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 | website

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
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
334
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
43
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 178 | Ratings: 334
Photo of Aenema
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
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 SamuelJackson45
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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 colforbin73
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not something i normally go for but this is a nice change of pace.

pours a jet back with a decent tan head that leaves a little lacing. the smell is ok, though i was expecting more: you definitely pick up the roasty coffee smell, but little in the way of malts.

the taste is pleasant and balanced, you do get the coffee but a good mix of malts as well. the mouthfeel is a tad thin and there isn't a lot to savor, after you swallow, it's gone.

i would have appreciated something a little more intense, more in your face coffee perhaps, but all things considered this is a well made porter that sits snugly in the style profile.

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Photo of IllNate
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 blackc5
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Ghenna
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
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 drewba
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
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 PaulStoneAnchor
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black with no head and some slight lacing

S: It has an aroma of mentholated coffee and some slight roasted notes

T: It tastes like a rich aromatic coffee and there is really not much going on except coffee. It has some mentholated notes as well, and some slight smokyness.

M: It is a bit more creamy than actual coffee, but with the light carbonation it has a great mouthfeel.

O: I was expecting more from this beer, I was hoping for coffee but also more subtleties like chocolate and maybe some sweetness. It is a bit drier, but that is what is characteristic of a porter. This beer was ok, it was good but not amazing what so ever.

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Photo of BDJake
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Kaiser81
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 GabrielM
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
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 hopsleeroy
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Black pour with decent head
S- Serious coffe aroma, fairly one dimensional in the coffee aroma smell
T- Coffee taste very present but not really pleasant, tasted more like old coffee that had been sitting around the office or like somebody's coffee breath, earthy hops underneath that added to the stale coffee flavor, not balanced enough with malt/creamy creamy flavor
M-Fairly creamy but medium
D- I wouldn't come back to this one again.

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Photo of pastradul
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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 TheBlackMallard
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to AKBelgianBeast for including this and other great extras in our trade.

Pours black with a light brown head into my Short's Imperial Pint glass.

Smells like old coffee rinds that have been sitting around a few days and a little like a slightly sour mash left in the tun overnight.

Taste is 100% coffee, nothing else going on. It's not strong on the coffee flavors but that's all there is. It's smooth, I think if it were a bit more carbonated it wouldn't hurt.

I'd buy this if it were readily available but I wouldn't set up a trade just for this. Thanks again Frank!

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Photo of grumpy
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nearly black with minimal head and lace.

Aroma: Malt, roastiness, coffee.

Taste: No surprises here. Exactly what one would expect from a Coffee Porter. Roastiness, dark malt, bitter chocolate, and of course, coffee. Hops create a balance but are not a big part of the taste profile. A pretty decent effort but a little on the boring side. A nice blend of flavors, but I thought the whole thing ought to be ramped up a little.

Mouthfeel: Viscosity is medium-light, carbonation is moderate. Some astringency from the roastiness and/or coffee and/or hops.

Drinkability: Easy to quaff a couple of pints of this, but that’s enough for me. It just doesn’t grab my attention that effectively.

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Photo of BenGap
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of the coffee porter, but this was done well. Maybe not my favorite in style, but good balance of coffee and some roast malt flavors. The finish was just a bit off that kept it from being a really good beer.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
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 beersabound
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This botle was fresh from the brewery. I picked it up today in Anchorage at my favorite beer store. The store owner said it had just come in today. I doubt that this beer is available year round as the profile here says. Also, the ABV on the bottle says 5%. As expected, this has a heavy and intriquing coffee aroma and some chocolate and roasted grains in the aroma. The head is a dark brown and the beer is very dark brown. The body is medium/full but not viscous and is very easy to drink especially if you like coffee beers. The flavor is coffee predominantly but some chocolate and hop bitterness contribute as well and there is enough residual sugars to give it some balance. It is slightly acrid in the finish of the mouthfeel. The coffee lasts for quite a while in the after taste. It is very enjoyable, by no means a session beer and would be great with dessert or as dessert. If you like coffee infused ales you'll appreciate this one.

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Photo of misinformed
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottled in 11/2010. Reviewed 5/30/11, tulip glass.

A- Beer pours a dark brown, cola-like color that appears dull black in the glass. Started off with 1/2" of mocha brown head that quickly faded to a small ring.

S- Sweet roasted malt with some dark fruit notes and bitter coffee.

T- Sweet fruity, roasted malt up front, bitter black coffee with some faint cocoa notes as well. Mellow bitterness, with mild roasted coffee in the finish.

M- Lighter medium body, average carbonation.

O- Good balanced brew, but the coffee could have been stronger for my tastes. Smooth, easy drinking, but a bit unremarkable.

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Photo of TheStove
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from City Beer in SF. Poured into a 12 oz mug from a bomber for two servings.

Nice opaque black color with a coffee-ish foam head that quickly departs. Smells mostly of coffee with some slight bitter malt jumping in. First sip yield some malt sweetness counter balanced by coffee flavors and a slight bitterness. Finishes closer to a kind of "dregs" sip of french press coffee however the last flavors on the tongue are of some chocolate malt flavors making this more light a slight dessert-esque adult coffee beverage than your standard black coffee beer. Great interplay of malt sweetness and flavor to balance out the coffee flavor and bitterness.

Seems like it would hold it's own as a porter but the coffee adds substantially to the complexity throughout consumption of this one. In some ways it seems more booze or a bigger malt and hop profile would contribute substantially to this especially coming from an Alaskan brewery but this is still an enjoyable beverage. Hopefully you can grab this one for under $6.

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Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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 HopasaurusRex
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I shared this 22 ounce bomber with my wife while brewing an Oatmeal Porter.

Well-carbonated. It pours with a thick beige head of big bubbles almost twice the size of the beer. The head collapses slowly and leaves a nice spiderweb of Belgian lace on the sides of the glass.

Dark brownish-black hue approaching the color of a dark Starbucks espresso.

Nose of dry roasted coffee beans with a chocolate center. Lingering smoke on the edge.

Fairly dry and thin for a porter, it could use some extra malty goodness to clamp down on the roasted acidity of the coffee. The high carbonation level detracts from my enjoyment.

Overall it lacks complexity, but is easy to drink. A good beer for breakfast. Javaah!

Cheers to Jeager for the Midnight Sun LIF and the chance to try a taste of Alaska.

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Photo of Grant_Satterthwaite
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is fantastic. I remember the first time I had it in the summer of 2014 it opened new doors for me and ever since I've preferred porters and stouts to all other beers. Great look, pours heavy and dark with a brown foamy finish. Tastes like the coffee beans it's brewer with. The fact that the BA score for this beer is 84 is misleading because this beer is amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes coffee flavoured beers.

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Photo of checkfeet
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thick inky black pour with sticky rings for lace as the mocha head settles.

Smells a little smoky, coffee more subdued than expected: burnt and acrid like the used puck after an espresso is pulled. Also a little like a winter closet, in a good way.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and the burnt coffee attacks the palette right away. One wants a malty chewiness to support it, but it doesn't come. A sharp, dark chocolate bite only.

Quite drinkable, but in the end a bit thin in the mouth and acidic to be one of our favorites.

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Photo of CascadeConan
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.
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