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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,863 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,863
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 73
Gots: 166 | FT: 0
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:
IBU's: 40

(Beer added by: inebrius on 02-01-2003)
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Reviews by Landfill21:
Photo of Landfill21
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my flying dog mug. Pours into a dark black color that lets no light in. Has a fingernail head that follows the beer down the entire session.

Has a nice smell, hint of oats, molasses and malts.

Nice smooth taste, creamy maly at the nose and finish of molasses. Very light mouthfeel for a stout. Drinkibility is good due to light mouthfeel and light abv content.

Would recommend this beer from a great brewery.

Landfill21, Feb 27, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour: strong, fluffy, creamy tan head, with very good retention and lovely, wide lacing. Brew itself comes out brown, congealing into a dark, dark brown - almost ebony - presentation in the glass.

Roasted barley, cream, overripe fruit, and yes, oatmeal; all present in varying amounts in the nose. A little alcohol presence, as well, alongside some cocoa and coffee.

Very roasty flavor up front, featuring lots and lots of roasted barley (which keeps coming back for more!), coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Cream and overripe dark fruit try to make themselves known on the mid-palate, before being overwhelmed by roasted barley. Delicious!

Thick, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Some sting; very lively. No hint of alcohol. Nicely balanced with an earthy bitterness.

Among the best oatmeal stouts I've had. Lots of roasted barley; creamy, smooth body; not exactly complex, but not one-note, either. Great beer. Compares favorably with Founders Oatmeal Stout.

Roguer, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a nearly one inch head, and little random streaks of lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark, intense roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Incredible taste here, I was really pleasantly surprised. Both chocolate and coffee are big in play here, even though no chocolate and coffee were added. Great malt work here- the flavors intertwine nicely, and give the feeling of chocolate covered espresso beans. There is some nice roasty malt flavors as well, with a little bit of bitterness on the end of each sip from the hops. I also taste some vanilla as well, as well as mild smoke. How is this only 5.2% ABV? The flavor is so full.

Medium to thick body (again, how is this only 5.2%?), creamy, smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Incredibly drinkable, I didn't want to put this down.

This is a perfect example of how full, complex flavor can still be packed into beers of lower ABV. I had heard decent things about this one, but didn't know it was going to be so good. Highly recommended.

GreesyFizeek, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Persistency of the small tan head lacks. Otherwise, pours a nice dark brown with garnet on the edges.

S: Char smoked toffee, coffee, chocolate and brown sugar notes.

M: Smooth, silky, and creamy. Medium body with a medium high carbonation level.

T: Well-rounded beer, artistically crafted. Remnants of char after a sweet toffee and rolled oat start. Sweet brown malts parlay into a bittersweet chocolate leading to a roasted coffee finish. All flavors combine to create a slight licorice effect with the sweetness covering the medicinal char. I'd be drinking this medicine everyday.

orcrist_cleaver, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate syrup brown color with a relatively modest tan head that retains fairly well and leaves a some lace

Smell: Lots of roasty char, with dark chocolate and coffee underneath

Taste: Opens roasty, with a developing bittersweet chocolate element that gets drowned by roasty bitterness at mid-palate; after the swallow, it mellows a bit and introduces a coffee flavor, but the bitterness from the roast and the hops dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; smooth and creamy, but slightly thin

Drinkability: A very nice beer; could use s thicker mouthfeel and perhaps a bit more malt flavor, but still quite good

brentk56, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Tim9m1r
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Opaque black color with a half inch medium-thick tan head that dissipates at a medium-slow rate.

Smell - Sweet roasted malt and earthy smoked wood hops followed by dark chocolate.

Taste - Sweet roasted malt and smokey wood followed by lightly bitter dark chocolate and very mild alcohol with a roasted malt and smokey wood finish.

Mouthfeel - Rich and creamy, very well balanced bitterness/sweetness, medium carbonation,and very mild alcohol feel

Overall - An amazing stout. Very well balanced in every way.

Tim9m1r, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is two fingers high, khaki in shade. Its soft creaminess retains decently enough, and also leaves behind some streaks of lacing. I wish it was pitch black, but that's a nitpick.

S: There's a very nice combination of nuts and chocolate coming together. I'm not getting a lot of roast or coffee characteristics I really like from a stout, though. It's a touch mineral-y at times. Not the finest aroma ever, but dammit it works nonetheless.

T: The nose threw me for a curveball: it's more roasty than suggested, but still with a subtle dark chocolate background. I'm also getting some notes of coffee, oat, nuts (I want to say almond), and caramel - mostly clustered on the back end. There are faint earthy expressions floating around here and there. No twists or turns, just a really solid stout.

