Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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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 Redrover
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love to see the smaller craft beers on tap outside of their home cities. I had this at the Hyatt in Green Bay. I was surprised at how good the beer selection was. They had this one form O’So, 6 bottles of New Glarus, a beer from nearby Title Town Brewpub and several other WI options.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is black with minor brown highlights. It has a tan head with good lacing. It has an aroma of roasted malts and a touch of molasses.

The taste leads with heavily roasted but not burnt malts. There is a hint of baker’s chocolate and some brown sugar. Let it warm as the taste rounds into form. Lot of dark roast on this one.
The mouth is medium with surprisingly aggressive carbonation. I like it, glad to be able to try this one on tap.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AGED REVIEW
1 year old bottle aged at basement temperature.

The beer pours out nigh black with two fists' worth of overflowing ice-cream-float sudsy head, making an emergency sink dash necessary. Insane spiderwebs of lacing remain on the glass. Thicker side of medium body and heavy carbonation that calms back to medium strength in a few minutes, smooth silky body.

It has mutated into a truly delicious semi-sour stout highly reminiscent of Tart Of Darkness, only with much more coffee char backbone and a heavy streak of asian duck sauce on the side. This just happens to be one of those "accidental victories" of cellaring, it's much more interesting than how it tasted fresh.

It smells like a licorice and prune-spiked roasted coffee and soured apple / lemonade blend. It has plenty of roasted char-coffee flavor to stand up to (and evenly match) the medium-light balsamic-vinegar / sweet n' sour sauce flavor with a light granny smith accent; all in a balance that I actually enjoy. I'm definitely going to be grabbing another six pack of this brew later this year to see if this phenomenon is repeatable.

Photo of Jparker37
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

A - Small tan head from a vigorous pour, leaving me with a ring around the edge of the glass. Black/opaque.

S - Rich chocolate, small roastyness. I can also pick out a rich dark caramel tone. Vanilla hiding within.

T - Rich roasted malt flavor, I get that chocolate malt working also. There is a little bitterness to the malt that reminds me of a burnt coffee, a touch unpleasant here.

M - Very viscous. Full bodied, light carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Big American porter, that rich dark malt smell is incredible. Creamy-dense flavor is great till it gets a little bitter. This beer goes for it all. It's got oil-like color, huge flavor and is a meal to drink. Certainly nearing imperial status.

Photo of Onenote81
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
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!

Photo of Ryan011235
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This express arrives black as coal and delivers a whispy mocha covering of fine foam. A delicious looking porter.

The nose has roasty toasty malt and sweet creme brulee.

Taste begins with intense roast and flavorful coffee followed by a creme brulee, dark gingerbread and molasses finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and full with fine carbonation.

Overall a great offering from O'so brewing. This would lend itself nicely to bourbon barrel aging. I would certainly have this again.

Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my wonderful wife for bringing me this brew!

A: Deep brown as it pours. In the glass the head is cappuccino colored, and somewhat reserved. The color so deep brown that it boarders black, it's opaque with a number of yeast chunkies in there.

S: Roasted grain, and milk chocolate are the first scents to come out of my glass. There is a touch of licorice, as well as some herbal notes. There is a sweetness like a oatmeal stout, or milk stout.

T: Roasted malt, and sweet chocolate. A little bit of an herbal hit along with some bitterness from the hops, combining with a little licorice flavor. The finish has something I can't quite pick out.. perhaps a touch of high alcohols.

M: Feels a little light for the style.. Medium light to medium in body. Carbonation is low and slow, you really pick up the bubbles as you swallow. The finish is a touch astringent, but not in a bad way.

O: Overall I think it's a nice beer. Good dark malt flavor, bordering on a number of stout styles.. If you told me this was a oatmeal stout I wouldn't question it. Nice beer, and a brewery I haven't ever tried before!

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice roasty quality with a tad of coffee and a bit of creaminess. A nice little richness. Minimal hops and pretty straight-foward.
Poured fairly aggressively and briefly held a small tan head. Very black and minimal light appearance.
Seems likes there is a little vanilla in this. Swift and initial, but there. Rest of drink is more porter. Quite long dry from roasted grains finish. Pretty darn bold roast and dark malt flavor. Nice and tasty, although there may be a bit of age on this one.
On the lighter side of moderate for feel with flatter carbonation, which is fine by me.
Some nice bold aspects that really pushes it. Any more on this would be too much, and it already might be too much for some. Nonetheless, an interesting and very flavorful drink.
Thanks BIL John.

