Night Train - Bourbon Barrel Aged | 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): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 77
Photo of guityler83
2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A: A wisper of cream colored foam - bearly considered a head, poured from the bottle and quickly dissipated. Just a ring of larger bubbles sat at the edge of the glass. The beer is dark-dark brown, not quite black but just about. Small legs kick up when swirled.

S: Mild cocoa and toffee aroma with a lactic bite.

T: Sweet caramel and toffee malts with a slight lactic note. sweet milk chocolate with muddled vanilla, coconut and cream. Very little hop bitterness. slight oak, tobacco and smoke flavor comes through.

M: Slick mouthfeel with a very-low level of carbonation. Body is moderate and there is a slight bite in the finish maybe from dark malt astringancy or tartness.

O: Thinking this bottle had a lacto infection going on. The muddled flavors from roasted malts combined with ultra low carbonation and tartness made this a rough one. Please fix this Os'o, we know you can do better! (was it a buggy barrel?)

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Photo of DantheMan75
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Late 2014 release

This is a "tap" review. Bottle version goes down at least 2/3 of a point overall. On tap: Creamy, good mouthfeel, great balanced bourbon stout flavors. In a bottle: thin-ish almost "separated" flavor. - just doesn't come together as well

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Disappointed in this beer.

It seems that O'so has really started to up their game so I made sure to snag a bottle of their main barrel aged beer to see how it stacked up to other great ones from around the state, specifically Central Waters. This beer was strange. The bourbon smell and taste was definitely present and the abv has to be higher than regular Night Train which is only in the 6% range. My only gripe with the bourbon flavor was it was a little hot so could benefit with some aging. There was a slight tart, sour taste though which reminded me of a Cherry Stout. If that's what they were going for then great but something tells me that flavor wasn't supposed to be there.

Glad I tried this but nowhere close to being on par with Central Waters, who sets the standard in the state for barrel aged beer.

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Photo of Benish
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review written 12/12/14. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: at first it was delightful. But midway through I spotted sludge floating at the surface. Disgusting. Took a spoon and tried removing it. Probably from the base of the bottle. Don't know what it was but still drank the beer. Really unappetizing.

Smell: instant whiffs of whiskey. Actually almost a bit too much. You can almost taste the heavy booze.

Taste: very boozy and sweet. Its more of a dessert beer or something to sip by the fireplace. Once it started to hit room temperature it became tart in the mouth. Hints of cherries with huge dose of bourbon.

Mouthfeel: a bit thin for what I expected.

Overall: the biggest deal breaker is the sludge floating. I never seen this before and found this kind of gross. Also not sure if it was only in this bottle. Hopefully it was. Taste-wise it's not bad, but a bit too sweet for my preferences.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After whittling away the 1/2 inch thick layer of wax, I finally cracked this and immediately got some gushing. The gushing subsided quickly and I poured in to a Chimay glass. Appearance is dark brown with a small amount of tan head. The nose features deep dark chocolate, charred oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and some plum character. I'm not getting the acidy signs of infection that other reviewers have picked up, but there definitely seems to be a leaning towards the dark fruit notes which could be developing into an infection. Regardless, lots of bourbon and vanilla to go along with the chocolate and dark fruit. The front starts fruity with notes of dark cherries, figs, and prunes followed by vanilla, chocolate and oak. Again, seems like this beer is at the beginning stages of some kind of lacto infection, but as I am consuming it, it remains quite drinkable with plenty of creamy bourbon notes towards the finish. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with sturdy body. Overall, this beer has some potential. If the QC could be sorted out, this could be a pretty nice bourbon aged stout.

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Photo of Ynot2
2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Finally got the wax off, opened the bottle and the beer started bubbling out the top. Grab a snifter and slowly pour, has a slight vanilla smell that is overpowered by a tart acidic aroma. First taste followed the nose, a little hint of barrel in the aftertaste. The beer got worse as it warmed, either infected or a poorly made beer. Drain poured most of the bottle, three of us did not finish the initial taster.

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Photo of Andrew61923
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit scared after reading a recent review regarding a potentially infected bottle. Figured I'd get to this one sooner rather than later just in case. Poured from 750 ml bottle into my Duvel tulip on a night full of thunderstorms and humidity after sitting out of the fridge for 15 minutes.

A: A very dark, dark brown bordering on blackness with a finger and a half's worth of dark cream head. The foam slowly dissipates leaving behind some really thick lacing, resulting in a thin skim of bubbly head.

