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New Holland Night Tripper | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Night TripperNew Holland Night Tripper

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mcallister on 01-22-2008

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Reviews: 368 | Ratings: 926
Photo of kevdemers
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: jet black, little head, uneven lacing.

Smell: anise, cocoa powder. Very pleasant.

Taste: sourness, roasted barley, some hops bitterness. A little underwhelmed for the style.

Feel: again, really not up to snuff for the style. More thin and watery than expected for an imperial stout.

Overall: Much prefer their BBA Dragon's Milk stout to this offering. Good beer, but not the wow factor of other impy stouts.

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Photo of Beerguy1969
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definately a class A stout ! Pours smooth with very little head and a rich dark brown color. Will add this one to my rotation, even at five bucks a bottle...

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Photo of Hopheadgou
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is great. Pours pitch black in color. The flavors were great in this one.Full bodied with notes of roasty malts, chocolate covered raisons, caramel, toffee, dark fruits and slight hop profile.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. 2015 vintage.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty and toasty dark malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses as well as some tobacco, leather, and anise licorice. Big hints of dark fruit with some cherry, raisin, and prune. Also some earthy hop hints. A very good rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich, roasty, and toasty dark malt driven taste with big notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Rich dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, toast, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet notes of burnt molasses. Also coming through are some notes of leather, tobacco, and anise. Lots of sweet dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, raisin, prune, and plum. Some earthy hop bitterness comes through towards the finish. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A really good take on an Imperial Stout. Good roasty and bitter dark malt tones with some nice sweet dark fruit undertones. Stands up there with the other great big stouts.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with golden edges. Very subtle chocolate notes. Kind of thin for a big stout and, as a result, the alcohol seems to bite a bit too harshly on the finish.

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Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. 11.5% abv. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours the darkest brown; small light khaki head that fades leaving okay lacing and retention. The aromas are full of dark chocolate. Smells like a chocolate chip cookie. Flavors follow the nose. Roasted chocolate is there. Dark fruits are there. Some vanilla and caramel in the mix. Some anise/black licorice. Some espresso. Although it's bitter, there's a sweetness to it as well. It's bold and rich. The alcohol is well hidden, although there's a subtle warmth. Slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, but not thick. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a very nice stout. I really like it. Well done.

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Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A very brown-red, almost black. A thin layer of tan head.

Smell - 4/5
Huge smell, tons of roasted malts, with big fruity alcohol aspects.

Taste - 4.25/5
Starts with some fruity alcohol taste (somewhat like red wine or cherries) and rich malts. Rich, delicious dark cocoa at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body, very smooth but also quite crisp. Medium light carbonation during the sip leading to medium carbonation at the end of the sip.

Overall - 4/5
This was a good imperial stout.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a stout glass to reveal a deep, dark cola brown color with a finger's worth of tan head. Good retention leads to a fair, consistent layer of surface suds. Lacing consists of spots and broken lines that slide slowly down the glass.

Smell - Strong notes of chocolate and booze, like a mudslide. Light roast and fudge.

Taste - Milk chocolate and fudgy flavors with lesser notes of earth. Hints of dark fruit, anise and vanilla before everything gets buried by the avalanche that is the big, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation and a slightly chalky texture. Finish is dry and thinning.

Overall - Nice flavor that's unfortunately swallowed by the back-end booze. It actually reminds me quite a bit of Dragon's Milk in terms of it's booziness, except this isn't barrel-aged. This is good, but nothing I'd necessarily seek out again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage

A - Pours black with a one-finger tan head. Thin oily lacing.

S - Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some alcohol.

T - Taste stats with roasted malts and dark chocolate upfront. Dark fruits and toffee appear midpalate. The finish has strong coffee and a lingering booziness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sticky finish.

O - Definetly an above average Imperial Stout. A nice mix of big flavors. Definetly worth a try.

