Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter
BA SCORE
3.72/5
Good
Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#30,179
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
345
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
47
Trade:
2
 
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Reviews: 183 | Ratings: 345
Photo of tigg924
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with one inch head. Taste is coffee and roasted malt. Medium bodied, roasty with low carbonation. Makes for a straightforward coffee stout. Probably something coffee drinkers would love, but makes for an average stout for me.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark appearance with one finger tan head that dedicates quickly. Aroma is very mild coffee. Taste is a sweet coffee with a hint of spicy aftertaste.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a dark brown almost black colored body with a finger and a half white foamy head that clings a bit with the lacing left behind. The smell had a nice strong roasted coffee powering in front of a light bitter hoppiness, some light malt coming through as it warms. The taste was mostly bitter but balances a bit with a decent malt presence, coffee aftertaste, dry finish. The palate was about a light to medium, somewhat sessionable for an American Porter. Carbonation seems a bit stronger than most American Porters I’ve had but not overbearing. Overall, this was a pretty good American Porter that I would have again.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Times Supermarket $6.49
Smell of coffee and caramel
Dark black color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste like bitter coffee, some notes of chocolate
I've had better coffee beers that have a much smoother taste so this wasn't for me.

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Photo of biegaman
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It'd be more apt if this dusky Midnight Sun offering were just named 'Midnight'. But Arctic Rhino does have carbonation that charges like an angry safari animal; eventually the brown foam calms down, settling into what we'd consider an average size head, but the bubbles themselves persist in ramming into the surface and butting themselves against the glass.

This porter doesn't smell nearly as deep and dark as it looks. In fact, the aroma is a real disappointment. There's very little coffee and/or chocolate presence, instead there's a distracting vinous and fruity yeast character in their place. It's most uninviting and, I'm guessing, unintentional (the way the foam continues to build up in the bottle I'm almost certainly right).

Fortunately that issue with the yeast hasn't completely ruined the taste to the extent it has the bouquet. There's still a good deal of velvety milk chocolate flavour (as well as some more crude, less refined dark cocoa notes) and no shortage of roasty black coffee. Even a few earthy hops can be made out, lending a pleasantly crunchy bitterness to the finish.

As a general rule I opt not to review infected or otherwise flawed beers unless the brewery is a repeat offender and the issue was something avoidable they consciously neglected to address. I think Midnight Sun is a pretty good brewery but it's not the first time I've purchased a less than stellar bottle. In fairness, the beer travels very far before it lands in front of my computer...

So I've got mixed feelings writing this review of Arctic Rhino. On the one hand, it's far from the lush, charismatic coffee porter I was hoping for; on the other, it's in line with the slightly underwhelming, 'good-but-not-great' standard I've come to expect from Midnight Sun. It's worth grabbing a bottle... so long as you don't have to freeze your buns off to get it.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decent looking dark brown color, tan head. Could be a bit darker, but it's a porter, not a stout, so - ok fine.
Smell is nice, clean, sweet, malty. Cocoa and hints of cinnamon.
Taste is very decent. Again, malt. Some licorice. Hints of cocoa.
Mouthfeel is ok. Carbonation is overly done, but isn't super fine. This might be nicer on nitro.
Finish is consistent, not overwhelming in intensity or quality.
Overall this is a pretty decent porter. In a world where so many porters fail, this doesn't. Bonus that it's only 5% ABV; it feels and tastes bigger.

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Photo of BenGap
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of the coffee porter, but this was done well. Maybe not my favorite in style, but good balance of coffee and some roast malt flavors. The finish was just a bit off that kept it from being a really good beer.

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Photo of 303beer
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a blackish brown that let's no light through. Has a quickly dissipating head with little lacing. Has a roasted malt and coffee nose. The feel is slightly thinner than I expected but the taste is a spot on coffee porter.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy coffee. This has as much or more flavor as some beers with double the abv.

Coal dark with a fast departing mocha head, the lacing slides down the sides pretty quick.

Smell is dominated by coffee,

Taste, mostly coffee, with not much malt, still looking for the hops

To me mouthfeel defines Porter v Stout, this is chewier than some stouts but fairly branded as a Porter

It is nice to ave a beer with flavor/body that is low enough abv yo finish a bomber easily, good stuff

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic. I remember the first time I had it in the summer of 2014 it opened new doors for me and ever since I've preferred porters and stouts to all other beers. Great look, pours heavy and dark with a brown foamy finish. Tastes like the coffee beans it's brewer with. The fact that the BA score for this beer is 84 is misleading because this beer is amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes coffee flavoured beers.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours nearly black and the bottle I had was a bit of a gushy -- way too much dark tan foam all over the place. Didn't smell or taste infected but sure was energetic. The bottle was about a year old.
Lots of roast coffee and chocolate in the aroma.
At first taste, i get more chocolate than coffee, with a bitter and slightly acidic bite at the end and a lingering coffee astringency.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a porter.
All in all, pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: Thick, tight head erupts several fingers high. Dark and opaque. Pretty.

