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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Night TripperNew Holland Night Tripper

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649 Ratings
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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%

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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Photo of dvmin98

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have been holding on to this for about 6 months, cellared. Looking for a nice occasion to hit it. How about a Thursday night when the wife is out??? Sounds good to me.

Black out, no light coming through this baby. Mild lacing.

Smell has some chocolate and coffee overtones.

I get some good chocolate, with a bit of licorice. But I really get a boozy aftertaste. Not a bad aftertaste, but you can definitely tell its 10+%.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with limited carbonation. I like it.

Overall I do like this, but it is not a go-to stout for me due to the very boozy taste. But I would drink it again

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 22:47:49 | More by dvmin98
Photo of yamar68


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

Thanks to alelover for this one - 2011 vintage:

Classic looking imperial stout... coffee black body, creamy khaki head with decent lace and beading.

Loads of fudge and cocoa powder, mellow cherry and fig, toasty malts, caramel. Smooth and pretty tame in terms of booze heat.

A very chocolate forward stout, chalky cocoa and Hershey syrup, a hint of tobacco, some vanilla... again, no real discernible alcohol character.

Thanks Joel!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 21:34:29 | More by yamar68
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage poured in to tulip.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of medium brown head.

S - Rich cocoa and coffee aromas up front with a big sweetness. Some molasses and brown sugar notes in the background.

T - A big roast presence up front with an abundance of cocoa and coffee notes. There is a fairly substantial warming alcohol presence and a fairly big bitterness are also present and help to somewhat balance out the big sweetness. Molasses, brown sugar and a hint of smoke in the background.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Some chew.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 16:48:53 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of merzeone


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving 22 oz bottle shared with friends
AP: Black and awesome nice tan head that was about 3 fingers thick that lasted, good lacing.
AR: Huge notes of Caramel, Chocolate malts with some Coffee type aromas subtle but nice and broke up with some alcohol presence. Nice deep rich malt profile. Some minor burnt sugar notes as well..
TA: Malt upfront, Bready,Chocolate,Caramel and roast, the roast is not overly astringent it dissipates quickly, Low hop bittering,minor oxidation sherry type notes present, ends with dark chocolate, dark fruit, prunes, raisins etc... Nice and complex malt flavoring its a lot to take in.
MF: Thick and Viscous cut with medium carb level but the beer ends somewhat cloying, minor alc burn. No astringency
OA: Really nice big beer, good to share with friends, help you stay warm in the winter that is for sure. If you are not a fan of roasty chocolate type beers this may very well change your mind give it a shot if you come a crossed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 00:08:35 | More by merzeone
Photo of ThickNStout


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery. 11.99. Bottled 03/10. Served in a stemmed New Holland glass.

Pours very dark brown with a finger and a half khaki head. A few small islands of lace left on the glass.

Smells of cocoa, roast, earth and a strange, almost off putting medicinal/ cleanser-like note.

Taste is a smooth blend of cocoa, mild creamed coffee, smokey roast malts, earthy and dried dark fruit.

Creamy medium full feel with light carbonation. Long dry bitter burnt cocoa finish.

A good solid imperial stout. I think the age has helped make it smooth and creamy with very little of it's near 11% alcohol peeking through. I'd definately try it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 05:35:39 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of bishopdc0


2.5/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:05:49 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of haazer


3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A hard pour yielded a big frothy tan head. It subsides fairly quickly but does stay as a cap for awhile. Color is shall we say, dark as knight? Obviously black but on the pour it didn't seem oily thick.

S- Burnt malts. Theres a sweetness to the nose. It's got a bit of baked bread aroma to. Underlying molasses, and some dark fruit in here as well, plums.

T- Big roasted espresso profile here. Malts are incredibly charred. Throughout the brew is layers of caramel, dark fruits, and some dark chocolate. I let sit for over a year but theres still a bit of heat on the backend from the booze.

M- The weakest part of the beer in my opinion. Fairly light bodied for a stout. The body is quite light actually, but the harsh roast and slight burn make you drink it slow like one. Good carbonation. Needs to be thicker though.

