Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter
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From:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
American Porter
ABV:
5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 10.48%
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
162
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 13, 2018
Added:
Apr 20, 2005
Wants:
  44
Gots:
  47
SCORE
84
Good
Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter
Notes: 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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Rated: 3.75 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

May 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Feb 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.
Aug 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by Nunya from Ohio

Jul 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Radcpa from Washington

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.
Jun 20, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.
Jun 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from 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.
Jan 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by DamienI from Washington

Nov 07, 2016
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

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.
Oct 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.71 by mothman from Minnesota

Oct 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Jeffsta1 from Washington

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.
Aug 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.54 by Spyderglx from New York

Jul 14, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

Apr 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by BltByKrmn from New York

Apr 18, 2016
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Rated by Trentt2 from Alaska

3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Needs more coffee flavor in it, decent beer.
Apr 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.83 by Ardeer from New York

Mar 23, 2016
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Reviewed by BenGap from Alaska

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.
Jan 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Nov 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.73 by Yesdog from Illinois

Nov 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.32 by Jhavey from Texas

Oct 15, 2015
 
Rated: 4.02 by Beernoobie from California

Sep 26, 2015
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Reviewed by 303beer from Colorado

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.
Sep 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.27 by Rick778 from California

Sep 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.92 by YupikHops from Alaska

Aug 24, 2015
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Reviewed by Thirstygoat from Illinois

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
Aug 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.25 by fosters9 from New York

Aug 08, 2015
 
Rated: 3.85 by Soneast from Wisconsin

Jun 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.96 by SCW from New York

Jun 02, 2015
 
Rated: 3.02 by OGdirty from California

May 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.85 by MatthewD4 from Alaska

Apr 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.47 by redliner8 from Pennsylvania

Apr 06, 2015
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Reviewed by Grant_Satterthwaite from Alaska

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.
Mar 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.51 by HoppySeb from Washington

Feb 17, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by BarrelAgedG from California

Feb 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.44 by BierBliss from New Hampshire

Jan 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by A-Sox from Rhode Island

Jan 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.79 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Jan 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by uturn from Florida

Dec 03, 2014
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 345 ratings