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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,181
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 SWMeyer4141
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Snifter...

Pretty sweet label.

Appearance-Slow rising carbonation that leads to a 2 finer beige head. Body is a dark brown. Some nice lacing.

Smell-Light aroma of dark fruits and I can even get some citrus. Coffee and some fresh oats.

Taste-Figs and some cherry. Some coffee and a little chocolate. Some light bitterness. As it warms I pick out more oat character.

Mouthfeel-The flavor wasn't as strong as I'd hope, but the mouthfeel is great for a traditionally lighter body. Nice creamy texture and nice carbonation.

Overall-Definitely a "good" beer. I'd prefer Rogue and Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout which are easier to get, but nonetheless a good beer. (673 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark color with a tall off-white head that sticks around and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very pleasing - chocolate and lots of coffee with some dark malts. The flavor is very much like the aroma - very strong coffee and roasted flavor with hints of chocolate. Very well-made stout, but I would have prefered a stronger chocolate character. (374 characters)

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tryed a Brew Fest

A= Poured really dark almost black had a nice mocho colored head didn't really notice that much of a lacing on this one.

S= It smelled a little bit like chocolate with a hint of coffee in this one.

T= To me the taste was similar to the nose slight chocolate with a hint of coffee. Nice dry finish on this one.

M= Not thick which I thought it would be since it's a oatmeal stout. Very smooth on the mouth

D= With a low ABV this one is very drinkable and taste pretty good not my favorite oatmeal stout but it's worth a try. (545 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a not quite opaque black/ruby, nice off white head that clings but fades quickly.
Smells of bitter chocolate. On a second sniff there's some coffee, roasted barley, almost a liquid malt extract smell. Very roasty.
Taste is not so much chocolate as the smell....really strange. I would have expected a bitter chocolate bomb, but there is very little chocolate in the taste. Almost a medicinal, thick malt extract bite. Huge mouthfeel, almost chewey.
I can't seem to connect with this one. There's a strange note I can't identify...woody, smokey, earthy, some peat? Good, not great. (591 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown color that has a small tan head. The head dissipated rather quickly and left good lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of roasted malts up front. There are other notes such as chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some vanilla.

T - The roasted malts and coffee stand out at first. Then, the sweetness of the caramel comes out. Notes of vanilla, toffee, and bittersweet chocolate are also present. The finish is bitter and roasty.

M - This has a medium body with medium carbonation. It also has a creamy and smooth texture to it.

D - I would say that this is a pretty drinkable stout. It was a little bit on the light side, but I think its pretty good. I would probably pick this one up again. (716 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, small off-white head, weak lacing.

Strong roasted malt, earthy. Light chocolate, vanilla, coffee.

A chalky roastiness comes through first, coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate and dried fruit.

Body is a touch watery, too thin for a stout.

Overall, solid, if not particularly remarkable. (302 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown beer with a medium-sized light-tan head. Due to the purple label, the dark color seemed to have purple highlights (Just my imagination)

Aroma has a very nice, unique chocolate smell. A slight hint of coffee.

Unlike the aroma, the flavor hardly tasted like sweet chocolate or coffee at all. Instead it had a harsh, burnt oat taste. Oatmeal. Gruel, in fact.

Mouthful is nice and thick. A bit over-carbonated, and sticky.

Drinkability is only Ok. The flavors seem thick and sludgy instead of welcoming.

Overall, I found this beer much more interesting than I did enjoyable. Sometimes I felt like I had to stop drinking the beer in order to taste it. I guess I just found it quite unique, and found the experience new, fun and enjoyable. A great one to sample, but not something I’d come back to again and again. (849 characters)

Photo of Bernoulli
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque and near black... hold it up to the light and nothing comes through. 1/4" head. Typical stout lacing.

Faint smell of dark chocolate.

A solid recommendation for someone who wants to try a porter or stout... but nothing that distinguishes it from what you'd expect as a quality example of the class.

We would buy it for ourselves. (339 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Pizza Paradiso.

A one finger head was poured which is light cocoa brown in color, with tiny uniform bubbles. Very gorgeous body black almost giving to brown with some hues. Small lacing while drinking.

Faint malt smell, a little licorice candy. Small coffee with roast character. Unfortunatly it's all kind of subdued and hard to find.

Taste matches the noses subdued feeling. Small roasted notes, with a fairly good and expansive grainy like body, a little sour though.

This isn't too bad I've had better but it could do. (562 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 2-28-09

Pours thick and completely black, a pleasant foamy head on top.

Smell is thin, subtle malt. Not bad, but not much going on.

Taste is sweet malt, well balanced by a decent hop flavor. Like the smell, not very complex.

Mouthfeel is good, a little thinner but enjoyable.

Drinkability is very good, the easy flavor and nice mouthfeel are a great combo.

