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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 747
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 79
Gots: 111 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 01-22-2008)
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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with two-finger tan head that died slowly and left lace spots. The smell is a mix of strong, floral/soapy hops and a thick sweet malt base - caramel aplenty - and roasted malts. Also picked up some heavier fruits (I want to say orange or grape). Medium-bodied and the hops are aplenty for a stout. Dried my tongue a little but overall passes by smooth with a strong, dry backbite. The hops are met with strong sweet (caramel, toffee, chocolate) and roasted malt (maybe even toasted) sensations and a little fruitiness, so it is a great tasting beer. ABV peeks through a little, but nothing to ruin the experience. A very enjoyable stout to sip on.

clayrock81, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of jsp2
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark black with a thin coffee creme colored head.

Smells of vanilla, hops, and malts. Maybe some raisins in there.

Taste is absolutely incredible. First, an intense sweetness, folllowed by vanilla and intense bitterness. Packed full of roasted malt and extreme bitter hop flavors. Dry aftertaste. The degree of flavor in this one is very intense. Very oily and thick feel which is what I care for with this style, but less so than some extremely ridiculous examples of this style. Drinkability is perfect because one would leave nothing on the table sipping this brew for an hour or two.

This is an absolutely great imperial stout, well crafted on every level and packed full of flavor. I bought this beer because I tasted a sample at a store and knew it was special. Up there with the best, in my opinion.

jsp2, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of david131
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A year old bottle.

A- Absolutely pitch black with no light getting through on the edges and a very thick looking body when I swirl it around the glass. The creamy brown head takes quite some time to fully settle its way to the surface where it has some pretty good retention.

S- Very roasty and sweet smelling with some cinnamon and other spices. Some alcohol, dark fruit, anise, and raisins. A little bit of cocoa and coffee in there as well. The hoppiness is faded a bit, but it is still noticeable.

T- All that aromas come out in the flavor, but the alcohol is a bit hot. It is very appealing though.

M- Very smooth with barely noticeable carbonation. A little oily, but also a little hot.

D- A little hot, but it has definitely smoothed out in the past year. This still has some way to go, but it is still really nice and all the flavors are hitting on the right cylinders.

david131, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a snifter. Enjoyed on Fat Tuesday.

A-Minimal bubbles rose off a vigorous pour, very little of which lingered. What was left was light brown. Beer was a shiny black, opaque.

S-Roasted barley and chocolate take control, allowing some alcohol to mingle with hints of raisins and dried fruits. Strong estery presence.

T-Boom, quite a bit of chocolate and a heavy but smooth roasted character. Alcohol is prominent but surprisingly smooth. Coffee comes out a bit later, along with some fruity esters. Hop bitterness seems to be present, mixed in with roasty blackness. Deep and fun flavors, finishes coffee with roasty-infused alcohol.

M-Low carbonation. Fullish body, oily and slick. Quite a bit of warmth down deep, as well as a very evident alcohol prickle on my tongue.

D-Perfect for this warm Mardi Gras 2009. Tasty and complex certainly, though not the greatest stout out there. I'd dabble again, but won't be searching.

CHSLBrew, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny last weekend.

The beer pours a dark black brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is where this beer really shines IMHO. I get an enjoyable/interesting combination of molasses, licorise (quite a bit) and cherry vanilla, with just a touch of chocolate and coffee. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, showing this beer to be moderately sweet, but with a dry finish. This is a nicely flavored stout and is rather rich tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good smooth, long finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but not obtrusive.

This is a pretty nice stout, one that is easy to appreciate and enjoy. Still, wouldn't want to go drinking a whole lot of this stuff.

John_M, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of kbeals
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black and opaque with a nearly non-existent ring of brown creamy head. Very little lacing. Smells of rich chocolate, coffee and malts. Smell reminds me of Hershey's Syrup. Taste is of chocolate and malts, a bit of coffee in the background. Finishes off very sweet. This beer was velvety smooth and a bit creamy. There was little to no carbonation. It went down easy, perhaps a little too easy. I would definitely drink this again, and probably will in the near future.

kbeals, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 52 degrees, vintage 2008.

