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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 689
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 70
Gots: 106 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 01-22-2008)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 18:10:01 | More by Sammy
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

02-16-2012 19:21:40 | More by djrn2
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with slim sepia highlights along the edges of the glass. The pale caramel colored crown could be more creamy, although it does look better after it settles. Lace assessment will have to wait since the foam isn't visibly falling at this point.

The nose is right on the money for an American double stout. It's chock full of roasted malt, favoring dark chocolate very slightly over black coffee. A shortage of hoppiness isn't bothersome in the least. When it comes to beer of this style, I can either take aggressive hops or leave them.

Night Tripper is some kind of dee-licious. Talk about being hit between the eyes with flavor! It tastes like the brewers fire-roasted a massive amount of barley to within a millimeter of its life. Next step... carbon. I don't even mind the incompletely masked alcohol because it adds power and presence to this unbashedly big beer. NT would probably kill a Bud Light drinker with the first sip.

Flavors include bittersweet chocolate liquor, blackstrap molasses, roasted coffee beans and dark rum. There's even a dark fruitiness that is akin to Sambuca-soaked raisins. If I had any idea this beer was this good, I would have picked up a few more bombers.

Extensive sheets and fat rings of lace make the appearance score an easy call. What a beautiful looking glass. The mouthfeel was a shade light initially, but it's now supremely smooth, silky and supple. Lightly chewy even. Only trouble is, it's tempting me to drink faster than is advisable for an ABV pushing 11.0%.

Since The Poet is so damn good, it's obvious that New Holland knows their way around a stout. Night Tripper is great beer that takes no prisoners from the very first sip. I don't have to dust off my crystal ball to see many more bombers in my future. Recommended with enthusiasm. "It took me so-o-o long to find out... and I found out".

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 21:45:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this one twice actually recently. I had never had it though I had seen it a couple times in my travels, so I am glad someone could send me one to try. Pulled the 22oz bottle out of the fridge last night and let it warm up to about fifty degrees before decanting into a snifter.

Appearance - The pour was decent, with a thick, black as night liquid coming through into the glass almost immediately. Really quite nicely colored, I could not even pick out the slightest bit of light peaking through on this one at all. Ni head at all, well maybe a slight rise of tan for a few moments, but this quickly faded and left the top bare. No side glass lace either.

Smell - The aroma was very rich, loaded with malts and hints of sweetness. Some nice notes of dark molasses type aromas, with hints of licorice and other slightly dark fruits as well. A nice subtle hint of vanilla and chocolate as well.

Taste - The flavor was very well done. First wave to hit the tongue was that of chocolate and burnt, and toasted malts. Blending in seamlessly was a nice bit of vanilla and burnt coffee. Very sweet in the middle, with some dark raisin and licorice like notes, and a slightly hopped finish that really helped to being it all together and dry out the palate enough to let the soothing and sweet malt profile settle in.

Mouthfeel - A touch thin here, as this was definitely not one of the big boys. Not a real lack of carbonation, which I was afraid of, but it just needed a little bit more of a pop, and a little fuller body to really push it on through.

Drinkability - This was very drinkable, and almost deceptively smooth as I really could not pick up much of the alcohol and the body was not full enough to really be super filling. I was monumentally impressed by how smooth and quickly this one went down.

Overall not too shabby at all. Though admittedly not my favorite of the big stouts, this one certainly does back a punch and should be included in a solid second tier of offerings. I have had far worse and this one does a fairly good job at holding its own.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 23:27:13 | More by mikesgroove
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Despite an increasingly aggressive pour, I could not raise a head out of this espresso colored brew

Smell: Dark chocolate, boozy rum raisin and molasses, but the aroma would have been much more pronounced if there were carbonation to deliver it

Taste: Dark chocolate that grows progressively sweet by mid-palate, with some molasses and raisin flavors propelling the sweetness along; after the swallow, the flavors continue pretty much as they were established; slightly cloying finish

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied but flat

Drinkability: Would benefit from some carbonation, most certainly; I didn;t particularly mind the sweetness, but after a while it limited the drinkability

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 22:52:10 | More by brentk56
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-18-2011 03:31:01 | More by nmann08
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I completely underestimate this beer becasue of the lack of talk about it. Yea, I really should not have done that.

