New Holland Night Tripper | New Holland Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 375 | Ratings: 950
Photo of MuFugga
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. 11.5% abv. Very good imperial stout. Nice balance of roasty, chocolatey, goodness that is sweet but not too sweet. I personally prefer over Dragon's Milk and believe is labeled as inferior just because it's not barrel aged. Great beer for the price and availability.

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Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good imperial stout by New Holland. 2013 version and I feel like it was aged just right (drank in April 2015). Don't know if I will seek out but will definitely buy again if I saw it. Two of us split a bomber and it was gone before we noticed. Very drinkable at 11%. Roasty and some nice but not overwhelming chocolate.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally man-ed up and bought this beer. Before it disappeared for the season. Just so damn expensive lol. Heard alot about this stuff so really wanted to try. Pours a very dark, lets say black. With a brown head, lacing is very nice thru out. Smell is defintley a roast of some sort. Taste, Yes. Exactly what I would expect from a RIS. Tastes of robust yet light caramel and coffee to me. Alcohol not too over whelming for me but for most, probably. Definitely nice and thick.
P.S. the abv is 11.5% not 10 whatever posted on the description.
Overall not one of my top ten stouts, but its still pretty damn good. Easy to drink goes down smooth. And if u can drink a whole 4 pack, more power to ya. Shits strong, Cheers

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent Imp stout, that I will be aging for a bit to see what happens then.

pours a thick dark tar color with a nice thick creamy dark mocha 1 finger head, if pour vigorously. which brings out them roasty roasty malts & fruit essences, chocolate & sticky molasses. yum.
the feel is where this hits best, not as thick in the mouth as it looks, just right.
a must try imp stout.

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Photo of Donnelj
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I 'm trying this one for the first time. Pouring from a 12 oz bottle that I picked up at the local liquor store.

This beer pours a beautiful dark black color with a nice creamy head. The head dissipates rather quickly to a thin foam. The smell is malty chocolate but very light. Taste is where this one really hits the mark. A delicious roasty, chocolaty, coffee, molasses flavor that makes up for the weakness in appearance. Mouth feel is thin but the flavor prevails. This one may become a real favorite for me as the taste is amazingly well balanced despite the thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of jeffstinson
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome look. Smell the roastyness, but the alcohol now was still very heavy and warming. Should have cellar'd. I could see 6+ months really dying down the alcohol warmth.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep brown with a little head. Some string lace coats the snifter as I sip. The nose is sweet and chocolaty. This is a great Imperial Stout. Tastes are more chocolate than coffee. Very nice caramel notes throughout that really kick up as it warms. Soft and medium bodied. Alcohol hidden as well as any. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Draught served in a tulip.

Appearance: Blacker than the ace of spades. Head was fine & creamy that faded to a thin wisp. Lacing was minimal.

Smell: Somewhat weak. Roasted barley malt, coffee, chocolate.

Taste: Roasted barley malt, coffee, chocolate, with a hint of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Bitter-sweet. Alcohol is there, but limited. Coats the mouth and throat.

Overall: I was surprised by this offering. New Holland really hit the mark with this stout.

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: jet black, little head, uneven lacing.

Smell: anise, cocoa powder. Very pleasant.

Taste: sourness, roasted barley, some hops bitterness. A little underwhelmed for the style.

Feel: again, really not up to snuff for the style. More thin and watery than expected for an imperial stout.

Overall: Much prefer their BBA Dragon's Milk stout to this offering. Good beer, but not the wow factor of other impy stouts.

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Photo of Beerguy1969
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definately a class A stout ! Pours smooth with very little head and a rich dark brown color. Will add this one to my rotation, even at five bucks a bottle...

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Photo of Hopheadgou
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is great. Pours pitch black in color. The flavors were great in this one.Full bodied with notes of roasty malts, chocolate covered raisons, caramel, toffee, dark fruits and slight hop profile.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. 2015 vintage.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty and toasty dark malt forward aroma with good hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses as well as some tobacco, leather, and anise licorice. Big hints of dark fruit with some cherry, raisin, and prune. Also some earthy hop hints. A very good rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich, roasty, and toasty dark malt driven taste with big notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Rich dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, toast, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet notes of burnt molasses. Also coming through are some notes of leather, tobacco, and anise. Lots of sweet dark fruit undertones with notes of cherry, raisin, prune, and plum. Some earthy hop bitterness comes through towards the finish. A really nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A really good take on an Imperial Stout. Good roasty and bitter dark malt tones with some nice sweet dark fruit undertones. Stands up there with the other great big stouts.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with golden edges. Very subtle chocolate notes. Kind of thin for a big stout and, as a result, the alcohol seems to bite a bit too harshly on the finish.

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Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. 11.5% abv. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours the darkest brown; small light khaki head that fades leaving okay lacing and retention. The aromas are full of dark chocolate. Smells like a chocolate chip cookie. Flavors follow the nose. Roasted chocolate is there. Dark fruits are there. Some vanilla and caramel in the mix. Some anise/black licorice. Some espresso. Although it's bitter, there's a sweetness to it as well. It's bold and rich. The alcohol is well hidden, although there's a subtle warmth. Slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, but not thick. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a very nice stout. I really like it. Well done.

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Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A very brown-red, almost black. A thin layer of tan head.

Smell - 4/5
Huge smell, tons of roasted malts, with big fruity alcohol aspects.

Taste - 4.25/5
Starts with some fruity alcohol taste (somewhat like red wine or cherries) and rich malts. Rich, delicious dark cocoa at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body, very smooth but also quite crisp. Medium light carbonation during the sip leading to medium carbonation at the end of the sip.

