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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 360
Hads: 883
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 86
Gots: 160 | 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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Reviews: 360 | Hads: 883
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.

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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 chanokokoro
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Holland Brewing-The High Gravity Series branded stemmed glass

Pours an opaque black capped by creamy bone white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind a significant amount of splotchy lacing, excellent retention. Roasty chocolate malt, pruny dark fruit, and perhaps even a hint of nutty toffee. Bakers chocolate immediately, black cherry, sticky, chewy prunes and raisins, bitter orange and other citrus notes. Finishes with roasty bitterness and thick dark chocolate. Very creamy, huge full body with a lower level of carbonation. This is really an exceptional stout and one of New Holland's best offerings. A brew that every stoutie should seek out.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black-hole black and pretty thick looking as it makes its way from the bottle to the glass. A big and creamy tan head forms on top and grows with a little bit of aggressive swirling. Been holding on to this one for a bit, excited to finally crack it.

The aroma is a bit more subdued that I would have liked/imagined. But, my initial speculation that this was due to the beer being too cold was confirmed as the beer warmed and the aromas finally came out. After stuffing my nose into this for minutes, the thing I smell the most is heavy, dark fudge.

There are some secondary aromas floating in the back; your standard roasted malts, coffee and such, but my mind keeps coming back to that fudge. This beer smells like bittersweet fudge cake - an explosion of fudge. Light alcohol on the nose, too. Somewhat expected for a 10%+ ABV beer.

Holy shit... Night Tripper feels so big on the palate, it's crazy. Just so commanding, robust, and huge. Sweet dark fudge and chocolate cascade over my senses, following suit with the heavy fudge nose I was getting. The taste reveals a bit more than the aroma, however. Much more roasted malt which induces some light, balancing bitterness.

Dark prunes, light coffee beans, and more fudge make up the remainder of the profile. There's a slight dry and ashy tone that hits the back of my tongue with each sip and it slightly resembles burnt coffee beans... Not a bad addition. The alcohol is warming, but not as noticeable at is was in the aroma. Thick and heavy body, chewy, robust, low carbonation overall.

After hearing a bunch of people tell me this was New Holland's best offering, I can finally see where they're coming from. I still might be slightly biased towards the Poet, but this is certainly a top-notch brew from New Holland and no doubt one of their best.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from Ned's

Appearance: Doesn't pour super dark, but its quite black as it sits. Really nice head and lacing.

Smell: Dark and milk chocolate. Some coffee beans. Sweet malty aromas, and some roast.

Taste: There's considerably more bitter roastiness than I expected from the aroma. Dark chocolate malt and a bit of booze.

Mouthfeel: Very nice soft, creamy mouthfeel, especially upfront. Becomes a little drying on the finish.

Overall: Its a good, not great big stout. Pretty good value.

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Photo of barczar
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been in the growler over a day, so head is minimal, with tan bubbles on the surface. Body is an opaque black color.

Roast malt, sweet chocolate, coffee, booze (amaretto-like), and a hint of tar and soy form the aroma. Rum soaked plums come to mind in the finish.

Flavor is sweet initially, with sorghum richness and dark fruit giving way to roast malt and chocolate. The finish is fairly roasty, with coffee notes contributing to the light bitterness at the finish. Bruised cherries and plums become more distinct as it warms. Toasted nuts surface in the aftertaste.

Body is fairly thick and smooth, with minimal carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Fairly complex beer, with lots of forward fruity, estery notes and a solid roast malt base. It's a tad on the hot side.

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

22oz into a pint

A - Pours thick black, amber highlights. Mocha head formation, light but sticks around for a while. Looks "bubbly".

S - Hefty nose of chocolate and some earthy hopping. I get whifs of graininess from the malts as it warms.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, lightly roasted. Mid-stream gets hoppier but maintains that huge bittersweet chocolate profile. As it sits on the tongue I get a small amount of graininess. Some sweetness in the finish. A huge beer all around.

M - Full bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Comes off stick y and sweet. Not much alcohol warmth considering. Sugars must be big.

O/D - A really good but not overly assertive double stout. The smooth malts (esp chocolate) win the day, with more direct flavors such as hopping or roasted flavors play second fiddle. ABV is huge, watch out. Somewhat filling.

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

i had a friend suggest this night tripper from new holland. it pours close to opaque with a white head. the smell isnt very spicy, a little malty. it tastes very rich and bitter, not to sweet. this is a big boy stout. this beer runs nearly 11%abv so there is an alcohol taste at the back end, but it doesnt take away from the beer....just lets you know how serious it is. i have heard that this beer ages well, i may buy another bottle and try and hang on to it for awhile....its gonna be hard to pull off though..im really gonna be tempted to drink it.

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Photo of tut2528
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A: pours very dark brown almost black, with a nice semi-thick fingers worth of head formation that was light brown in color. decent lacing as well. alcohol legs are obvious as well.

S: a big blast of dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. secondary notes consist of alcohol soaked dark fruits and barley.

T: the roasted malts really come forward here. alcohol is quite present as well. there is some bitter dark chocolate in the finish with a slight creaminess that provides some balance. i even pick up on a soy sauce character.

M: heavier side of medium bodied, and the palate is lit up with alcohol heat, chocolate and coffee grounds.

O: a nice brew with big bold chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee as its main players. pretty nice brew for the price.

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Photo of mortarit
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have had this before and fell head over hills for it. The problem I never could find it again till now. It still as good from the last time I tried it.

Color: Dark Brown
Head retention: Very little
Taste: Rasins, dates, and licorice
Texture: Smooth, touch of butter
Drinking style: Sipper

A must try to anyone looking for the next flavor for Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours very dark brown to black with a two finger brown head, leaves drippy webs of lacing like an IPA, holds a light cap.

Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa powder, semi-sweet smelling, vanilla, some caramel, a bit nutty, a little hops. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is chocolate, cocoa, rich caramel, roasted malts, coffee, hazelnuts, vanilla, touch of dark fruit, fairly sweet, hint of herbal hops, pretty rich, some alcohol but really not bad at all for a fresh 11% brew.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, a little sticky, soft to moderate carbonation.

Man this is pretty good stuff. Kind of unique too...got that dessert beer sort of vibe without any vanilla, chocolate, etc additions. Lack of boozy taste in such a big beer is a nice plus too. I like it better than their Dragon’s Milk (which is still pretty good in its own right).

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Photo of dvmin98
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of merzeone
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
2.55/5  rDev -37%
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.

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Photo of haazer
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of mcintire78
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of jifigz
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of challenja
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

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New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.