1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

Not Rated.
New Holland Night TripperNew Holland Night Tripper

Educational use only; do not reuse.

819 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 819
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 80
Gots: 140 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 01-22-2008

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 819 | Reviews: 349
Photo of richbrew
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of karatebartender
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dnh2
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of shuajw
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Koufax21
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2011 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

A - pours a deep, dark, black with ruby hues. Leaves a 1" head that hangs and laces the glass well.

S - really didn't get much on the smell. Mild roast with a bit of fruit like character.

T - yumm... That where it's at. Lots of chocolate, espresso, vanilla, and oak. There is some kind of bitter fruit taste that I can't identify but pleasing nonetheless.

M - a bit overcarbonated for the style, but full bodied and satisfying.

O - I'm glad this was a stout I saved for Int'l stout day. Definitely worth the 7.99 I paid for it. I can't wait to buy some more and cellar.

Photo of xnicknj
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at varga in philly

Pours a deep blacked out color with a froth of off-white head. Retains remarkably well, lasting throughout the entire pour, leaving patchy lacing on the glass as the clouds of film swirl around on top.

Plenty of roasted dark malt in the nose swirled with oak and vanilla. Hints of anise and cocoa nibs with milk chocolate. A slight solventy note from the booziness, but not quite overpowering.

Roasty and warm on the tongue with a slight notion of pine hops. Milk chocolate with dark malts provide some sweetness with an underlying note of anise. Vanilla and oak driven by the barrel flavors, with some boozy warmth. Finishes slightly sweet with cocoa and whiskey.

Fuller body, slightly higher carbonation, pretty smooth on the tongue but not quite completely creamy. I've been wanting to try this for about a year now and it continued to escape me somehow. A pretty tasty imp stout, but nowhere near the top of the ranks for me.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
*From notes

A: More dark brown then black. A hard pour yields a dissapointing one finger head and little to no lacing.

S: Roasty alcohol. It's got some dark fruit to it too, making it a bit more balanced and inviting then originally thought.

T: Some dark chocolate up front which, as it warms, really opens up and invites me back to the glass time and again. The mid is a bit charry, though the finish kinda ends things on a pour note, as it comes off like rubbing alcohol. As the beer hits room temp, a good deal of vanilla extract shows up all over this thing.

M: Velvety. The carbonation is a bit rough around the edges, yet it doesn't detract from the presentation too much.

O: New Holland's Night Tripper ain't a half bad ADIS. I'd really like to see this one in a bourbon or whiskey barrel, as I feel it could take it and thrive. In the end, this is a beer I won't seek out again, yet I really did enjoy for the most part.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears blackish brown, khaki head and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. In the taste, more chocolate, roasted malt and a small alcohol presence, given the strength, not unexpected. Full bodied, smooth, lingering roasted flavor. Overall, a very nice stout, hides its bigness with sheer flavor.

Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a stem glass, a thick black with a small, dense chocolate-colored head that retained well, laced well, and stuck to the lips like a milk mustache. Chocolatey aroma, sweet, with notes of coffee and dark fruits. Delectable chocolate taste, with subtle sensations of grains, coffee, vanilla and raisins; but the chocolate really takes the lead role. Alcohol warmth is definitely detectable. Also, my wife was having a chocolate mousse for desert, so I took a swig after a spoonful of mousse...I think I now know how the biddies felt in that episode of Kids in the Hall where they pour the Bailey's on their cheesecake. Nice and rich, just about full-bodied, and very drinkable.

I've upped the rating of this a bit after having an aged '10 vintage (Jan. '12), also at Teresa's. What a great beer!

Photo of warbird07
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into 6oz snifter...2009 vintage..

Pours the deepest of brown, nearly black..thin ecru colored head, dissappates quick into a thin ring with minimal lacing..

smell is strong..a sweet bread aroma, molassas, dark fruit..no hop aroma to speak of..this is a 2 year old beer...

taste is heavy and layered, sweet dark fruit up front, big roast malt. and with a bitter chocolate finish that lingers a bit..unique to say the least...

mouthfeel does not let down..not really that thick..but substaintial enough...delivers the flavor well..

overall this is a unique offering for a double stout..age does it well..good, and good value..

