Bourbon Imperial Night Train Blackberry
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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American Imperial Stout
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3.85 | pDev: 18.96%
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

I open the bottle and I realize that this is in fact... one of the UNcarbed bottles. Pours no head (obviously). Beer is pitch black with a dark purple hue. No lace but nice, oily legs. I can't, in good conscience, even give this an average score even though I like how it looks.

Nose is booze, sweet soy sauce, fudge, chocolate, molasses and syrup. Awesome. Very robust.

Opens sweet. Blackberry presence is pretty up front. Chocolate, fudge, booze and molasses in the middle make this a supremely sweet brew. Some sweet soy sauce towards the end mixed with liquorice and a bit of roasted malt produce a very slight saltiness. Some more fruit and chocolate at the end. Some residual tartness from the blackberries in the aftertaste. I like it.

Full bodied with no carbonation. Slick and warm in the mouth and goes down hot and viscous. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Imperial stouts have low carbonation as it is... and in my opinion, the lower the better. The lack of carbonation really works here.

This beer would be outstanding with some light carbonation. As it is, its still pretty enjoyable... but I'm sure (as the scores suggest) very polarizing.

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Photo of cheesy26
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

This review is for one of the non-carbing bottles. I know O'so can make good beers, but this just wasn't one of them. At the release they thought it would carb up given time but it just never happened.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
1.56/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Clearly the bottle I had in my cellar suffered the same fate as some of my fellow BAs. The piss poor rating reflects it. I feel slightly bad about the rating, but quality control is on the brewer. I could probably send Os'o an Email expressing my disappointment, but I'm feeling lazy. I guess not so lazy that I won't type a quick review to bitch about it. The beer lacked any carbonation, had a nasty tart aroma, and tasted like soy sauce. Oh well.... Still wouldn't mind trying a good bottle, or finding it on tap someplace.

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Photo of WiscoTerr
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Knowing it was likely this would have minimal carbonation, poured hard into snifter. No lacing. Smells tart with bourbon and leather. Taste is tart, but not what I would expect just from blackberries. Likely got the infected bottle as well. Can barely sip enough to get through the review. Thin with no carbonation, sour and bourbon.

Very dissapointing, glad it was too expensive, but not looking forward to trying the BBA version now either.

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Photo of Drew26
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Split 750ml bottle with fellow ba after letting it sit out at room temp for last several weeks as recommended.

Had a decent amount of carbonation, for a bb aged beer. Outstanding blackberry forward flavor, with solid bourbon and porter flavors coming through at finish. Really enjoyed how the fruit meshed with the porter base. Going to local shop and grab another bottle or two tomorrow. Well done!

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Photo of d5001986
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

750ml bottle poured into Spiegelau tulip.

Would be an alright beer if there wasn't carbonation issues - There is absolutely none to speak of. As for the taste, plenty of blackberry and bourbon. I get roastiness from the base, maybe a little vanilla. Still have yet to try the regular BB and Poblano, but I would imagine things would be much the same with the carbonation.

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Photo of wcu80
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

Drain poured. Completely flat. I was warned by my trading buddy that he'd heard this might be the case. Bummer, too, because it tasted like it would've been good had it not been uncarbed.

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Photo of Ri0
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

poured 750ml into snifter.

A - Black, dark brown around the glass edge with no head or lacing.

S - Aromas of Night Train Porter and Blackberry Merlot. There is also some faint chocolate, but the barrel aging really makes this smell like a wine from Door Peninsula called Blackberry Merlot.

F - There is a big tart blackberry flavor along with some chocolate and hints of vanilla.

M - Thin and flat. I can deal with the thin mouthfeel, but the lack of carbonation makes this more like a wine than a beer.

O - A nice attempt, but it falls a bit short. If you like wine or fruited stouts you may enjoy this one. I believe the higher scores are from on tap where the beer is properly carbonated.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black, still pour with little to no foam, tiny cluster of larger bubbles fade quickly to a glassy surface.

Wet wood and tobacco in the aroma, vague vanilla, alcohol becomes noticeable right away, not much in the way of blackberries.

Rich and flavorful, blackberry is pleasant and well integrated. Creamy and full bodied with very little if any carbonation. Sort of a trade off, more carb would improve greatly. Creamy chocolate, toasted oak, vanilla, mellow blackberry. Pretty good stuff.

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Bourbon Imperial Night Train Blackberry from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 37 ratings