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RATINGS: 524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1342) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is strong of coffee, chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, and some dark fruits. Flavor is pretty much the same with a decent amount of alcohol warming. Pretty decent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Michigan winter beer festival ’08. Big ass imperial stout. Dark brown with a healthy tan head. Sweet chocolate laced nose with some alcohol. Full thick mouth. Big sweet chocolate flavor with subdued roast lingering. Nice mouthcoasting staying power. This is a real fun imperial stout, one I’m going to buy a few bottles of when I see it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2008
This looked like thick brown motor oil as it poured out of the bomber although in the glass it took on an appearance of blackness. In lieu of a head it had a dark tan film with an occasional bubble, each popping soon after the drink settled. Soon there was only a slender ring around the glass. The nose is a snoot-full - licorice, roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, thick espresso, cigar smoke, and alcohol. Youl find all of that in this creamy smooth ale as well, along with a moderately earthy bitterness that increases during the drink. The finish is burnt barley, alcohol, an earthy bitterness, and a soft cocoa sweetness. Nicely done.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4479) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Had this both from bottle and on tap. Definitely preferred the tapped but both were great. This had dark chocolate to the nines in both aroma and flavor. Felt wonderful in the mouth. Delightful!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2008
22 oz bottle - pours viscous near-black without much head and only light carbonation. roasty bourbon aromas, chocolate, some alcohol heat, a bit of green harshness which will probably smooth out over time. a gritty, grainy mouthfeel, slightly tannic but that light acidity balances some of the sweeter malt flavors. put this stuff in 12 oz bottles and i’ll buy a lot more of it; i’m happy to see new holland try a big stout, and perhaps i’ll buy another bottle to sample in the fall (6 months? a year?).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (5746) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
2008 MBG Winter Fest: Opaque with a creamy beige head and good lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate, smoke, toasted barley, raisin, apple, leather, and tobacco esters. The taste starts with a big sweet malt profile with notes of mocha, vanilla, dark grains with a ripened fleshy fruit character in support. A bit smoky, earthy and grassy bitterness on the finish. The mouth feel is lush, oily and heavy-bodied. Really good and I did not not that much alcohol as others have. A must try for any stoutie since it also in bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1261) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Faint aroma with touches of roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. Pours an opaque black, with a dusting of tan head. Very heavy, creamy mouthfeel, very little carbonation. The taste has hints of chocolate, vanilla, and a hint of alcohol in the finish. Decently long finish of roast and chocolate. Not a bad beer, something I may pick up some extras to cellar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Pours black with fizzy tan head that converts to a thick small tan head. Lack of carbonation noted. Bourbon on the nose. Creamy mouth-feel. Lots of chocolate and roast. finish’s malty. Improves in complexity as it warms

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours inky black color with hardly any tan colored head. Aroma is huge chocolate, roast, burnt sugar. Flavor is again huge chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, burnt sugar. Palate is full bodied, carbonation is almost non-existent, finished bitter. Pretty dang solid, alcohol is a wee bit much at this point, and I would like to see just a bit more carbonation, but all-in-all quite good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 Bottle from Party Town, Florence KY. Cocoa dominates the nose with a whafe of alcohol coming through. Flavor is chocolate, plum, deep roasted malt, and an appropriate amount of bitterness without becoming overly salty. Alcohol is hidden well, but this brew is deff a sipper. Ageing would do wonders for this beer. Especially being this good from the start. An impressive impy stout.


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