New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 358
Hads: 864
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 6.42%
Wants: 83
Gots: 157 | 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 CortexBomb
2.08/5  rDev -48.6%
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. (1,474 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
2.4/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours dirty oil black with a decent tan head.

The smell is horrible though, you get a tad of coffee and chocolate but to me the overwhelming aroma is rubbing alcohol.

The taste is nothing special either. It has as coffee alcohol taste with no palate. Its oily and just goes rigth down. A horrible stout effort. (315 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.42/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at in a 10oz glass at Bodega on 5/5/10

Dark brown when settled; cola highlights around the edges. 1/2 inch tan head. Thin retention, though lacing is among the best, most solid I have seen.

Well-implemented & expressive aroma of roasted malts, toffee, caramel & a spot of brown sugar. Hints of milk chocolate. Notes of citric hops add additional layers of grapefruit & lemon zest.

Tastes ok, but maybe not for the style. Roasted chocolate first, then dark sugars with burnt undertones. Offset by some sweetness - toffee & caramel, especially. Stray earthy hop notes with a subtle bitterness that picks up toward the end. Maybe a dab of citrus.

Full bodied with appropriate carbonation; just enough to keep things moving. Alcohol heat is appreciable. Burnt residuals linger.

While not a bad beer, I find it too sweet & far too much akin to a Barleywine for it's own good. I'm glad I tried it though; been passing it by for a while. A decent sipper but sketchy for the style. (988 characters)

Photo of linnymtu
2.45/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I was really excited to try this beer but was definitely let down.

The appearance and smell are what you would expect from a stout, dark and coffee like.

The taste started off with an almost cough-syrup like flavor, maybe a bad whiskey and coke. It improved slightly when you started tasting the coffee and chocolate, but not enough for me to enjoy it.

The mouthfeel was like molasses, it was too thick for me. I really enjoy thicker stouts, but this one took it too far.

This beer was definitely not in my wheelhouse. (526 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.54/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was so black my laser pointer would not shine through it!. The beer poured a poor head that was gone soon as I finished pouring. The smell was slightly hoppy. The taste was hot, like way to much alcohol. I could not get past the burn to taste the beer. If they toned it down some might have a great beer, but it was tasteless with so much %. I will not pay 10 bucks for that again. (440 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
2.55/5  rDev -37%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of imagese
2.57/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber purchased today in Chicago Burbs

A- dark drown with very light hues on the edge. No head. No lacing

S- light roasted malt, faint chocolate, sour plum, herbal hop, and booze

T- the sour plum leads, followed by a combo of dry chocolate and hop bitterness

M- thin and over carbonated. Very dry

D- for the style, it's not a good representation. Reminds me more of a Doppelbock (385 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
2.62/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle inspection: 27 plato, 10.8% ABV. No other useful information.

Aroma: Faint hints of dark fruit, warming alcohol, dark fruity esters open up a bit as it warms. Raisins, plums, and a slight spiciness all are present but nothing dramatic.

Appearance: Opaque jet black pour with little to no head. Takes major agitation to get a thin tan film on the surface.

Flavor: Nice blend of milk chocolate, alcohol, rum-soaked raisins, background roasted barley notes. Finish is dry, a little hot, and somewhat prickly due to the alcohol. No apparent hop bitterness or flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall impression: Underwhelmed. Definitely a tip of the hat to the English RIS. Hops and roasted barley are slim to none here. Alcohol is way too apparent and would benefit from age. Tough to drink just b/c the alcohol was so prominent. The lack of roasted bitterness and the alcohol almost makes me think of an old ale as this beer opens and warms a bit. Still, they need to bump up the hop charge (English, American, anything), bump up the roasted grains, and watch fermentation or age longer to help with the alcohol mellowing. I'll pass next time. (1,188 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
2.65/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Very dark black in color and no head at all. All I could get were a couple of tiny bubbles.

S- Some chocolate and tiny bit of coffee smells. I could pick up on the alcohol right away. Also could pick up on the roasted malts in this one.

T- Very little chocolate/coffee taste here at the beginning. Could clearly pick up the nice little alcohol burn that pretty much dominanted this entire brew.

M- Very very thin almost watery. Very little to no carbonation here.

D- Due to the high level of alcohol and the nice burning feeling I'd say this has got to be low. Expected a little more from this one. (606 characters)

Photo of JoshuaJ
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, tan head that disappeared quickly. Virtually no lacing.

Nose: Roasted malts and molasses. Some boozy alcohol. Not much else. Pretty unassuming.

Taste: Roasted malts. Molasses. Fusel alcohol. The faintest hints of chocolate. Like the nose, there's not much going on here. The boozy alcohol comes out more as it warms.

Mouth: Moderate carbonation. Much lighter than I expected.

