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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 362
Hads: 893
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 84
Gots: 162 | FT: 3
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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Reviews: 362 | Hads: 893
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into 2 pint glasses for my wife and me. This beer was black (it's an imperial stout) but had almost no head. After pouring each glass a really thin tan foam formed slowly, rising to a mighty 1 mm height. The aroma is really good, dark fruits like raisins and plums mixed with sweet malt and maybe a little anise. The flavor reminds me a little of Stone RIS on a good year, lots of good things in there. Pretty thick mouthfeel, but drinkability is still very good for the style, as the alcohol isn't real easy to detect.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a used motor oil black color. The head is none existent. The aroma is of roasted malt, burnt malt, dark chocolate, graham crackers, and a hint of vanilla. The taste has everything the aroma does with a hot finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a good RIS. The only beef I have with it is the lack of any head what so ever. I could drink this again, and would really like to try it after a year or two in the cellar.

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Photo of brdc
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goryshkewych for this one.

Large capped bottle poured vigorously into a snifter, and the oily, pitch black fluid is almost completely devoid of head. There is not much lacing, but rather a thick oily film coming down the sides of the glass.
The aroma contains dark fruits and roasted malts, but is dominated by alcohol.
Viscous mouthfeel, taste has roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee but is also dominated by alcohol, although to a lesser extent than the aroma.
Low drinkability, particularly given the rampant nature of the alcohol characteristics.

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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 GRPunk
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- It poured a jet black with a thin tan head that left decent sticky spots on the glass.

S- The aroma was a bit muted. I picked up the classic chocolate and coffee along with some sweeter vanilla and raisin tones.

T- This one's on the sweeter end of ths Imperial Stout spectum, almost like a barrel aged. There were lots of raisin and bourbon tones to go along with the coffee and chocolate.

M- Light carbonation and hopping make for a pretty smooth mouthfeel.

D- Sweet flavor covers up the alcohol and allows for nice sipping.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of gmfessen
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw this on the shelves and recognized it as a new high gravity series and had to pick it up. Interesting logo, looks like some clown batman would have beaten up or something, anyways... Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is black as night (no pun intended) and has a creamy looking, one finger, brown-tan head. The smell is wonderfully complex; chocolate, roasted coffee, raisins, figs, dates, cherries and only a faint backdrop of the massive alcohol that lies hidden below. Making anything that has this much alcohol and still smells this great and not like rocket fuel is impressive. The taste showcases the dark fruit flavor, with an initial sweetness that then transitions to a warming alcohol bite and finishes with the roasty, toasty coffee/chocolate flavor. The alcohol is not quite as subdued as well as it was in the nose. The mouthfeel is full bodied and silky with a creamy carbonation. Overall, a dangerously drinkable beer. This could possibly be my new favorite beers and is definitely in my top 5. I hope to venture back to New Holland again and be lucky enough to try this one on tap.

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

Pours black. An agressive pour reveals a small pumpkin pie orangeish tan head that quickly recedes. No sign of bottle conditioning in the pour. Aroma is a nice strong roastiness dominating, a chocolatey fudge mixes in but is more subtle, soft and sugary. A hint of the alcohol, slightly bourbony in the nose as well. Taste follows with a nice coffee roastiness mixing with a great chocolate flavor, a very nice balance between the two. A bourbony twang towards the finish and perhaps just a hint of anise. Low level of carbonation lets you feel the thick malts resting somewhat heavily on the tongue, what carbonation there is is fairly creamy. Seems to be very little hop presence in the taste or feel. Just a hint of the alcohol warmth although pretty well hidden. A very good beer, I especially enjoy the feel although wonder how this will develop with some age. Definitely enough sugars here to last a bit although the seemingly low hop presence and low carbonation may affect the outcome.

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Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the sort of dark brown/black cherry colored liquid that is opaque enough to act the part. But just like those kids next to you in the Neon with the tooth-shaking subwoofers and tilted baseball hats, it's not really black, but it tries really hard. And here, it's more or less close enough.
Not much head to speak of, only a wispy and shifting tan lace.
The nose shows chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla, coffee, dark rum, and evergreens. It pretty much nails that trifecta of big American Stouts: Heavy sweet, powerful roast, and biting hops. A quadfecta if you count the notable booziness. It's the sort of thing that seems perfect for Bourbon barrels, but also nearly suggests that it has already seen them.
A blanket of milk chocolate is laid across the mouth first, which is then danced upon by a succession of dark fruits. Dates, plums, black cherries, blackberries. A subtle smoke and grilled meat impression arises, then is immediately forced to the background by the insistent confectionery vanilla-caramel nougat. And it rides this crest for quite a while as it lingers with nearly no deterioration in either flavor pronunciation or specification. After a bit, it segues in to a creamed coffee liqueur, with further booze flares of grapey and vinous brandy. The closing wintergreen hops provide a bittering contrast, but are far more subdued than their appearance in the nose would indicate. Sweet rules the day here, and loudly. If it lacks a tad of complexity, it only would have been drowned out anyway.
This is virtually still, and ostensibly drinks a bit like slightly thinned maple syrup. But there is a perfect ember of carbonation deep within, and this serves to prevent this from cloying, despite the rampant sweetness. It's brothy thick, but it shuttles itself unfailingly down the throat to warm the innards. It never feels gluttonous...more like Chicken Noodle Soup on a sick day as it provides nutrition and sustenance and warmth. It feels good for you, and you take it in as such.

