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New Holland Night TripperNew Holland Night Tripper

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by mcallister on 01-22-2008

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Photo of Sabtos
1.88/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had at a share and was told this bottle was a 2008, and it showed. Nearly 10 years is definitely a bad idea for this brew, or likely any other beer out there that isn't a sour or barleywine.

This puppy still smells quite boozy somehow, nearly soy sauce-like with some unknown salt element, and elements of cola and roasted malt providing the base aromas.

Taste is rug, musty peanut, graham, dust, chocolate, and dried cardboard.

Dry, slick and weird. Did I say this was too old? If I have a fresh Night Tripper I will re-review and overwrite this aged review.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is an utterly black, with a thick tan head. The aroma has licorice, dark malt, intense fruit, and and grain. There is an underlying light sweetness. Boozy. The beer is roasted and very times it tastes like a barley-wine. Full and intense. Very good.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2016. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into stout glass. It pours an inky black color with some dark ruby hues when held up to the light, with a thin, khaki-colored head and minimal lacing. It features a rather subdued aroma of roasted malt and rich, dark chocolate. The chocolate was more prevalent in the taste, along with roasty malt, burnt coffee, and hints of dark fruit, caramel, and tobacco. It opens with a lot of sweetness but the finish is fairly bitter. This stout is medium-bodied, not as viscous and chewy as others, but the mouth feel is creamy. There is very little carbonation and you cannot miss the 11.5% ABV. While it didn't seem overtly boozy, I could feel it after 12 oz. Overall, this is a very nice Imperial Stout. It's not quite at the level of the leaders of the style but still very good and worth seeking out.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.77/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75


Pours like a brown ale with some chestnut hints and forms into a dark chocolate brown. A steady head of 1 finger, beige-khaki.

Aroma of roast malts, slight rotted banana peels, and ethanol.

Flavor profile is pure fusel alcohol with a faint following of roast malts. This is really, really bad.

Feel is hot, boozy, stiff.

Overall, this sucks ass. Good night.

Edit : trying it again just to make sure I was right. I was. Instant drain pour.

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Photo of tlema1
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: very dark brown/black, not much head, minimal lacing
S: dark malts, not much nose
T: muted sweetness, molasses
F: silky smooth, rich, full body
O: this is Friday m 2013, and it aged well

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Photo of Dulahan
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a pleasant surprise. I'm a fan of dark beers, imperials and the likes, and this one really ended up quite suited to my tastes, easily in my top 5. From the first sip I had the impression of 'wow' and wanted more. Great one to just sit back and relax with.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - Bottled on 1/29/2016

New Holland Night Tripper Imperial Stout pours an opaque black that is as dark as coal. A smaller 3/4-finger tan head was produced that reduced quickly to a thin collar of foam in my snifter. The nose picks up a scent of roasted malts. The upfront taste is also of roasted malts followed by the sweetness of chocolate, and caramel. The mouth feel is full, creamy, rich and a little chewy.

The 'Night Tripper' is well named due to its 11.5 abv. This Imperial Stout is a nice flavorful 'Night' time sipper.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Russian River snifter.

A: Very dark brown and basically opaque. Forms a good sized tan head that fades quickly atop fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Seems like a low amount of aroma overall. Some chocolate, and roasted malt sweetness. Not a bad aroma, but muted.

T: Chocolate and roasted malts, with some hop and roasted bitterness. Some creamy sweetness (possibly from lactose?) and hints of dry leather. Finishes with a nice sweet/bitter mix.

M: Nicely full-bodied, with a creamy smooth mouthfeel without seeming flat. ABV seemed hot on the first sip but really seemed hidden for the rest of the drink.

O: A seemingly under-the-radar brew here, but a very solid base imperial stout. Definitely exceeded my limited expectations!

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Photo of jp32
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black as night in color, with a good sized khaki head on top. Smell is of roasted malts. Dark chocolate comes out in it's flavor, with more roasted malts, chocolate, coffee or espresso, tobacco, and mild booze notes. Full-bodied mouthfeel. I liked this stout quite a bit.

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Photo of bobhits
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shocked I've never reviewed this, I was planning to compare my notes against this 2013 vintage bottles just opened, looks like I never did it so I guess this is the time. So this is around a 3 year old bottle, I'm not sure the bottled date just the vintage. I also should disclose I had a sample of expedition stout before this so my tastes might be a bit biased due to the rich and extreme dark flavors in that one. As it warms I get citrus hops and chocolate more and more.

Pours deep dark and viscous, minimal head due to age, but what forms retains extremely well. Even next to one of the all time darks this is nearly as dark, completely opaque until the last slither of the glass when held to the light.

