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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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very good

1,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 1459
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%

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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bilco for throwing a bottle my way.

Appearance: Pours with an insane amount of carbonation and head. Sheets of lacing. Head retention is good, fed by the carbonation. Pours a deep rich brown that pushes toward black. Very clear.

Smell: Chocolate malts. Big notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, treacly fudge, and cocoa powder. Mega chocolate. Nice layers of oats and roasted malts. Some touches of coffee. Burnt, charred, and leathery. So many oats. Some hints of dark fruit like figs.

Taste: Oats and chocolate and then some. So oat heavy. Bitter chocolate and some lingering roasty sweetness. Coffee with cream. Roasty sweet. Dump some coffee on oatmeal. Cocoa bitterness is high and aggressive.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth and highly carbonated. Insane levels of carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Almost crisp at times.

Overall: The most aggressively carbonated stout I've ever encountered. The flavors are good, but the carbonation hurts it. It drinks like a heavily roasted malt soda.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 18:35:12 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of woosterbill


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: Opens with quite an assertive hiss, and even a slow pour creates an enormous head of dense tan froth. Retention and lacing are great, but despite the impressive visuals I'm not exactly enthused at the prospect of a radically overcarbonated stout.

S: Leafy hops and chocolate; a bit of herbal spice and molasses. Interesting, but not what I'm usually looking for in an oatmeal stout.

T: Hoppy, roasty, and mildly malty, with a bittersweet finish. Lots of chocolate and herbal hops. Much better than the nose.

M: Painfully spritzy at first, but after some time and a few swirls of the glass it settles into a creamy medium body. No better than average overall.

O: While certainly distinctive, it's not one I'll be seeking out in the future.


Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:04:56 | More by woosterbill
Photo of MJR


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: What seems to be black is an extremely dark garnet. There's actually a touch of clarity, if you hold it up to a bright enough light source! A dark tan head starts out thick and creamy, then shrinks to ring around the glass. Leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a bit one-dimensional with lots of roasted malts and coffee, but not much else... Maybe a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts galore, with a bit of coffee and chocolate. There's a strong acidic undercurrent that adds a touch of sourness. The hops add a hint of bitterness in the beginning, but that's about it. A hint of fake sweetness shows up on the finish, which is otherwise dominated by the roasted flavors. The flavor is a bit thin once you get past the roasted grains.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin in body for a stout. It's lacking the rich and creamy mouthfeel that characterizes a great stout.

Drinkability: This is a fairly drinkability brew. It's missing a few main things I look for in a stout, but is still a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 10:06:17 | More by MJR
Photo of xav33


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland The Poet
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, prosed 10/06
Medium pour in a dimpled mug.

Poured black with brown highlights, with a medium light brown frothy quickly diminishing head with a tiny lacing ring.

Smelt of light roasted grain and coffee.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet roast and nuts with mild chocolate feel followed by a nutty taste and light bitter coffee taste with a slightly sour soy sauce that transforms into an average length light dark chocolate finish with a perfumey hop kick. Mouthfeel was light to medium, oily, softly carbonated and slight astringency.

Overall, a fairly easy going standard oatmeal stout, kinda light, simple and short, but drinkable in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 06:47:19 | More by xav33
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Emerges from the bottle with a tan head over very deep reddish liquid. The nose was quite strange, I can't place my finger on it...spicy perhaps. The taste is first metallic with brief roasty undertones and bitter chocolate..seems to show more as it warms up. Finishes on a bitter/hoppy/roasty note. Good, but nothing to write home about.

Thanks to CRJMellor.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 00:33:40 | More by beerluvr
Photo of willseph


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the brews in a mixed six pack I got for Christmas, I couldn't wait very long to crack this one open.

It pours an ebony color with touches of deep burgundy. A good amount of sticky lacing throughout the brew. The nose was pretty subtle to me, I smelled a lot of coffee, oats, and subtle hints of booze. For taste, I got a lot of caramel and spices and a soft rye on the very back end/aftertaste. It's somewhere between medium and heavy bodied and left me with a bit of a syurpy mouth. Overall, I think this beer would age quite nicely, I'd love to try one a year or so old.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 20:06:35 | More by willseph
Photo of Duff27


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an inch-tall medium mocha colored head on a black body. Cool drink-by-drink step lacing and above average head retention.

S- Smell is of sweet chocolate, roastiness.

T- More roasted malts, coffee notes. Low hop prescence.

M- Creamy, though slightly thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high end for the style.

D/O- Your basic oatmeal stout, good for people trying to discover new tastes. Low enough ABV to put down a few without thinking about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 01:26:39 | More by Duff27
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Near black with a solid single finger of foam, light levels of lacing left behind on the glass. Very faint char aroma, light amounts of coffee and *much* more emphasis on roasted malts in the flavor than on the nose. A small amount of baking chocolate bitterness is quickly squelched by all the roasted coffee beans. Somewhat lighter body but still has an agreeable smooth body.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 21:28:39 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Musty slightly sweet cocoa nose. dark black opeque look with a light tan head. The taste is dominated by toasted chocolate malt with a touch of honey sweetness. The tongue is left with a sour dry finish. There is also a slight plastic note to the finish as well. The body and mouth a good but I expected a fuller creamy feel.

