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Night Rain | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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

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

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Ratings: 374 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of Fartknocker
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No date or code.
A- Pitch black with a thin tan head
S- Fairly strong coffee and toasted malt smell
T- Burnt coffee the dominating flavor, which seems to work well with underlying malty flavors
M- Little carbonation
D- Not bad, but the burntness lingers on the roof of your mouth, which is a bit of a downer

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Photo of BobZTraveler
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zekenyce
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Where's Dick Lane when you need him? Anyway, this stuff pours a deep, murky, garnet-tinged black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises darkly-roasted malts, dark chocolate, toasted pretzel, and a hint of mild char. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a decent vein of grassy bitterness and a hint of acrid coffee. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice robust porter, chock full o' darkness.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShawnL
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Night Train name takes me back to my college years listening to Public Enemy and seeing bottle of Night Train next to the Boone's Farms. This beer poured a dark opaque with very thin slight off-white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent is ripe with espresso and earth. The taste is bitter all the way through the beer with a stringent and slightly acidic coffee base. As the taste lingers on the pallet, peat and earth become more prevalient. The mouthfeel is medium in body with weak carbonation. Overall it is an ok porter, very drinkable.

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeithE
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Carlalwin
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sweemzander
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BMMillsy
3.85/5  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.

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Photo of Zuidman
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Soneast
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt brown to black color, growing a 1/4 inch, light brown colored head that disappears as quickly as it appeared.

Aromatic malt characteristics are of the chocolate and burnt caramel variety. Not roasty, per say, but certainly a "burnt" quality to it, maybe even coffee-like, An acrid presence which is a touch of-putting.

The flavor is very nice. More coffee forward than many a porter I've had. Chocolate notes are present via a bitter dark chocolate flavor, with a nice roast malt sweetness throughout. The finishing bitterness reminds me of a pot of coffee that has been sitting on the hot plate for hours, slightly burnt. Not good for the coffee, but in this porter it is very complimentary! There is a hint of alcohol in the finish, but not overbearing by any means.

Really just a delicious beer. I love the coffee character as it doesn't get too roasty and the dark chocolate flavors suit the beer well. Nice creamy mouthfeel and ample carbonation make for one fine porter!

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Photo of birchstick
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark chocolaty brown without much of a head on it

S - smell consists of dark chocolates and a little bit of sweet caramel. Very sweet overall.

T - taste starts off chocolaty and doesn't deviate much from that theme. In the middle some caramel malt comes through, but it finishes with a chocolate (dark chocolates mostly). Not uber complex, but delicious none the less.

M - a little watery and thin body

D - pretty decent porter here. This is definitely one for chocolate lover out there as this would make a really nice dessert.

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Photo of jera1350
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brownish black that is semi-thick looking with just a trace of any foam on top.

Lots of rich roasted malt please the nose. Some hints of marshmallow and vanilla also.

Deep roasted malt, lots of black licorice, some bourbon notes, hint of coffee. Really, pretty good complexity for a porter. Some warm alcohol is also noticeable.

Very smooth, lacking a bit in carbonation with a body somewhere between medium and full.

A very nice porter that has quite a bit of complexity. Pretty strong flavor that would limit me to one or two. Definitely worth a try if you are a porter or stout fan.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 Chaz
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head on Night Train is very impressive, and quite rocky in appearance at the beginning; Dark-tan ("creamy brown") in color and over two fingers in height, it towers over the top of my bulb after a moderately-firm pour. It eventually diminishes to a one fingered whipped cream or meringue-like state.

The beer itself is dark brown -black to the eye- and tinged with deep crimson, and appears quite clear.

Nose is roasty, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Smells sweet . . . and with virtually no hop presence.

Very sweet yet-bitter on the first sip, with a more significant note of bitterness lingering for a great while throughout the drink. Alongside the (bitter) chocolate, notes of licorice and coffee are most prominent here, with a lighter citric tang and some dark berries flitting about, but not leaving so marked an impression.

The initial impression of sweetness (nose, first sip) is not a very compelling factor, here, and the roast character and dark malts fairly dominate this very nicely-rendered and well-balanced brew. A very good, creamy mouthfeel here, and a reasonably drinkable beer as well.

Not *very* strong -maybe 6% ABV- but a sipper nonetheless, and very much in the vein of the mythical "Robust Porter".

Thanks to BA grantcty for the bottle!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours dark brown with a thinner beige head that holds excellent retention. Aromas are sweet with cocoa and roasted barley. Bold flavors, sweet but roasty, heavy on the cocoa notes, roasted barley, caramel, earth, tobacco leaf. Mouth-feel is super creamy, medium body, ample carbonation. Overall, great American Porter. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of blackearth
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a pitch-black body with a tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, cherries and cracked barley. Full bodied and silky with a roasted malt flavor, and a bit of a warm alcohol finish. The flavors just coat your mouth and last. I would only drink one of these in a night, but would keep going back on different days.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour; light tan head, minimal lacing. Definitely a porter, but nothing fantastic.

Aroma has lots of pleasant chocolate and roasted malts. It's robust enough that I'd call it damn good.

Taste is good. Bitter chocolate, and lots of roasted malts, light sweetness. Good, Solid porter!

Thiner, creamy, and good over-all.

Solid drinkability. Over all, tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jparker37
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass

A - Small tan head from a vigorous pour, leaving me with a ring around the edge of the glass. Black/opaque.

S - Rich chocolate, small roastyness. I can also pick out a rich dark caramel tone. Vanilla hiding within.

T - Rich roasted malt flavor, I get that chocolate malt working also. There is a little bitterness to the malt that reminds me of a burnt coffee, a touch unpleasant here.

M - Very viscous. Full bodied, light carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Big American porter, that rich dark malt smell is incredible. Creamy-dense flavor is great till it gets a little bitter. This beer goes for it all. It's got oil-like color, huge flavor and is a meal to drink. Certainly nearing imperial status.

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Night Rain from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 374 ratings
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