This has all the elements of cult status except the cult.

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Photo of Goliath
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and completely opaque with one finger of brown head. There is good retention and no real lacing.

Aroma is great. Dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is nice, big coffee notes, bitter dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a little alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and very lightly carbonated. Almost still.

Drinkability is moderate. Great flavors make for easy drinking, however big flavors and high alcohol slow consumption.

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Photo of DunesBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle (I love the "double-deuce") pours dark as hell with a decent dark head retention. The bottle itself is interestingly simplistic with a yellow outlined jester's head and yellow lettering on the brown bottle. The price was good ($6.99) making it a great deal. I have found that Stone releases some excellent beers at a great price, unlike so many other high gravity brewers. Anyhow, the smell is somewhat boozy, but not overwhelmingly so. Notes of coffee, molasses, and a little dark chocolate permeate the nose. Wow, this smells like an Imperial Stout for sure. The taste is sublime. The foretaste is subtle, leaving barely a whisper of stout on the tongue, but as it goes down the throat it really opens up with a heavy malty, sweetness that perfectly compliments the alcohol in this brew. Too often Imperial Stouts emphasize the alcohol or hide it. Stone has blended the two here almost perfectly (not Three Floyd's Dark Lord perfectly, but close). The mouth feel is great, the drinkability is amazing. I could definitely drink this beer over and over again and experience a subtle nuance each time. All in all, a truly complex, fully satisfying Imperial Russian Stout.

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Photo of CortexBomb
2.08/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I tend to be cautious about New Holland brews, as they produce more misses than hits for me, but I decided to give this a whirl when I saw it on tap...and I think I'm going to stick to the Dragon's Milk as my token New Holland brew of choice.

The pour on this is standard for the style, nothing particularly special, but nothing wrong with it either. Nose, also average for the style, some roast, a hint of chocolate and dark fruits, but Imperials are supposed to be big, and this didn't go huge in any category here.

The flavour...was not good. The beer starts off pleasantly enough with soft chocolate and relatively subdued roasted tones. About midway, all I could taste was toffee though, it completely dominated the flavour, and was extremely cloying. I like sweet beers in a general sense as well, and I drink heavy beers all winter, this was unpleasant. Some alcohol presence on the finish.

In terms of the mouth, the beer is fine for the style, big and thick. Not much carbonation, as expected. In terms of drinkability, I have to drop the elbow on this one though...it's a more expensive beer because it's high gravity, and it's easily one of the worst in its style that I've had.

The bottom line: If you're looking for an excellent American Double Stout there are a number of bottles you can choose that are local to Michigan (Founders Breakfast and Kentucky Breakfast) or elsewhere (Southern Tier Choklat) which will destroy this beer at about the same price.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 3-21-08

Pours a absolute black, with a foamy brown head that lingers with a few big bubbles. Thick rings of brown lacing ring the glass.

Smell is huge malt, lots of chocolate, and lots of booze. Not as young as I expected, with a good woody-vanilla character right in the middle.

Taste is very malty, but super sweet. Not very complex, and very, very hot. Tasty, but very much sweet malt booze. A surprising hop finish adds even more craziness.

Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy, very good.

Drinkability is not so good, the alcohol and hops are a potent combo.

Overall, I will let my next one age awhile.

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

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

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

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

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

Split a bomber with my brother.

It pours out black as night, with basically no head. No carbonation slowly emerged and formed a little layer, but there wasn't much to it. It looks thick. The aroma was hard to detect - what I noticed was dark chocolate and a generic dark, roasted sweet smell. The flavor was better - it was sharp, boozy, with the tastes of coffee, black licorice, and a nice dark fruity, raisiny flavor that continued to grow as time went on. My wife tasted it and said it was like a burned coffeepot, but she's not a stout fan in the least. In the mouth it was syrupy and smooth, with very little carbonation. It went down fine, but the alcohol content will hold you back some. It's a good stout, but not great, especially when you try it the day after the release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My older brother Mike was kind enough to share a 22 oz. bomber of the Night Tripper with me. I didn't even know it existed until he showed it to me! I'm always up for another Imperial Stout, so I said bring it on!

A: It seems like I always say that heavy stouts "poured like motor oil" in my reviews, but I think I never understood that phrase until the New Holland Night Tripper. This beer is pure black and viscous as all get-out. There's almost no head to it; what carbonation you do see takes a moment to appear, as the tiny bubbles have to force their way up to the surface.

S: Aromas are rather simple: on the sweeter side, with some roasty characteristics. I'm catching some molasses.

