Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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Reviews by MaximalC:
4.09/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-06-2013 03:44:05 | More by MaximalC
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3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
06-03-2009 03:34:52 | More by blackearth
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-07-2010 04:11:52 | More by Mora2000
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
(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.
12-02-2009 22:38:43 | More by rhoadsrage
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
07-20-2011 19:26:51 | More by richkrull
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
05-03-2010 03:32:32 | More by degerbah
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
05-20-2010 05:57:35 | More by cokes
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-06-2013 21:54:47 | More by WoodBrew
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
12-27-2012 01:24:25 | More by tempest
3.53/5 rDev -9%
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.
09-18-2011 15:57:42 | More by morimech
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
03-29-2014 22:09:22 | More by dhannes
Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.