Dogbrick (8983) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2010 Sample at Bodega Brew Pub in La Crosse. This brew is brown with garnet highlights and a medium tan head that dissipates steadily. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and dark fruit. Medium body with flavors of coffee, toasted malt and black cherry. The finish is roasty with a short chocolatey malt aftertaste. Decent Porter overall.
reliantkcar (102) - USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, leather, earthy, smoke, black, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, paper napkin, medium body, thick feel, flat,
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Complex aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavors include chocolate and coffee with a hint of bourbon in the finish. Finish is sweet and lingers on the palate. Medium carbonation with a heavy body. Would like to see the alcohol bite masked and a little less sweet. Very complex and enjoyable porter.
nearbeer (3968) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Chocolate with a lasting disc of creamy foam. Nose is cocoa, buttery cream and light berry. Flavor is sweet buttermilk, berries and cocoa on front with a bitter, acidic finish of coffee and char. Medium body is watery, balanced and smoothly carbonated.
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very dark beer with a very fast disappearing head, faint lacing. Dominate coffee notes on the nose. Taste is again more stout like as the bitterness overwhelms any chocolate notes there may have been. For whatever reason I assumed from the name that this was a stout, to me "night train" means dark, bold, and strong. Characteristics I associate more with a stout than a porter. Its not bad just not a porter.
blutt59 (6097) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, dark brown with frothy tan foam, aroma is dry roast malt and chocolate, flavors of malty chocolate, burnt pork chops, nice finish
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tmoreau (2740) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Malt House in Madison, WI., the night before the GTOM. Dispensed to stemware with a black/brown color, modest, off white head foam, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was bourbon, dark fruit and vinous notes, with cocoa and coffee on the back. The flavor was similar, with the roasted qualities making a better showing, along with some lively carbonation. Maybe not the tops on my list of O’so samplings for the evening, but very decent.
bpreo (1854) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2010 This is not the best Porter I have ever had (and probably one of the worst). I’m not sure what they did wrong, but Night Train doesn’t even seem like a Porter.
After a second sampling, 3 months later, I am more impressed. The flavor is very rich, and my palate is a little more adjusted to the taste of a true Porter, and I tell you what, this one is a winner!