tennisjoel (1325) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I keep swearing I will not give New Holland another chance after repeatedly being disappointed with their brews. However, this is their highest rated beer (albeit imperial stout), so I thought I’d give it a try. Well, for a bigfoot vertical tasting, we decided to try a few impy stouts side by side after the main event. 2007 Darklord and Nogne Dark Horizon belong in a league of their own, however, Night Tripper has a better flavor and overall balance than either Old Rasputin (a beer which has gone downhill for me), and Victory Storm King, which I need to rerate, because, next to Night Tripper, it is almost undrinkable. This was a pleasnat surprise. Nice complexity with coffee, along with caramel toffee, vanilla beans, balanced with some light hops. Definitely middle of the road within the imperial stout category, which is a good thing.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Roasted coffee beans, chocolate and molasses unite before hop bitterness and swift alcohol cut through some of this Imperial Stout’s residual sugars.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the brown-sleeved black.
-The body is big, but feels a little bloated due to all the residual sugars.
-The malts are quite expressive yet don’t feel like they’re as defined as they could be. A young bottle?
-Hops are not really put to use in the aroma and flavor profile.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz - Aroma of dark roasted malts, lots of cocoa and chocolate, barley and cream. Pours black with a small brown head and good lacing. Flavor is very roasty, chocolate and burnt malts with a creamy finish. Palate is dry, smooth and silky. Quite tasty and easy drinking for 10.8%. Best brew I’ve had from New Holland.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color. Smell of coffee, chocolate, caramel, malt, hops and dark fruit. Tastes the same. Very nice and very smooth. I will have this again!
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer is terrible - gives dark beer a bad name. No head (ever), bad blend of flavor (too much licorice of course). lousy mouthfeel. Considering asking for my money back.
doubelknv3 (1081) - Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with tan head. Roast, sweet malt, and chocolate aroma. Licorice, sweet caramel malt, roast, and alcohol notes. Fairly balanced with mild bitter finish.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Courtesy of renhed...onyx black pour with no head. Roasted and chocolate malts dominate with additional notes of black cherries and a bit of toffee. This is very deceiving body-wise, I wasn’t expecting this to be as silky as it is. This has a malt-infused spinal column with notes of chocolate and dark fruits.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown with a medium brown head that laces. Aroma of roasted malts, mild smoke, molasses and a touch of alcohol. Sweet taste of roasted malts, mild coffee, brown sugar and light chocolate and alcohol. Thick, smooth and strong – this an excellent imperial stout.
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. The body is perfectly black with a light orangeish tan head. The aroma is rich coffee and anise. There is also some sweet milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is very full and chewy. The taste is anise with some light vineous notes. There is also some baking chocolate that comes out as you drink. The finish is a little ashy with some woody notes coming through. After you drink more, you get some alcohol burn, but this is not too hot. Nicely made.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The commercial description would be spot on if the word chocolate was included. Rich is a great description. Dark with a thin head.