Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 330 | Reviews: 93
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

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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?

Photo of jwc215
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.

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.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Waited 5-10 minutes to warm a few degrees before pouring into a pint glass. The first O'So brew I have had.

A- Black with a thin brownish head. Didn't leave as much lacing as I thought it would have.

S- Smells like cocoa with a hint of coffee.

T- Roasted malts for sure. Coffee-ish.

M- Medium/thinner mouthfeel it seems for the style.

D/O- Still have the taste in my mouth 5 minutes later. Would probably want to stop at 2 of theses unless I wanted to have my tastebuds shot for the rest of the day/night. Mmmm...will grab another 6 pack the next time I travel to the land of cheese.

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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
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

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours dark brown with a thinner beige head that holds excellent retention. Aromas are sweet with cocoa and roasted barley. Bold flavors, sweet but roasty, heavy on the cocoa notes, roasted barley, caramel, earth, tobacco leaf. Mouth-feel is super creamy, medium body, ample carbonation. Overall, great American Porter. I would buy this one again.

Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Seal Brown colored...nice little tan head..

S-Roasty with some caramel and chocolate notes...the caramel is more predominant. I like the way this smells..

T-Pretty roasty...caramel is there...definitely a bit of burnt malt character....dark cocoa...light hint of coffee too....nice flavor..

M-Medium to full bodied....nice creamy texture...closer to full bodied than medium....nice...

D-I am impressed with this one. Really no complaints...Well made beer.

Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown as the bottle with nice gleeming ornage amber highlights. Settles darker brown with mahogany edgings. Thin tan cap with small peppered spots of lacing and a bit of residue glazing the glass.

Aroma is quite nice as a good portion of cocoa and blackened maltyness escapes first then hints to cold pressed coffee and peppery touches. Smells like what a good porter should.

Solid taster of a porter here. Great body and tone as its smoothness it matched well with a slight crisp carbonation that travels down the tracks on a well rounded engine of blackness and dark chocolate sweetness. A bit of smoke, a touch of burnt coffee, and a pinch of pepper nearer the caboose. Dryish finish lingers late with burnt grains and leftover black stuff. Very solid.

Smooth but gripping textured in tone/carbonation and a body that sits just above medium. Has some nice layers and subtle complexity to it that really holds its own within its character. Sweet, blackened, chocolate, coffee, peppy, dry, yummy.

O'so can be proud of this one. By far the top of the line for their brews to this point. Hopefully some improvement on others in their line and new ones yet to be placed to the lips will be as good as the Night Train.

Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a straight on, just plain good ol' beer. Served with an great light tan foamy frothy head that lasts all the way down and good lace. Color is an opaque dark brown. Aroma is rich, roasty, malty, earthy, some cocoa, a bit of coffee and a hint of beer bitterness. Flavor's about the same but lots more of it. Great body and carbonation. Good finish although a bit boozy. Could be a slower session beer. Solid beer.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much black with just the faintest of mahogany trim. The tan head is moderate in all things: height, retention, and lacing.
It carries the aroma of burnt chocolate chip cookies dunked in coffee, along with a burst of sprucey hops late.
Tastewise, the coffee traits hit upfront, then fade to a generalized sense of toasted grain. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and cookie dough all take cameo turns, but none stays long enough to gain special mention, though as a whole they materialize more as it warms in a blanketing sweeter counterpoint to the roast/toast. Its semi-sweet bready middle brings a neutral yeastiness. Hops are secondary (or even tertiary) but add floral, piney bitterness on the swallow.
Sleek feeling, medium bodied. Carbonation is low, but not flat seeming. It's easily consumed, potentially in large quantities.
It's not an overly refined porter, but that's part of its charm.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and hints of roasted coffee grounds. It is a rather strong aroma too. The taste is similar to the aroma with tons of roasted malt,and equal strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a good beer that I would drink again.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour; light tan head, minimal lacing. Definitely a porter, but nothing fantastic.

Aroma has lots of pleasant chocolate and roasted malts. It's robust enough that I'd call it damn good.

Taste is good. Bitter chocolate, and lots of roasted malts, light sweetness. Good, Solid porter!

Thiner, creamy, and good over-all.

Solid drinkability. Over all, tasty and worth a try.

Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of jera1350
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brownish black that is semi-thick looking with just a trace of any foam on top.

Lots of rich roasted malt please the nose. Some hints of marshmallow and vanilla also.

Deep roasted malt, lots of black licorice, some bourbon notes, hint of coffee. Really, pretty good complexity for a porter. Some warm alcohol is also noticeable.

Very smooth, lacking a bit in carbonation with a body somewhere between medium and full.

A very nice porter that has quite a bit of complexity. Pretty strong flavor that would limit me to one or two. Definitely worth a try if you are a porter or stout fan.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a friend. My first beer from Oso. Pours dark brown to black with a half finger off white head. Aroma of strong chocolate goodness with some heavy roast malt in the background. Flavor follows with chocolate as the highlight and plenty of bitter roasted malt on the finish. Just a bit of dark fruit to go along. Velvety smooth mouthfeel with lowish carbonation. Very nice body. Overall a solid porter.

Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No bottling date. Poured into an O'so snifter 10/14/2014. Finally reviewing this one out of the bottle after having it on tap many times.

A- Dark cola brown body, close to black. One thumb of mocha coloured head, good retention, nice thick collar and sporadic lacing. Altogether, appearance is as expected. [3.75]

S- Roast malts, caramel, freshly heated oatmeal, milk chocolate, coffee. Smells quite robust and strong. [4]

F- Milk chocolate, black coffee, caramel, lots of roast malt, a slight earthy bitterness on the backend to even things out. This tastes great, with some complexity and a lot of roast character to it that lingers along with the earthy hop bitterness. No flaws that I can really detect. [4.25]

M- On the thinner side of medium body, but plenty of flavour. Good carbonation and a nice pep to it in the beginning, otherwise smooth and silky as it goes down. As it warms up, a bit more alcohol comes out which I'm not a fan of. [3.5]

O- Nice tasting local porter that can go 9 rounds with the likes of GLBC Eddy Fitz and Founders Porter, but ultimately falls just short of these benchmark porters, especially in the mouthfeel department. Which is to say, this is a very good porter that I wouldn't mind having in the fridge from time to time. [4]

Final score: 4.05

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Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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