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Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
87
very good

252 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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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allouez86

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +29.2%

11-16-2011 20:59:20 | More by allouez86
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Heavymetallawyer

Illinois

4.98/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Great black appearance. Perfect for those who love stouts.

S: Definitely strong scent of chocolate and some nutty and coffee notes. A slight hint of caramel. It smells like a dessert.

T: Tastes like it smells. It tastes like a chocolate cookie with a coffee for a side. Absolutely lovely if you love coffee stouts.

M: Smooth and goes down easily. Perfect.

O: The aftertaste is pleasant. I cannot imagine a better beer for a stout lover like myself.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 03:37:25 | More by Heavymetallawyer
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mwa423

Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours jet black with a beige head that quickly disappears.

S - Incredible mix of dark and sweet malt, coffee, and vanilla. This is almost so rich it reminds me of a Godiva chocolate.

T - Slight fruit flavor at first, followed by vanilla, coffee, and then the rest just tastes imperial stout-rific. Very sweet and the vanilla comes back in the aftertaste. I would suggest a change of style to stout or imperial stout.

M/D - Mouthfeel was rich and creamy and smooth on the tongue. This is an incredibly drinkable beer. As I said earlier, goes down like candy.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 03:26:56 | More by mwa423
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safhundos

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

03-12-2013 14:52:53 | More by safhundos
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Dief88

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

07-11-2014 21:30:15 | More by Dief88
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leahnruss

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

06-30-2013 23:35:53 | More by leahnruss
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jalee

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

08-19-2013 00:07:52 | More by jalee
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tbergsli

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

03-22-2013 01:13:03 | More by tbergsli
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dazanas

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

12-08-2013 04:31:20 | More by dazanas
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rolf17

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Currently my favorite beer, no doubt. 9 buckaroos for six, money well spent compared to most beer on this planet. On weekends it would be torturous to not have Night Train on hand. Occasionally I am compelled to drive to hudson wi for a case maybe 2 of this art brew. This fine beverage belongs on the top 50 american beer list. I dare you any of you, to forget what you know about the word "porter". I hate porters with the exception of this one that does not deserve such classification. Alcohol is masked. thin head, flavors expertly balanced, composition blends almost seamlessly, difficult to identify individual ingredients. Delicious! How many beers can u say that about?

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 00:22:45 | More by rolf17
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dumptruck81

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-12-2012 00:58:07 | More by dumptruck81
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runwild99

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-30-2012 21:11:14 | More by runwild99
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minneapolitanjim

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-10-2012 22:28:19 | More by minneapolitanjim
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tekuniversity

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-25-2014 03:32:30 | More by tekuniversity
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-23-2013 05:36:04 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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lisaczech

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-20-2013 00:12:10 | More by lisaczech
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DirtyMcNasties

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-01-2014 18:16:59 | More by DirtyMcNasties
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bootsdomino

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-02-2012 05:10:45 | More by bootsdomino
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AGED REVIEW
1 year old bottle aged at basement temperature.

The beer pours out nigh black with two fists' worth of overflowing ice-cream-float sudsy head, making an emergency sink dash necessary. Insane spiderwebs of lacing remain on the glass. Thicker side of medium body and heavy carbonation that calms back to medium strength in a few minutes, smooth silky body.

It has mutated into a truly delicious semi-sour stout highly reminiscent of Tart Of Darkness, only with much more coffee char backbone and a heavy streak of asian duck sauce on the side. This just happens to be one of those "accidental victories" of cellaring, it's much more interesting than how it tasted fresh.

It smells like a licorice and prune-spiked roasted coffee and soured apple / lemonade blend. It has plenty of roasted char-coffee flavor to stand up to (and evenly match) the medium-light balsamic-vinegar / sweet n' sour sauce flavor with a light granny smith accent; all in a balance that I actually enjoy. I'm definitely going to be grabbing another six pack of this brew later this year to see if this phenomenon is repeatable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:28:33 | More by WastingFreetime
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gobeer

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 18:15:41 | More by gobeer
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 04:34:05 | More by jwc215
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle

Pours a very dark mahogany brown capped by a creamy one and half off-white head. Big roasted dark chocolate malt notes with hints of smoke. Bakers chocolate, big roasted malt, robust espresso notes, anise throught the midpalate. Finishes with dried dark fruit: cherries and prunes, a bit of smokiness, and hop bitterness. Smooth medium body, moderate carbonation with a touch of creaminess. A bold American porter that gets your attention from the first sip. Very complex and one of the better brews in the style that I've had. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:10:21 | More by chanokokoro
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a thin sheet of brown head. Lacing is actually quite full however, as it comes in complex sets of random lace patterns. Really nice mocha and cocoa presence on the nose. It melds nicely with the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Mellow flavor, but complex and extremely drinkable. This flows effortlessly down the hatch. Reminds a little of a milk stout. It has lactose feel to it along with the mocha and coffee. Solid beer all around. This one would find its way into my fridge fairly regularly if it were available around here.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 04:34:05 | More by Bighuge
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep onyx with hint of mahogany in the light. trace head floats on top. Great lacing!

S: sweet dark chocolate, toffee, malt, roasted nuts, mild coffee.

T/M: sweet chocolate and toffee up front, hint of coffee and bitter hops in finish, slight prickle on tongue from carbonation. med/heavy body

D: I'm glad I found this brewery and beer; excellent beer. Porters seem to be rare and this is fine offering. I look forward to trying even more beers from O'so.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:24:24 | More by BeerLover99
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Jips

Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured inky black with a think white head.

Smells of dark fruits + a hint of chocolate.

Slight fruity taste upfront, big chocolate flavor in the middle, finishes with a lingering coffee bitterness. I dig this profile in my stout and porters! I can't get enough of the chocolate/coffee action.

Medium bodied, would go down quickly if not for the big flavors.

A Wisconsin treat! Slightly over the sweet side of dark beers, which is my preference.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:20:54 | More by Jips
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Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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