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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 359
Hads: 882
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 86
Gots: 160 | FT: 4
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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 gmfessen
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw this on the shelves and recognized it as a new high gravity series and had to pick it up. Interesting logo, looks like some clown batman would have beaten up or something, anyways... Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black as night (no pun intended) and has a creamy looking, one finger, brown-tan head. The smell is wonderfully complex; chocolate, roasted coffee, raisins, figs, dates, cherries and only a faint backdrop of the massive alcohol that lies hidden below. Making anything that has this much alcohol and still smells this great and not like rocket fuel is impressive. The taste showcases the dark fruit flavor, with an initial sweetness that then transitions to a warming alcohol bite and finishes with the roasty, toasty coffee/chocolate flavor. The alcohol is not quite as subdued as well as it was in the nose. The mouthfeel is full bodied and silky with a creamy carbonation. Overall, a dangerously drinkable beer. This could possibly be my new favorite beers and is definitely in my top 5. I hope to venture back to New Holland again and be lucky enough to try this one on tap.

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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 imperialbigswig
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is currently my favorite RIS, and for what that's worth RIS is my favorite style. This beer blows me away every time and is truly something special.
This beer really takes the cake in the smell and taste categories, it is just so incredibly complex. The alcohol is perfectly balanced and every sip just makes me sit and think. I feel like more and more is revealed in the beer every time I drink it, and this has become the measurin stick I judge many of my other RISs by.
If you haven't had this one you're missing out. Have this alone the first time you try it, and then with someone who knows their beers and in particular RISs the next time you have it.
My father in-law and I really go nuts for this beer and we always have a good time drinking and exploring it
Truly, truly a sipping beer.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome brew here.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass a pitch black all the way through the rim. Foamy 1 finger brown head that left a lingering lacing through the bomber.

Smelled of roastiness, coffee and cocoa. The smell wasn't subtle - you know it is there and is about to be big.

Flavors were intense roasty malts layering into cocoa and espresso. The 10.8%ABV was well hidden in the intense flavors, though an alcohol warmth on the sides of the tongue was present through the finish. Had a nice structure and complexity with a rich mouthfeel, but not so viscous that I would consider it chewy.

I delayed opening this large bottle because each time I looked at the size and 10.8%ABV I thought it might be too big. This thing has super drinkability which surprised me though I must admit to a slight buzz as I sit here with half a pint to go.

Overall, a great example of an Imperial Stout. I can't believe the Bros. haven't reviewed it yet. That's cool, just means more for me!

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Photo of challenja
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Black Squirrel in ADMO DC
A: Midnight black like a magicians cloak. You can't see through this one at all. It even has a magically disappearing head.
S: Moraccan black crude with a light jasmine floral profile. Dark Madagascar cocoa, vanilla, oak barrel and sweet malt.
T: This brew has a great taste profile. It starts off with a great dark Madagascar cocoa, 80 %. It has a dark Moroccan coffee flourish which is impressive in finish and character. Sweet well aged malt balls.. YUM!
M: Full mouthfeel medium to high carbonation that has a fantastic dark cocoa and burnt bourbon barrel coffee press finish.
O: A very impressive offering that begged for 3 tastings, and must be re-evaluated in a bottle. Damn tasty. Get one today!

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Photo of djwilson
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
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.


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Photo of gnemesis
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into snifter. Pours black with brown 1 finger head. I smell malty sweetness- chocolate and toasty. Taste mimicks smell but with a little hop bitterness and a little warming from the alcohol. Thick and fullbodied and oh so delish! This glass is filled with pure goodness- one of my favorite impys.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Inky black in color-somewhat of a tan head. Decent sized and some nice lacing as it goes down. Heavy mocha aroma. Almsot a spicy, cinnamon like quality. Huge roasted flavor. Like a beer espresso. Mocha, coffee and bitter chocolate flavors are all swirled as one. Just a great, not overly complex taste to it. A slight spiciness that reminds me of a spice cake sort of flavor. Silky smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Great beer-very drinkable-even on a hot, hot July evening. This would have to age well. Get some.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black as night, ever so faint ruby highlights gleams around the edge of the glass. Even an aggressive pour produces only a minimal 3/4 finger head, though the retention are surprisingly decent. Lacing is excellent, thick sheets cling to the side of the glass seemingly unwilling to budge.

