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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 75
Gots: 110 | FT: 4
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 notafood


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a dark brown/black with no carbonation and an oily, thin milk chocolate colored head.

Smells pretty hard right off the bat, some chocolate and vanilla sweetness after i aggravate it. Nice roasted scent, pretty much what you come to expect in an American stout.

Sweet and malty/creamy with a boozy bitter bite.

As thick and creamy as egg nog. Coats the mouth like a can of paint. Full bodied, no carbonation.

As far as smoothness, I give it points. With the 10+ ABV and absent carbonation, this one could be a real menace. I think this a perfect beer for in front of the fireplace, but one I would probably only enjoy at home, not out on the town..

10-28-2008 22:50:30 | More by notafood
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.53/5  rDev +11%

Appearance - pours a seemingly opaque black, but is actually a deep burgundy in good light. Very little head, just a thin mocha cover.

Aroma - chocolatey, a light roast to it. Has a chocolate milk kind of smell.

Taste - good roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The swallow brings on a rush of roastiness, followed by intense chocolate and roasted coffee beans. A bit chalky on the aftertaste, but this is a fine imperial stout.

Mouthfeel - velvety smooth, mellow carbonation, good heaviness on the body.

Drinkability - a delicious stout from New Holland. For now or even a few years down the road.

10-20-2008 20:56:54 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of srandycarter


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

A - Pretty much black. No head. Maybe 20 or so small bubbles around the rim. Persistent thin lacing.

S - Delicious smell of coffee and chocolate.

T - Smell plus booze. Warms going down. Higher points if carbed more.

M - Good balance, good coating, medium to heavy weight, not much carb. Higher points if carbed more.

D - It's a big beer, heavy, alcoholic and not very carbed. Not for a session, IMO.

10-10-2008 04:58:08 | More by srandycarter
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%

22 received in a great trade with joe1510... shared with Brenda... my portion poured into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet.

1" head from an aggressive pour... not much head.. brew is the obvious pitch black... despite the lack of head.. rings of crusty lacing form down the sides of my glass.

Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee.. dark malt with some background fruitiness..

Flavor is decadent... but it seems to be missing some of the char expected in big stout... alot of chocolate and cold French Roast.. herbaceous hoppy notes mid palate.. very complex and there is something that is throughout that I just can't put my finger on... some black licorice.. quite a bit of alcohol.. but it isn't distracting.

Really a fantastic brew... I wish I had access to it here at home.. until then, another big props to Joe.. Thanks.

Body is thick and smooth as silk.. carbonation is also just enough to add to the experience.. very very nice.


09-06-2008 08:35:24 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%

Shared with friends from 22 oz bomber

A-Balck body, no ruby edges, 2 inch white head.
S-Sweet chocoloate, cocoa, smeels very creamy
T-Cocoa, little bit of oak, slight cola flavor with caramel notes,m slightly artificial tasting
M-Creamy and full in mouth
D-Good beer but not my favorite

09-02-2008 02:58:01 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%

There's something so impressive about a really good-looking stout. Doesn't even have much head, but what's there is toasted-marshmallow brown--and the color? Looks like a magical black elixir. Completely, totally pitch-black. Looks delicious, anyway...

Aroma is heavy on the chocolate. Very "tootsie-roll", milky and sweet, slightly mineral in the background. Some dark fruit sweetness, but not much. Blackstrap molasses too. The 10.8% is muted, as is any trace of the roasted characters usually present in a stout. As it warms, the alcohol opens up and devours the subtleties present in the nose.

Flavors are heavily medicinal, not so much alcoholic as warming and syrupy and liqueur-like. One of the most prominent black licorice characters of any beer I've yet tasted. Just completely full-on, unsubtle black licorice--almost draws comparisons with the likes of Jagermeister. Certainly the most Jagermeister-like of any beer I've ever had. Milk-chocolate sweetness is up-front but kept in check by everything else around it. Hints of powdered cinnamon and raisin in the finish, along with a perfectly-distributed warmth from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is the kicker here, making this one of the best brews I've experienced in a long time. And this IS an experience. Lush, unbelievably smooth, gentle, and soft, yet thick and buttery enough that it's not too delicate. Not at all. And it's not too sticky or too syrupy either. It's perfect.