Overall, a little on the bland side, but what it does have is good. (441 characters)

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Very black, with light red tinges around the glass. Head was not big, but was somewhat creamy from what was there. Head was tan and had some rockiness to it. Legs were present, even at 5.2%. Lacing was nice! Looks like a good stout with little head.

S- Massive chocolate! Lactic sugar as well. The oatmeal, grainy, pale malty scent is there as well. I notice a bitterness, but not of hops here. Maybe earthy? Coffee notes as well with smoke and a light sour note.

T- The smokiness is very prevalent. This beer is very malty. Pale malts is what I get. Chocolate is unmistakable. Very roasted. Coffee is borderline an espresso style taste. Maybe even plums or raisins can be detected as well. I do notice a good amount of bitterness towards the finish. You get the lactic sugar and a little sour at the end. It is a bit dry.

M- Medium to full on the medium side. It's still pretty easy going for a stout. But on par for a sweeter kind of stout.

Overall, this stout is very good! The Poet is not as grainy as some oatmeal stouts I've had in the past. It's got the right amount of smokiness that makes it enjoyable. And the drinkabilty is great. I'd say this is a fine example of an oatmeal stout. (1,200 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a medium brown color, light for an oaty stout, with a foamy tan head. Average lacing and retention.

Nose is a bit of sourdough bread with some licorice and floral-pine hops. Hint of sourness and some medium fruits - blackberries and maybe even some cherries.

Taste is a little hoppy for an oatmeal stout and lacks the silky texture usually imparted by the flaked oats. Most of the malt notes are there, lightly roasty and mild chocolate. Finishes with a bite. Pretty drinkable, decent beer but comes across as middle of the road as far as oatmeal stouts go. (578 characters)

Photo of iadler
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark black with a mocha two finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a thin cap.

S- Roasted and smoky malt, dark chocolate, oats, floral hops, coffee, and a bit of dark fruits

T- Roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee are prominent with a bit of smoke, oats, raisins, plum, and vanilla.

M- Medium to high carbonation and medium body. A tad thin for the mouthfeel and not as creamy as I look for when it comes to Oatmeal Stouts.

O- A good Oatmeal Stout that has some good qualities, but the mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. Worth trying though. (563 characters)

Photo of PatYoda
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with not much head or lacing after a few minutes. The smell is more porterish than stouty. A creamy caramel smell is there, along with some chocolate. A minor amount of roasted malt makes an appearance. Smells tasty.

Again in the taste, I get that creaminess and the chocolate. The roasted malt does show up a bit more, but there is also a lactic aftertaste which makes me a bit wary about the style. There is some roastedness as well, but I would characterize this as more of a sweet/milk stout or even a porter, rather than an American Stout. Not that it bothers me that this is where it fell or anything as I try not to let the style influence my rating very much, but those are my thoughts. The finish has some bitterness from the roasted malt, but not much hop bitterness.

Overall this is decent. I probably wouldn't pick it up again as there are always better options. (899 characters)

Photo of Braseltonage
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Zero head. What little is there goes away quickly. Less than opaque. Deep mahogany, not really black. Held to light, has some red edges.

S: Roasted malts, a little coffee. Some bittersweet chocolate. Nice aroma.

T: Bitterness from the roasted malt is the first thing that jumps in. Initial impression was a little thin. Sweetness creeps in at the finish. Perhaps a slight note of lactose. Lacking a certain creaminess I'd look for in an oatmeal stout. Definitely improves as it warms up, but still slightly missing a mark for me.

M: As noted, slightly thin for an oatmeal stout for me. For a lack of head, it actually seems over carbonated. Big bubbles sting the tongue a bit. 

Not bad overall, although not a favorite either.

Not a horrible drinking experience, but not one I'd rush to tell my friends about.  (860 characters)

Photo of becktone
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Extremely dark, I won't say its black because its not. It has more of a dark, very dark brown cast to it with dark garnet highlights. Murky or clear, can't tell. There is no head, and what lacing there is ends up being extremely thin. However, I can expect this from an oatmeal stout...the oils from the high volume of oats totally kill head retention.

Nose: Sweetness and roasted grains make up the dark aroma of this brew. I also get some hints of chocolate. Alcohol is detectable. Would be nice if it were a bit more potent, more room filling.

Tongue: I get chocolate notes, roasted flavors, a burnt type of bitterness-black malt?, and a sweetness that is quite different than that of a milk stout, this is more subtle, harder to put a finger on. Much different than any other style of stout.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: In the mouth this one is full bodied and velvet smooth. Low carbonation compliments what is going on with the rest of the body. This one is easy to drink, however before I come back to this I'd like to get my hands on some other oatmeal stouts and see how they compare. (1,101 characters)

Photo of markgugs
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, near black, with a nice 1-finger tan head. Looks creamy & inviting.

