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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
70 70 70 3 6 3
Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter by Midnight Sun Brewing
American Porter
5.40 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 02/15/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 8 14 4 7 2010
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.

Reviewed: 7/25/07

Price: $5.13 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 01/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 9 13 4 6 2008
This seems an appropriate beer after roasting some coffee. A solid pour produces a three-finger thick, nicely browned, creamed chocolate colored head. The beer is quite black in appearance and when held up to the light only passes a hint of light (really, I mean this as it almost seems a trick of the light). This beer smells strongly of bitter black coffee, even as I was pouring the beer it was clear that this was a coffee infused beer. It is hard to get anything but coffee from the nose, perhaps a hint of sweet, dark malt and a bit of cocoa are noticeable towards the end if you really dig for it. The coffee notes can be a little harsh, though there is a bit of coffee complexity here.

A bit on the fizzy side, some vigorous swirling of my glass helps to mitigate this problem. This beer seems somewhat light bodied, I was expecting some richness to balance the coffee, but that might be a bit too much to expect from a 5% abv beer. In truth though the coffee notes in the flavor are not quite so dominant as in the nose, but they are still the dominant note in the flavor. The beer has some roast-derived bitterness to it and it finishes with a burnt acidity as well. This can really reminds me of drinking cold black coffee at times. There is a touch of malt sweetness here though that manage to accentuate a chocolate like flavor. The taste reminds me of thin, deeply roasted, cold black coffee and I can't say that this is really all that exciting.

Not a bad beer, but it is a bit too coffee dominated (bitter, a touch acrid and acidic). A more rounded malt character, or less coffee would go a long way towards making this a balanced beer. That said if you are a die hard coffee person, then you might enjoy this a bit more than I did.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 3 8 0
A - Pours a dark brown, almost black body that is completely opaque. Big thick head is a dark khaki color and shows no sign of going anywhere.

S - Nice roasted dark malts. There is a coffee odor, but it doesn't seem to overpower the rest going on. Definite lactic smell that hints at milk chocolate. An ever so slight funk.

T - Very lactic on the front end with some whole cream flavor. Works into a coffee bitterness that is subtle, but pleasant. Roasty malts come in, but much more subdued than in the smell. In fact, this beer on the whole seems more subdued than the smell. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness and has almost no aftertaste.

M - Medium to light bodied. Seems watery to me. Carbonation is very light.

D - For a porter, this goes down very easy. It lacks in the flavor and mf departments though. This is definitely the least impressive brew I have had from Midnight Sun.

Served In: Pint Glass

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