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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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Ratings: 342 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Retsinis
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Treebs
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -2.7%
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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Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black with no head and some slight lacing

S: It has an aroma of mentholated coffee and some slight roasted notes

T: It tastes like a rich aromatic coffee and there is really not much going on except coffee. It has some mentholated notes as well, and some slight smokyness.

M: It is a bit more creamy than actual coffee, but with the light carbonation it has a great mouthfeel.

O: I was expecting more from this beer, I was hoping for coffee but also more subtleties like chocolate and maybe some sweetness. It is a bit drier, but that is what is characteristic of a porter. This beer was ok, it was good but not amazing what so ever.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Midnight Sun Arctic Rhino

Appearance: Black, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: roasted malts, coffee, and faint hop.

Taste: roasted malts, coffee, faint dark chocolate, and distant hops.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

This brew has some good flavor, but it seems just a tad watery. If it had more potent flavors, this could be a very nice brew.

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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 TheStove
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from City Beer in SF. Poured into a 12 oz mug from a bomber for two servings.

Nice opaque black color with a coffee-ish foam head that quickly departs. Smells mostly of coffee with some slight bitter malt jumping in. First sip yield some malt sweetness counter balanced by coffee flavors and a slight bitterness. Finishes closer to a kind of "dregs" sip of french press coffee however the last flavors on the tongue are of some chocolate malt flavors making this more light a slight dessert-esque adult coffee beverage than your standard black coffee beer. Great interplay of malt sweetness and flavor to balance out the coffee flavor and bitterness.

Seems like it would hold it's own as a porter but the coffee adds substantially to the complexity throughout consumption of this one. In some ways it seems more booze or a bigger malt and hop profile would contribute substantially to this especially coming from an Alaskan brewery but this is still an enjoyable beverage. Hopefully you can grab this one for under $6.

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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 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 Cavery
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750 shared with Klym; poured into Stone Nonic.

A: Just pure opaque black; comes off looking like an eight ball. Absolutely no light gets through. This could pass for a stout any day of the week. A lightly off color brown/cream/white film lines the top of the glass. Speckles and streaks of lacing round out the look of this very black coffee looking porter.

S: Black Coffee with spices: paprika, cardamom, light nutmeg, and some clove. A sweet roasty characteristic that sticks out, this sweet note really reassures me that this is a porter. You wouldn't expect to get that note as much out of a stout, which helps contrast the visual. Excited for the sip of this stout illusion! Light chili-pepper sweet note in the end.

T: This really is a coffee porter with spices, it remains consistent with the nose in that some clove/paprika go in the start and then give into the nutmeg and coffee roasts. The spiciness really overwhelms the backbone of this beer. This is like having a stake crusted (not garnished, but crusted) in basil. There's just too many condiments on this sandwich; if it wasn't for a late appearance of great tasting black coffee, I would have dinged this category a bit more.

M: there really is a bit too thin of a body here, the flavors are already so sweet and light that to have a redundant mouth makes for a suffocating drinking experience. I find myself gasping for air after consecutive sips. A more consolidated body would have really helped this brew. light bubble dissipation is apparent, but beyond that it's underwhelming.

O: This beer is a bit of a civil war. The visual is really quite promising; but the taste really battles itself. The spices really dominate the flavor experience to the point to where the backbone of the beer is irrelevant. Unfortunately for the beer. there is a really nice flavored beer behind all the fanciness. Furthermore, the "coffiness" of this beer is really only suggested; as there is a caffeine-esque flavor sensation to this beer. Don't be fooled, this is a superficial presentation from a brewery that is capable of much more sincere offerings. Make this an imperial oatmeal, and I'll come rushing back.

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Photo of Klym
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a stone nonic. Shared with Cavery.

A: Pitch black with a roasted looking frothy head that comes up gradually with the pour and ends up being about two fingers. For a porter this is a very impressive look.

S: Run of the mill coffee beans backed up by some nutmeg and a cocktail of some other less familiar spices. A nice oaky vanilla note in the tail end. Coffee beans/coffee really dominates the smell of this, and it is the most black, straight up coffee I've had come out of a beer.

T: Taste really comes through almost identical to the nose, with a little less substance to the spices, oak, and vanilla in the nose. This beer is so straight up coffee I feel it could replace my cup of black in the morning. I really like black coffee so this isn't a big negative for me, but I think it could use a little more fullness backing it up and a few sweeter notes.

M: I'm tempted to say it's watery and certainly the carbonation could use beefing as it dissipates pretty quickly in the mouth, but I'm not sure if the wateriness comment isn't because this beer keeps tricking me into thinking it's a stout. A really stout-esque look with a stout-esque nose, but the mouthfeel definitely takes me back to porter. You know, I take back my hesitation, this is watery.

