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Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
87
very good

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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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.

ChadQuest, Nov 03, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

Hopstout, Mar 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

mic718, Nov 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

bcm75, May 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

dav2080, Mar 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

MidwestBA, Apr 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

smartassboiler, Sep 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

spoonhawk, Sep 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Endeavor11, Sep 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

pooogy, Aug 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

tgates, Aug 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Wsherry1, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
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.

Ryan011235, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of beagle75
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.

beagle75, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of kmeves
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.

kmeves, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
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.

brewcrew76, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 07, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Hallertau, Nov 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

nmann08, Jul 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Tracker83, Jan 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Fitzmke, Mar 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Kureiton84, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of BeerBelcher
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.

BeerBelcher, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of kawilliams81
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.

kawilliams81, Jul 10, 2011
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Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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