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Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 352
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 20.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 40 | 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

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Beer added by: cdkrenz on 10-09-2008

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Reviews: 94 | Hads: 352
Photo of ChadQuest
2.05/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The pic up for this beer currently isn't the most recent label, no longer do they say what kind of beer it is directly, but instead only say: "roasty-chewy-robust-judicious-creamy-bold-complex-immense" and leave you to figure out it's a porter from that.
into a snifter at around 60f.

Thin head that fades very quickly over a dark brown body, leaves just a thin collar around the edges.
Aroma and flavor both have a light chemical presence to it coming from under the other flavors. Not super strong but it takes away from this beer. They used a decent amount of roasted malts, this doesn't hit campfire status. some powdered chocolate.
feels kinda thin in the mouth with a moderate amount of carb.

This one is a bit under par in a few aspects.
this was my last bottle of the 6-pack. wont be getting more. to many other good midwest porters out there.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.07/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 8/4/12

Pours a darker than medium brown and looks black in the glass. Foam was reluctant to rise at first, but after a higher pour it hit a hair more than a finger's worth. A large swath of bubbles remains as does some strands of lace.

Two words best describe the aroma: simple and good. Dark roasted grains with hints of dusty yeast. Roasted chocolate and cocoa powder. This smells incredibly smooth. Faint dark fruit note. I'd be inclined to call the aroma great, but it gets to be too doughy; really does a number on it.

The taste is more straightforward than the aroma even. It's plenty roasted with bitter coffee and dark chocolate throughout. At first I don't find the flavor and body to be as lush as the aroma was (at least initially), but it does seem to thicken up with warmth. The feel is probably appropriate, especially considering carbonation is on the low side, but I would not complain if it were a smidgen more robust. Some of the dough carries over and starts to wear down on the flavor and my overall ability to enjoy this beer.

There are enough good things about this beer to make it frustrating that the dough notes are as prevalent as they are. Regardless, it's definitely drinkable. As is, however, this is mid-tier, unfortunately.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. An almost opaque dark brown color with a short tan head. A moderate aroma for a porter which is dominated by the dark roasted malt. The flavor was also mostly dark roasted malt with some cocoa and a little bitter coffee. Some earthy hops add a little additional bitterness. The body was a little lighter than expected and the flavors did not blend well for me.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.09/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really think this brewery has a production problem. Drinking 3 of their beers in a row and there are too many off flavors to be enjoyable. I hope they can fix these problems in the future.

A - A slow pour caused the beer to overflow my 16 oz glass and create 4 fingers of Styrofoam type tan head. Black with brown highlights.

S - A promising roasty aroma as I first poured but then a 2nd smell produces sour milk and diacetyl.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate and burnt coffee. Some diacetyl but at least the big porter flavors slightly overpower the off flavors.

M - Thin and watery.

D - I am disappointed I wasted money on 3 O'so beers, at least I bought singles of each and not 6 packs. I hope this brewery can turn it around as I do not like to criticize anyone that makes beer (since most is good) but this brewery has some issues they need to fix.

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Photo of beagle75
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark garnet brown color with less than one finger of fine mocha-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Refined roast is unctuous bitter chocolate and mild dark fruit. Other qualities are herbaceous and slightly musty in the smell.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark roasted malt that is scorched and astringent early. Other, more appealing flavors that match the prominent features of the smell are also present, but struggle needlessly against aggressive acidity. Hop bitterness is precocious in the middle, sticking around and really defining the latter acts. Herbaceous qualities are present and very green, contrasting some appropriate dark flavors that are at times nutty, ashy, and kahlua-like.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, sharply and inconsistently acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a rather unaccomplished porter that struggles with acidity issues. Making it's least attractive features stand out even more is a bitter hop profile featuring juicy herbaceous qualities. While not repellant, it never gives the impression of being put together well, nor does it effectively satisfy one's dark beer craving.

