Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 331
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Heavymetallawyer
4.98/5  rDev +27.7%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of mwa423
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of rolf17
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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? (678 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (1,114 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of gobeer
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of Jips
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite dark, bordering on black. Very small head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Intense coffee and roasted malts. Some dark chocolate. Sweet caramel coming through as well.

T: Same as the aroma, very intense for a porter; could confuse as a stout if it wasn't for the slightly thinner mouthfeel. It is a simple beer (tastewise), but what flavors you pull out are quite robust and very enjoyable. It balances sweet and bitter perfectly.

M: Slightly creamy, medium mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation: not too high. Really coats the mouth.

This beer was surprisingly good and I would absolutely buy it again for the price. (639 characters)

Photo of Wisconsin_Max
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This dark American Porter is one of the most drinkable beers of its kind. It's coffee flavor, along with a robust smell and wonderful texture make it very enjoyable, especially during those fall and winter months. It is a little thick to drink more than a few of them in an evening, but then again, so are most great dark beers. (328 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown as the bottle with nice gleeming ornage amber highlights. Settles darker brown with mahogany edgings. Thin tan cap with small peppered spots of lacing and a bit of residue glazing the glass.

Aroma is quite nice as a good portion of cocoa and blackened maltyness escapes first then hints to cold pressed coffee and peppery touches. Smells like what a good porter should.

Solid taster of a porter here. Great body and tone as its smoothness it matched well with a slight crisp carbonation that travels down the tracks on a well rounded engine of blackness and dark chocolate sweetness. A bit of smoke, a touch of burnt coffee, and a pinch of pepper nearer the caboose. Dryish finish lingers late with burnt grains and leftover black stuff. Very solid.

Smooth but gripping textured in tone/carbonation and a body that sits just above medium. Has some nice layers and subtle complexity to it that really holds its own within its character. Sweet, blackened, chocolate, coffee, peppy, dry, yummy.

O'so can be proud of this one. By far the top of the line for their brews to this point. Hopefully some improvement on others in their line and new ones yet to be placed to the lips will be as good as the Night Train. (1,226 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on nitro-tap in downtown Janesville, WI. This pours a black color with creamy beige head. The flavor is full of roasted, toasted malts and grains. The texture is smooth, creamy full of flavor. It leaves a lingering roasted malt aftertaste. Pretty decent stuff and would love to have again. (296 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This express arrives black as coal and delivers a whispy mocha covering of fine foam. A delicious looking porter.

The nose has roasty toasty malt and sweet creme brulee.

Taste begins with intense roast and flavorful coffee followed by a creme brulee, dark gingerbread and molasses finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and full with fine carbonation.

Overall a great offering from O'so brewing. This would lend itself nicely to bourbon barrel aging. I would certainly have this again. (478 characters)

Photo of chicano4craft
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. Almost black with a small but full tan head. Looks creamy.

Nose is chocolate and roast. Small hits of coffee. Chocolate milkshake with a sprinkle of coffee beans. Not bad.

Great taste! Bitter sweet dark chocolate. More coffee flavor than the nose lead on. Good amount of roast. Everything I enjoy in a good porter.

Nice carbonation. Good mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth.

One of my favorite porters. The Mid-West knows how to do porters. (462 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from hopscrazy! Thanks Brian!!!

A- Nice heady pour into a tulip glass! Two fingers of deep tan foam that fades fairly quickly and leaves a nice oily lacing all over! Jet black like coffee with the only light shining thru near the foamy head.

S- Raisins, dark roasted espresso, and a fine 70% chocolate bar! Really nutty and delicious... perhaps even a touch of barnyard? Very refined with a ton of depth... yet somehow simple as a classic porter should be!

T- A mouthfull of Mocha Iced coffee... gets even better as it warms up. A touch of smoke and roasted nuts. Subtle dried fruits and a hint of bitter hops. The chocolate and fruit really come thru at the end and coat the tongue!

M- Really nice coffee/cocoa/hop bitterness that has a sweet backbone! Not as thick as a Porter can be... yet not as thin as some Porters can are! Each sip leaves you NEEDING more!!! Just a hint of booze! I'd love to have a bourbon barrel version of this so that maybe some vanilla would blast your mouth as well!

O- A damn fine porter indeed!!! I wish I could get this in NY! Great balance! Great play between all the sences! Roasty, nutty, raisiny, chocolatey, coffee'(LOL). (1,175 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head. Amazing aroma consists of chocolate malt, cocoa, sweet caramel, with vinous notes of dark fruit and chocolate covered cherries. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Taste has an ample amount of vinous flavors upfront and thoughout the flavor profile. Chocolate with layered caramel upfront, followed by a burnt malt flavor. Dry hop bitterness scrubs the palette midway. Plum rounds things out in the finish. Alcohol is also noticed toward the back. (480 characters)

Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Regularly stocked at Steve's on University Ave.

Poured from bottle into Fat Tire goblet.

Leans on the dark side of porters, blackish brown, mostly opaque except on the edges.

Smells chocolate like and somewhat roasty.

Tastes smooth and dark, much like the aroma. I thought this beer used to have more roasted barley to it, but it seems that it lacks the robustness I seem to remember.

Mouthfeel is near perfect. The body handles the carbonation real well... Toned, not bulky or thin.

This is an excellent porter from a small craft brewery. It's not too sweet either which is a big plus. Sweet enough to handle the dark malts, and enough roasted barley to leave a mild coffee like after taste.

Drinkability is quite good, as this beer isn't too heavy.

Highly recommended for people who like robust porters. It's not an esoteric mind-blowing beer, rather a prime example of a porter. (889 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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 (537 characters)

Photo of richkrull
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of degerbah
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of Gotti311
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I remember liking this beer a lot and it was even my favorite beer for a blinded taste test of some of the more popular Midwest Porters.

The nose does not stand out too much, this beer waits to get you until you take your first sip. There is a little bit of a roasted nose that spills into the mouth and is so pleasant and warm. The roasted flavor is just perfect and relaxing and goes down quick and smooth. This beer drinks really fast. There is a little bit of burnt bitterness in the mouth towards the back that is combated with a really tiny bit of sweetness. Those two flavors play so well together in this beer, nice harmony.

To me this doesnt have the feel of a typical porter, but obviously too watery to be a stout. In the end, I just dont care what they call it, this beer is really damn good. (806 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Seal Brown colored...nice little tan head..

S-Roasty with some caramel and chocolate notes...the caramel is more predominant. I like the way this smells..

T-Pretty roasty...caramel is there...definitely a bit of burnt malt character....dark cocoa...light hint of coffee too....nice flavor..

M-Medium to full bodied....nice creamy texture...closer to full bodied than medium....nice...

D-I am impressed with this one. Really no complaints...Well made beer. (461 characters)

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