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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 71
Gots: 109 | 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 aasher


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

I poured this one into a New Belgium snifter. It poured smoothly, a midnight black with a khaki lacing on a the glass. It smells of roasted caramel malts and has a nice coffee accent to it. It smells like it was oak aged and has a little bit of vanilla in the after taste. The taste is excellent. It's rich, roasted, and has great coffee flavor. It too has slightly oakyness to it. It's smooth and not the heaviest of Imperial Stouts. I find this one to be very, very drinkable. I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 02:42:29 | More by aasher
Photo of glid02


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


Pours black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts with huge amounts of dark chocolate aromas. As the beer warms mild amounts of smooth coffee aromas make their way out as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of dark chocolate flavors. The dark chocolate flavors carry through almost to the end of the sip before small amounts of coffee flavors temper the sweetness and lead to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more with no problems.

Overall I was impressed with this beer - a fairly large stout that can rival some of the bigger chocolate stouts out there. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 00:32:53 | More by glid02
Photo of Bendurgin


3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Raznug for this want. Pours black with a bubbly thin tan head. Very thin lacing sticks around. I think the smell is relatively bland. Faint aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, ground coffee and some earthy flavors, but as I said it's all a little bit on the faint side. However, nothing offensive, I just wish it was more. This is actually kind of sweet, toffee and chocolate are the first things that come to mind. The finish is a lot like bitter espresso. I like the bitter finish. The flavors are good on this one. Lighter body than I had expected and the carbonation is a little more than I prefer. It drinks nicely, I would have never guessed this one was over ten percent

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 02:41:52 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of Hoops4life511

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle no sign of a date poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - As I'm pouring you can actually see through the stream of beer and it is a deep brown with a mahogany tone. Once in the glass the liquid is opaque black with a half inch light tan head hangs out for a minute but falls to a patchy cap. Sticky on the edges of the glass in spots but no serious rings. Overall decently appealing.

Smell - Big on smell with a lot of dark chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, caramel, some vanilla and oak notes. Smell is really great.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Rich roasty malts and dark chocolate with a hint of oak. Not as much alcohol presence as I would have expected from 10.8%. Taste is good, but not even the most appealing part of this beer when compared to how it feels. Very smooth with a slight tingle from the carbonation. Thick full body coats my mouth and is fantastic.

Drinkability - While the alcohol isn't cloying, the thick mouthfeel and how heavy it sits in your stomach really keeps this one as a sipper. I love big beers but this one took a while to get through.

Overall - A very rich beer that would go great with dessert. Tasty and full, I wouldn't be opposed to picking some more up.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 01:02:47 | More by Hoops4life511
Photo of djhowell


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Very dark, nearly black opaque body with two fingers of tan head that settles to just a little layer covering the top a minute later.

S: Oak, dark chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts. Makes me think of raisins dipped in chocolate.

T: Roasted malts first, sweet chocolate, some dark fruit - plums I think this time, a good dose of bitter hops and then a little boozy warmth at the end (but not overpowering).

M: Creamy with low-moderate carbonation that feels right. Finishes dry with some lingering chocolate flavors.

D: Good beer to sip on while reading a book on the patio. The flavor really comes out as it warms. It doesn't stand out from other similar beers I've had but I would have one again if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 20:41:07 | More by djhowell
Photo of Ryan011235


2.38/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at in a 10oz glass at Bodega on 5/5/10

Dark brown when settled; cola highlights around the edges. 1/2 inch tan head. Thin retention, though lacing is among the best, most solid I have seen.

Well-implemented & expressive aroma of roasted malts, toffee, caramel & a spot of brown sugar. Hints of milk chocolate. Notes of citric hops add additional layers of grapefruit & lemon zest.

Tastes ok, but maybe not for the style. Roasted chocolate first, then dark sugars with burnt undertones. Offset by some sweetness - toffee & caramel, especially. Stray earthy hop notes with a subtle bitterness that picks up toward the end. Maybe a dab of citrus.

Full bodied with appropriate carbonation; just enough to keep things moving. Alcohol heat is appreciable. Burnt residuals linger.

