Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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very good

297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | 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

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(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 10-09-2008)
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Photo of RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +1.5%
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 -5.4%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BeerLover99
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep onyx with hint of mahogany in the light. trace head floats on top. Great lacing!

S: sweet dark chocolate, toffee, malt, roasted nuts, mild coffee.

T/M: sweet chocolate and toffee up front, hint of coffee and bitter hops in finish, slight prickle on tongue from carbonation. med/heavy body

D: I'm glad I found this brewery and beer; excellent beer. Porters seem to be rare and this is fine offering. I look forward to trying even more beers from O'so.

Photo of bmillen22
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a mix pack at Ottos in Milwaukee. I have had Oso's Hop dinger (ok), but I have heard good things about this beer.

A- very average. I poored it pretty hard into my Stone snifter. Lacing was pretty good after a few sips but the head was pretty much non existant from the start...very dissapointing!

S- Almost non existant as well. I was very dissapointed with this too. This is usually key for me in all really good beers. I do smell a slight burnt malted barley which is expected.

T- Much better than expected. Nice burnt malted barley. Pretty smooth. Finishes w/ some nice bitterness. This almost tastes more like a imp stout. Good carbonation.

M & D- Moutfeel is thick and carbonated, perfect for this style of beer. THis beer is very thick but I could drink a couple in a sitting.

I would recommend this beer, but I feel that it is a little bit overrated. Oso seems to be a pretty good brewery, but I haven't had a beer yet that blows me away.

Photo of chicano4craft
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. Almost black with a small but full tan head. Looks creamy.

Nose is chocolate and roast. Small hits of coffee. Chocolate milkshake with a sprinkle of coffee beans. Not bad.

Great taste! Bitter sweet dark chocolate. More coffee flavor than the nose lead on. Good amount of roast. Everything I enjoy in a good porter.

Nice carbonation. Good mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth.

One of my favorite porters. The Mid-West knows how to do porters.

Photo of ChadQuest
2.05/5  rDev -47.3%
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.

Photo of rolf17
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Currently my favorite beer, no doubt. 9 buckaroos for six, money well spent compared to most beer on this planet. On weekends it would be torturous to not have Night Train on hand. Occasionally I am compelled to drive to hudson wi for a case maybe 2 of this art brew. This fine beverage belongs on the top 50 american beer list. I dare you any of you, to forget what you know about the word "porter". I hate porters with the exception of this one that does not deserve such classification. Alcohol is masked. thin head, flavors expertly balanced, composition blends almost seamlessly, difficult to identify individual ingredients. Delicious! How many beers can u say that about?

Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a different label than the one pictured. drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a black colored body with a rather large khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind lots of lacing.

S- dark roasted malts are the first things that i notice. theres also some caramel and chocolate. at the end theres a nice coffee finish.

T- the taste is also very dark and roasted. lots of the roasted malts i could smell. the chocolate and caramel come on stronger than the nose would let on. a very nice and robust coffee finish. the decently high ABV for the style never shows.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. thick and palate coating. no trace of the ABV.

D- an excellent porter from a brewery that has gone 2/2 with me so far. id be anxious to check out anything else i can get my hands on. be careful with this one, it can sneak up on you and try to ruin your morning.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Chaz
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on Night Train is very impressive, and quite rocky in appearance at the beginning; Dark-tan ("creamy brown") in color and over two fingers in height, it towers over the top of my bulb after a moderately-firm pour. It eventually diminishes to a one fingered whipped cream or meringue-like state.

The beer itself is dark brown -black to the eye- and tinged with deep crimson, and appears quite clear.

Nose is roasty, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Smells sweet . . . and with virtually no hop presence.

Very sweet yet-bitter on the first sip, with a more significant note of bitterness lingering for a great while throughout the drink. Alongside the (bitter) chocolate, notes of licorice and coffee are most prominent here, with a lighter citric tang and some dark berries flitting about, but not leaving so marked an impression.

The initial impression of sweetness (nose, first sip) is not a very compelling factor, here, and the roast character and dark malts fairly dominate this very nicely-rendered and well-balanced brew. A very good, creamy mouthfeel here, and a reasonably drinkable beer as well.

Not *very* strong -maybe 6% ABV- but a sipper nonetheless, and very much in the vein of the mythical "Robust Porter".

Thanks to BA grantcty for the bottle!

