New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 358
Hads: 865
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 83
Gots: 157 | FT: 5
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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 Donco
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

2014 version was 11.5% ABV.
Nice close to black color poured into my tulip glass.
Aroma of roasted coffee and a bit of chocolate as the beer warmed was very nice.
Taste followed the aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of char. Nice bit of bitterness on the back end.
Overall, a better-than-average Imperial Stout from New Holland. At $8 for a bomber it was worth the experience. (379 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter at around 50°F

Appearance: Pours a dark brown but once in the glass is black with a one finger tan head

Smell: Chocolate, dark fruit, toffee

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts upfront, dark fruits in the middle, and fades into a toffee/molasses finish. The aftertaste is sort of bland however

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a bit thin compared to what I prefer in the style. Smooth with a moderately bitter finish. Not at all boozy for 11.5% as others have mentioned

Overall: All aspects were solid, but nothing extraordinary. I do think it drinks well for the abv. and have found beers boozier with less abv. The aftertaste is a bit bland, but the initial taste makes up for it. However, for almost $10 including tax for a bomber, I think there are much better options available (Old Rasputin, Founders) at a more reasonable price. Still worth a try. Cheers! (910 characters)

Photo of Paul_PABrewNews
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : Dark and Black... Faint ruby hues appearing at the bottom of the glass. Kaki colored head.

Aroma: Dark and foreboding, Really toasted grains and toasted bread. A touch of smoky char with Dark Chocolate in the back. Floral Booze tones all over the ale.

Body: The body like Dragon's Milk was a bit thin hovering within the high medium to low full mouthfeel. soft carbonation was nice in this ale.

Taste: Softer on the dark tones when I would of though, left some hollow points along the way that the bourbon aged version filled nicely. Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Toasted Grains and Char on the palate with a big floral booze all over the place.

Overall: Nice ale, right now I prefer the barrel aged version, but if this had about 2 years of age. A lot would change and this would be a steamer on an ale. Cheers! (824 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have always liked this brew. Pours a thick black with deep tan head and spider web like lacing. Smells of deep roasted grains, chocolate, some coffee, and more chocolate. Decadent mouthfeel, and velvety smooth. Tastes of sweet dark chocolate up front, coffee and roasted grains on the sides---do I detect some deep roasted barley in there for depth(!?), and medium hop bitterness on the back changing into a cocoa flavor on the aftertaste. Booziness comes through later---have a seat! Very nice. Very luxurious. Just a great imperial stout. CHEERS! (550 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (473 characters)

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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

Jet black pour with a slight beige head. nose has raisins, dark fruits, milk chocolate, slight coffee. dark fruits being the dominant aroma.taste is heavy with dark roasted malts and all of the previously mentioned characteristics being present. mouthfeel is thick and creamy. carbonation is mild.

overall better than i was expecting. would drink again. (382 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ebony hued this stout poured with an exceptionally thick light brown head that had very good lacing.

The nose is just weak. Notes of toasted malt, maybe chocolate and coffee but nothing off putting.

The nose does not do the flavor justice as its creamy, chocolatey, cocoa powdered and toasty. The finish is a strong roasted coffee that lingers on the tongue for quite a while.

The feel is dry yet has a marshmallow cream silkiness. Very nicely done as its a high gravity beer, 11.5 ABV, yet yields no evidence of such.

I was a set up to be disappointed when I smelled it but it delivered well where it counts. (618 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 22oz bottle into chalice.

A - It is obsidian with only a slight dark brown on the very edge of my glass. A 1 finger tan head has nice retention and leaves behind very nice lacing.

S - Roasted malts, bakers and milk chocolate. There are also notes of coffee, dark fruit, maybe raisins and sorghum?

T - The flavors are well put together, yielding notes of dark roasted malt, raisins, bakers chocolate and rich milk chocolate. This is a bit sweeter than bitter and I love it! No need to age.

M - Rather standard medium body with normal carbonation.

O - A nice imperial stout that hits all the good notes. It is quite enjoyable and I recommend picking one up, maybe two. (679 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says A024 meaning it was bottled 1/2/14.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and randomly spackled surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sweet, roasty, somewhat boozy aroma gives off notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee and some moderate char.

T- Dark roast comes on nicely, turns boozy mid-palate and gives way to a charry finish. The alcohol becomes even more apparent after a few sips. The chocolate and vanilla notes are there but struggle to be seen amid the heat and fume.

M- Somewhat creamy but gets a little lost in the alcohol burn. Also thick and a bit syrupy. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- I was expecting better. Maybe I should've let the bottle sit for another 3-6 months? Just has too much heat and the flavors aren't properly aligned. (964 characters)

Photo of hops202
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a stone snifter. Vintage 2014.

Has a bourbon barrel aged look to it. Great tan head with viscous black color and plenty of lacing to go around. Smell is comprised of sweet milk chocolate, some roast, slight hint of vanilla and coffee, even some candied fruit in there - nothing too pronounced but cherries stand out the most. Taste is even better than the nose - plenty of roast, chocolate, vanilla, sweet coffee and slight maraschino cherry mixed with sweet creaminess. Not too boozy at all for the 11.5%. This is a top notch, under the radar Imperial Stout. Very complex but not over bearing and super smooth. I will be loading the cellar pronto. (669 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4 - nice bottle and everything, dark brown black beer with a nice tan head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - 4 - coffee, vanilla, chocolate, alc.
T - 4 - same as smell, chocolate, coffee, roasted Malts, vanilla, cream,
M - 4 - medium thick mouth feel, alc present but appropriate,
O - 4 - great imperial Stout. Nice and chocolaty. (341 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened a vintage 2013, 22oz bottle on 3/2/14. This is a top notch stout....as soon as I took my first sip, I thought...wow, this is really drinkable...nothing bad about it at all...really good taste, nice flavors...nothing outstanding, but nothing at all bad...really tasty. Nice malty stout mouthfeel...overall...outstanding! (326 characters)

Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into snifter, looks flat, no head and very little lacing (maybe harder pour next glass...). Loud smell, very dark. The taste is amazing to say the least, one of the best overall lasting feel. At 11.5% for the 2014, this is very well hidden. Another great stout from New Holland, cheers! (300 characters)

Photo of Flopjack
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Jet black, about 1/4 finger off white head

Smell - Milk chocolate and sweet cream, some roastiness and alcohol.