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Photo of kmeves
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a quickly dissolving off white head and some lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with dark roasted malt, fruit (apples and pears) and light floral. Flavor is dark malt and fruity with some coffee as well. Thin mouthfeel for the style. Finish is medium with semi-sweet fruit. By far the best of the Oso beers I have had, I am tentative to try more.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. "Ale", no date or info.

A - The moderate pour reveals the beer to be a clear dark brown where as in the glass it's midnight black with ever-so-slight touches of dark brown around the edges. The tan head is moderate but decently retained with fingers of lacing left behind.

S - Lots of dark roasted malts open up on the nose with a tiny touch of molasses and chocolate in the mix. A very small spike of hops appears on the finish.

T - Lots of roasted malts give this beer a sharp, dry bitterness. A touch of woody smoke blends interestingly with the molasses and cocoa notes. It comes off a bit over-roasted though.

M - Full-bodied and a little bit chewy, it's a robust porter with an extremely dry bitter finish.

D - The sharp flavor and bitterness give a combined punch to the mouth. Not one of my favorite dark beers, that's for sure.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Black body with 80% tan head
Aroma is pleasantly dark fruits, blackcurrants & rum
Flavour is redcurrant & cheap instant coffee
but its the mouthfeel, its so thin it throughs the balance of the beer right off

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Definitely the best of the O'so beers I've tried so far, but that's not saying much. Still, if you like roasty, then you'll like this beer.

Appearance is black with a centimeter or two of head coaxed out by a hard pour. Body looks a little thin. Aroma is roasty but full of diacetyl. Flavor is tons of "burned pizza crust" flavor...if there were a "burned pizza crust" flavored syrup, I would suspect there is some in this beer (there's not that I know of). Mouthfeel is a touch thin.

A pretty good porter, and the first beer from O'so I've tried that I would characterize as anything other than disappointing. I bought this bottle as a 12oz single from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Black in appearance with decent tan head and lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts and some coffee.

T- Similar to the nose. Roasted malts, coffee, and a decent bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium bodied, fairly creamy, with a dry finish.

O- Decent beer, although I am not a huge porter fan to begin with, would drink again though.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The pour yields a ruby-tinted dark cola color. The thinnest of beige heads rest on top. The aroma is ripe with fresh breads, roasted malts, cocoa beans, dirt. The mouth is a little thin for my liking. There needs to be a bit more depth to this I think. The bubbles are too prominent. There is a lot of chocolate in this beer. Definitely the main player here. Chocolate malt, bitter coffee, grounds, and a bit of alcohol on the back end. This beer is simple and doesn't bring much complexity, but that's okay. A good beer to sip on during a fantasy football draft anyways!

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Photo of oakbluff
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle- ahh Night Train- one of my favourite GnR tunes and fortified wines.. pours a tar black with next to no head, some tan lacing. Stewed fruit, raisins, light roast. Taste- powdered and bittersweet chocolate, anise and more light roast. A big porter but well balanced. Thicker than average mouthfeel- more stout like. Decent

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Photo of dhannes
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-pours a very dark brown with a 1/4" head that faded quickly but did leave some nice lacing

S-mostly dark chocolate with a hint of some carmel

T-dark chocolate all the way on this with a little bite of the alcohol at the end

M-light to medium body not the creaminess of some others out there

O-not bad leans heavily towards the chocolate so would make a nice dessert drink

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Photo of drizzam
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A pretty aggressive pour yielded an opaque dark brown brew with a fluffy one finger tan head. The head receded to a thin tan cap after a few minutes leaving pretty good lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Dark roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Smells pretty decent, let's hope the taste follows the nose.

T & M - Roasted malts with a bit of a bitter chocolate in the background. Doesn't quite mimic the nose, but not bad. As it warms it develops a pretty pronounced astringency. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Not a perfect example of a Porter but it isn't the worst example I've tasted.

D - I could drink it if offered to me but would choose a number of other Porters ahead of it. I am still interested in what this brewery has to offer.

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Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of thetomG
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with almost no head, but actually some decent spotty lacing.