While not a bad beer, I find it too sweet & far too much akin to a Barleywine for it's own good. I'm glad I tried it though; been passing it by for a while. A decent sipper but sketchy for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 22:15:45 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of TMoney2591


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a straight jet black, quite opaque, with about a third of a finger of dirty khaki foam on top. The smell is of dark malts, dark wheat, coffee, and a faraway sense of coal and smoke. I kinda wish that was closer, but what're ya gonna do, right? The taste follows pretty closely, with those pesky dark malts taking the lead, followed by some smooth cocoa, a hint of cappuccino, and some figs in the background. It all comes off as a very nice constant transition between sweet, darkly bitter, roasted, and darkly fruity. The body is lightly heavy with low carbonation. the feel is very thick and chewy, though also very smooth and fluid, without coating the mouth very heavily. A damn fine stout from that crazy glove-shaped state.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 04:16:57 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of bgildea


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

A: Nice dark black color with a good amount of tan head. Little lacing, but it's pretty hot, so that might be a factor.

S: Nice smell of oak, caramel, roasted malts, chocolate and maybe a hint of coffee.

T: Very good taste. Nice sweet flavor hits you up front, probably the caramel and chocolate. Then finishes with a roasted malts and a tiny bit of hops. Good balance and overall flavor.

M: Not a whole lot of chew to the beer. A lot thinner than I was expecting.

D: It's definitely drinkable, cause it is good tasting. The alcohol might knock you on your butt if you drink too many though. So definitely sip this beer.

Overall: Overall the beer was very good. I plan on drinking several imperial stouts today, so I hope they are all as good as this one. Great sweet flavor hits you right away with a perfect balance of malts and hops to finish it off.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 19:22:22 | More by bgildea
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a dark black by the look of it, red notes when held to the light. Head is thumb sized chocolate in color on an aggressive pour falls fast with some light lace.

Aroma is sweet malts roasted with dark fruits dipped in chocolate. Some light coffee notes underneath.

Taste is like the aroma some chocolate mingled at the start. Some fruit notes, finish is long lingering coffee bitter mingled with grapefruit bitterness.

Mouthfeel is only heavy medium not quite full. Carbonation is nice medium level.

Drinkability is good nice bitter finish, nice decent stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 19:51:36 | More by mntlover
Photo of jwc215


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a than head that has very good retention, especially for abv/style. Vanishing dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of cocoa/chocolate with roasted espresso beans, anise and a touch of dark fruits.

The taste is of chocolate (vanishing hint of cherry at first?) with roasted coffee and a touch of anise. Complex - sweet with a roasty balance. Alcohol warmth shows.

It is full-bodied, creamy and silky.

A deliciously dark sipper. Nicely balanced and drinks well despite noticeable warmth.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 23:33:25 | More by jwc215
Photo of Pencible


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nearly opaque black cherry, with a little tan head. It smelled like burnt coffee and bitter chocolate, with some brown sugar and molasses and a bit of alcohol. It tasted like roasted coffee and brown sugar, with some dark chocolate and licorice. It was thick with a little carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a nice rick and dark scent and taste, which was well balanced but not quite delicious. It had great body with decently hidden alcohol, so it wasn't difficult to drink. This could maybe improve with age. There was nothing wrong with the beer, but it really didn't grab me, so it was ultimately forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 18:00:41 | More by Pencible
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

22 ounce bomber. Spiegalau footed ale glass (Snifter/tulip hybrid thing).

A - Pours as black as any RIS I've ever seen. Tiny off white head.

S - Picking up a nice chocolate note.

T - Nice sweet malt throughout. Just enough bitterness to prevent the beer from tipping to cloying. Alcohol is noticeable to a degree but not prevalent and does not interfere with flavor. Chocolatey, some baramel taste, and the tiniest touch of light roastiness.

M - Is a little light on body for the style, especially considering all the flavors going on.

D - Very nice, very interesting. An RIS with a lot of sweet flavor and retains its smoothness. I'm liking it right now and want to keep drinking. A fuller body would enhance the flavors and make it more drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:19:40 | More by EStreet20
Photo of JoshuaJ


3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, tan head that disappeared quickly. Virtually no lacing.

Nose: Roasted malts and molasses. Some boozy alcohol. Not much else. Pretty unassuming.

Taste: Roasted malts. Molasses. Fusel alcohol. The faintest hints of chocolate. Like the nose, there's not much going on here. The boozy alcohol comes out more as it warms.

Mouth: Moderate carbonation. Much lighter than I expected.

Drinkibility: Because of the light body and all around unassuming character of this beer, it goes down quickly and easily. Not much to think about. Not sure I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 22:36:38 | More by JoshuaJ
Photo of colts9016


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from stonequarrywest, thank you very much. I am very glad that I am drink a RIS, been quite a while since I have enjoyed my favorite style. Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A very poor thin light tan head that has very poor retention. The color of the beer is black to oily brown. The clarity of the beer is opaque. There is some carbonation bubbles on the side of the glass.

