Night Tripper
New Holland Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,660
Ranked #3,863
4.1 | pDev: 10%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Notes: An abundance of roasted malts and flaked barley create a rich, roasty stout with deeply intense, lush flavors.

IBUs: 45
GRAINS: 2-row, Munich, Caramel, Crystal, Black, Chocolate, Flaked Barley, Melanoidin
HOPS: East Kent Golding, Nugget, Magnum
YEAST: American Ale
Reviews: 393 | Ratings: 1,027 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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burnstar from Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a nice tan head that quickly dissipates. Fizzy at first, then it looks flat. Smells great with dark fruit and chocolate in the nose- like a cadbury fruit and nut bar. Taste is rather exceptional too. Sweet up front, and throughout, with a big hit of dark chocolate in the middle that persists into the pleasantly bitter roasty finish. There's enough complexity though, and it doesn't taste like a chocolate beer. As you drink more that note becomes less aparrent and gives way to the dark fruit from the nose. Some boozy spiciness persists well after the finish and is somehow pleasant too. Obviously full bodied but not as heavy as you might think. The strong carbonation at first seems to have dissipated. Overall, it's just awesome. It's easy to become jaded having reviewed hundreds of beers but every once in a while one still comes along and surprises you. This is among my all time faves and one of the best imperial stouts I've had. I should note, I drank this beer about 3 1/2 years after its bottling date.

Aug 21, 2020
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woemad from Washington

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Whyteboar. According to the stamp on the label, this was bottled on December 11, 2017. "Pre-aged for your pleasure!" < da-dum/crash!> But seriously...(ahem) this is 11.5% alcohol, so unless left on a loading dock in 100° weather, this should still be a drinkable beer.

Poured into a tallboy can glass (I really don't know what else to call it), this was very stout-like in appearance. Dark brown, virtually black color, decent sized tan head. Decent lace.

Roasty, dark maltnaroma that that hints at coffee, dark chocolate and a tiny bit of dark fruits.

Not quite as rich in the flavor as the nose suggested, but still very nice. Roasty, coffeeish and slightly sweet up front, with an almost imperceptible alcohol flavor midway through that's deep in the background. Bitter, slightly hoppy twang at the finish.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Nice post-breakfast beer. This was definitely more than still drinkable. Perhaps it's age has toned down it's alcohol heft, as it's pretty low in the mix, but otherwise this seems no worse for being nearly 2 1/2yrs from bottling. It's not an imperial stout that's mind blowing or reinvents the wheel, but it's extremely solid and if brewed locally, I'd grab it whenever it comes out and set some aside for aging.

May 24, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/23/17; drank 4/5/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy tan head; strong lace.

Cream, milk chocolate, raspberry & mild fresh earth notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Cream, milk chocolate & raspberry flavors up front; fresh earth & mild booze heat notes on the nose.

Robust & balanced; this is actually well above average. I'd have another...

May 31, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.31/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We drank one of these during March Madness, did we get around to drinking both vintages? I'm not really sure. . .

Anyways, pours mostly black as night kind of imperial stout with a light brown head 1/2". Aroma is mostly roasted malt and given the age (of both bottles) there was a question as to whether this was a Russian Imperial Stout or not. It is not, just the age gave it kind of a dark fruit bitterness you get in an RIS.

Taste followed up the dark fruit aspect even more. This was seemingly an RIS all the way at this point, prunes and roasted malt providing a good amount of bitterness. Nugget and Magnum hops provide some in that regard as well. The alcohol doesn't sting as much as it could, especially paired with that aforementioned bitterness. I didn't perceive any sweetness to it. Its a big ass imperial stout, but I don't really get all the love for it in the reviews. Decent but nothing special.

Jul 09, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, I knew that when I set out on New New Holland/Belgium Beer Sunday (Week 698) things would become tougher as I progressed. What I failed to account for were an early-morning meeting/interview & repeated computer glitches (on my end) over the course of the day. I am pressing on despite it getting closer to the end of NBS.

From the Bottle: "An abundance of roasted malts and flaked barley create a rich, roasty Stout with deeply intense, lush flavors."; "Parings: Dark Chocolate, Smoky Cheese, and Cayenne".

I began as I usually do by Pop!ping the cap & beginning a slow, gentle pour. Once it was sufficiently decanted, an in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with decent retention that left behind loads of lacing as it fell. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was REALLY chocolaty, more like a liquefied Brownie or chocolate pudding than the Baker's chocolate of Dragon's Milk. Mouthfeel was dense & thick, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue. I let it just roll around in my mouth & on my tongue. Warming, I got both a sweet chocolatiness & a bit of fusel alcohol heat. Phew! Nearly seven months in the bottle & it was still pretty hot! This one could age for a while. I stick by my initial analogy of a liquefied Brownie. It was sweet, but not cloying, in terms of its chocolaty taste and it had a breadiness that became more assertive as I grew used to the heat. Finish was semi-sweet & I say this because I am always reluctant to hang the "Sweet" tag on a beer. I think that with a bit more aging, I would be a little more confident in saying semi-sweet. If you do any aging of your own, let me know how it evolves. YMMV.

