Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Arctic Rhino Coffee PorterArctic Rhino Coffee Porter
BA SCORE
53.2%
Liked This Beer
3.72 w/ 342 ratings
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
Ranking:
#24,948
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
342
Liked:
182
Avg:
3.72/5
pDev:
10.48%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
44
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 342 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with minimal head floating around the edges.
Definite coffee notes followed by caramel and creamy smoothness.
Taste builds nicely as it warms but never overwhelms. The malt takes over and keeps any edginess under control.
A good beer that I thought at first would session well but slight cloying at the finish would make me want to shift to something else after one or two glasses.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours black with a beige meringue type head that really sticks around. Nose is some toasted malt, coffee dust, light vanilla sweetness. Coffee is fairly sharp in the mouth, more bitter on the finish, but is expressed pretty richly and nicely for such a low abv beer. Fairly thin feel but not overly so, pretty good. Finish is too messy and bitter without much direction. Other than that this is pretty nice stuff.

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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 zeff80
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight coffee, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight coffee, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, and hint of pale malt. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've got a 22 ounce bottle that needs to be emptied. On to the beer:

The head forms large on top of the ink black colored beer. Head retention is good, leaves some patchy works of lacing to the glass. The coffee in this beer has no problem showing itself off in the nose, and with it are chocolate syrup notes that complimet the coffee.

Dissapointment arrives in the taste; it doesn't grab my senses. I can taste a little of the delicous coffee, then it quickly fades and faint notes of wet cardboard arrive. Bittersweet throughout. The body is light-medium with a small burst of carbonation in the mouth.

An okay beer from the 49th state. For $12.99, I expected more than merely okay. At least I know where not to spend my allowance next time.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is dark brown with translucent ruby highlights along the edges. The very center is opaque even when held up to light. Streams of carbonation bubbles are noticeable. The head is massive, rocky, and both the retention and the lacing are great.

Arctic Rhino has an aroma with tons of coffee, a big burst of dark fruit and some roasted malt.

Big coffee taste up front, but the coffee is acrid and bitter, the two killers of coffee beers. After the coffee comes a good bit of dark fruit, with black cherry and figs figuring into the mix. A hint of piney bitterness and a slightly metallic flavor come from the hops that are lurking in the background. Notes of both chocolate (which is quite large) and roasted malts (a little less powerful than the chocolate) are appreciated. The finish has a little more hops, with slight citrus and a bite of bitterness. Most coffee beers that come off acrid and bitter are utter failures, but Arctic Rhino has a lot of others going on that it does well, so a single failure doesn't completely destroy the beer.

Pretty light body, with moderate to high carbonation.

I think Arctic Rhino is close to be a very good porter, but not quite there. I appreciate the large amount of flavor with an ABV of 5% though.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a deep brown/black with a finger of tan head, medium lace. The smell is of burnt coffee, pale malt, chocolate, earth.
The taste bummed me out a bit, a little coffee with a huge metallic background. The mouth is a little watery and there is an unpleasent metal aftertaste. Upon warming it gets a little better but still...
I may have a bad bottle because this is nothing like what reviews I have read. I gave out some tastes and the response is the same, something screwy with the batch or bottle. Might just not be as great as everyone says.

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Photo of veinless
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured an opaque black that let not one ray of light pass through. Head was minimal and coarse, with next to no lacing. I looked away from my beer shortly after pouring and by the time I turned back every single bubble of head was gone.

Smell is a nice robust roasted rubbery coffee; I could wake up to this in the morning and I'd be happy. Hint of milk chocolate in the back, but mainly toasty malt and earth in this one.

Taste follows aroma, with lots and lots of rich coffee brew flavors to with that little bit of milk chocolate. It's a nice change of pace to get milk instead of dark for the cocoa, and it helps the coffee flavor out a great deal in this case. Biscuity middle is also making me think of toast and coffee in the mornings. Earthy dirt is intermingled adding complexity.

Mouthfeel is just phenomenal, as this one has a smoothness all its own to go with a creamy, thick texture of oil. Carbonation is not too strong, with just enough to arouse the beer. After that, it just stops, letting you have a clean, flat coffee experience that ends with a great fresh hop kick to clean the palate. Hops almost didn't show up...but they finally came around when it counted most. They make this very drinkable, and at 5% abv, this is one of the best session porters around. Great value too, at 6 bucks a bomber. Pick it up.

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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 corby112
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a to finger beige foam head. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves streaks and rings of lacing behind.

Slightly smokey malt aroma with a deep roasted coffee/espresso bean character. Lots of silky chocolate malt along with hints of toffee, oatmeal, burnt toast and hazelnut in the nose. Not acrid smelling at all, like some coffee porters/stouts but rather nicely balanced between the coffee, lactic cream and smokey/chocolate notes.

