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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Night Tripper is an Imperial Stout brewed for a Fat Tuesday release. Dark, mysterious and poetic, Night Tripper's abundance of roasted malts, combined with flaked barley create a rich, roasty beer with deeply intense and lush flavors. Night Tripper's layered, nuanced tones invite intrigue and reward a curious palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2012 22oz from Samís, Durham. Right off the bat, let me say that this is - by a fair measure - the best beer Iíve had from New Holland. In many ways, I was reminded of Southern Tierís Oat. Certainly this is, in terms of both complexity and punch, an imperial; but itís got a very rich, chewy body that screams oatmeal. Itís a bit too sweet for me, but only just - and the syrupy flavors blend well with the mild roasting to give it a really satisfying character. Nice stuff, NH.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2008
22oz Bomber $7.99 Samís Marcey Night Tripper pours as dark as the name implies. Not a hint of light shines through the onyx body. An aggressive pour yields a finger of beige head that quickly falls to a thin skimming and ring. The head that is left leaves some nice drink lines on itís way down. Right away alcohol fumes tickle the nose hair. Thereís some roastiness upfront but dark fruits outshine the malts. Figs and plums come to mind. Thereís a solid dose of anise coming through along with hints of dark chocolate and a tendril of smoke. The alcohol is tough to pick up unless I smell deep. The fruitiness dominates and really sets things apart. Everything mentioned in the aroma is here in the flavor. Things meld together nicely in the mouth. The fruitiness leads the way throughout, and oddly enough seems to sport some bing cherry, with just a touch of sweetness. Dark chocolate sneaks itís way through stepping upfront briefly. A mild roastiness and spicy alcohol show through occasionally from the back. The alcohol grows a little spicier on the swallow but never gets in the way. Incredibly creamy smooth dark chocolate on the finish. THe body is on the heavier side but feels a bit lighter than it should upfront. That changes quickly as it becomes smooth and creamy. The carbonation may be a touch too high but thatís just me being picky. The big abv hampers the drinkability but this is an enjoyable stout to put down. Without a doubt a sipper with the big flavors. This bomber will be enough for a night. Iím already getting a little warm around the gills after killing off half a glass. This is one to take your time with. A good nightcap perhaps. Either way Iíll be picking up a few bottles for the cellar. Itís good now but I think it could really improve over time. Notes: This needs to be consumed fairly warm. Toward the end of the bottle is when the aroma and flavor really exploded 3/1/08

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4407) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Black color with no head. Aroma of milk chocolate and lactose. A lighter bodied Imperial Stout, with chocolate and very light cherry flavors. A pinch of coffee. Velvety.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Pour is a putrid, evil black. Thick. Well, the aroma is a little more coffee than I expected, with nuances of fruit, caramel and chocolate. Very rich. Taste is big coffee and fig. There are hints of chocolate and a caramel note. The mouthfeel is very nice, with minimal carbonation. This seems to be a more refined version of Terrapinís Wake ín Bake: Less carbonation, slick oily mouthfeel, a little less coffee and just as much natural body to see the rest of the beer through. Complex, but not all together. Slight notes of roast and hop in the finish. I liked this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5215) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Sampled from 22-oz bomber at Cellarís Wiine & Spirits in St Paul, Minnesota. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and off-white ring. Aroma of dark pitted fruits, some apple, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is full bodied, light carbonation with some toasted dark malt, flowery hops, dark pitted fruits, a touch of blackberry, roasted nuts and light coffee. Finish is semi-sweet, a touch of dark cherry with coffee and chocolate in the aftertaste. Nice alcohol warmth too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2008
On draught at Bodega. Pours nearly black with a thin light brown head that recedes steadily. Thin rings of lace on the glass. Aroma of cocoa and coffee along with some roasted malt. Rich, smooth body with coffee, chocolate and malt flavors, as well as touches of alcohol and hops. The finish is moderately bitter coffee with a lingering hops aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours out dark and thick and inviting with an ample, frothy tan head. Lots happening in the aroma: dark chocolate, Italian roast coffee, Sambucca, roasted nuts. The flavor reiterates the aromas and adds a light touch of hops in the finish. Well crafted and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Bottle: Pours an oily black with a small creamy tan head. Aroma, chocolate, coffee, and some roasted malts. Flavor, roasted notes, chocolate, some dark fruits, and an ashy/metallic taste to it. Itís very thick and creamy, and finishes with a nice roasted bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Poured pretty flat, with a small late forming head. Smells like a oatmeal stout with a nice amount of roast and coffee aroma. A good solid Imperial Stout, but starts to come apart as it warms. Hops and bitterness from roast starts to overwhelm a bit. Nice beer for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours almost black, some mahogany around the edges in the light, with a solid tan head. Aroma of deep roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and coffee. Flavor more of the same as with aroma. A very solid RIS, very drinkable, not quite up there with the very best, but solid nonetheless, and better than a good many.

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