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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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799 Ratings
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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 80
Gots: 131 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 01-22-2008

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At least 2008 Bottle Vintage; Sampled February 2010
A solid pour produces a tightly beaded, three-finger thick, richly browned head that leaves a nice layer of lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a rich black hue that has some brown notes to its depths. The aroma is richly toasted, with a savory rich maltiness, toasted nut aromatics, molasses, touches of licorice, rich chocolate, caramel, sweetened concentrated black coffee. I really like the nose on this beer, it is a nice mix of rich aromatic notes with just a hint of warming, spicy alcohol.

The beer feels thick and creamy as it hits my mouth for the first time. Rich and malty, without being overly sweet, which really brings out a dark milk-chocolate flavor in this beer. This finishes with a nutty, darkly toasted grain character that lingers on the palate and makes this a sort of savor, mouth watery finish that makes you want to take another sip. My second sip sees me noticing more of the roast grain, and hop induced bitterness that helps to balance the rich malt flavors. A hint of licorice flavors mixes with touch of molasses and a rich caramelized concentrated malt character. This can get a bit thin in character towards the finish at times, but for the most part remains a rich and satiating brew. The roast character definitely does a good job of balancing the rich / sweet malt; at times bitter, perhaps even a touch acidic and acrid (though only just enough to balance the up-front sweet malt notes)

I have been particularly craving Stouts this winter, but have still been avoiding Imperial Stouts. My enjoyment of this beer makes me think it might be time to tackle the plethora of Strong Stouts I have accumulated in the cellar. I was definitely in the mood for something rich and roasted and this easily fits the bill.

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

no freshness/brew date... bought today.

eyes...
1 full finger of off white head, dark as it should be, great curtains of lacing on this one, head retention is good, this is what an impy should represent

nose...
bitter dark european chocolate, not melted, that smell you get when you break a brick of it into pieces, malty backbone to support the choc notes, not much else going on but well executed

taste etc...
smooth and silky with just a touch of prickly carbonation, no hint of the higher ABV in the flavor, just a warming in the stomach
(not acidic though), lingering roasty bitterness in the back of the palate, not quite chewy but definitely a full mouth feel, has the right amount of heaviness. None of the flavors are deep and they don't grab you... but this is a solid beer.

verdict ?
good beer, well priced, worth checking out if you like the style.

Photo of gnemesis
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bomber into snifter. Pours black with brown 1 finger head. I smell malty sweetness- chocolate and toasty. Taste mimicks smell but with a little hop bitterness and a little warming from the alcohol. Thick and fullbodied and oh so delish! This glass is filled with pure goodness- one of my favorite impys.

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

Had this on tap during a recent visit to Brews Cafe in Granville. Was interested to try it as I've heard pretty good things about this one.

Appearance- Comes off the tap into a Bells tulip the usual opaque black with a thin sheet of creamy tan head across the top. Head dies back to a thin ring around the edge and a very minimal amount of lacing left as I drink.

Smell- Rich but not overly complex. Lots of roasted malts with a strong bitter chocolate aroma coming through as well. Can't pick up on a whole lot else but what I get does smell nice.

Taste- Again rich and flavorful. Up front I get mostly the bitter chocolate that I was picking up on in the nose and back up by lots of roasted malt. Also some mildly astringent burnt coffee flavors coming through as well on the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is thick and creamy off the tap. This beer was dangerously drinkable and a very nice combination of richness of flavor and accessibility for the style.

Overall, my favorite offering thus far from New Holland. Not the best imperial stout I've had but very good for the price point and availability. Recommended.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at New Holland.

Dark black color, with a light lacing for head. Smells and tastes of bitter roasted malt and dark chocolate. Some more hints of caramel and coffee. Alcohol is noticeable, but fits in nicely. A slow sipper that went together perfectly with some sharp cheese at the brewery.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz into tulip.

A- Very very dark brown beer pours nicely, 3 finger head that is sandy brown. Great retention on this one, head is not going anywhere. Settles to 2cm after 5 minutes, moderate lacing.

S- Chocolate (semi-sweet), mild toasted malts, caramel/honey... all in all pretty sweet. No complaints, though!

T- Chocolatey, mmm! A kiss of coffee, not really bitter or astringent lilke some RIS/ADISs can be. A bit of fruit, berry or plum comes through as well. Hops are there for a bit of a bite, but take a back seat.

M- Thick, creamy, a bit hoppy, and very tasty. No off-flavors make for an easy-sippin' beer. No sign of the 10% ABV, either.

