Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
334
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
43
For Trade:
3
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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Goofy colored pencil or crayon bottle art. Dark brown with a large roam dollop on top. A band of retention circles my glass and a thin film stretches across the middle. Dabs of splashy lace.

Smells, appropriately, of coffee. Bitter carob too.

Tates like coffee (warm infusion?) and dark backer's chocolate with more carob bitter in back. Tame amount of acrid porter-ish-ness. Thin body but silky and fine. Pretty easy drinkin' for a coffee beer.

My first Midnight Sun (they don't distribute by me, I picked this up on Long Island of all places) and I liked it enough to try'em again if they're around. Above Berkshire coffee porter and just below Wolaver's coffee porter on my coffee porter ladder.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark khaki head. Great retention and lace. Black body with dark cola highlights.

S - Dry, almost dusty, high quality coffee. Hazelnut, caramel.

T - Thin flavor profile. Roasty, almost burnt grain. Hazelnut, toast, smoke. Amaretto finish.

M - Light body. Almost watery for the style.

O - Drinks more like a light brown than a porter. Tastes like cold coffee.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass at Beer Revolution during SF Beer Week. Got to meet one of the co-owners of the brewery as well. Really nice people with a great vision in craft beer! I'll make sure I buy more of their beers in the future for sure. Review is from my notes.

Pours an opaque, blackened appearance coated with light foaminess at the top and bubbles gliding along the sides. It really does indeed look a lot like a coffee-infused dessert drink or liqueur over an actual porter. Definitely is really thick and viscous overall, although lacks a little bit in the department of lacing. A little ring seems to last for the entire consumption at the top of the glass, which does hold the espresso appearance I so desire with my coffee based beers.

As I bring my nose to the glass, I'm pelted with bittered, juicy coffee bean flavors combined with a milk chocolate sweetness and near grassy zest. Very surprised here. Coffee beers I've had in the past definitely had a far more roasted aroma combined with baker's chocolate, and any sweetness came from the boozy notes. Here, it's quite different, with the malts creating a near syrupy sweet aroma instead, and the coffee notes joining in to give the impression of a slightly sweetened black coffee instead. Also, I must mention that this smells quite clean and crisp on tap, and nothing else seems to drowned out or subdued by these ingredients, no matter how much of a backseat they may be taking here.

The flavor takes things slightly up a notch, with the coffee syrupy sweetness really coming together quite pleasantly and balanced overall. The initial flavor is coated with brown sugar, maple wood, and espresso flavors, but eventually it is taken over by the bittered notes produced by the coffee and dark malts. Not too grainy overall, although definitely slightly herbal. The texture of this beer is truly the highlight of this, as it is creamy to the point of appearing gelatinous, and also is crisp and smooth overall in each aftertaste.

As I talked to one of the co-owners, she told me that this was in fact brewed with more coffee than I initially expected. In fact, she said this is really good blending with vanilla ice cream to make a shake of some kind, and I totally believe it. Honestly, I have no idea how this is in the bottle, but on tap, it's an interesting twist on coffee beers, and while it's sweeter here, it's still very tasty. Definitely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cocoapuph for the bottle!

Pours a beautiful black, with a creamy dark tanned head. Nice foamy lacing.

Nice roasted, creamy coffee nose, with roasted malts and some chocolate.

Bitter coffee on the taste, cocoa, roast, some meager smoke/char.

Nice creamy feel, not too light, not to heavy. Adequate carbonation, good feel overall.

Not sure why such he lowish rating...thought this was a great porter with nice coffee.

Thanks again Jeremy!

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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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to New Belgium Globe...

A: Dark brown/nearly black with a nice tan head and some moderate lacing.

S: Coffee Porter aromas, moderately strong coffee...burnt notes, dusting of cocoa and light notes of bitter chocolate, toasted grains.

T: Taste and mouthfeel betray the fact that this is a 5% beer...a bit watery, coffee profile is roasted and dark and dirty but lighter than I prefer...hints of bitter bakers chocolate and dark caramel, light suggestions of smoke/burnt malt.

MF: Again, a bit 'watery'...lighter medium mouthfeel for sure. Carbonation is lighter as well.

