Night Rain
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House

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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #311
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,141
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.28%
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
395
From:
O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  11
Gots
  59
SCORE
87
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. ​
Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 395
Photo of dhannes
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had out of the bottle at a local bowling alley...was served around 35º.

A=From what I could tell, it was a nice reddish brown.

S=Malt and cocoa.

T=The first gulp reminded me a bit more of cocoa powder or chocolate milk than beer--chocolate and malt, with a little sweetness; perhaps a bit of a cola taste as well. Cream came forward later on.

M=A bit too watery for a porter, and very lightly carbonated...but would make a decent session beer. Alcohol finally hit me about 3/4 of the way through.

O=More of a session beer than what I seek out in a porter...body was just a little too light for me, and the malt flavor was also a bit lacking. A nice beer, but still nowhere as near as good as Great Lakes' offering. Probably the second best porter from Wisconsin that I've tried, just slightly behind Wisconsin Brewing Company's porter. Worth a try if looking for a slightly lighter version of a porter.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 MaximalC
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque molasses color with an ample khaki head with good retention that even affords some cratering as it settles. A hybrid veil of lacing--solid beneath and reticulated above--frames the top of the glass admirably. The aroma smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, raisins, and the barest trace of floral hops. There's also an x-factor in the nose that I can't place--kind of smoky, but not quite. I've heard "peat" trotted out as a descriptor on occasion, and while I can't say I've ever tasted or smelt it, I imagine it could resemble this.

The flavor reveals a high level of complexity, with an unusually fruity backbone for a porter. The same plum/raisin character that was prominent in the nose is on full display here, along with some fig, dates, currants and roasted malt. There's also a tartness suggestive of black cherry and herbal hops that singes that rear periphery of the tongue. The chocolate suggested in the nose is difficult to discern in the taste, but that's no great loss considering the existing complexity. Truly, the intensity and depth of the dark fruit ensemble may be the finest I've experienced, and could easily be used as an exemplar for that class of flavors. The finish is excellent, as just as it appears to subside, an aftershock of smoked dates eases its way back into your consciousness. The flavors described above only become more pronounced and enjoyable with the requisite warming. You can almost taste it as your nose crests the glass...

My only grievance is that the body is a little thin considering the style and depth of flavor. It's slightly sticky, but still too loose for my tastes. The mouthfeel is smooth and lively, though the carbonation overextends itself a bit on the back end, accentuating a bitterness that can be grating, even if only briefly.

Overall, this a unique and highly engaging porter with a dark fruit malt character that would be at home in an artisanal imperial stout. A slightly heavier body and more muted carbonation would take this beer to elite status, even though it may be atypical for the style. I picked this up on a whim, and am glad I did.

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Photo of Wisconsin_Max
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This dark American Porter is one of the most drinkable beers of its kind. It's coffee flavor, along with a robust smell and wonderful texture make it very enjoyable, especially during those fall and winter months. It is a little thick to drink more than a few of them in an evening, but then again, so are most great dark beers.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Photo of Ethanol4one
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark and stormy, high gravity (7.2%) porter with Stout tendencies. IBU's at 49 make a difference. Chocolate, cherry notes, creamy, reminds me of melted Cherry Garcia Ice cream, with a major hop infusion (yes, I've had melted Cherry Garcia before). Nice balanced, malt to hops.

Not much head, and what showed up didn't stick around, so probly not much protein in the mix for you fitness nuts, but overall, just short of outstanding beer.

Add CO2 and it may just cover all the bases.

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Photo of Heavymetallawyer
4.98/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Great black appearance. Perfect for those who love stouts.

S: Definitely strong scent of chocolate and some nutty and coffee notes. A slight hint of caramel. It smells like a dessert.

T: Tastes like it smells. It tastes like a chocolate cookie with a coffee for a side. Absolutely lovely if you love coffee stouts.

M: Smooth and goes down easily. Perfect.

