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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

695 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,178
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 76
Gots: 317 | 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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Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance nice beer with a thick tan head. Smell of oatmeal of course. And taste of oatmeal. Mouthful. of oatmeal and liquor that just begs to be drank more and more rising the drinkabilty to a higher standard. This beer is worth trying. A great oatmeal stout for stout lovers. Quoth the raven nevermore (304 characters)

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. (334 characters)

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

You know a brew is special to me when I pour it into my vintage 8 oz glass with the raised painted owls on it. And it certainly is! This is the darkest chocolate coffee stout that I've had yet. Throw in some rolled oats and you've got a new favorite fourth meal! It's a double-barrelled swarzbier, a stout that I can imagine three guys man-handling the Keebler elf and his latest bacth of chocolate chip cookies into the wort mixer and stirring until the foam rises to the top leaving a creamsicle circle about the rim of the vat.

Poet-wise, being that is its namesake, it is Etheridge Knight: black, brunt and over-the-top sans the profanity and emotional irascibility. It's not quite as severe as joining the black panthers but there is a portent to extreme things waiting inside this bottle. Just don't drink it at the local coffee house or you might be pre-disposed to wrangle with some old man-haired poetess who reaches the divine muse via Granny Clampett and the fat man sitting in the corner perspiring poetry with a cheshire grin on his face always exclaiming with contained joy, "Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Yes. Mmmmm." (1,126 characters)

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

I can not find anything wrong with this beer. A perfectly balanced, rich, smooth stout. Not too overpowering of a flavor, very smooth and easy drinking, while still having LOTS of very good, delicous roasty malty flavor. The bitterness that is there fits in with the roasty flavor very well, it does not seem very hoppy, more toasty/burnt, but very, very tasty. I can not reccomend this beer highly enough.

I especially love the label art. It fits the flavor of the beer perfectly. It makes me want to sit outside on a summer night under a full moon and sip on a few of these, staring at the moon and contemplating my place in the cosmos... (641 characters)

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. (161 characters)

Photo of GeoJ
4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle in my ongoing hunt for great stouts/porters.
Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is as black and rich looking as you would expect from a good stout, head dissipates quickly, The lacing is wonderful and remained from nearly top to bottom of the glass as it went down.

Smell of nutty maltiness with just enough coffee aroma to make it that much more inviting ... And it just gets better as the brew warms a bit.

Taste: A surprising, brief sweetness hits the tongue first, quickly melding into the different sensations and flavors you would expect from a top-shelf stout as you let it wash along your tongue. Chewy, but not overly so, mouthfeel. Quite dry finish with a great aftertaste. The enigma here is that you want to savor each sip, but it's so very drinkable that you can't wait to take the next one. One of the easiest-drinking stouts I've ever tasted.

Overall: No question that The Poet goes into my "Top 5 (So Far)" of great stouts/porters - I'll recommend this with no reservations to all of my stout-loving friends.

Big kudos to New Holland Brewing! (1,084 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty black,cant see through it.One in. tan head.

Very pleasent smell,fruity and some chocolate.

I can taste the smoke in it as it finishes.Somewhat of a fruity taste upfront then leads to carmel and some chocolate also.Bittering at the end with some sweet chocolate.

Creamy and smooth,very easy going down.

Awesome stout for sure! I loved the fruit taste and I plan on having again and well worth seeking out. (423 characters)

Photo of Tim9m1r
4.86/5  rDev +24%
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. (524 characters)

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. (219 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours almost a solid black in color with a tan head that laces nicely around the rim. Nice aroma of molasses, caramel and chocolate. Just the right amount of carbonation! Perfect balance of flavor in every mouthful. Too bad I just bought a single one of these as this is one of the BEST Oatmeal Stouts I have had. (313 characters)

Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite everyday stout. I love having this at the end of the night just to have a beer.

A - Pours a pitch black with brown highlights and a small tan head that leaves good retention through each sip.

S - Dark fruits, cocoa powder, chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of coffee.

