New Holland Night Tripper | New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Night TripperNew Holland Night Tripper
981 Ratings
New Holland Night TripperNew Holland Night Tripper

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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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Ratings: 981 |  Reviews: 383
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.77/5  rDev -56.5%
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 jmd88
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lochraneg
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gobuccos
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tlema1
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
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 +22.9%
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 jduprey007
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RAFH
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushbeer75
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +0.2%
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 BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drbenderdo
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brutalist
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jp32
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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 MI_beerdrinker
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of strohme2
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HardyA
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of phantomanboy
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobhits
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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 BrutisDestructus
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of komatsukiller
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 981 ratings
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