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New Holland Night Tripper - New Holland Brewing Company

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360 Reviews
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Reviews: 360
Hads: 883
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.8%
Wants: 86
Gots: 160 | 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

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Beer added by: mcallister on 01-22-2008

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Reviews: 360 | Hads: 883
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this brew into my glass, I had at first wondered if maybe I had a bad bottle. Out came what looked like used motor oil, but then slowly developed a small tan foam at the surface. On the nose at first was toast, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Upon my first sip, the sweet notes of coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate were most prominent, followed by a bitter, but rather pleasant finish. The flavors danced around for quite some time after each sip.
Rich and full-bodied, you don't drink this beer, you chew it. It's a meal in a bottle. For as strong as this stout is, I found it to be very smooth and easy to sip on. It's definitely worthy in my book. New Holland has done it again. Try it with a rich chocolate cake, or any other dessert.

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Photo of Vancer
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black arse pour, didn't think it would produce the tan head - but it slowly popped up. Must be a high alcohol brew - ya think?

Tons of chocolate malt in the aroma, like a smore by a campfire. And WHOO! Quaff smacks home with a blast of brandy chocolate, plums and anise. Damn, what a lip smacking combo - defiantly a sipper sud. Vanilla in the coffee rounds it out.

This one could sit for a year easily, the hot booze distracts JUST a tad. Otherwise, a top of the line Impy (I think this is more RIS than imperial stout). This brew is thick as a milkshake. Tasty arse!

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

nice pour, vigorous, created a bubbly, quickly disapating head, that never quite left. nice rich smell, licorice and malt flavors hit first, very nice smooth mouthfeel. I almost get a licorice and coconut finish after warming. nice offering, I would recommend.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from joe1510, you rock! Decanted into a duvel tulip

Pours ebony with one thick beady finger of mocha colored head. Nice viscous sheen, very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Chocolate, vanilla, & some coffee

T: Chocolate boozey vanilla, & oakyness up front. Rich dark chocolate, coffee, dryness & more pleasing vanilla as this warms

MF: Smooth, sticky, creamy maybe a bit too much booze, nah; only a bit, nice malt depth

Drinks great for the ABV & style, why isn't this beer getting more buzz??? Artfully put together. Well worth seeking out

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black bodied beer. Thin, creamy, bubbly cola colored head. Lacing comes in sporadic rings. Aroma has some anise oil and black currant characteristics to add to the more prevalent chocolate smells. Nice aroma, though it could be a little thicker to make it truly special. Very easy feel to this beer. Body is big, but this is not the viscosity monster that some Imperials are. Velvety mouthfeel. Oily texture. The taste really makes you sit back and take notice. Some light smokey phenolics mix with oily anise and bitter currants as well as campfire char to give this beer some nice depth. Bitterness is fairly high and appropriately fits within the context of this beer. For 10.8% a/v, the taste of alcohol is really blended well. It's not perceived as "hot" to me. There's some spiciness attributed to the EtOH, but nothing overwhelming. A pleasant surprise of an Imperial on a fittingly cold, rainy and dreary night.

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Photo of kkipple
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Trippy name, wacky bottle... kinda spooky looking, really... let's see what this is all about. Split the bomber with a friend.

Well. There's no head on the initial pour, but after ten seconds you get some weak semblance of one. It's quite faint. The Tripper is inky black and oily looking.

Mm, let this one warm... it gets way better. Eventually I'm smelling rich chocolate cake, sweet and heavily alcoholic. Big roasted grains, burnt and bitter, coffee and chocolate, molasses and a little medicinal sharpness round it off. The overall experience is lush and very pleasing.

Tastes pretty much as advertised, heavy and sweet, reminds me of unfermented beer. Milk chocolate and slick malts and all manner of roasted grains here. In the balance of sweet and bittersweet roast, the sweet gets the upper hand every time. I could swear there are oats in this brew; it's super smooth and slides down the throat.

The mouthfeel is dense, silky and syrupy and barely carbonated. Goes down like candy, though I wish there was a little more fizz in this one.

Night Tripper is a very thick, rich and sweet stout. Tough to drink much of, great as a night-cap or likely paired with a dessert. One of the best things to come out of New Holland, IMO. Go trippin'!

