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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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701 Reviews

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Reviews: 701
Hads: 2,206
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 77
Gots: 334 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: inebrius on 02-01-2003

IBU's: 40
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Reviews: 701 | Hads: 2,206
Photo of CEGentry007
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown in color. Pours with a creamy tan 2 finger head.
S: smells fantastic. Getting a lot of malt upfront with hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: almost exactly how it smells. Getting malt upfront, coffee taste comes in on the middle and a hint of chocolate at the end. Nice smooth finish.
M: heavy all the way through but it's perfect for a stout

Overall this is a fantastic stout. Definitely recommend for stout lovers. This is a good go-to stout.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth oatmeal stout enjoyed from a tulip. Pours black as night with a generous, fluffy mocha head that recedes to a thin ring. Spotty lacing. Roasted notes and sweet chocolate. Full feeling.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a 24 ounce serving at the Tullymore Golf Resort Sports Pub earlier today for $7.00.

Beer was served black with a nice tan head.

Nose was roasty with some hints of chocolate.

Taste was well balance between the lightly roasted malts, chocolate, and enough hopping to balance nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium to full which is surprising for a smaller brew.

Overall this was a nice find on a lovely September day in my home state!

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Photo of citizencane
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

looks pith black but without much head. Smells delicious with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is similar with more emphasis on chocolate and hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin yet definitely has a carbonated kick...not bad but not outstanding for an oatmeal stout. Overall, this is very tasty and if I find it offered on draft again I will probably get it. If the mouthfeel were better and the flavor a bit closer to the aroma, this would move into the 'exceptional' realm.

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Photo of delta490
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black with a thin smear of creamy light tan head all that's left after it settles. It still leaves some small soapy-ish lacing. The aroma is deep roasted malts, nice but fairly indistinct until it warms and adds a little depth. The taste is much more robust, favoring the deep roasted malt flavors of the chocolate malts but with the addition of a little earthy hops and coffee. The body is a little slick, with a nice medium weight; smooth with just a little tingle from carbonation.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] Fat 2 finger tan head. The head has medium bubbles - not as dense as the ideal look. The head settles most of the way but is always there and forms great lacing on the glass. The beer is a dark brown with slight reddish tinges on the sides. There is a date code that translates to (03/25/15). No indication of the ABV on the bottle.

S: [4.25] Really nice coffee aroma. It is subtle and smooth. There are hints of cocoa too.

T: [4.25] Kind of a reversal on the nose. I got chocolate up front then more of the coffee flavor. There are also traces of vanilla and toasted marshmallow.

M: [3.75] The beer has a slightly water feel. At 5.2% it is doing its best but there is not much chew to it. The finish is really nice and makes up for a little bit of a lack of body.

O: [4.25] I was really surprised by this one. I just grabbed it in a mix 6 to fill it up. But it is really good. The coffee flavor is done really well - it comes across in the nose and when you drink it. There are also other flavors in there that compliment it really well. As notes the body is a little thin but the other aspects really cover that up. Also, if this is something you care about this is a really low calorie beer for a stout with such flavor.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This great brew opens black and foamy. The foam mostly dies quickly. The aroma is excellent. Nice and roasty. A very appealing affair.

The taste is a nice balance of malts and that roasty taste. The aftertaste is clean and sweet.

This isn't the easy creamy brew I had in mind, but I didn't think it would be. I remembered it as it is, full bodied.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle.

Pours dark brown under a light tan head which has impressive retention and lacing.

The flavor and aroma favor soft chocolate and light roast over a coffee/acrid character. The mouthfeel is rich and even and seems to integrate the unfermented sugars from the oats in a very sophisticated manner. Very nice to sip or quaff. Not overly big or brash. A bit of yeast shows up in the flavor which reminds me of an English stout. Well balanced. Overall very pleasing and a better than average American interpretation of this style. Well done.

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Photo of Manticron
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very deep, dark brown bordering on black with a ruby tinge when held to the light. A tan/light brown, one finger head, with awesome lacing.

Smell: Huge whiffs of chocolate backed by a not so subtle roasty character. I'm getting some toffee, and a little coffee in there. Maybe some caramel. This beer smells tantalizingly sweet.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate hit your palate immediately and never let up. Super sweet caramel and toffee back up the bittersweet chocolate and roasty notes. As it warms, it starts to develop some dark fruit notes. I'm thinking chocolate covered raisins.

Mouthfeel: Amazing. Super silky and smooth. It caresses your tongue, and leaves you wanting more after its done. Medium-full body. A little low on the carb, it could be the super silky mouthfeel covering that up though.

Overall: A super solid representation of the style, and a classic.

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This one pours very dark and has a head about two fingers thick dark beige in color.

Aroma: Vanilla bean, dark chocolate malts with traces of milk sugar. Hops are roasted dark but well shy of burnt. The oats give off a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Lots of chocolate malts in the front. The middle is where the vanilla makes it's self known. Hops are roasted once again quite dark. In the back is a finish of bourbon and light char and it's silky smooth.

