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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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

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

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 01-22-2008)
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Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of tan head which recedes into a thin ring but leaves good lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts with some touches of sweet, dark fruits like raisins. There is also a bit of smoke and some vanilla aromas towards the end.

T: Roasted malts with sweet, creamy chocolate and vanilla flavors up front. The finish has a slightly smokey flavor along with a charred bitterness.

M: Thick body, low carbonation--nice and creamy.

O: A decent imperial stout. Sweet at first with a burnt, bitter finish, it seems to try to mix the sweeter imperial stouts with the more bitter ones, but they just don't mesh well. It would have been better without the somewhat harsh finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 01:12:57 | More by n2185
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hops, slight citrus hops, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, dry hops, slight citrus hops, slight alcohol, and slight roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 18:37:09 | More by Tone
Photo of beerman207


4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Dark brown with little light coming through -tan head that leaves a nice skim coat on the glass once it goes away

S: Wow - vanilla, caramel, toffee, licorice, maybe some raisin, great smell

T: Sweet malt, toffee, brewers licorice, smoke, this thing is fantastic. Great job!

M: Very mild carbonation - velvet texture

O: Alcohol so well hidden - this brew is fantastic. Definately in my top 5 RIS.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:26:13 | More by beerman207
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West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate pitch black color with a tan moccha head that seems to form effortlessly. Fine lacing surrounds my chalice with each sip, forming thick. Aroma has dark fruit, dark chocolate and moccha like coffee . Flavor is hot with alcohol and dark chocolate. mints left on my pillow and hints of fruit. Barley refined compared to most versions this alcohol infusion seems a bit intense and over the top compared to Black Magick and KBS. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation I just couldn't feel good about letting this beer coninue on. Drinkability/overall qualities of this beer aren't as bad as some of it's worse points...God love America everything else can wait.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 05:52:34 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of hardy008


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

Dark black pour with raisin colored highlights and a one finger dark tan foamy head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has dark chocolate and roasted malt. Not complex, but very nice.

The taste is just like the aroma. Simple and straight forward. Dark chocolate and roasted malt. Sometimes simple and straight forward is very good, and in this case it is. No need to load up on complex flavors when chocolate and roasted malt are this good together.

Full bodied, rich and creamy, with low carbonation, and a slightly bitter aftertaste from the roasted malt. This is a very nice beer from New Holland, and is definitely worth seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 01:47:07 | More by hardy008
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West Virginia

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

Serving Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Dark as night, creamy 2 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Hops, booze, malts, chocolate, coffee, some spices, and sugars.

Taste - Starts out bitter and hoppy, with some coffee flavors. The malts and chocolate come in and add some sweetness. Strong alcohol presence, but not overpowering. Has a nice bold thick feel, you really feel the beer.

Mouthfeel - Coats mouth, bitters tounge and palette, then covers it with sweet malts. Aftertaste is coffee influenced and lasts a long time.

Overall - About as good a imperial stout as you can get. Its a sipper that you enjoy with each drink. A 22oz is plenty enough. Any stout fan should try this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 08:38:01 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of InebriatedJoker


4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into pint goblet - Vintage 2011

Poured licorice black with one finger head that dissipated into a thin creamy lacing,decent carbonation.

Smell - Toasty malts ,slight vanilla

Taste -Smooth dark roasted malts with slight coffee's a mild anise hint, some sweetness with a vanilla hint.

Drinkability - For a 10.80% ABV brew this was wickedly easy to drink, good balance between bitters and sweetness,nice creamy lacing.. I will pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 19:12:18 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of BelgiumBill


4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome brew here.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass a pitch black all the way through the rim. Foamy 1 finger brown head that left a lingering lacing through the bomber.

Smelled of roastiness, coffee and cocoa. The smell wasn't subtle - you know it is there and is about to be big.

Flavors were intense roasty malts layering into cocoa and espresso. The 10.8%ABV was well hidden in the intense flavors, though an alcohol warmth on the sides of the tongue was present through the finish. Had a nice structure and complexity with a rich mouthfeel, but not so viscous that I would consider it chewy.

I delayed opening this large bottle because each time I looked at the size and 10.8%ABV I thought it might be too big. This thing has super drinkability which surprised me though I must admit to a slight buzz as I sit here with half a pint to go.

Overall, a great example of an Imperial Stout. I can't believe the Bros. haven't reviewed it yet. That's cool, just means more for me!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 18:23:52 | More by BelgiumBill
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black w/ a nice two finger chocolate colored head. Smell is that of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, caramel, malt. Taste is great- Chocolate, coffee, alcohol, slight fruit flavor. Nice smooth aftertaste, w/ a slight alcohol burn that lingers. This isn't as thick a beer as i was expecting, but the taste more than makes up for it. I like that you can taste some of the alcohol too. A 10.8% beer needs some of that (just my opinion). A big tasting beer that goes down ridiculously easy. Mouthfeel is nice- very creamy with some sweet, mostly bitter vibe to it. Impressed by this beer. I'm glad the Washington DC area is now getting New Holland brews!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 00:22:58 | More by jayhawk73
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3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage out of the bomber...

