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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

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Added by mcallister on 01-22-2008

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

Thanks goes out to 67couple for this brew.

Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, which leaves a little bit of sticky lacing.
The nose is big on malts, chocolate, toffee, caramel, nice vanilla notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, big chocolate/toffee/caramel tones.
Medium body, the alcohol is hidden pretty well. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this one twice actually recently. I had never had it though I had seen it a couple times in my travels, so I am glad someone could send me one to try. Pulled the 22oz bottle out of the fridge last night and let it warm up to about fifty degrees before decanting into a snifter.

Appearance - The pour was decent, with a thick, black as night liquid coming through into the glass almost immediately. Really quite nicely colored, I could not even pick out the slightest bit of light peaking through on this one at all. Ni head at all, well maybe a slight rise of tan for a few moments, but this quickly faded and left the top bare. No side glass lace either.

Smell - The aroma was very rich, loaded with malts and hints of sweetness. Some nice notes of dark molasses type aromas, with hints of licorice and other slightly dark fruits as well. A nice subtle hint of vanilla and chocolate as well.

Taste - The flavor was very well done. First wave to hit the tongue was that of chocolate and burnt, and toasted malts. Blending in seamlessly was a nice bit of vanilla and burnt coffee. Very sweet in the middle, with some dark raisin and licorice like notes, and a slightly hopped finish that really helped to being it all together and dry out the palate enough to let the soothing and sweet malt profile settle in.

Mouthfeel - A touch thin here, as this was definitely not one of the big boys. Not a real lack of carbonation, which I was afraid of, but it just needed a little bit more of a pop, and a little fuller body to really push it on through.

Drinkability - This was very drinkable, and almost deceptively smooth as I really could not pick up much of the alcohol and the body was not full enough to really be super filling. I was monumentally impressed by how smooth and quickly this one went down.

Overall not too shabby at all. Though admittedly not my favorite of the big stouts, this one certainly does back a punch and should be included in a solid second tier of offerings. I have had far worse and this one does a fairly good job at holding its own.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served cool from a bomber into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours very thickly, like oil, with essentially no head. Looks like used motor oil, down to the coarse, iridescent bubbles. Jet black, no light getting through. Second pour was more representative, when warmed to cellar temp, got a nice low profile head of extremely fine bubbles as expected, leaving thick tan lacing all the way down.

Aroma is pretty flat, basically some licorice, no alcohol or roastiness evident.

Flavor is sweet, slightly chocolatey, with plenty of caramel. Leaves a lovely slickness on the upper lip. Stout mustache?

Mouthfeel is dominated by the thickness: body like a milkshake. Very thick creaminess, maybe the flaked barley. Really interesting.

Drinkability is good, and very deceptive. I'm not picking up the alcohol in the aroma or flavor, but feeling it's effect. The only thing that keeps you from chugging it is the milkshake-like consistency.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Pitch black, slightly thin looking under a very small brown head. No retention, no lace.

S: Very sweet, dark fruity, a syrupy chocolate and a slight hint of roasted malt. Nice smell but could have more roasted character to balance out sweetness.

T: Sweet again up front, but this time balanced better with the roasted character. Slightly sour and a little boozy, a bit warm in the finish, almost drying. A hint of chocolate as well.

M/D: Slick, full bodied, but slightly thin. Not a lot of carbonation. Drinkability is good as there are really no bad qualities, just some areas that could use improvement. Overall, a good but slightly underwhelming beer.

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

Pours with a small head , no lacing.

Getting a good wif of some roasted barley, a little hops.

Dark bitter roasted malts are complemented by a decent hopping rate. Alcohol is apparent.

This is missing something in mouthfeel, carbonation is low.

Overall a decent beer that may become interesting aged.

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Photo of mhewes
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice black color with absolutely no head. I was surprised by the lack of head.

S : Good roasted malts and chocolate aroma

T : Roasted malts, coffee, and a bitter chocolate

M : Thick and chewy

D : I would like to try it again since there are some review where it does have a head. Even without that, it was still really good and one I would love to have again.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joe1510 for this brew:

A - Pours an opaque black with a large two finger mocha head after an aggressive pour that disipated slowly into a spotty lace.