Overall - 4/5
This was a good imperial stout.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a stout glass to reveal a deep, dark cola brown color with a finger's worth of tan head. Good retention leads to a fair, consistent layer of surface suds. Lacing consists of spots and broken lines that slide slowly down the glass.

Smell - Strong notes of chocolate and booze, like a mudslide. Light roast and fudge.

Taste - Milk chocolate and fudgy flavors with lesser notes of earth. Hints of dark fruit, anise and vanilla before everything gets buried by the avalanche that is the big, boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation and a slightly chalky texture. Finish is dry and thinning.

Overall - Nice flavor that's unfortunately swallowed by the back-end booze. It actually reminds me quite a bit of Dragon's Milk in terms of it's booziness, except this isn't barrel-aged. This is good, but nothing I'd necessarily seek out again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage

A - Pours black with a one-finger tan head. Thin oily lacing.

S - Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some alcohol.

T - Taste stats with roasted malts and dark chocolate upfront. Dark fruits and toffee appear midpalate. The finish has strong coffee and a lingering booziness.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Sticky finish.

O - Definetly an above average Imperial Stout. A nice mix of big flavors. Definetly worth a try.

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Photo of gibgink
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014, comes in at 11.5%, poured at around 40-50 degrees. Pours a black as night with a 1-2 finger head. Smells of roasted malts and dark fruits. Taste follows the nose. Finishes silky smooth with no alcohol noticed. Overall this is a great beer. It has a nice sweet note to it, and is surprising easy to drink for such a high ABV. Would recommend for imperial stout drinkers who like a little sweetness.

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Photo of Donco
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

2014 version was 11.5% ABV.
Nice close to black color poured into my tulip glass.
Aroma of roasted coffee and a bit of chocolate as the beer warmed was very nice.
Taste followed the aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of char. Nice bit of bitterness on the back end.
Overall, a better-than-average Imperial Stout from New Holland. At $8 for a bomber it was worth the experience.

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Photo of Bone53
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter at around 50°F

Appearance: Pours a dark brown but once in the glass is black with a one finger tan head

Smell: Chocolate, dark fruit, toffee

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts upfront, dark fruits in the middle, and fades into a toffee/molasses finish. The aftertaste is sort of bland however

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a bit thin compared to what I prefer in the style. Smooth with a moderately bitter finish. Not at all boozy for 11.5% as others have mentioned

Overall: All aspects were solid, but nothing extraordinary. I do think it drinks well for the abv. and have found beers boozier with less abv. The aftertaste is a bit bland, but the initial taste makes up for it. However, for almost $10 including tax for a bomber, I think there are much better options available (Old Rasputin, Founders) at a more reasonable price. Still worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of Paul_PABrewNews
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance : Dark and Black... Faint ruby hues appearing at the bottom of the glass. Kaki colored head.

Aroma: Dark and foreboding, Really toasted grains and toasted bread. A touch of smoky char with Dark Chocolate in the back. Floral Booze tones all over the ale.

Body: The body like Dragon's Milk was a bit thin hovering within the high medium to low full mouthfeel. soft carbonation was nice in this ale.

Taste: Softer on the dark tones when I would of though, left some hollow points along the way that the bourbon aged version filled nicely. Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Toasted Grains and Char on the palate with a big floral booze all over the place.

Overall: Nice ale, right now I prefer the barrel aged version, but if this had about 2 years of age. A lot would change and this would be a steamer on an ale. Cheers!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have always liked this brew. Pours a thick black with deep tan head and spider web like lacing. Smells of deep roasted grains, chocolate, some coffee, and more chocolate. Decadent mouthfeel, and velvety smooth. Tastes of sweet dark chocolate up front, coffee and roasted grains on the sides---do I detect some deep roasted barley in there for depth(!?), and medium hop bitterness on the back changing into a cocoa flavor on the aftertaste. Booziness comes through later---have a seat! Very nice. Very luxurious. Just a great imperial stout. CHEERS!

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: black in color, 1/4 inch head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate, smoke, and roasted malt

Taste: dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and light caramel

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, low carbonation, sweet and roasty

Overall: An above average rich and heavy imperial stout.. The alcohol is well hidden, but yet I feel like I have had more complex and interesting examples in the style. Not a beer I would pass up, but not one I need to rush to again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the 2014 vintage is 11.4% abv, and feels like all of t, this is an enormous stout, a nice example of the style, but probably in need of a little time in the cellar to mellow out and integrate a bit. jet black in color with a shiny obsidian finish and about a half inch of really fizzy tan head. a nose of heavy burnt barley bitterness and some rich oatmeal, and of course the alcohol. they come in separate waves, with a bitter bakers chocolate up front and a pronounced coffee element in the middle. tons of dark barley in this thing, really intense and palate coating. the booze is evident though, and makes it feel a little thinner and hotter than it needs to be, and the medium carbonation isnt quite enough to uplift it any more. im impressed by its flavor, but wish it was a little more refined in terms of feel. definitely a slow sipper, this will get a buzz on pretty quick if you let it. new holland so far to me, has not lived up to its hype. this is good beer, but its not incredible, and its not particularly distinct from other well made big stouts out there. i like it, but im not sure i would buy it again. glad i had buddies to share the bomber with.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

Jet black pour with a slight beige head. nose has raisins, dark fruits, milk chocolate, slight coffee. dark fruits being the dominant aroma.taste is heavy with dark roasted malts and all of the previously mentioned characteristics being present. mouthfeel is thick and creamy. carbonation is mild.

overall better than i was expecting. would drink again.

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