New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 81
Gots: 159 | FT: 5
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

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 oberon
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a jet black I mean oils slick black with a very th very thin head that was gone in a flash even after a hard pour.Highly roasted in the aroma along with some raisin and sweet vanilla,the raisin flavors are really pronounced on the palate along with some dark roast coffee and again the vanilla,a hint of wood shows thru in the finish.This beer went down very easily for how big it was wich could come back to hurt ya ,but all in all not earth shattering but solid.

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black-hole black and pretty thick looking as it makes its way from the bottle to the glass. A big and creamy tan head forms on top and grows with a little bit of aggressive swirling. Been holding on to this one for a bit, excited to finally crack it.

The aroma is a bit more subdued that I would have liked/imagined. But, my initial speculation that this was due to the beer being too cold was confirmed as the beer warmed and the aromas finally came out. After stuffing my nose into this for minutes, the thing I smell the most is heavy, dark fudge.

There are some secondary aromas floating in the back; your standard roasted malts, coffee and such, but my mind keeps coming back to that fudge. This beer smells like bittersweet fudge cake - an explosion of fudge. Light alcohol on the nose, too. Somewhat expected for a 10%+ ABV beer.

Holy shit... Night Tripper feels so big on the palate, it's crazy. Just so commanding, robust, and huge. Sweet dark fudge and chocolate cascade over my senses, following suit with the heavy fudge nose I was getting. The taste reveals a bit more than the aroma, however. Much more roasted malt which induces some light, balancing bitterness.

Dark prunes, light coffee beans, and more fudge make up the remainder of the profile. There's a slight dry and ashy tone that hits the back of my tongue with each sip and it slightly resembles burnt coffee beans... Not a bad addition. The alcohol is warming, but not as noticeable at is was in the aroma. Thick and heavy body, chewy, robust, low carbonation overall.

After hearing a bunch of people tell me this was New Holland's best offering, I can finally see where they're coming from. I still might be slightly biased towards the Poet, but this is certainly a top-notch brew from New Holland and no doubt one of their best.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this 22oz from CBX.

Appearance - Pitch black with a minimal tan head.

Smell - Rich chocolate, coffee, and mild dark fruits.

Taste - An explosion of dark chocolate and coffee at first, followed by tangy piney hops. Finishes with some burnt toast and plenty of booze.

Mouth feel - Full bodied. Thick and chewy. Low carbonation.

Drinkability - Not bad for being so boozy. I felt it was a solid Imperial stout. Worth a try!

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with friends from 22 oz bomber

A-Balck body, no ruby edges, 2 inch white head.
S-Sweet chocoloate, cocoa, smeels very creamy
T-Cocoa, little bit of oak, slight cola flavor with caramel notes,m slightly artificial tasting
M-Creamy and full in mouth
D-Good beer but not my favorite

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice type glass.

This brew pours dark brown, basically black, with a syrupy disposition. There is practically no head with only the thinnest ring of tan bubbles around the glass giving any indication that there is carbonation present. Aromas are very enjoyable with a heavy sweet malt, figs, and a noticeable alcohol smell.

The first pull was interesting. The first things that hit me were sweet malts and alcohol, but it would be unfair to judge this by those items alone. The complexity of this brew is truly fantastic, with all sorts of flavors coming together like chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and a bit of a whiskey warmth at the end. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, much like the Dragon's Milk from the same brewer.

I liked this one quite a bit but the only criticism I might give it is that there was practically no carbonation. It would be nice with a few bubbles. It's rather warming on the way down and at such a high gravity it doesn't take long to catch up to you. Recommended.

Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish-black with no head, even after a vigorous pour.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, dark fruits (plum) and some rum cakey alcohol.

The flavor is roasted fudgy chocolate and coffee with a slight tang of dark fruits. It has a big bitter roasted and tarry alcoholic finish that is a bit over the top and slightly off tasting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with no carbonation.

Overall, I really like the flavor of this, other than the finish. The lack of carbonation hurts it as well. This is close to being an awesome brew.

Photo of bishopdc0
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A bottle my wife brought home from a work trip.