Cheers to my friend inebrius for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 12:54:03 | More by frank4sail
Photo of Ricochet


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black. No light., Good head. Top Notch.

S: Deep, rich, malt, nothing else. Maybe a sweet note, otherwise seemed average.

M: Thin like a stout, foams like a stout. not that bitter and very smooth, very good stout.

T: First thing I noticed is the alcohol, which usually is an off balance bad thing or a good thing when imperial, but the taste smoothed out to a decent stout. It did seem like a thin lager, but the toasted malt flavor, and the sharp bitter of the hops made this good, but not great. Aftertaste was a smoky flavor, that was not so good.

Above average, but not the best is how I'd rate this stout. Pretty drinkable, but there are others out there , even some that cost less, that are better impressions.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 06:49:57 | More by Ricochet
Photo of Jredner


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sharp aroma I can’t really place, but it smells vaguely of the cheese wax used on expensive cheeses. Dark brown to black with a MASSIVE mocha head. Bitter fore with some very mild roastiness and even milder chocolate notes in the middle and finish. Body is thin giving this an almost porter-like feel which doesn't deliver the way I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 00:39:38 | More by Jredner
Photo of PBRstreetgang


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black, with dark ruby highights. Creamy biege one finger head shows decent retention and leaves spotty lacing. Mild aroma of roasted barley and faint wine fusels. Big roasted barley sweetness upfront with a stiff charred flavor that follows. Extra dry aftertaste, bitter coffee dry hop-bitterness and roasted malt balance the flavor very well. Low carbonation and med-full body allow a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel, packed with sweet and burnt flavor. Finishes both residual and very dry with herbal hops and a hint of vinous; more like a RIS or Export than an Oatmel Stout, so the drinkability suffers a little.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 05:23:03 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of ADR


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep black with a slight bit of orange highlights, essentially opaque. Small head, flat and under 1/2 an inch and less than a minute's duration. Laces in slipping fat stripes. Good aroma, roasted java and some caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation a little less than average. Flavor lacks some omph, bitterness like weak instant coffee. Finishes with a twang and a slight raggedy sense as the mouthfeel decomposes a bit. Actually, a good bit of a chocolate overtone at the end and lingering into the aftertaste. Pretty serviceable example of the style, but not among the more elite that I have tried. This is not a bad beer to hold up and compare side-to-side with Goose Island Oatmeal Stout, and its not as good in most categories.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 01:26:48 | More by ADR
Photo of beerphan


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle -> pint
no date
(This bottle has a crow on the label. Previous review had a book. These a two seperate batches. New recipe? I don't know)

Pours black with a ton of carbonation sticking to the glass.

Nose: Faint chocolate

Thin mouth without much creaminess. Roasted chocolate and a decent bitterness. Slight astringency.

As compared to previous review:
Darker color, with much less scarlet. The head seemed somewhat flatter with less lace. Nose was less intense. Mouth seems thinner and less creamy. Flavor were better and more pronounce with other bottle. Hops were more prevalent in the newer bottle. Softer astringency in h ewer bottle. Unfortunately, i enjoyed the older version more.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 20:22:55 | More by beerphan
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Some dark amber coming through from the countours of the glass, lots of chaotic lacing spread around the top of the glass.

Smell: Earthy and rooty mild charred malt aromas, a bit of unsweetened chocolate, and some mild coffee.

Taste: Mild bitterness and roasted malt flavors with a bit of sourness. Good and balanced but lacks depth and a longer more complex finish by the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Mildly creamy.

Drinkability: Sessionable and easily drinkable, but there are others that are better for your money, especially if you prefer your oatmeal stouts richer and more complex.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 04:46:10 | More by asabreed
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, viscous liquid. Evil darkness with virtually no head. Less than moderate lacing as well.

S: Faint malty goodness. Mild burnt bitter chocolate.

T: The mild burnt bitter chocolate somewhat dominates the taste, along with a decent malt background. Pretty basic, but pretty good too.

M: Fairly chalky, but less so in comparison to most stouts. Mild bitterness from the chocolate malt, but doesn't linger. Overall, a well balanced brew.

D: Really good drinkability for a heavy looking stout. I don't think stout as a style can be considered a session brew due to it's heaviness, but there are a few, including this one that could change that notion.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:41:31 | More by irishking1977
Photo of bbkd3b


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black as old motor oil, with no light getting through the glass. Thin-to-no tan head... No lacing whatsoever. Would pass for a good cup of coffee.

