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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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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 174
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 Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This seems an appropriate beer after roasting some coffee. A solid pour produces a three-finger thick, nicely browned, creamed chocolate colored head. The beer is quite black in appearance and when held up to the light only passes a hint of light (really, I mean this as it almost seems a trick of the light). This beer smells strongly of bitter black coffee, even as I was pouring the beer it was clear that this was a coffee infused beer. It is hard to get anything but coffee from the nose, perhaps a hint of sweet, dark malt and a bit of cocoa are noticeable towards the end if you really dig for it. The coffee notes can be a little harsh, though there is a bit of coffee complexity here.

A bit on the fizzy side, some vigorous swirling of my glass helps to mitigate this problem. This beer seems somewhat light bodied, I was expecting some richness to balance the coffee, but that might be a bit too much to expect from a 5% abv beer. In truth though the coffee notes in the flavor are not quite so dominant as in the nose, but they are still the dominant note in the flavor. The beer has some roast-derived bitterness to it and it finishes with a burnt acidity as well. This can really reminds me of drinking cold black coffee at times. There is a touch of malt sweetness here though that manage to accentuate a chocolate like flavor. The taste reminds me of thin, deeply roasted, cold black coffee and I can't say that this is really all that exciting.

Not a bad beer, but it is a bit too coffee dominated (bitter, a touch acrid and acidic). A more rounded malt character, or less coffee would go a long way towards making this a balanced beer. That said if you are a die hard coffee person, then you might enjoy this a bit more than I did.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Gueuzedude, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/02/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a bottled on notch strip on the side. Shows the month and the week it was bottled. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Deep black in color. Slight less than half inch head upon pour. Settles at a very light rim. Leaves behind light lace markings.

Smell- Fragrant fresh brewed coffee, ultra dark chocolate and a nice roasted malt nose.

Taste- This one is all coffee. Well, mostly at least. Perfectly brewed coffee flavor mixes with a bit of coco powder and shavings of dark chocolate. Just the right amount of sweetness from the chocolate to pull it all together. Malt is not burnt, but deeply roasted.

Mouthfeel- Starts off at a mid range carbonation level and turns almost cask like after sipping over an extended period of time.

Drinkability- Another wonderful brew from Midnight Sun. One of the best coffee brews I have ever had. Right along with the likes of Peche Mortel and Breakfast Stout.

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrived with two fingers' worth of roiling, foamy deep-brown head that eventually settled into a milkshake-like froth. Nose was rich with coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of charcoal. Color was a deep, dark brown that allowed very little light penetration. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid coffee bitterness on the tongue. Finish lingered with coffee. Yum.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a to finger beige foam head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks and rings of lacing behind.

Slightly smokey malt aroma with a deep roasted coffee/espresso bean character. Lots of silky chocolate malt along with hints of toffee, oatmeal, burnt toast and hazelnut in the nose. Not acrid smelling at all, like some coffee porters/stouts but rather nicely balanced between the coffee, lactic cream and smokey/chocolate notes.

Chewy medium body with slight acrid bitterness and overly roasted coffee up front that is countered mid-palate by a smooth, silky chocolate malt profile. I'm also picking up some oatmeal, burnt toast, toffee and a slight toasted/roasted nut flavor. There is also a slight lactic creaminess that adds a bit of balance but overall the deep roasted coffee bean flavor overpowers the flavor of this beer a bit too much. Very dry, slightly bitter finish.

corby112, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

wrightst, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a dark black with red brown edges and a small tan cap(poured about 90 minutes after it erupted all over hopdog's bar) that fades into a collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of coffee, cocoa, and cream.
Taste is of the same aromas with roasty mild lactose notes.
Mouthfeel is lingering coffee, roasted creamy cocoa and fizzy carbonation bubbles.

weeare138, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep and very dark brown colour, with a very large and frothy head of light brown bubbles. Lacing is clumpy, but stays in quite consistent patterns on the inside of the glass. Some clarity to it as well, despite the dark colour - something which definitely makes me consider it a porter rather than a stout, even if that brewery had not labelled it so. Looks good.

Nose is roasted and dark, with a huge coffee hit, but but burgeoning sweetness and a touch of dank acridity. Around the edges is a character like frozen mint peas. Really, it's a very full and robust nose, which covers a swathe of the spectrum, moreso than the initial whiff of coffee would have you believe.

Taste is disappointingly thin, and to be honest, a little unpleasant. Where I expected coffee to be dominant, it's only a slight roasty bitterness, while more organic characters (possibly the frozen peas I noticed on the palate) come through in force, giving a rankness to the back. Body stays rather thin throughout, which I find very disappointing, particularly for this style, although the ABV probably suggests such a thing.