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep opaque black with a thin light-tan head. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts with slight espresso and cocoa. The taste is an interestingly complex blend of bitter cocoa, roasted espresso and roasted malts, but just a little off. The beer is fairly heavy with a moderate alcohol presence. This one is worth trying, but there's plenty better Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of csmiley
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown bordering on black. Just a tiny amount of light is able to get through on the edges. No head at all. Just a few tiny bubbles that didn't even come close to making a cap on the beer.

S - Comes across as roasted and smokey at first. Then some chocolate aroma (which is quite nice) pops in. A little more smoke and a hint of coffee finish things out.

T - First on the palate is a subdued roasted flavor that has some hints of smoke. That starts to give way to an almost burnt flavor. Then, out of nowhere, the alcohol just slaps you in the face. It is strong and warm bordering on hot. The end has some chocolate notes.

M - Meduim to full bodied with too little carbonation for my taste. It is actually just above completely flat. Finish is hot and bittersweet.

D - Drinkability is average. Too many characteristics of this beer just do not appeal to me. Glad I got to try it but would not seek it out agian.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via NoBS BIF v3 from Vancer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head promptly recedes to a skim of small bubbles, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is burnt dark malt, anise, and coffee. Taste starts with syrupy oh-so-dark sweetness, with some hoppiness on the close, and wisps of alcohol vapor breeze through at the last. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, but almost too slick, and drinkability is actually scary good. Getting used to this one could be dangerous.

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Photo of ejquin
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with very littl ehead.

S: Choclate, espresso, vanilla and oak, roasted malt, nice sweetness. Smells to me like typical good RIS.

T/M: silky smooth mouthfeel, though maybe a bit undercarbonated. Taste starts with an anise note, fading to chocolate. Real smooth dark chocolate last for a bit and then turns to roasted malt with espresso. Briefly, there's a fruity/cherry note. Slightly bitter, though not much. Finishes hot with alcohol and a vanill anote lingers

D: Very heavy beer and comes of hot on the finish.

Ovr: Don't get me wrong this is a very very good stout, though not spectacular. A bit hot overall, and slightly undercarbonated to me. Still, a very good offering

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Photo of karengarys
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours and looks like you'd expect - dark, thick, low carbonation.

The smell even carries some alcohol. Some darkness - not smoke, not molassis, not sure, just dark. That's about all I get there.

Taste is alcohol, some sort of wiskey like bourbon or something, I don't know my hard liquors so I can't label it, but it is strong.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly carbonated, not much at all, but it is there.

Finish is quite clean - amazing - no bad aftertaste.

It would be difficult to quaff a dozen of these. Sipping isn't all that easy, either, for it is quite thick.

This is one over the top alcoholic RIS drink. If you see it, and want to try something strong as hell, then give this a try. If you are looking for a refreshment, well, you may want to look elsewhere.

Update on 5/24/2011...
I increased the taste and mouthfeel from 3.5 to 4.

The taste has a lot of bourbon flavor, or maybe molasses plus raisins, but it is the thing you want in this style. The alcohol is apparent, but not distracting.

The mouthfeel is creamy enough to give this a 4.

if poured cold and allowed to warm to room temperature, it kind of flattens out a bit. Others do this better. But, from cold to cool is fine, and at cool temp the mouthfeel is really decent.

The update occurred after I found myself grabbing one for the evening, and going to the store specifically for this. I was looking for an evening RIS, and this was available, and worth grabbing.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish-black with no head, even after a vigorous pour.

The aroma is sweet chocolate, dark fruits (plum) and some rum cakey alcohol.

The flavor is roasted fudgy chocolate and coffee with a slight tang of dark fruits. It has a big bitter roasted and tarry alcoholic finish that is a bit over the top and slightly off tasting. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with no carbonation.

Overall, I really like the flavor of this, other than the finish. The lack of carbonation hurts it as well. This is close to being an awesome brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours an inky jet black with a finger of burnt mocha tan colored head. Retains nicely around the edges at first but then quick fizzles out leaving behind a smattering of lace at first and then a great looking oily brown residue. The aroma is heavy and sticky with tones of chocolate and dark fruit sweetness, coffee, some licorice, and a waft of heat.

The taste is bitter roasted malts up front, melding into silky smooth chocolate sweetness with some zippy coffee notes and dark fruit tang. The mouthfeel is the real highlight of the beer for me, as it posesses a full, rich, creamy feel while still being sticky and viscous. There is a bit of beefy alcohol presence as well that does have a slight sting to it, leaving the palette drenched with a hot and sticky feel.

