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:
#24,886
Reviews:
183
Ratings:
342
Liked:
182
Avg:
3.72/5
pDev:
10.48%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
44
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 342 |  Reviews: 183
Photo of joe1510
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$5.13
Liquid Solutions

Bottled the first week of February '07

Arctic Rhino pours black, absolutely opaque black. There's a hint, and by hint I mean sliver, of chestnut brown toward the bottom of my pint glass. A 1+ finger mocha head formed on the pour that fades to a thick cap of creaminess. Leaves sheet lacing on it's way down.

Roasted malts are first to greet the nose along with an unexpected but pleasant aroma of dark berries. Mild blueberries and blackberries. The freshly ground coffee shows up on the backend with a splash of cream and lingers around with a balancing herbal hoppiness. Very enticing aromas from this one.

Nicely bitter roasted malts kick things off and the coffee steps in quickly for the one-two punch. Fresh coffee that balances very well with the roasted malt. Both linger throughout the swallow. Mid palate the creaminess that was in the aroma appears but is quickly elbowed out of the way by a pretty solid dose of hops. Bitter herbal hops. Good flavors all around.

Mouthfeel is just slightly on the thin side with the carbonation being slightly too aggressive. Don't get me wrong in no way is this bad just something for me to pick apart I guess. Welcomed hop and roasted malt bitterness on the finish.

I could sit here and sip the night away with this brew. Some coffee infused beers are one and done for me but the coffee is just a component compared to others where it's the showcase.

My first offering from Midnight Sun turns out to be a solid porter I would try anytime if it was available in my area. Looking forward to trying all their beers I can get my hands on.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy coffee. This has as much or more flavor as some beers with double the abv.

Coal dark with a fast departing mocha head, the lacing slides down the sides pretty quick.

Smell is dominated by coffee,

Taste, mostly coffee, with not much malt, still looking for the hops

To me mouthfeel defines Porter v Stout, this is chewier than some stouts but fairly branded as a Porter

It is nice to ave a beer with flavor/body that is low enough abv yo finish a bomber easily, good stuff

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Photo of froghop
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a black with a large brown head, and good lacing.

smell is of milk chocolate, some coffee, vanilla bean, and malt in the back.

taste of coffee, sour malt, bakers chocolate, some licorice, and some vanilla, ends dry and slightly bitter.

overall a very nice porter.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark brown (approaching jet black) in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some coal brown highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer, a thick ring at the edges of the glass, and a medium to large thick cap in the center of the glass. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly roasted/ground and brewed coffee underneath some light notes of roasted dark malts. Very light notes of chocolate as well.

T: Upfront there is a really nice moderate flavor of roasted dark malts with some light notes of dark chocolate. There is also a moderate to strong flavor of roasted/freshly ground coffee that overall contributes a light to moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a long time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: This beer tastes like I like my coffee - dark, strong, and slightly bitter. I really enjoyed this one and would gladly drink more of this one. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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 EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Beernoobie
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radcpa
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark appearance with one finger tan head that dedicates quickly. Aroma is very mild coffee. Taste is a sweet coffee with a hint of spicy aftertaste.

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Photo of Nunya
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 djeucalyptus
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fridge-temp bomber into a pint glass.

appearance - Pours a rich, dark brown bordering on black, with amber & caramel color barely visible when held up to the light. A smooth and steady pour yielded a nice, rich dark mocha one-inch head that was slow to dissipate, leaving decent lacing.

smell - predominantly toasty malts, with a good roasted-almost-burnt coffee aroma lingering. subtle cocoa and mocha blend in to create a pleasant smell, though nothing amazing.

taste - Coffee. Coffee. and more Coffee. Not overpowering, but coffee is definitely the predominant flavor - as it should be. Some coffee porters barely have a hint of coffee - this one nails it. Not overpowering and the malt and mocha flavors pull through beautifully, with an almost creamy mocha finish. There's a bit of lemony sour tartness which balanced out the coffee and roasted malt nicely.

mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, a bit lighter than i was expecting for a porter. A touch watery - i was anticipating a bit chewier and heavier.

drinkability - Very easy drinking for a coffee porter. Light enough that it could still pair well with foods, but delicious on its own. I 'll definitely be having a few more before the season has past.

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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 Rutager
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 itracy63
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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 dmsohyea
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bespin15
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Reswald
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jpaulsen
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of RHVC59
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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