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Night Train - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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very good

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 thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

thebigredone, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of BMMillsy
3.84/5  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.

BMMillsy, Jan 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Tracker83, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of amishbooze
4/5  rDev +3.4%

amishbooze, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of FFATS
4/5  rDev +3.4%

FFATS, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of JeffZeltwanger
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

JeffZeltwanger, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of northcoastwolf
4/5  rDev +3.4%

northcoastwolf, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of bigpoppa67
4/5  rDev +3.4%

bigpoppa67, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Shluffy
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Shluffy, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +3.4%

MN_Beerticker, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of dazanas
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

dazanas, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of MaximalC
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque molasses color with an ample khaki head with good retention that even affords some cratering as it settles. A hybrid veil of lacing--solid beneath and reticulated above--frames the top of the glass admirably. The aroma smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, raisins, and the barest trace of floral hops. There's also an x-factor in the nose that I can't place--kind of smoky, but not quite. I've heard "peat" trotted out as a descriptor on occasion, and while I can't say I've ever tasted or smelt it, I imagine it could resemble this.

The flavor reveals a high level of complexity, with an unusually fruity backbone for a porter. The same plum/raisin character that was prominent in the nose is on full display here, along with some fig, dates, currants and roasted malt. There's also a tartness suggestive of black cherry and herbal hops that singes that rear periphery of the tongue. The chocolate suggested in the nose is difficult to discern in the taste, but that's no great loss considering the existing complexity. Truly, the intensity and depth of the dark fruit ensemble may be the finest I've experienced, and could easily be used as an exemplar for that class of flavors. The finish is excellent, as just as it appears to subside, an aftershock of smoked dates eases its way back into your consciousness. The flavors described above only become more pronounced and enjoyable with the requisite warming. You can almost taste it as your nose crests the glass...

My only grievance is that the body is a little thin considering the style and depth of flavor. It's slightly sticky, but still too loose for my tastes. The mouthfeel is smooth and lively, though the carbonation overextends itself a bit on the back end, accentuating a bitterness that can be grating, even if only briefly.

Overall, this a unique and highly engaging porter with a dark fruit malt character that would be at home in an artisanal imperial stout. A slightly heavier body and more muted carbonation would take this beer to elite status, even though it may be atypical for the style. I picked this up on a whim, and am glad I did.

MaximalC, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Ragnarok88, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Westuh, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

koes0024, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Wisconsin_Max
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This dark American Porter is one of the most drinkable beers of its kind. It's coffee flavor, along with a robust smell and wonderful texture make it very enjoyable, especially during those fall and winter months. It is a little thick to drink more than a few of them in an evening, but then again, so are most great dark beers.

Wisconsin_Max, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

FleetwoodMatt, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
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 +3.4%

teamwiggum, Nov 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

mic718, Nov 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Hallertau, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

doublepneumonia, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Localdrinklax, Oct 31, 2013
Night Train from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
87 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.