D- I liked it a lot. I had no problem finishing the bomber. One of the better RIS/ADISs I've had in a while... I suggest you try it.

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

Jet black, minimal head, Roasted malt in the nose, a touch of hop, some chocolate notes, a touch of alcohol but its fairly light. The taste is a nice roasted malt profile with a sweet chocolate touch, the alcohol is there upon the finish and stung me in the front of the Adams apple. That alcohol sting seemed less as it warmed. Overall, a good impy stout. Pretty drinkable for such a big beer weighing in at over 10%. I'd certainly drink it again.

Photo of CRichardsMN
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Split the 22oz bottle 4 ways into tulip glasses. Has a nearly pitch black body with red highlights and no head. Leaves a spot or 2 down the glass with a good swirl.

Smell:
Thick nose of roasted malts, a little hops, some sweet fruit (figs) and a touch of alcohol.

Taste:
Tons of flavor to be expected from an Imperial. Sweet caramel with heavy roasting, a very small touch of hops and of course a tail of alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
Very thick and heavy body with only a very mild carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Drinkability:
Very good slow sipper, warms you up.

Comment:
The New Holland section is always my first stop down the beer isle and I immediately grabbed this one as I had never seen it before (and not since). Only overtaken by "Dragon's Milk" for intensity and complexity (my all-out favorite brew) this is another outstanding creation of New Holland.

Photo of tburkhart
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So it's starting to get colder here in Ohio and the winds are gusting up to 60mph. Sounds like a good night for a nice dark, high abv to warm me up.

A - Pours black with some reddish hues on the edges of the glass. Minimal carbonation, but what is there sticks around quite nice.

S - Roasted malts and caramel. Slight twinge of alcohol.

T - Very nice beer. The roasted malts hit the palate first followed nicely by some bitter chocolate/toffee notes.

M - Smooth and creamy. Reminisiciant of a oatmeal stout, imo.

D - Very drinkable which is a good thing since I've got a bomber that I'm drinking by myself.

Excellent job as usual from a underrated brewing. Great job New Holland!

Photo of sulldaddy
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this brew in the 2009 BIF race. Poured at room temp into a pint glass, the eber is a pitch black color with creamy tan head of 1 cm. Fades gradually but leaves tight and windowpane lattice as it recedes. Head remains throughout sampling. Aroma is roasty and brown sugar notes with some dark cocao bean notes mixed in the nose. First sip reveals smooth spacious carbonation with average body and silky texture. Flavor is again dark cocao, brown sugar, molasses and some roasted malt hits. Brief hits of dark fruit and some booze come through in the finish. A nice robust sipper with no hops showing up anywhere. Nice tasty beer, but not for the faint at heart.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer at the Central Coast BA Gathering at the Pour House in Paso Robles, CA on Saturday, November 14th. Following review written from notes.

Poured into an 8oz. Rémy Martin snifter.

Appearance: A small, brown halo sits atop a seriously black body. One of the darkest and most opaque RISs I've ever seen. Other than that, this beer has just moderate head retention and patchy lacing. I love the body though.

Smell: Roasted malt, butter, dark chocolate, and caramel.

Taste: Roasted malt plays a large role in the taste, but caramel and toffee keep some of the acrid bitterness in check. Good balance between those flavors. Dark chocolate and piney hops play lesser roles, but complement the big flavors very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with velvety carbonation. Body is thick, heavy, and completely coats the palate. Awesome.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer a lot, but I wish I could have been a little more sober when I wrote this review. ISO: Night Tripper.

Photo of UA8
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark and deep black with a thin light brown head.

S- Light hints of chocolate and heavily roasted malts. Prominent warming wafts of alcohol. Quite muted til it warms up.

T- Leads with sweet syrupy malt tones which fade into charred malts. Finishes with dark dried fruits notes and then bitter sweet with chocolate toffee and herbal hop bitterness.

M- Syrupy yet only medium bodied with a carbonation that does its best to stay out of the way.

D- A solid effort at an Imperial stout good flavors there could just be a bit more complexity. Didn't get the huge alcohol presence that some complained about however it is mildly present in the background. Once this warms up its true potential comes out and actually has more of an RIS character with sweet and charcoal notes taking prominent points on palate and nose.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting beer from the pour. A thin finger of a head that is more fizzy than most Imp stouts. Actually fades rather quickly. Color is also lighter than is typical, more of the color of root beer. Burgundy highlights around the edges. Not much lacing.