Pours opaque black with a half inch head of tan. Retention is short lived and a few whisps are left on the surface after only a couple of minutes.

Aromatics lead off with chocolate fudge, charred malt, and milk duds. Heavy on the cocoa and dark chocolate. Plenty of roasted malt follows through.

Full bodied and chewy. Highly viscous and oily. Thicker and more substantial than most RIS's.

A massive chocolate profile starts the palate. Malted milk, fudge chunks, Hershey's syrup and chocolate liquer follow through.
Heavily roasted malts and char bits steeped in black forest batter.

Finishes with a creeping warmth, thick chocolate, espresso, and Kahlua. Some faint ashiness barely detracts.

Yum. This is the real deal. Put this one in a bourbon barrel and I'd be in heaven.

brewandbbq, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Tried Jul 2008.

Pours with a small dark brown head, medium carbonation. Color is dark, almost pitch black. Smells like molasses, roasty almonds, alcohol and somehow, lit cigarettes (yet not really smoky). Starts almost like chocolate milk. medium body is very silky, reminiscent of ganache. Lots of chocolate and molasses throughout, coffee. Aftertaste is slightly acrid bitter and warming. Very easy to drink. The last half of the bottle we poured over a couple of scoops of Blue Bell Natural Vanilla Bean, made it even better.

htomsirveaux, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $6.99 for a bomber at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a large snifter.

A nice frothy one inch tan head after a standard pour. Black in color, this brew leaves a thick lace coating and retains quite well.

Smells of sweet roasted malts. Nothing too overwhelming in the nose, just an honest Imperial Stout.

The taste brings forth much more flavor than I was expecting after sniffing this one out. A full on assault of a great combination of perfectly roasted sweet malts and vanilla. If someone asked me for a good representation of a standard good stout, this would be a great start.

The mouth is this beers best attribute. A thick and creamy mouth that goes down remarkably smooth, making me want to go back for more and more. Full bodied and somewhat chewy, leaving a good, lasting aftertaste.

ibbjamin, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of drxandy
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask (through the house beer engine!) Aug. 15 2008 @ Hop Cat BA / Brewery Grand Opening event, served in tulip glass.

Opaque black, creamy tan head, beautiful bubble suspension after pour, wow! looks thick

smells of roasty heavy malts, dark fruit, smooth and creamy, mmm

taste is of thick heavy bitter chocolate, hot alcohol, rich and smooth, compared to keg this is way mellowed, not as harsh and easier to drink, amazing!, raisins, chocolate, slight coffee, earthy peat, mm

mouthfeel is oily slick, smooth, creamy, viscous, a sipper for sure - delicious!

drxandy, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Kolsch
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Poured into snifter. Appearance, no lacing and no rings. Very black, typicial RIS.

Smell: Molasses & Chocolate

Taste: Smooth, chocolate and alcohol. Some hops with a lingering bitterness that is welcomed.

I like this beer even with the menancing clown staring back at you from the bottle.

Kolsch, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The clown guy on the bottle half creeps me out, & half reminds me of the fun we had in New Orleans during Mardi Gras the year before Katrina. I put the bottle in the recycling & turned creepy-boy upside down. Much better.

This didn't make a huge impression on me. Chocolate, malty, with a strong batch of alcohol. Thick & a little heavy for my taste.

Glad I got to try it, New Holland makes some great stuff, but with the amount of great to astounding stouts on the market, I probably won't come back to Night Tripper anytime soon. A good beer.

maximum12, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with very little head and a very thin ring of lacing.

Scent of chocolate, roasted malts, and molasses. Not entirely complex, but massive and very well balanced with hidden alcohol.

