Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter

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

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2005

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Reviews: 180 | Ratings: 338
Photo of nbrown
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber and poured what I could into a pint glass. There was some head but it went away very fast and almost no lacing. Pours a dark brown/black and looks pretty carbonated. The only thing that bugs me is that it looks like soda. It smells like coffee, but it is a coffee porter that should be a given. Also a slight hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is pretty good. Reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans but not as sweet. Medium mouthfeel and good drinkability. Not sure if I could deal with the coffee flavor for more than two or three of these though.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for this one.

poured cold and near black to a surly darkness 10oz goblet with a 1/2 finger, relatively short lasting mocha head leaving a bit of lace.

aroma of toasted malts, dark black coffee and hints of dark chocolate in the wayback.

as advertised, this is a serious coffee brew. dark black coffee is way up front, followed by hints of chocolate and toffee. but really, let's face it, its about the coffee.

medium bodied, smooth, creamy, medium carbonation, semi-sweet, no real bitter.

drinkable - at 5.0, very.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass from the 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark brown with a good size tan head. Aromas of coffee, and more coffee. A nice malty porter wioth a good bit of coffee flavor for bitterness. A bit thin on the mouthfeel for my liking. Not very smooth and not much of an aftertaste. The taste kind of dies after you swallow. Good beer- woiuld be a decent session beer, but it does not rate as highly for me as some other coffee flavored beers.

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Photo of IllNate
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an impassable black with a good amount of brown head. Decent retention. Docking marks for missing the color profile for a porter (too dark, more in the stout territory). Only the very faintest of brown highlights around the edges.

S - Heavy chocolate aroma. A bit of burnt malt in there, must be using something very dark indeed. Not picking up much for a coffee aroma, mostly chocolate. Still quite pleasant.

T - Coffee comes through quite clearly in the palate though. Backed up by a chocolate flavor. Tastes like a porter even if it doesn't look like one, so I guess that's what counts most. Very nice.

M - Smooth and not too heavy. Nice backing bitterness.

D - Good.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad porter, but it seems just like a typical coffee beer. A little bit darker - more into the stout territory, with a brown, frothy head. Definite coffee scent, a little sugar to it. Kind of like chocolate covered coffee beans. Smooth, but lightly bitter coffee and malt taste. Creamy aftertaste, very little hops. Nice, creamy body, low carbonation. There is a bitter, dark coffee aftertaste that lingers.

Again, not bad but it doesn't stand out as anything spectacular.

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Photo of BDJake
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pitch black with dark mahogany edges yet short lasting head

S- smells just like that boozy venti espresso that i've always wanted

T- dominated by coffee beans, than the dark malts and boozy warmth that compliment it quite well, with a touch of dark cocoa

M- light to medium body and fairly crisp, with a smooth aftertaste

D- no problems finishing this off, especially with a fairly recent fondness for coffee as i've developed

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

22 oz. Near black pour, average sized light cream head. Really sweet malty aroma with hints of coffee and caramel. I really did not get the coffee in the smell of this one. Peaty with malty toffee/caramel sweetness. Chocolate and coffee bitter balances the sweetness out nicely. Finishes pretty abrupt with not much lingering. A bit thin, but all around good drinkable porter. I think I would have enjoyed this a bit more had I not had a Victory at Sea Vanilla Bean Porter previous to it. That had some really strong flavors that drown this out a bit. If this was available locally, I could see myself drinking this often as a session brew.

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

This bottle was sent as an extra by BrewerB (thanks Brian!) and arrived just in time for me to take it to Dark Lord. It also excited a few people to get to try Midnight Sun. It poured a medium in body dark, dark brown on the verge of black with a mocha one finger head. The aromas were of freshly roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, and dark sweet malts. The flavors essentially mimicked the aromas. The chocolatey bitterness was nice. The roasted notes were well done. It tastes pretty good. It wasn't the most complex coffee porter but I thought it was very good and easily drinkable. It was a little lighter in body but that was fine. The 5% was welcomed and easily one of the smaller beers of the day. Overall, this was a very nice brew.

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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 MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to waltonc for throwing this into a trade (even if it was inadvertent). Poured into a pint glass and shared with the wife, who loves coffee porters.

A - Almost black, with the faintest bit of brown at the edges. One finger of mocha foam that dissipates quickly; not much lacing. Visible carbonation rising to the top. No surprises here.

S - Coffee! Roasted barley malt, cream & sugar, and strangely the tiniest hint of soap. I guess it's a good thing I like Thrills gum. Again - solid.

T -! There's actually a good balance of roast malt and coffee here - it's not totally palate destroying. This is a kind of monochromatic brew, but it does it very well. Starts sweet and ends a little more bitter dark chocolate-y.

M - It's about the right density for a porter, but a little more carbonated than I like. There's a tingle that's a little excessive for my liking on both my lips and the top of my palate.

D - Easy to drink 5.4%. Not so overwhelming that it turns you off. The carbonation is a little bloaty, so I'd stop after one bomber.

Solid brew from Alaska - looking forward to trying the Arctic Devil.

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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 Viggo
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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

Thanks to a friend at my homebrew club.

Light fizzy head over essentially black but thinner beer.

