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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,709 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,709
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 72
Gots: 111 | 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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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.5%

02-13-2014 04:08:46 | More by smartassboiler
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themind

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.5%

08-09-2013 03:57:49 | More by themind
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sween100

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.5%

Pours almost pitch black with an average sized tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, almonds, and chocolates. Smells very sweet. Taste is a creamy, coffee malt that goes down very smooth. Somewhat of a heavy beer. Unpleasant aftertaste. Overall not a bad beer, just not for me.

04-28-2014 14:25:39 | More by sween100
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-06-2012 00:33:12 | More by jaidenjb
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igarfield88


3/5  rDev -23.5%

08-22-2014 22:04:59 | More by igarfield88
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intangible

Missouri

3/5  rDev -23.5%

04-04-2014 02:54:23 | More by intangible
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partisan

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-15-2013 21:38:08 | More by partisan
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VaporDome

New York

3/5  rDev -23.5%

07-12-2014 17:21:41 | More by VaporDome
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klipper

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.5%

08-31-2014 04:27:34 | More by klipper
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Jonker1

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.5%

04-05-2014 23:47:27 | More by Jonker1
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phisig137

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.5%

Pours a fairly deep black, that lets a good amount of light through around the edges. Creamy two finger head has decent retention, and leaves behind a little lacing, and a small blanket of foam on top.

Aroma is odd. Toasted malts, biscuits, fresh bread, and quite a bit of fruity esters from the yeast. This smells like it was fermented hot. Nice malt aromas, but the fruity aromas kill it.

Flavor is much the same. Nice malty backbone with good toasty flavors, but the yeast esters kill it. No roasted malt flavors, and no hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for being an oatmeal stout. Drinkability is pretty good.

This is a decent beer, but not great. Not nearly as impressive as New Holland's Big Beer series.

01-16-2007 01:28:06 | More by phisig137
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.5%

01-14-2013 14:51:29 | More by ChicagoNick
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craft_shannie

Indiana

3/5  rDev -23.5%

04-21-2013 23:26:56 | More by craft_shannie
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KerryCummins1977

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-14-2013 01:56:50 | More by KerryCummins1977
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chuckania


3/5  rDev -23.5%

08-01-2014 02:06:18 | More by chuckania
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rickyleepotts

Arizona

3/5  rDev -23.5%

I don’t care what this beer tastes like, I love the label! It makes me think of Edgar Allen Poe. You know, the poet. Anyway, this beer has a sweet label and based on everything I have read, has a pretty sweet and roasty flavor to it. I like it when a beer is described as “creamy”. I don’t usually like stouts, unless I am in the mood, but this one is an oatmeal stout. Should be good. The oats help to bring down the bitterness of the beer.

In the Glass: This is a very dark beer that has a pretty weak lace. The foam on the top though is something to take note of. It has a thin layer of bubbles that makes me think it will have a hint of carbonation. But I wonder since this beer is supposed to be rich and creamy.

Nose: The nose gives me hints of dark chocolate and caramel. There is a bit of smokiness to it as well. I read somewhere that it has a “campfire” sort of smell. I can see where that comes from. I almost liken this to the nose you get on a properly aged bourbon.

Flavor: There are some serious bubbles at the beginning, and then the sweetness kicks in. When you swallow the dark fruity flavors start to creep up, and you are hit with the bitter aftertaste. I wouldn’t call this beer creamy, but the entire palate gets something here. It’s smooth, sans the bubbles, and that sweetness sticks around on the back of your palate.

Mouthfeel: The bubbles are the first thing you experience, but then the beer rounds itself well as it crosses the tongue and as you swallow. I wouldn’t say it reminds me of a soda… but it’s close. But when the sweet and dark aftertaste kicks in, the roundness fades and you are left with a smokey aftertaste that makes you want to start a fire.

Aftertaste: I have hinted at the aftertaste already, but it’s smooth, sweet, and almost reminds me of a dark chocolate aftertaste. Not good chocolate, like something you get for Christmas, but just decent chocolate that you pick up at the grocery store. It’s good though, and as the aftertaste fades, it’s OK to take another sip as this beer doesn’t have a very big ABV.

I have had this beer before, but now that I am writing to appreciate these beers, I can spend more time thinking about the overall enjoyment of it. I like it. I would order it, but under the right circumstances. It’s not the best stout I have ever had, but it does do a good stout justice. If you are looking for a good stout to have in the winter (wouldn’t suggest drinking this in the summertime) give this one a try. It’s also affordable as well.

02-27-2012 00:52:16 | More by rickyleepotts
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jdhende

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-02-2012 05:44:38 | More by jdhende
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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-29-2011 10:27:39 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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steevbr

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.5%

05-24-2013 20:29:44 | More by steevbr
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Kpitevl

Missouri

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-17-2012 01:34:40 | More by Kpitevl
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KFrank729

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.5%

05-02-2014 13:24:57 | More by KFrank729
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.5%

02-16-2012 19:22:23 | More by djrn2
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.5%

08-08-2013 21:20:42 | More by bmjivi221
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.5%

Living nearby the Poe museum, I applaud the shout out to the poet, I just wish the beer kept up its end of the bargain better.

A - A plentiful, yet quickly vanishing, 2" head covered this black stout with a reddish tint around the edges.

S - Slight licorice smell

T - Quite sweet, with hints of roasted malts and an ending bitterness. If I had not read the label, I would have mistaken this for a porter.

M - smooth, clean, mild

D - Like a true komodo dragon, I was hopiong for some some more bite.

01-08-2011 05:40:44 | More by KomodoDragon
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-25-2012 03:13:59 | More by t0rin0
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,709 ratings.