

T: The coffee dominates the flavor as well with a decent amount of roasted malt and a mild bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation which works well.

D: A pretty decent coffee beer, but nothing that will blow you away. It's nice to see Midnight Sun is making its way down to California.

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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a perfect pint. Purchased from K&L in Redwood City in Sep 2010.

A - Not surprisingly, pours a coffee-black, with ruby highlights around the edges. Big, fluffy, three-finger head with great retention, settles into a thin cap with patchy lacing.

S - Obviously, dark roasted coffee dominates the nose, along with a sweetish malt and hints of chocolate and cocoa.

T - The coffee in the flavor is more on the light side, and almost a stale flavor. Plenty of cocoa powder and dark chocolate. An earthiness that comes up in the finish. Only somewhat dry.

M - Typical for the style; a bit thin for me but that's probably me just being used to imperials. Pretty light and carbonation is just right.

D - Low abv and good flavor, so I had no problem finishing this bomber. I could go for another.

O - Price is right, flavors are pretty good. This is an outstanding morning beer with the coffee flavors. Similar to Founders BS, recommended for those hungover mornings.

Photo of JAXSON
3.68/5  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.

Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured an opaque black with tons of tan head. It smelled like strong dry roasted coffee with some very bitter chocolate and a bit of licorice. It tasted like tons of roasted coffee with some very bitter chocolate and a bit of waxy hops. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a strong bitter aftertaste. Overall this was one of the strongest coffee tastes I've ever had in a beer, on par with Peche Mortel. Good coffee taste, but very bitter. It had good body and no noticeable alcohol, but this beer still needs to be sipped due to the extreme coffee bitterness. Nice brew but not quite for me. (I would have preferred a more complex and balanced taste, with a bit more body and a bit less head.)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Bier Thirty a week or so ago... I was going to send it out in trade, but realized it didn't really jive with my targets wants and it is probably a bit old. Poured into my little CC goblet.. short lasting dark tan head... the brew is black as far as I can tell... only spots of tan lacing.

Nose is pretty traditional porter territory with dark malts and decent whaffs of coffee ... seems pretty mild and dry .. hints of dark fruits.

Flavor is about on par with the nose... but it seems a tad metallic on the finish.. still though, a decent porter... almost "sessionable" porter spiked with coffee flavors.

Body is a tad higher than I would expect for such a low ABV brew... nice drinkability for sure.

3.5/4/3.5/4/3.5

Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.