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Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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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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5/5  rDev +29.2%

allouez86, Nov 16, 2011
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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.

Heavymetallawyer, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of mwa423
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.

mwa423, May 03, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

safhundos, Mar 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Dief88, Jul 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

leahnruss, Jul 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

jalee, Aug 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

tbergsli, Mar 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

dazanas, Dec 08, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

LLL_MKE, Jul 30, 2014
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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?

rolf17, Oct 02, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

dumptruck81, Jul 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

runwild99, Sep 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

minneapolitanjim, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

tekuniversity, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

DrGonzoDDS, Mar 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

bootsdomino, Feb 02, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

WastingFreetime, Oct 20, 2012
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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.

gobeer, Dec 24, 2009
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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.

jwc215, Nov 13, 2013
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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.

chanokokoro, Jan 26, 2013
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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.

Bighuge, Jan 12, 2010
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Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.