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Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%

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
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

(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
Photo of Fartknocker
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No date or code.
A- Pitch black with a thin tan head
S- Fairly strong coffee and toasted malt smell
T- Burnt coffee the dominating flavor, which seems to work well with underlying malty flavors
M- Little carbonation
D- Not bad, but the burntness lingers on the roof of your mouth, which is a bit of a downer

Fartknocker, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of MaltyHoppyGood
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Regularly stocked at Steve's on University Ave.

Poured from bottle into Fat Tire goblet.

Leans on the dark side of porters, blackish brown, mostly opaque except on the edges.

Smells chocolate like and somewhat roasty.

Tastes smooth and dark, much like the aroma. I thought this beer used to have more roasted barley to it, but it seems that it lacks the robustness I seem to remember.

Mouthfeel is near perfect. The body handles the carbonation real well... Toned, not bulky or thin.

This is an excellent porter from a small craft brewery. It's not too sweet either which is a big plus. Sweet enough to handle the dark malts, and enough roasted barley to leave a mild coffee like after taste.

Drinkability is quite good, as this beer isn't too heavy.

Highly recommended for people who like robust porters. It's not an esoteric mind-blowing beer, rather a prime example of a porter.

MaltyHoppyGood, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Very dark brown, decent head that fades to a small ring.

Smells full of roastiness, a hint of chocolate.

Roasted flavors with a dark chocolate aftertaste. Some dark fruit flavors in there somewhere too. Not as complex for me as the label touts, but a pleasant flavor.

Mouthfeel very smooth and full.

This was pretty nice. It was lacking that little something extra to make it really interesting, but had good flavor and very nice mouthfeel. Worth trying.

Strix, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of blackearth
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a pitch-black body with a tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, cherries and cracked barley. Full bodied and silky with a roasted malt flavor, and a bit of a warm alcohol finish. The flavors just coat your mouth and last. I would only drink one of these in a night, but would keep going back on different days.

blackearth, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

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 16, 2009
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

A: An aggressive pour results in a dark mahogany hue with a massive, three-finger, tan-colored head that stands for the count.

S: Mmmm...lots going on here: Chocolate malt, coffee, caramel, plums, and candied cherries.

T: Taste approximates the aroma with chocolate malt and lots of coffee upfront, followed by suggestions of caramel and dried fruit. A twang of licorice rounds out the middle. Finishes with a restrained bite of bittering hops.

M: Rich, creamy and velvety smooth with carbonation that prickles the tongue. Medium to full bodied.

D: A complex nose and interesting taste profile make Night Train Porter an intriguingly refreshing sipper.

CaptainIPA, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

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 kmeves
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

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 BeerBelcher
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

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 Winter
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours black with a tan head. Amazing aroma consists of chocolate malt, cocoa, sweet caramel, with vinous notes of dark fruit and chocolate covered cherries. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Taste has an ample amount of vinous flavors upfront and thoughout the flavor profile. Chocolate with layered caramel upfront, followed by a burnt malt flavor. Dry hop bitterness scrubs the palette midway. Plum rounds things out in the finish. Alcohol is also noticed toward the back.

Winter, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of WJVII
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into a pint glass this brew was a dark brown (not quite black as coal) with a nice creamy brown head that left a great cap. The brew has a wonderful sweet aroma with strong notes of chocolate and some nice nuttiness. The flavor is slightly bitter but is suddenly sweet with chocolate in the after taste. The flavor is bold and lasting. This is a nice beer, especially for a very new brewery. Nice work, I am looking forward to more from Oso!

WJVII, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

A-Dark brown w/hint red. Beige head and light tracing.
S-Toasted chocolate malt, sweet plums, raisins, roasted cereal, light smokiness, tobacco, rustic earthy aroma.
T-Flavor brings out cafe-mocha, roast malt, light apple, grape and raisins. Bitter hops cleanse the palate in the finish.
M-Body starts strong and velvety, but carbonation faded very quickly, affecting the overall balance in the finish. Flavors are harmonious, but light carbonation in this bottle detracted from the overall experience. I had this on tap as well, and carbonation was robust and was not an issue in that instance.
D-A pleasant porter--sessionable in colder weather. The complex aroma is its best asset, and this aspect is outstanding.

BoitSansSoif, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Straight from the dark brown, almost black bottle the label is actually simple at first glance. A closer look reveals a great photo. Take a look!

S - Long roasted malt with an odd cocoa aroma.

T - This is a complex and interesting taste. It starts somewhat bitter and moves to a dark chocolate flavor followed more hoppy sweetness.

M - Smooth and very light for a porter. There's a creaminess that is very becoming.

~ I have to admit I had some reservations when O'so first came on the brewing scene in Stevens Point. Let me just say this, "I like this beer."

cdkrenz, Oct 09, 2008
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Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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