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Convenient Distraction - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Porter masterfully blended with Aquacate coffee from the Narino region of Columbia and Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans.

(Beer added by: Ri0 on 04-02-2014)
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

4DAloveofSTOUT, May 09, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%

750 ml bottle purchased with strong recommendation from Kaleb at Ray's Liquor in Tosa.

Poured into Mr. Pint (I really need to invest in better beer glasses)

Appearance: Pours very thick. Dark chocolate - almost black - in color. Next to no head.

Smell: Oh, man. This has coffee and vanilla notes that are strong, but not overpowering. A little bit of the booze hits, but it's pretty well masked by the other notes in this. Definitely a balance between the coffee and the sweetness.

Taste: The coffee roast taste and the vanilla sweetness again balance themselves out nicely. A hint of the booze here as well. More of a bitter underlay to the taste that surfaces after a bit, but again - the vanilla sweetness does a nice job of balancing that out.

Mouthfeel: Bitter aftertaste, kind of like what you get after drinking coffee. A little stickiness lingers.

Overall: I got another bottle of this bad boy to hang out in the basement. I'll probably revisit it in a few months' time, but this is pretty darn good. Color me impressed. Good call yet again, Kaleb!

don1481, Apr 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

bpfrush, Apr 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jaycase, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

tourdot, Aug 10, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -11.8%

Dark brown when poured, black in the glass with a drippy halo of lacing.

Smells like roast malt and fresh butter. Did somebody empty a butter churn into this?

Very mild coffee and vanilla notes, and a distracting fresh butter smell. Dairy qualities, milk, cream, butter. Dairy forward. It's not the movie theater popcorn of Diacetyl, but the fresh butter note is conveniently distracting. Medium bodied and creamy, buttery even. Not sold on this one, it has potential aside from its one glaringly obvious flaw.

emerge077, May 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

WolfKeeper, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Hendrick24, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

EgadBananas, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.76/5  rDev +14.7%

enelson, Aug 24, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -12.3%

Reviewing the Convenient Distraction from O'so Brewing Company out of Plover, Wisconsin.

Score: 85

2014 vintage bottle served in a Great Taste of the Midwest taster glass and enjoyed on 05/04/14 while camping out for Great Taste tickets. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Syrup/cola brown color. One finger of tan head off the pour, which settles to a thin layer. Lovely lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Smells like lightly roasted coffee with a little bit of vanilla creamer. 3.75/5

Taste: Coffee flavor with a light chocolatey finish. Has a milky creamer flavor to it too. A faint kiss of vanilla bean ice cream comes out as it warms up. The flavors are nice, but the chocolate/vanilla is way too muted. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, appropriate carbonation. Modestly bitter. 3/5

Overall: A solid porter that needs its adjuncts enhanced.

Cost: $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle.

jegross2, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Lorianneb, May 27, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first big bottle from O'so Brewing, and my first beer from these guys in a while. Beautiful minimalist bottle art. 10.00% abv not listed anywhere on the bottle. "Imperial porter masterfully blended with Aquacate coffee from the Narino region of Columbia and Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans". Sounds amazing.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just a few shades less than black with just under three fingers of thick creamy mocha head. Head has some pretty nice staying power for the high abv. Leaves behind nice thin scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The smell is very creamy and buttery / diacetyl smelling. Some yeast funkiness / mustiness present, freshly ground coffee beans, and vanilla / cream. It's a very beautiful aroma, but it lacks a bit of significant roastiness.

T - The taste is of beautiful freshly brewed coffee beans, vanilla, cream / lactose, notes of chocolate, bourbon, and some faint dark tart fruits in the background that become more prominent as the beer warms. A touch of yeast. The roastiness is present, but it's still nowhere near what I was expecting. This is more creamy and milky than bitter and roasty.

M - The feel is smooth and creamy, sticky and chocolatey. Light bitterness on the palate. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a delicious beer, but I was expecting a bit more coffee and a bit more roastiness out of this thing. Aside from that, it is very nicely built. Imbalanced but still delicious, and it makes for a convenient distraction indeed. More milk / cream / lactose forward than I was expecting. Very recommended if it is available to you.

O'so Brewing Convenient Distraction ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, May 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

injuredreserve, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

teamwiggum, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

cfaulman, May 11, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev 0%

Beautiful new 750ml by O'so. So far these have been far better than their regular lineup.

A: Pours an absolutely solid black with a small tan head. Inky and thick.

S: The coffee and vanilla come through really well, giving the aroma a striking resemblance to coffee ice cream. Cream, sweet coffee, mild roast, big vanilla.

T: Big coffee taste (bean husks, rich and tannic), with moderate charred grain, a bit of milkiness, mild vanilla, more roast.

M: Silky with very light carbonation. Really wonderful.

O: Another pleasant surprise from O'so. This is very nice. A little more sweetness in the taste would bring it to greatness, but for now I'm very happy with this.

Etan, Apr 13, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

poured 750ml bottle into chalice. Paid $14.

A - Dark coffee brown with a 2 finger soft espresso head. Excellent retention and splotches of lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma of the bourbon vanilla beans dominate, with subtle notes of coffee, espresso, and chocolate creeping in.

T - Again there is a big vanilla flavor from the beans. The sweet chocolate is more intense and there are mellow espresso and coffee notes. Not picking up much in the way of dark fruit, but I do get some cola flavor that I seem to find in Poters.

M - This is medium bodied with good carbonation, but it is so smooth and soft. Wow, one of the best Porters in this category!

O - A fantastic flavored porter from O'so that was a pleasure to drink. Worth the price IMO.

Ri0, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

anticipation23, Jun 20, 2014
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Convenient Distraction from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
92 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.