Jul 09, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass. bottled 12/11/17, so 4 1/2 months old.

looks great. jet black body, big creamy/foamy oatmeal colored head leaving generous lacing.

a roasty, faintly boozy aroma. a little dried fruit as well.

roasted malt taste, slightly sweet, a little boozy, dried fruit, a tad bitter. some molasses. really, a very nice tasting imperial stout.

mouth is around medium, a little thinner than expected. nice and roasty on the finish.

overall, another beer that's been on my wish list for a while, and this does not disappoint. happy to have another 3 in reserve.

Apr 29, 2018
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/23/17. Drank Mar 2018. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: dark brown with a hint of amber. Small one finger tan head. Decent bubbly lacing thought the drink. Really nice only lacking a bit more head to be outstanding.

Nose: dark fruit, alcohol, dark roast malts, someone in a review mentioned chili peppers and I think there is a hint. Might be the flakes barley mention on the label. Maybe just the power of suggestion but something to it. Pleasant.

Taste: dark roasted malts, burnt toast, dark chocolate, sweet/bitter hops. Like the nose, maybe a hint of chili pepper or the barley character. Some coffee. Slight bitter aftertaste but not unpleasant. Really balanced and complex.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy with subtly more carbonation than expected. Or maybe it’s the hint of pepper giving it a little kick in the mouth. Love the feel.

Overall: I really like this beer. It’s not barrel aged but has some alcohol characteristics that make it seem BA. Complex, chewy, well balanced are traits I like. I have bought in the past and would buy again.

Mar 17, 2018
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz teku glass bottled on 12/11/17. Pours a very attractive near pitch black with a very nice brown 2 finger head that leaves nice thick patches of lace behind.

Smell is dark chocolate, chilli peppers, coffee grounds, vanilla bean, hazelnut, anise, and maybe a hint of alcohol.

Taste follows dark chocolate, some heat from the peppers, vanilla, hazelnut, and anise with some alcohol, but very little.

Mouthfeel is a little bigger than medium, plenty of carbonation for the style, maybe a tad dry, and at 11.5% ABV it goes down pretty darn easy.

Overall this is a very nice stout, doesn’t blow your mind, but it is very balanced and pretty darn complex.

Mar 04, 2018
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An imperial stout the way imperial stouts should be. Flavorful, substantial, almost syrupy, without an abundance of hops. The flavor hits the right notes - chocolate, coffee, fine leather. A great cold weather sipper. Carbonation is good, the feel isn't flat as in some other imperials.

Well done!!!

Nov 17, 2017
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alexanderplatz from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look -- black. Opaque.
Smell -- sweet & malty
Taste -- hint of sweetness. Not too sweet. Not too dry or ashy. A bit like my favorite stout, Founders Imperial.
Feel -- Good mouthfeel. Slightly on the thicker side.

Sep 22, 2017
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks thick dark brown. Very little head.
Smells of dark fruits like dates and cherries
Tastes sweet like dark chocolate and roasted malts. Finishes bitter with a wash of coffee
Not much carbonation but it's a thick mouthful
Overall I'm impressed. A fine imperial stout. I will return to this beer. Plus I like that it's 11.5% gets me a good buzZ.

Aug 29, 2017
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap--16 oz

Pours thick, dark, opaque, and viscous. Slick and oily. The head is limited but fine lacing persists throughout. Everything about this brew's appearance screams "stout."

Aromas of coffee and dark chocolate are followed by roasted malts and graininess.

Coffee is the dominant note on the palate as well, but it is not a bitter brew--this is reminiscent of a milk stout. Sweet coffee notes, dark chocolate, and hints of dark fruit. The balance comes from roasted grain and light yeast notes. The ABV is extremely and remarkably well hidden, manifesting in a sweet warmth.

This is one of the chewiest stouts you can find. But the carbonation is a fine balance on this point. The booze finishes with warmth and lift.

This isn't my favorite stout, but it is one I will seek out again.

May 21, 2017
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azurel from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage purchased at the brew pub. Brew pub only release. Aged at New Hollands aging facility.
Abv 11.5

Poured into a snifter.

Color is black with a off white, tan head that dissapates quickly.

Aroma is alcohol, dark roast, chocolate

Taste follows aroma with a heavy chocolate, dark fruit. Minimal roast bitterness.

Body is full, heavy and viscous.
Had i had this before hand I would have bought a few more bottles.

May 10, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Charcoal black with brown edging and ring. Smells of dirt, coffee, earth, barley and malt, nothing special. Tastes has so much more nuance, take the nose and add layering of dark chocolate, booze, molasses, and dark fruit. Chewy, warm, dark, but not overly thick in fact giving this more body would enhance the experience greatly.

Aging Note: Ages very well, set this one down a some years

May 08, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

1.88/5  rDev -54.1%
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.

Apr 23, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Apr 21, 2017
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Apr 02, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

1.77/5  rDev -56.8%
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.

Mar 04, 2017
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Feb 17, 2017
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Dulahan from North Dakota

5/5  rDev +22%
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.

Feb 10, 2017
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Nov 29, 2016
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Nov 19, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Oct 19, 2016
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bobhits from Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Aug 23, 2016
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pkalix from California

4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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....

Aug 03, 2016
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