Chewy medium body with slight acrid bitterness and overly roasted coffee up front that is countered mid-palate by a smooth, silky chocolate malt profile. I'm also picking up some oatmeal, burnt toast, toffee and a slight toasted/roasted nut flavor. There is also a slight lactic creaminess that adds a bit of balance but overall the deep roasted coffee bean flavor overpowers the flavor of this beer a bit too much. Very dry, slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Gmann
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, near black, color with a short dense khaki colored head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of freshly ground coffee. There are some chocolate notes as well as some caramel malt. Some lemony tea like scents as well.

The flavor is a mixture of ground coffee and chocolate. The coffee flavor is very fresh. There is some standard porter flavors; caramel malt and a dry lemony tea. The coffee really stands out and is tastey. The tea flavors seemed to come out more as the beer warmed.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Feels a touch light for the style. Despite the strong coffee flavor, it doesn't finish all that bitter. A bit of a lingering coffee aftertaste.

Very good coffee porter at only 5%abv. Drinks well, though the coffee flavor lingers a bit too long.

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Photo of drewba
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep, dark brown with an amazing fluffy khaki head. Very minimal lacing and head retention.

S - Smells like a fresh cup of roasted coffee in the morning, absolutely amazing. Touches of roasted malt, sweetness and smoke.

T - Coffee, coffee coffee. Tastes like a primo brand of fresh, roasty, low acidity, mild coffee. The coffee goes through the beginning to the finish. Also, chocolate, a hint of smoke, and some sweetness from the malt. Though the flavor is great, there isn't a depth of flavor; somewhat lacking.

M - Quite thin, but doesn't bother me. Carbonation is somewhat lacking. Some dryness in the finish.

D - Could see this as a replacement for my morning cup of coffee, I'll have to ask my boss. A fantastic coffee drinkers beer, the coffee is so well done. Reminds me a little of FFF Hells Black Intelligencer. I gave this to several non beer drinking coffee drinkers and they really enjoyed it.

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

Pours a dark brown, very dark with mahogany tinge up to the light. Head is spectacular, huge and ochre, but sinks maybe too quickly, with uneven craters and some lovely sticky trails of lace behind. Maybe too clear, would like a bit murkier, but pretty damn good.

Smells like coffee, in a word. Yeah, that's fuckin' coffee to the max, with that burnt, roasty espresso aroma just emanating like radio waves from that. There's a spiciness, and a bitterness, but really it's all just roasty espresso and I could get the same aroma from a fresh brewed long black. Hint of bread as well maybe? No, it's coffee.

Taste is very bitter throughout palate. Heaps of roasty characters with charcoaly notes on the assault followed by more intense espresso flavours that are really quite spicy, giving pepper and oak and some dark sour cherry notes as well. Almost a soapy finish to it as it's quite ascerbic. Could use more chocolatey notes or some lactose or possibly some wood, but just a touch. It's quite nice, just very intense coffee flavours.

A touch on the thin side at first, but lots of nice lively texture and leaves nicely smooth. Not bad.

Yeah, as drinkable as a good long black. I like it for one, but couldn't go for two in a row. It might make me jumpy and anxious.

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Photo of jampics2
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the West Coast, not really sure how I came across this but it was supposedly fresh! Into a snifter, split with Nichols over Thanksgiving break.

The beer is a dark brown, almost black color with a touch of mahogany around the edges when held to the light. A thin cap of cappuchino colored foam crowns this good looking porter and leaves good lace. Not the best ever, but nice!

The smell is interesting in that the coffee and traditional porter elements seem to have shared the stage well. There's no dominating coffee, more of an enhancement, but it's there with a dark roasty presence. Some chocolate and caramel and a touch of hops give some traditional porter notes. The beer is expressive and isn't a one-trick pony - I appreciate that depth.

The beer has a nice coffee edge in the taste, but this is a great porter even before that. Some light coffee and sweet malt give this beer depth and balance, while chocolate and hops give it unique flavor aspects. The taste is something I would strive for as a brewer because good flavors were added to a good base beer, instead of injected to cover or dominate.

The mouthfeel is really thin and I just can't get over that, unfortunately. A bit of lactose sugar would make this improve vastly. The carbonation makes it feel a bit heavier than it is, but what it looses in creaminess it gains in drinkability. A fine beer, not exactly world-class, but really quite enjoyable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep and very dark brown colour, with a very large and frothy head of light brown bubbles. Lacing is clumpy, but stays in quite consistent patterns on the inside of the glass. Some clarity to it as well, despite the dark colour - something which definitely makes me consider it a porter rather than a stout, even if that brewery had not labelled it so. Looks good.