A - Pretty much black with some burgundy highlighting. The dark tan head was only about a finger tall and faded quickly, but did leave some nice lacing.

S - Tons of roasted malts. Also has bitter chocolate, alcohol, and dark fruits (mainly prunes.)

T - The loads of malt steal the show, but raisins and prunes are very prevalent. Alcohol shows up in a pretty isopropyl fashion. Some noticeable hops and vanilla as well, but the vanilla comes across a bit sweet.

M - A little lacking for me. I'd hoped for some more viscosity out of this one. It's got a velvety feel, but I'd just like it to be a bit thicker.

D - Certainly not hard to drink. I'd find it easier to drink fi only a bit thicker.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:54:34 | More by alkemy
Photo of imagese


2.55/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber purchased today in Chicago Burbs

A- dark drown with very light hues on the edge. No head. No lacing

S- light roasted malt, faint chocolate, sour plum, herbal hop, and booze

T- the sour plum leads, followed by a combo of dry chocolate and hop bitterness

M- thin and over carbonated. Very dry

D- for the style, it's not a good representation. Reminds me more of a Doppelbock

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 04:47:04 | More by imagese
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased at Brawleys poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter

A- Deep black. Nice decent sized head that stays around throughout.

S- Roasted malt and thats about it. Pleasant smell though.

T- Nice roasted malt, chocolate flavor. Some coffee and hop bitterness on the back end. A lot of hop flavor for a stout. Very good though.

M- As people have previously stated, it's silky smooth.

D- Very good. Alcohol is hidden well and not noticeable at all.

I've always passed this beer up at the store and that was a mistake. This thing is very good and very accessible, which is a plus. This is one of my favorite stouts that I can get regularly.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 00:48:38 | More by GehenHerzog
Photo of Cylinsier


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


Pours pitch black with a thin tannish head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Smells of right brown sugar malts and mild dark grains.

Taste is rich, with dark sugar sweetness and even a slight liquor flavor. This is balanced by a bitter toasted/roasted grain flavor.

Feels moderate to full, viscous, and barely carbonated, with just a tingle across the tip of the tongue.

A wonderful flavorful stout, not especially unique but hitting on all sixes where it counts. Just a very good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 02:12:33 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of FosterJM


4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

278th review on BA
bottle to New Belgium Globe

App- A big lush pour with a dark creamy brown color. HUGE two finger head. The head and lacing on this were shear perfection.

Smell- Big roasted malt, underlying chocolate mixed with vanilla. The 10.8 ABV is no where to be found on a big inhale.

Taste- Smooth, all that comes to mind. Lush, creamy and rich. The grains and little bit of chocolate provide such a balanced, layered flavor profile.

Mouth- The after taste of the flavors is just amazing. A wonderful medium body with a medium carb level. A bit of sweet cream mixed in. Just good.

Drink- Before I knew it my bottle was gone. I was sad and want to fly to anywhere I can buy a case or more. I could drink this all night and then drink it all morning.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:04:39 | More by FosterJM
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New York

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

22 ounce bottle in a wine glass. I have had in my cellar for 16 months.

A: black, stiff tan head that sticks around.

S: Roasted malts, alcohol.

T: Great, smooth, well balanced, flavorful, coffee, pretty standard flavors that I tend to find, but the balance is spot on between the malts, and the alcohol. almost 11% no way.

M: sliky smooth, mild carbonation.

D: This beer shock me it was really good, a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 18:01:29 | More by fastsrt
Photo of brew3crew


3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the new holland cafe. Served in a tasting glass

A-dark black with a mocca head
S-roasty malts with a slight bit of chocolate
T-tastes alot like it smells. Very roasty
M-medium bodied and slightly smooth
D-not bad. I can definitely see how this can improve with age, but just ok very fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 18:05:08 | More by brew3crew
Photo of Vierenner


3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark with an inviting sweet smell. Smells better than it tastes though, IMO -- the alcohol seems pronounced and there is a bittersweet chocolate taste which jumps out and scares away other flavors. My palate certainly isn't as refined as the experts, but I cannot get beyond the bitterness. Dragon's Milk remains the premier brew!!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 02:19:42 | More by Vierenner
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

This is the second time that I am getting to try this beer, the last was the 2010 vintage so this is my first shot at the recently released 2011 vintage.

This beer pours a super dark brown color with an ecru foam on the surface of the beer. The smell is rather weak in nature and is filled more with caramel malt aromas than with anything else. The flavor has chocolate flavoring with a bready biscuit-like undertone. It's not that this beer is harsh on the mouthfeel, but I really can't figure out what is going wrong with this particular bottle. I remember this beer being much better, but apparently I was incorrect. This is a very good beer, but it's nothing special or note worthy.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 06:17:10 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of siradmiralnelson


3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured about 1/2 finger of head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing. Color is black.

