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): 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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 390
Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown and appears black in the glass. A solid two finger head forms and slowly settles to a thin cap. Large amounts of lacing is left on the glass.

Nice aroma of dark malt. Hints of cocoa, coffee, and a sort of lactose sweetness.

A little sweeter than a typical porter. Also the depth of flavor is lacking. It falls off quickly. The flavor consists of cocoa and a hint of coffee. Even a little alcohol creeps into the finish.

The body is solid but the carbonation bothers me. It seems fizzy and a little harsh.

Solid porter but nothing really impressed me that much. There are many better options on the shelf.

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Photo of Slyjoker87
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It comes in as a dark liquid, impenetrable by light

S - Strong smell of coffee and perhaps some chocolate

T - Rich and creamy, full and complex. It tastes strongly of coffee with hints of something slightly sweet - maybe chocolate? It does have some bitterness, but it is hardly noticeable.

M - It is smooth, creamy, easy on the tongue, and goes down easily.

O - This is a wonderfully creamy and rich beer that I wish were more widely available. (At the time of this review, I believe it is only available in Wisconsin)

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Photo of richkrull
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color with a smallish tan head and decent lacing as well.

Smell was full of coffee and roasted malts with a bit of chocolate coming through.

Taste was pretty good. Some bitter chocolate flavor upfront with roasted malts throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium. Went down fairly easy.

Overall a pretty good beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again. I don't drink a lot of porters, but this one was good.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and hints of roasted coffee grounds. It is a rather strong aroma too. The taste is similar to the aroma with tons of roasted malt,and equal strength. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a good beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Black in appearance with decent tan head and lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts and some coffee.

T- Similar to the nose. Roasted malts, coffee, and a decent bitterness at the finish.

M- Medium bodied, fairly creamy, with a dry finish.

O- Decent beer, although I am not a huge porter fan to begin with, would drink again though.

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

12 ounce bottle- ahh Night Train- one of my favourite GnR tunes and fortified wines.. pours a tar black with next to no head, some tan lacing. Stewed fruit, raisins, light roast. Taste- powdered and bittersweet chocolate, anise and more light roast. A big porter but well balanced. Thicker than average mouthfeel- more stout like. Decent

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from hopscrazy! Thanks Brian!!!

A- Nice heady pour into a tulip glass! Two fingers of deep tan foam that fades fairly quickly and leaves a nice oily lacing all over! Jet black like coffee with the only light shining thru near the foamy head.

S- Raisins, dark roasted espresso, and a fine 70% chocolate bar! Really nutty and delicious... perhaps even a touch of barnyard? Very refined with a ton of depth... yet somehow simple as a classic porter should be!

T- A mouthfull of Mocha Iced coffee... gets even better as it warms up. A touch of smoke and roasted nuts. Subtle dried fruits and a hint of bitter hops. The chocolate and fruit really come thru at the end and coat the tongue!

M- Really nice coffee/cocoa/hop bitterness that has a sweet backbone! Not as thick as a Porter can be... yet not as thin as some Porters can are! Each sip leaves you NEEDING more!!! Just a hint of booze! I'd love to have a bourbon barrel version of this so that maybe some vanilla would blast your mouth as well!

O- A damn fine porter indeed!!! I wish I could get this in NY! Great balance! Great play between all the sences! Roasty, nutty, raisiny, chocolatey, coffee'(LOL).

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown almost black with a reddish orange hue and a 1 finger mocha head

smell: malts, roast, patent, caramel, chocolate

taste: roast, chocolate, mocha

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium to full body,

overall: nice porter. easy to drink and smooth finish. never heard of this brewery but would definitely try there other offerings.


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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Quite dark, bordering on black. Very small head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Intense coffee and roasted malts. Some dark chocolate. Sweet caramel coming through as well.

T: Same as the aroma, very intense for a porter; could confuse as a stout if it wasn't for the slightly thinner mouthfeel. It is a simple beer (tastewise), but what flavors you pull out are quite robust and very enjoyable. It balances sweet and bitter perfectly.

M: Slightly creamy, medium mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation: not too high. Really coats the mouth.

This beer was surprisingly good and I would absolutely buy it again for the price.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Cheers beer mug.

A) A very dark brown. There was an inch of tan head. The lacing was good.

S) Roasted malt, coffee, some toffee sweetness.

T) Out of the gate I'd say coffee with a hint of chocolate. There was some sweetness. The alcohol was there but well balanced. The finish was a little smokey and burnt.

M) Sticky... Like an oil based paint coating my mouth.

O) This is a good American porter. I could see myself enjoying this even more in late fall or during the winter. I look forward to trying more offerings from O'so.

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Photo of Jips
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured inky black with a think white head.

Smells of dark fruits + a hint of chocolate.

Slight fruity taste upfront, big chocolate flavor in the middle, finishes with a lingering coffee bitterness. I dig this profile in my stout and porters! I can't get enough of the chocolate/coffee action.

Medium bodied, would go down quickly if not for the big flavors.

A Wisconsin treat! Slightly over the sweet side of dark beers, which is my preference.

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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, 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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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle received in a recent trade with FrankenBrew. Shared this one with a couple of people earlier this week, and all seemed to enjoy it. Poured a very dark brown color with a slight light brown head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Full bodied for the style, (without any indication on the bottle, we all assumed it was a stout). Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee, with a bit of bitterness on the finish.

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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 BeerLover99
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep onyx with hint of mahogany in the light. trace head floats on top. Great lacing!

