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
Gots:
44
For Trade:
3
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Photo of kerry4porters
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of younger35
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Generously received this brew as an extra from akorsak in a recent trade. This will be my first brew from Midnight Sun and I'm super glad it's Arctic Rhino. Coffee beers are my favorite so I'm hella pumped to try this. Drank from my Surly clear coffee mug.

Bottled the first week of Feb '09. This puppy is fresh!

Appearance- Pours a super dark brown nearing black with a nice half fingered dark tan head that bubbles away a bit o quickly. A spotty cap and thin collar remain leaving behind a fair amount of ring like lacing.
Smell- A bit of coffee in the nose although admittedly, it's not as potent as I wanted. Milk and sugar add a light vanillin creaminess. The chocolate is fairly prominent though as its very dark and yummy. Either a bit of hops or the dark roasted malts add a semi sort of bitterness as well to the nose.
Taste- Starts with a deep dark roastiness that is dry and somewhat quenching. Like the nose the coffee isn't all that strong (I'm so spoiled) as the dark chocolate seems to own the beer. Deep and slightly bitter, the chocolate (and beer for that matter) isn't anywhere near sweet as the bitterness is held in check by the smooth cream like flavor and maybe a tinge of acidity. A touch of smoke remains in the aftertaste as does some long drawn out chocolaty goodness.
Mouthfeel- Maybe slightly on the thin side with a touch of acidity and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Nice change of pace to sit down and enjoy a bomber of beer that is 5% or less. I wish the coffee was bumped up a notch but thank god the beer in itself is delicious and able to keep my attention. Great beer that I really enjoyed, thanks Adam!

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a brownish black color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer doesn't look all that impressive, but the nose quickly changes that impression. This beer has a huge aroma of fresh coffee grounds, that pretty much dominates everything else. Maybe there is a hint of chocolage and licorice as well, but coffee dominates everything. Flavors on the palate are not nearly so intense, and one is quickly reminded that the abv. in this beer is a modest 5.4%. Still, more coffee, chocolate and a hint of licorice is what I get on the palate as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, and the alcohol is no more then an afterthought.

Nothing earth shattering, but this is still a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. Notches on the label indicate this was brewed in the first week of February (2007), so just shy of two months ago. Label reads: 5.0% alcohol by volume - 20 IBU's.

A: Dark, dark, DARK...no light is getting through this one - OK, maybe just a thin trace of auburn at the edges. 1-finger of rocky, dark tan head fades just a little too quickly to a thin cap of cream. Terrific-looking sticky lace clings in rings.

S: Almost all coffee in the nose, so fresh it's like the dust is still rising from the grinder. Traces of dark chocolate, too...could be a little stronger but it's hard to find fault with this one.

T: Smoky malts and a dark, slightly sour "coffee grounds" bitterness. Moderately spicy, like a dash of nutmeg. Still this one is mostly black coffee (reminds me of a dark-roasted African blend like Sulawesi), through and through...it's strange how bitter this is, yet it has such a low IBU level...

M: Surprisingly sharp and tingly, well carbonated. True to the style, this porter is still fairly light in the mouth, but the carbonation gives it a tingle and the maltiness gives a very light stickiness. Most of all, clinging bitterness dominates with that terrific coffee bean character.

D: A great find - I'm glad this one has arrived here in Portland. Very drinkable and, at just 5% ABV, easier on the mind & body, too. Highly recommended to coffee beer lovers and one I'll be sure get more of.

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

Many thanks to guinnessdoc for this one. Yet another fine beer from the Secret Santa BIF. Thanks, Josh.

Arctic Rhino pours a very dark chocolate brown color. It's nearly opaque. A faint amount of light at the edges reveals some nice garnet highlights. Sitting atop is a light mocha brown head that stood around a finger or so tall. It receded quickly and left light strands of lace behind.

The nose is pretty impressive. A strong roasted coffee flavor resonates throughout. As a coffee fan, that's a good thing for me. For others, maybe not so much. Coffee certainly smells prominent. A good mix of roasted and chocolate malts are noted. It smells a little bittersweet. But, coffee's still pretty much running the show. Smells like there's some molasses and licorice at the secondary level. They're clearly complementary and never come through very strong. Nice additions to the mix nonetheless. Brown sugar sweetness is strong on the tail. This is damn good smelling stuff.

My first impression is that this is really good beer. Roasted coffee and a little espresso kick it off and don't relent much throughout. If you're not into coffee, you probably won't be into this beer much. The coffee force is very strong with this one. Roasted and chocolate malts are present and complement the coffee flavor nicely. I can't help but think those aspects seem a little light. Overall, I'd prefer a little more malt presence. It is somewhat bittersweet, but is balanced to a large degree by a sweet brown sugar flavor. Licorice and molasses are noted, but are somewhat faint. I still like the impact they have. Overall, this is good stuff. I like it. I'd like a little more malt flavor. Small gripe.

Arctic Rhino is anything but a beast. Its body is light and thin. More body would be good. This is more penguin-esque than rhino. Carbonation is pretty well restrained. Ultimately, it nearly feels smooth, but could use more malt to get there. Drinkability is very high. I'm liking it quite a bit. It's relatively tame for a rhino and goes down easy. The coffee flavor is really nice and keeps drawing me back.

This is my first go with a Midnight Sun beer. I'm impressed. I like this one. Perhaps my affinity for coffee has tainted my view of it a little, but I can't help it. It's good stuff. It'd be a little better with more malt to give it a more substantial body and a little more Porter flavor. Just my $.02. But, this is a far cry from bad beer. On the contrary, it's very good stuff and is well worth seeking out, especially if you're into coffee.

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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 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 RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a very dark brown in color with a thick, beautiful tanned head.

Smell – The malts here are dark and roasty but not burnt. The coffee is huge with an equally large compliment of alcohol notes.

Taste – The malts are very dark at the taste as well. I really enjoyed their complexity and could find little differences between the similar flavors. One moment a bit like straight coffee, the next maybe a hint of espresso, then another coffee flavor but a different blend, etc. I also found some light fruiting here that I didn’t get from the nose.

Mouthfeel – This is not quite medium-bodied with a light alcohol sting in the cheeks and a somewhat flat carbonation level.

Drinkability – This is a good-drinking AP but I thought it was a bit thin to earn a high recommendation. It was a delightful mix though of complex malts and big coffee.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for bringing this to the pre-pre-pre RoyalT Moving Party.

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Photo of erosier
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MtGoat for this one.

L: Pours a deep black color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, some sweeter toasted ones, then a nice coffee aroma.
T: A sweet roasty malt base underneath coffee, hints of chocolate as well. The coffee was not as bold as I was expecting which actually made it nicer.
M: Very smooth, warming, right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer. Not a lot of alcohol in this one and the flavors worked very well together. This was a really nice beer and would recommend if anyone can get this.

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Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured black with a 1 inch thick mocha colored head. The head held up ok and a light lace.

Smell - Very nice nose on this beer. coffee, some dark cocoa and maybe a little vanilla

Taste - Very true to the nose good but not great. I thought the coffee could have stood out just a bit more.

Mouthfeel - Just a bit on the light side for a porter but good carbonation

Drinkability - This was a good beer that i enjoyed very much. This beer went down very smooth.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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 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 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 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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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.72 out of 5 based on 342 ratings.
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