Night Rain | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States
osobrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Night Train

Added by cdkrenz on 10-09-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
373
Reviews:
101
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
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Photo of drstalker
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Krusader
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, with very little light transmission in the glass, with a thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa and chicory. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, cocoa and drip coffee with char and hop bitterness in the lingering finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A roasty porter that starts mildly, but builds a nice charry, toasted malt and coffee bitterness into the finish, with light chocolate notes. The coffee and chicory notes in the moderately bitter finish are interesting. Different, toasty and good.

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Photo of Ferretferret
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic porter. A rich creaminess tinctures a surprisingly superb commix of chocolate, coffee, malt, et cetera. While the porter lacks a bit of complexity, it executes everything within absolutely perfectly. This is the porter I would use to introduce people to the craft (aside from nitros)

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Photo of Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a moderate, fuzzy yet creamy tan head that clings lightly to the glass as a short wall.

Smell is roast coffee, toast, and bready malt with cream and/or powdered milk.

Taste is cola, sassafras, bitter tangy pine, bitter coffee and cocoa, over a slick round body. I also detect a little Werther's and a hint of raspberry. Finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of Rick778
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hof_1991
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeGude
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dotty Dumpling's Dowry in Madison. Nice full-bodied porter.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Have had these thrown in as extras when I trade w/ peeps from Wisconsin, the best traders in the world IMHO.

Pours a dark, jet black. Sturdy viscosity. Brown head, 1/3". Aroma is of heavy roast and almost nothing else really.

Taste, again, sturdy malt profile, ample bitterness seemingly Cascade hop and burnt malt derived. No adjuncts. Just heft and roast, heft and roast, repeating through the entire 12oz of mouth feel. Coffee from the malt, but its the deep dark, unsweetened no creamer, straight up black coffee feels.

Nothing off, just a bitter, roasty, thick stout with no frills.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with a 1 finger creamy head in my CW snifter.

Musty aromas of roasted barley, followed very faintly by some semi-sweet chocolate shavings.

Very large coffee and roast flavors up front, bringing both acidity and balance. Brushes of bright citrus and dark chocolate both float in the background. I would have preferred more sweetness and less coffee...but...this is a seriously decent coffee porter.

Feel is refreshing yet acidic and dry, leaving that parchy coating on the palate afterwards.

Overall, not exactly my bag, but it's impressive nonetheless. I opened this today because I'm leaving Wisconsin in 20 minutes, and debated whether stopping at the liquor store down the road to buy more. I will skip that option and probably opt for a 12 pack of Moon Man instead, but this is still worth checking out if you do get up this way. Don't miss it.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zekenyce
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mjpolzin
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Romanticizing over the classic porter, the brewers of O'so layer the traditional, masculine but balanced taste with an American edge. Drier, toastier, and flirting with a roasty side, the stronger ale seems a tad much. But the counterpart of oatmeal brings the softness back around for an ale that's woven together with tethers of chocolate stout.

Its dark bark-brown pour carries a medium cocoa haze and a lathery off-white froth, wafting about to release a gentlemanly perfume of coffee, toast, chocolate and walnut with a savory off-smoky scent. Earthen in taste, the beer's boldly rolling sweetness is toasty, candied and deeply caramlized to the brink of toffee and butter pecan.

The middle palate shows a gradual fade of sweetness and a sligth bitterness and dryness set in to reinforce the taste of dark-roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, candied walnut and heavy toast. Just shy of roast or burnt flavor, the beer's earthy bitterness seems chicory-like with hints of vanilla and cream to balance the soil and bark.

Its medium-full body is given a heft with its masculine taste and its rich and creamy texture. Aspects of mocha-latte also adds to the beer's luxurious mouthfeel. Finishing bittersweet with coffee and chocolate gives the session a pleasant and mild dessert-like quality.

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Photo of eldoctorador
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RN598
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MNJR
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Could be a stout, could be a porter, but it doesn't matter because it is very good. Licorice, cocoa, spice, lemon, raisin, honey, vanilla, smoke, brown sugar (but not sweet). Complex, very smooth, very enjoyable and interesting. The carbonation is fine/thin, almost like a nitro. I really think this is more of a higher alcohol stout than a porter.

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Photo of McHenry
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kinggimp
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cbustard
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bpkrippner
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Night Rain from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
3.87 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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