The aroma is truly a thing of beauty. Deep roasted malt layers the sweet chocolate and dark roast coffee smells to perfection. Smooth vanilla seeps through the darkness. The alcohol is not hidden but settles in remarkably well.

The taste mirrors the aroma all most to a t. Flavors are layered with precision and care. Roasted malt leads way to chocolate immediately to be followed by rich coffee. Sweet vanilla flavors intermingle giving this brew great contrast between the roasted and the sweet. Slight alcohol bite is pleasant and slightly warming.

Mouthfeel is full while not overly thick. Texture is smooth and creamy while finishing rather dry.

Dangerously drinkable, the drinkability is nothing short of excellent. Easy to drink, and do not be surprised if you finish this one faster than you planned. While I am not certain I would consider this my favorite beer, I can honestly say this one is causing me to think along and hard about giving it all 5's. Tremendous job by New Holland.

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Photo of steelcutoats
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Night Tripper Imperial Stout is one of several beers of the HIGH GRAVITY series from New Holland Brewing Co. It was just recently introduced and I am proud to say that I was one of the first at my local watering hole to sample it. I have a bit of a soft spot for stouts of the imperial nature, and this one didn't disappoint.

I popped the crown and poured it into my favorite crystal snifter, my standard for all tastings. There was absolutely no head but a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. There was no evidence of lacing, just a thin film on the inside of the glass when swirled. The aroma was full of chocolate, dark roasted malts and toffee. Ditto for the taste...a complex blend of coffee and chocolate, with a mellow malty finish. This definitely isn't for beginners, but I am a firm believer in the old notion of "baptismal by fire" so grab a bottle and saddle up...just don't forget your beads.

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Photo of beerhan
4.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

mmmm...New Holland is really a hit or miss type brewery. Some of their beer is phenomenal some however is just average. Recently I went on a Michigan brewpub tour and just happened to be lucky enough to drink the Night Tripper on cask. Between six of use we probably ordered about 20 glasses. It was a very good night and one of the finest stouts I have ever had. I have heard that it is just not the same out of a bottle but if anyone ever has the chance to have this on cask you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of jcsull
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black. Good luck seeing through it. One finger tan colored head, wants to hang around with good initial lacing at first but declines as it warms.

S: Intoxicating. Chocolate, coffee, hint of bourbon and alcohol in the back. Nearly perfect blend.

T: Phenomenal. Matches the smell with a little bit of coffee bitterness hanging around for a while as the aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavy, little sticky on the tongue, with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: Gotta say I had Dragon's Milk in mind when I tasted this and it blew DM out of the water. Great example of the style. In the words of Jay Bilas tremendous taste and smell profile, with great aging upside. Got two bottles, might have to pick up another to go with my other extra and space out the aging on the two. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jpro
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into a tulip glass...

A: Pours a syrupy, viscous black; one-finger, light khaki head; a few fine strands of lace.

S: Chocolate on the pop of the cap; roasted malt; rich, malted barley aroma; some sweetness, too.

T: Cocoa and milk chocolate... wow! Light roasty and coffee notes; decadent and delicious.

M: Velvety; full-bodied; low carbonation; really nice texture and feel.

O: A pleasant surprise of an imperial stout; picked this one up at 50% off and wish I had got more. Mmmm.

*from notes 12.1.13

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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 Snow81
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black as night

Head: Nice frosty brown head but dissipates quickly

Smell: Roosted malts, coffee and a hint of heat

Taste: Burnt malts with a nice coco and subtle heat

Weight: Medium body with medium to low carbonation

Finish: Burnt malts and big hops

Second Tasting

Appearance: pours Black as night with no light penetrates this beer

Head Big Frosty dark brown head that dissipates quite quickly:

Smell: Roasted burnt malts with a hint of coco bean and a bitter hop with a bit of heat on the back

Taste: Big burnt malts with a touch of heat and a coco butter sweetness

Weight: Medium to heavy body with a low carbonation

Finish: roosted burnt malts with a low bitter hop in the back

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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 volkswankin
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this New Holland high gravity series beer cask conditioned at my local bar. What a treat.