Damn, this is wonderful. My first New Holland brew ever turned out to be what I'm guessing is also one of their best. I'm anxious to find out if all their stuff is made with this much love. Should've bought the store out of this bad boy. And to hell with sessioning...I'd rather have one superb treat like this a night than 10 generic amber ales, anytime.

08-28-2008 22:18:25 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of phattysbox

New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

Got as an extra from softcough... Thanks Scott! Bomber aggressively poured into Duvel tulip glass. Absolutely no head whatsoever. Thick and viscous and very black - what I expect from a RIMP - but the lack of head and any lace worries me a bit. Hopefully there is some carbonation.

Smell is very inviting and warming - alcohol is present but not caustic. Nose is not that complex, toasted malts and slight chocolate. Tasting brings out more toasted malts followed by an assertive hop bite that is quite nice. Some thin chocolate tastes here and there, but nothing like the heavy hitters (DL, Abyss, etc...). What does stand out about this brew if mouthfeel and body. Thick heavy body and velvety chewy feel, goes down very smooth. One drawback for me was lack of carbonation however...

On the whole - a decent brew. Not too complex but definitely hits the RIMP style. Could improve with slightly more carbonation as well. This brew may cellar well to bring out more complexity.

08-26-2008 15:07:36 | More by phattysbox
Photo of jeffmonarch


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark dark brown color with very little head at first. Then as it sits, it starts to for a thin layer of dark tan head that stay very shortly.

S - Rich stout smell with strong chocolate presence. Some malt hints behind the chocolate.

T - Really creamy and smooth. Rich chocolate flavor with a slight burn from the alcohol.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. This is now one of my new favorite beers. It's hard to say but I think it is in my top 25 beers.

08-19-2008 01:08:44 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of RedHaze


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Had this at the HopCat from a firkin.

Pours pitch black with a dark tan head that recedes slowly to a solid cap. The lacing was a bit tattered, but stuck well to the glass.

Smell; dark roasted malts and chocolate covered coffee beans soaked in rum with a little bit of molasses drizzled on top. I think I just sat there and smelled this beer for about five minutes before I even took a sip.

Taste; the alcohol is eveident right from the start, but to me, never becomes distracting. Chocolate, very dark roasted coffee, molasses, char, and just a hint of some rasins. There's no real hop presence to speak of, but I never really noticed until close to the end. The bitterness all came from the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is very full bodied with a creamy, almost velvety smooth carbonation, and despite the big alcohol the drinkability is good.

08-18-2008 01:47:55 | More by RedHaze
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

DAMM this one is potent, 10.8 abv, and ther is no hiding it, and no excuses, heavy amounts of coffiee malt, dark and roastey. this is a true siper, that gets better the warmer that it gets, this is a thick dark sludge that is top shelf, i want to get several more of these in the future.

08-14-2008 15:44:04 | More by orcasteve
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Black as night with slim sepia highlights along the edges of the glass. The pale caramel colored crown could be more creamy, although it does look better after it settles. Lace assessment will have to wait since the foam isn't visibly falling at this point.

The nose is right on the money for an American double stout. It's chock full of roasted malt, favoring dark chocolate very slightly over black coffee. A shortage of hoppiness isn't bothersome in the least. When it comes to beer of this style, I can either take aggressive hops or leave them.

Night Tripper is some kind of dee-licious. Talk about being hit between the eyes with flavor! It tastes like the brewers fire-roasted a massive amount of barley to within a millimeter of its life. Next step... carbon. I don't even mind the incompletely masked alcohol because it adds power and presence to this unbashedly big beer. NT would probably kill a Bud Light drinker with the first sip.