Taste is very strong as well, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and dark fruits. Not as impressive as the scent, but still balanced and just huge. This gives me another option when I am in the mood for an over the top Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel is full and silky smooth, very nice.

paco1029384756, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008. Cellared nearly a year.

A - Sniftered. Pours black with a soap-bubble brown head that vanishes VERY quickly. Tiny legs/lacing.

S - Huge HUGE chocolatey blast. Major roasty malts.. just a huge malty monster. Chocolate, light boozy notes, chocolate. Not super complex on the nose but smells wonderful, especially for an Imperial Stout.

T - Very, very chocolatey. Tastes like a chocolate drink. Milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, baker's chocolate, a slight coffee bitterness on the backend. As it warms, a plum or prune characteristic rears its head every few sips.

M - Carbonation is very, VERY low, and body is medium. Could stand to be thicker... it would put it up there with all the top RIS's.

D - It's hugely chocolatey, and once (or if) you get over it, it smooths out a bit. Still, it's hardly an easy-drinker by any stretch.

Notes: When this came out, it was a little stronger on the booze and the hops, and it's mellowed into a chocolate-bomb. It's worth drinking if you can still find it... but I haven't seen it on shelves in a while. If the recipe was tweaked a little bit, it could hang with the big dogs.

SaucyA, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no dating on it poured into a nonic and served slightly below cellar temp.

A- pours black with a virtually nonexistent beige colored crown of a head. a ring of lace is left around the outside of the glass after each sip.

S- lots of sweet milk chocolate and roasted malt. some hints of dark fruits. some alcohol and a touch of coffee.

T- milk chocolate and roasted malt upfront followed by a boozy burnt coffee slightly hoppy finish. the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M- full bodied and chewy with a slight warming as it goes down. very smooth. perfect.

D- the dangerous combination of well great taste, well hidden alcohol, and perfect mouthfeel make this one practically finish itself. it could be trouble if i drank it all night. i wouldnt mind though! check this one out if you get the chance.

jwinship83, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Zorro
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown colored beer, might as well call it black at this darkness level. No head formation just a small tan ring.

Smell is sweet with lots of caramel fig and anise aroma, smoke and coffee are lesser scents. Slight spice cake aroma and bitter cocoa powder. One hard to ID aroma here as best I can describe it is clove and tobacco.

The taste starts out sweet and smoky with a bit of coffee and carbon in the aftertaste. Heavy roasted malt and a carrot stick aftertaste. Faint molasses flavor. The flavor tastes a bit sweet. This is pretty much a clone of Flying Dog Gonzo Porter, the original one not the watered down one.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Nice drinker here you will not detect the substantial alcohol in the taste. A great beer for lovers of the original Flying Dog Gonzo Porter.

Zorro, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Bung
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky used oil pour, just some bubbes, no real head to speak of. Heavy roast aromas, malt and coffee. A little boozy. Really big beer in the mouth, very full bodied, but creamy. Roasted malts with molasses, some caramel and chocolate. Just a hint of coffee bitters. Nice warmer, had this around a campfire in the backyard. This borders on an Imperial sweet stout, if there was such a thing. My favorites are similar in style, so naturally I found this to be excellent. I'm wondering if being six months since release has helped. Have another that I'll keep a little longer. Far and away the best I've had from New Holland. Though the Dragon's milk is pretty good.

Bung, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: Despite an aggressive pour it only produced a 1 inch cappuccino colored head. The body is jet black with no light shining through, not even at the edges of the glass.

Smell: Loads of chocolate coffee and alcohol. The 10.8% abv isn't hidden at all, this beer smells really boozy.

Taste: Like the smell, the taste is of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and alcohol. The taste isn't as dominated by the alcohol as the smell is.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and syrupy.

BierFan, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Bodega. Pours nearly black with a thin light brown head that recedes steadily. Thin rings of lace on the glass. Aroma of cocoa and coffee along with some roasted malt. Rich, smooth body with coffee, chocolate and malt flavors, as well as touches of alcohol and hops. The finish is moderately bitter coffee with a lingering hops aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable throughout.

