New Holland Night Tripper

22 oz bottle from Brawley’s, Charlotte, NC, USA.
Light foil on the neck of the bottle.
New Holland is one of the few brewers that get to NC but not to GA, so I generally pick up something from them every time I’m up in NC.
Inky black pour with a modest head. Some nice, then mocha film sit atop the black body. Carbonation is reserved but entirely appropriate.
Nose and tastes give a fairly significant sweet effect. Some alcohol and lots of dry chocolate in the finish. A little warmth but considering the ABV the beer is pretty drinkable and the alcohol is largely hidden.
Actually the whole package seems surprisingly light to me, especially in terms of the mouthfeel. No slickness or difficult coating of the mouth.
The biitterness is not really that evident until the aftertaste when a combination of very light charcoal, smoke, dry bakers chocolate and a touch more alcohol come together.
Smooth, relatively well disguised alcohol and a beer that is typical of the American version of the style. No t my favorite, but a solid ‘B’ for me.

03/20/2011
Format:
bottle
ABV: 10.8 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.53
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