O: Decent coffee porter, but I was definitely hoping for more.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with hardly any head. Some tan colored bubbles...looks like it's gonna be kinda flat. Scent is quite nice. Light malty notes with a good amount of coffee for such a light beer. Coffee and chocolate linger in the aroma with some burnt malt as well. Taste is just as I was expecting. Good coffee flavors and roasted malt. A little bit of burnt toast with some light-blend coffee. Mouthfeel is where this beer really loses points for me...it's not completely flat, but it is under carbonated and a little thin. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer was tasty for how light and sessionable it is, just need more body and more carbonation.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber brought back from Portland, OR a month ago.

Served cold into a goblet, Arctic Rhino is a nearly black beer with thick off-white head that is slow to settle and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is rich and roasty with a great cold-press coffee smell.

Flavor is excellent - just what you would expect a coffee porter to offer - roasted malt and coffee beans, chocolate, and very mild smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very delicious coffee porter. I really wish we could get it here in Colorado.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TATURBO for sharing this bottle!

poured into snifter glass.

Vintage- Fall of 2011.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a thin white cap. Cap drops down to nothing.

Smell: mild roasty coffee and black licorice with a hint of sweetness from malts.

Taste: coffee grounds jump right out. Didnt think the coffee was going to still be this strong based on the nose of this beer. Its moderately bitter. Almost tastes like a cold cup of coffee. A touch of cardboard oxidation notes. Midpalate starting to find tobacco and molasses. A little bit ashey in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad coffee porter by Midnight Sun. I will need to revisit this beer when its a fresh bottle.

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Photo of azdback
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Dark black with dark brown highlight. A huge three finger head rises from the darkness and is dark cocoa colored and creamy in appearance. Head lays down rather quickly and leaves a nice lace pattern on the glass.

Smell is mostly coffee but has some other dark roasted smells. Charred wood and tart, dark fruit. Fig, cherry. Tobacco.

Taste isn't as great as the smell. There is some weak coffee and a bit of dark fruit but that is about it. The fruit is mostly like a cherry and is almost over bearing. Blah.

Mouth is rather thin. Carbonation is light and the finish is short and on the dry side for a porter.

Overall I didn't really enjoy this. Flavors are weak and the mouth is rather thin. Buy it and try it if the price is right but not something I would spent any amount of time or money getting.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark brown. Tan head disappears quickly. Nice malty coffee aroma. Coffee, toasty malts. Quite pleasant, but thin bodied and not assertive. I'd try it again except the coffee woke me up at night.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark as night black with a thin dark brown head which left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: there was a little coffee, roasted chocolate malts, lots of sweetness, and slight vanilla notes as well.

T: coffee was definitely more apparent on the palate alongside chocolatey sweetness, roasty malts and vanilla accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, coffee, and slight creamy finish.

O: I honestly thought it was going. To be a whole lot better so I was a little dissapointed, oh well.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andrew for this bottle! Bottled in 2nd week of November 2011. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Dark black. Half a finger of medium brown head that quickly reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Heavily roasted malts, dark roasted coffee and some char.

T - Big coffee flavour up front accompanies a slight bitterness. Big roasted malt profile and some lighter notes of char and sweet molasses add depth.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of colforbin73
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not something i normally go for but this is a nice change of pace.

pours a jet back with a decent tan head that leaves a little lacing. the smell is ok, though i was expecting more: you definitely pick up the roasty coffee smell, but little in the way of malts.

the taste is pleasant and balanced, you do get the coffee but a good mix of malts as well. the mouthfeel is a tad thin and there isn't a lot to savor, after you swallow, it's gone.

i would have appreciated something a little more intense, more in your face coffee perhaps, but all things considered this is a well made porter that sits snugly in the style profile.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Bier Thirty a week or so ago... I was going to send it out in trade, but realized it didn't really jive with my targets wants and it is probably a bit old. Poured into my little CC goblet.. short lasting dark tan head... the brew is black as far as I can tell... only spots of tan lacing.

Nose is pretty traditional porter territory with dark malts and decent whaffs of coffee ... seems pretty mild and dry .. hints of dark fruits.