Notes: What we have here is a very good example of what a drinkable oatmeal stout should be. Cheers.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright black under a cream to tan colored foam cap. Chocolate and coffee aromas and flavors. Very creamy texture, medium full body, medium carbonation, soft in the mouth, easy to drink

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Photo of Cheeseboo
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth and delicious with no aftertaste. Not bitter, not bubbly, an all around great stout. Very enjoyable. I will be coming back to this beer again sometime.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger creamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good spotty foamy lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of roasted malts, cocoa powder, chocolate malt balls like Whoppers, caramel, toffee, light vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, faint piney hops and charred wood. Mild aroma of chocolate milk or half and half adds some sweetness to the Whoppers and balances the roasty aspects.

Tastes just like it smells of roasted malts, cocoa powder, Whoppers, oats, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, light vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, charred wood, faint piney hops and chocolate whipped cream. The sweetness is not as strong as the roasted and burnt wood flavors, but this somehow has a chocolate milk (with Hershey's syrup) taste that makes it extremely easy to drink.

Holy smooth feel Batman! This flows down like water with just enough char and thickness to give it the stout appeal, and keep the bitterness present to clarify that this is a stout, even though the body is light and it's very easy to drink quickly. Overall I really liked this as it was flavorful and went down so nice that I had to slow myself down from chugging it. Some roasted coffee and/or hop bitterness lends itself to a nice finish that basically begs you to drink another one. A real nice oatmeal stout.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Always a tasty delight. Pours dark as hell with ruby hues around the edges. Thick full white head. Sweet lacing. Smells are kinda bland and low of oats and some light fruits. Taste is exceptional, even better as it warms. Definitely traces of oats, fruitness is present as well. Light boozy tastes too. Nothing strong. Very well balanced brew. Love it

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Flavors of chocolate and spice are most prevalent with hints of caramel. The finish is a blend of smooth coffee, and spicy licorice that leaves a dry, astringent aftertaste of brewed coffee with a touch of fig / raisin.

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Photo of NonSnob_BeerSnob
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Definitely drink this one a little warm. Fresh out of the fridge it tasted burnt. As it warmed the, assumed, roasted flavor came out. However that is all I got. I was hoping for more from such a highly reviewed stout. I'd drink it again but wouldn't go out of my way to track it down.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my kind of beer.
I'm very partial to oatmeal stouts in general, and this one didn't disappoint.
as it warmed up to room temp, the flavors and feel changed from a creamy sweet malty cocoa powder stout, into a roasted, dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate black beauty.
nice beer. will share & buy again in the future. maybe save one for next winter.

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Photo of ARoman
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into a shaker. The beer is dark, nearly opaque, with a rich and oily look and a cola brown hue. It's topped by a tan, flimy head with a thin, light retention and lace. The aroma is a cross between chocolate chip cookies, and oatmeal, with a bit of coffee late. The beer has a mostly chocolate balance of moderate bittersweet. The texture is syrupy with a fuzzy, smooth carbonation and a medium full body. Flavors of chocolate and spice are most prevalent with hints of caramel. The finish is a blend of smooth coffee, and spicy licorice that leaves a dry, astringent aftertaste of brewed coffee with a touch of fig / raisin.

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Photo of lukejhoward
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - very dark, even when held up to the light this brew is very difficult to see through. Light caramel colored tan head.
S - smells of roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, and maybe a bit of fig
T - as expected, the taste is in accord with the smell. Roasty, chocolatey, a bit of coffee and some oat and fig like sweetness in there as well. Not boozy at all.
F - just like a bowl of oatmeal: creamy. The mouth feel is thick, satisfying, and smooth. Carbonation is medium to low. Alcohol hardly able to be detected.
O - this is a great brew and would definitely try this again! New Holland definitely has a great product here. This beer certainly has its place for those chilly evenings. Truly a comforting beer!

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Photo of jwilz8806
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a bad brew didn't get much of a head when poured and it went away quickly had a decent smell and taste wasn't bad either wouldn't go out my way to get it I think Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout is way better if you want a great oatmeal stout to try

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Photo of timontheroad
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish brown color, two finger light brown fluffy head with nice retention and lacing. Chocolate, oatmeal and roasted malt aromas. At first sip, the chocolate malt comes through, but the oatmeal is really prominent after. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, a little thin for my preference. Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout, just a little thin in the feel.

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Photo of 303beer
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When poured it gives a rocky head. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Delicious. Deep red brown when held to a light in a pint glass. I like that you can see through it. No sediment. Again a plus. Been drinking this beer for long time. I stack all oatty stouts against this one. It's my favorite. Excellent job by the brewers.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big creamy tan head that retains well and lace the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet roasty chocolate malt and oatmeal.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt, some acidic roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one just did not work for me. I'd like to say there is a smokiness, but it is more ashy to me. I like that it is dry, but there is very little of interest in the flavor

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is of dark fruit and light roast. Taste follows with dark fruit and roast. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium. Overall a pretty good beer, not my favorite stout/oatmeal stout but not bad.

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