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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 361
Hads: 892
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 84
Gots: 161 | FT: 3
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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 10.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: mcallister on 01-22-2008

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, dated 2015, 11.5% ABV. Pours black with a large sized khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, earthy hops, and some dark fruit; weak intensity. The taste follows with roasted malt, hops, and caramel. Straightforward and good intensity. The alcohol comes through a little and helps add something more to the flavor. Below average body and above average carbonation. Overall, it's a very simple IS and could use some more alluring flavors.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer almost passed for black. I saw just the faintest of ruby light sneaking through when held to the light. It is topped with an inch of tan head that doesn't go away and leaves some nice lacing.

I just don't get a lot of aroma from this brew. There are faint hints of cocoa and roasted malt. Alcohol is present.

The flavors are not jumping out at me either. I get a little milk chocolate, roasted malt, and some hints of anise. There is an omnipresent taste of alcohol.

Full mouthfeel

I think this is a beer that would benefit from some age. I have one bottle left and will probably hang on to it for a year or so and see if that mellows the alcohol. It was a little hot and harsh for my delicate palate.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on my wants list since 30 December 2010 so I was thrilled to see Hopsolutely pull it out when I came to visit last summer. Cool stuff guys. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2014

APPEARANCE: A transparent dark brown pour yields a small, medium looking, off-white head with lousy retention. Head fades quickly to a slight wisp and ring. Clear black body with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some touches of lacing down the glass. A little light in color but otherwise okay.

SMELL: Roasted notes, piles of chocolate fudge, dark chocolate, brownies and vanilla notes. Really, really chocolaty. Nice.

TASTE: Dark malts, toffee and chocolate notes up front. Lots of dark malts through the middle into a bold and lingering finish of dark chocolate, fudge, roasted malts and a bit of bitterness as well. Roasted coffee lingers alongside the chocolaty goodness as well. This is quite decadent for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit mouth-coating. A touch of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really good stuff and it's no surprised it's scored so highly on here. Flavorful, aromatic and a good feel to support it all. The look and head could be a little meaner for the style, but that doesn't take away from the chocolaty goodness going on here. Thanks again for pulling this one our guys. Very much enjoyed!

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Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A note of interest, my first time having this beer was a 5 year old vintage on tap at Sergio's World Beers in Louisville. It tasted great. Age treated this beer well although I would like to try it fresh now to get a comparison.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant ebony with a thin, light tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Light coffee and some chocolate
T: chocolate and coffee with layers of malt and roast, alcohol is not really apparent until the after tastes. No burnt or harsh roast flavors.
F: Very creamy. chewy with very fine soft carbonation, some warming.
O: A rich, well done imperial stout that would go well with stinky cheese or chocolate.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend recommended this to me and I didn't know what to expect. This is something I really enjoyed. I'm having this during the summer but I need to save this for winter. I'm glad I've tried this. Not as good as Plead the 5th but pretty good.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and thick. Small khaki colored head, not quite 1 finger. Head vanishes quickly and leaves only a small amount of lacing behind.

Smell is dark, bitter chocolate. Heavy roasted malt, espresso, and tobacco.

Taste is strong and quite bitter. Bitter chocolate and bitter espresso. Herbal. Tobacco, smoke, char, and burnt oak. Extremely bitter.

Nice mouth feel. Thick and oily with medium creaminess. Flavors linger but the bitterness fades quick enough that it isn't off-putting.

The bitterness of the taste is a bit unpleasant and takes away from what could be a really nice beer.

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Photo of mountaingoat64
4.98/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drank from a snifter or drank from the bottle this is absolutely my favorite stout , the taste and smell is perfect ! The people at New Holland got it perfect with this one , just a great stout !!

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Photo of akeiii
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark with a good light brown head that fades to a small head ring with lace up the side of the glass. Nice roasted nutty flavor with round tones. Smooth velvety feel and an excellent finish. The weakest point is the nose which is good but not distinctive.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle vintage 2015 (11.5%), A135:
Pour brings a decent head, vigorous carbonation, perhaps causing the head to dissipate quickly. Tan edge head does lace the glass, though.

Nose is light with dark coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate also, but also a hint of dark cherry.

Taste is similar to the nose, but there is a sweetness that comes through a bit more. This gives an loose impression of a barrel aged beer in the alcohol, wood, and light vanilla notes. The beer is quite silky and smooth, but given that impressive feel, the body doesn't seem too heavy. Perhaps it's because I'd also expect a more lingering taste, but it fades a bit quick.
Edit: sitting in the fridge for a few months brings out the chocolate nature in the taste, but also the alcohol burn. There's a little root-like nature to the longer taste, as well. Feel suffers slightly in this pour, as well.

Unexpectedly impressed by this beer. Definitely need to grab it any time I see it.

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Photo of MuFugga
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. 11.5% abv. Very good imperial stout. Nice balance of roasty, chocolatey, goodness that is sweet but not too sweet. I personally prefer over Dragon's Milk and believe is labeled as inferior just because it's not barrel aged. Great beer for the price and availability.