S. Smell is roasted malt, coffee, black licorice. Bitter smell. Some black chocolate. A bit of alcohol.

T. Roasted malt. A nice roastiness to it. Some bitterness. A hint of dark chocolate, but almost has a nutty flavor to it as strange as that sounds. Strange aftertaste of alcohol flavors.

M. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Bitter aftertaste.

D. Mediocore Imperial Stout. Nothing really impressed me with this beer. Carbonation was lacking which is something I have experienced from New Holland before. Probably wont be seeking this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 22:11:52 | More by siradmiralnelson
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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter and enjoyed with Triscuit Pizza, a great all-around way to stay warm during ice storms (so long as you have electricity to power the microwave to heat the Triscuit Pizza).

A: Pure black, one finger tan/brown head which slowly subsides to the edges of the glass. Good lacing.

S: Very sweet; lots of roasted malt and chocolate stand out to make this one quite inviting. Just hints of dark fruit, smoke, wood, and ethanol.

T: A bit fruitier than the aroma; raisins and vanilla compliment the roasted malt, chocolate, and woody flavors. Light peppery notes and bitterness on the finish really add to the complexity and balance of this beer.

M: Medium-bodied, light but prickly carbonation, very syrupy/sticky, which adds to the sweet finish of this beer.

D: Very tasty in small amounts; this one might be just slightly too sweet for me to enjoy the end of my glass as much as I enjoyed the beginning, but certainly a beer I would consider having another glass of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 06:56:01 | More by AwYeh
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black. Medium brown head with relatively large bubbles.

Rich chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and sugar.

Semisweet chocolate and sugary raisins. Hints of brown sugar, cream, caramel and coffee. A bit too sweet for me. Well masked ABV

Good carbonation, helps take away the bite from the sweetness and high ABV.

Started good, but the sweetness takes its toll.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:21:28 | More by ElGrecoVerde
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4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this New Holland high gravity series beer cask conditioned at my local bar. What a treat.

A - Very dark brown, almost black color, with tinges of caramel in the light.

S - Smells of dry malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee notes. Overall aromas are noticeably subtle.

T - Outstanding flavors of coffee, roasted malts, a touch of sweetness, maybe brown sugar/molasses. Displays hints of dark fruit like fig, plum, and a very slight touch of apricot. Overall an incredible imperial stout and excellent complexity.

M - Very creamy and smooth. Body is medium-heavy. Somewhat thick, but not syrupy.

D - This beer is dangerously drinkable for 10.2% ABV. Superbly enjoyable.

Serving type: cask

02-02-2011 18:58:27 | More by volkswankin
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Low head build up, very creamy in nature, thick collar. Some average to good lacing development. Very low retention time. Fiddles itself down to that creamy thin collar and soup skin body.

S- Some dark fruits, plum nature. Bit of berry hits with it. Nice roasted presence counteracts the heavy nature. Ethanol and sharp on the back end. Overall a bit lack on the nose.

T- Opens strongly dark fruits, the plum and fig variety. Some custard sweetness in the middle. Creamy, and lactose-esque. Caramelized brown sugar make up the back end of the middle. Finish is roasted grain. Never a hit of burnt or acrid flavor in this. In the beginning there was a slight metallic opening, a bit of an ethanol tinge here and there, but nothing troublesome or on multiple occasions to warrant a negative tick mark. Perfect transitions, very flavorful, and surprisingly good.

M- Viscous, chewy, thick, creamy, velvety, smooth, voluptuous, sensuous, lovely. It is awesome. Low carbonation doesn't bother this drink at all. It barely registers in the opening, and the nature of this beer allows it to linger and flow around my cavity leaving fantastic gifts behind. The dark fruits and custard flavors are the pockets of joy I find casually stashed here and there. Especially on my lips.

D- Fantastic. For a near 11 percent beer, this is dangerously drinkable. I'm impressed with it in how it feels and tastes. It is unfortunate that it smells a bit lacking and astringent at times. Thank goodness it never perpetrates these sins in other categories. I'd love to have this again and can't wait to share it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 00:50:40 | More by Khazadum
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First off the bottle is freakin sweet that this beer comes in. Pours into an opaque black that has a half finger head that leaves no lace.

Smells of coffee, malt, roasted nuts and a hint of coffee.

Has a nice balanced taste and at 10.2% you really cant taste the alcohol.

Has a decent drinkibility but definitely a great beer to chill with anytime.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-29-2011 01:07:01 | More by Landfill21
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West Virginia

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

22 oz. bottle, 2008 or so... Pours a opaque black, good frothy, tan head, lacing throughout. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, wood, and alcohol. Flavor is roasted malts, milk cocoa, wood, vanilla, a bit spicy, and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, creamy with a decent amount of bitterness. Lingers for a good while. Nice beer, good flavor and balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:01:06 | More by mtstatebeer
New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.