S - Mild coffee and licorace. Bits of chocolate and roasted grain.

T - Lots of roasted grain. Some touches of chocolate and coffee. Tad bit boozy with a touch of licorace and vanilla.

M - Creamy with a moderate carbonation and an alcohol burn.

D - Not Bad, lots of compllexity without being too pretentious. Wouldlove to have another bottle...

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a generous 22oz brown bottle. The beer is black almost letting no light through. There is no head... nothing. The person who gifted the bottle claims that the lack of head and carbonation is intended by the brewer but I can find no such evidence of that on New Holland's website. Personally I think a lot of the beers scent and character is in the head so I have to take away points. It doesn't look like much, almost like a beer thats been left out all day and is flat as can be.

However the scent is very apparent despite the lack of head. It is of dark roasted malts and barley mixed with dark rum soaked fruits. A scorched smell that has some nice complex notes to it.

Taste is a lot like the nose. There is dark fruit flavors with a charred sweet malt that dominates the landscape. There is a thick almost creamy texture that coats the mouth and makes it easy and smooth to drink.

A nice warmth from the ABV works well with the deep blackened flavors. I don't like the lack of carbonation but I feel like the flavors aren't harmed by it. This one is definitely better as it warms which is good because it a nice sipping beer.

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Photo of Crosling
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding Imperial Stout. Surprisingly tasty. Nice color. Good, sturdy nose. Excellent balance. Hoppy, but yet, also extremely malty with great character, and flavors of chocolate and dark fruit. Lingering finish, that seems to last and last. A sleeper and a great beer.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first New Holland brew and I'm impressed...

This pours thick and black... Not much in the way of a head but it still looks good..

Loads of dark coffee and licorice present in this... Perhaps a little booziness as well... Rich dark roasted malts along for the ride as well... This smells dangerous...

This is a delicious brew! Tastes just like it smells... Lots of coffee, chocolate, licorice, rich malts... The booze is evident and hurt the taste a little bit but this is a really good brew...

This is dark and delicious... The bottle creeps me out as well...

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer, and for me this is one of the better New Holland offerings. Pours black with a decent head that settles to a ring. Aromas of espresso and chocolatee as well as aa good deal of roastiness. Nicely balanced. Taste is similar with the predominant flavor being unsweetened black coffee, which is a little much without some other balancing flavors. It cries out for a bit of creaminess in the taste or some hoppy bitter notes or some sweet notes to balance against the coffee acidity, char, and bitterness. Good for what it is, but it could be great with some more balance. Creamy in the mouthfeel- just not in flavor. Still pretty nice, and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to saucya for this bomber.

22 oz. poured into a snifter.

Pours an onyx black with a thin half finger tan head that quickly dies down to an outter ring of bubbles. Spotty lacing is left clinging to the sides of the glass, but not much. Smell is pretty boozy up front with dark fruits and rich chocolate. Some vanilla extract and freshly roasted coffee in the nose as well with an oaky aroma as well. Not bad, but the alcohol seems to dominate the smell. Taste begins with big roasted malts, burnt grains, and charred wood. Sweetness comes around midway with some dates and cherries. Aftertaste consists of molasses with bitter coffee grinds. The tongue with this one is smokey and bitter, not much else. Watered down feel with a medium to full body. Carbonation is pretty much non-existant which makes it a bit watery, I'm not liking it too much. An average impy stout, but if you like 'em smokey, definitely give this one a try. Slow sipper for sure due to the alchol presence.

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Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, served at 45 degrees F.

Pours a dark inky brown. Small, tight-bubbled, sandy brown head. Toffee and dark chocolate aromas dominate the nose. Sweet dark fruits and roasted barley are there as well. Some coffee and milk chocolate sweetness too. Nice.