Nose: A nicely roasted malt, with chocolate, espresso, toffee, caramel, molasses, floral ester, wood, grapefruit, and solvents. There are notes of phenols, bread, yeast, and dark cherries.

Taste: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, espresso, toffee, caramel, molasses, floral esters, wood, grapefruit, orange, and solvents. There are notes of yeast, phenols, bread crust, and dark cherries.

The mouth feel is carbonated, coating, and rich.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium thick and the finish is medium full. This is an okay RIS. I feel that is lack the depth and richness. I am very glad that I got to try it. I was hoping for more in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 04:05:29 | More by colts9016
Photo of thetomG


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark black with some dark tan head with a bit of lacing. The aroma is primarily a very roasted malty smell with a flavor that matches the aroma quite well.

Overall this is a solid stout, but in the end I'm not I'd seek it out again. Good, but not great in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 05:15:37 | More by thetomG
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, if a bit thin Imperial Stout, a forward boozy note balances nicely the slim body.

Presentation: 22 oz capped brown bottle. Badly screen printed and fading cream-yellow label, with he head of a joker presiding it. Back label notes intent, main description, and festive recommendations. Lacks any "bottling" or "best by" date. Shows Platoº (27) and Alc. by Vol. (10.8%). Served in a snifter.

A - Dark brown pour, with a short light brown head, short retention, poor lacing, and a consistent if small surface memory ring.

S - Finely scented range of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, taken over by a sweet notion. As it warms up and progresses some dark fruit tones also appear alongside a more prominent boozy whiff.

T - Taste follows in sync with the smell with a solid and rich roasted malt sense, coffee, chocolate, a bit of sweet caramel and a boozy warming touch lingering in the end with a fruity pinch.

M - Medium-full body with fine carbonation and a smooth finish picked up by a hefty alcoholic touch. Not subtly integrated but not interfering either.

D - Hmm, goes back and forth but works rather well and makes for a rich and enjoyable sipper.

Notes: Not too sure it fits the standard for the style but it really does not need to. Rich enough and balanced well enough to make it rather enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 12:03:23 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of beerhan


4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

mmmm...New Holland is really a hit or miss type brewery. Some of their beer is phenomenal some however is just average. Recently I went on a Michigan brewpub tour and just happened to be lucky enough to drink the Night Tripper on cask. Between six of use we probably ordered about 20 glasses. It was a very good night and one of the finest stouts I have ever had. I have heard that it is just not the same out of a bottle but if anyone ever has the chance to have this on cask you will not be disappointed!

Serving type: cask

05-02-2010 21:29:49 | More by beerhan
Photo of MarkFy


3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great offering from New Holland.

A: Dark brown

S: chocolate, some dark fruit

T: sweet cocoa and slight dark fruit, an excellent stout flavor

M: Slight creaminess, not too boozy, good balance.

D: Very good beer, but not craving more. Dragon's Milk is more up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 05:12:06 | More by MarkFy
Photo of chaz01


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Dark black with a nice brown head that slowly recedes to a collar around the rim.

S: Lots of woodsy smokey oak aroma, roasted malts and a bit of alcohol.

T: Roasty malt flavors with a bit of dark fruits -- plums, dates and raisins.

MF: Full bodied and syrupy -- especially when served at room temperature. Lingering chocolate and alcohol finish leaves pleasant sensation.

D: Nice sipping beer to have on the deck on a warm spring evening. Goes well with some dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 04:33:07 | More by chaz01
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

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

Thin head of about a half finger, even with an aggressive pour, gone in an instant, does manage to leave a very thin sheet of lacing down the glass sides for a moment. There's close to a sour edge to the nose at first, briny with sea salts, this activates the dark roast in the coffee, cocoa scents, anise seed as well as more tart red cherry, raspberry fruit scents than would be expected, lemon peels and unprocessed grains contribute to the erect bearing. Full-bodied, really firm in the mouth, in a somewhat contentious manner. The cocoa, mocha powder and vanilla bean blast right through, any caramel or butterscotch not softening things much. Lots of roast to it, gets leafy at times, without forming too distinct flavors the hops get up in there and help steer the wheel. Pepper spice and dill crop up at moments. There's some edge to the carbonation but not that lasting. As it ends the roast becomes even more dominant. Leaves you with the impression that this is a very "stylistic" imperial stout and the producer has no problem polarizing those who try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 03:17:08 | More by farrago
Photo of OlRasputin989


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into pint...

