Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 44
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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Photo of Aenema
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark black, offwhite beige, no lacing.
Smell - Rich, roasted coffee notes.
Taste - Roasted bitter malts, coffee.
Mouthfeel - On the thin side - light-medium bodied with relatively high carbonation for a porter. Fine bubbles.
Drinkability - Very light with a great coffee aspect and strong flavors for such a low-impact beer.

Photo of GabrielM
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - pitch brown, almost black, with a decent tan head.

S - coffee, brown sugar, some hazelnut, roasted malts.

T - a lot of coffee up front, some slight bitterness in the middle, ending with some sweetness on the back.

M - pretty carbonated, but lacks some body. Not as thick as I would've liked.

D - definitely easy to drink, but the coffee might become a little much after two or so.

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a very dark brown in color with a thick, beautiful tanned head.

Smell – The malts here are dark and roasty but not burnt. The coffee is huge with an equally large compliment of alcohol notes.

Taste – The malts are very dark at the taste as well. I really enjoyed their complexity and could find little differences between the similar flavors. One moment a bit like straight coffee, the next maybe a hint of espresso, then another coffee flavor but a different blend, etc. I also found some light fruiting here that I didn’t get from the nose.

Mouthfeel – This is not quite medium-bodied with a light alcohol sting in the cheeks and a somewhat flat carbonation level.

Drinkability – This is a good-drinking AP but I thought it was a bit thin to earn a high recommendation. It was a delightful mix though of complex malts and big coffee.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for bringing this to the pre-pre-pre RoyalT Moving Party.

Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MtGoat for this one.

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some sweeter toasted ones, then a nice coffee aroma.
T: A sweet roasty malt base underneath coffee, hints of chocolate as well. The coffee was not as bold as I was expecting which actually made it nicer.
M: Very smooth, warming, right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. Not a lot of alcohol in this one and the flavors worked very well together. This was a really nice beer and would recommend if anyone can get this.

Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured black with a 1 inch thick mocha colored head. The head held up ok and a light lace.

Smell - Very nice nose on this beer. coffee, some dark cocoa and maybe a little vanilla

Taste - Very true to the nose good but not great. I thought the coffee could have stood out just a bit more.

Mouthfeel - Just a bit on the light side for a porter but good carbonation

Drinkability - This was a good beer that i enjoyed very much. This beer went down very smooth.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received in trade with olympuszymurgus. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Dark brown, to the point of being on the verge of being called black. A finger plus of dense, rich looking cappuccino colored head with good staying power...holding firm for several minutes. This head just won't fall...thicker and more durable than the head on top of a true cappuccino.

S - Fruity - maybe blackberries and/or blueberries, citrusy hops, dark malts and coffee, coffee, coffee. The fruits are a bit unusual, but they seem to work in here.

T - A cup of cold black coffee is my first impression. Rich, dark roasted flavors, that same berry-like fruity character found in the aroma, burnt espresso bean like coffee character, astringency on high (coffee asttringency, not a grainy, husky astringency). Quite good, but the berry character and high astringency is a bit on the strong side and out of balance with the other flavors in here.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Has some viscosity...like coffee with a bit of cream in it - definitely not watery, but still on the thin side. Carbonation is medium also. Astringency gives a slight pucker to the mouth.

D - I like this beer. It's all about the coffee here. I would love to know more about the exact coffee used in this brew. The beer has a lot of fruitiness and astringency...would really love to know how much of this is a direct result of the coffee addition - especially the fruitiness. This is a great breakfast beer and dessert beer. Light in alcohol, very easy drinking. Recommended and wish I could get some more of this...I know someone who drinks out of small glasses (you know who you are...) who is gonna love this beer.

Photo of Gmann
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of kbeals
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up on my recent road trip out west. Shared with my buddy Jake.

A- Pours a dark black with a finger of mocha colored head. Head fizzles down to a thin crown leaving minimal lacing. The glass might not have been cleaned properly, leading to the lack of lacing.

S- Tremendous aromas of coffee and vanilla. Hints of chocolate and other roasted malts. Very complex and very enticing. Too often coffee based brews just smell bitter, not this one. It's like dipping your head into a freshly opened coffee can.

T- Not quite as complex as the smell, with coffee really dominating. Slight nuances of chocolate and vanilla come through, maybe some caramel sweetness. Very pleasing.

M- A tad thin for the style, very smooth with mild amounts of carbonation.

