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Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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324 Ratings
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cdkrenz on 10-09-2008

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Ratings: 324 | Reviews: 93
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Photo of blackearth
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a pitch-black body with a tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, cherries and cracked barley. Full bodied and silky with a roasted malt flavor, and a bit of a warm alcohol finish. The flavors just coat your mouth and last. I would only drink one of these in a night, but would keep going back on different days.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting. I think it may have been blutt59.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, roasted porter.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a dense black body with a thin ring of tan head with a few bubbles visible close to head.
S- This beer has a slightly sweet full crystal malt aroma that is almost sweaty and grows into a gym sock aroma as it warms.
T- This beer has a softly sweet crystal malt flavor with some dark roasted malt finish. This turns more chocolaty as the beer warms. The finish is a nice roasted chocolate malt flavor with a mineral water flavor.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz and a light black malt tartness in the finish.
D- This beer a big crystal malt bomb with a bit of an odd aroma but a pleasant taste, just a bit different.

Photo of richkrull
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color with a smallish tan head and decent lacing as well.

Smell was full of coffee and roasted malts with a bit of chocolate coming through.

Taste was pretty good. Some bitter chocolate flavor upfront with roasted malts throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium. Went down fairly easy.

Overall a pretty good beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again. I don't drink a lot of porters, but this one was good.

Photo of degerbah
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with about a half inch of tan head. The aroma hints at choclate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. The taste is a little bit dissapointing, nowhere near the flavor that the aroma hinted at. Roasted malt is probably the most dominant flavor, but there isn't anything close to the mass of flavors that the aroma hinted at. All in all this is still a more than solid beer and I'm glad that I tried it.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much black with just the faintest of mahogany trim. The tan head is moderate in all things: height, retention, and lacing.
It carries the aroma of burnt chocolate chip cookies dunked in coffee, along with a burst of sprucey hops late.
Tastewise, the coffee traits hit upfront, then fade to a generalized sense of toasted grain. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and cookie dough all take cameo turns, but none stays long enough to gain special mention, though as a whole they materialize more as it warms in a blanketing sweeter counterpoint to the roast/toast. Its semi-sweet bready middle brings a neutral yeastiness. Hops are secondary (or even tertiary) but add floral, piney bitterness on the swallow.
Sleek feeling, medium bodied. Carbonation is low, but not flat seeming. It's easily consumed, potentially in large quantities.
It's not an overly refined porter, but that's part of its charm.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Night Train name takes me back to my college years listening to Public Enemy and seeing bottle of Night Train next to the Boone's Farms. This beer poured a dark opaque with very thin slight off-white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent is ripe with espresso and earth. The taste is bitter all the way through the beer with a stringent and slightly acidic coffee base. As the taste lingers on the pallet, peat and earth become more prevalient. The mouthfeel is medium in body with weak carbonation. Overall it is an ok porter, very drinkable.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my cousin for bringing this across the border to MN. It's a big, but not too undrinkable porter with a mix of chocolate, fruit, and roast. I'm a fan. The aroma focuses more on clean, bready barley, with a not-quite-chocolate, brown malt coffee and cocoa powder character. The flavor opens up more with mild berry esters under the dark chocolate notes and roasted edge. Overall, you've got a complex porter that doesn't hit you over the head with thick barley. Give it a try.

Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown and appears black in the glass. A solid two finger head forms and slowly settles to a thin cap. Large amounts of lacing is left on the glass.

Nice aroma of dark malt. Hints of cocoa, coffee, and a sort of lactose sweetness.

A little sweeter than a typical porter. Also the depth of flavor is lacking. It falls off quickly. The flavor consists of cocoa and a hint of coffee. Even a little alcohol creeps into the finish.

The body is solid but the carbonation bothers me. It seems fizzy and a little harsh.

Solid porter but nothing really impressed me that much. There are many better options on the shelf.

Photo of dhannes
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had out of the bottle at a local bowling alley...was served around 35º.

A=From what I could tell, it was a nice reddish brown.

S=Malt and cocoa.

T=The first gulp reminded me a bit more of cocoa powder or chocolate milk than beer--chocolate and malt, with a little sweetness; perhaps a bit of a cola taste as well. Cream came forward later on.