O- I layed this down for over a year, and it probably did some good for the booze flavor. I thought this was going to be much better actually, but it's still good. The flavors are bold but it needs more body.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 02:25:28 | More by haazer
Photo of mcintire78


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black and viscous, only a small bit of carbonation and a slight head but with good retention.

Smell: Slight smell of coffee and malt.

Taste: Powerful flavors of coffee,

Mouthfeel: Heavy but not overwhelming. Chewy. Hard to taste the alcohol.

Drinkability: The low carbonation and sweetness of the drink make it relatively drinkable, but with almost 11% alcohol, it's probably best to approach with caution.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:46:50 | More by mcintire78
Photo of CHADMC3


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black body beneath the thin tan head which quickly dissipates to leave a thin tan lacing.

Generous amounts of sweet and roasted aromas float from the glass including milk chocolate, dark fruits, roasted coffee and barley.

The flavor is fantastic featuring rich chocolate and roasted coffee with spicy notes developing as it warms as well as a boozy finish. This beer is impressive as it seems to take turns becoming roasted and sweet. The chocolate, cherry and coffee flavors play quite well together.

A robust body with medium carbonation and a chewy boozy finish highlight the mouthfeel.

This is a fantastic beer and a fine example of the style offering tons of character for the senses to explore.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 00:46:09 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of jifigz


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Zeno's Bar in State College, Pa. The beer was served in a snifter type of glass.

The appearance was jet black with a nice frothy head that lingered for a little while. The smell was rich in dark, dried fruits (plums and raisins) and had hints of roasted barley and chocolate. The flavor started out akin to soy sauce almost and quickly changed to a smooth and roasted chocolate grain flavor. There were hints of burnt, toasted grain and a nice hop bitter to balance and a very, very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. This is an awesome Imperial Stout and my first product that I have had from New Holland. I would love to try some more.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 14:19:24 | More by jifigz
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a nearly pitch black with a thin-dense brown head. The head had amazing retention with even over a 30 min period the head not dissipating completely. While not a complete fade it did lose some size to leave nice lacing on the side of the glass with a thin brown film left on the top of the brew.

Smell – The smell was heavy of cherry and chocolate. These were met with lighter notes of a roasted coffee and a good shot of boozy alcohol aroma.

Taste – The taste started out heavy of a sweeter chocolate and cherry flavors. This chocolate covered cherry had some nice bready maltiness mixed within. As the flavor advances some of the cherry faded, but never disappeared. As the cherry sweetness faded, some flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate coffee and a light nuttiness came to the tongue. These lasted to the end of the taste where they were met by a warming heavy boozy taste of alcohol. In the end, a bitter, roasty , boozy flavor lingered on the tongue in a satisfying way.

Mouthfeel – The body was nice and creamy with a lower level of carbonation. With its robust darkness and 10.8 % it is very fitting, and allows all the roasty, cocoa and boozy flavors to linger on the tongue.

Overall – A nice cocoa warming stout; very tasty and enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2012 23:46:22 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of cagocubs


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First and foremost, this is by far the best label art of all beers. I know 3F has some good stuff, but the creepy and simple design of this one takes the cake for me.

Served on tap at NHBC.

A: Pour is dark and opaque. No seeing through this one. A moderate dark head with lacing even on a flushed glass and safe pour.

S: Roasted malt, barley, dark fruit, biscuit and butter, some alcohol.

T: Yup, thats good stuff. Roasted malt, some darker coffee/chocolate tones, dark fruit, and some hop action.

M: Warming, coating, and flow are all welcoming. For 10.8abv, there is very little alcohol bite. Impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 01:17:27 | More by cagocubs
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another treat I picked up in a trade! Poured from foil capped bomber to pint glass the beer arrives a deep rich black, opaque, with a nice 2 finger cap, supreme retention and lots of lacing. Looks tremendous. A delightful aroma with hints of cocoa, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, and roast. The flavor begins with a roast and cocoa that blend tremendously well. As it warms hints of oak and vanilla compliment well. Full bodied and creamy smooth. Well carbonated. Overall, this was very enjoyable! I'd love to sample again sometime!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 22:38:48 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of challenja


4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 21:24:41 | More by challenja
Photo of MNJR


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Currant, raspberry, coffee, chocolate, coconut, malt, rich mouthfeel, alcohol muted but present. Above average for the style. Hints of Dragons Milk, but different, less sweet and crispier. Smoky. Enjoy this if you can. Serious beer, great stuff! Don't pass this up.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 02:33:19 | More by MNJR
Photo of Holland


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with brown highlights and a small brown head that leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: smell is slightly hoppy with great roasted malt aroma of chocolate, then some sweet caramel to balance the bitterness.

