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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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301 Ratings
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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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Photo of froghop
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

froghop, Aug 06, 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 Docer
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle to try w/ a bud at Whole Foods..

- Mild thin mocha fizz... slightly larger ring of lace making goodness... Pitch black color.. hardly anything from the edges either...

- Grain, bright bitter hop.. light hop... chocolate nose, coffee... black coffee.. light

- Tanic flavors... slightly seaweed-like.. something off in this one... but i still taste the nice cocoa notes, coffee... very bitter coffee flavors... maybe it's not off... but just real coffee going on here...

- light bodied w/ a slight creamy texture... drying.. but tasty..

- Easy to drink, but far different from most porters.... but drinkable. Would probably be better on tap, in Alaska... on nitro.

Docer, Aug 27, 2010
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
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle enjoyed at a recent beer tasting/reviewing/trading session - cheers Jeff for this!

Poured into a snifter. Dark black, like cold coffee, thin tan head, a bit of lacing. Sits in the glass like cold coffee.

Nose is a powerful blast of espresso coffee, spice, a bit of dark fruit, the usual porter notes.

I tried this alongside some pretty potent and heavy Imperial stouts, so I really had to pull back to make sure I did this lighter brew justice. Coffee flavor, spice, dark roasted malts. Surprisingly thin, however, as there wasn't a whole lot of backing to this brew. The coffee felt washed out and not nearly as robust as the nose had suggested. Still, an enjoyable coffee porter. Thin, slightly watery feel.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of pwoods
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for this bottle.

22oz. brown bomber poured into an imperial pint. Bottled 3rd week of September.

A: Pours deep brown, nearly completely opaque. 2+ big fingers of light khaki head forms on the rocky side but holds pretty good. Decent lacing throughout.

S: Stale, but pleasant, coffee nose. Loads of earthy spent coffee grounds. A light sweetness similar to cream.

T/M: Check this out, bro. Coffee. Does that not blow your mind? Yeah, no shit. Lots of the earthy and gritty coffee ground goodness found in the nose. Sweetness is much more controlled which is a bit of a let down. In its place is a very dry, slightly bitter character. Body is moderate and has a diet cola like fizzy carbonation feel.

D: Still a tasty brew because I love me some coffee porters. Easy enough to drink. I'm very glad I got a chance to try this but I'll probably seek out my porters elsewhere.

pwoods, May 08, 2008
Photo of vande
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...

vande, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

sprucetip, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Treyliff
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

Treyliff, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of DaftCaskBC
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.

DaftCaskBC, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

spark3148857, May 28, 2013
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

InfernoBoss, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

SPRichard, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of magictacosinus
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.

magictacosinus, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of denver10
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.

denver10, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +7.8%

TheBishopco, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of laxer8811
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

laxer8811, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of gueuzegossage
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

gueuzegossage, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
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.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of cp45
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

cp45, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Murrhey
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.

Murrhey, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of pjkelley82
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....

pjkelley82, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of scottoale
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.

scottoale, Jun 13, 2009
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.