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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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291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 41
Gots: 37 | 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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sprucetip

Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-20-2011 15:44:16 | More by sprucetip
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Im going to have to agree with irish evans on this one. he is after all a gentleman and a scholar! This is the best coffee porter i have ever had. very dark and robust. aside from meantimes coffee porter, nothing i have tried even nips at the heels of this rhino! intense coffee flavor yet still incredibly porter. pours with little light brown head. smooth and drinkable with a clean finish, drink with breakfast on a day you sleep in late, or if your just a beer geek. great buy, and an experience worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 02:38:41 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

10-03-2012 00:51:36 | More by SPRichard
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djtomain

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-07-2014 16:28:21 | More by djtomain
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paulish

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-31-2014 18:13:57 | More by paulish
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spark3148857

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-28-2013 01:44:31 | More by spark3148857
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-25-2011 04:59:13 | More by TheBishopco
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/4" light brown head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Coffee, toasted malt, dark chocolate and yeast.

T: Coffee, caramel, and toasted malt with a bit of a chalky presence.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of bubbly carbonation.

O: Some promising aspects but ultimately something was missing in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 17:14:31 | More by DaftCaskBC
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InfernoBoss

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-07-2013 08:49:21 | More by InfernoBoss
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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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vande

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - a deep, dark black pour with a thick, dirty looking head... an excellent looking beer

s - light hints of coffee, bit of toffee, roasted malts

t - coffee, roasted malts,hint of vanilla, bitter cold cup a coffee kinda ending...

m - somewhat creamy, yet thinner than I thought..bit watery..

0 - not a bad beer...maybe drink a fresher one in the future, not sure how long I've had this...

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 04:28:52 | More by vande
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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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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 16:27:12 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A-pours black with a two-finger light tan head, great retention, leaving good lacing behind

S- smells of day old coffee with roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate

T- coffee with a hint of dark chocolate meshes with a roasty base porter, more sweet chocolate and woodsy notes on the finish

M- medium body with bubbly carbonation, seems a bit over carbonated, very foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- nice coffee notes, bottle gushed upon opening, seems like carbonation was a little off

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 00:58:37 | More by Treyliff
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denver10

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark brown, blackish in the very center, with a nice mocha head. Aroma is medium roasted coffee grind and some chocolate. I would have to say that the coffee does comes across a little on the stale side of things. Flavor followed suit with a slightly hoppy finish. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I was really looking forward to trying this one but was definitely let down. Not a great representation of the style, IMO. Perhaps I got an old bottle that had been sitting for a while? The stale coffee definitely ruined this beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 20:51:02 | More by denver10
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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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scottoale

California

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my bud travisd13 for throwing this in as an extra...sweet! From the 22oz. bomber pours a very dark chestnut brown with 1/2" of cocoa fine froth. As the foam eventually settles, some fine sticky lace is left clinging in decoration.

The smell is very roasty and chock full of coffee...black roasted coffee with just a bit of sweetness.

The flavor, no surprise, is like black roasty coffee. Nice dark malt with just enough sweetness complimented by the rich roasty coffee flavor that finishes with a pleasant bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with a smooth feel to the mouth...this stuff defines what the style "coffee porter" would be, if there were such a style. Almost makes you forget if your drinking an ale or coffee, and I mean this in a good way. Very drinkable (especially if you like coffee) and the alcohol is mild so drink up.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 18:59:37 | More by scottoale
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gueuzegossage

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

08-26-2012 01:52:45 | More by gueuzegossage
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Rhino Coffee Porter is the color it should be with the style and the number one bean on the planet. It has a 1 & a half finger head with little retention and some nice webbing.

With the smell you get coffee, roasted malts and molasses.

The taste is the dark malt up front and all the way through with the bitter coffee on the back end. Too bad you couldn't have one of these on the way to work.

In the mouth I found it very thin and left a soft bitter chocolate all around. Overall it a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 04:09:30 | More by cswhitehorse
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to Kegatron for splitting this with me.

Pours a dark brownish black with loads of foamy brown head, takes a long time to empty the bottle in the glass. Long retention but only average lacing. Smells of chalk, roasted malt, lactose, coffee beans, and citrus. Tastes of lightly roasted malt followed by a chalkiness and some notes of lactose. Finishes with a subtle coffee flavoring as well as some citrus. Medium in body with lots of carbonation, very roasty with only a little bit of coffee flavoring. Nothing extraordinary, but a good brew never the less.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 19:41:38 | More by HopDerek
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drgonzo2k2

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-18-2013 14:36:24 | More by drgonzo2k2
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Agentveba

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

09-15-2013 19:09:12 | More by Agentveba
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billshmeinke

California

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Half a finger beige head that dies down to a thin cap on top. Dark black body.

Whiffs of coffee. Smokey malts. A hint of chocolate.

Some milk chocolate, coffee, a somewhat lactic sweetness, and a nice smokiness. The lactic sweetness is a little much after awhile.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, and well carbonated. A touch acidic (from the coffee I would suspect).

A pretty easy drinker. A solid porter, but nothing I want to try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 18:09:10 | More by billshmeinke
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sukwonee

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

08-03-2012 04:39:16 | More by sukwonee
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pjkelley82

New York

2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass....

Huge 3 finger mocha colored head... very pillowy... stuck aroud till damn near done...

Smell was actually the best part... good strong coffe smell... not like the most expensive coffee but solid coffee... very strong in the smell...

Taste was a little bit of a letdown... not as coffee foward as the smell... pretty bland hops are well balanced nice slight touch of bitter at the end but fades away perfectly.... balanced well but nothing to write home about...

The mouthfeel was the biggest letdown for me. Super light... watery... and slighlty over carbonated for my tastes...

Overall its not the worst everrr... but Im gonna try it again to make sure it wasnt old/bad bottle.. to me there's way better porters out there and this is at the bottom of what I tried and have available to me....

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 21:56:31 | More by pjkelley82
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.