T: caramel, sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and bitter hops

M: well carbonated (medium) with a medium-heavy body gives a nice bite and smoothness balance. I usually don't like a hoppy beer, but the mouthfeel is excellent on this one to balance it out.

O: excellent straight forward imperial stout. $8 per bomber and available widely, this will be a go to since I'm in the distribution area again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 20:30:05 | More by Holland
Photo of ixodus

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a tan head. Head falls quick to a small haze on the surface. Lacing is moderate

S: Chocolate fudge, cocoa, vanilla, raisins, black strap molasses, char, roasted malt, burnt coffee, slight hop earthiness, and booze. A very inviting aroma.

T: Dark chocolate, vanilla, raisins, molasses, robust malts, bitter coffee, char, roast, slight hop bitterness, a touch of booze makes for a nice warming effect. More on the sweet side but balanced with the roast.

M: Thick creamy full body with prickly carbonation.

O: Overall a wonderful beer at great value. Might throw one or two in the cellar for fun.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 23:10:58 | More by ixodus
Photo of SickGnar


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark brown – it misses black because when held to light a little mahogany glow can be seen. Hard pour yields cascading bubbles & a big tan head that pops right up and settle pretty quickly. It keeps a decent ring & leaves some barely okay lace. Still it does have better retention and lacing than expected for the abv. Basic look, but fair enough.

S: Boozy chocolate tiramisu and fudge brownies. Lots of chocolate – sweet, creamy, and with just a hint of bitter-sweet that blends into a note of coffee beans rather than actual coffee. Plentiful sweetness – darkly malty, a bit of toffee & molasses, and a hint of dark fruit. Alcohol never gets beyond tiramisu impression. A good bit more nutty & chocolatey malt backbone emerges as it warms.

T: Richness & robustness with good intensity and a fair bit of complexity. Initially there is some molasses and dark fruit sweetness along with some nut brown type maltiness. Spicy alcohol quickly washes over with a fair bit of sweetness continuing underneath. Almost as much spice & heat as some chili beers, bit it is clearly alcohol derived and it does get right in there and blends well with other aspects. As initial punch fades – dark fruits return along with scorched toffee and tons of chocolate. Chocolate is darker than in the nose, but still only mildly bitter-sweet. Roast also stays relatively soft (for a big stout), but it does take on a nice roast grain character and lingers long in the finish. Gets quite a bit sweeter as it warms.

M: Definitely a ways beyond medium, but not quite truly full. Sort of funny for a stout above 10 percent. It does have fairly average carbonation that does lighten it just a bit. But then I think the 10.8% thins things out a ways too. Still it does have some heft, chew, & sticky sugars. Flash of sweetness at the start is quickly smothered by roasty drying along with quite a bit of spicy alcohol warming. I would like a bit more heft & chew to balance the flavors and the booze. Okay, but not more than that.

D: I thought Dragon’s Milk was a bit high octane, so I was some concerned regarding this one. As much as I did not care for the other, this one I really like. Potent yes, but not thinly boozy. It isn’t sneaky, but it has the richness & depth of flavor to pull it off. Interesting combo of flavors and aromas too. A decadent treat with a desert nose, emphasis on chocolate, solid malt base, plentiful sweetness, and nice accent notes focusing on dark fruits and spicy heat.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 00:08:16 | More by SickGnar
Photo of jegross2


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company. Thank you Adam Herstein for bringing this bottle back from the brewery after striking out at Founders on KBS release day. You rock. Also, happy birthday Adam!
Score: 92

2012 vintage bottle served in a Founders tulip and enjoyed on 03/10/12. Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a super thin caramel highlight strip at the top of the beer when held up to light. Less than a finger of tan colored head at pour settles into a thin ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 4/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, raisin and fudge. Oak, molasses, plum and a little vanilla too. Roasted malts and a hint of earthy hops. 4/5

Taste: Very straight forward and delicious. Rich dark chocolate, fudge and creamy vanilla. Raisin flavor throughout. There's a light booziness to the beer, but nothing detracting by any means. There's a growing molasses-y flavor on the midpalate. Some caramel too. Very balanced overall. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, light carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Dry and slightly sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: A little thinner than I expected for such a full flavored stout, but that's about the only negative thing I can say about this beer. This one is substantially better then I expected, and is tastier and more balanced than Dragon's Milk.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out if you have the chance.