T - Dark roasted malts with a subtle chocolate taste and coffee shining through. This is a sweet beer that leaves just a little dark chocolate bitterness at the end. Well balanced and smooth.

M - Mild carbonation and the right amount of stickyness left in the mouth that leaves a nice lasting flavor that makes you want more.

O - This is a very well balanced, mild manored stout that is perfect any day of the year. It just comes together very nice with no off flavors. One of my top 10 beers for its complex yet simple profile. (828 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black in color with an extremely dense, creamy, puffy tan head. I was able to get the head to foam about one finger above the top of the glass, without having the beer overflow. Very stiff head indeed.

Aroma is roasty and bready. Tons of roasted grains and coffee. Wonderful.

Beautiful coffee flavors, chocolate, burnt toast. The slightest bit of fruit.

Smooth and delicious. I was a little put off by the lack of body. A touch thin but still a bit creamy. A good, stiff, roasted finish. I had no idea what to expect from this. I picked this up on a whim and I am really glad I did. Nearly perfect, IMO. (660 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint.
5.2% ABV, 37 IBUs.
Pairings: Mushrooms, beef, blooming, soft-ripened cheeses, and chocolate.

A - Despite being a brooding, black-colored beer, clarity is visible through the pour and highlights of dark brown manage to escape. Stubborn, sparkly tan foam cakes the pint glass as the plush froth plateaus and sinks.

S - Heavily roasted malt emits semi-sweet chocolate and some coffee essence with dry cocoa and undertones of rich milk chocolate. Complex and deep, the bold aroma is finished by a smooth oatmeal-like scent.

T - The Poet tastes like a chocolate candy bar topped with oats. Dark chocolate chunk and freshly ground coffee-like bitterness are evened out with smooth milk chocolate and soft, whipped nougat.

M - Rich and voluptuous, this full-bodied beer has a silky smooth feel from the oats and a perfectly balanced roasted malt bitterness to even things out!

O - Though dark and sinister in appearance, The Poet is a seductive, chocolaty beer that's silky smooth yet roasted and bitter for an exceptional balance and long-lasting finish. Quite possibly the benchmark for the style, The Poet is one of New Holland's stunning achievements in zymurgy. (1,218 characters)

Photo of balzern
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown almost black. No clarity. Nice amount of lacing.

S- Chocolate, espresso, toffee, coffee, dark roasted notes galore!

T- Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a little caramel sweetness on the aftertaste. Hints of oatmeal but not as much as I might have expected. Nevertheless, I loved this.

M- Oily and slick, coated my mouth like a mouth-blanket haha

O- Superb I loved this beer. A perfect oatmeal stout with everything I would want from a dark stout! Get it if you have the chance! (497 characters)

Photo of templar316
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a spectacular deep, deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. One finger of foam with nice lacing at the end. A soft malty, earthy nose, with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. And the flavor delivers, as this soft creamy brew rolls acrossed the tongue you get a bready chocolate sweetness to start, rolling into a crisp figgy body, with an earthy, roasty malt finish that lingers on. The mouthfeel is what truely makes this beer first-rate as its soft creamy sweetness envolpes the tongue begging for another swallow. (546 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, nearly black body. A modest light mocha colored head leaves a good amount of sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: Toasted malts and grains. Semi-sweet chocolate. Burnt coffee.

Taste: Does not stray away from the notes picked up in the nose. Very strong malts right off the bat. A remarkable hit of cocoa, you know that incredibly bitter kind that is ranked by percentages. The hops really stand out in that chocolate taste. A great creamy layer balances the creamy malts and the bitter hops very well.

Overall: Very nice oatmeal stout. Pretty close to a full-bodied stout. Definitely a brew stout lovers should check out! (697 characters)

Photo of CardiacNP
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Poet. An Oatmeal stout from New Holland brewery in Holland, Michigan.

