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
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:
342
Reviews:
183
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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44
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Photo of kbeals
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up on my recent road trip out west. Shared with my buddy Jake.

A- Pours a dark black with a finger of mocha colored head. Head fizzles down to a thin crown leaving minimal lacing. The glass might not have been cleaned properly, leading to the lack of lacing.

S- Tremendous aromas of coffee and vanilla. Hints of chocolate and other roasted malts. Very complex and very enticing. Too often coffee based brews just smell bitter, not this one. It's like dipping your head into a freshly opened coffee can.

T- Not quite as complex as the smell, with coffee really dominating. Slight nuances of chocolate and vanilla come through, maybe some caramel sweetness. Very pleasing.

M- A tad thin for the style, very smooth with mild amounts of carbonation.

D- Good. As a coffee porter, this one is really good. The coffee doesn't seem cheap or over-roasted. A definite must try for any lover of coffee beers.

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Photo of pastradul
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide tulip. somewhat rough pour only produced a thin finger of head. semi dark brown mocha color.

the aroma is a mild to medium roast coffee and malt. no alcohol in the nose. very smooth.

The mouth feel is a bit thin. But for only a 5% brew i am actually pretty impressed that it has as much as it does. The carb is a bit high at the beginning.

THe taste is very well rounded. A good amount of fresh coffee and roasted malt all over the palate. This beer is well blended, you get coffee and malt all across the taste... front, mid and back of the palate.

pretty good IMO, nothing super unique or extra special but if I saw this on draft or at a shop again I could go for another one.

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a perfect pint. Purchased from K&L in Redwood City in Sep 2010.

A - Not surprisingly, pours a coffee-black, with ruby highlights around the edges. Big, fluffy, three-finger head with great retention, settles into a thin cap with patchy lacing.

S - Obviously, dark roasted coffee dominates the nose, along with a sweetish malt and hints of chocolate and cocoa.

T - The coffee in the flavor is more on the light side, and almost a stale flavor. Plenty of cocoa powder and dark chocolate. An earthiness that comes up in the finish. Only somewhat dry.

M - Typical for the style; a bit thin for me but that's probably me just being used to imperials. Pretty light and carbonation is just right.

D - Low abv and good flavor, so I had no problem finishing this bomber. I could go for another.

O - Price is right, flavors are pretty good. This is an outstanding morning beer with the coffee flavors. Similar to Founders BS, recommended for those hungover mornings.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bit thanks to BigJK for this beer. He went to Alaska, and brought it back, and it was my reward for getting the most stouts correct in the blind stout tasting he held this past weekend. Cheers, Jon.

22 oz bomber poured into my Bruery snifter glass.

A - Pours about as black as you can get with a thin mocha head. The head disipates quickly leaving a little bit of lacing on the glass, but not much. There may be just a touch of ruby highlights, but they're faint.

S - Smells of coffee mixed with vanilla and some rich chocolates. It's good, but Victory @ Sea is still the standard for this style of beer. Everything is good here, just not overwhelming.

T - The coffee and vanilla mix together quite nicely. There is a coffee bean aftertaste as well. It's a good mix.

M - Medium body with maybe just a touch too much carbonation.

D - it's a good beer, and would pair nicely with some desserts. The bomber was easy to finish on my own.

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Photo of CascadeConan
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with substantial sandy head that lingers and laces as you sip.

The nose is of course full of coffee but some roasted and chocolate malt characteristics play a strong second chair.

Initial taste is full on bitter coffee and I honestly couldn't detect much complexity in the roast just a straight Folgers bitter. After the coffee the taste mellows into a short, sweet malt and the bitterness from the coffee.

Kind of thin body but a fair amount of carbonation to let the flavors work.

The verdict? I've had better beers of this style that layer a more complex or enticing coffee roast over the typical porter malts you expect and overall they keep me coming back. This is however a solid beer from a great brewery and represents the style adequately.

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Photo of BDJake
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pitch black with dark mahogany edges yet short lasting head

S- smells just like that boozy venti espresso that i've always wanted

T- dominated by coffee beans, than the dark malts and boozy warmth that compliment it quite well, with a touch of dark cocoa

M- light to medium body and fairly crisp, with a smooth aftertaste

D- no problems finishing this off, especially with a fairly recent fondness for coffee as i've developed

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, thanks GT.

a - Pours a dark brown color with no head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of faint, water downed coffe, roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent coffee porter, but felt like the taste was a little bit faded. Would like to try again.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a very light tan head that fades away quickly and leaves little lacing.