Flavors include bittersweet chocolate liquor, blackstrap molasses, roasted coffee beans and dark rum. There's even a dark fruitiness that is akin to Sambuca-soaked raisins. If I had any idea this beer was this good, I would have picked up a few more bombers.

Extensive sheets and fat rings of lace make the appearance score an easy call. What a beautiful looking glass. The mouthfeel was a shade light initially, but it's now supremely smooth, silky and supple. Lightly chewy even. Only trouble is, it's tempting me to drink faster than is advisable for an ABV pushing 11.0%.

Since The Poet is so damn good, it's obvious that New Holland knows their way around a stout. Night Tripper is great beer that takes no prisoners from the very first sip. I don't have to dust off my crystal ball to see many more bombers in my future. Recommended with enthusiasm. "It took me so-o-o long to find out... and I found out".

08-01-2008 21:45:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Bitterbill


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a pitch black with about an inch of tan foam. Lots of lacing here but the foam disappears quickly.

The smell has a sweetish nose to it with caramel malt and roasted malt. I also get lighter notes of chocolate, maybe some dark fruit, and some coffee. Good nose.

The taste is sweet as well with lots of chocolate, some caramel, some bittering from roasted malt and light coffee, a bit of toffee, and a bit of alcohol (which I think almost tastes oakey). Just a bit, mind you, but it's there and I get a quite a bit of warming during and after the swallow.

When I poured it, it looked to be thickish and I think it *is* full bodied, which I like. The carbonation is on the light side and it finishes with some dark chocolate and coffee bitterness. I just wish the alcohol was better concealed because this is very tasty but it'll be kind of a chore to finish the bottle. Yeah, it's the middle of summer and I probably should have waited until old man winter returned with the colder temps but I couldn't and I didn't. ;^) No doubt about it though...I recommend it!

07-29-2008 22:49:44 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of lackenhauser


4.83/5  rDev +18.4%

Inky black in color-somewhat of a tan head. Decent sized and some nice lacing as it goes down. Heavy mocha aroma. Almsot a spicy, cinnamon like quality. Huge roasted flavor. Like a beer espresso. Mocha, coffee and bitter chocolate flavors are all swirled as one. Just a great, not overly complex taste to it. A slight spiciness that reminds me of a spice cake sort of flavor. Silky smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Great beer-very drinkable-even on a hot, hot July evening. This would have to age well. Get some.

07-21-2008 00:49:39 | More by lackenhauser


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

A two finger light carmel brown head shows creamy resilance staying around nicely. Body is thick and pure Hershey syrup black. Nose is full of spicey, zesty malt laced with smokieness and considerable alchol. Maybe a hint of chocolate also on the nose. Initially you get a bit of smoke on the front of the tongue but then all you feel is the creamy smoothness with first sip. Vanilla and chocolate liquer notes make them self known quickly. Alchol is prominent al over the palate but not harsh, yet warming. This is a really fully enjoyable mouthfeel. Drinkability is very very good for a big 10.8% Impy stout. Really took me by surprise. Very good and I bet would be even better with a little age.

07-15-2008 17:51:47 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of tedpeer


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

Bomber poured into a chalice.

A - Pours black with a very thin tan head, quickly becomes a ring around.

S - Fruity sweet, with some hints of chocolate and coffee.

T - Taste follows smell, with a slight alcohol warmth in the finish

M - Creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated, slightly mouth coating.

D - Yes it is.
Reason for update:

Did a blind tasting of 7 RISs.

Night Tripper, Czar, and Stone RIS tied for First. Siberian Night and Old Rasputin tied for 4th, and Ten FIDY and Expedition tied for 6th. Based on these results I've changed my numbers.

07-14-2008 00:50:04 | More by tedpeer
Photo of Gehrig


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Big black body sporting a tan head with ruby trim that dissipates quickly, leaving little lace on the DAB mug. Rich nose, rife with molasses, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate with a hint of berry. The taste is delicious, oily, but could be more viscous for my preference. Coffee, vanilla, molasses are all well represented. Nice, creamy texture, a good representative of the style but could be a bit fuller. The booze catches up with this monster in the second half sure enough.