O: The aftertaste is pleasant. I cannot imagine a better beer for a stout lover like myself.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Night Train pours a black color with a small lacing head. Their is a rosted dry malty aroma, with hints of coffee. The taste has a nice strong roasted taste, with just hints of coffee, finishes with a nice bitterness, floral hops come through at the end. Nice full flavors, and good body. Overall a very nice tasty roasty porter.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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 matjack85
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build- your-own six pack for $9.99, making them $1.67 each. No freshness date.

The beer poured a super dark brown color with a 1-finger khaki colored head that lasted a few minutes and left lots of good lacing.

Roasted malt and chocolate aroma.

Toasted malt and chocolate are the main flavors, but there is also a slight tartness to it along with a mild but pleasant bitterness.

Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. I loved the mouthfeel.

Simple, but a pretty good porter.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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 TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 chanokokoro
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle

Pours a very dark mahogany brown capped by a creamy one and half off-white head. Big roasted dark chocolate malt notes with hints of smoke. Bakers chocolate, big roasted malt, robust espresso notes, anise throught the midpalate. Finishes with dried dark fruit: cherries and prunes, a bit of smokiness, and hop bitterness. Smooth medium body, moderate carbonation with a touch of creaminess. A bold American porter that gets your attention from the first sip. Very complex and one of the better brews in the style that I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I remember liking this beer a lot and it was even my favorite beer for a blinded taste test of some of the more popular Midwest Porters.

The nose does not stand out too much, this beer waits to get you until you take your first sip. There is a little bit of a roasted nose that spills into the mouth and is so pleasant and warm. The roasted flavor is just perfect and relaxing and goes down quick and smooth. This beer drinks really fast. There is a little bit of burnt bitterness in the mouth towards the back that is combated with a really tiny bit of sweetness. Those two flavors play so well together in this beer, nice harmony.

To me this doesnt have the feel of a typical porter, but obviously too watery to be a stout. In the end, I just dont care what they call it, this beer is really damn good.

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Photo of brewtus
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours dark dark brown with a foamy beige single finger head
S- sweet chocolate, Roasty, spicy
T/M- starts toasty and tiny bit spicy, some faint coffee. The texture is a little thin, but it isn't a stout. I must say they get a lot of flavor into this viscosity.
O- the bottle reads " roasty- chewy- robust- judicious- creamy- bold- complex- immense" I think that's pretty close to a good explanation, but it would be nice to have a little more thickness, if you see it, grab one. The nose on this is the highlight, it smells so great

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love to see the smaller craft beers on tap outside of their home cities. I had this at the Hyatt in Green Bay. I was surprised at how good the beer selection was. They had this one form O’So, 6 bottles of New Glarus, a beer from nearby Title Town Brewpub and several other WI options.

Served in a standard pint, the beer is black with minor brown highlights. It has a tan head with good lacing. It has an aroma of roasted malts and a touch of molasses.

The taste leads with heavily roasted but not burnt malts. There is a hint of baker’s chocolate and some brown sugar. Let it warm as the taste rounds into form. Lot of dark roast on this one.
The mouth is medium with surprisingly aggressive carbonation. I like it, glad to be able to try this one on tap.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AGED REVIEW
1 year old bottle aged at basement temperature.

The beer pours out nigh black with two fists' worth of overflowing ice-cream-float sudsy head, making an emergency sink dash necessary. Insane spiderwebs of lacing remain on the glass. Thicker side of medium body and heavy carbonation that calms back to medium strength in a few minutes, smooth silky body.

It has mutated into a truly delicious semi-sour stout highly reminiscent of Tart Of Darkness, only with much more coffee char backbone and a heavy streak of asian duck sauce on the side. This just happens to be one of those "accidental victories" of cellaring, it's much more interesting than how it tasted fresh.

It smells like a licorice and prune-spiked roasted coffee and soured apple / lemonade blend. It has plenty of roasted char-coffee flavor to stand up to (and evenly match) the medium-light balsamic-vinegar / sweet n' sour sauce flavor with a light granny smith accent; all in a balance that I actually enjoy. I'm definitely going to be grabbing another six pack of this brew later this year to see if this phenomenon is repeatable.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Onenote81
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The pour yields a ruby-tinted dark cola color. The thinnest of beige heads rest on top. The aroma is ripe with fresh breads, roasted malts, cocoa beans, dirt. The mouth is a little thin for my liking. There needs to be a bit more depth to this I think. The bubbles are too prominent. There is a lot of chocolate in this beer. Definitely the main player here. Chocolate malt, bitter coffee, grounds, and a bit of alcohol on the back end. This beer is simple and doesn't bring much complexity, but that's okay. A good beer to sip on during a fantasy football draft anyways!

