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Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
87
very good

253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 10-09-2008)
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Reviews by MaximalC:
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MaximalC

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque molasses color with an ample khaki head with good retention that even affords some cratering as it settles. A hybrid veil of lacing--solid beneath and reticulated above--frames the top of the glass admirably. The aroma smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, raisins, and the barest trace of floral hops. There's also an x-factor in the nose that I can't place--kind of smoky, but not quite. I've heard "peat" trotted out as a descriptor on occasion, and while I can't say I've ever tasted or smelt it, I imagine it could resemble this.

The flavor reveals a high level of complexity, with an unusually fruity backbone for a porter. The same plum/raisin character that was prominent in the nose is on full display here, along with some fig, dates, currants and roasted malt. There's also a tartness suggestive of black cherry and herbal hops that singes that rear periphery of the tongue. The chocolate suggested in the nose is difficult to discern in the taste, but that's no great loss considering the existing complexity. Truly, the intensity and depth of the dark fruit ensemble may be the finest I've experienced, and could easily be used as an exemplar for that class of flavors. The finish is excellent, as just as it appears to subside, an aftershock of smoked dates eases its way back into your consciousness. The flavors described above only become more pronounced and enjoyable with the requisite warming. You can almost taste it as your nose crests the glass...

My only grievance is that the body is a little thin considering the style and depth of flavor. It's slightly sticky, but still too loose for my tastes. The mouthfeel is smooth and lively, though the carbonation overextends itself a bit on the back end, accentuating a bitterness that can be grating, even if only briefly.

Overall, this a unique and highly engaging porter with a dark fruit malt character that would be at home in an artisanal imperial stout. A slightly heavier body and more muted carbonation would take this beer to elite status, even though it may be atypical for the style. I picked this up on a whim, and am glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 03:44:05 | More by MaximalC
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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.

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Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.