S: A bit one-dimensional. I'm really only picking up on the barrel notes here with a hint of roasted malts and chocolate. I wonder how much more complex this would have gotten in the bottle for some more time and am eager to see how it changes as it warms (which will happen quickly given the weather).

T: Just as I was starting to think the previous reviewer must have gotten a bad bottle, I'm starting to pick up on the same problems. I'm met with a subtle tartness that fades into the barrel from the nose. On the back of the tongue, this is not a bad beer at all, with strong hints of vanilla and milk chocolate, but I can't imagine that this beer was meant to have sour notes.

M: This drinks pretty well, though it is a bit thin. I realize that it's a porter, but I would still like a bit more body, as I was expecting a creamier texture given the thickness of the head. With the base beer having an ABV of 6.7, I can't imagine this beer's ABV is much higher. With this information, I suppose one could drink this down pretty easily for a while, though I wouldn't necessarily want to.

O: Talk about two different beers in the same product. I was excited to get into this brew after enjoying the appearance and smell, but am really turned off after having actually tasted it. If you have a bottle, you might as well get into it now while there's still a chance it hasn't started to go South.

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Photo of maximum12
2.03/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Missed this by about a half-hour at the release in January & didn't shed but a small, internal tear. Bottles popped up just over the WI border so thought I'd take a shot. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

First, the wax. What the fuck? It's a beer, not Fort Knox or your daughter's virginity. Slow & steady, after about five minutes, I achieve penetration. Victo....shit! The bottle starts prematurely ejecting its black darkness, bubbling over slowly. Pretty sure it's not supposed to do that. The pour is over-carbed, seriously. Porter black. Nose borders on the suspicious. Roast, bourbon, & a nice salad bar side of fruit. Don't like the hints this one is dropping.

Bourbon Barrel Night Train, I'm glad I didn't buy a bunch of you at the release: thanks to all you greedy beer geeks. There's a nice bourbon & vanilla tilt here, but it's at the back of the throat, & subtle. Big roast. Unfortunately, there's also an acidic, slightly sour fruit tang in the middle that doesn't bode well for its long-term prospects (or short-term, for me). Really takes the shine off the barrel & nearly drowned the base beer in the sink. The foul gets worse as it warms. I'm not going to finish it. Ditto my wife.

I'll go ahead & say it: this beer is infected. Drink them now if you have them, they're not going to get any better. Wish I'd had it fresh, because this is a lousy beer now.

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Photo of Stevedore
1/5  rDev -72.1%

I apologize for the brevity of the review, but the 2012 bottle is clearly infected. I had this fresh, which was very nice, but after a month the remainder of the bottles I had were clearly falling off. I got to try a pour of a 2012 bottle on 11/1/2014 and it is most certainly not worth pursuing, unfortunately. Hopefully the BA Imperial Night Train does not follow the route that its predecessor took.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to scribe594 for sharing this one during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with a cocoa flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a decent barrel aged presence but is nothing too special in my opinion.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Barrel Aged Night Train

Enjoyed on Tap at Benno's. This was served in a 10 oz glass, and was pretty well chilled.

A) Even with the lighting what it was in the bar, I would say this was a very dark brown brew. There was a thin tan head, that decided to stick around. No lacing noted...

S) A fair amount of roasted malt, coffee, a little vanilla sweetness, and a touch of the bourbon. The aroma intensified a bit on the last few sips, so I really enjoyed it more as it warmed up.

T) Regular Night Train really hits you with a coffee upfront. The coffee is definitely noted here as well, but there is no mistaking the bourbon barrel. A hint of chocolate and a little bit of vanilla. I was pretty surprised at the ABV of this beer, which is only a tick higher than regular Night Train.

M) Perhaps a bit thin for my liking but that is mostly made up for by the decent flavors. Again, better as it warms up.

O) I think Night Train might be my favorite O'so offering, so I was really looking forward to trying the barrel aged version. I was not disappointed, but still feel that I am somewhat partial to the original. Definitely worth a try...

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Photo of Vierenner
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried at the brewery while passing through on a hunting trip. I'm fond of darker beers and this one failed to disappoint. Has the makings of a great beer, as Night Train by itself is delicious. The O'so team is passionate about beer and decided to tweak the well-understood Night Train recipe to come up with something new. Congratulations -- it's fantastic!

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Night Train - Bourbon Barrel Aged from O'so Brewing Company & Tap House
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