Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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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%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
44
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3
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Photo of DonFrap
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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
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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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 Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 5%ABV. Pitch black color, thin mocha head. Pretty good looking. Decent head retention.

Coffee, chocolate and cream in the nose. Maybe a hint of vanilla in the back.

Good roasty coffee flavor, without being overbearing. A bit bitter and astringent. An odd sourness?

Full body, maybe a bit frothy. Pretty simple, coffee is the star here. Good amount of carbonation. Easy to drink. Would be outstanding if the sourness were not there.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured this into a snifter. Nice dark body with about two fingers of dark, tan head. A good looking beer.

Smells like a fresh pot of very good coffee, a nice dark roast. Like sitting in Starbucks all day.

Taste is somewhat coffee forward, but doesn't match that gorgeous smell. Slight tang on the back end that reminds me of drinking coffee black.

Mouthfeel is thin. I wish it were creamier, fuller; but I've come across thinner porters.

Overall, this is pretty good. But not a go-to porter like Edmund Fitzgerald. And God knows I wish I could drink Everett every damn day.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Rick778
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

thanks again tom for sharing this!

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out nearly black with one fingers worth of light tan colored head. average retention and lace.

very earthy, grassy hops, espresso beans are there but are thrown off a bit by the somewhat strange dirt like earthiness. roasted malts.

follows the aroma, slight dirt and grassy earthiness. again the coffee is there, espresso bean like, but tastes a bit off. a little hoppier than expected. light roast flavors.

a weak feel, medium to light in body, almost a bit watery.

overall, some nice coffee flavors, but this needed some more body for sure. also had an odd earthiness to it.

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

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

About 4oz in a glass.

Appearance: midnight black, no light escapes this one, creamy head and lace that coats the glass like a blanket of khaki foam

Smell: holy coffee, there is a flood of coffee, chocolate, dark espresso

Taste/Mouthfeel: chocolate, coffee(duh), espresso, hops by the gallon, coated the throat like a bad cough syrup

I did like this one with the exception that it was this like molasses. I like my beers to be a little more smooth and less thick. Overall it was a joy to try. Thanks Sourdough Mining Co.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 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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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Big frothy mocha head, dark body, looks spot on

S-the malt and coffee intermingle well, but nothing seems to shine through, nice balance but nothing earth shattering

T- A light roast that is again barely indistinguishable between the malt and coffee, not bad but nothing seems to really stand out

M- a bit too carbonated for my taste, thin

O- decent beer, a thicker mouthfeel would probably help this brew out a bit.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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 TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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