Night Tripper
New Holland Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,514
Ranked #3,337
4.1 | pDev: 10%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Night TripperNight Tripper
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: 390 | Ratings: 1,024 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GuyFawkes
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...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
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.

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Photo of Wolvmar
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.

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Photo of SawDog505
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.

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Photo of Shade1951
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!!!

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Photo of alexanderplatz
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.

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Photo of Eddieeight
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
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.

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Photo of azurel
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of MacMalt
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of TonyLema1
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

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Photo of Dulahan
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.

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Photo of bushbeer75
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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
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!

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Photo of jp32
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.

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Photo of bobhits
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.

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Photo of pkalix
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....

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Photo of jmd1978
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -3.9%
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 -2.4%
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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Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1024 ratings