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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a very airy small cap. Very nice lattices of lacing all over the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark malts, roasted coffee beans, and some unsweetened cocoa powder. Taste is of cocoa dusted dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Mild coffee/dark chocolate bitterness on the palate after each sip. This is extremely carbonated for a porter and it takes away from the overall experience. It's very prickly and soda like with each drink. Overall, this is a pretty good porter that could be much better if the carbonation was dialed down.

 604 characters

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

 591 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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

 544 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a small, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled strongly of coffee. There was a nice roasted malt aroma, too.

T - The coffee flavor tones down a little more than the nose. Some chocolate and toffee flavors, too. A slight bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice coffee porter. I'm glad I got to try this one on tap.

 479 characters

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of mothman
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

 716 characters

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of Secret Bunny 2009, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, black coffee, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is more well-balanced than most other coffee beers. While it has your typical flavors of black coffee and a little chocolate with a very hearty malt character, it doesn't knock you over with extract sweetness or dark bitterness. There's a mild but complementary hops presence. The after-taste is slightly bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice less-intense coffee beer which I believe makes it that much more drinkable than many others. Overall it's a good beer to pound down when you're in the mood milder dark beer.

 1,071 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

 1,132 characters

Photo of Kegatron
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to AKBelgianBeast for including this in a trade.

Pours black (with a bit of ruby along the bottom)with 2 fingers of burnt mocha colored head that starts out foamy but then settles into a fizzy retention. Not much lace is to found. The aroma is astringent coffee grounds, some espresso, and light notes of balancing caramel.

The taste is once again coffee grounds (with a slight sour character) lactic millk notes, subtle roasted malts, and a caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of a prickly feel but the overall carbonation seems a little flat at times.

Not quite what I was expecting. The coffee character came off a little too much like burnt coffee grounds and neither the look or feel were very impressive. Maybe I waited a bit long to consume this, as the overall character just didn't come off as very fresh or exciting.

 896 characters

Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

 1,125 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Took a flyer on this even thought wasn't rated that high, obtained from Liquidsolutions

Pours an effervescent ebony with 4 fingers of mocha head. Zero head retention & minmal lacing

S: Coffee & dark chocolate & licorice & sarsaparilla right at the end, by far the best feature of this brew

T: Coffee beans, dryness & a smidge of iron up front. Roasted wet grain & coffee grounds as this warms, plus just a touch of chocolate. Finishes dry, with a whisper of chocolate & more coffee, almost pulled a 4.0

MF: Light/medium bodied, slight astringency that fades as this warms, starts to smooth out & get a little oily

Drank alright, I need something besides coffee to hold my attention when it comes to porters, If you dig coffee beers, you may disagree

 754 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black coffee black with faint cherry highlights. The crown of foam resembles a cafe latte moccachino and is twice as sticky. Abstract patterns of lace paint the glass in attractive fashion. I love the fact that Arctic Rhino looks more like an American double stout than a porter. This should be fun.

As is the case with most well-brewed, coffee-infused beer, if you like java, you'll like the way this rampaging rhino smells. Roasted beans dominate from top to bottom, yet still allow black malt and cocoa powder to sneak in around the edges. I think I'm gonna enjoy this one.

I wish this beast tasted as big, as bold, as full and as rich as it looks. Having said that, it's pretty damn nice for a porter that barely cracks the 5.0% barrier. There's no shortage of flavor with respect to intensity, but it isn't as deep as a bigger beer (natch).

The flavor profile is an intriguing blend of roasted coffee beans (with a mild char and a wee tendril of smoke), bittersweet chocolate and fruity hops. I might even taste a hint of vanilla as well. I'm glad AR doesn't taste like iced coffee, but like an honest to goodness coffee-infused American porter. Even if you aren't fond of that other beverage, this is enjoyable beer.

I'm tempted to knock a half point off the mouthfeel score... and I think I will. Porters don't need to be chewy, but they need to have a little more heft than this. A Rhino isn't exactly a skinny animal after all. It's still nicely composed with a perfect amount of carbonation.

It just occured to me that Arctic Rhino would be a great breakfast beer. The coffee flavor is appropriate, the caffeine would do a great job of keeping the eyelids open and the relative lightness and low ABV would keep one from feeling bogged down for the rest of the day. Midnight Sun has another winner on their hands. Too bad their beer isn't more widely available.

 1,885 characters

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recieved this one as a gift from Tayner, Thank you very much. Had been sitting on it in the fridgr and decided to crack it open this evening. The pour was simply wonderful as the cellar temp beer was poured into my oversized wine glass. A deep, dark, black liquid emerged in front of me. One of the darkest I have ever seen. A huge billowing tan head of foam that reached a height of perhaps three inches then came up over the top and stayed around for what seemed like forever before it finally let up and simply left a two finger high head of foam on top. Tons of side glass lace then ensued, in a word, big.

The aroma is where it all started going down hill for me if I am being honest. It was an almost fake kinda coffee smell. This is simply one of my favorite styles and it just was not doing it for me in any way. Sugary sweet coffee aromas were pretty much all there was to this one. The flavor was just a touch off, not nearly strong enough to really make it stand out. But I think the real ditractor was thin feel of this. It was almost watery at times, way too thin, and just not enough for me at all. Good carbonation, but it was just lacking. The drinkability was good as the ABV was low and it was light, it was just a touch disapointing to me as the thiness did not allow the flavor to develop. It was really one sided, not offering any kind of depth, just straight up sweet, burnt coffee taste, almost like a melted coffee flavored slurpee.

Overall I was really not impressed here. Dont get me wrong as there are much worse beers out there, I just had really high hopes for this one and being how much I love the style it was just a touch disapointing. I do not think I will be endulging in this one again.

 1,724 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