Nose is roasted and dark, with a huge coffee hit, but but burgeoning sweetness and a touch of dank acridity. Around the edges is a character like frozen mint peas. Really, it's a very full and robust nose, which covers a swathe of the spectrum, moreso than the initial whiff of coffee would have you believe.

Taste is disappointingly thin, and to be honest, a little unpleasant. Where I expected coffee to be dominant, it's only a slight roasty bitterness, while more organic characters (possibly the frozen peas I noticed on the palate) come through in force, giving a rankness to the back. Body stays rather thin throughout, which I find very disappointing, particularly for this style, although the ABV probably suggests such a thing.

Disappointing, in the end. It has some promise, but there's not a lot of merit on the palate, and it feels thin and reedy by the end. Not one of my favourites of the style, or one of my favourites from Midnight Sun.

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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 Jeffo
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

In the great Alaskan hookup with akbeerfiend. Thanks again for the great trade!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A black pour produces a one finger, medium looking, beige head with good retention. Black body with medium-high levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a decent wisp and clings to the sides. Splotchy wisp and a ring remain leaving some dots of lacing down the sides. Good looking, but too much carbonation for the style.

SMELL: A strong coffee nose for sure. Roasted coffee beans with some roasted malt and caramel there as well. Some dark chocolate comes out as it sits for a while. Bold and enticing for sure.

TASTE: Roasted malt, lots of roasted coffee beans, and some caramel sweetness up front. Finishes with some sweet dark malt, and swings into a mild yet lingering bitter coffee and roasted aftertaste. Okay, but nothing overly special, and not as bold as the nose.

PALATE: Medium body with slightly higher levels of carbonation for the style. Slightly thin and watery on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Not really creamy or full enough for the style.

OVERALL: Was certainly promising until it hit my mouth, then it got average fast. Looked and smelt pretty nice, but that was as far as it went. An average coffee porter that I'm glad to have tried, but I don't need to seek it out again. Thanks again akbeerfiend.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. I can smell the coffee after just opening this thing!

A - Black body with a tan head resting on top. If the label didn't say porter I'd swear this was a stout!

S - Wow. Big espresso coffee aroma on this one. A bit of a roastyness comes through as well. but mostly just espresso. Maybe a little vanilla as well

T - Picking up the espresso at first before giving way to a lightly roasty porter. Finishes more on the sweet side but a pretty clean finish. Really doesn't come close to the aroma.

M - medium bodied, a fair amount of carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable. A solid beer for sure but the aroma had me ready for an amazing one and this one just kinda fell short. I wish the base beer was a bit more robust before the coffee flavors got a hold of it. I'm glad to have tried this and would drink it again but won't really seek it out.

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Photo of Ghenna
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a room temp pint glass. This is a beautiful beer, an opaque black save the slightest tinge of red along the sides of the glass. Tightly packed bubbles of cola colored head.

Smells of medium roasted coffee beans with a touch of malt sweetness. Super smooth coffee flavor- no hint of bitter roast at all. Very mild in terms of sweetness as well, but very well balanced. Not at all a sticky beer, it is really drinkable if you are a fan of coddee

Had to pull out a Kona Pipeline porter to compare this to, and I really think that this pulls off the coffee porter noticabley better. It is a little more dry than the Kona, but I think that it really suits the style. My favorite coffee beer, I just wish their distribution was a little better in Northern California.

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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 GabrielM
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - pitch brown, almost black, with a decent tan head.

S - coffee, brown sugar, some hazelnut, roasted malts.

T - a lot of coffee up front, some slight bitterness in the middle, ending with some sweetness on the back.

M - pretty carbonated, but lacks some body. Not as thick as I would've liked.

D - definitely easy to drink, but the coffee might become a little much after two or so.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark color body with a tan head.

S- smell of robust coffee and dark roast and chocolate malts.

T-Taste of coffee and chocolate from the malts. Bitterness of the coffee and robust malts.

M- Creamy and smooth with the bitterness and coffee flavors linger through out sip.

D- Very good beer from Alaska this porter is right up there other coffee porters. Must have for everyone to try.

Cheers...

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my dad for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a large tan head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a little bit of cayenne pepper.

The flavor is coffee and chocolate. I also get a little bit of roasted malt, but the black coffee and milk chocolate notes are what really stands out. Low bitterness.

Creamy, medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of LumberhillBeer
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Solid black, little head with the pour but very small/none after a few sips.

S: Smells of coffee, roasted coffee beans, roasted malts.

T: Nice coffee taste similar to Kahlua but more thin. Almost tasting a hint of vanilla but it's pushed behind with the coffee aromas.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation. Watery on the palette and thin going down.

D: Would like to try another bottle to or hopefully one day on draft to see if it thickens up a bit. A little too thin for what I was expecting but I would definitely pick another bottle up to try again.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 53.2% out of 100 with 342 ratings
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