Night Rain | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
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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): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,669
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
390
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
60
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 390
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3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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 nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Onyx black with some charred wood edges, a compact head of tan foam, with a brush of lace around the edge. Charred malt nose with a little bit of cocoa sweetness in there.

Lactic taste and feel, slight astringency, but not enough to be distracting. Some tobacco and bakers chocolate, tiny hint of sweetness again. Easy to drink, flavorful enough to keep interest.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

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 smithj4
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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 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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Night Rain from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 390 ratings