A - Very dark brown, almost black color, with tinges of caramel in the light.

S - Smells of dry malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee notes. Overall aromas are noticeably subtle.

T - Outstanding flavors of coffee, roasted malts, a touch of sweetness, maybe brown sugar/molasses. Displays hints of dark fruit like fig, plum, and a very slight touch of apricot. Overall an incredible imperial stout and excellent complexity.

M - Very creamy and smooth. Body is medium-heavy. Somewhat thick, but not syrupy.

D - This beer is dangerously drinkable for 10.2% ABV. Superbly enjoyable.

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

Another great offering shared by crosling. Thanks a bunch! Pours a thin brown head over black beer. Smells chocolate, cherry-like sour, minimal roast, baking cocoa, and some cream. Lucious and very enticing. Deep and complex.

Tastes rich wet sweet. Chocolate, mild clean alchol sting, strong supporting caramel/toffee, and brewer's licorice. Some dark fruits, but play a supporting role to the malty sweetness. Finish dried out from roast grittiness and minimal hopping and the alcohol also helps wipe things clean. Just a wonderful beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

278th review on BA
bottle to New Belgium Globe

App- A big lush pour with a dark creamy brown color. HUGE two finger head. The head and lacing on this were shear perfection.

Smell- Big roasted malt, underlying chocolate mixed with vanilla. The 10.8 ABV is no where to be found on a big inhale.

Taste- Smooth, all that comes to mind. Lush, creamy and rich. The grains and little bit of chocolate provide such a balanced, layered flavor profile.

Mouth- The after taste of the flavors is just amazing. A wonderful medium body with a medium carb level. A bit of sweet cream mixed in. Just good.

Drink- Before I knew it my bottle was gone. I was sad and want to fly to anywhere I can buy a case or more. I could drink this all night and then drink it all morning.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split the 22oz bottle 4 ways into tulip glasses. Has a nearly pitch black body with red highlights and no head. Leaves a spot or 2 down the glass with a good swirl.

Thick nose of roasted malts, a little hops, some sweet fruit (figs) and a touch of alcohol.

Tons of flavor to be expected from an Imperial. Sweet caramel with heavy roasting, a very small touch of hops and of course a tail of alcohol.

Very thick and heavy body with only a very mild carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Very good slow sipper, warms you up.

The New Holland section is always my first stop down the beer isle and I immediately grabbed this one as I had never seen it before (and not since). Only overtaken by "Dragon's Milk" for intensity and complexity (my all-out favorite brew) this is another outstanding creation of New Holland.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-extremely dark brown beer, almost black only hints of light to shine through. The head is tan in color, tight with a few bubbles on top, and creamy in appearance. The retention is pretty good and the lace is very attractive on the glass

S-the nose starts of slightly roasted, notes of barley, some chocolate brownies come in next, dark malty fruity sweetness in the back.

T-the taste follows the nose, roasted malts and hints of toasted barley up front. The chocolate brownie takes over, notes of dark bakers chocolate in the back, touches of anise and just a hint of malty sweentess, toffee and caramel, in the back with light touches of dark fruits but very faint. Hints of hop bitterness and herbal leaf are light but present in the finish

M-full bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate. Carbonation is extremely solid, crisp clean finish and dry in the back.

D-this is an insanely drinkable imperial stout. Extremely good, well balanced and big time maltiness. Tons of chocolate and roasted malts throughout.

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Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one was better than expected, pleasantly surprised. I'd drink it next to narwhal and breakfast stout and wouldn't be cheesin' if someone snapped a hot photo of me sippin. Let's just say I'd rather drink this after a nice snowball fight with the fish than a hot cocoa, knaghmean?

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Photo of gibgink
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.