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Photo of gibgink
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014, comes in at 11.5%, poured at around 40-50 degrees. Pours a black as night with a 1-2 finger head. Smells of roasted malts and dark fruits. Taste follows the nose. Finishes silky smooth with no alcohol noticed. Overall this is a great beer. It has a nice sweet note to it, and is surprising easy to drink for such a high ABV. Would recommend for imperial stout drinkers who like a little sweetness.

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Photo of Donco
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

2014 version was 11.5% ABV.
Nice close to black color poured into my tulip glass.
Aroma of roasted coffee and a bit of chocolate as the beer warmed was very nice.
Taste followed the aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of char. Nice bit of bitterness on the back end.
Overall, a better-than-average Imperial Stout from New Holland. At $8 for a bomber it was worth the experience.

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Photo of Bone53
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter at around 50°F

Appearance: Pours a dark brown but once in the glass is black with a one finger tan head

Smell: Chocolate, dark fruit, toffee

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts upfront, dark fruits in the middle, and fades into a toffee/molasses finish. The aftertaste is sort of bland however

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a bit thin compared to what I prefer in the style. Smooth with a moderately bitter finish. Not at all boozy for 11.5% as others have mentioned

Overall: All aspects were solid, but nothing extraordinary. I do think it drinks well for the abv. and have found beers boozier with less abv. The aftertaste is a bit bland, but the initial taste makes up for it. However, for almost $10 including tax for a bomber, I think there are much better options available (Old Rasputin, Founders) at a more reasonable price. Still worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of Paul_PABrewNews
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : Dark and Black... Faint ruby hues appearing at the bottom of the glass. Kaki colored head.

Aroma: Dark and foreboding, Really toasted grains and toasted bread. A touch of smoky char with Dark Chocolate in the back. Floral Booze tones all over the ale.

Body: The body like Dragon's Milk was a bit thin hovering within the high medium to low full mouthfeel. soft carbonation was nice in this ale.

Taste: Softer on the dark tones when I would of though, left some hollow points along the way that the bourbon aged version filled nicely. Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Toasted Grains and Char on the palate with a big floral booze all over the place.

Overall: Nice ale, right now I prefer the barrel aged version, but if this had about 2 years of age. A lot would change and this would be a steamer on an ale. Cheers!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have always liked this brew. Pours a thick black with deep tan head and spider web like lacing. Smells of deep roasted grains, chocolate, some coffee, and more chocolate. Decadent mouthfeel, and velvety smooth. Tastes of sweet dark chocolate up front, coffee and roasted grains on the sides---do I detect some deep roasted barley in there for depth(!?), and medium hop bitterness on the back changing into a cocoa flavor on the aftertaste. Booziness comes through later---have a seat! Very nice. Very luxurious. Just a great imperial stout. CHEERS!

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate, smoke, and roasted malt

Taste: dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and light caramel

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet and roasty

Overall: An above average rich and heavy imperial stout.. The alcohol is well hidden, but yet I feel like I have had more complex and interesting examples in the style. Not a beer I would pass up, but not one I need to rush to again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the 2014 vintage is 11.4% abv, and feels like all of t, this is an enormous stout, a nice example of the style, but probably in need of a little time in the cellar to mellow out and integrate a bit. jet black in color with a shiny obsidian finish and about a half inch of really fizzy tan head. a nose of heavy burnt barley bitterness and some rich oatmeal, and of course the alcohol. they come in separate waves, with a bitter bakers chocolate up front and a pronounced coffee element in the middle. tons of dark barley in this thing, really intense and palate coating. the booze is evident though, and makes it feel a little thinner and hotter than it needs to be, and the medium carbonation isnt quite enough to uplift it any more. im impressed by its flavor, but wish it was a little more refined in terms of feel. definitely a slow sipper, this will get a buzz on pretty quick if you let it. new holland so far to me, has not lived up to its hype. this is good beer, but its not incredible, and its not particularly distinct from other well made big stouts out there. i like it, but im not sure i would buy it again. glad i had buddies to share the bomber with.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

Jet black pour with a slight beige head. nose has raisins, dark fruits, milk chocolate, slight coffee. dark fruits being the dominant aroma.taste is heavy with dark roasted malts and all of the previously mentioned characteristics being present. mouthfeel is thick and creamy. carbonation is mild.

overall better than i was expecting. would drink again.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ebony hued this stout poured with an exceptionally thick light brown head that had very good lacing.