T: Slight bite/burn from the alcohol. Roasty quality, like burnt coffee. Some dark fruit: raisins, plums, cherries. Black licorice, too.

M: Thick and smooth. No carbonation.

O: Good. I'm always a fan of Imperial Stouts, and this seems like a fine addition to the category. Although drinking it, with it's sharp alcohol bite and thiiick character, gave me chills.

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Photo of Blybloke
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Puchased a bomber at 44th and France in Edina; my first sighting of it anywhere.

Cool creepy label. I like the sinister jester.

Poured into a pint glass a little light. Color during the pour was more dark tea than black. In the glass, just the edges shown a tinge blood brown. Otherwise just as black as you'd expect from the style. Relatively thin head. Lacing wasn't anything noteworthy.

It smells like a stout. Nothing really stands out. Taste is good, a very respectably balanced stout. The bitterness of the coffee is offset by the sweet of chocolate.

Mouthfeel was a nice surprise due to the thin appearance during the pour. Not overpowering, but much chewier than standard stouts.

Check this out if you see it. There's room for improvement but it's no slouch.


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

Pours a dark black with no head whatsoever, slight lacing around the glass.

Nice sweet roasted smell with a hint of dark fruit.

Soft carbonation, tastes of bitter chocolate with a nice sweet oily coffee finish. Very smooth, the alcohol is well hidden.

I'm definitely impressed and glad I picked this up.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chalice type glass.

This brew pours dark brown, basically black, with a syrupy disposition. There is practically no head with only the thinnest ring of tan bubbles around the glass giving any indication that there is carbonation present. Aromas are very enjoyable with a heavy sweet malt, figs, and a noticeable alcohol smell.

The first pull was interesting. The first things that hit me were sweet malts and alcohol, but it would be unfair to judge this by those items alone. The complexity of this brew is truly fantastic, with all sorts of flavors coming together like chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and a bit of a whiskey warmth at the end. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, much like the Dragon's Milk from the same brewer.

I liked this one quite a bit but the only criticism I might give it is that there was practically no carbonation. It would be nice with a few bubbles. It's rather warming on the way down and at such a high gravity it doesn't take long to catch up to you. Recommended.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To say the least, this is a monster beer, a complete monster. Loaded with vanilla, chocolate, figs, prunes..etc. Very strong and it does not hide it. Tastes great with all those same flavors, and a nice bitey, hoppy finish. Whiskeyish on the back with a bit of drying alcohol flavors as well. A dark, opaque beer, with little head(only drawback). A heck of a good brew that I plan on buying as soon, and as much as possible.

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

Purchased this 22oz from Famous Liquors in Lombard.

Appearance - Pitch black with a minimal tan head.

Smell - Rich chocolate, coffee, and mild dark fruits.

Taste - An explosion of dark chocolate and coffee at first, followed by tangy piney hops. Finishes with some burnt toast and plenty of booze.

Mouth feel - Full bodied. Thick and chewy. Low carbonation.

Drinkability - Not bad for being so boozy. I felt the alcohol was a bit harsh and distracting. Other than that, is was a solid Imperial stout. Laying this one down for a year might do it some good. Worth a try!

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Jet black color, frothy liquidy brown head that bubbles away slowly, leaves a brown ring around the sides of the top of the beer. Some spots cling to the glass and slide into the beer after a bit. Later pours get some more "sheety" lacing, nicer.
S: Chocolate, sugars, a little bitterness in the malts, too, but mostly creamy. Some roasted malts and coffee. Deep whiffs yield smooth malty smells, almost buttery? Well-blended malts, nothing really stands out above the rest, but the mix is great.
T: Chocolate and coffee flavors up front. Tiny hop notes in middle, slightly bitter, oily or piney? Then a smooth malty finish that has dirty malts, some chocolate, soft but tingly almost. Maybe some vanilla?
M: Smooth, with some nippy bitterness scattered throughout the drink. No alcohol feel/taste.
D: Pretty darn good. Tasty and drinkable. Hides the 10% ABV very well.

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Photo of Pointman
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


What a great beer....New Holland has done it again. Had it on tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A - Black as the night - louie was whiter than white...ooops I degress...nice tan head, nice lacing.

S...MALT - Coffee - Caramel - all roasted

T - Coffee - malt - chocolate...very roasted and masking the big ABV. Some other spices, I will need another to determine all of them...lol...

M - VELVET...so full and smooth. God - I need to try another....

D - Awesome....One of my favorite Imperial Stouts....

I actually rate this better than the Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout....

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Photo of klewis
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black. Very little initial head, but bubbles slowly rise to great a small tan froth. Brief head life and little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, caramel, and a moderate amount of heat.

T: A bitter, ashy, and burnt oak taste up front. Mocha flavors and a light sweetness sneak into the palate after a few seconds. Complex with a noticeable alcohol taste.

M: Full-bodied and very sticky. Light carbonation gives this one a super smooth and silky texture. Very nice.

D: Solid. The alcohol makes a big appearance in nearly every way that it can, yet perhaps it is appropriate for a Mardi Gras beer. Check it out.

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New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.