D- Good. As a coffee porter, this one is really good. The coffee doesn't seem cheap or over-roasted. A definite must try for any lover of coffee beers.

Photo of joe1510
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$5.13
Liquid Solutions

Bottled the first week of February '07

Arctic Rhino pours black, absolutely opaque black. There's a hint, and by hint I mean sliver, of chestnut brown toward the bottom of my pint glass. A 1+ finger mocha head formed on the pour that fades to a thick cap of creaminess. Leaves sheet lacing on it's way down.

Roasted malts are first to greet the nose along with an unexpected but pleasant aroma of dark berries. Mild blueberries and blackberries. The freshly ground coffee shows up on the backend with a splash of cream and lingers around with a balancing herbal hoppiness. Very enticing aromas from this one.

Nicely bitter roasted malts kick things off and the coffee steps in quickly for the one-two punch. Fresh coffee that balances very well with the roasted malt. Both linger throughout the swallow. Mid palate the creaminess that was in the aroma appears but is quickly elbowed out of the way by a pretty solid dose of hops. Bitter herbal hops. Good flavors all around.

Mouthfeel is just slightly on the thin side with the carbonation being slightly too aggressive. Don't get me wrong in no way is this bad just something for me to pick apart I guess. Welcomed hop and roasted malt bitterness on the finish.

I could sit here and sip the night away with this brew. Some coffee infused beers are one and done for me but the coffee is just a component compared to others where it's the showcase.

My first offering from Midnight Sun turns out to be a solid porter I would try anytime if it was available in my area. Looking forward to trying all their beers I can get my hands on.

Photo of froghop
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a black with a large brown head, and good lacing.

smell is of milk chocolate, some coffee, vanilla bean, and malt in the back.

taste of coffee, sour malt, bakers chocolate, some licorice, and some vanilla, ends dry and slightly bitter.

overall a very nice porter.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andrew for this bottle! Bottled in 2nd week of November 2011. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Dark black. Half a finger of medium brown head that quickly reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Heavily roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and some char.

T - Big coffee flavour up front accompanies a slight bitterness. Big roasted malt profile and some lighter notes of char and sweet molasses add depth.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Photo of jampics2
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fridge-temp bomber into a pint glass.

appearance - Pours a rich, dark brown bordering on black, with amber & caramel color barely visible when held up to the light. A smooth and steady pour yielded a nice, rich dark mocha one-inch head that was slow to dissipate, leaving decent lacing.

smell - predominantly toasty malts, with a good roasted-almost-burnt coffee aroma lingering. subtle cocoa and mocha blend in to create a pleasant smell, though nothing amazing.

taste - Coffee. Coffee. and more Coffee. Not overpowering, but coffee is definitely the predominant flavor - as it should be. Some coffee porters barely have a hint of coffee - this one nails it. Not overpowering and the malt and mocha flavors pull through beautifully, with an almost creamy mocha finish. There's a bit of lemony sour tartness which balanced out the coffee and roasted malt nicely.

mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, a bit lighter than i was expecting for a porter. A touch watery - i was anticipating a bit chewier and heavier.

drinkability - Very easy drinking for a coffee porter. Light enough that it could still pair well with foods, but delicious on its own. I 'll definitely be having a few more before the season has past.

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with a half finger of tan head.

Smell. Dark fruits and sweet dark chocolate with a little coffee, smoke and anise.

Taste. Really roasty malts, bitter coffee, some cocoa powder and a hint of molasses. A little acidic. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice roasty coffee porter. I'd buy it again.

Photo of Kaiser81
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bit thanks to BigJK for this beer. He went to Alaska, and brought it back, and it was my reward for getting the most stouts correct in the blind stout tasting he held this past weekend. Cheers, Jon.

22 oz bomber poured into my Bruery snifter glass.

A - Pours about as black as you can get with a thin mocha head. The head disipates quickly leaving a little bit of lacing on the glass, but not much. There may be just a touch of ruby highlights, but they're faint.

S - Smells of coffee mixed with vanilla and some rich chocolates. It's good, but Victory @ Sea is still the standard for this style of beer. Everything is good here, just not overwhelming.

T - The coffee and vanilla mix together quite nicely. There is a coffee bean aftertaste as well. It's a good mix.

M - Medium body with maybe just a touch too much carbonation.

D - it's a good beer, and would pair nicely with some desserts. The bomber was easy to finish on my own.