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 8/4/12

Pours a darker than medium brown and looks black in the glass. Foam was reluctant to rise at first, but after a higher pour it hit a hair more than a finger's worth. A large swath of bubbles remains as does some strands of lace.

Two words best describe the aroma: simple and good. Dark roasted grains with hints of dusty yeast. Roasted chocolate and cocoa powder. This smells incredibly smooth. Faint dark fruit note. I'd be inclined to call the aroma great, but it gets to be too doughy; really does a number on it.

The taste is more straightforward than the aroma even. It's plenty roasted with bitter coffee and dark chocolate throughout. At first I don't find the flavor and body to be as lush as the aroma was (at least initially), but it does seem to thicken up with warmth. The feel is probably appropriate, especially considering carbonation is on the low side, but I would not complain if it were a smidgen more robust. Some of the dough carries over and starts to wear down on the flavor and my overall ability to enjoy this beer.

There are enough good things about this beer to make it frustrating that the dough notes are as prevalent as they are. Regardless, it's definitely drinkable. As is, however, this is mid-tier, unfortunately.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This express arrives black as coal and delivers a whispy mocha covering of fine foam. A delicious looking porter.

The nose has roasty toasty malt and sweet creme brulee.

Taste begins with intense roast and flavorful coffee followed by a creme brulee, dark gingerbread and molasses finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and full with fine carbonation.

Overall a great offering from O'so brewing. This would lend itself nicely to bourbon barrel aging. I would certainly have this again.

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Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my wonderful wife for bringing me this brew!

A: Deep brown as it pours. In the glass the head is cappuccino colored, and somewhat reserved. The color so deep brown that it boarders black, it's opaque with a number of yeast chunkies in there.

S: Roasted grain, and milk chocolate are the first scents to come out of my glass. There is a touch of licorice, as well as some herbal notes. There is a sweetness like a oatmeal stout, or milk stout.

T: Roasted malt, and sweet chocolate. A little bit of an herbal hit along with some bitterness from the hops, combining with a little licorice flavor. The finish has something I can't quite pick out.. perhaps a touch of high alcohols.

M: Feels a little light for the style.. Medium light to medium in body. Carbonation is low and slow, you really pick up the bubbles as you swallow. The finish is a touch astringent, but not in a bad way.

O: Overall I think it's a nice beer. Good dark malt flavor, bordering on a number of stout styles.. If you told me this was a oatmeal stout I wouldn't question it. Nice beer, and a brewery I haven't ever tried before!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice roasty quality with a tad of coffee and a bit of creaminess. A nice little richness. Minimal hops and pretty straight-foward.
Poured fairly aggressively and briefly held a small tan head. Very black and minimal light appearance.
Seems likes there is a little vanilla in this. Swift and initial, but there. Rest of drink is more porter. Quite long dry from roasted grains finish. Pretty darn bold roast and dark malt flavor. Nice and tasty, although there may be a bit of age on this one.
On the lighter side of moderate for feel with flatter carbonation, which is fine by me.
Some nice bold aspects that really pushes it. Any more on this would be too much, and it already might be too much for some. Nonetheless, an interesting and very flavorful drink.
Thanks BIL John.

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Photo of samie85
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an opaque ruby tinged caramel color with a finger of light brown head.

S-Dark chocolate with some dark fruits and cocoa.

T-Follows the nose with dark chocolate, dark fruits and a slight bitter finish.

M-Creamy and rich with low carbonation and a medium body.

D-Very easy drinking yet a complex and very solid example of a porter. I wouldn't mind picking up more of this next time I'm in WI.

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Night Rain from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 395 ratings