Photo of samie85
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an opaque ruby tinged caramel color with a finger of light brown head.

S-Dark chocolate with some dark fruits and cocoa.

T-Follows the nose with dark chocolate, dark fruits and a slight bitter finish.

M-Creamy and rich with low carbonation and a medium body.

D-Very easy drinking yet a complex and very solid example of a porter. I wouldn't mind picking up more of this next time I'm in WI.

Photo of beagle75
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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

Photo of birchstick
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark chocolaty brown without much of a head on it

S - smell consists of dark chocolates and a little bit of sweet caramel. Very sweet overall.

T - taste starts off chocolaty and doesn't deviate much from that theme. In the middle some caramel malt comes through, but it finishes with a chocolate (dark chocolates mostly). Not uber complex, but delicious none the less.

M - a little watery and thin body

D - pretty decent porter here. This is definitely one for chocolate lover out there as this would make a really nice dessert.

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 Slyjoker87
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It comes in as a dark liquid, impenetrable by light

S - Strong smell of coffee and perhaps some chocolate

T - Rich and creamy, full and complex. It tastes strongly of coffee with hints of something slightly sweet - maybe chocolate? It does have some bitterness, but it is hardly noticeable.

M - It is smooth, creamy, easy on the tongue, and goes down easily.

O - This is a wonderfully creamy and rich beer that I wish were more widely available. (At the time of this review, I believe it is only available in Wisconsin)

Photo of richkrull
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color with a smallish tan head and decent lacing as well.

Smell was full of coffee and roasted malts with a bit of chocolate coming through.

Taste was pretty good. Some bitter chocolate flavor upfront with roasted malts throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium. Went down fairly easy.

Overall a pretty good beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again. I don't drink a lot of porters, but this one was good.

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 kawilliams81
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of oakbluff
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from hopscrazy! Thanks Brian!!!

A- Nice heady pour into a tulip glass! Two fingers of deep tan foam that fades fairly quickly and leaves a nice oily lacing all over! Jet black like coffee with the only light shining thru near the foamy head.

S- Raisins, dark roasted espresso, and a fine 70% chocolate bar! Really nutty and delicious... perhaps even a touch of barnyard? Very refined with a ton of depth... yet somehow simple as a classic porter should be!

T- A mouthfull of Mocha Iced coffee... gets even better as it warms up. A touch of smoke and roasted nuts. Subtle dried fruits and a hint of bitter hops. The chocolate and fruit really come thru at the end and coat the tongue!

M- Really nice coffee/cocoa/hop bitterness that has a sweet backbone! Not as thick as a Porter can be... yet not as thin as some Porters can are! Each sip leaves you NEEDING more!!! Just a hint of booze! I'd love to have a bourbon barrel version of this so that maybe some vanilla would blast your mouth as well!

O- A damn fine porter indeed!!! I wish I could get this in NY! Great balance! Great play between all the sences! Roasty, nutty, raisiny, chocolatey, coffee'(LOL).

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 iDrinknewglarus
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite dark, bordering on black. Very small head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Intense coffee and roasted malts. Some dark chocolate. Sweet caramel coming through as well.

T: Same as the aroma, very intense for a porter; could confuse as a stout if it wasn't for the slightly thinner mouthfeel. It is a simple beer (tastewise), but what flavors you pull out are quite robust and very enjoyable. It balances sweet and bitter perfectly.

M: Slightly creamy, medium mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation: not too high. Really coats the mouth.

This beer was surprisingly good and I would absolutely buy it again for the price.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Cheers beer mug.

A) A very dark brown. There was an inch of tan head. The lacing was good.

S) Roasted malt, coffee, some toffee sweetness.

T) Out of the gate I'd say coffee with a hint of chocolate. There was some sweetness. The alcohol was there but well balanced. The finish was a little smokey and burnt.

M) Sticky... Like an oil based paint coating my mouth.

O) This is a good American porter. I could see myself enjoying this even more in late fall or during the winter. I look forward to trying more offerings from O'so.

Photo of Jips
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured inky black with a think white head.

Smells of dark fruits + a hint of chocolate.

Slight fruity taste upfront, big chocolate flavor in the middle, finishes with a lingering coffee bitterness. I dig this profile in my stout and porters! I can't get enough of the chocolate/coffee action.

Medium bodied, would go down quickly if not for the big flavors.

A Wisconsin treat! Slightly over the sweet side of dark beers, which is my preference.

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 emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.