This is a pretty good fresh offering from New Holland and I'm glad to see them adding to their lineup of big beers. While it's packed with a ton of flavors that I love in an RIS, it's heat profile still keeps the drinkibility a little lower than expected. Even with being a sipper, it's a steady one at that, and I really enjoyed this bottle. This is worth a try if you run across it.

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

Got this bad boy in a trade with GODofALL.

22oz bottle, served in a tulip glass.

A - black color with a fairly small tan head that fell to a ring.

S - chocolate & roasted malt aroma.

T - roasted maltiness, sweet, then bitter, then back to sweet again. Alcohol is somewhat noticable.

M - full bodied, creamy mouthfeel.

D - a sipper, fo' sure!

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Photo of edmedina
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color wow, how do I put this one? It pours a very nice dark color. Truly, a color of a stout. This has very little head. The aroma is very lite for a stout. The roast malt is subtle. You almost get a chocolate smell in there. The taste is not as out there as I thought it would be. You do get a malty taste in there but for a stout it's not as strong as you'd like it to be. In fact I would almost say the alcohol is very much there. So that being said, I would have to say that this is pretty enjoyable. I am not a fan of the really malty stouts. I'll drink them to taste them but there are not my normal choice. This beer however isn't as prevelant. It is a very easy beer to drink and definitely one to enjoy.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours basically black with a thin tan head and a tiny ring to follow. Smell of roast malts up front and big sweetness to follow. Some coffee, chocolate, toasted bread, and a little fruity scent. Taste isn't so complex but well balanced despite lack of depth. Good combo of coffee and chocolate, starting off more roasty and smokey and becoming sweet and milky chocolate toward the end. Some toffee and fruit mix together with a little burn of alcohol. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and creamy, near perfection. Just the right amount of carbonation to keep this one feeling perfect on the tongue. A tiny burn from the alcohol is again present. Quite the drinkable brew, here. It's not so complex and not so in your face but a well-rounded Double Stout. I think a full bomber would be my limit and splitting it would be ideal, which I did.

Big thanks to lightindarkness for the UGLY brew and myself for buying another bottle...I'm glad New Holland is here!

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Photo of seaoflament
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another extra included by hoppymeal in our recent trade, thanks!

Pours black with a nice inch of tan foam, very dense and retains well.

Aromas is roasty with milk chocolate, nutty malts, and roasted barley in the background. A fairly good presentation on the aroma so far. After a while there is an aroma of grains and cherries. As it warms up there is a sweeter aroma, a bit like condensed milk, but also toffee and a little buttery as well.

Taste is roasted barley and bitter chocolate first. After that I can detect some cocoa, chocolate covered cherries and coffee. Finishes with some dark fruits, cocoa and alcohol.

Very good on the mouth-feel, well carbonated and feels smooth on the tongue. Just a bit of heat from the alcohol.

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Photo of sfoley333
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 220z bottle thanks to Hoppymeal. Poured into Duvel snifter a jet black used motor oil color with a thin brown head. Smell is upfront chocolate, carmel, plum, and alcohol. Taste is more roasted coffee with semi bitter chocolate flavor, sweet sugary flavors resides along with a little ansile and a lot of alcohol. The mouthfeel is fullbody, lush, with an oilly texture and low carbonation. A good IS sipper with full flavors that could use a little more time in the bottle.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems like imperial stouts were made for rating; they have distinctive appearances and tons of flavor and aroma. And while this one was good, and I enjoyed it, and no doubt by the time I'm writing will have given it a good rating, I can't say that it is in the elite of this style in my mind, compared to other beers of this style I've tried...still good and worth a try though.

It poured a very inky black, and was a bit more viscous than I thought it might be. Head was minimal. Aroma was coffee-ish, and very boozy but in a bad way. It was (to me) quite reminiscent of rubbing alcohol. Thankfully, that rubbing alcohol astringency did not transfer to the taste, which was highly roasty with lots of coffee flavor. Still a bit boozy (it's 10+% ABV after all), but not in a bad way. Mouthfeel was rather smooth.