Mild roasted malt aroma.

Flavor is much stronger - same profile as the aromas just much more powerful. Sort of bitter in the finish.

Medium-light body, good drinkability, but overall just not that impressed.

Would drink again, but not going out of my way for it.

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Photo of Lucular
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer had more foam than any other beer I've ever seen, which is saying something. Even without a vigorous pour, it tripled in volume (which meant first, a good amount of spillage, followed by a couple of secondary pours to finish off the bottle - I'm not sure whether to be impressed or slightly alarmed). The flavor was slightly more fruity than most stouts or porters but not bad.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Onyx black with some charred wood edges, a compact head of tan foam, with a brush of lace around the edge. Charred malt nose with a little bit of cocoa sweetness in there.

Lactic taste and feel, slight astringency, but not enough to be distracting. Some tobacco and bakers chocolate, tiny hint of sweetness again. Easy to drink, flavorful enough to keep interest.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle received in a recent trade with FrankenBrew. Shared this one with a couple of people earlier this week, and all seemed to enjoy it. Poured a very dark brown color with a slight light brown head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Full bodied for the style, (without any indication on the bottle, we all assumed it was a stout). Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee, with a bit of bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Ethanol4one
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark and stormy, high gravity (7.2%) porter with Stout tendencies. IBU's at 49 make a difference. Chocolate, cherry notes, creamy, reminds me of melted Cherry Garcia Ice cream, with a major hop infusion (yes, I've had melted Cherry Garcia before). Nice balanced, malt to hops.

Not much head, and what showed up didn't stick around, so probly not much protein in the mix for you fitness nuts, but overall, just short of outstanding beer.

Add CO2 and it may just cover all the bases.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Straight from the dark brown, almost black bottle the label is actually simple at first glance. A closer look reveals a great photo. Take a look!

S - Long roasted malt with an odd cocoa aroma.

T - This is a complex and interesting taste. It starts somewhat bitter and moves to a dark chocolate flavor followed more hoppy sweetness.

M - Smooth and very light for a porter. There's a creaminess that is very becoming.

~ I have to admit I had some reservations when O'so first came on the brewing scene in Stevens Point. Let me just say this, "I like this beer."

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Photo of bmillen22
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a mix pack at Ottos in Milwaukee. I have had Oso's Hop dinger (ok), but I have heard good things about this beer.

A- very average. I poored it pretty hard into my Stone snifter. Lacing was pretty good after a few sips but the head was pretty much non existant from the start...very dissapointing!

S- Almost non existant as well. I was very dissapointed with this too. This is usually key for me in all really good beers. I do smell a slight burnt malted barley which is expected.

T- Much better than expected. Nice burnt malted barley. Pretty smooth. Finishes w/ some nice bitterness. This almost tastes more like a imp stout. Good carbonation.

M & D- Moutfeel is thick and carbonated, perfect for this style of beer. THis beer is very thick but I could drink a couple in a sitting.

I would recommend this beer, but I feel that it is a little bit overrated. Oso seems to be a pretty good brewery, but I haven't had a beer yet that blows me away.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the recently opened Brickhouse BBQ.

A: fierce looking black with a mocha colored 1 finger head. Looks pretty.

S: smell is great too: smoky, malty, chocolatey.

T: The first sip was fantastic, an absolutely robust porter -- honestly caught me off guard. Then I continued to drink and realized that this porter is not well balanced at all....in that the hops presence is too strong, not the malt like one would expect. In trying to make this a more balanced beer, they really overdid it.
That being said, if you've ever wanted to try a porter with more hops to it, absolutely give this a try.
I should say that I enjoyed it, but that's not what I want when I order a Porter. The rest of the flavor was fantastic though, deep richness of smoky chocolate malt. I just want more!

I'll probably give this one a second shot, especially because it seems to have plenty of good attributes about it, including the silky mouthfeel that makes the beer very quaffable.

A hoppy Porter. If that sounds good, give this a shot!

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Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.