Roasted malt up front with big fruit and sugary malt sweetness right on its heels. Dark rummy fruits exude sugary sweetness, while roasted coffee and dark chocolate keep things from getting too cloying. Earthy licorice and tobacco show up with some herbal hops near the finish. Warming. Very nice with good complexity and depth. Full-bodied with a chewy feel. Easily the best New Holland beer I've tried so far.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At Mondiale 2008. Dark wth crowning bubbly head. Lots of small bubbles. Some roast and coffee, a bit drying. The taste is a cross between a roasted stout and a dry Irish stout. Licorice is significant. Medium plus mouthfeel, a bit creamy. A sipper, good ingrediants but not very drinkable.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this brew into my glass, I had at first wondered if maybe I had a bad bottle. Out came what looked like used motor oil, but then slowly developed a small tan foam at the surface. On the nose at first was toast, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Upon my first sip, the sweet notes of coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate were most prominent, followed by a bitter, but rather pleasant finish. The flavors danced around for quite some time after each sip.
Rich and full-bodied, you don't drink this beer, you chew it. It's a meal in a bottle. For as strong as this stout is, I found it to be very smooth and easy to sip on. It's definitely worthy in my book. New Holland has done it again. Try it with a rich chocolate cake, or any other dessert.

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Photo of Vancer
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black arse pour, didn't think it would produce the tan head - but it slowly popped up. Must be a high alcohol brew - ya think?

Tons of chocolate malt in the aroma, like a smore by a campfire. And WHOO! Quaff smacks home with a blast of brandy chocolate, plums and anise. Damn, what a lip smacking combo - defiantly a sipper sud. Vanilla in the coffee rounds it out.

This one could sit for a year easily, the hot booze distracts JUST a tad. Otherwise, a top of the line Impy (I think this is more RIS than imperial stout). This brew is thick as a milkshake. Tasty arse!

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

nice pour, vigorous, created a bubbly, quickly disapating head, that never quite left. nice rich smell, licorice and malt flavors hit first, very nice smooth mouthfeel. I almost get a licorice and coconut finish after warming. nice offering, I would recommend.

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Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another one from joe1510, you rock! Decanted into a duvel tulip

Pours ebony with one thick beady finger of mocha colored head. Nice viscous sheen, very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Chocolate, vanilla, & some coffee

T: Chocolate boozey vanilla, & oakyness up front. Rich dark chocolate, coffee, dryness & more pleasing vanilla as this warms

MF: Smooth, sticky, creamy maybe a bit too much booze, nah; only a bit, nice malt depth

Drinks great for the ABV & style, why isn't this beer getting more buzz??? Artfully put together. Well worth seeking out

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black bodied beer. Thin, creamy, bubbly cola colored head. Lacing comes in sporadic rings. Aroma has some anise oil and black currant characteristics to add to the more prevalent chocolate smells. Nice aroma, though it could be a little thicker to make it truly special. Very easy feel to this beer. Body is big, but this is not the viscosity monster that some Imperials are. Velvety mouthfeel. Oily texture. The taste really makes you sit back and take notice. Some light smokey phenolics mix with oily anise and bitter currants as well as campfire char to give this beer some nice depth. Bitterness is fairly high and appropriately fits within the context of this beer. For 10.8% a/v, the taste of alcohol is really blended well. It's not perceived as "hot" to me. There's some spiciness attributed to the EtOH, but nothing overwhelming. A pleasant surprise of an Imperial on a fittingly cold, rainy and dreary night.

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Photo of kkipple
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Trippy name, wacky bottle... kinda spooky looking, really... let's see what this is all about. Split the bomber with a friend.

Well. There's no head on the initial pour, but after ten seconds you get some weak semblance of one. It's quite faint. The Tripper is inky black and oily looking.

Mm, let this one warm... it gets way better. Eventually I'm smelling rich chocolate cake, sweet and heavily alcoholic. Big roasted grains, burnt and bitter, coffee and chocolate, molasses and a little medicinal sharpness round it off. The overall experience is lush and very pleasing.