A: pours black with some hints of brown around the edges. a very small, creamy cappucino head.

S: sweet. very sweet. chocolate aromas, roasted malts, licorice, piney hops, booze, and oatmeal.

T: creamy milk chocolate upfront, licorice, roasted grain, then some hops sneak in there. aftertaste is booze, bitter dark roast coffee, more licorice, and cocoa.

M: full body, thick and oily with a low carbonation. finishes dry with heat from the alcohol.

Overall, a big, full flavored stout with alot of kick. i enjoyed how the chocolate flavors blended so well with the licorice and alcohol flavors. also, the oily, creamy body was a nice break from the hoppy, fizzy west coast stouts i've been enjoying of late.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 06:22:56 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of cpetrone84


4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-extremely dark brown beer, almost black only hints of light to shine through. The head is tan in color, tight with a few bubbles on top, and creamy in appearance. The retention is pretty good and the lace is very attractive on the glass

S-the nose starts of slightly roasted, notes of barley, some chocolate brownies come in next, dark malty fruity sweetness in the back.

T-the taste follows the nose, roasted malts and hints of toasted barley up front. The chocolate brownie takes over, notes of dark bakers chocolate in the back, touches of anise and just a hint of malty sweentess, toffee and caramel, in the back with light touches of dark fruits but very faint. Hints of hop bitterness and herbal leaf are light but present in the finish

M-full bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate. Carbonation is extremely solid, crisp clean finish and dry in the back.

D-this is an insanely drinkable imperial stout. Extremely good, well balanced and big time maltiness. Tons of chocolate and roasted malts throughout.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 02:29:44 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of steve8robin


3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on a trip to NJ...

A: Black as midnight. Small creamy mocha colored head that quickly fades to a small mocha swamp atop the brew.

S: Smells very good. Sweet milky scents upfront with some nice sugary malts in the middle. Not much going on in the backend. Good.

T: Very malty sweet roastiness upfront followed quickly by hops in the middle of the brew. Sweet candi sugar on the backend.

M: Too thick. Leaves a heavy flavor on the palate.

D: Goes down ok. A little heavy from the roasty bitter chocolte espressso. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Again, the hype seems a little over-bearing. Good, but not great. Needs a little more flavor balance. If you like hops, you will enjoy this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:30:55 | More by steve8robin
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: From the bottle a beautiful deep chestnut brown, while in the glass was a standard issue black coloring. The capping was compact, a ½ finger high at best and short lived retention wise. A gathering of carbonation bubbles clings to the inside bottom of the glass before being released while a slight ring of stickage composes the lacing on top.

S: A beautiful blend and balance of rich roasted malt and dark chocolate first entices the aromatic senses. Some freshly brewed espresso is detected along with some alcohol laced dark fruit (prunes). Moderate in strength overall the aroma is very smooth and easy going.

T: Rich dark notes of slightly burnt chocolate collides with a robust offering of freshly roasted malt. Dark candied fruit of dates and prunes with highlights of alcohol grace the flavor with a warm sense of fruit. Black coffee along with some sweet black licorice adds spice along with a beautiful fresh roasty finish that was extremely smooth and eloquent in character. The alcohol is warming, but very even toned and mannered, while the malting is rich, lush and exceptionally smooth in character and delivery.

M: Medium body with a slightly oily texture gives this a slick and silky appeal. A gentle ease of carbonation is felt while the drink flowed around the tongue in a fluid and effortless manner. A good keeper the longer you hold it with a gentle ease of bitterness that teases the tongue after the swallow.

D: Good drinkability, very smooth but still delivers a rich dark treat with sweet highlights. The 10.8% is hardly noticeable behind its dark and sweet flavor making this an very easy stout to consume. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 00:44:10 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint

Pitch black body with chestnut brown edges. The cap is sandy in color and a full two fingers tall. Not overly foamy, and some chunky, thick rings of lace.

Heavy roasted malt with some bittersweet dark chocolate notes and very subtle coffee. Not overly hoppy by any means, and that is refreshing in this day and age.

Massively roasted barley. One of the roastier stouts I have ever had. Some black strap molasses, charred coffee beans, plums, dark cherries and a little bit of licorice. Pretty solid on all fronts. I wasn't expecting much with this beer, and it sure delivered.

Medium to full body and silky smooth. This is an easy drinking stout, and at nearly 11%, I really had to slow myself down.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 21:02:49 | More by ColForbinBC
New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.