Night Rain
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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American Porter
Ranked #309
Ranked #14,137
3.89 | pDev: 10.28%
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Formerly Night Train

Night Rain is a complex oatmeal porter crafted with ridiculous amounts of crystal and Munich malts to create a rich, smooth, and creamy experience. ‚Äč
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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 395
Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy & effervescent brown with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Roastyness,

T: Roasty, dry, Baker's Chocolate & a touch of hazelnut up front. Coffee, roastyness, a touch of woody hops & a little nuttyness as this warms. finishes dry, roasty with solid coffee flavor

MF: A little chewy, silky carbonation

Pretty darn good Porter, pleasantly suprised

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Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

De Tercertienpocervezas. En copa Teku. Viendo El Cristal Oscuro 1x01-02.vRica porter muy cafetosa. Sensacion en boca ligera aunque se termina subiendo a la cabeza mas de la cuenta

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro tap

Pours mostly opaque black, creamy tan head retains well.

Aroma of pecan, brown sugar and biscuit.

Flavor is of walnuts, pecans, hazelnut, biscuit, brown sugar, and dry hops.

Medium body, very smooth and creamy.

Decent porter, good flavor. The nitro makes the body really nice. Would have this again probably.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held up to a bright light some bits of reddish brown hues are visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that left a large, thin patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of milk chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark and chocolate malts with a bit of roast and hints of cola. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting porter that in some aspects tastes like a hybrid between a porter and an oatmeal stout. The use of oatmeal definitely lightens up the body and lends smoothness to the mouthfeel and there are a lot of malty flavors of chocolate and roast.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from beer club (uh oh) poured into Guinness glass.

L: Very dark brown with off-white 2F head with good retention, lacing, and a cap and ring.

S: Burned and roasted grains, earthy hops

T: Unsweetened chocolate, roasted grains, creaminess, earthy and grassy finish. Pretty nicely hopped for a porter.

F: Medium body, a bit of carbonation. Construction simple, but very good. Balanced nicely.

O: Pretty nice porter. They do beer good in Wisconsin.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: Semi sweet dark chocolate malt, smooth creamy finish. Smoked malt nose. Dark brown, mostly opaque, with a creamy tan head and some lace. medium body. 49 IBUs

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Photo of beergoot
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near black body; intensely dense, foamy head. Charred grain aroma with notes of roasted coffee. The taste mimics the aroma with additions of bitter chocolate and an intense, complementary hop bitterness; cocoa. Heavy body; thick and chewy; primarily dry finish on the palate.

This beer is intense, rich and seductive with dark grain flavors and a well-balanced hop bitterness. Deeply complex and exceptionally balanced.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Very dark brown color, quarter finger brown head, superb lacing, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, chocolate, coffee, alcohol.

T: Coffee, sweet, chocolate, roasty.

F: Light bodied. Wish it had more body.

O: Nice beer but not a standout.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +4.4%
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 -9%
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 rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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 BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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 MNJR
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 EnojysAnyBeer
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Melted milk chocolate, rum raisins, dark bread. A bit of honey on the nose. Not too sweet and toasty.

Smooth, robust body and medium carbonation. Will drink again if available.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Black body with 80% tan head
Aroma is pleasantly dark fruits, blackcurrants & rum
Flavour is redcurrant & cheap instant coffee
but its the mouthfeel, its so thin it throughs the balance of the beer right off

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Photo of 4thFloyd
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. An almost opaque dark brown color with a short tan head. A moderate aroma for a porter which is dominated by the dark roasted malt. The flavor was also mostly dark roasted malt with some cocoa and a little bitter coffee. Some earthy hops add a little additional bitterness. The body was a little lighter than expected and the flavors did not blend well for me.

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Photo of Lucular
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer had more foam than any other beer I've ever seen, which is saying something. Even without a vigorous pour, it tripled in volume (which meant first, a good amount of spillage, followed by a couple of secondary pours to finish off the bottle - I'm not sure whether to be impressed or slightly alarmed). The flavor was slightly more fruity than most stouts or porters but not bad.