Photo of EgadBananas
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black. Medium mocha head. nice lace. Roasted aroma, sweet chocolate and slight fruits. Slight coffee notes on the taste, big chocolate and huge roasted malt notes. Dark fruits are a minor contributor. There is some alcohol your can taste, but it's slight. Feel is full and creamy. Overall, a nice Imperial Stout.

Photo of sendsilk
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle. 22 ounce bomber.

A- DARK, I mean black beer with a medium mocha colored head. Nice lacing.

S- Nice dark roasty caramel. Very nice aroma, chocolate and resin.

T- Not too bad, if I could just get some of the alcohol kick out of it. I am about 8 ounces in and the taste is good but the alcohol keeps kicking me in the freaking tongue. Maybe this will get beaten down as time goes by, but right now, this shit tastes barrel aged or something.

M- Nice and thick with good carbonation.

O- If the alcohol was more tempered this would be really good. Maybe drink the 2011 in 2013?

Photo of mikereaser
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date is 2008

A - Pours a deep dark brown with just a slight amount of foam on the surface
S - aroma now is mostly dark fruits, molasses, dates, its slightly sweet but not overpowering
T - big brown sugar flavor, with chocolate coming up quickly to fill in the gaps. I'm picking up some sort of rum raisin cake. The chocolate is there but not in a big amount.
M - crisp carbonation with a medium body
D - I think its light enough that you could drink several would be cool with me.

Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011

A: pours dark, deep black ale with a single finger of mocha head. This sticks around for several minutes before falling to a sheet of the same, albeit broken. Spotty lacing. Clarity cannot be assessed on this darky.

S: Piny hops, molasses, bitter chocolate, slightest hint of graham. Nice, but nothing to call home about.

T: Roasty malts, graham, molasses, resiny hops. This is not particularly complex, but it is really nicely done. The flavor would likely come together more with some time in the bottle (12-18 mos). Alcohol is evident but complimentary.

M: Thick and something I could munch on. I like the viscosity here. Really decent carb here too: a little below moderate.

O: Nice beer, worthy of a try. Not as worthy if you have limited cellar space, but could age well. Otherwise, worth a try, but not overly awesome.

Photo of sidetracked
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011. Pours deep brown/black with a good initial brown head that dissipates to leave a thin lingering film.

Lots of dark dried fruits, raisins, prunes, and dates; unsweetened chocolate. Faint hint of alcohol heat.

Upfront flavor is sweet molasses mixed with dark dried fruits. Taste follows through to the finish. Little milk chocolate in the finish. Lingering roasted malts and sweet molasses.

Full bodied and slightly syrupy with a light chewiness. Low carbonation. Some alcohol heat as it warms.

Fairly sweet with lots of dark dried fruit presence. High drinkability--doesn't get boring even after a whole 22. Good value for the money.



Pours black with a substantial light brown head. Little lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, sweet brown sugar, molasses, raisins, and dried fruit.

Taste is slightly sweet upfront with a milk chocolate-like flavor. The sweetness tapers out in the middle, leading to a finish of bitter roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and brown sugar.

Full bodied with moderate chewiness. Medium carbonation adds a silkiness to the body.

Good, thick body with a rich flavor that nicely mixes bitter and sweet.


Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a rich looking dark black color, the head was foamy and thick looking. The lacing is pretty good too down the glass. The smell of the beer is roaster and has a touch dark roasted fruit. The taste of the beer has some nice chocolate flavors that fade their way into a burnt bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and had a nice thickness to it. Overall, I think this is my favorite New Holland brew as of yet. I would drink this one again.

Photo of bum732
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

S: Light coffee roast, some dark chocolate, touch of dark fruit, some vanilla, sweet caramel.

L: Dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head, delicate, dissipates.

T: Light roast with a caramel sweetness. Medium spicy bitterness leading to sweet caramel and a touch of roastiness. Alcohol apparent with prickly carbonation. Finishes semi-sweet with some residual alcohol. Some grape skins as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, with medium prickly carbonation.

Not bad, alcohol was a little much, and not enough coffee roastiness for me. Probably wouldn't buy again.

Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz, v.2010

Pours a deep chestnut brown color, not completely black with a small brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves minimal sticking. Coffee grounds, chocolate and deep roasted dark malt on the nose, licorice/anise and a hint of cherry. Roasty in flavor with a long burnt coffee/creamer finish. Sticky and medium in body, very easy to drink.

Photo of Brez07
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed in the Blind Beer BIF #5. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a cola brown, slightly murky. Sits dark brown in the glass with an initial 1 finger mocha head that dissolved pretty quickly. Big difference for the second pour as it was not murky and I got 3 fingers of head. Retention was much better. Touch of lacing (4.5)

S: Light roast, creamy chocolate. Coffee? Possibly brown sugar. Something spicey, maybe. Whiff of alcohol. Not quite a stout-like nose, so I'm thinking porter (4)

T: Good roasted finish. Slightly earthy. There is some dark fruit hidden deep, but I think I could be reaching for this. Could be anise too. Bit of an alcohol kick in the finish along with the big roast flavor (4)

M: Feels full bodied at first, but then thins out a bit so I'll call it medium. Still fairly creamy though. Kinda weird. Big roasted finish (3.5)

D: I enjoyed this beer, but the whole bottle myself was a bit much. Big roasted malt component, somewhat overtaking the over flavors (4)

Photo of ExtraStout
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this 22oz from CBX.

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 it was a solid Imperial stout. Worth a try!

Photo of GoldenChild
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from the 2011 release.

A: Black, dark brown head, good retention and lacing

S: Wonderful with rich chocolate, raisin like , dark fruit
charcter and some roastiness Mellow.

T: rich chocolate character coupled with plums, raisins and sherry, with more fruitiness with a roasty, bitter finish, reminiscent of coffee grounds. Mainly roasted malt driven bitterness.

M: Soft, smooth carbonation, big and viscous body, excellent finish.

O: This was impressive! I have enjoyed several of there beers and this is another great one that i will be buying more of and putting in the celler. yummy

Photo of FreshHawk
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark black color with an average sized, foamy, creamy, light cafe head. Disappears fairly fast leaving little lace.

S - Pretty heavy on the black coffee with a decent chocolate, caramel, toffee, and roasted malt background. Some boozy aroma as well. Hints of anise.

T - Black coffee, along with the astringently, and boozy flavor. A nice chocolate, caramel, and roasted background. A very faint fudge flavor comes up.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Too thin and watery for the style/ABV, and could definitely be thicker and more viscous.

D - A little hot/boozy and astringent and too thin, but I really like how the background plays with the more upfront flavors.

Notes: A little imbalanced and thin, but the background is nice and it works pretty well overall. Enjoyable, but nothing I could continually drink.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is labeled Vintage 2011. The body is a deep, black color and allows no light through. With an aggressive pour, I get a big three-finger mocha colored head that leaves decent creamy lacing along the glass and a creamy film on top of the body.

Chocolate comes first in the aroma, quickly followed by roasted malt and some sweet, dark fruit and hint of bourbon (although, not aged in bourbon barrels).

Roasted malt dominates the flavors along with the chocolate and a touch of licorice. There is a slight smokiness to the flavor that leads toward a small note of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium overall, and light for an Imperial Stout. A little notice of alcohol in the finish. Overall, a solid brew.

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my buddies from work gave this to me out of the blue for getting him a great, musical, high paying Easter gig. Thanks Mike!

A: Dark as night with no light passing. The one finger head looked like foam on top of a freshly made hot chocolate. Nice lacing, retention, etc.

S: I could smell the yumminess as soon as I cracked the bottle. Chocolate, with freshly burned charcoal. I also got some earthy, fruity notes in there.

T: Smooth, no coffee, chocolatey and damn fruity! The lingering candy was nice.

M: Thick, but not into Dark Lord territory... this was much more drinkable, and dare I say "sessionable." The carbonation very high for this style, but it added some personality to a style that is very competitive in the craft beer arena.

O: I dug this! If one were to drink this after sampling Darkness, Dark Lord, and many other heavies, it may seem like a letdown. However, I liked it for what it was.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.