Poured into my Allagash tulip The beer forms a dense tan head the resides to the glasses edge quickly. The color is a dark dark brown black as it pours.

The aroma is sweet malty with a hint of roast. There is a noticeable amount of alcohol in the end.

The taste very malty, very sweet and a lingering creaminess on the tongue. A fair amount of chocolate. There is a strange almost soapy finish that makes this undrinkable for me.

This is a below average imperial stout at best. i would choose a Old Raspy any day of the week over this, not sure why it has such a high rating.

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown, lets a bit of light through. Quarter inch head dissipates quickly leaving a nice caramel colored lacing.

S - Hops, oak, bourbon, smoke chocolate and coffee.

T - tastes more like a cream stout than an imperial stout. very chocolaty. Reminds me of cocoa pebbles with chocolate milk on them. ends with a touch of hops bitterness.

M - more carbonated than I would prefer but still creamy texture. Less "heavy" than I was expecting

D - holy cow drinkable. no way would i guess this is 10.8 %abv. there is pretty much none of the alcohol burn you would expect. Drinks like a Cream stout not an imperial stout.

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Hoops4life511
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle no sign of a date poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - As I'm pouring you can actually see through the stream of beer and it is a deep brown with a mahogany tone. Once in the glass the liquid is opaque black with a half inch light tan head hangs out for a minute but falls to a patchy cap. Sticky on the edges of the glass in spots but no serious rings. Overall decently appealing.

Smell - Big on smell with a lot of dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, caramel, some vanilla and oak notes. Smell is really great.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Rich roasty malts and dark chocolate with a hint of oak. Not as much alcohol presence as I would have expected from 10.8%. Taste is good, but not even the most appealing part of this beer when compared to how it feels. Very smooth with a slight tingle from the carbonation. Thick full body coats my mouth and is fantastic.

Drinkability - While the alcohol isn't cloying, the thick mouthfeel and how heavy it sits in your stomach really keeps this one as a sipper. I love big beers but this one took a while to get through.

Overall - A very rich beer that would go great with dessert. Tasty and full, I wouldn't be opposed to picking some more up.

Photo of gibgink
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014, comes in at 11.5%, poured at around 40-50 degrees. Pours a black as night with a 1-2 finger head. Smells of roasted malts and dark fruits. Taste follows the nose. Finishes silky smooth with no alcohol noticed. Overall this is a great beer. It has a nice sweet note to it, and is surprising easy to drink for such a high ABV. Would recommend for imperial stout drinkers who like a little sweetness.

Photo of djwilson
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy S*&T!

Poured from a 22 bottle into a snifter.

Appearance was pitch black, with creamy tan head, very little carbonation.

Smell: WOW! Roasted Coffee, cocoa, caramelized brown sugar, and burnt caramel.

Taste: Flavors of roast coffee, dark chocolate dominate with a slight hint of black licorice. Flavors linger on the palate for a very long time. Get a nice hit of hops in the finish that is quickly balanced out by flavors of chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice and heavy like you would expect from a Russian Imperial, but not gumey or tacky. Coats the mouth with all of the flavors in the aroma.

Drinkability: For all of the alcohol, and chocolate malt in this beer it goes down rather quickly, needed to slow myself down so I could enjoy all of the complexity of this beer.

Tried with some extra dark (72% cocoa) chocolate what a perfect match. Being a chef I can't wait to try braising some short ribs with this beer on a cold snowy Clevland night.


Photo of boatshoes
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap during a recent visit to Brews Cafe in Granville. Was interested to try it as I've heard pretty good things about this one.

Appearance- Comes off the tap into a Bells tulip the usual opaque black with a thin sheet of creamy tan head across the top. Head dies back to a thin ring around the edge and a very minimal amount of lacing left as I drink.

Smell- Rich but not overly complex. Lots of roasted malts with a strong bitter chocolate aroma coming through as well. Can't pick up on a whole lot else but what I get does smell nice.

Taste- Again rich and flavorful. Up front I get mostly the bitter chocolate that I was picking up on in the nose and back up by lots of roasted malt. Also some mildly astringent burnt coffee flavors coming through as well on the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is thick and creamy off the tap. This beer was dangerously drinkable and a very nice combination of richness of flavor and accessibility for the style.