S: Smells of sweet, roasted oats. Hints of vanilla and maple syrup round out the overall aromatic body.

T/M: Big, chunky bursts of dark chocolate, cocoa & malted milk charge right out of the gate. Finish is roasted & bittersweet, the hops finally making a nice entrance, almost overpoweringly so. Beer loses points for being too consistent throughout, nothing changes or improves as it warms. Medium-bodied creaminess dominates the mouthfeel of this lightly carbonated ale.

D: Very easy to drink, would make for a quality session beer, though it might become a bit bland after 3 or 4. (745 characters)

Photo of DragYourBone
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very very dark in my glass with very little to no head. Only a handful of carbonation sprigs are seen.
Scent of oats, malt and some sweet nuances (chocolate mixed with coffee?).
Taste of oats with some chicory flavor, trailed by a bit of bitterness on the swallow.
The weight is a bit heavier than expected.

Let it sit for a few minutes...

The nose was a bit more present with roasted malts and some other pungent scent. The taste was also more dense and also more bitter. A bit more fullness and bitterness in the swallow.

Overall, a decent offering with good balance. However, the end notes weres more bitter and pungent than I cared for at this time.
I'll have to come back to this another time. (710 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a half finger of light brown head over a very dark brown liquid. Smells roasty coffee, anise, mild cream, and noticeable hops.

Tastes mild roast with acrid (like coffee on the burner all day). Supported by a well-integrated and complementary hop flavor and mild hop bitter. Hop flavor is English grassy and a bit ashy, which makes me think of williamette. Mild cocoa fills the roast and cuts some edge off the burnt. Actually a little bit like a chocolate malt. Oatmeal comes across in mouthfeel, which is md-light. Fine carbonation stings strong on the papillae, but the beer is not overcarbonated. Aftertaste is dry, some sour, some burnt edge, and hops rising retronasal. (680 characters)

Photo of canolte42
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a black opaque with brown swirly foam that didn't last long - also contained carbonation clusters
Smell - Roasty with a mellow sweetness, a low to medium fruitiness and little hop aroma
Taste - Medium sweetness with a little chocolate flavor that went more towards coffee and roasted malts the more I drank, low to medium hop bitterness
Mouthfeel - Medium full body with some creaminess and a medium to high carbonation
Drinkability - Oatmeal component didn't really standout. This beer is silky and rich in flavor. Overall a very good beer, but it may be hard to drink more than 2 of these in one sitting. (626 characters)

Photo of jeremy13586
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a thin tan head that went away quickly.
The first whiff reminded me of roasted coffee with a slight sweetness at the very end.
A light chocolate taste hit the tounge and then finished with the taste of coffee and a hint of hoppiness.
It was a very smooth beer, but felt a bit too light, almost as if it was watered down a tiny bit.
Very sessionable and I would more than likely drink it again, but i'm not going to go out of my way to find it. (463 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love my stouts, especially oatmeal stocks. This poured as close to a jet black stout I normally enjoy. There still was a hint of brown which gave me the warm aroma of coffee and chocolate.

The head was small and dark. The first taste was on the small side with nice much of a big stout taste considering the oatmeal fame. The mouthful and finish were much nicer, so I needed to taste it again.

Each taste afterwards, I found more round and soft flavors coming out. Almost like the oatmeal was finally trying to push through.

Enjoyable beer, in the top of the oatmeal stouts I have had (587 characters)

Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black with the slightest bit of transparency when held up to the light. two finger thick head, ok lacing

S: Sweet chocolate and oats.

T: Semi sweet and mildly bitter. A slight toasted flavor is present as well. Nothing really memorable though

M: Very light and watery. Also get a bit of chalkiness.

D: A very nice session stout (334 characters)

Photo of battlekow
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying a few new stouts, North Coast's Old #38 and Mendocino's Black Hawk in addition to this one.

The Poet pours a porterish near-black, shining ruby red when held up to the light. It's got an off-white head that provides good lacing. Visually, the Poet and Old #38 are indistinguishable.

The Poet smells stronger, but not as good, I think. Too sweet with chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Same with the flavor--it's really smooth, but tastes like roasted grape juice. Not as robust as I was hoping.

Medium body, good mouthfeel, a very easy-drinking stout, but not something I'd go a long way to seek out. (615 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter. Off white, creamy head with good retention and some lacing. Smell was of sweet chocolate syrup, some dry malt and slightly off smell that I cant pinpoint. Taste is good. Some choclate, sweetness, toasted grain and some coffee but not too much. Again, something just seems a little off. Cant pinpoint it. Mouthfeel was light and a little watery but not too bad. Overall a good beer. Gotta go recheck the date on the label though. (449 characters)

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