Appearance dark brown/black with a creamy 1.5 finger head beige in color. Very nice lacing

Aroma roasty malty slightly sweet with hint if chocolate. Not floral at all

Taste very smooth and creamy malty chocolate flavor with just a slight coffee undertone. Minimal hops bitterness

Mouthfeel smooth and cream, lightly carbonated

Overall. One if the best oatmeal stouts I have had. Wish I could get it In Louisiana and would of brought more home from Ohio (536 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich, smoky, oily with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate and just a touch of molasses. It pours a deep chocolaty sable with a thick but not too persistent tan head. Rich flavor fills the mouth with roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate and a hint of molasses and even a touch of hops. Texture is smooth and easy going yet leaves a nice tingly finish. (361 characters)

Photo of heypickleman
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass and it is black with hints of red with not much of a head, but thick. Very good aroma with hints of choclate and coffee. It has a very creamy feel to it, with the first chocolate and followed by the coffee flavor. A friend also was drinking one with me and he thought that there could be a hint of smoke to it. It has a slight sweetness to it and it goes down very smooth. Overall I rate this as an excellent stout and I can't wait to have it in a draft! Thanks New Holland! (494 characters)

Photo of hrking
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at Teller's in Hyde Park ( a suburb of Cincinnati) and it was superb. I had this in a bottle as well though it's good it's far better on draft..Alcohol is well hidden and almost non present as are most oatmeal stouts.Goes down smooth with just a slight hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.If you're a huge stout fan like myself I recommend giving this one a try if you get the chance especially on draft! (427 characters)

Photo of Burl41
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Apperance- Dark brown boarding on black. 1/4 inch head with good retention, and light brown in color.

Smell- Distinct coffee notes, and to a lesser degree chocolate.

Taste- Roasted barley and chocolate malt immediately noticed, but not overpowering. The beer as it should be is balanced by the oats.

Mouthfeel- Solid, stronger than a weaker stout like Guinness, but it is by no means approaching Imperial level.

Drinkability- This is my stand by stout, so it is very drinkable, yet allows you to enjoy a great tasting beer.
If I were going to hang out with some friends and have a few beers over the course of the night i'd pick this stout. (645 characters)

Photo of sudsface69
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very nice stout. Beautiful, dark chocolate color with a dark tan head that sticks around until the last sip is gone. Lacing is also quite nice. The nose gives you what you would expect - roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some almond, hints of toffee - but there is also a nice hop aroma that lingers beneath the malt aromas. And on the taste, the pattern remains. The malts come at you first, but then the hops come in and keep the beer in (I would say) an almost perfect balance. Indeed I would say that this might be the finest aspect of this brew - that it is extremely well balanced. This also makes it very drinkable. On the flip side of that coin, if you are looking for a little more body and depth in your stouts, you may find this one not quite satiating. It is a touch light. But for an everyday winter drinker, The Poet does not let you down. Another fine brew from New Holland! (894 characters)

Photo of mikeal1917
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, black with small head that disappears quickly

Smell: Absolutely amazing aroma of nuttiness/maltiness. One of the best smelling stouts I've ever experienced.

Taste: Oaty, roasted nutty taste that is best enjoyed decanted into a glass

Mouthfeel: Creamy and soft, goes down extremely smooth

Overall: This beer is amazing, and this coming from a guy who isn't crazy about stouts. Great with a hearty meal or a cold night. (439 characters)

Photo of centurian62
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic Oatmeal Stout. With a fantastic aroma and a great finish, this stout is definitely a winner. New Holland serves this stout year round and although stouts are faux pas in the summer, I still enjoy a cold Poet in the middle of July. If you are a fan of oatmeal stouts, this one will not disappoint! (313 characters)

Photo of david131
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Absolutely pitch black. Surprisingly black for the style and the head is light brown with very good retention and excellent lacing.

S- Smoke, chocolate, and dark roasted coffee. Very aromatic and appealing.

T- Very chocolaty, smoky, sweet and rich. Everything blends together really well. I am blown away.

M- Very creamy and smooth. Not too rich or harsh.

D- Very good. For the ABV, this is a bit of a sipper. I really enjoyed this. (439 characters)

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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