Tastes pretty much as advertised, heavy and sweet, reminds me of unfermented beer. Milk chocolate and slick malts and all manner of roasted grains here. In the balance of sweet and bittersweet roast, the sweet gets the upper hand every time. I could swear there are oats in this brew; it's super smooth and slides down the throat.

The mouthfeel is dense, silky and syrupy and barely carbonated. Goes down like candy, though I wish there was a little more fizz in this one.

Night Tripper is a very thick, rich and sweet stout. Tough to drink much of, great as a night-cap or likely paired with a dessert. One of the best things to come out of New Holland, IMO. Go trippin'!

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Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep opaque black with a thin light-tan head. Aroma is dominated by roasted malts with slight espresso and cocoa. The taste is an interestingly complex blend of bitter cocoa, roasted espresso and roasted malts, but just a little off. The beer is fairly heavy with a moderate alcohol presence. This one is worth trying, but there's plenty better Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of csmiley
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours dark brown bordering on black. Just a tiny amount of light is able to get through on the edges. No head at all. Just a few tiny bubbles that didn't even come close to making a cap on the beer.

S - Comes across as roasted and smokey at first. Then some chocolate aroma (which is quite nice) pops in. A little more smoke and a hint of coffee finish things out.

T - First on the palate is a subdued roasted flavor that has some hints of smoke. That starts to give way to an almost burnt flavor. Then, out of nowhere, the alcohol just slaps you in the face. It is strong and warm bordering on hot. The end has some chocolate notes.

M - Meduim to full bodied with too little carbonation for my taste. It is actually just above completely flat. Finish is hot and bittersweet.

D - Drinkability is average. Too many characteristics of this beer just do not appeal to me. Glad I got to try it but would not seek it out agian.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via NoBS BIF v3 from Vancer. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head promptly recedes to a skim of small bubbles, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is burnt dark malt, anise, and coffee. Taste starts with syrupy oh-so-dark sweetness, with some hoppiness on the close, and wisps of alcohol vapor breeze through at the last. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, but almost too slick, and drinkability is actually scary good. Getting used to this one could be dangerous.

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Photo of ejquin
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with very littl ehead.

S: Choclate, espresso, vanilla and oak, roasted malt, nice sweetness. Smells to me like typical good RIS.

T/M: silky smooth mouthfeel, though maybe a bit undercarbonated. Taste starts with an anise note, fading to chocolate. Real smooth dark chocolate last for a bit and then turns to roasted malt with espresso. Briefly, there's a fruity/cherry note. Slightly bitter, though not much. Finishes hot with alcohol and a vanill anote lingers

D: Very heavy beer and comes of hot on the finish.

Ovr: Don't get me wrong this is a very very good stout, though not spectacular. A bit hot overall, and slightly undercarbonated to me. Still, a very good offering

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Photo of karengarys
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours and looks like you'd expect - dark, thick, low carbonation.

The smell even carries some alcohol. Some darkness - not smoke, not molassis, not sure, just dark. That's about all I get there.

Taste is alcohol, some sort of wiskey like bourbon or something, I don't know my hard liquors so I can't label it, but it is strong.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly carbonated, not much at all, but it is there.

Finish is quite clean - amazing - no bad aftertaste.

It would be difficult to quaff a dozen of these. Sipping isn't all that easy, either, for it is quite thick.

This is one over the top alcoholic RIS drink. If you see it, and want to try something strong as hell, then give this a try. If you are looking for a refreshment, well, you may want to look elsewhere.

Update on 5/24/2011...
I increased the taste and mouthfeel from 3.5 to 4.

The taste has a lot of bourbon flavor, or maybe molasses plus raisins, but it is the thing you want in this style. The alcohol is apparent, but not distracting.

The mouthfeel is creamy enough to give this a 4.

if poured cold and allowed to warm to room temperature, it kind of flattens out a bit. Others do this better. But, from cold to cool is fine, and at cool temp the mouthfeel is really decent.

The update occurred after I found myself grabbing one for the evening, and going to the store specifically for this. I was looking for an evening RIS, and this was available, and worth grabbing.

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New Holland Night Tripper from New Holland Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 946 ratings.
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