Overall, my favorite offering thus far from New Holland. Not the best imperial stout I've had but very good for the price point and availability. Recommended.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate pitch black color with a tan moccha head that seems to form effortlessly. Fine lacing surrounds my chalice with each sip, forming thick. Aroma has dark fruit, dark chocolate and moccha like coffee . Flavor is hot with alcohol and dark chocolate. mints left on my pillow and hints of fruit. Barley refined compared to most versions this alcohol infusion seems a bit intense and over the top compared to Black Magick and KBS. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation I just couldn't feel good about letting this beer coninue on. Drinkability/overall qualities of this beer aren't as bad as some of it's worse points...God love America everything else can wait.

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler fill from TCT (Greenville). Pours brown/black with a decent head.
Aroma of dark roasted malt with hints of rum, dark chocolate and weak coffee. There’s some chocolate and coffee in the flavor too, but a much more substantial load of dark roasted malts, particularly towards the finish. A bit boozy and a touch of burnt grain, but both are more welcome than objectionable. Rather sweet up front; a quality appreciated in the finely-balanced, mildly bitter finish and aftertaste.
O: A well crafted, mainstream imperial stout.

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with huge amounts of dark chocolate aromas. As the beer warms mild amounts of smooth coffee aromas make their way out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of dark chocolate flavors. The dark chocolate flavors carry through almost to the end of the sip before small amounts of coffee flavors temper the sweetness and lead to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more with no problems.

Overall I was impressed with this beer - a fairly large stout that can rival some of the bigger chocolate stouts out there. Well worth a shot.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a generous 22oz brown bottle. The beer is black almost letting no light through. There is no head... nothing. The person who gifted the bottle claims that the lack of head and carbonation is intended by the brewer but I can find no such evidence of that on New Holland's website. Personally I think a lot of the beers scent and character is in the head so I have to take away points. It doesn't look like much, almost like a beer thats been left out all day and is flat as can be.

However the scent is very apparent despite the lack of head. It is of dark roasted malts and barley mixed with dark rum soaked fruits. A scorched smell that has some nice complex notes to it.

Taste is a lot like the nose. There is dark fruit flavors with a charred sweet malt that dominates the landscape. There is a thick almost creamy texture that coats the mouth and makes it easy and smooth to drink.

A nice warmth from the ABV works well with the deep blackened flavors. I don't like the lack of carbonation but I feel like the flavors aren't harmed by it. This one is definitely better as it warms which is good because it a nice sipping beer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a stout glass to reveal a deep, dark cola brown color with a finger's worth of tan head. Good retention leads to a fair, consistent layer of surface suds. Lacing consists of spots and broken lines that slide slowly down the glass.

Smell - Strong notes of chocolate and booze, like a mudslide. Light roast and fudge.

Taste - Milk chocolate and fudgy flavors with lesser notes of earth. Hints of dark fruit, anise and vanilla before everything gets buried by the avalanche that is the big, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation and a slightly chalky texture. Finish is dry and thinning.

Overall - Nice flavor that's unfortunately swallowed by the back-end booze. It actually reminds me quite a bit of Dragon's Milk in terms of it's booziness, except this isn't barrel-aged. This is good, but nothing I'd necessarily seek out again.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into some tasting glasses with friends.

Appearance: Typical opaque deep black with a mocha-colored head. Nice.

Smell: Big roasted chocolate, mild coffee, and dark berries. The big three seem to be there. As it warms some charcoal and interesting tar aromas seem to come out a bit.

Taste: Again from the aroma, roasted chocolate malt, mild coffee, and dark berries like raspberries come through. Finish is all roasted and coffee flavors and fairly long.

Mouthfeel: Big and chewy with good carbonation. Doesn't remain too thick or cloying.

