ryanfolty (1836) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: December 11, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: BVery Description: Dark brown pour with some head and nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee with maybe some sweet fruit. Taste is similar to aroma, but there is a weird bitter acidic finish that is not good. Light to medium bodied.
heermant (11) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It says chewy on the bottle. I think Chewbacca would like it. Its well made, in Wisconsin. I am glad to see the cheeseheads getting back to brewing beer, after all the local city breweries died in the 70ís. I canít describe it better than the other raters, but I can say it is a fine example of a porter. Leathery.
ReggieDunlap (3048) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is a bit milky...some dark chocolate and faint hints of dark fruit...bit of coffee. Flavor is more chocolatey...some bitter chocolate and also milk chocolate...mild dark fruit...almost black cherry and roasty. Mouthfeel is creamy and very lively...finish tastes like a dark chocolate covered cherry.
Atom (1331) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours dark black/brown with a slight ruby hue and a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, rich sweet dark chocolate, and cream. Taste has a bitter astringent acidity to it which stings the palate and over powers flavors of molasses, chocolate, dark malts, and coffee.
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with a thin khaki head. Earthy molasses aroma with something else ... warm milk? Silky kalua and cream flavor with a round bitter finish. Thick mouthfeel. Very ice cream float like.
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark brown with a full head. Nose is stale coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is good, tingly carbonation while being fairly creamy. Bitter, stale coffee finish. Itís like a good porter that just took a wrong turn right at the end.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
You can smell the chocolate and it has a nice sweet and smooth taste, but the flavors donít linger as long as Iíd like. Itís a really dark pour and yet not too filling. Night Train is a sweet ride, even for those of us who arenít big on porters.
Drake (8214) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Badger in Beloit. Pours a dark clear reddish color with a medium creamy brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big chocolate notes, faint roast and hops. The taste is bitter hops, roasted malts and chocolate. Medium bodied.
hombrepalo (1823) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled @ GLBF 2011. Pours a black color with a small tam head. Roasted malty chocolate aroma with hints of coffee. Sweetish roasted malty milky chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
Picked up while stocking up on Wisconsin locals during the Great Taste of the Midwest I felt in the mood for a change of pace. With the temperatures beginning to drop it was time to thin the herd of porters and stouts. An easy target given their reputation and word of mouth I dug it out of the cellar. Check this beer out if you like well crafted under the radar releases.
Aroma / Appearance - The oily black body and filmy legs were tied together by a tan mocha head. Charcoal, black coffee, and semi dark chocolate are the main features. The overall impression is rich, dense, and heavy.
Flavor / Palate - Beginning with a dry malty first impression the beer transforms into a mix of overdone toast, raw coffee beans, and burnt charcoal. The carbonated mouthfeel seeks every edge of the palate. Initially hidden the alcohol does make itself known by the end. Even so I donít think it would be too much of a chore if this came in a larger format.