The beer begins with a viscous and weighted pour that makes me think creamy, silky, and chocolatey thoughts. The Stout is as dark as they come with total opaque-ness. A thin head bellows and then fades to a trace before complete disappearance midway through the session.

Intense aromas of dark chocolates dominate the nose. A strong follow-up of bold coffee and toffee coated malts soon follow. Mild fruity esters weave into the alcohols well. Still there's a milky note to the beer that rounds out the roasted grains.

The chocolate dominance of the beer continues through the flavor with balanced bittersweet notes and brownie batter. French Roast coffee makes and impact and adds even more roasted grain character while offering a pleasant bitterness to accompany the light hop flavors. Toffee, nutty, and caramelized malts add sweetness to go along with a true cream taste. Cherries and berries give a light yeasty complexity in the tail and rides along with the sweet ethynol flavors.

Body is very full and weighted especially after the disipation of carbonation, which fades too quickly. Lightly oily, chewy, and viscous, the beer weighs heavily on the tongue. Still the creamy body suits the chocolatey flavors well. Light bitterness seems to be coffee deriven instead of hops.

The beer finishes with an alcoholic, boozy warmth to accompany the heavy chocolate and coffee notes. No real astringency, ashy, or charcoal textures makes this beer very well made. I would have prefered that New Holland backed off of the alcohol a bit as not to detract from the mouthfeel. Regardless, this is a very nice Stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 21:38:07 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

10-26-2013 23:30:49 | More by acurtis
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a thin, wispy tan head.

Smell: Alluring aroma of roasted barley, sweetened coffee, dark chocolate, and maybe a bit of booze.

Taste: Roasted barley with a rich malty sweetness. Fresh roasted coffee beans and chocolate. Dash of heavy cream. Earthy bitterness. Dry roastiness on the smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A yummy, full-flavored impy stout from New Holland.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 05:52:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-22-2013 16:12:13 | More by jaydoc
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North Carolina

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 12:38:12 | More by oberon
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No head really on a near jet black body. Aroma of licorice, cherry, dark chocolate and vanilla. Flavors include very mild roasted malts, dark malt, hint of coffee bitterness, some vanilla up front. The flavor is very good but standard in a way. Not too strong with the roasted malts understated. Still has stout presence but almost like a stout porter hybrid. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:52:15 | More by kylehay2004
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a rich looking dark black color, the head was foamy and thick looking. The lacing is pretty good too down the glass. The smell of the beer is roaster and has a touch dark roasted fruit. The taste of the beer has some nice chocolate flavors that fade their way into a burnt bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and had a nice thickness to it. Overall, I think this is my favorite New Holland brew as of yet. I would drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 17:27:20 | More by Knapp85
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a straight jet black, quite opaque, with about a third of a finger of dirty khaki foam on top. The smell is of dark malts, dark wheat, coffee, and a faraway sense of coal and smoke. I kinda wish that was closer, but what're ya gonna do, right? The taste follows pretty closely, with those pesky dark malts taking the lead, followed by some smooth cocoa, a hint of cappuccino, and some figs in the background. It all comes off as a very nice constant transition between sweet, darkly bitter, roasted, and darkly fruity. The body is lightly heavy with low carbonation. the feel is very thick and chewy, though also very smooth and fluid, without coating the mouth very heavily. A damn fine stout from that crazy glove-shaped state.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 04:16:57 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev -2%

05-17-2013 03:26:07 | More by GRG1313
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a opaque, jet black color with a very small, thin, tan head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S - Great aromas. I kept discovering new aromas each time I put my nose to the glass. First I caught coffee beans, then roasted malt, dark chocolate and molasses.