Disappointing, in the end. It has some promise, but there's not a lot of merit on the palate, and it feels thin and reedy by the end. Not one of my favourites of the style, or one of my favourites from Midnight Sun.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

dbrauneis, May 19, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown with black hue, good carbonation and a tannish head

S: Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate

T: Roasted malt and big coffee, like Folgers coffee beans, smooth at first but then it turns to a black coffee taste

M: Creamy, roasty, booze is nice and moderate

D: Very good and a must try

barleywinefiend, May 08, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Georgiabeer, Aug 09, 2014
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 DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've got a 22 ounce bottle that needs to be emptied. On to the beer:

The head forms large on top of the ink black colored beer. Head retention is good, leaves some patchy works of lacing to the glass. The coffee in this beer has no problem showing itself off in the nose, and with it are chocolate syrup notes that complimet the coffee.

Dissapointment arrives in the taste; it doesn't grab my senses. I can taste a little of the delicous coffee, then it quickly fades and faint notes of wet cardboard arrive. Bittersweet throughout. The body is light-medium with a small burst of carbonation in the mouth.

An okay beer from the 49th state. For $12.99, I expected more than merely okay. At least I know where not to spend my allowance next time.

DoubleJ, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

BillRoth, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a clean dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, not much sticky lacing at all. The nose is malty, and lots of coffee/chocolate. The taste is malty, nice touch of coffee/chocolate. Also agree on the watery part, as mentioned below. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

Wasatch, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a brownish black color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer doesn't look all that impressive, but the nose quickly changes that impression. This beer has a huge aroma of fresh coffee grounds, that pretty much dominates everything else. Maybe there is a hint of chocolage and licorice as well, but coffee dominates everything. Flavors on the palate are not nearly so intense, and one is quickly reminded that the abv. in this beer is a modest 5.4%. Still, more coffee, chocolate and a hint of licorice is what I get on the palate as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, and the alcohol is no more then an afterthought.

Nothing earth shattering, but this is still a pretty nice beer.

John_M, Jul 05, 2009
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

rab53, May 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. Poured dark brown in color with a big bubbly and frothy tan head. The head faded a bit but still kept a decent covering on the beer. Very nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a big coffee presence to it. It has some roasted and burnt flavors with a hint of chocolate to it as well. The coffee really is the main feature though in the aroma.

The taste highlights the coffee flavors nicely. The finish especially shows the bitter ground coffee flavor. Some bold burnt and roasty flavors come along with the coffee. A little chocolate but not much. There would be no mistaking this for something other than a coffee centered beer though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. It's not a big thick and heavy porter but nice for a moderate to low abv beer.

Drinkability is pretty good if you like coffee. It really had a lot of straight, bitter, coffee flavors to it so I'd say drinkability would be directly to a persons coffee taste. I personally liked it a lot, it had some great big flavors but still managed to have a moderate alcohol content.

billab914, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle picked up at Biercafe in Portland. Bottled the third week of July, fresh!

Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, fluffy brown head forms, settles to a big bubbled and very chunky thick layer and ring around the glass, nice lace chunks stick. Smell is nice, tons of coffee/espresso roast, chocolate, raisin, caramel, iron, bready and biscuity malt, more coffee, very sharp bite in it. Taste is nice too, super roasty, tons of espresso, bit of chocolate, toast and biscuit, wafers, oats, more coffee and espresso, dry in the finish, pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, only detractor from this beer I found. Almost tastes exactly like an espresso, maybe a touch of coffee liqueur, but pretty tasty stuff.

Viggo, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Zaphog, Sep 09, 2013
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

JohnGalt1, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

KAF, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight coffee, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight coffee, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, and hint of pale malt. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and blend.

Tone, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, opaque, black coloring with only the slightest hints of dark brown highlights under light. Creamy, dense, small bubbled, light brown colored head that starts over an inch, but settles into a nice, tight, eighth of an inch retaining head. Aromas of chocolate syrup and ground coffee blend initially, with hints of more rich, bittersweet chocolate and earthy tones the more you dive in nose first. Flavors are bitter and roasty forward, on a thin, slightly watery body. Coffee backbone, both roasted and bitter, with chocolate highlights, both sugary sweet and bitter. Decent blending on the palate, but the body fails the beer a bit. Seems like it was going for a dry feel, and came up short. The aftertaste is roasted and bittersweet once again, and the beer has a clean, slightly filmy, slightly dry finish.

GarthDanielson, Jul 20, 2013
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.