S: sweet dark chocolate, toffee, malt, roasted nuts, mild coffee.

T/M: sweet chocolate and toffee up front, hint of coffee and bitter hops in finish, slight prickle on tongue from carbonation. med/heavy body

D: I'm glad I found this brewery and beer; excellent beer. Porters seem to be rare and this is fine offering. I look forward to trying even more beers from O'so.

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Photo of bmillen22
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a mix pack at Ottos in Milwaukee. I have had Oso's Hop dinger (ok), but I have heard good things about this beer.

A- very average. I poored it pretty hard into my Stone snifter. Lacing was pretty good after a few sips but the head was pretty much non existant from the start...very dissapointing!

S- Almost non existant as well. I was very dissapointed with this too. This is usually key for me in all really good beers. I do smell a slight burnt malted barley which is expected.

T- Much better than expected. Nice burnt malted barley. Pretty smooth. Finishes w/ some nice bitterness. This almost tastes more like a imp stout. Good carbonation.

M & D- Moutfeel is thick and carbonated, perfect for this style of beer. THis beer is very thick but I could drink a couple in a sitting.

I would recommend this beer, but I feel that it is a little bit overrated. Oso seems to be a pretty good brewery, but I haven't had a beer yet that blows me away.

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Photo of chicano4craft
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown. Almost black with a small but full tan head. Looks creamy.

Nose is chocolate and roast. Small hits of coffee. Chocolate milkshake with a sprinkle of coffee beans. Not bad.

Great taste! Bitter sweet dark chocolate. More coffee flavor than the nose lead on. Good amount of roast. Everything I enjoy in a good porter.

Nice carbonation. Good mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth.

One of my favorite porters. The Mid-West knows how to do porters.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.05/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The pic up for this beer currently isn't the most recent label, no longer do they say what kind of beer it is directly, but instead only say: "roasty-chewy-robust-judicious-creamy-bold-complex-immense" and leave you to figure out it's a porter from that.
into a snifter at around 60f.

Thin head that fades very quickly over a dark brown body, leaves just a thin collar around the edges.
Aroma and flavor both have a light chemical presence to it coming from under the other flavors. Not super strong but it takes away from this beer. They used a decent amount of roasted malts, this doesn't hit campfire status. some powdered chocolate.
feels kinda thin in the mouth with a moderate amount of carb.

This one is a bit under par in a few aspects.
this was my last bottle of the 6-pack. wont be getting more. to many other good midwest porters out there.

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Photo of rolf17
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Currently my favorite beer, no doubt. 9 buckaroos for six, money well spent compared to most beer on this planet. On weekends it would be torturous to not have Night Train on hand. Occasionally I am compelled to drive to hudson wi for a case maybe 2 of this art brew. This fine beverage belongs on the top 50 american beer list. I dare you any of you, to forget what you know about the word "porter". I hate porters with the exception of this one that does not deserve such classification. Alcohol is masked. thin head, flavors expertly balanced, composition blends almost seamlessly, difficult to identify individual ingredients. Delicious! How many beers can u say that about?

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Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a different label than the one pictured. drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a black colored body with a rather large khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind lots of lacing.

S- dark roasted malts are the first things that i notice. theres also some caramel and chocolate. at the end theres a nice coffee finish.

T- the taste is also very dark and roasted. lots of the roasted malts i could smell. the chocolate and caramel come on stronger than the nose would let on. a very nice and robust coffee finish. the decently high ABV for the style never shows.

M- medium bodied, bordering on full. thick and palate coating. no trace of the ABV.

D- an excellent porter from a brewery that has gone 2/2 with me so far. id be anxious to check out anything else i can get my hands on. be careful with this one, it can sneak up on you and try to ruin your morning.

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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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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 thetomG
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with almost no head, but actually some decent spotty lacing.

Mild roasted malt aroma.

Flavor is much stronger - same profile as the aromas just much more powerful. Sort of bitter in the finish.

Medium-light body, good drinkability, but overall just not that impressed.

Would drink again, but not going out of my way for it.

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

Pours brown as the bottle with nice gleeming ornage amber highlights. Settles darker brown with mahogany edgings. Thin tan cap with small peppered spots of lacing and a bit of residue glazing the glass.

Aroma is quite nice as a good portion of cocoa and blackened maltyness escapes first then hints to cold pressed coffee and peppery touches. Smells like what a good porter should.

Solid taster of a porter here. Great body and tone as its smoothness it matched well with a slight crisp carbonation that travels down the tracks on a well rounded engine of blackness and dark chocolate sweetness. A bit of smoke, a touch of burnt coffee, and a pinch of pepper nearer the caboose. Dryish finish lingers late with burnt grains and leftover black stuff. Very solid.

Smooth but gripping textured in tone/carbonation and a body that sits just above medium. Has some nice layers and subtle complexity to it that really holds its own within its character. Sweet, blackened, chocolate, coffee, peppy, dry, yummy.

O'so can be proud of this one. By far the top of the line for their brews to this point. Hopefully some improvement on others in their line and new ones yet to be placed to the lips will be as good as the Night Train.

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Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown pour, only hints of dark ruby on the edges. Small tan head that last a few whisps of lacing. Damn, nice nose on this one. Mild roast, a bit of dark chocolate, a little bit of vanilla and coffee. Very impressed so far! Taste is decent. A bit of chocolatemakes up the bulk of the flavor, followed by some dark fruitiness, namely raisins, and just a hint of sourness on the finish. Body is medium, light carbonation. Liking this stuff a lot!

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