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Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Night Train
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BA SCORE
87
very good

288 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

spycow, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

nmann08, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.1%

GRG1313, May 15, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: Pours fudge brown capped by an inch of tannish foam; a few dots of lace hang around the side of the glass

Smell: Roast, chocolate and a resinous dose of hops

Taste: Roast and chocolate, up front, with resinous hops building in the middle; coffee tones appear, after the swallow, with some more chocolate rounding out the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice robust porter; the body is a little thin but otherwise the beer is pretty darn good

brentk56, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Where's Dick Lane when you need him? Anyway, this stuff pours a deep, murky, garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, dark chocolate, toasted pretzel, and a hint of mild char. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a decent vein of grassy bitterness and a hint of acrid coffee. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice robust porter, chock full o' darkness.

TMoney2591, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

emerge077, Apr 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

zeff80, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All aboard! For the Night Train! O'so Brewing's Night Train, ...which is described by a succession of words separated by dots: "Roasty. Chewy. Robust. Judicious. Creamy. Bold. Complex. Immense." Wait, how can you be "judicious" as well as immense, bold, robust, and complex? And what the hell do they mean? Also, we are told to join the fight against boring beer at Osobrewing.com, brewed and bottled by O'so Brewing company, Plover, WI, and to Discover the art of freestyle brewing. So, "freestyle", yet "judicious", hmmm? On with the beer...

Solid black, full brown yet, drifts down slowly.

Beautiful aromatics, creamy, bittersweet, and roasty. Just the thing for an oatmeal stout, if this is what this is. A little spicy kick in there, too.

Tasting it: smooth, semi-sweet, lightly roasty, lightly bitter. Full-bodied. Robust, you bet. And ever so judicious. Not too much else to say about this one, just an all-right, right on, good-drinking stout. You can pick it up, and then put it down. Some chocolate, little bits of coffee, but mostly cocoa, all applied very..."judiciously"...why was I so critical of that anomalous word choice?

feloniousmonk, Mar 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

MarkyMOD, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting. I think it may have been blutt59.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, roasted porter.

Mora2000, Sep 07, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

imperialking, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my cousin for bringing this across the border to MN. It's a big, but not too undrinkable porter with a mix of chocolate, fruit, and roast. I'm a fan. The aroma focuses more on clean, bready barley, with a not-quite-chocolate, brown malt coffee and cocoa powder character. The flavor opens up more with mild berry esters under the dark chocolate notes and roasted edge. Overall, you've got a complex porter that doesn't hit you over the head with thick barley. Give it a try.

tempest, Dec 27, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Dec 02, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

KAF, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

PEIhop, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  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.

Bighuge, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, hint of oatmeal, slight toffee, hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malt and a warmth from the alcohol, but neither are overpowering. Tastes of sweet malt, slight toffee, hops, slight yeast, slight alcohol, and biscuit. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

Tone, Jul 03, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown almost black with a reddish orange hue and a 1 finger mocha head

smell: malts, roast, patent, caramel, chocolate

taste: roast, chocolate, mocha

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: nice porter. easy to drink and smooth finish. never heard of this brewery but would definitely try there other offerings.

cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jun 05, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Night Train name takes me back to my college years listening to Public Enemy and seeing bottle of Night Train next to the Boone's Farms. This beer poured a dark opaque with very thin slight off-white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent is ripe with espresso and earth. The taste is bitter all the way through the beer with a stringent and slightly acidic coffee base. As the taste lingers on the pallet, peat and earth become more prevalient. The mouthfeel is medium in body with weak carbonation. Overall it is an ok porter, very drinkable.

WoodBrew, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

scruffwhor, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Hopheadjeffery, Feb 15, 2014
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3.18/5  rDev -18%
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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Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.