I bought this bottle from Sendik's in Franklin, and split it with SurlySober and Flyer, who in turn shared Weyerbacher Simcoe DIPA, Ten FIDY, and Central Waters Coffee Stout with me.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with very dark brown highlights. No head or lacing. No viscous beer hanging on to the sides of the glass. The aroma is a tapioca, chocolate, cream, coffee, and alcohol all wrapped in one... with maybe a dash of caramel. Brownies are the first thing that pop into my mind after sipping this beer. The complexity of the roasted malts, and burnt malts is stellar. Lots of dark chocolate, smoked peet, thick vanilla cream, and very light caramel all intertwine with one another. Not to mention the well integrated alcohol with all those other great flavors. The palate is a hot velvety smooth drak malt with lots of chocolate and coffee with warming notes of alcohol. Perfect for sipping before you go to bed.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.62/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle inspection: 27 plato, 10.8% ABV. No other useful information.

Aroma: Faint hints of dark fruit, warming alcohol, dark fruity esters open up a bit as it warms. Raisins, plums, and a slight spiciness all are present but nothing dramatic.

Appearance: Opaque jet black pour with little to no head. Takes major agitation to get a thin tan film on the surface.

Flavor: Nice blend of milk chocolate, alcohol, rum-soaked raisins, background roasted barley notes. Finish is dry, a little hot, and somewhat prickly due to the alcohol. No apparent hop bitterness or flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall impression: Underwhelmed. Definitely a tip of the hat to the English RIS. Hops and roasted barley are slim to none here. Alcohol is way too apparent and would benefit from age. Tough to drink just b/c the alcohol was so prominent. The lack of roasted bitterness and the alcohol almost makes me think of an old ale as this beer opens and warms a bit. Still, they need to bump up the hop charge (English, American, anything), bump up the roasted grains, and watch fermentation or age longer to help with the alcohol mellowing. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, appropriately like night, only thicker. A hard pour yielded a slow sandy dark tan colored head. It fades quickly down to khaki swirls, but looks nice while it lasts.

I find the nose on this very intriguing. Deep and mysterious. Raisin and Date fruit sweeten a deeper stronger burnt toasty aroma, mixing in and out with warm alcohol. Plenty of other mingling scents, molasses, chewing tobacco, bitter root, and damp leaves. I kind of want to just keep sniffing it; I get something new in each whiff.

Taste is not far off from the nose in terms of depth of character. Starts with sweetened grains, rich chocolate, raisin, and roasted malt. Mellows a little in the middle with a more mild milk chocolate, fading out then building back in with some nice light bitterness mixed with burnt wood, a surprisingly fresh finish for all the darkness that lurks beforehand. Grains seem to come forward more the longer I drink it, more exposed at the finish.

Feel is mostly smooth, with only some mild carbonation to lighten up the full body. A touch syrupy, with a little oily thickness to it. It coats nicely and is not clingy or overly sticky in the mouth. Somewhat chewy, it feels pretty good for the style.

No real complaints about this one. It drinks pretty well. I'm definitely noticing the heat from the 10.8% abv. Full body plus alcohol make it harder to consume, but it tastes pretty good and it has some intriguing depth. It evolves a little as you go through the bottle, with different flavors taking their turn in the spotlight.

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Photo of blakesell
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours solid black with limited clarity. With more light I'm sure I could see through it to some degree. Creamy one finger tan head that lingers for at least five minutes. Lacing clings to the sides and the sexy mama got some legs on her.

Smell- Dark roasted burnt malts with a prune and fig backbone. Hops are present and not overpowering. Black patent and roasted non-malted barley are surely in the grain bill.

Taste- Plums, burnt coffee, dark roasted malt sweetness on the initial taste. Possible lactose with the sweetness. Chocolate and coffee. Definite lactose on the swallow. Creamy, possibly with oat flakes on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, thick, full-bodied and well carbonated. Not astringent, warming.

Drinkability- The rating could be a bit higher on drinkability, but the 10.8% gravity is a bit on the heavy side for sessioning.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into 2 pint glasses for my wife and me. This beer was black (it's an imperial stout) but had almost no head. After pouring each glass a really thin tan foam formed slowly, rising to a mighty 1 mm height. The aroma is really good, dark fruits like raisins and plums mixed with sweet malt and maybe a little anise. The flavor reminds me a little of Stone RIS on a good year, lots of good things in there. Pretty thick mouthfeel, but drinkability is still very good for the style, as the alcohol isn't real easy to detect.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a used motor oil black color. The head is none existent. The aroma is of roasted malt, burnt malt, dark chocolate, graham crackers, and a hint of vanilla. The taste has everything the aroma does with a hot finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a good RIS. The only beef I have with it is the lack of any head what so ever. I could drink this again, and would really like to try it after a year or two in the cellar.

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New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.