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
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Appearance : Dark and Black... Faint ruby hues appearing at the bottom of the glass. Kaki colored head.
Aroma: Dark and foreboding, Really toasted grains and toasted bread. A touch of smoky char with Dark Chocolate in the back. Floral Booze tones all over the ale.
Body: The body like Dragon's Milk was a bit thin hovering within the high medium to low full mouthfeel. soft carbonation was nice in this ale.
Taste: Softer on the dark tones when I would of though, left some hollow points along the way that the bourbon aged version filled nicely. Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Toasted Grains and Char on the palate with a big floral booze all over the place.
Overall: Nice ale, right now I prefer the barrel aged version, but if this had about 2 years of age. A lot would change and this would be a steamer on an ale. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 01:18:38 | More by Paul_PABrewNews
4.24/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I have always liked this brew. Pours a thick black with deep tan head and spider web like lacing. Smells of deep roasted grains, chocolate, some coffee, and more chocolate. Decadent mouthfeel, and velvety smooth. Tastes of sweet dark chocolate up front, coffee and roasted grains on the sides---do I detect some deep roasted barley in there for depth(!?), and medium hop bitterness on the back changing into a cocoa flavor on the aftertaste. Booziness comes through later---have a seat! Very nice. Very luxurious. Just a great imperial stout. CHEERS!
Serving type: growler
07-07-2014 21:00:18 | More by Brutaltruth
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, low carbonation
Smell: dark chocolate, smoke, and roasted malt
Taste: dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and light caramel
Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet and roasty
Overall: An above average rich and heavy imperial stout.. The alcohol is well hidden, but yet I feel like I have had more complex and interesting examples in the style. Not a beer I would pass up, but not one I need to rush to again.
Serving type: on-tap
06-28-2014 13:17:23 | More by tigg924
New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.