T - It leads with toasty malt flavors and a mild coffee taste. There are smooth, sweet molasses and caramel flavors that really take off as it continues to warm up. There is a muted bitter aftertaste from a subtle hop presence.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied beer with a warm alcohol presence.

D - I wanted to drink something really good for my review #1400, and this was lived up to it. Great flavors and aroma. I could see this being a "go-to" imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 01:01:56 | More by zeff80
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3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with a small head of light tan foam on top of a black body. The head fades quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Chocolate. Raisin, licorice, clove, and some cinnamon.

T - Molasses, dark chocolate, and raisins up front. Sweet coffee in the finish with some red fruit and molasses that lingers in the palate.

M - A sweet, thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, the aroma is quite nice, but the flavor profile is far too sweet and borders on cloying. Drinkable, but more of an imperial porter based on the level of roast.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:54:56 | More by nickfl
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid stygian, with ruby-brown highlights and edges, lush and lovely cocoa-tan head, leaving lace.

Rich, cocoa, espresso nose, soft, sweet, and creamy. Chocolate layer cake, a with coffee swirl.

In the mouth, it's solid and sure. Full-bodied, flush with aforementioned flavors, starting sweet with the lush, chocolatey malt, turning dry as it exits the palate.

Yummy. Not too big, not too lean, not too crazy...juuust right.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2009 04:25:50 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from joe1510, you rock! Decanted into a duvel tulip

Pours ebony with one thick beady finger of mocha colored head. Nice viscous sheen, very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Chocolate, vanilla, & some coffee

T: Chocolate boozey vanilla, & oakyness up front. Rich dark chocolate, coffee, dryness & more pleasing vanilla as this warms

MF: Smooth, sticky, creamy maybe a bit too much booze, nah; only a bit, nice malt depth

Drinks great for the ABV & style, why isn't this beer getting more buzz??? Artfully put together. Well worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 05:14:45 | More by russpowell
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West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 05:52:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours an inky jet black with a finger of burnt mocha tan colored head. Retains nicely around the edges at first but then quick fizzles out leaving behind a smattering of lace at first and then a great looking oily brown residue. The aroma is heavy and sticky with tones of chocolate and dark fruit sweetness, coffee, some licorice, and a waft of heat.

The taste is bitter roasted malts up front, melding into silky smooth chocolate sweetness with some zippy coffee notes and dark fruit tang. The mouthfeel is the real highlight of the beer for me, as it posesses a full, rich, creamy feel while still being sticky and viscous. There is a bit of beefy alcohol presence as well that does have a slight sting to it, leaving the palette drenched with a hot and sticky feel.

This is a pretty good fresh offering from New Holland and I'm glad to see them adding to their lineup of big beers. While it's packed with a ton of flavors that I love in an RIS, it's heat profile still keeps the drinkibility a little lower than expected. Even with being a sipper, it's a steady one at that, and I really enjoyed this bottle. This is worth a try if you run across it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 16:48:39 | More by Kegatron
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-16-2013 22:31:10 | More by Slatetank
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a thick black with a small, dense chocolate-colored head that retained well, laced well, and stuck to the lips like a milk mustache. Chocolatey aroma, sweet, with notes of coffee and dark fruits. Delectable chocolate taste, with subtle sensations of grains, coffee, vanilla and raisins; but the chocolate really takes the lead role. Alcohol warmth is definitely detectable. Also, my wife was having a chocolate mousse for desert, so I took a swig after a spoonful of mousse...I think I now know how the biddies felt in that episode of Kids in the Hall where they pour the Bailey's on their cheesecake. Nice and rich, just about full-bodied, and very drinkable.

I've upped the rating of this a bit after having an aged '10 vintage (Jan. '12), also at Teresa's. What a great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 13:03:32 | More by Rifugium
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

06-03-2014 07:46:18 | More by SocalKicks
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New York

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/27 notes.

a - Pours black with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - I thought this was a good stout. An enjoyable vanilla and chocolate smell and taste. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 01:03:56 | More by mdfb79
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New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.