M=A bit too watery for a porter, and very lightly carbonated...but would make a decent session beer. Alcohol finally hit me about 3/4 of the way through.

O=More of a session beer than what I seek out in a porter...body was just a little too light for me, and the malt flavor was also a bit lacking. A nice beer, but still nowhere as near as good as Great Lakes' offering. Probably the second best porter from Wisconsin that I've tried, just slightly behind Wisconsin Brewing Company's porter. Worth a try if looking for a slightly lighter version of a porter.

Photo of tourdot
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad porter but a bit too hoppy for my taste.

Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Onyx black with some charred wood edges, a compact head of tan foam, with a brush of lace around the edge. Charred malt nose with a little bit of cocoa sweetness in there.

Lactic taste and feel, slight astringency, but not enough to be distracting. Some tobacco and bakers chocolate, tiny hint of sweetness again. Easy to drink, flavorful enough to keep interest.

Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my wonderful wife for bringing me this brew!

A: Deep brown as it pours. In the glass the head is cappuccino colored, and somewhat reserved. The color so deep brown that it boarders black, it's opaque with a number of yeast chunkies in there.

S: Roasted grain, and milk chocolate are the first scents to come out of my glass. There is a touch of licorice, as well as some herbal notes. There is a sweetness like a oatmeal stout, or milk stout.

T: Roasted malt, and sweet chocolate. A little bit of an herbal hit along with some bitterness from the hops, combining with a little licorice flavor. The finish has something I can't quite pick out.. perhaps a touch of high alcohols.

M: Feels a little light for the style.. Medium light to medium in body. Carbonation is low and slow, you really pick up the bubbles as you swallow. The finish is a touch astringent, but not in a bad way.

O: Overall I think it's a nice beer. Good dark malt flavor, bordering on a number of stout styles.. If you told me this was a oatmeal stout I wouldn't question it. Nice beer, and a brewery I haven't ever tried before!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. "Ale", no date or info.

A - The moderate pour reveals the beer to be a clear dark brown where as in the glass it's midnight black with ever-so-slight touches of dark brown around the edges. The tan head is moderate but decently retained with fingers of lacing left behind.

S - Lots of dark roasted malts open up on the nose with a tiny touch of molasses and chocolate in the mix. A very small spike of hops appears on the finish.

T - Lots of roasted malts give this beer a sharp, dry bitterness. A touch of woody smoke blends interestingly with the molasses and cocoa notes. It comes off a bit over-roasted though.

M - Full-bodied and a little bit chewy, it's a robust porter with an extremely dry bitter finish.

D - The sharp flavor and bitterness give a combined punch to the mouth. Not one of my favorite dark beers, that's for sure.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown w/hint red. Beige head and light tracing.
S-Toasted chocolate malt, sweet plums, raisins, roasted cereal, light smokiness, tobacco, rustic earthy aroma.
T-Flavor brings out cafe-mocha, roast malt, light apple, grape and raisins. Bitter hops cleanse the palate in the finish.
M-Body starts strong and velvety, but carbonation faded very quickly, affecting the overall balance in the finish. Flavors are harmonious, but light carbonation in this bottle detracted from the overall experience. I had this on tap as well, and carbonation was robust and was not an issue in that instance.
D-A pleasant porter--sessionable in colder weather. The complex aroma is its best asset, and this aspect is outstanding.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour; light tan head, minimal lacing. Definitely a porter, but nothing fantastic.

Aroma has lots of pleasant chocolate and roasted malts. It's robust enough that I'd call it damn good.

Taste is good. Bitter chocolate, and lots of roasted malts, light sweetness. Good, Solid porter!

Thiner, creamy, and good over-all.

Solid drinkability. Over all, tasty and worth a try.

Photo of matjack85
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build- your-own six pack for $9.99, making them $1.67 each. No freshness date.

The beer poured a super dark brown color with a 1-finger khaki colored head that lasted a few minutes and left lots of good lacing.

Roasted malt and chocolate aroma.

Toasted malt and chocolate are the main flavors, but there is also a slight tartness to it along with a mild but pleasant bitterness.

Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. I loved the mouthfeel.

Simple, but a pretty good porter.