Very good stuff; not my absolute favorite from New Holland, but yet another fine offering from this Michigan brewer.

07-12-2008 15:48:19 | More by Gehrig
Photo of YankChef


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

22 oz. bottle poured into a la fin du monde glass

Appearance: MOTOR OIL, this stuff is crazy. Completely black and opaque. Doesnt form head until after its poured, almost looks like nitrogen poured as the head has a cascading effect. Dark coffee colored head, clinging, clinging lacing that is thick and sticky.

Smell: Strong aromas of coffee and bitter sweet chocolate. Creamy aroma that has some butterscotch

Taste: WOOAH, syrup and molasses are a couple that come to mind. Sweet and syrupy upfront and has a strong bitterness that is almost like leather on the palate and some pepper. Short finish does not linger on the palate at all which I find strange. Not terribly complex

Mouthfeel: Really, really smooth and creamy and incredibly rich. It is like drinking a milkshake. Carbonation is minimal, almost nonexistant but in this case it is a very good thing, the mouthfeel is awesome.

Overall: This beer has a lot going for it, unfortunately the lack of complexity inhibits from being an elite RIS, this beer has a ton of potential. Oak aging would make this just outstanding

07-11-2008 04:12:27 | More by YankChef
Photo of mentor


4.68/5  rDev +14.7%

Another great offering shared by crosling. Thanks a bunch! Pours a thin brown head over black beer. Smells chocolate, cherry-like sour, minimal roast, baking cocoa, and some cream. Lucious and very enticing. Deep and complex.

Tastes rich wet sweet. Chocolate, mild clean alchol sting, strong supporting caramel/toffee, and brewer's licorice. Some dark fruits, but play a supporting role to the malty sweetness. Finish dried out from roast grittiness and minimal hopping and the alcohol also helps wipe things clean. Just a wonderful beer.

07-01-2008 16:22:28 | More by mentor
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Many thanks to drunkmonk for the opportunity to consider this one...included as an extra in another killer trade!!

Aggressively poured...an opaque darkness with next to no head. Spotty patterns of lacing observed. The smell is good, rich molasseses cocoa, roasted malt and licorice. Lightly carbonated, the mouth feel is energized by the tangy alcohol content. Full flavored, the sweet cocoa licorice taste is really nice, yet it is masked some by the cherry-vanilla alcohol...which i happen to really enjoy!!! Whahoo! The mouth doesn't coat like many of the most popular Double Stouts. The cherry-vanilla lingers some, but not enough to compensate. A real nice drinker, the 10.8% ABV isn't shy nor distracting. I'm personally having a ball with it. ...and i quote "Beads and masks aren't required, but are encouraged"

06-30-2008 22:43:26 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%

Double-deuce bomber poured into a pint nonic glass yields a blackish body with a thin drape of fine-bubbled toffee-colored foam that shrivels to a ring and leaves only the barest specks of lacing.

Smell is of molasses and caramel with sweet grass and a raw grainy note.

Taste is molassesey and spicy with licorice, dark chocolate-covered wet cardboard, coffee, and caramel with a tangy, dry cocoa finish.

Smooth and medium-bodied, faintly-carbonated, dare I say "flat"?, with a slight powdery cocoa feel, the beer is smooth but not very drinkable.


06-29-2008 01:42:59 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of LupulinDevil


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful mocha toned frothy head. Black dense color! Aroma of a heavily roasted coffee/malt. Deceptively low alcohol aroma. Creamed cocoa-lusty coffee-dark chocolate flavor. I could have one of these for breakfast every day for the rest of my life!! Beautiful lacing on the glass and the head maintained the whole way down to the bottom of the glass! A wonderful experience and a sure recommendation to anyone!