Pairings: Vanilla cupcakes.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 04:37:11 | More by jegross2
Photo of Dope


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black pour with a nice mid-sized dense mocha head. Retention is great. Quite decent lacing.

S: Roasted malt, dark fruits, molasses and dark chocolate. Coffee appears as it warms. A bit boozy.

T: Tons of dark chocolate and roasted malt up front. Wonderfully mixes with a bit of bitter coffee. Coffee and molasses flavor lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Thick and robust. Smooth.

O: Great stout. Heavy on the chocolate but not overpowering. Combined with the thickness and brownie batter is not far off. Bitter coffee keeps the sweetness in check perfect. Excellent beer, underrated in my opinion. Just a tad bit boozy is all.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 04:27:21 | More by Dope
Photo of barnzy78


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, pours opaque black into a snifter glass. Foamy light brown head leaves some chunky lacing on the glass as the head slowly dissipates. Aromas are dark chocolate and roasted malt, boozy as it warms. Tastes are dark chocolate with some baker's chocolate, fresh brownie, sweet, with some roasted malt, and dark fruit and cherry perhaps. Slight hop bitterness on the finish. Mouth-feel is noticeable from the start - thick and rich, covers the palate wonderfully. It's boozy, but greatly balanced making it a true sipper. Very enjoyable throughout.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 05:29:31 | More by barnzy78
Photo of wintbs379


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

Appearance - Deep mahogany, poured with a small head that slowly dissipated, but stayed longer than I thought. Some lacing along the side of the glass that remained throughout.

Smell - Slight boozy smell. Deep roasted malts, slight chocolate

Taste - Upfront with roasted malts, boozy, and chocolate. Some sweetness throughout the middle, ends with a small hop and bitterness taste as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Not too thin, small to moderate carbonation. Creamy, not too slick. Very nice overall.

Overall - A very good representation of the style. Have a second bottle that I think I may let age a bit and see where it goes.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 02:24:59 | More by wintbs379
Photo of mulder1010


3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 13:13:56 | More by mulder1010
Photo of Etan


4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Spiegelau tulip.

A: Pours a thick, rich, opaque black with a reddish-brown hue. A small chocolate-brown head forms. Decent lacing around the glass. Looks great.

S: Nose is all roasted barley shot through with sweet, fruity alcohol. Hop character comes out a bit as it warms.

T: Aggressive roastiness confronts the palate immediately, followed by bittersweet chocolate, and as the alcohol comes out, the chocolate turns into tangy small raisins and prune. The finish is smooth alcohol and the ever-present roastiness, which lingers. Alcohol disappears immediately after the sip is swallowed, leaving bitter burnt coffee and a ton of creamy dark chocolate. Fruity notes come out more as the beer warms.

M: Relatively thick-bodied, with subtle carbonation upping the creaminess.

O: A very smooth imperial stout, integrating and restraining the alcohol better than most. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 02:49:15 | More by Etan
Photo of jera1350


4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a tulip a jet black color with a dense head of mocha colored foam. Awesome retention and gobs of sticky lace left clinging all over the glass.

The smell is chocolatey and creamy with a hint of roast and alcohol.

A great blend of chocolate, chocolate pudding, cream, coffee and alcohol. The alcohol is tasted, but it's not hot, more of a vapor behind the other flavors and I think it's good. Not off-putting at all. The coffee is lighter, but goes really well with all of the chocolate and cream.

Full and creamy soft mouthfeel.

This is one of the more memorable imperial stouts I've had in a while that was new to me. The flavor, feel and look are all terrific. Highly drinkable for the ABV also. I will look to get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 17:16:44 | More by jera1350
New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.