Flavor is about on par with the nose... but it seems a tad metallic on the finish.. still though, a decent porter... almost "sessionable" porter spiked with coffee flavors.

Body is a tad higher than I would expect for such a low ABV brew... nice drinkability for sure.

3.5/4/3.5/4/3.5

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Black and totally opaque with brown rings around the edges with a 1/2 inch tan head and good retention and some spotty lacing

Smell: Gourmet coffee and honestly not much else.

Taste: Roasted malt upfront with just a slight ash note. The backend has some great gourmet coffee notes

Mouthfeel: Just a touch thinner than medium body and I would really have loved a thicker body with medium carbonation and a bit silky

Overall: Pretty good coffee porter. It has some good qualities to it and just some ok ones but I do recommend giving this one a try

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks again tom for sharing this!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out nearly black with one fingers worth of light tan colored head. average retention and lace.

very earthy, grassy hops, espresso beans are there but are thrown off a bit by the somewhat strange dirt like earthiness. roasted malts.

follows the aroma, slight dirt and grassy earthiness. again the coffee is there, espresso bean like, but tastes a bit off. a little hoppier than expected. light roast flavors.

a weak feel, medium to light in body, almost a bit watery.

overall, some nice coffee flavors, but this needed some more body for sure. also had an odd earthiness to it.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Great Lakes snifter.

A: pours deep dark brown/black, cocoa colored head, the head leaves a considerable collar around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing.

S: the aroma feature a thin bit of chocolate and roast, coffee character is reminiscent of spent grounds of a medium or light roast, light hoppiness

T: the first flavor that comes to the palate is a somewhat empty malt character, a bit thin tasting, this develops in to subtle waves of chocolate and coffee, the roast leaves a bit of bitterness on the after taste. This certainly lacks the robustness that other coffee porters and stouts feature.

MF: somewhat thin, light bodied, medium carbonation

O: this is a drinkable beer and isn't bad by any means, However, it's a little lacking in the "umph" department .

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Photo of vande
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - a deep, dark black pour with a thick, dirty looking head... an excellent looking beer

s - light hints of coffee, bit of toffee, roasted malts

t - coffee, roasted malts,hint of vanilla, bitter cold cup a coffee kinda ending...

m - somewhat creamy, yet thinner than I thought..bit watery..

0 - not a bad beer...maybe drink a fresher one in the future, not sure how long I've had this...

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with a half finger of tan head.

Smell. Dark fruits and sweet dark chocolate with a little coffee, smoke and anise.

Taste. Really roasty malts, bitter coffee, some cocoa powder and a hint of molasses. A little acidic. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice roasty coffee porter. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/4" light brown head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Coffee, toasted malt, dark chocolate and yeast.

T: Coffee, caramel, and toasted malt with a bit of a chalky presence.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of bubbly carbonation.

O: Some promising aspects but ultimately something was missing in the taste.

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Photo of Treebs
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber graciously shared by nasty31, thanks Andrew! Poured into my Deschutes snifter.

A: Dark brown with lighter brown edges. Khaki head that subsides into a ring. Little lace left.

S: Coffee grounds and some bitter chocolate.

T: Coffee grounds and some light chocolate with a slight bitter hop presence on the backend.

M: A little thin, but it is drinkable. Coffee left on the palate.

O: Not bad overall, but a little thing and the taste, while good, didn't wow me.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled third week of May 2011. 1pt 6fl oz bottle pours a roasted brown/black with a thin tan head capping the beer. Completely opaque.

Smells like a cup of fresh joe--roasted coffee malt aromas with a touch of chocolate in the nose.

Flavor is....interesting. Roasted coffee beans with a slightly medicinal/herbal quality. Bit if a bitter twang at the end. Rosted malts and coffee beans added really dominate here.

Mouthfeel is fine. Not particularly think, chewy or viscous, but not really thin and watery either. Somewhere in the middle of the road.

Overall, pleasant, but a bit unusual in the flavor profile. Again, it has a unique taste in the middle of the flavor profile that was unexpected. It was that kind of raw coffee bean herbal taste.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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