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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: 301
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 40 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

paulish, May 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

South2NW, Feb 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

GTB, Nov 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

laxer8811, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of akorsak
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).

akorsak, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of LumberhillBeer
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.

LumberhillBeer, Nov 04, 2010
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.

MakeMineADoubleJack, Jul 29, 2014
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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.

bbothen, Nov 14, 2008
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.

Scotchboy, Nov 02, 2012
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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

russpowell, Jan 03, 2009
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.

GonzoHomebrewer, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
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

DarthKostrizer, Jan 02, 2012
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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.

womencantsail, Mar 12, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

oakaged88, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of djmichaelk
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.

djmichaelk, Oct 16, 2010
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.

JAXSON, May 07, 2011
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.)

Pencible, Dec 31, 2009
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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.


JohnGalt1, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark brown. Tan head disappears quickly. Nice malty coffee aroma. Coffee, toasty malts. Quite pleasant, but thin bodied and not assertive. I'd try it again except the coffee woke me up at night.

LiquidAmber, Jul 08, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I shared this 22 ounce bomber with my wife while brewing an Oatmeal Porter.

Well-carbonated. It pours with a thick beige head of big bubbles almost twice the size of the beer. The head collapses slowly and leaves a nice spiderweb of Belgian lace on the sides of the glass.

Dark brownish-black hue approaching the color of a dark Starbucks espresso.

Nose of dry roasted coffee beans with a chocolate center. Lingering smoke on the edge.

Fairly dry and thin for a porter, it could use some extra malty goodness to clamp down on the roasted acidity of the coffee. The high carbonation level detracts from my enjoyment.

Overall it lacks complexity, but is easy to drink. A good beer for breakfast. Javaah!

Cheers to Jeager for the Midnight Sun LIF and the chance to try a taste of Alaska.

HopasaurusRex, Nov 30, 2008
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Midnight Sun is finally in Spokane!

Bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $5.99. According to the label, this was bottled during the first week of april, presumably of this year. the label also states that the abv is an even 5%.

Poured a very dark brown color that lightened by the merest fraction when held up to direct light. HUGE tan head that took forever to drop, with sheets of tan lace slowly dripping down the sides of a Bass UK-style pintglass, eventually leaving large tan spots behind.

The nose was not as assertive as I was expecting. I guess I really dig big, massively roasty coffee aromas from any beer with the word coffee on the label, and that wasn't how this beer smelled. Sure, there's some coffeenotes, but it's not as strong as the scents of mollasses and baker's chocolate that I was getting. Don't get me wrong - this doesn't smell bad at all, but it's not what I was hoping for.

Taste was similar to the smell, with pretty much the same observations noted above. Starts out with a mildly bitter and acidic flavor, then is joined by mild, chocolaty sweetness. No real hop flavor to this. I'd probably rate the flavor higher if this was market as a garden variety porter, but something calling itself a coffee porter should have more coffee flavor, IMHO.

Thin bodied - too thin, really - but the mouthfeel is pleasingly oily and almost manages to make up for it's wateryness.

Despite the demerits I've given this beer above, it's actually pretty drinkable. I could have serveral in a sitting, especially with it's rather modest abv. I'd have fewer problems with it if it was just marketed as a regular porter, but at $5.99 per bomber and with "Coffee Porter" prominent on the label, I was expecting a bit more.

woemad, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of DIM
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a dark brown with some ruby edges. It poured with a medium sized light mocha head. Decent retention and moderate lace.

s: Roasty cocoa scented malts and coffee blend to make a very nice smelling brew.

t: The coffee flavors are very well done. Relatively mild, nicely bitter, and not at all overpowering. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of porter to back up the coffee. Some roasty, slightly sour, grainy malts. Moderate sweetness as well.

m: The body was a bit watery.

d: Mmmmm...free beer... Thanks to tayner for this via LIF. Not a beer to knock your socks off, but a very tasty offering.

DIM, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

zeff80, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark as night black with a thin dark brown head which left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was a little coffee, roasted chocolate malts, lots of sweetness, and slight vanilla notes as well.

T: coffee was definitely more apparent on the palate alongside chocolatey sweetness, roasty malts and vanilla accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, coffee, and slight creamy finish.

O: I honestly thought it was going. To be a whole lot better so I was a little dissapointed, oh well.

Gobzilla, Jul 01, 2012
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.