New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by CortexBomb:
2/5 rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1
I tend to be cautious about New Holland brews, as they produce more misses than hits for me, but I decided to give this a whirl when I saw it on tap...and I think I'm going to stick to the Dragon's Milk as my token New Holland brew of choice.
The pour on this is standard for the style, nothing particularly special, but nothing wrong with it either. Nose, also average for the style, some roast, a hint of chocolate and dark fruits, but Imperials are supposed to be big, and this didn't go huge in any category here.
The flavour...was not good. The beer starts off pleasantly enough with soft chocolate and relatively subdued roasted tones. About midway, all I could taste was toffee though, it completely dominated the flavour, and was extremely cloying. I like sweet beers in a general sense as well, and I drink heavy beers all winter, this was unpleasant. Some alcohol presence on the finish.
In terms of the mouth, the beer is fine for the style, big and thick. Not much carbonation, as expected. In terms of drinkability, I have to drop the elbow on this one though...it's a more expensive beer because it's high gravity, and it's easily one of the worst in its style that I've had.
The bottom line: If you're looking for an excellent American Double Stout there are a number of bottles you can choose that are local to Michigan (Founders Breakfast and Kentucky Breakfast) or elsewhere (Southern Tier Choklat) which will destroy this beer at about the same price.
Serving type: on-tap
03-22-2008 01:42:40 | More by CortexBomb
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3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says A024 meaning it was bottled 1/2/14.
A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and randomly spackled surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.
S- Sweet, roasty, somewhat boozy aroma gives off notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee and some moderate char.
T- Dark roast comes on nicely, turns boozy mid-palate and gives way to a charry finish. The alcohol becomes even more apparent after a few sips. The chocolate and vanilla notes are there but struggle to be seen amid the heat and fume.
M- Somewhat creamy but gets a little lost in the alcohol burn. Also thick and a bit syrupy. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.
O- I was expecting better. Maybe I should've let the bottle sit for another 3-6 months? Just has too much heat and the flavors aren't properly aligned.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 23:35:17 | More by Immortale25
District of Columbia
4.48/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Bomber poured into a stone snifter. Vintage 2014.
Has a bourbon barrel aged look to it. Great tan head with viscous black color and plenty of lacing to go around. Smell is comprised of sweet milk chocolate, some roast, slight hint of vanilla and coffee, even some candied fruit in there - nothing too pronounced but cherries stand out the most. Taste is even better than the nose - plenty of roast, chocolate, vanilla, sweet coffee and slight maraschino cherry mixed with sweet creaminess. Not too boozy at all for the 11.5%. This is a top notch, under the radar Imperial Stout. Very complex but not over bearing and super smooth. I will be loading the cellar pronto.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2014 22:50:54 | More by hops202
New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.