AlexPKeyton (4) - USA - MAR 9, 2011 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If This Beer Was a Celebrity: It would be Ving Rhames in Pulp Fiction.
Notes: I am willing to admit that my love for Night Train is kind of what got me into the craft beer world to begin with.
I was on a business trip in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a coworker and I stumbled into The Eatery on Fallwell for some recovery food and a Bloody Mary. The bartender offered a beer back of Night Train and I was hooked.
O’SO says, among other things, that Night Train is Chewy and I can tell you for a fact that is the perfect way to describe the beer. If this beer was a steak it would be the 54oz challange steak from Texas your buddy told you about. While O’SO is a truly immense beer in flavor it does not feel as heavy as many strong porters do and its drinkability makes it a stong choice for nights when you want to get the party started right.
Last but not least a word of warning. At 7% Night Train has a sneaky way of making you feel like you are faster than a locamotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Best enjoyed as a beer back to a Bloody Mary with Pepper Jack cheese and a piece of jerky in it from the Eatery on Fallwell, Milwaukee, WI.
One down 364 to go.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Underrated, for sure. Bottle from hellbilly’s cooler of wonders. Pours oily black with a trim reddish tan head. Smells like this is bourbon barrel aged - whoa. Tastes of raspberries & cream, juicy plums, coffee, and toasted malt. Silky palate. Great stuff.
bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
O’so Night Train Porter is #winning. Sorry for the pop culture reference. Got this across the border in Kenosha and it’s a shame that it’s not sold in Chicago. Pours BLACK, with a thin, tan head. Aroma strong in dark chocolate. Taste is robust and heavy in dark chocolate and hints of coffee. Dry finish with a wonderful mocha aftertaste. Thick and creamy on the palate. Fizzy and bitter. Overall, O’so puts forth a fantastic Porter and a definite buy next run up north.
Cubby_Bear (5) - Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had it from the bottle poured into a snifter glass. Smell is of roasted coffee with a nice subtle chocolate undertone. It is dark chocolate in appearance with a beautiful very light milk chocolate head. The taste is just as it smells, except the chocolate really comes through at the end. Overall, this beer could be one of, if not the best, Wisconsin Porters I’ve had!!
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black ebony crowned by a thick lather of brown-tan foam. Nose is coffee, toffee, malt and chocolate. Nice and creamy on the palate. Taste is full of caramel, molasses, sweet cream and coffee. Nice sweet aftertaste- not much hoppy bitterness. Good beer that pairs well with deli sandwiches, burgers,brats or as a meal unto itself. Well done Oso.
justadrop (5) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle served in a snifter. Not a whole lot of head despite serious attempts. However, this pours dark and rich, with a chocolate/nutty aroma. The bottle says "chewy" and this is evident on the first taste, in such a good way. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, Oso wonderful. Despite being a porter, this is reminiscent of Founder’s KBS. There is little hint of the ABV however, and this can sneak up on you while enjoying. Makes Wisconsin proud.
nr706 (13) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chewy describes this beer well. There’s no indication on the label whether it’s to be considered a stout or a porter, and knowing O’So’s reputation for "freestyle brewing," I don’t think it should be pigeonholed into a particular style. Pours dark, with light tan head. Roasty, nutty aroma, big mouthfeel, nice balance tends slightly toward malty sweet over hop bitterness. Great example of whatever style it is.
Ragademalion (3) - - NOV 10, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A go to beer. Love porters, and OSO did well with this one. Dark and chewy.
nuplastikk (5799) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Thick black color, with just a hint of ruby red in the edges. Massive foamy tan head. Big time chocolate aroma. Thick and roasty, lots of deep crystal malt nuances. There is some pronounced sandy bitterness as well, which balances it out quite well. Almost creamy at times, but finishes with a bitter hop/cocoa kick. A really solid, well done big porter.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a ligt brown/tan head. Smells of roasted malt, some spice, peppery. Tastes bitter, spicy, smoky, peppery, roasty with a velvety mouthfeel. Very enjoyable. Thanks to MrPickles for this one!