Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
84
good
340 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
340
Reviews:
182
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
10.46%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
44
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 340 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of markgugs
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of ccrida
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle I picked up in Seward, into a Midnight Sun goblet, the Artic Rhino coffee porter is a dark, inky black, with a small but thick, creamy tan head, leaving thick foamy lace.

The aroma is roasty, chalky and bitter coffee. It sweetens ever so slightly as it warms.

The taste is metallic and very astringent coffee, more akin to coffee grounds then the brewed drink, as well as black malt. There is also a bit of sour milk, and a touch of hops. Not really my cup of tea, and I also had a few of the excellent porter's from Homer Brewing Company on draft with dinner a few hours earlier, so I can't help but compare.

The body is heavy for a porter, and a bit oily.

This was not to drinkable to me, way to much coffee and not enough porter. I wish I'd had another couple fresh Homer Brewing Co. drafts instead, since I won't be in town much longer and can get these Midnight Sun brews back home.

 929 characters

Photo of Crosling
2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark brown colored brew with a small, very light tan head that fades to a collar. Coffee and espresso aromas, but devoid of any aromatic malt character and the coffee character isn't very suave or complex. Flavor has some nice things going on, but is disappointing overall. Very light tasting, not much nuance or malt complexity. I want bolder flavors and aromas. I really like Midnight Sun. They make incredible beers. But this is a pretty weak example. They can and should do better.

 487 characters

Photo of bvermilion
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Floydster
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for about six dollars

Poured into my Chimay goblet with a thin black color that resembled watered down oil, 1/2 light tan head that settled almost immediately, no retention and no lacing

Smell had strong coffee right up front, some roasted malt, burned aromas, coal, charcoal, also a faint scent of cherries

Taste was tons of coffee throughout, it overpowered everything and it was veryu one dimensional, did not get sweeter at any point which I found interesting, porters typically get sweeter as it warms in my experience, dry sensation in the finish almost made me feel like I needed a glass of water along with it, needed some hoppiness or unroasted malt to balance out the coffee flavor, not much to brag about here

Body was thin and this one was way too carbonated, taste did not last long at all, very weak mouthfeel overall

Could not even get through the bottle myself, had to give some to a friend, super heavy and taste is tiresome, even though alcohol is low this one is not very drinkable, needed to be a lot smoother

One of the worst beers I have had from Midnight Sun, big disappointment after looking forward to trying this one for so long, not recommended unless you are a fan of coffee beers, but then I would not even think it is too good

 1,320 characters

Photo of denver10
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

 545 characters

Photo of mjl21
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle purchased during the City Beer kickoff event. Poured into a tulip glass. Comes in at 5% and 20 IBUs. Bottled on the second week of either January or February.

A-Pours a dark brown with a one finger sandy head that sticks around and leaves some nice lace.

S-All coffee grounds all the time. The problem is the coffee smells more like the canned stuff my folks drink. Don't get much in the way of chocolate notes.

T-Like the nose, coffee flavor dominates. The grounds seem to have been roasted for too long and impart an acrid taste that I did not enjoy.

M-Medium bodied with proper carbonation.

D-I couldn't get over the fact that it reminded me of coffee in a can and ended up drain pouring the second half.

I was not a fan of this one. Not sure if it was an old bottle, but it really tasted like overly roasted inferior coffee.

 852 characters

Photo of Murrhey
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

 431 characters

Photo of pjkelley82
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
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....

 843 characters

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of djtomain
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Phobicsquirrel
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of DamienI
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sneaks2210
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of chuckgfk
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Black pour with decent head
S- Serious coffe aroma, fairly one dimensional in the coffee aroma smell
T- Coffee taste very present but not really pleasant, tasted more like old coffee that had been sitting around the office or like somebody's coffee breath, earthy hops underneath that added to the stale coffee flavor, not balanced enough with malt/creamy creamy flavor
M-Fairly creamy but medium
D- I wouldn't come back to this one again.

 443 characters

Photo of OGdirty
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of johnnnniee
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought from Liquid solutions a few months ago.

Took forever to pour this one, over carbonated for sure. Pours a dark brown almost black with faint ruby highlights when held to the light. Oversized head is a medium mocha color and takes a little while to fall. Aroma is obviously coffee, more like an instant coffee type smell if that makes any sense. Slight phenolic in there also that seems just a little out of place. Taste holds more coffee and adds some chocolate slight hop bite in the finish. Mineral type taste in there too. Body is kind of thin Mouthfeel is kind of watery I would have loved it creamier. Carbonation is too high. Overall I'm not impressed. Its possible I got a bad bottle, but as is this beer is lacking.

 730 characters

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first reaction was "this tastes like shitty coffee"

I then drank the bottle, let it warm, smelled it, swished it around and tried to enjoy, but in the end it still tasted like shitty coffee. Folgers type stuff...

I probably wont buy another bottle, there are better coffee style beers that I can enjoy for the same or less money.

 334 characters

Photo of n2185
3.06/5  rDev -18%
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.

 609 characters

Photo of Vancer
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A disappointing brew from Midnight Sun - not bad, but nothing to write home about. Very plain and average from start to finish.

Coal black pour, just some minimal tan heading - this low alcohol brew should have produced more.

Very subtle hints of coffee in both the aroma and taste. Finishes harsh, tart and dry. Drinks ok - but not worth the high shipping $ to get it.

 371 characters

Photo of checkfeet
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thick inky black pour with sticky rings for lace as the mocha head settles.

Smells a little smoky, coffee more subdued than expected: burnt and acrid like the used puck after an espresso is pulled. Also a little like a winter closet, in a good way.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and the burnt coffee attacks the palette right away. One wants a malty chewiness to support it, but it doesn't come. A sharp, dark chocolate bite only.

Quite drinkable, but in the end a bit thin in the mouth and acidic to be one of our favorites.

 525 characters

Photo of ralree
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Nice head, brown, black color.

S: Dark coffee all the way. Would prefer a little more complexity.

T: Total coffee. A little too bitter. Too much coffee flavor, not enough beer.

M: Too light-bodied, not thick enough. Too dry, should be more syrupy.

D: Doesn't go down easily.

 281 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 340 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More