Photo of Slyjoker87
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It comes in as a dark liquid, impenetrable by light

S - Strong smell of coffee and perhaps some chocolate

T - Rich and creamy, full and complex. It tastes strongly of coffee with hints of something slightly sweet - maybe chocolate? It does have some bitterness, but it is hardly noticeable.

M - It is smooth, creamy, easy on the tongue, and goes down easily.

O - This is a wonderfully creamy and rich beer that I wish were more widely available. (At the time of this review, I believe it is only available in Wisconsin)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from O'so Brewing Company, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a very thick dark mahogany color; nearly opaque in the glass with just a bit of cola brown showing through when held to the light. A little less than a finger of tan foam head that recedes quickly. Leaves behind some nice strands of lacing.

S - The smell is kind of light, but is pleasant enough for what it is. Mild roast, cream, milk chocolate, vanilla, a hint of yeast presence, and some lactose. Very mild alcohol presence is noted.

T - Taste follows the nose - milky chocolate, cream, vanilla, coffee bean, roastiness.

M - The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy. Goes down easy. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, a nice American Porter from O'so Brewing. I would love to see what the barrel aged version of this beer would be like, as it seems like a lively contender. A delicious, smooth, and creamy beer on it's own though. Recommended.

O'so Brewing Night Train ---4/5.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-pours a very dark brown with a 1/4" head that faded quickly but did leave some nice lacing

S-mostly dark chocolate with a hint of some carmel

T-dark chocolate all the way on this with a little bite of the alcohol at the end

M-light to medium body not the creaminess of some others out there

O-not bad leans heavily towards the chocolate so would make a nice dessert drink

Photo of brewtus
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours dark dark brown with a foamy beige single finger head
S- sweet chocolate, Roasty, spicy
T/M- starts toasty and tiny bit spicy, some faint coffee. The texture is a little thin, but it isn't a stout. I must say they get a lot of flavor into this viscosity.
O- the bottle reads " roasty- chewy- robust- judicious- creamy- bold- complex- immense" I think that's pretty close to a good explanation, but it would be nice to have a little more thickness, if you see it, grab one. The nose on this is the highlight, it smells so great

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as dark as it gets. Full tan head falls to just about nothing. Very thin lace.

Big caramel aroma. Sweet smell with chocolates and fruit.

Caramel flavors and malts. Sweet and somewhat boozy. Like the bottle says, bold, chewy, robust, complex...

Full and smooth in the mouth.

I like it. Would have this again.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the recently opened Brickhouse BBQ.

A: fierce looking black with a mocha colored 1 finger head. Looks pretty.

S: smell is great too: smoky, malty, chocolatey.

T: The first sip was fantastic, an absolutely robust porter -- honestly caught me off guard. Then I continued to drink and realized that this porter is not well balanced at all....in that the hops presence is too strong, not the malt like one would expect. In trying to make this a more balanced beer, they really overdid it.
That being said, if you've ever wanted to try a porter with more hops to it, absolutely give this a try.
I should say that I enjoyed it, but that's not what I want when I order a Porter. The rest of the flavor was fantastic though, deep richness of smoky chocolate malt. I just want more!

I'll probably give this one a second shot, especially because it seems to have plenty of good attributes about it, including the silky mouthfeel that makes the beer very quaffable.

A hoppy Porter. If that sounds good, give this a shot!

Photo of gobeer
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best that I have had so far from Oso. I have yet to try a few others from the this brewery. Nothing dissapointing. Nice blend of dark roasted malts. Malty, chewy, roasty. The aroma and taste is what is expected of a porter according to BJCP. Drinkability puts this slightly above others porters.

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark chestnut brown to black with a thick tan head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of rich chocolate with roasted coffee, caramel and earthy tones.

The taste is of sweet chocolate with roasted coffee. Caramel/toffee add to sweetness, which is balanced by roasted coffee, nutty tones and a mild earthy hop touch.

It is thick for a porter, but smooth. Some alcohol shows its potency - but still, it is creamy smooth.

This borders a strong stout. I had it before I ordered the Beef Wellington, had another with it, but it would have gone well with the desert. It does have a malted chocolate character. Thick, creamy and delicious!

Had it on-tap at Joey Girard's in Greendale, Wisconsin.

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Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.