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Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
87
very good

265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | 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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Ratings: 265 | Reviews: 88 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by barnzy78:
Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours dark brown with a thinner beige head that holds excellent retention. Aromas are sweet with cocoa and roasted barley. Bold flavors, sweet but roasty, heavy on the cocoa notes, roasted barley, caramel, earth, tobacco leaf. Mouth-feel is super creamy, medium body, ample carbonation. Overall, great American Porter. I would buy this one again.

barnzy78, Jun 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

blackearth, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of equinox1
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

equinox1, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Mora2000, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of richkrull
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

richkrull, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of degerbah
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

degerbah, May 03, 2010
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4/5  rDev +3.4%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of elkabong
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

elkabong, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

cokes, May 20, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

WoodBrew, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

tempest, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

kristenrae8, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

MynamesRickJames, Apr 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

safhundos, Mar 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

dumptruck81, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Faunland
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Faunland, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

morimech, Sep 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Moby, Sep 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Kmlund, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

GRG1313, May 15, 2013
Photo of dhannes
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

dhannes, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

runwild99, Sep 30, 2012
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Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.