S: Slightly metallic. Milky with a hint of dry bitterness.

T/M: Remarkably balanced and tasty. Milk chocolate sweetness, cold-brew coffee bitterness, hint of fruitiness from the malts. An odd, oxidized/nitro sharpness mars an otherwise excellent taste. Smooth and flavorful.

O: Great porter! Highly recommended. Will have again.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a nice almost black but a masssive brown head comes barreling up the glass as soon as I finish pouring. Now I'm all for good head, but the nature of this one is... not what I would expect/desire from this style. It reminds me of a homebrew where I didn't clean out the bottles well enough.

The aroma restores some of my faith. It's all black coffee and roasty malts with a little bit of dark sweet chocolate which is pretty much what I was hoping for from this brew. Dark and rich initially, though as it has warmed much of that excitement has dissipated and it is just kind of burnt grains.

Sadly, the goodwill this beer built on its nose is abandoned once it gets into your mouth. The first thing that stands out is that this beer is WAY overcarbonated. The fears the explosive head brought forth are rekindled here as all I can really get off my tongue is tingly bubbles. Fighting through them for a moment I get glimpses of the black beans and dark chocolate that my nose was promised, but only that. There's some encouraging aspects here, but it tastes like something one of my friends would have made (who are talented in their own right!), not something coming from a solid professional brewery.

I would not pick this one up again, but would drink it if someone gave it to me and there weren't better options. If you must be bright at Midnight exploring the Arctic, pass on the Rhino's horn and find the Devil instead.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a FW teku glass.

Pours an opaque black with an inch and a half thick beige head with amazing lacing. Smell is huge on malty coffee goodness. taste is of coffee at first followed by some good malty notes. Some smoke. Very good porter honestly. Extremely flavorful for just 5% ABV. really digging this one. Super smooth and creamy. Mild body, mild carbonation.

overall a superb coffee porter. glad i have another bottle!

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Photo of pjkelley82
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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....

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Photo of denver10
2.77/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of light tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, and a bit of creamy coffee here without much else.

T: Roasted malts here as well with bitter chocolate, char, and a bit of roasted coffee. The finish is lightly bitter.

M: Not for sure if this is a bad bottle, but this beer is way overcarbonated. Every sip seems to explode into a mouthful of froth, making it more like drinking a glass of foam than a beer.

O: This would be a solid, drinkable porter, but the extreme carbonation makes it very difficult to drink.

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Photo of argock
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Oliver's Beverage (Albany, NY).

A: Very dark brown with wispy, beige head with poor retention but a few spare spots of lace are left behind.

S: I am a little worried about this beer -- it has a very light coffee aroma for a coffee porter. The porter base is not too strong either with only a little bit of roasted malt poking through btu not much else.

T: The flavor is also pretty lackluster with a fair amount of astringency and acrid quality without much either coffee or porter flavors. There is some spent black coffee ground flavor in the aftertaste along with mild ash and tobacco with only a slight roasted malt and dark caramel note barely making its way to perceptibility. No yeast and the hops are herbal but mild. There is a mild metallic off-flavor in the finish.

M: Too light in body, and I think the brewers would do well to bump up the malt in this beer to give it both more body and more flavor. The carbonation seems too heavy which only serves to lighten the feel further.

O: Not a great beer, not even a good beer. Way too light to support much coffee flavor. To be honest, I am not sure how old this bottle is or how well it was handled, but Midnight Sun doesn't leave an easy to find bottling date either. This one needs a ton more malt with more attention to the porter base before this can really improve a lot.

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Photo of arizcards
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at City Beer Store today for $7.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing.

Nose is roasted malts and mocha, very nice.

Taste is dominated by the coffee. Finish is dry with a slight off sour taste.

Mouthfeel is on the light side and under carbonated.

Overall this is nice beer. Not sure how old this bottle is but I could imagine it is very good fresh.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a three finger high brownish beige head that took a very long time to die down, leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is all about the favors of roasted coffee beans and has a light amount of associated bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked this beer because it tastes a lot like how I lie my coffee - straight up and black.

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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.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 345 ratings