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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 359
Hads: 873
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 86
Gots: 158 | 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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the 2014 vintage is 11.4% abv, and feels like all of t, this is an enormous stout, a nice example of the style, but probably in need of a little time in the cellar to mellow out and integrate a bit. jet black in color with a shiny obsidian finish and about a half inch of really fizzy tan head. a nose of heavy burnt barley bitterness and some rich oatmeal, and of course the alcohol. they come in separate waves, with a bitter bakers chocolate up front and a pronounced coffee element in the middle. tons of dark barley in this thing, really intense and palate coating. the booze is evident though, and makes it feel a little thinner and hotter than it needs to be, and the medium carbonation isnt quite enough to uplift it any more. im impressed by its flavor, but wish it was a little more refined in terms of feel. definitely a slow sipper, this will get a buzz on pretty quick if you let it. new holland so far to me, has not lived up to its hype. this is good beer, but its not incredible, and its not particularly distinct from other well made big stouts out there. i like it, but im not sure i would buy it again. glad i had buddies to share the bomber with.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev -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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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".

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Photo of zeff80
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.25/5  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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/26/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, toast, toffee, molasses, light char, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, toffee, molasses, light smoke, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, char, toast, toffee, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a than head that has very good retention, especially for abv/style. Vanishing dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of cocoa/chocolate with roasted espresso beans, anise and a touch of dark fruits.

The taste is of chocolate (vanishing hint of cherry at first?) with roasted coffee and a touch of anise. Complex - sweet with a roasty balance. Alcohol warmth shows.

It is full-bodied, creamy and silky.

A deliciously dark sipper. Nicely balanced and drinks well despite noticeable warmth.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from random notes I found laying around. These are circa September of this year. Bottle shared with a group of local BA's care of cmurren25.

Poured into a taster, this brew appears a dark brown color with a creamy tan head that clings around the inside perimeter of the glass.

It smells of a mixture of sweet chocolate, burnt dark grains and in indication of some fruity sweetness like dark fruit similar to raisins.

The taste is just like it smells. A bit forward with fruity sweetness like raisins or plums with a backing of coffee and dry dark grains. It has a tangy sweetness that impart a slight indication of hops and estery alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew that pushes to being close to almost full bodied. It has a modest level of carbonation and is fairly drinkable with a tingly amount of carbonation. The fruity presence and amount of alcohol is all over the place and is just not roasty or bitter enough to be fully enjoyable for an imperial stout.

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Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a very modest tan head barely covering thr top of the beer. The head faded to a thin ring around the edge of the glass where it left just a bit of lacing.

The aroma has a syrupy characteristic to it and shows a lot of caramel along with some chocolate and vanilla mixed in. Pretty flavorful and interesting aroma to it overall.

The taste also shows a lot of caramel throughout the flavor. More of the dark and bitter chocolate flavor comes through as you get close to the finish. A little bit of vanilla comes through as well. A moderate bitter and roasty flavor is present in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice flavors and really showed more of a caramel flavor compared to any other Imperial stout I've had. Pretty good beer overall.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At least 2008 Bottle Vintage; Sampled February 2010
A solid pour produces a tightly beaded, three-finger thick, richly browned head that leaves a nice layer of lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a rich black hue that has some brown notes to its depths. The aroma is richly toasted, with a savory rich maltiness, toasted nut aromatics, molasses, touches of licorice, rich chocolate, caramel, sweetened concentrated black coffee. I really like the nose on this beer, it is a nice mix of rich aromatic notes with just a hint of warming, spicy alcohol.

The beer feels thick and creamy as it hits my mouth for the first time. Rich and malty, without being overly sweet, which really brings out a dark milk-chocolate flavor in this beer. This finishes with a nutty, darkly toasted grain character that lingers on the palate and makes this a sort of savor, mouth watery finish that makes you want to take another sip. My second sip sees me noticing more of the roast grain, and hop induced bitterness that helps to balance the rich malt flavors. A hint of licorice flavors mixes with touch of molasses and a rich caramelized concentrated malt character. This can get a bit thin in character towards the finish at times, but for the most part remains a rich and satiating brew. The roast character definitely does a good job of balancing the rich / sweet malt; at times bitter, perhaps even a touch acidic and acrid (though only just enough to balance the up-front sweet malt notes)

I have been particularly craving Stouts this winter, but have still been avoiding Imperial Stouts. My enjoyment of this beer makes me think it might be time to tackle the plethora of Strong Stouts I have accumulated in the cellar. I was definitely in the mood for something rich and roasted and this easily fits the bill.

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