I tend ot struggle the aromas in a lot of beers. This one is like others, perhaps I should do this as soon as I pour. I get some chocolate and some a bit of fruity esters. I'm assuming there's a bit of a coffee and some toffey as well as some vanilla and caramel here but I'm not getting it clearly. More a mix of sweets that I'm just not getting a good enough note here to pull apart. I'll update at the end as the beer tends to help me out as it gets consumed.

As it comes into the mouth dark chocolates really activate. This is done in a really nice way without any over powering spots just the whole mouth fills with that lightly. From there the sugars intensify bringing out a bit of milk chocolate before quickly, almost instantly, turning to dark fruits and sugars. The finish is coffee, strong french press, short of espresso but more like coffee grinds than a poured coffee in how it lingers. The beer is amazingly well blended, the sugars are caramel and cream and chocolate and they are blended almost to the point where it's a flavor by itself and not a mix of these. When held in one's mouth the fruity esters and light hops really mingle well bringing amazingly complex dark fruits from grapes to dates to even perhaps some grapes (do not think wine), but all this with the dark bitter chocolate and the strong coffee finish.

The mouth at the touch to the tongue is light as the carbonation lasts just that long. The follow up is a thick big bodied stout.

The 3 years in the bottle have done a lot of blend the flavors together here. They have also hurt the carbonation and likely allowed the fruit flavors to be their own thing and not something controlled by strong chocolate notes. I don't have a fresh bottle next to me, but I'd think this has moved past optimal in age but is still showcasing what makes night tripper great. This is a must have beer and it always seems a bit out of what you'd expert, but always good.

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Photo of pkalix
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

beautiful on the pour, super creamy, milk-chocolate head on top. really nice roast-y aromas with chocolate and vanilla. almost get some oat in the flavor with the chocolate and vanilla.... this is a 2014 bottle with 11.5% i'd had sitting in the back box for a while....

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Photo of jmd1978
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black opaque color with a little tan head. Nose roasted coffee, caramel, oak, toffee, and bitter chocolate. Taste vanilla, espresso, mocha, caramel, and coffee bean. Nice lingering finish that hangs around like your morning coffee. This is a very good stout that I randomly found. Everything you want in a stout of any kind. Would drink all day

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Photo of bbtkd
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland Night Tripper Imperial Stout, 11.5% ABV, 56 IBU. Pours black and thick, not much head, coffee nose, bitter coffee taste. The bitter eases as it warms. Pretty good!

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Photo of Masonz223
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: milk chocolate vanilla cherry dark fruits
Taste: upfront creamy milk chocolate vanilla middle of the mouth a good amount of roastiness dark chocolate lactose candy sweetness dark berries rasin some booziness but not overwhelming.finishes with a fair amount of roasted bitterness and burnt coffee.
Feel: medium body creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: I like this better then all there dragons milk variations. Not a huge fan of new holland but they did a solid job on this beer.

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Photo of Martinnewman48
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date is 2016 pour into a snifter
L: dark with a slight tan head
S: oats and coffee right out of the gate hints of chocolate
T: coffee and dark chocolate really delicious
F: fairly smooth and hides the alcohol quite a bit I don't think I've had a 11.5 abv that's hidden this well
O: absolutely delicious!

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pitch black beer with a nice mocha head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - roasty malts, dark chocolate, cocoa, toasted marshmallow, burnt
T - burnt marshmallow and roasted malt. Dark chocolate, dark coffee. Some mild creaminess.
M - heavy, alcohol present but appropriate, aftertaste is roasted malt and cocoa
O - good beer. I wish this was the base for dragons milk

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Photo of hardysf
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick imperial stout here. Well balanced and hides the 11.5 percent booze very well. Lots of flavor in this one including chocolate, toffee, caramel, molasses, and maybe a hint of some tobacco? A little smoke is present as well. This was a decent beer. Got some extra to sit on for a little bit.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black to dark chocolate color. Aroma is light of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate and roasted malts. Has a very good mouthfeel and smooth finish. Overall this is very good

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Photo of Raime
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

New Holland Night Tripper.

Well ladies and gentleman here I am. Beer number 750. Officially three quarters of the way to a thousand. Only took me 9 months of heavy activity,followed by two years away from the site, and heavily active since this past July to come to this point. Hoping to at least hit 900 or so before another stint of inactivity out of pure fatigue. Anyway, New Holland impressed me in the early days and one of their brews held onto my top three for a long, long time. So what better way to celebrate a beer karma milestone. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a snifter glass. This brew pours dark and mean like Lucifers shitty asshole. Black though still penetrable by the lighting in the room. The head fills about four tenths of the glass and it is a moderate mocha in nature with a moderate density packing it together. Carbonation is unreadable given the depth thought the bubbles atop the swill are slight. Lacing and stick isn't quite canyon level, but it is strong upon a finished glass nonetheless.