Drinkability: Overall this is solid stuff, but it reminds me too much of many other in the style, and I don't know if I'd be able to tell the difference in a taste test with many others. That said, if you're a fan of the style than it's worth a shot.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.61/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's something so impressive about a really good-looking stout. Doesn't even have much head, but what's there is toasted-marshmallow brown--and the color? Looks like a magical black elixir. Completely, totally pitch-black. Looks delicious, anyway...

Aroma is heavy on the chocolate. Very "tootsie-roll", milky and sweet, slightly mineral in the background. Some dark fruit sweetness, but not much. Blackstrap molasses too. The 10.8% is muted, as is any trace of the roasted characters usually present in a stout. As it warms, the alcohol opens up and devours the subtleties present in the nose.

Flavors are heavily medicinal, not so much alcoholic as warming and syrupy and liqueur-like. One of the most prominent black licorice characters of any beer I've yet tasted. Just completely full-on, unsubtle black licorice--almost draws comparisons with the likes of Jagermeister. Certainly the most Jagermeister-like of any beer I've ever had. Milk-chocolate sweetness is up-front but kept in check by everything else around it. Hints of powdered cinnamon and raisin in the finish, along with a perfectly-distributed warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is the kicker here, making this one of the best brews I've experienced in a long time. And this IS an experience. Lush, unbelievably smooth, gentle, and soft, yet thick and buttery enough that it's not too delicate. Not at all. And it's not too sticky or too syrupy either. It's perfect.

Damn, this is wonderful. My first New Holland brew ever turned out to be what I'm guessing is also one of their best. I'm anxious to find out if all their stuff is made with this much love. Should've bought the store out of this bad boy. And to hell with sessioning...I'd rather have one superb treat like this a night than 10 generic amber ales, anytime.

Photo of MuFugga
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the sort of dark brown/black cherry colored liquid that is opaque enough to act the part. But just like those kids next to you in the Neon with the tooth-shaking subwoofers and tilted baseball hats, it's not really black, but it tries really hard. And here, it's more or less close enough.
Not much head to speak of, only a wispy and shifting tan lace.
The nose shows chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla, coffee, dark rum, and evergreens. It pretty much nails that trifecta of big American Stouts: Heavy sweet, powerful roast, and biting hops. A quadfecta if you count the notable booziness. It's the sort of thing that seems perfect for Bourbon barrels, but also nearly suggests that it has already seen them.
A blanket of milk chocolate is laid across the mouth first, which is then danced upon by a succession of dark fruits. Dates, plums, black cherries, blackberries. A subtle smoke and grilled meat impression arises, then is immediately forced to the background by the insistent confectionery vanilla-caramel nougat. And it rides this crest for quite a while as it lingers with nearly no deterioration in either flavor pronunciation or specification. After a bit, it segues in to a creamed coffee liqueur, with further booze flares of grapey and vinous brandy. The closing wintergreen hops provide a bittering contrast, but are far more subdued than their appearance in the nose would indicate. Sweet rules the day here, and loudly. If it lacks a tad of complexity, it only would have been drowned out anyway.
This is virtually still, and ostensibly drinks a bit like slightly thinned maple syrup. But there is a perfect ember of carbonation deep within, and this serves to prevent this from cloying, despite the rampant sweetness. It's brothy thick, but it shuttles itself unfailingly down the throat to warm the innards. It never feels gluttonous...more like Chicken Noodle Soup on a sick day as it provides nutrition and sustenance and warmth. It feels good for you, and you take it in as such.

This has all the elements of cult status except the cult.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At Mondiale 2008. Dark wth crowning bubbly head. Lots of small bubbles. Some roast and coffee, a bit drying. The taste is a cross between a roasted stout and a dry Irish stout. Licorice is significant. Medium plus mouthfeel, a bit creamy. A sipper, good ingrediants but not very drinkable.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thinnish tan head, quite fine. Opaque dark brown body. A bit of fine lace.

Lush nose, some licorice and cherry.

Incredibly rich-- buckets of sweet malt and ample spice which is balanced by the sweetness. If you like Mole Ocho, this is sort of a less spicy version. A bit boozy fresh-- this probably could use a couple months to lay down.

Quite smooth and rich.

Wonderful rich imperial stout-- I would love to get ahold of the bourbon barrel version.

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New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.