Photo of csmiley
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appreciation goes out to prototypic for breaking this one out.

A - Pours almost black in color. Some shades of garnet show up when held to the light but not much though. The tan head is able to reach a little over half inch and recedes after about 2 minutes. It ends up a thin cap that doesn't quite cover the top. Lacing is minimal to just a shade above non-existent.

S - Coffee beans jump out first. Some light bittersweet chocolate aromas come in midway and stick around for a while. The very end reveals some smokey / burnt notes.

T - Coffee flavors hit the palate first and foremost. The coffee really sticks around all the way through this one. Some chocolate and cocoa show around the middle but they seem to be beaten back pretty quickly by the other flavors. A nice dry smokiness sees it through to the finish.

M - Lighter to medium bodied. Finish is a little dry and doesn't stick around forever. Carbonation is a little active for my taste but only enough to mention and not really bring the score down.

D - Drinkability is good. The low alcohol and smooth flavor help this out. This beer has several characteristics that I look for and prefer in a nice porter. The body might be a little light but it works well within the confines of this particular brew. The coffee flavor is remarkable as well. I can definitely see having a couple pints of this over the course of an evening. Well done MS.

Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown-black with a light brown head.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, molasses and toffee.

Taste: The coffee flavor really shines along with the solid ale backbone. Almost reminds me of an iced coffee. Minor mineral and hop flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Great porter consistency.

Drinkablity: Interesting flavor. Very easy drinking and has a bit of a pick-me-up quality. It is an excellent breakfast beer. I like it with bacon, eggs and pancakes.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black coffee black with faint cherry highlights. The crown of foam resembles a cafe latte moccachino and is twice as sticky. Abstract patterns of lace paint the glass in attractive fashion. I love the fact that Arctic Rhino looks more like an American double stout than a porter. This should be fun.

As is the case with most well-brewed, coffee-infused beer, if you like java, you'll like the way this rampaging rhino smells. Roasted beans dominate from top to bottom, yet still allow black malt and cocoa powder to sneak in around the edges. I think I'm gonna enjoy this one.

I wish this beast tasted as big, as bold, as full and as rich as it looks. Having said that, it's pretty damn nice for a porter that barely cracks the 5.0% barrier. There's no shortage of flavor with respect to intensity, but it isn't as deep as a bigger beer (natch).

The flavor profile is an intriguing blend of roasted coffee beans (with a mild char and a wee tendril of smoke), bittersweet chocolate and fruity hops. I might even taste a hint of vanilla as well. I'm glad AR doesn't taste like iced coffee, but like an honest to goodness coffee-infused American porter. Even if you aren't fond of that other beverage, this is enjoyable beer.

I'm tempted to knock a half point off the mouthfeel score... and I think I will. Porters don't need to be chewy, but they need to have a little more heft than this. A Rhino isn't exactly a skinny animal after all. It's still nicely composed with a perfect amount of carbonation.

It just occured to me that Arctic Rhino would be a great breakfast beer. The coffee flavor is appropriate, the caffeine would do a great job of keeping the eyelids open and the relative lightness and low ABV would keep one from feeling bogged down for the rest of the day. Midnight Sun has another winner on their hands. Too bad their beer isn't more widely available.

Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled the second week of April (2010?). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Opaque bistre liquid with a thin fizzy light khaki head. Sticky sandy lacing coats the sides.

Very potent coffee aromatics - fresh medium roast beans, along with faint roast malt notes. Earthy, sweet, with sandalwood overtones.

Pleasing vaguely tart palate entry full of rich toasted malt and roasted coffee. Once again the coffee is paramount, overwhelming the beer base to some degree, making it difficult to evaluate. Faint lactic tartnes and alcohol warmth round out the finish and suggest a cream foil to the coffee bean flavor. Hints of cocoa and citrus/cherry in the finish.

Silky, medium-light bodied, moderately carbonated, and lightly astringent.

Serve as part of a "balanced breakfast."

Photo of nbrown
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber and poured what I could into a pint glass. There was some head but it went away very fast and almost no lacing. Pours a dark brown/black and looks pretty carbonated. The only thing that bugs me is that it looks like soda. It smells like coffee, but it is a coffee porter that should be a given. Also a slight hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is pretty good. Reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans but not as sweet. Medium mouthfeel and good drinkability. Not sure if I could deal with the coffee flavor for more than two or three of these though.

Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.