Dogbrick, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 1 pt 6 oz bottle of this brew.

A - Pouring into a large wine glass, it pours thick and creamy, black with a little brown creeping in on the edges of the glass when held up to a light. No head to speak of, sparse tan foam cling to the edges of the glass.

S - Powerful, sweet, almost bitter. One reviewer aptly described it as rum-raisiny. Dark chocolate is there in the mix.

T - smokey roasted malt, soy sauce, bitter dark chocolate

M - flat and creamy, almost milky

This is a dark, challenging, complex, delicious beer that gets better with each sip.

HeyItsChili, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of akokandy
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours opaque black with virtually no head to speak of.

S- Caramel and booze. Also a sweetness reminiscent of vanilla extract.

T- There's a lot going on here. Alcohol up front, with coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, and barley notes. Lots of sweetness.

M- Very full-bodied. Lingers and coats the palate. This was the best part of the beer.

D- The taste and body are very powerful and limit this beer's drinkability. It's hard to finish even a 12 oz serving. Definitely a sipper.

akokandy, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cracked this open with tdizzle and pehlman.

this pours dark with some slight highlights with a one finger tan head. small lacing.

smell is sweet and rich. full and complex. I get everything from chocolate to dark fruits. alcohol that invites you in to play.

so I dive in

YUM. pardon my french but fuck this is good. man. this is a great AIS. I am greeted by bittersweet chocolate. it warms and delights my senses.

feel is smooth and rich with a heavy booze warmth at the tail end of things.

this beer starts very smooth but im not sure how many I could drink in the night. another home run from new holland

Mauerhan, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Despite an increasingly aggressive pour, I could not raise a head out of this espresso colored brew

Smell: Dark chocolate, boozy rum raisin and molasses, but the aroma would have been much more pronounced if there were carbonation to deliver it

Taste: Dark chocolate that grows progressively sweet by mid-palate, with some molasses and raisin flavors propelling the sweetness along; after the swallow, the flavors continue pretty much as they were established; slightly cloying finish

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied but flat

Drinkability: Would benefit from some carbonation, most certainly; I didn;t particularly mind the sweetness, but after a while it limited the drinkability

brentk56, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of imperialbigswig
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is currently my favorite RIS, and for what that's worth RIS is my favorite style. This beer blows me away every time and is truly something special.
This beer really takes the cake in the smell and taste categories, it is just so incredibly complex. The alcohol is perfectly balanced and every sip just makes me sit and think. I feel like more and more is revealed in the beer every time I drink it, and this has become the measurin stick I judge many of my other RISs by.
If you haven't had this one you're missing out. Have this alone the first time you try it, and then with someone who knows their beers and in particular RISs the next time you have it.
My father in-law and I really go nuts for this beer and we always have a good time drinking and exploring it
Truly, truly a sipping beer.

imperialbigswig, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of waltonc
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Archer Liquors.

A: Black with very little head. I'll refrain from using metaphors.

S and T: Soy sauce, black licorice, deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and grilled meat. An awesome imperial stout. Given how much some brewers are charging for imperial stouts these days, you'd think it's impossible to make a decent one for under $10/bomber. But New Holland has apparently defied the laws of physics. This actually reminds me of another great and reasonably priced stout - Ten Fidy.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, with light to medium carbonation. The lighter carbonation works, I am not feeling like I'm drinking stout juice or flat soda.

Drinkability: Notwithstanding 10.8 ABV, which is not well hidden, I have no difficulty resigning myself to inevitable inebriation that ensues from drinking this stout.

Side note: This is now the third outstanding New Holland beer I've had, the other two being Dragon's Milk and Pilgrim's Dole. They make really good stuff.

waltonc, Oct 30, 2008
New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 747 ratings.