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Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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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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ChadQuest

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 19:25:34 | More by ChadQuest
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Hopstout

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

03-24-2013 04:48:06 | More by Hopstout
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mic718

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

11-07-2013 00:42:50 | More by mic718
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bcm75

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

05-30-2013 00:42:32 | More by bcm75
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dav2080

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -22.5%

03-15-2012 23:54:52 | More by dav2080
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.5%

04-20-2013 02:22:22 | More by MidwestBA
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-15-2013 06:32:31 | More by smartassboiler
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-17-2013 05:15:14 | More by spoonhawk
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Endeavor11

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -22.5%

09-28-2013 21:08:07 | More by Endeavor11
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pooogy

Missouri

3/5  rDev -22.5%

08-23-2012 22:54:12 | More by pooogy
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Wsherry1

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.5%

10-03-2013 02:35:47 | More by Wsherry1
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 22:05:46 | More by Ryan011235
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beagle75

Iowa

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 01:31:13 | More by beagle75
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kmeves

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 14:53:07 | More by kmeves
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 00:23:31 | More by brewcrew76
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 23:48:28 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -16%

11-04-2013 22:26:04 | More by Hallertau
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -16%

07-30-2012 13:09:08 | More by nmann08
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Tracker83

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-26-2014 01:58:15 | More by Tracker83
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Fitzmke

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16%

03-12-2012 05:19:04 | More by Fitzmke
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16%

04-05-2014 04:16:26 | More by Brewski
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Kureiton84


3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-09-2013 04:26:42 | More by Kureiton84
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 13:53:39 | More by BeerBelcher
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 02:45:11 | More by kawilliams81
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 02:10:00 | More by Onenote81
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Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.