Roasted coffee beans are evident in the aroma, along with lighter hints of chocolate and smoke.

Taste is pretty starightforward, again showcasing the coffee and chocolate flavors. The smokiness seems to be the most prominent aspect here and is present throughout.

Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. As a whole, this was good, coffee wasn't overdone. The main flaw is there really wasn't much depth to it...after the initial aroma, I expected more in the way of taste, but the roasted coffee part seemed somewhat generic. If I didn't know better, I might have thought this was intended to be a smoked porter, rather than coffee.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled the second week of April (2010?). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Opaque bistre liquid with a thin fizzy light khaki head. Sticky sandy lacing coats the sides.

Very potent coffee aromatics - fresh medium roast beans, along with faint roast malt notes. Earthy, sweet, with sandalwood overtones.

Pleasing vaguely tart palate entry full of rich toasted malt and roasted coffee. Once again the coffee is paramount, overwhelming the beer base to some degree, making it difficult to evaluate. Faint lactic tartnes and alcohol warmth round out the finish and suggest a cream foil to the coffee bean flavor. Hints of cocoa and citrus/cherry in the finish.

Silky, medium-light bodied, moderately carbonated, and lightly astringent.

Serve as part of a "balanced breakfast."

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

Snagged a bottle to try w/ a bud at Whole Foods..

- Mild thin mocha fizz... slightly larger ring of lace making goodness... Pitch black color.. hardly anything from the edges either...

- Grain, bright bitter hop.. light hop... chocolate nose, coffee... black coffee.. light

- Tanic flavors... slightly seaweed-like.. something off in this one... but i still taste the nice cocoa notes, coffee... very bitter coffee flavors... maybe it's not off... but just real coffee going on here...

- light bodied w/ a slight creamy texture... drying.. but tasty..

- Easy to drink, but far different from most porters.... but drinkable. Would probably be better on tap, in Alaska... on nitro.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: body is entirely black and lets no light through at all. Edges are a deep brown ruby. Head is two fingers of dense, dark tan foam. I like it, though head retention could be better.

Smell: aroma is an unsophisticated onslaught of coffee grounds and vegetabley hops. Actually, it's not bad, per se, but it could be a lot smoother and better-integrated. It reminds me a lot of homebrew.

Taste: flavor is almost identical to the aroma, although the vegetabley hop character is toned down a bit. Bitterness and coffee grounds are the watchword here. If you like cold coffee drinks, this might be for you. As for me, I think it's a bit overdone and ill-balanced. Still relatively tasty, though.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with beaucoup carbonation yielding a solid creaminess. With a little bit more body, the feel could easily start reaching into "excellent" territory.

Drinkability: not bad, but its one-note song does get a little tiring after awhile.

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

Appearance - Dark black, offwhite beige, no lacing.
Smell - Rich, roasted coffee notes.
Taste - Roasted bitter malts, coffee.
Mouthfeel - On the thin side - light-medium bodied with relatively high carbonation for a porter. Fine bubbles.
Drinkability - Very light with a great coffee aspect and strong flavors for such a low-impact beer.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Half a finger beige head that dies down to a thin cap on top. Dark black body.

Whiffs of coffee. Smokey malts. A hint of chocolate.

Some milk chocolate, coffee, a somewhat lactic sweetness, and a nice smokiness. The lactic sweetness is a little much after awhile.

Mouthfeel is pretty light, and well carbonated. A touch acidic (from the coffee I would suspect).

A pretty easy drinker. A solid porter, but nothing I want to try again.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone IRS glass.

A: Pours a very dark, nearly black, color.

S: Lots of coffee and espresso in the nose.

T: Coffee, a bit of chocolate, and a hint of hops. I understand this porter is only 5% but it's pretty weak and thin. It's not as rich and robust as I had hoped.

M: Medium bodied.

D: I like my porters a little more rich, full, and robust then this.

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Photo of blackc5
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Near black with a slight tinge of ruby. Creamy tan head but only middling retention. Some minor patches of lacing.