06-25-2008 05:29:03 | More by LupulinDevil
Photo of tpd975


4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Thanks to Gillard for this gem.

A: Black as a Florida midnight. Deep dark and black like the deepest depths of the sea. Light can not penetrate this one. The head is just so so but nice and espresso in color. Despite the lack of head what little bit that there was the retention was nice. Oily but no lace.

S: Booze, booze, and more booze. Okay I talked about the booze I will note some chocolate, smoke, and a dash of dark fruit.

T: The ABV is not masked in this one. It comes off boozy, but not too over the top as it melds well with the malt. Tons of chocolate, and coffee can be noted along with some dark fruits. This one is hopped with a touch of hop bitterness coming thru in the finish.

M: Full bodied nice, thick, oily and smooth.

D: I shared it and am glad I did. I have a bottle of my own that I may try to consume on my own one day. It's a BIG beer but rather enjoyable.
I actually rate this better than the Founder's Kentucky Breakfast Stout....

06-24-2008 19:29:06 | More by tpd975
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev -2%

Thanks goes out to 67couple for this brew.

Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, which leaves a little bit of sticky lacing.
The nose is big on malts, chocolate, toffee, caramel, nice vanilla notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, big chocolate/toffee/caramel tones.
Medium body, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, highly recommended.

06-23-2008 23:48:27 | More by Wasatch
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%

Received this one twice actually recently. I had never had it though I had seen it a couple times in my travels, so I am glad someone could send me one to try. Pulled the 22oz bottle out of the fridge last night and let it warm up to about fifty degrees before decanting into a snifter.

Appearance - The pour was decent, with a thick, black as night liquid coming through into the glass almost immediately. Really quite nicely colored, I could not even pick out the slightest bit of light peaking through on this one at all. Ni head at all, well maybe a slight rise of tan for a few moments, but this quickly faded and left the top bare. No side glass lace either.

Smell - The aroma was very rich, loaded with malts and hints of sweetness. Some nice notes of dark molasses type aromas, with hints of licorice and other slightly dark fruits as well. A nice subtle hint of vanilla and chocolate as well.

Taste - The flavor was very well done. First wave to hit the tongue was that of chocolate and burnt, and toasted malts. Blending in seamlessly was a nice bit of vanilla and burnt coffee. Very sweet in the middle, with some dark raisin and licorice like notes, and a slightly hopped finish that really helped to being it all together and dry out the palate enough to let the soothing and sweet malt profile settle in.

Mouthfeel - A touch thin here, as this was definitely not one of the big boys. Not a real lack of carbonation, which I was afraid of, but it just needed a little bit more of a pop, and a little fuller body to really push it on through.

Drinkability - This was very drinkable, and almost deceptively smooth as I really could not pick up much of the alcohol and the body was not full enough to really be super filling. I was monumentally impressed by how smooth and quickly this one went down.

Overall not too shabby at all. Though admittedly not my favorite of the big stouts, this one certainly does back a punch and should be included in a solid second tier of offerings. I have had far worse and this one does a fairly good job at holding its own.

06-17-2008 23:27:13 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

Served cool from a bomber into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours very thickly, like oil, with essentially no head. Looks like used motor oil, down to the coarse, iridescent bubbles. Jet black, no light getting through. Second pour was more representative, when warmed to cellar temp, got a nice low profile head of extremely fine bubbles as expected, leaving thick tan lacing all the way down.

Aroma is pretty flat, basically some licorice, no alcohol or roastiness evident.

Flavor is sweet, slightly chocolatey, with plenty of caramel. Leaves a lovely slickness on the upper lip. Stout mustache?

Mouthfeel is dominated by the thickness: body like a milkshake. Very thick creaminess, maybe the flaked barley. Really interesting.

Drinkability is good, and very deceptive. I'm not picking up the alcohol in the aroma or flavor, but feeling it's effect. The only thing that keeps you from chugging it is the milkshake-like consistency.

06-16-2008 22:59:55 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.