Aroma is sweet, almost caramel like, lots of fruity notes. The theme continues here. Lighter in it's aroma vs. most imp stouts. So far this is not acting like one of the bold imperial stouts.

Mostly caramel notes, slight heat from the alcohol. Light chocolate syrup notes. Some roasted malts towards the end. Finishes a little thin and leaves you with a moment of alcohol. Not as deep and complex as may Imp stouts, but still is pretty nice.

Tingly tight alcohol. Slick and oily, medium bodied.

It's not a bad beer at all. But I think it falls short for an Imperial Stout.

Photo of Minkybut
2.54/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was so black my laser pointer would not shine through it!. The beer poured a poor head that was gone soon as I finished pouring. The smell was slightly hoppy. The taste was hot, like way to much alcohol. I could not get past the burn to taste the beer. If they toned it down some might have a great beer, but it was tasteless with so much %. I will not pay 10 bucks for that again.

Photo of smuttanator
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm enjoying this beer as I enjoy watching the phillies demolish the dodgers in game 3 of the NLDS. Wasn't sure what to expect from this beer as I haven't really enjoyed the previous New Holland offerings I've tried. That being said, this beer really delivers. It's got a great, strong roasted smell and has the thick almost goozing mouthful that I always look for in a stout. The taste is fairly simple: alcohol, chocolate and roast, which perfect for me. Like DL, this beer doesn't really pretend to try and be uber-drinkable, its just a 10% sipping RIS, plain a simple. A really great brew.

Photo of TheViolator666
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into tulip.

A: Black and opaque with a healthy two-finger, light brown frothy head that reduces to a nice thin cap with nice retention. Medium-full lacing.

S: Alcohol and roasted malts, hint of sweetness. Some hints of dark fruit and vanilla as well. Pretty good.

T: Comes in pretty hot, but I'm actually a huge fan of that, especially on a cold night like tonight. Vanilla and chocolate dominate this one, leaving an awesome aftertaste. Dark-fruity sweetness is involved up front as well and makes for a very enjoyable taste overall.

M/D: Nice full body but has a medium to borderline high amount of carbonation for the style. Leaves a nice malty aftertaste and the alcohol warms the throat and body.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black as night, ever so faint ruby highlights gleams around the edge of the glass. Even an aggressive pour produces only a minimal 3/4 finger head, though the retention are surprisingly decent. Lacing is excellent, thick sheets cling to the side of the glass seemingly unwilling to budge.

The aroma is truly a thing of beauty. Deep roasted malt layers the sweet chocolate and dark roast coffee smells to perfection. Smooth vanilla seeps through the darkness. The alcohol is not hidden but settles in remarkably well.

The taste mirrors the aroma all most to a t. Flavors are layered with precision and care. Roasted malt leads way to chocolate immediately to be followed by rich coffee. Sweet vanilla flavors intermingle giving this brew great contrast between the roasted and the sweet. Slight alcohol bite is pleasant and slightly warming.

Mouthfeel is full while not overly thick. Texture is smooth and creamy while finishing rather dry.

Dangerously drinkable, the drinkability is nothing short of excellent. Easy to drink, and do not be surprised if you finish this one faster than you planned. While I am not certain I would consider this my favorite beer, I can honestly say this one is causing me to think along and hard about giving it all 5's. Tremendous job by New Holland.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown with pretty much no head at all. Not much lacing, either. It smells like roasted malt, dark fruit (raisins, cherry), milk chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. The taste is the same as the aroma. All of the flavors mesh well together, as no one flavor overpowers the others. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich and a bit oily with low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and easy to drink for a 10.8% ABV brew. With that being said, it's probably not a good idea to drink this one too quickly. I think this is a good overall brew, I enjoyed it and would definitely buy this again in the future.

Photo of meatyard
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown (light shows through only at the surface edge) with a short-lived, short tan head and no lacing.
The smell is an immediate, strong dose of coffee but then 5 minutes later the coffee had mostly vanished and I got cocoa powder and some alcohol.
The taste is similar to the aroma with a big taste of coffee followed quickly by a strong, bitter bite. The same thing happened with the taste as the smell in that, after 5 minutes, the coffee taste was almost gone and in it's place was a much more mellow taste of cocoa powder, a fair amount of booze and roasted malts with a lingering sweetness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth with low carbonation.
Drinkability was continually improving as it warmed but two full glasses of 11% ABV is enough.

I liked this beer but think a little more complexity for a RIS i to be expected.