Drinkibility: Because of the light body and all around unassuming character of this beer, it goes down quickly and easily. Not much to think about. Not sure I'd have another. (578 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Nice painted pop top bomber

Appearance: Ultra dark brown viscous beer with dense mocha cap with decent retention

Smell: Not as rich as expected, but fairly nice...there's a touch of burnt malt, dark fruit, and woodsy burn tones

Taste: This is sweet, fairly estery and (too) alcoholic...there are burnt grains and a touch of dark fruit...this is definitely simple for the style...ends abruptly, without the style's characteristic length or complexity

Mouthfeel: BIG beer...slippery viscous alcohol

Drinkability: Medium/medium-high

Conclusion: Not bad, but not a standout Imperial Stout by any means...I've had some great beers from this brewery, this just isn't one of them (693 characters)

Photo of charlesw
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Way black - opaque. No carbonation, no head unless you try really hard with a huge pour and then all you're getting is the bubbles you just introduced, anyway. Very nice to smell and to drink in that it isn't over the top on any flavors - nicely balanced with bits and pieces of this and that (all in the IS family) everywhere. Alas, it's too thick and sweet for something that has no bitterness or other wackiness to balance that out. WAY too thick and sweet. At only 10%? Wow. Like, mash it a lot lower, guys. (511 characters)

Photo of csmiley
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown bordering on black. Just a tiny amount of light is able to get through on the edges. No head at all. Just a few tiny bubbles that didn't even come close to making a cap on the beer.

S - Comes across as roasted and smokey at first. Then some chocolate aroma (which is quite nice) pops in. A little more smoke and a hint of coffee finish things out.

T - First on the palate is a subdued roasted flavor that has some hints of smoke. That starts to give way to an almost burnt flavor. Then, out of nowhere, the alcohol just slaps you in the face. It is strong and warm bordering on hot. The end has some chocolate notes.

M - Meduim to full bodied with too little carbonation for my taste. It is actually just above completely flat. Finish is hot and bittersweet.

D - Drinkability is average. Too many characteristics of this beer just do not appeal to me. Glad I got to try it but would not seek it out agian. (930 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Raznug for this want. Pours black with a bubbly thin tan head. Very thin lacing sticks around. I think the smell is relatively bland. Faint aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, ground coffee and some earthy flavors, but as I said it's all a little bit on the faint side. However, nothing offensive, I just wish it was more. This is actually kind of sweet, toffee and chocolate are the first things that come to mind. The finish is a lot like bitter espresso. I like the bitter finish. The flavors are good on this one. Lighter body than I had expected and the carbonation is a little more than I prefer. It drinks nicely, I would have never guessed this one was over ten percent (688 characters)

Photo of Vierenner
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark with an inviting sweet smell. Smells better than it tastes though, IMO -- the alcohol seems pronounced and there is a bittersweet chocolate taste which jumps out and scares away other flavors. My palate certainly isn't as refined as the experts, but I cannot get beyond the bitterness. Dragon's Milk remains the premier brew!! (342 characters)

Photo of Wheelinb
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As soon as this was set in front of me, I got really strong chocolate smell along with coffee as I brought it to my nose. It has a deep black color that combined with the smell made feel like I was getting ready to drink dessert. It has a very creamy feel and a bold taste. While this is not my favorite style, I enjoyed all the flavors that were going on. (356 characters)

Photo of DrewOSU
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Root Cellar in Cincinnati

A: Pours a sooty black, with a 1/8 inch tan, tight bubbled, grayish head.

S: Roasted and sweet malts hit the nose first with a coffee and chocolate under tone.

M/T: Medium to thick, syrupy body. Pours thinner than it actually tastes. Roasted, thick malt hit on the tongue, followed by a hot alcohol base and a chocolaty finish. Finishes chunky and sweet. The taste lingers with the alcohol sting on the tongue. The beer seems a little hot and could use a little time to mellow. Alcohol and malts seem a little pungent in the mouth on the aftertaste.

D: Too syrupy for me. A decent beer, but there are a lot better out there, however a pretty cheap beer. Id like to get another and age it for a while. Seems pretty young. (766 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

New Holland's "High Gravity Series"
Bomber into a chalice.

Pours a dark, seal brown body with a high viscosity and mahogany hues at the top edges of the glass. Despite a vigorous pour, there is almost zero head, save for a nickel-sized patch of large tan bubbles in the center. Second fill produces a sluggish head, but it dissipates quickly. The aroma is a step in the right direction: rich notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and over-ripened fruit. Alcohol presence is strong.

Big-time roasted notes abound in the flavor. Imagine equal parts malted barley, cocoa beans, and ground coffee all toasted to a crisp. Hints of smoke and an unabashed alcohol presence, here. The alcohol doesn't really pair too well with the roasted notes, making this a tough one to stomach. A bit of chalky metal lingers on the finish, after a punishingly bitter coffee & dark chocolate aftertaste (more of a RIS than an american double). Overall, this was a disappointment. It wasn't balanced well and was too resinous for my liking. Night Tripper has a few merits, but lacks the qualities of a great Imperial Stout. (1,105 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Double-deuce bomber poured into a pint nonic glass yields a blackish body with a thin drape of fine-bubbled toffee-colored foam that shrivels to a ring and leaves only the barest specks of lacing.