Smell - Not really getting a whole lot of coffee surprisingly.I think coffee is an overused term when it comes to imperial stouts. Rant over. Anyway, verrrryyyy hop forward with a nice touch of alcohol and fruit aspects. Almost smells like a tenfidy, only a bit better though with a bit of alcohol to offset a more positive rating. Touches of vanilla as well.

Taste - Alright is this thing a TenFIDY in disguise?. You get a huge wallop of hop and burnt malt to start things off followed by just a kiss of alcohol. To round things out, there is a bit of smoke and an ever present smack in the face of vanilla to further the profile. The alcohol is surprisingly smooth given the fact this beer is almost 12%. Honestly yes the alcohol is there but it is smoother than a 5'2, 118 pound French girl trying to get your pants off in her hotel room. Like damn is this shit smooth. Also there is thankfully no overly boozy or oak aspects since I don't feel either would compliment the flavors in this beer.

Feel - I feel the body suffers just a bit. It isn't as full or viscous as I was hoping. I was genuinely thinking this aspect would straight five so what I meant by the above lines is that it is still incredibly smooth and moderately bodied, with a ton of pillowy cream alongside an appropriate moderate level of carbonation, simply didn't attack exactly as strong as I was hoping. All flavors retain with even more vanilla as it sits.

Overall - This is not a massively overly aggressive stout with enough roast to satisfy Smaug. However, this is a very tasty, very well done Imperial with enough flavors to make anybody wanna get a few domestic violence charges. Reminded me a lot of TenFIDY with the über aggressive hop level toned down allowing for a more balanced drink. Even the alcohol presence was more tolerable despite the higher ABV. This is basically a perfect 11.5% imperial stout at only $4.49 for a single. If this weren't the last one, I would drive out there now to purchase the rest. Really lucked out with grabbing this guy. I want more. Now. New Holland, MAKE AND SEND OUT MORE YOU BLIMEY FUCKS.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, dated 2015, 11.5% ABV. Pours black with a large sized khaki head. Smells of roasted malt, earthy hops, and some dark fruit; weak intensity. The taste follows with roasted malt, hops, and caramel. Straightforward and good intensity. The alcohol comes through a little and helps add something more to the flavor. Below average body and above average carbonation. Overall, it's a very simple IS and could use some more alluring flavors.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer almost passed for black. I saw just the faintest of ruby light sneaking through when held to the light. It is topped with an inch of tan head that doesn't go away and leaves some nice lacing.

I just don't get a lot of aroma from this brew. There are faint hints of cocoa and roasted malt. Alcohol is present.

The flavors are not jumping out at me either. I get a little milk chocolate, roasted malt, and some hints of anise. There is an omnipresent taste of alcohol.

Full mouthfeel

I think this is a beer that would benefit from some age. I have one bottle left and will probably hang on to it for a year or so and see if that mellows the alcohol. It was a little hot and harsh for my delicate palate.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on my wants list since 30 December 2010 so I was thrilled to see Hopsolutely pull it out when I came to visit last summer. Cool stuff guys. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2014

APPEARANCE: A transparent dark brown pour yields a small, medium looking, off-white head with lousy retention. Head fades quickly to a slight wisp and ring. Clear black body with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some touches of lacing down the glass. A little light in color but otherwise okay.

SMELL: Roasted notes, piles of chocolate fudge, dark chocolate, brownies and vanilla notes. Really, really chocolaty. Nice.

TASTE: Dark malts, toffee and chocolate notes up front. Lots of dark malts through the middle into a bold and lingering finish of dark chocolate, fudge, roasted malts and a bit of bitterness as well. Roasted coffee lingers alongside the chocolaty goodness as well. This is quite decadent for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit mouth-coating. A touch of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Really good stuff and it's no surprised it's scored so highly on here. Flavorful, aromatic and a good feel to support it all. The look and head could be a little meaner for the style, but that doesn't take away from the chocolaty goodness going on here. Thanks again for pulling this one our guys. Very much enjoyed!

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Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A note of interest, my first time having this beer was a 5 year old vintage on tap at Sergio's World Beers in Louisville. It tasted great. Age treated this beer well although I would like to try it fresh now to get a comparison.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant ebony with a thin, light tan foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Light coffee and some chocolate
T: chocolate and coffee with layers of malt and roast, alcohol is not really apparent until the after tastes. No burnt or harsh roast flavors.
F: Very creamy. chewy with very fine soft carbonation, some warming.
O: A rich, well done imperial stout that would go well with stinky cheese or chocolate.

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend recommended this to me and I didn't know what to expect. This is something I really enjoyed. I'm having this during the summer but I need to save this for winter. I'm glad I've tried this. Not as good as Plead the 5th but pretty good.

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