O: This beer isn't bad but it's certainly not great to me. I actually think one way to redeliver this beer in a better form would be to give the recipe on an oatmeal platform, if it's possible. I won't hate on this beer but the only time I can see myself drinking this again would be at a noon-time drinking party where I had forgotten my cup of coffee in the morning. Still lots of respect for midnight sun but this is a weaker offering.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle enjoyed at a recent beer tasting/reviewing/trading session - cheers Jeff for this!

Poured into a snifter. Dark black, like cold coffee, thin tan head, a bit of lacing. Sits in the glass like cold coffee.

Nose is a powerful blast of espresso coffee, spice, a bit of dark fruit, the usual porter notes.

I tried this alongside some pretty potent and heavy Imperial stouts, so I really had to pull back to make sure I did this lighter brew justice. Coffee flavor, spice, dark roasted malts. Surprisingly thin, however, as there wasn't a whole lot of backing to this brew. The coffee felt washed out and not nearly as robust as the nose had suggested. Still, an enjoyable coffee porter. Thin, slightly watery feel.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown colored body, about 95% opaque with only a little light coming through when held directly to light and tilted at an angle. Aroma of strong brewed coffee, roasted malt, peat, a touch of oak and a bit more brewed coffee. Medium-bodied; Pungent roasted coffee flavors with a lot of roasted malt, dry oak, vanilla and a little sugars with mostly a bitter coffee note. Aftertaste is deep and strong with the coffee coming out first, a little nuts, some light peat and earth finished with some brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Overall, a pungent and strong coffee flavored porter with some good complexity.

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Photo of Lunch
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber enjoyed a little while back and poured into a Deschuttes snifter/tulip.

Looks like a Porter as it is a dark brown with a bit of lighter tan head. Not the thickest or darkest pour, but "good". Smells has some definite coffee to it, but nothing that is overwhelmingly good. A little stale perhaps. Some roast as well. Taste is similar with an off flavor that is a bit like burnt rubber. It does not take too much away from the rest of the flavor profile, but I've certainly had better coffee porters. Feel is a little thinner than expected, but not bad. I'd drink it again if someone was opening it or if ti was my best option, but I'd take many other American Porters over this one.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another bottle shipped home from my swing to the Northwest. Only a few left.

A dull finish on this brown beer and an almost milky tan head that forms. Lots of clinging lacing sticks to your glass.

Aroma is a mix of roasted malt and obviously coffee. Not much sweetness here which was confirmed in the flavor.

Two me there are two camps of Coffee Beers. Ones that taste like a wonderful glass of coffee and this can either be a dark “black” cup of espresso or otherwise.. even some taste like a creamy sweet cup of coffee of cappuccino. These are the ones that are good. Then there’s those that resemble the flavor of used coffee grinds. Sadly this one falls into that category... But it’s not nearly has coarse as some others I’ve tried. Coffee grounds rule the day here and this is begging for a bot of sweetness for balance.

Medium bodied could have benefitted from a little more of a rounded mouth feel.

I am always excited to try everything from Midnight Sun, but this wasn’t among my favorites. Live and learn.

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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottled in 11/2010. Reviewed 5/30/11, tulip glass.

A- Beer pours a dark brown, cola-like color that appears dull black in the glass. Started off with 1/2" of mocha brown head that quickly faded to a small ring.

S- Sweet roasted malt with some dark fruit notes and bitter coffee.

T- Sweet fruity, roasted malt up front, bitter black coffee with some faint cocoa notes as well. Mellow bitterness, with mild roasted coffee in the finish.

M- Lighter medium body, average carbonation.

O- Good balanced brew, but the coffee could have been stronger for my tastes. Smooth, easy drinking, but a bit unremarkable.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

538th Review on BA
Bottle to Sinner's tulip
22oz Bottle.

Thank you GuruDel for sharing

App- A black coffee looking brew with a massive two finger head that left tons of cling in the glass.

Smell- Hello coffee, welcome to my beer. When it says its a coffee porter it needs to smell of coffee, malts and beer. This was it.

Taste- For a coffee porter, this was it. It tasted like a big cup of black coffee although a little subdued for thickness.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Left a roasty, bitter coffee taste on the end.

Drink- One of the best beers I have had. For the style it was everything it needed to be and more. It had flavor, balanced.

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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by a generous soul at 7:30 in the morning at Brick Store.

Pours a dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with good amounts of moderately bitter roasted coffee grounds. Also present are hints of semi-sweet chocolate.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the coffee flavors are a bit smoother. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light roasted coffee flavors with hints of smoother espresso. Midway through the sip slightly bitter dark chocolate flavors come into play, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass however I’m not sure about another.

Overall this was a surprisingly lackluster beer from MS. Their Brewtality coffee beer blew this one out of the water, so try to find that one first before falling back on this beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 342 ratings
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