The nose is just weak. Notes of toasted malt, maybe chocolate and coffee but nothing off putting.

The nose does not do the flavor justice as its creamy, chocolatey, cocoa powdered and toasty. The finish is a strong roasted coffee that lingers on the tongue for quite a while.

The feel is dry yet has a marshmallow cream silkiness. Very nicely done as its a high gravity beer, 11.5 ABV, yet yields no evidence of such.

I was a set up to be disappointed when I smelled it but it delivered well where it counts.

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Photo of Ri0
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 22oz bottle into chalice.

A - It is obsidian with only a slight dark brown on the very edge of my glass. A 1 finger tan head has nice retention and leaves behind very nice lacing.

S - Roasted malts, bakers and milk chocolate. There are also notes of coffee, dark fruit, maybe raisins and sorghum?

T - The flavors are well put together, yielding notes of dark roasted malt, raisins, bakers chocolate and rich milk chocolate. This is a bit sweeter than bitter and I love it! No need to age.

M - Rather standard medium body with normal carbonation.

O - A nice imperial stout that hits all the good notes. It is quite enjoyable and I recommend picking one up, maybe two.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottleneck says A024 meaning it was bottled 1/2/14.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and randomly spackled surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sweet, roasty, somewhat boozy aroma gives off notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee and some moderate char.

T- Dark roast comes on nicely, turns boozy mid-palate and gives way to a charry finish. The alcohol becomes even more apparent after a few sips. The chocolate and vanilla notes are there but struggle to be seen amid the heat and fume.

M- Somewhat creamy but gets a little lost in the alcohol burn. Also thick and a bit syrupy. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- I was expecting better. Maybe I should've let the bottle sit for another 3-6 months? Just has too much heat and the flavors aren't properly aligned.

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Photo of hops202
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a stone snifter. Vintage 2014.

Has a bourbon barrel aged look to it. Great tan head with viscous black color and plenty of lacing to go around. Smell is comprised of sweet milk chocolate, some roast, slight hint of vanilla and coffee, even some candied fruit in there - nothing too pronounced but cherries stand out the most. Taste is even better than the nose - plenty of roast, chocolate, vanilla, sweet coffee and slight maraschino cherry mixed with sweet creaminess. Not too boozy at all for the 11.5%. This is a top notch, under the radar Imperial Stout. Very complex but not over bearing and super smooth. I will be loading the cellar pronto.

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Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 4 - nice bottle and everything, dark brown black beer with a nice tan head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - 4 - coffee, vanilla, chocolate, alc.
T - 4 - same as smell, chocolate, coffee, roasted Malts, vanilla, cream,
M - 4 - medium thick mouth feel, alc present but appropriate,
O - 4 - great imperial Stout. Nice and chocolaty.

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Photo of Zach136
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, enjoyed August 30 2015.

Appearance: Pitch black, tan head, solid lasting power and streaky lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Rich dark chocolate, nuttiness, and vanilla. Touch of heat.'

Mouthfeel: Medium+ touch of booze.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened a vintage 2013, 22oz bottle on 3/2/14. This is a top notch stout....as soon as I took my first sip, I thought...wow, this is really drinkable...nothing bad about it at all...really good taste, nice flavors...nothing outstanding, but nothing at all bad...really tasty. Nice malty stout mouthfeel...overall...outstanding!

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Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into snifter, looks flat, no head and very little lacing (maybe harder pour next glass...). Loud smell, very dark. The taste is amazing to say the least, one of the best overall lasting feel. At 11.5% for the 2014, this is very well hidden. Another great stout from New Holland, cheers!

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New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.