The nose brings lots of coffee, somewhat fresh roasted coffee but light roast. A little roasted malt and sweet caramel and molasses.

Taste is sweet and a little syrupy, like a coffee syrup, some light coffee and some fresh roasted coffee in the background. Sticky, and some caramel and molasses. Little chewy dark malts and hints of earthy bitterness. Finishes with sticky mouth feel and syrupy flavors. Still a little sweet and slight bitter with more lingering coffee syrup.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation and sticky mouth feel.

Drinkability is ok but a little lower with all the sticky syrups.

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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 Vengeance526
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a very light tan head that fades away quickly and leaves little lacing.

Roasted coffee beans are evident in the aroma, along with lighter hints of chocolate and smoke.

Taste is pretty starightforward, again showcasing the coffee and chocolate flavors. The smokiness seems to be the most prominent aspect here and is present throughout.

Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. As a whole, this was good, coffee wasn't overdone. The main flaw is there really wasn't much depth to it...after the initial aroma, I expected more in the way of taste, but the roasted coffee part seemed somewhat generic. If I didn't know better, I might have thought this was intended to be a smoked porter, rather than coffee.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AKBelgianBeast for including this and other great extras in our trade.

Pours black with a light brown head into my Short's Imperial Pint glass.

Smells like old coffee rinds that have been sitting around a few days and a little like a slightly sour mash left in the tun overnight.

Taste is 100% coffee, nothing else going on. It's not strong on the coffee flavors but that's all there is. It's smooth, I think if it were a bit more carbonated it wouldn't hurt.

I'd buy this if it were readily available but I wouldn't set up a trade just for this. Thanks again Frank!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is black with tight light brown head that holds tight for a while. Nose is lots of olive, light chocolate cake, sweet plum and roasted coffee grounds. Taste has a bit more smooth coffee, light olive and milk chocolate, and sweet plum and cherry. Body is smooth, creamy an lush with a lighter carbonation.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a modest head that delivers a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Roasty malt with hints of dark fruit, chocolate and coffee

Taste: Roasty malt and brown bread up front with a lot of fruit developing; the coffee and chocolate appear after the swallow along with some astringent fruity tones that deliver a surprisingly tart finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably easy to quaff but the astringency is a negative surprise and the coffee flavors are less than optimal

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Photo of kbutler1
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a pint glass a dark brown color with a large tan head. Seems pretty carbonated. Medium roast coffee notes in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Nice coffee notes in the flavor, not too roasted and bitter but rather a nice medium roast flavor. Little bit of leather taste. Easy drinking. No real alcohol notes.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of pastradul
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide tulip. somewhat rough pour only produced a thin finger of head. semi dark brown mocha color.

the aroma is a mild to medium roast coffee and malt. no alcohol in the nose. very smooth.

The mouth feel is a bit thin. But for only a 5% brew i am actually pretty impressed that it has as much as it does. The carb is a bit high at the beginning.

THe taste is very well rounded. A good amount of fresh coffee and roasted malt all over the palate. This beer is well blended, you get coffee and malt all across the taste... front, mid and back of the palate.

pretty good IMO, nothing super unique or extra special but if I saw this on draft or at a shop again I could go for another one.

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Photo of grub
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. bottled 3rd week of july. sampled aug 26/09.

pours deep dark brown and opaque with a big fluffy dark brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. coffee. dark and milk chocolate. touch of baltic sourness. light alcohol. bit of citrus.

taste is good. huge coffee blast up front. light milk and dark chocolate. light roast. bit of alcohol. light citrus. just under medium bitterness level, but considering it's listed at 20IBU, it's likely to be mostly from the coffee.

mouthfeel is nice. a bit over carbonated coming out of the bottle, but with a few minutes to breathe it quickly settles to a more pleasant medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good coffee character.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap in a shaker glass.

appears black with thin tannish colored head. as expected, aroma is heavy on coffee, with some dark chocolate. taste is very roasty, but nice balance between sweetness and bitter.
body is medium, fairly smooth mouthfeel.

overall, a nice porter. however, because of the strong coffee flavors, I'd recommend drinking it alone or with dessert.

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Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours nice opaque, jet black with a one finger of brown sudsy head. Head recedes to a light film that seems to hang throughout. Minor spots of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is deep roast malts, light charred notes, bitter chocolate, coffee, and a light caramel note.

T: Taste starts with the charred notes and light bitter chocolate. A bit of a metallic flavoring comes in through the middle. Mild bready notes come in through the middle before a milk chocolate and coffee flavoring fill in and round out this beer.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, a bit thin but then has quite a bit of girth, with a creamy, sticky finish.

O: Goes down easy, tastes pretty good - the metallic flavoring fades as the beer warms, not overly filling, light kick, decent representation of style. I've not had a porter in a bit - it's summer time! But this is an easy drinking porter that doesn't blow your hair back, and yet is rather drinkable.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with a small tan head with minimal retention
S: coffee, coffee, and more coffee
T: coffee, sweet chocolate, and some coffee roastyness. huge coffee flavor on the swallow.
M: medium in the mouth with moderate carbonation
O: it's good but the coffee flavor is a bit too strong.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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