M: For a second, it seems very soft and creamy on the palate. And it is. But wow, does it ever finish dry. A lot of it is due to how damn carbonated it is - it almost stings the palate. The relative lightness doesn't help conceal some of the fizz. Meh, whatever, I'll deal; this is still very tasty and easy to drink.

O: This one just works. It's a good mix of roasty and sweet, without ever being overpowering. My only real nitpick is that it seems a bit too fizzy on the palate. If I could get it locally (I can't :(), I'd put it on my "buy again" list.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good, well-made stout that fills your nose with bold, dark coffee and malted barley. The taste comes close to matching the smell, but I almost just want to sit with my glass and savor this beer through my nostrils. Worth trying, and better than many offerings, but not quite inspiring me to verse or rhyme. If it were more concentrated in flavor then allowed to mellow in carbonation, it's be overall much better.

A: pitch black, but with a creamy off-white, half-centimeter head that quickly dissipated. Low lacing. Thin bubbles that sparkle and remind me of champagne. The beer swishes thinly, like coca cola, and ripples with every vibration of the table.

S: this is possibly one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. The front smells like sweet chocolate - Hershey melted into a glass. There is coffee and malted barley in the middle. There is caramel on the finish and mixed throughout.

T: I am let down by the taste here. Dark, roasty, and just a touch bitter. Tastes a bit like thinly brewed coffee, carbonated, and mixed into a brown ale. I like it, but don't love it.

M: too thin - this beer would benefit from some added viscosity and a but less carbonation.

tkdchampxi, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked the real nice black color with some ruby hue,off white sticky head real impressive looking.Roasted malt is predominent smell I get from it with some underlying chocolate notes.Taste is roasty and chocolaty but wiith some softness due to the oats I would venture to guess,pretty easy to drink maybe a little thin.All in all pretty darn good.

oberon, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Ruby black in color with a decent head.

Smell – The dark, roasty malt notes were complimented with fine chocolate undertones.

Taste – This was your basic dark malty stout. The highlight though was the subtle yet superb chocolate notes. They were kind of like fine cocoa or a baker’s chocolate.

Mouthfeel – This was the stout’s weak point, IMO. I thought it was too thin to make the grade. The flavors were expertly balanced though and felt good in the cheeks, just a bit light in the butt for my tastes.

Drinkability – This overall was a nice example of the style. I would probably buy again.

RoyalT, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the deepest brown you've ever seen, basically black in the middle with a bit of dark-brown shining through the edges. Frothy, creamy looking light-tan colored head, decent retention and minimal lacing. Nose hits with a handful of malts, nuts, roasted grains, charred wood, and a heavy dose of oats and oatmeal. The taste follows the nose perfectly, allowing for great harmony and exemplary synthesis of the senses. Full of a nice, roasted character of malts and grains, complete with some caramel sweetness. Woody and nutty flavors shine through about halfway through, and the oat/oatmeal hints are abundant throughout the entire length of the sip, in an over-the-top, good way. Very creamy, medium body, with a middle of the road type of carbonation.

I know I may slightly be overrating this beer, but I don't care. I love it. It's full flavored, and there's something about the taste I just love - oats, grains, malts, wood, nuts. And the best part is, at only 5.2% ABV, it's very easy to drink, making it the best session beer I could ask for.

tectactoe, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of OhioBobcat
4/5  rDev +2%

OhioBobcat, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%

GameOfBeers, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of bdkucharski
3/5  rDev -23.5%

bdkucharski, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of nickadams2
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with a thick khaki colored head. Excellent retention and thick lacing.

S_Roastiness,malt,and chocolate.

T_Roasted malt,bittersweet chocolate,and burnt,earthy,woody flavor.

M_Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel.

D_Great flavor and low abv make for a great session beer. Big flavor.

nickadams2, May 02, 2010
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

danthehopslamman, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of TJStrongbeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Good stout, not my favorite but a nice beer. Interesting finish.

TJStrongbeer, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
Beer is a deep, dark brown with a tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves some lingering lacing down the glass.
A strong roast aroma with hits of chocolate and coffee.
The taste is very nice, smooth and roasty with sweet chocolate and some coffee notes and a hint of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and luscious.
Overall, one of the better oatmeal stouts I've tatsed.

SD-Alefan, Saturday at 07:12 PM
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -23.5%

DWolf, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of WuAnquo1
4/5  rDev +2%

WuAnquo1, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Britton
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Britton, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of SAxDRC5
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish red. white head. leaves a nice lacing

S: dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, slight oatmeal scent

T: tastes just about like it smells. very strong dark chocolate flavor. oatmeal is more present in the taste than in the smell.

M: very smooth. carbonation is very light

D: i could have a few of these.

SAxDRC5, Mar 22, 2010
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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,863 ratings.