Photo of sweemzander
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle, split, poured into a stemmed glass. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours black and fairly thick with a decent tan foamy head, but quickly dissipated to light bubbles.

(S)- Dusty cocoa with roasted coffee and raisins. Delicate; not overpowering or too bold. Slightly bready with obvious alcohol presence. Slightly creamy with notes of vanilla on the finish.

(T)- Coffee-d roasted malts with raisins and molasses. Rather hot in the alcohol department with ample sweetness. The alcohol hotness is rather potent in this beer, which is kinda overpowering the otherwise classic flavors the style provides.

(M)- Great carbonation level, but the overall sugary sweetness and boozy hotness really distracts you from the main body of what the beer has to offer.

(D)- A fine imperial stout, but has so much sweetness and overall hot, boozy, characters that the beer gets kinda lost behind that.

Photo of charlesw
3.24/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Way black - opaque. No carbonation, no head unless you try really hard with a huge pour and then all you're getting is the bubbles you just introduced, anyway. Very nice to smell and to drink in that it isn't over the top on any flavors - nicely balanced with bits and pieces of this and that (all in the IS family) everywhere. Alas, it's too thick and sweet for something that has no bitterness or other wackiness to balance that out. WAY too thick and sweet. At only 10%? Wow. Like, mash it a lot lower, guys.

Photo of HopHead84
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 8/31/2009 and poured into a snifter. Thanks for the bottle Barry! This is my first beer from New Holland. The beer pours black (surprised?!!) with a one finger light brown head and good retention.

The nose is milk chocolate with strong vanilla. Notes of brown sugar are evident, along with brown sugar and some molasses. Alcohol is well masked. This smells great.

The flavor is milk chocolate with a moderate level of sweetness. This is a nice departure from the typical dark chocolate roasted astringent Imperial Stout. The milk chocolate focus is fantastic. Alcohol is damn well hidden for 10.8%. The beer hints at dark fruit notes but they never become explicit, and molasses is noticeable. There's only a touch of coffee and roast (thank you). The finish is sweet milk chocolate that lingers. The beer is full bodied with a low medium level of carbonation and a silky, creamy mouthfeel.

This beer was a very pleasant surprise. I've been burnt out on roasted dark chocolate coffee astringent Imperial Stouts as of late, so this beer was a welcome change. Also, how could you not love the senile jester on the bottle? He's completely mad!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split. Poured into a Founder's Kentucky Bfast glass. 27 degrees plato, 10.8% ABV, no date. Thanks to Sweemzander for bringing this!

A - Solid black in the glass and noticeable clear on the pour, Night Tripper pours like any other beer, not syrupy, but only releases a small, medium khaki head with low retention due to the alcohol level. A thin layer of foam stuck around.

S - A sprinkle of dry cocoa powder coats the boozy aroma of molasses, brown sugar, and candi sugar that accompanies the roasted malts. Coffee, lightly, and a heavily roasted aroma on the nose. No hops evident.

T - The alcohol doesn't hide anywhere in this beer. A lot of molasses comes out with the coffee flavor and cocoa hints. Not very interesting for an Imperial Stout. As with most of their High Gravity series, it seems to be overly boozy with a cloying sugary body. Mediocre for the style in flavor.

M - Full-bodied and creamy smooth with a hint of crisp light hops. The killer is the boozy, spicy alcohol that doesn't do this style/beer justice...

D - ...it should have a good warming finish with out being overly boozy but this is just not out of the ordinary. An imperial stout that doesn't offer anything new and only adds a sugar-rich, boozy flavor to what would be a good beer with out this.

Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good looking beer, pours opaque and has a nice l acing head. However, the color of the head is a few shades lighter than other beers and seems much more white than tan.

The smell is pretty deep and complex with big flavors. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit characters are present along with a very pronounced alcohol scent in the aroma.

The taste is pretty good, with a big body and nice mouth feel. The flavor up front is nice and sweet with dark fruit and chocolate characters that give way to some roasted flavors toward the back. The aftertaste is pretty heavy on the alcohol as it warms on the way down. After a multiple sips the flavor of the alcohol begins to overpower the flavor.

Overall pretty good, but could have done a better job controlling the alcohol in the flavor.

Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dense, opaque black with a deep, dark tan head that slowly fades down into a frothy cap. Lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, caramel, espresso, and ripe fruit.
Taste is of teh aromas with more of a toasted nut, and grainy flavor pulling through with a smacking of citrus & herbal hops coming through in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-full bodied, and lip smacking.

New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.