S - Lots of roasted goodness and definitely the coffee beans. A little bit of fruit as well.

T - This is a deep roasted porter with very strong toasted flavors. Coffee is prominent and forward as expected from the name. Nicely balanced with some raisin or prune as well. Not too sweet though, and quite bitter - almost a bit of burnt coffee in the flavor actually which was unfortunate.

M - Very dry. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation for a porter. Definitely a bit of coffee oiliness as well.

D - Shared a 22oz with the wife and that was enough. The bitterness lingers and the burnt coffee taste was a bit too strong to make me want to drink more...

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown with black hue, good carbonation and a tannish head

S: Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate

T: Roasted malt and big coffee, like Folgers coffee beans, smooth at first but then it turns to a black coffee taste

M: Creamy, roasty, booze is nice and moderate

D: Very good and a must try

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Photo of portia99
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received in trade with olympuszymurgus. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Dark brown, to the point of being on the verge of being called black. A finger plus of dense, rich looking cappuccino colored head with good staying power...holding firm for several minutes. This head just won't fall...thicker and more durable than the head on top of a true cappuccino.

S - Fruity - maybe blackberries and/or blueberries, citrusy hops, dark malts and coffee, coffee, coffee. The fruits are a bit unusual, but they seem to work in here.

T - A cup of cold black coffee is my first impression. Rich, dark roasted flavors, that same berry-like fruity character found in the aroma, burnt espresso bean like coffee character, astringency on high (coffee asttringency, not a grainy, husky astringency). Quite good, but the berry character and high astringency is a bit on the strong side and out of balance with the other flavors in here.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Has some viscosity...like coffee with a bit of cream in it - definitely not watery, but still on the thin side. Carbonation is medium also. Astringency gives a slight pucker to the mouth.

D - I like this beer. It's all about the coffee here. I would love to know more about the exact coffee used in this brew. The beer has a lot of fruitiness and astringency...would really love to know how much of this is a direct result of the coffee addition - especially the fruitiness. This is a great breakfast beer and dessert beer. Light in alcohol, very easy drinking. Recommended and wish I could get some more of this...I know someone who drinks out of small glasses (you know who you are...) who is gonna love this beer.

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

A: The pour is a very dark brown color with a nice mild tan head on top.

S: Plenty of coffee in the nose with a light touch of chocolate and a nice roasted malt character.

T: The coffee dominates the flavor as well with a decent amount of roasted malt and a mild bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation which works well.

D: A pretty decent coffee beer, but nothing that will blow you away. It's nice to see Midnight Sun is making its way down to California.

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Photo of mjl21
2.86/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the now defunct Liquid Solutions.

Excellent appearance: black in color with a massive tan head that never goes away. I had this during the Super Bowl and some d-bag at the party asked, "What is that, a mochaccino?" I told him that no, it was a real beer, gesturing toward the Miller Lite can in his hand.

Aroma is lots of roast and coffee along with maybe some slight oxidative notes.

Flavor is pretty good but doesn't have all that much going on. Sharp, bitter roasted malt and coffee really stand out. There is a little cardboard/oxidation going on. Maybe this bottle is past prime - I'll have to try it again.

Medium-bodied with some coffee bitterness and perhaps a little more carbonation than would be ideal. Very dry.

Overall, well, this was all right, but as I watched the Super Bowl, I couldn't help but think how whereas most Midnight Sun beers I've had have been "super" and have "bowl"ed me over, this one wasn't and didn't.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Very nice, super dark, actually looks like a cup of coffee (with some milk in it for the head!) nice lacing but wish the head stuck around a tad bit longer.

S- Coffee, Chocolate, and roasted malts, no hops which is pretty ideal.

T- wow a lot more roasted barley then I would have thought, very strong taste especially for an average ABV. Definetely coffee, but for once I get BALANCE in a coffee beer which is great, enough bitterness and overall flavor balance to make this one very drinkable. It is not a coffee stout afterall.

M- Very nice carbonation but flavor ccould linger a bit less, no Alcohol bite.

D- Overall A great new party beer. Seriously, it tastes like real beer, it is drinkable and plus has a bit of caffeine, man if only they had six packs.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 342 ratings.
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