S - Sweet scents of dark chocolate, with faint hints of coffee beans and raisins. It's very thin around the nose, but uplifting nonetheless.

T - Roasted malts and coffee character are much more pronounced, forming a solid backbone. Oatmeal and milk throw in an assist, and rise in prevalence when it warms. Makes for a nice, understated stout.

M - Slick on the palate, the body reminds me of milk. Sparkling carbonation with a clean, pleasant finish. Excellent!

O - Certainly one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. Sweetened a good deal as it warmed, making it better as it went along. Not sure if this would be in my regular lineup, but I wouldn't say no to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 04:50:17 | More by bbkd3b
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a dark dark brown with some ruby highlights coming through, one finger mocha colored head that evaporated quickly, left some lacing but it did not stick for long.

S- Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and bitter coffee

T- Very roasty, bitter chocolate, bitter black coffee, and some earthiness

M- Lighter bodied stout, finishes a little watery

O- Overall a pretty bitter oatmeal stout, finishes bitter, not my favorite example of the style, but a pretty unique one.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 00:53:03 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Black mahogany with ruby highlights. Light khaki head with low retention and lace.

S – Light coffee roast with savory sage and allspice.

T – Mildly acidic roast is soft and semi-sweet. Roasted chestnut center with a lightly bitter finish.

M – Smooth, medium light body. Ok carbonation.

O – Par for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 22:29:41 | More by vfgccp
Photo of cpetrone84


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black, a little bit of red light shines through, head is tan and creamy with a few large bubbles. Nose is heavy roast and bitter coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. Taste is roast, coffee, and chocolate, short finish and thin body with a moderate carbonation and lingering coffee bitterness.
A-pours a thin looking dark brown beer, the edges give off hues of red when held up to the light. the head is a nice tan color, fluffy looking and retains for about half a minute. a pretty solid lacing is left on the glass to make a pleasant looking brew.

S-the nose is quite big and boasts a fair amount of oatmeal. Dark chocolate and a light roasted espresso fade in at the back with an underlying metallic note. There is a light citric hop presence at the back.

T-the taste is also pretty big and seems solid. Oatmeal blends with dark chocolate and roasted espresso up front. the hop presence comes in towards the back to give some balance, notes of grass and citric rind, a hint of bitterness finish off this brew.

M-this is a medium body and is very smooth. the carbonation is present enough at the finish to give it some body on the back of the throat.

D-this is very easy drinking and goes down extremely smooth. pretty solid and bold flavors with a nice balance of hop and roasted malts. good sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 12:57:27 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of olegv40


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No head to speak of really, I was a bit disapointed. Smelled malty and fresh. Not as creamy as some of the other oatmeal stouts I've had. A little too hoppy for my taste, but I was happy to have it finish very clean, except this weird taste of bitterness that remained in the back of my throat, It was hard to get past that, if not for that I think I would have enjoyed this beer more.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 05:53:01 | More by olegv40
Photo of mralphabet


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle Poured into Pint Glass

A: Pours black color with hint of red. About 1 finger head wit nice lacing.

S: Chocolate, nice roasted malt, some cream and a hint of coffee.

T: Bakers chocolate right up front with a nice balance of coffee, cream & malt.... There is a nice hoppy edge.... The hoppiness aftertaste sticks around for a while.

M: Mid to heavy bodied, creamy & smooth...Carbonation is pretty low... Nice and filling

D: A little hoppy for my taste, but all the flavors balance nicely... A truly a well made brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 05:54:05 | More by mralphabet
Photo of ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured black, didn't appear terribly thick. An almond colored head, hell I'll say it was the color of oatmeal. The head quickly dissipated to a mere wispy glaze over the surface. What lacing that was created had no retention and quickly disappeared.

Smell: Slightly hoppy, more so than I had expected. Then again, I think that is something I have picked up on with a New Holland brew. Subtle notes of coffee and nutty aromas. Nothing over the top or overly aromatic.

Taste: Quite bitter, surprisingly bitter actually. Still getting the coffee with a little smokiness. Maybe a hint of oats, not as much as I would have liked. Mainly just coffee.

Mouthfeel: A moderately light medium bodied beer with decent carbonation. It coats the mouth and has a drying finish. A somewhat bitter aftertaste and of course the coffee is still sticking around.

Drinkability: I would say this is an enjoyable brew. Not overly gaseous nor filling, how many really depends on how much your tastebuds can handle.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 15:17:54 | More by ncstateplaya
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains roasted malts, oats, black coffee, some chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character, oats and sweet flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. There's some creaminess but also some metallicness to it. Some flavors of dark fruit and a mild but complementary hops presence in the background that help bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this is still a decent beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:43:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Ballston, VA.

a - Pours a very dark brown with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel malts. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth body that makes it easy to drink.

d - A slightly above average oatmeal stout. I enjoyed the taste quite a bit and would try again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2010 03:44:26 | More by mdfb79
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