Taste - Chocolate both on the sweet side and with a hint of bitterness. Roasty and slightly smoky at the end with a bourbon barrel type flavor for just a moment or two along with the alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth

Overall - This beer was good. This beer has got a little something for everyone. The milk chocolate smell reminded me of chocolate soft serve ice cream for some reason. (560 characters)

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 (520 characters)

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. (1,326 characters)

Photo of dtivp
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a half of a finger dark tan head that fades quicly into a very thin cap with light lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and hints of alcohol.

Taste of dark roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, traces dark fruit, licorice and a touch of alcohol.

Mouth Feel is full body, light carbonation, silky smooth with a slight dry ending with a slight bozy after taste.

Overall a very good, solid imperial stout, I hope to enjoy again. (454 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of New Holland's Night Tripper a few months ago for $7.49 at The Lager Mill. For some reason I always thought that I have tried and reviewed this beer before, but when I went to see what score I gave it I realized that was not the case, so I decided to pick up a bottle and give it a try, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a foiled brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label doesn't look that great, I'm just not a fan of it. It poured a nice used motor oil black color that didn't let any light come through with three fingers worth of dark tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice sticky patches of lacing behind. This is a very good looking Imperial Stout, the color, head and lacing were all very nice and spot on for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight molasses like aroma to it and was followed by loads of dark roasted malts that impart some nice roasted aromas with some light coffee aromas in the background with lots of dark chocolate aromas seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slightly lighter amount of medium dark fruits with no one fruit sticking out the most and I picked up some alcohol that smelled a little boozy. The aroma is really nice, it had some nice balance to it and it was very true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a slight molasses like flavor along with a slight candied sugar like flavors and were followed by loads of dark roasted malts that imparted a roasted and slightly charred flavor with some coffee flavors showing up in the background, but it's still the dark chocolate that's the most dominant. Up next comes some medium dark fruit flavors with no single fruit sticking out the most and a lighter boozy flavor that wasn't really warming. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with some more sweetness with a very chocolate and coffee like aftertaste.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly cloying, a little sticky, creamy, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. The mouthfeel was nice, but the sweetness seems to hurt it a little.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of an Imperial Stout, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style, but it was still a little rough around the edges and that prevents it from being a top tier Imperial Stout. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth, not too filling, not too boozy, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, but the sweetness would prevent me from drinking the whole bottom by myself, I think splitting this with someone is the perfect amount, I would attempt to drink a whole bottle but the I think the sweetness would start to get to me. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both really nice and i loved how the aroma was dominated by dark chocolate. What I liked the least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness, if the sweetness was toned down some this would be pretty close to perfect, but I feel like the high amount of sweetness prevents it from being as good as it could be. I would buy this beer again, I would like to throw one in my cellar to see if it smooths out a little overtime, I think it has potential to do well in the cellar and I would recommend this to most Imperial Stout lovers, especially if they don't mind a little extra sweetness. All in all, I was happy with this beer, there was room for improvement but in the end I think this is a very solid example of the style and it just might be one of the better beers that I have tried from New Holland, I would love to try a barrel aged version of this beer and I think it has the potential to be better than Dragons Milk since I feel like that beer needs a stronger Stout base and I think this beer is sturdy enough to support those nice bourbon barrel flavors.. Nice work guys, I don't know why I was sleeping on this beer, but I don't think I will overlook it anymore and I'm interested to see how it develops over time. (4,249 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a small tan head and minimal lacing

S-dark roasted malt, coffee, molasses, dark chocolate

T-dark roasted malt, raisins, dark rich chocolate, coffee, molasses, has a bourbon-barrel quality

F-medium to full body with little carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-this imperial stout was impressive and had a barrel-aged quality to it, enjoyed this one (377 characters)

Photo of hitter114
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a stella chalice while watching the finals of the players, a good sunday funday

A: Black, Dark brown in the light, thin tan head
S: Smells of whiskey leather alcohol some roastiness, not a ton
T: Smooth medium roast alcohol burn is mild smoky but pleasant
M: Motor oil thick syrup with a slight hoppiness to it, nice medium high carbonation
O: An enjoyable beer, drinks pretty good for 10.8%, you can definitely taste the alcohol, but it is smooth smoky and warming not offensive. Not very stout, I can see why some people here think it drinks like a porter but maybe its just splitting hairs, its toasty drinkable and smooth compared to a lot of IS but some elements of a stout, would like to try the BA version (734 characters)

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. (564 characters)

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. (406 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into new holland high gravity glass at luckys in Dayton. Nice deep brown black pour with slight tan head. Sticky lacing...
Great roasted malt and chocolate boozey woody aroma.
Taste is dark candied fruit and chocolate roasted malts with some vanilla and booze...seriously tastes barrel aged. A bit ot alcohol burn but overall smooth and pleasant.
This is a great imperial stout...way more than worth it. Definitely get one of these. (450 characters)

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. (535 characters)

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