Night Rain | O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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BA SCORE
74.8%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 373 ratings
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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
Ranking:
#8,241
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
373
Liked:
279
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
10.57%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
53
Trade:
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Ratings: 373 |  Reviews: 101
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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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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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark chestnut brown to black with a thick tan head that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of rich chocolate with roasted coffee, caramel and earthy tones.

The taste is of sweet chocolate with roasted coffee. Caramel/toffee add to sweetness, which is balanced by roasted coffee, nutty tones and a mild earthy hop touch.

It is thick for a porter, but smooth. Some alcohol shows its potency - but still, it is creamy smooth.

This borders a strong stout. I had it before I ordered the Beef Wellington, had another with it, but it would have gone well with the desert. It does have a malted chocolate character. Thick, creamy and delicious!

Had it on-tap at Joey Girard's in Greendale, Wisconsin.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Waited 5-10 minutes to warm a few degrees before pouring into a pint glass. The first O'So brew I have had.

A- Black with a thin brownish head. Didn't leave as much lacing as I thought it would have.

S- Smells like cocoa with a hint of coffee.

T- Roasted malts for sure. Coffee-ish.

M- Medium/thinner mouthfeel it seems for the style.

D/O- Still have the taste in my mouth 5 minutes later. Would probably want to stop at 2 of theses unless I wanted to have my tastebuds shot for the rest of the day/night. Mmmm...will grab another 6 pack the next time I travel to the land of cheese.

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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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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All aboard! For the Night Train! O'so Brewing's Night Train, ...which is described by a succession of words separated by dots: "Roasty. Chewy. Robust. Judicious. Creamy. Bold. Complex. Immense." Wait, how can you be "judicious" as well as immense, bold, robust, and complex? And what the hell do they mean? Also, we are told to join the fight against boring beer at Osobrewing.com, brewed and bottled by O'so Brewing company, Plover, WI, and to Discover the art of freestyle brewing. So, "freestyle", yet "judicious", hmmm? On with the beer...

Solid black, full brown yet, drifts down slowly.

Beautiful aromatics, creamy, bittersweet, and roasty. Just the thing for an oatmeal stout, if this is what this is. A little spicy kick in there, too.

Tasting it: smooth, semi-sweet, lightly roasty, lightly bitter. Full-bodied. Robust, you bet. And ever so judicious. Not too much else to say about this one, just an all-right, right on, good-drinking stout. You can pick it up, and then put it down. Some chocolate, little bits of coffee, but mostly cocoa, all applied very..."judiciously"...why was I so critical of that anomalous word choice?

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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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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my cousin for bringing this across the border to MN. It's a big, but not too undrinkable porter with a mix of chocolate, fruit, and roast. I'm a fan. The aroma focuses more on clean, bready barley, with a not-quite-chocolate, brown malt coffee and cocoa powder character. The flavor opens up more with mild berry esters under the dark chocolate notes and roasted edge. Overall, you've got a complex porter that doesn't hit you over the head with thick barley. Give it a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting. I think it may have been blutt59.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and dark fruit. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, roasted porter.

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Night Rain from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Beer rating: 74.8% out of 100 with 373 ratings
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