Smell is of molasses and caramel with sweet grass and a raw grainy note.

Taste is molassesey and spicy with licorice, dark chocolate-covered wet cardboard, coffee, and caramel with a tangy, dry cocoa finish.

Smooth and medium-bodied, faintly-carbonated, dare I say "flat"?, with a slight powdery cocoa feel, the beer is smooth but not very drinkable.

Underwhelming. (567 characters)

Photo of becktone
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes 2-22-09

Done horizontally with Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Southern Tier Choklat, Redhook Double Black, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Avery Mephistopheles, and New Holland Night Tripper.

Eye: As with the Choklat this one has a poor appearance, just a collar of what should be a head around the edge of the glass. Could be that these two specific glasses have some soap or some other residue in them. As with the others it is black and no highlights, no light gets through.

Nose: Alcohol is evident here, of the other five, this one's alcohol character smells the hottest. It also has a nice chocolate aroma in there. Some light roasted tones though, however, they are pretty well hidden behind the chocolate. Something more potent and a bit more complex would be nice.

Tongue: Nice chocolate flavor in this beer too, its different from the Avery and the Southern Tier, but there all the same, its not quite as rich as the Choklat and the Mephistopheles. Light fruitiness, not dark fruit as in the Mephistopheles or Belgian Strong Darks, but more of a general fruitiness. Some alcohol is detectable, yet it doesn't blend that well with the beer, sticks out. There's something in here I can't quite put a finger on...maybe its some hop characteristics....hard to tell in a style this robust. Roasted notes as well.

edit: of the six beers here the most difficult to drink were the World Wide Stout, Avery Mephistopheles, and New Holland Night Tripper. After coming back to the beers once done with the tasting, these three had alcohol in the foreground, the most prevalant....making them sippers.

Feel and Drinkability: Thick and full bodied. Carbonation is a bit high, seems a bit too prickley to me, it interrupts the otherwise velvet like body of this beer. This is a good beer, but If I'm to spend about eight dollars I think I'll go with one of the others. (1,882 characters)

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look:
Black. Medium brown head with relatively large bubbles.

Smell:
Rich chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and sugar.

Taste:
Semisweet chocolate and sugary raisins. Hints of brown sugar, cream, caramel and coffee. A bit too sweet for me. Well masked ABV

Feel:
Good carbonation, helps take away the bite from the sweetness and high ABV.

Started good, but the sweetness takes its toll. (389 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to saucya for this bomber.

22 oz. poured into a snifter.

Pours an onyx black with a thin half finger tan head that quickly dies down to an outter ring of bubbles. Spotty lacing is left clinging to the sides of the glass, but not much. Smell is pretty boozy up front with dark fruits and rich chocolate. Some vanilla extract and freshly roasted coffee in the nose as well with an oaky aroma as well. Not bad, but the alcohol seems to dominate the smell. Taste begins with big roasted malts, burnt grains, and charred wood. Sweetness comes around midway with some dates and cherries. Aftertaste consists of molasses with bitter coffee grinds. The tongue with this one is smokey and bitter, not much else. Watered down feel with a medium to full body. Carbonation is pretty much non-existant which makes it a bit watery, I'm not liking it too much. An average impy stout, but if you like 'em smokey, definitely give this one a try. Slow sipper for sure due to the alchol presence. (986 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber format poured into a CCB snifter
Thanks to Alexander for the bottle. Those darned Chicago BA's!!

A-- Poured black, not real thick looking though. Slight bits of ruby at the top of the body. Half finger of light brown head that pretty quickly went to a light brown collar. Quite visible alcohol legs on the sides of the glass. No lacing.

S-- Back strap molasses, dark, bitter chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and gives the aroma of Oak. Good nose.

T-- Quite sweet. Almost like an iced chocolate, carmel coffee. Interesting. Also get dark fruits and a lot of molasses. Has some port qualities to this.

M-- Sweet, slightly syrupy, lighter medium bodied and low carbonation. Get a dry, but sweet sort of aniseed finish.

O-- Once used to the sweetness it is pretty good. Lots of port like qualities that make this interesting. Sweet and fruity with some hints of oak and aniseed. not a bad middle of the road Imperial Stout. (932 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - black with zero light coming through. Short tight brown head that didn't drop for a while.

S - chocolate malty goodness.

T - chocolate with mild roasted malts. Downside, there is a strong alcohol flavor.

M - decent coating with light tingle on front of tongue. Rather strong alcohol burn in throat.

D - maybe one bomber.

This brew would probably be MUCH better aged. (376 characters)

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New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.