Photo of thetomG
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with almost no head, but actually some decent spotty lacing.

Mild roasted malt aroma.

Flavor is much stronger - same profile as the aromas just much more powerful. Sort of bitter in the finish.

Medium-light body, good drinkability, but overall just not that impressed.

Would drink again, but not going out of my way for it.

Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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 KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour, only hints of dark ruby on the edges. Small tan head that last a few whisps of lacing. Damn, nice nose on this one. Mild roast, a bit of dark chocolate, a little bit of vanilla and coffee. Very impressed so far! Taste is decent. A bit of chocolatemakes up the bulk of the flavor, followed by some dark fruitiness, namely raisins, and just a hint of sourness on the finish. Body is medium, light carbonation. Liking this stuff a lot!

Photo of sulldaddy
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. There is minimal beige head that remains as an edge layer. Clear ochre hue in the glass. Aroma is malty with dark fruit and maybe molasses and definitely brown sugar. First sip reveals a lighter than average body and fine gentle carbonation. Flavor is also malty but more roasty than the nose advertised. Finishes rather dry witha little brown sugar and perhaps some booze. The booze actually lingers a bit after each sip. A decent brew with no hops and a little warm booze. A thicker body would boost this score.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Soneast
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt brown to black color, growing a 1/4 inch, light brown colored head that disappears as quickly as it appeared.

Aromatic malt characteristics are of the chocolate and burnt caramel variety. Not roasty, per say, but certainly a "burnt" quality to it, maybe even coffee-like, An acrid presence which is a touch of-putting.

The flavor is very nice. More coffee forward than many a porter I've had. Chocolate notes are present via a bitter dark chocolate flavor, with a nice roast malt sweetness throughout. The finishing bitterness reminds me of a pot of coffee that has been sitting on the hot plate for hours, slightly burnt. Not good for the coffee, but in this porter it is very complimentary! There is a hint of alcohol in the finish, but not overbearing by any means.

Really just a delicious beer. I love the coffee character as it doesn't get too roasty and the dark chocolate flavors suit the beer well. Nice creamy mouthfeel and ample carbonation make for one fine porter!

Photo of degerbah
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with about a half inch of tan head. The aroma hints at choclate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. The taste is a little bit dissapointing, nowhere near the flavor that the aroma hinted at. Roasted malt is probably the most dominant flavor, but there isn't anything close to the mass of flavors that the aroma hinted at. All in all this is still a more than solid beer and I'm glad that I tried it.

Photo of mwa423
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours jet black with a beige head that quickly disappears.

S - Incredible mix of dark and sweet malt, coffee, and vanilla. This is almost so rich it reminds me of a Godiva chocolate.

T - Slight fruit flavor at first, followed by vanilla, coffee, and then the rest just tastes imperial stout-rific. Very sweet and the vanilla comes back in the aftertaste. I would suggest a change of style to stout or imperial stout.

M/D - Mouthfeel was rich and creamy and smooth on the tongue. This is an incredibly drinkable beer. As I said earlier, goes down like candy.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark blood red with black edges. Three fingers of tan head blast to the top of my glass. After some settling, thick gons of lace remain all around the rim.

The aroma is black coffee and roast malt up front. Hints of chocolate and bitter hops come through after some warming.

The flavor is mainly bitter black coffee. Some roast malt can be picked out but the bitterness seems to drown everything else out.

Medium to light body. A touch slick and thin.

Overall a subpar porter for my money.

Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 jera1350
3.88/5  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 AmberMan22
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the recently opened Brickhouse BBQ.

A: fierce looking black with a mocha colored 1 finger head. Looks pretty.

S: smell is great too: smoky, malty, chocolatey.

T: The first sip was fantastic, an absolutely robust porter -- honestly caught me off guard. Then I continued to drink and realized that this porter is not well balanced at all....in that the hops presence is too strong, not the malt like one would expect. In trying to make this a more balanced beer, they really overdid it.
That being said, if you've ever wanted to try a porter with more hops to it, absolutely give this a try.
I should say that I enjoyed it, but that's not what I want when I order a Porter. The rest of the flavor was fantastic though, deep richness of smoky chocolate malt. I just want more!

I'll probably give this one a second shot, especially because it seems to have plenty of good attributes about it, including the silky mouthfeel that makes the beer very quaffable.

A hoppy Porter. If that sounds good, give this a shot!

Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.