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Photo of Phocion
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle without a date stamp poured into a nonic glass. Very dark brown, nearly black, with slight ruby highlights when held to the light. Moderate retention on a thick, creamy tan head. Excellent sticky lacing.

Very roasty black malt character, but no toast/burnt aromas. Sweet chocolate and a bit of coffee. Slightly doughy in the background with a bit of caramel/toffee and a rich Munich-like maltiness.

Flavor is similar to the nose, but doesn't follow directly. Dry and roasty with bitter dark chocolate. A bit of an earthy hoppiness that was hidden in the aroma by the big, rich malts. A little doughy with a dry, roasty, lightly astringent finish.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Interesting mouthfeel... a bit dry and bitter but also very creamy - oats, perhaps?

A decent robust porter. I wonder if mine may be a little old due to the hoppy bitterness but the lack of hops in the aroma, though without a date I can't really be sure. A good if not remarkable beefy, roasty porter.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. No bottling date. Poured into an O'so snifter 10/14/2014. Finally reviewing this one out of the bottle after having it on tap many times.

A- Dark cola brown body, close to black. One thumb of mocha coloured head, good retention, nice thick collar and sporadic lacing. Altogether, appearance is as expected. [3.75]

S- Roast malts, caramel, freshly heated oatmeal, milk chocolate, coffee. Smells quite robust and strong. [4]

F- Milk chocolate, black coffee, caramel, lots of roast malt, a slight earthy bitterness on the backend to even things out. This tastes great, with some complexity and a lot of roast character to it that lingers along with the earthy hop bitterness. No flaws that I can really detect. [4.25]

M- On the thinner side of medium body, but plenty of flavour. Good carbonation and a nice pep to it in the beginning, otherwise smooth and silky as it goes down. As it warms up, a bit more alcohol comes out which I'm not a fan of. [3.5]

O- Nice tasting local porter that can go 9 rounds with the likes of GLBC Eddy Fitz and Founders Porter, but ultimately falls just short of these benchmark porters, especially in the mouthfeel department. Which is to say, this is a very good porter that I wouldn't mind having in the fridge from time to time. [4]

Final score: 4.05

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: Pours fudge brown capped by an inch of tannish foam; a few dots of lace hang around the side of the glass

Smell: Roast, chocolate and a resinous dose of hops

Taste: Roast and chocolate, up front, with resinous hops building in the middle; coffee tones appear, after the swallow, with some more chocolate rounding out the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice robust porter; the body is a little thin but otherwise the beer is pretty darn good

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from O'so Brewing Company, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a very thick dark mahogany color; nearly opaque in the glass with just a bit of cola brown showing through when held to the light. A little less than a finger of tan foam head that recedes quickly. Leaves behind some nice strands of lacing.

S - The smell is kind of light, but is pleasant enough for what it is. Mild roast, cream, milk chocolate, vanilla, a hint of yeast presence, and some lactose. Very mild alcohol presence is noted.

T - Taste follows the nose - milky chocolate, cream, vanilla, coffee bean, roastiness.

M - The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy. Goes down easy. Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, a nice American Porter from O'so Brewing. I would love to see what the barrel aged version of this beer would be like, as it seems like a lively contender. A delicious, smooth, and creamy beer on it's own though. Recommended.

O'so Brewing Night Train ---4/5.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, hint of oatmeal, slight toffee, hops, hint of pale malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malt and a warmth from the alcohol, but neither are overpowering. Tastes of sweet malt, slight toffee, hops, slight yeast, slight alcohol, and biscuit. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on nitro-tap in downtown Janesville, WI. This pours a black color with creamy beige head. The flavor is full of roasted, toasted malts and grains. The texture is smooth, creamy full of flavor. It leaves a lingering roasted malt aftertaste. Pretty decent stuff and would love to have again.

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 395 ratings