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Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good imperial stout by New Holland. 2013 version and I feel like it was aged just right (drank in April 2015). Don't know if I will seek out but will definitely buy again if I saw it. Two of us split a bomber and it was gone before we noticed. Very drinkable at 11%. Roasty and some nice but not overwhelming chocolate.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally man-ed up and bought this beer. Before it disappeared for the season. Just so damn expensive lol. Heard alot about this stuff so really wanted to try. Pours a very dark, lets say black. With a brown head, lacing is very nice thru out. Smell is defintley a roast of some sort. Taste, Yes. Exactly what I would expect from a RIS. Tastes of robust yet light caramel and coffee to me. Alcohol not too over whelming for me but for most, probably. Definitely nice and thick.
P.S. the abv is 11.5% not 10 whatever posted on the description.
Overall not one of my top ten stouts, but its still pretty damn good. Easy to drink goes down smooth. And if u can drink a whole 4 pack, more power to ya. Shits strong, Cheers

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent Imp stout, that I will be aging for a bit to see what happens then.

pours a thick dark tar color with a nice thick creamy dark mocha 1 finger head, if pour vigorously. which brings out them roasty roasty malts & fruit essences, chocolate & sticky molasses. yum.
the feel is where this hits best, not as thick in the mouth as it looks, just right.
a must try imp stout.

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Photo of Donnelj
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I 'm trying this one for the first time. Pouring from a 12 oz bottle that I picked up at the local liquor store.

This beer pours a beautiful dark black color with a nice creamy head. The head dissipates rather quickly to a thin foam. The smell is malty chocolate but very light. Taste is where this one really hits the mark. A delicious roasty, chocolaty, coffee, molasses flavor that makes up for the weakness in appearance. Mouth feel is thin but the flavor prevails. This one may become a real favorite for me as the taste is amazingly well balanced despite the thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of jeffstinson
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome look. Smell the roastyness, but the alcohol now was still very heavy and warming. Should have cellar'd. I could see 6+ months really dying down the alcohol warmth.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep brown with a little head. Some string lace coats the snifter as I sip. The nose is sweet and chocolaty. This is a great Imperial Stout. Tastes are more chocolate than coffee. Very nice caramel notes throughout that really kick up as it warms. Soft and medium bodied. Alcohol hidden as well as any. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Draught served in a tulip.

Appearance: Blacker than the ace of spades. Head was fine & creamy that faded to a thin wisp. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: Somewhat weak. Roasted barley malt, coffee, chocolate.

Taste: Roasted barley malt, coffee, chocolate, with a hint of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Bitter-sweet. Alcohol is there, but limited. Coats the mouth and throat.

Overall: I was surprised by this offering. New Holland really hit the mark with this stout.

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Photo of kevdemers
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: jet black, little head, uneven lacing.

Smell: anise, cocoa powder. Very pleasant.

Taste: sourness, roasted barley, some hops bitterness. A little underwhelmed for the style.

Feel: again, really not up to snuff for the style. More thin and watery than expected for an imperial stout.

Overall: Much prefer their BBA Dragon's Milk stout to this offering. Good beer, but not the wow factor of other impy stouts.

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Photo of Beerguy1969
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definately a class A stout ! Pours smooth with very little head and a rich dark brown color. Will add this one to my rotation, even at five bucks a bottle...

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Photo of Hopheadgou
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is great. Pours pitch black in color. The flavors were great in this one.Full bodied with notes of roasty malts, chocolate covered raisons, caramel, toffee, dark fruits and slight hop profile.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. 2015 vintage.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty and toasty dark malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses as well as some tobacco, leather, and anise licorice. Big hints of dark fruit with some cherry, raisin, and prune. Also some earthy hop hints. A very good rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich, roasty, and toasty dark malt driven taste with big notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Rich dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, toast, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet notes of burnt molasses. Also coming through are some notes of leather, tobacco, and anise. Lots of sweet dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, raisin, prune, and plum. Some earthy hop bitterness comes through towards the finish. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A really good take on an Imperial Stout. Good roasty and bitter dark malt tones with some nice sweet dark fruit undertones. Stands up there with the other great big stouts.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with golden edges. Very subtle chocolate notes. Kind of thin for a big stout and, as a result, the alcohol seems to bite a bit too harshly on the finish.

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Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. 11.5% abv. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours the darkest brown; small light khaki head that fades leaving okay lacing and retention. The aromas are full of dark chocolate. Smells like a chocolate chip cookie. Flavors follow the nose. Roasted chocolate is there. Dark fruits are there. Some vanilla and caramel in the mix. Some anise/black licorice. Some espresso. Although it's bitter, there's a sweetness to it as well. It's bold and rich. The alcohol is well hidden, although there's a subtle warmth. Slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, but not thick. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a very nice stout. I really like it. Well done.

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Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A very brown-red, almost black. A thin layer of tan head.

Smell - 4/5
Huge smell, tons of roasted malts, with big fruity alcohol aspects.

Taste - 4.25/5
Starts with some fruity alcohol taste (somewhat like red wine or cherries) and rich malts. Rich, delicious dark cocoa at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body, very smooth but also quite crisp. Medium light carbonation during the sip leading to medium carbonation at the end of the sip.

Overall - 4/5
This was a good imperial stout.

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New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.