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Night Train - Bourbon Barrel Aged - O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
82
good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 22.65%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Vierenner on 01-31-2011

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3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to scribe594 for sharing this one during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a decent barrel aged presence but is nothing too special in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of maximum12
2.03/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Missed this by about a half-hour at the release in January & didn't shed but a small, internal tear. Bottles popped up just over the WI border so thought I'd take a shot. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

First, the wax. What the fuck? It's a beer, not Fort Knox or your daughter's virginity. Slow & steady, after about five minutes, I achieve penetration. Victo....shit! The bottle starts prematurely ejecting its black darkness, bubbling over slowly. Pretty sure it's not supposed to do that. The pour is over-carbed, seriously. Porter black. Nose borders on the suspicious. Roast, bourbon, & a nice salad bar side of fruit. Don't like the hints this one is dropping.

Bourbon Barrel Night Train, I'm glad I didn't buy a bunch of you at the release: thanks to all you greedy beer geeks. There's a nice bourbon & vanilla tilt here, but it's at the back of the throat, & subtle. Big roast. Unfortunately, there's also an acidic, slightly sour fruit tang in the middle that doesn't bode well for its long-term prospects (or short-term, for me). Really takes the shine off the barrel & nearly drowned the base beer in the sink. The foul gets worse as it warms. I'm not going to finish it. Ditto my wife.

I'll go ahead & say it: this beer is infected. Drink them now if you have them, they're not going to get any better. Wish I'd had it fresh, because this is a lousy beer now.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After whittling away the 1/2 inch thick layer of wax, I finally cracked this and immediately got some gushing. The gushing subsided quickly and I poured in to a Chimay glass. Appearance is dark brown with a small amount of tan head. The nose features deep dark chocolate, charred oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and some plum character. I'm not getting the acidy signs of infection that other reviewers have picked up, but there definitely seems to be a leaning towards the dark fruit notes which could be developing into an infection. Regardless, lots of bourbon and vanilla to go along with the chocolate and dark fruit. The front starts fruity with notes of dark cherries, figs, and prunes followed by vanilla, chocolate and oak. Again, seems like this beer is at the beginning stages of some kind of lacto infection, but as I am consuming it, it remains quite drinkable with plenty of creamy bourbon notes towards the finish. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with sturdy body. Overall, this beer has some potential. If the QC could be sorted out, this could be a pretty nice bourbon aged stout.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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1/5  rDev -72.4%

I apologize for the brevity of the review, but the 2012 bottle is clearly infected. I had this fresh, which was very nice, but after a month the remainder of the bottles I had were clearly falling off. I got to try a pour of a 2012 bottle on 11/1/2014 and it is most certainly not worth pursuing, unfortunately. Hopefully the BA Imperial Night Train does not follow the route that its predecessor took.

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

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1.25/5  rDev -65.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Night Train - Bourbon Barrel Aged from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
82 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.