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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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716 Reviews

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Reviews: 716
Hads: 2,297
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 86
Gots: 388 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have come to expect good things from New Holland. This stout does not disapoint. Pours a lightly viscous, opaque dark brown with retention and lacing to match. Smells rich and creamy with roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes similarly, but with more boldness in the roasted, coffee, chocolate tones than in the malt sweet or milk sweet flavors. Feels silky and full, and remaining firm throughout. Tempered with bitterness from the grains and subtle hops. Lingers with coffee and chocolate. Reminds me of a London Porter, but with heavier body, and bolder roastedness. A terrific beer.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last Saturday I was at one of my favorite places in the world - Lukas Liquor aka Disney World for drunks. Lukas has over 300 beers on hand at all times and on Saturday they usually have tastings. This Saturday was no exception. They had four beers to sample, three of which I have had, the one I did had not tried before was The Poet from New Holland.

The Poet is an oatmeal stout, which is a deep, almost black, beer that left a nice lacing on the glass. I could smell the oatmeal and got a chocolate note coming across like a lot of stouts. This one has a slight bitter bite but it is easy to drink. I liked it so much that I had to toss a six pack in the cart. This is one of the better stouts I have had from a brewery I was not very familiar with. Worth checking out.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had a nice smokey / dark flavor. Not as much body as I would like. I could have gone without the bitter ending. I would say there is a little too much carbonation.

This is definitely an above average stout beer. I would buy a 6 pack. (I bought a single for this review at a rare beer place) Definitely not caseworthy, but good, especially compared to some other singles I tried.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear brown from the bottle, rests to a solid black in the glass. Small light brown head without a lot of lacing or retention.

S: Tons of roasted malts with a lot of chocolate mixed in as well. The sweetness is welcome to the dry roast of the malts.

T: The taste is a lot more robust than I thought. The chocolate is big and covers the whole mouth. Roasted malts provide a nice balance, and a dry finish to an otherwise pretty sweet beer.

MF: Creamy medium body with a lower than average carbonation.

O: Nice easy drinking stout. Not too sweet, not too roasty, not a lot of booze. Really like this offering from New Holland.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra from lewis1rg. Thanks Ryan!

A: I poured this sucker too hard and now I'm paying the price. Abyss-like, with a slight bit of light passing through at the bottom corners. Very frothy, peppery, and grand 1 finger + head.

S: Faint, but still present. Coffee forward, with a good dark malty presence overall.

T: Medium bodied, with a mild coffee taste, with oatmeal presence for sure. I really dug the well-rounded, dark fruity aftertaste!

M: Thick enough, but not ridiculous in this area. The carbonation was great for this style and the lacing was pretty substantial. Perfect balance between the sweet and malty elements.

O: I've had this one several times before and it makes frequent appearances in stores in my local area. However, this was the first time I had ever really dug in and studied it. Very nice!

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black ruby tones in the light. Big pillowy tan colored head, very decent retention. Little clingy lacing left.

Roasted malt on the nose, slight woody aroma. Powdered cocoa and bakers chocolate can be picked up. Maybe a little coffee in there.

Sweet malt and smooth oat flavors up front. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate after. Some bitterness though is meshes well with the coffee/chocolate flavors so not necessarily picker up as a hoppy bitterness.

Full mouth feel very smooth. Creamy and sweet finish.

Very drinkable, very good brew.

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Photo of engagechad
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a sixer from Whole Foods in Glen Allen, VA - poured into DFH snifter

Let it warm up a little, pours a fabulous tar black with a tan head that sticks around and leaves some great lacing, sticky sticky stuff. Smells of chocolate and coffee just as you'd want it to. Taste follows, very smooth velvety chocolate in flavor dry enough to be drinkable yet sweet enough to be deserty if you wanted.

Overall this is a fantastic stout that i plan on buying again

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown reminiscent of a porter. It's head is a little weak, however, the taste is whats the most important and it doesn't lack in that arena. The smell is nowhere to be found BUT like I mentioned the taste is the most important. I really enjoy the coffee taste and the smokey hints that make up the start of this brew. I'm surprised by this brews low rating considering its amazing taste.

Overall this drinkable brew is full of taste. I would try this again any day. Grab this brew. Enjoy!


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Photo of mecummins
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- dark rich brown with hints of amber on edges when held to the light. A nice 2 finder creamy looking tan head with wonderful lacing

S- chocolate, dates, some dark fruit and bit of oats on the nose

T- I could taste the the chocolate and a bit of sweetness right away. A bit of coffe under that as well as some raisin and dark fruit. Just a little oats on the taste.

M- medium with a bit of creaminess. The finish was short to medium with just a hint of mild hops.

O- a really nice example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of TLove
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to hefeweizen glass.

Great, black color with a full, creamy 3 finger head. Smooth and full bodied, with a slight red tint when held to the light. The aroma of the beer beings to expose its full flavor. Coffee, wheat, wild grain rice, brown sugar, chocolate, and smoked malts all come out in the smell. The chocolate is slightly sweet, with some roasted grain flavors and a subtle smoked taste, rounded out well with the oatmeal.

The beer warms to its full capacity. Carbonation is barely noticeable, as the roasted malts begin to take a dark chocolate complexity. Hardly a thin body, but certainly not heavy.

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Photo of matjack85
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.69. There is no freshness date or any other information about the beer on the label, and it also comes from one of the few breweries that doesn't have a web site.

The beer poured out black into my glass but it showed off some purple/garnet tinting when held to the light. It made a 1-finger tan head that only lasted about a minute and left only a minimal amount of lacing.

The beer smelled nice but it wasn't all that strong. I got a nice aroma of sweet malt and oatmeal with some burnt wood/charcoal scent in the background.

There were lots of flavors in here with coffee being the most dominant. Sweet malts and oatmeal give it some body, but then it is nicely balanced with a dose of hoppy bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. I liked it.

The carbonation was only moderate which kept it smooth, yet there was still enough of it to make it crisp and refreshing as well. This is not a thick, heavy stout, but by no means is it thin or weak either. It has a really nice medium bodied mouthfeel to it which I enjoyed.

The beer goes down easy and has a nice scent, with an alcohol volume near just 5 percent. It's smooth yet refreshing, the mouthfeel is good. The taste has me downing a few more than I should. - (matjack - the beer poet).

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Photo of Neorebel
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Poet pours a deep hue that is darker than the most sinful soul... A thick layer of froth rests on top of this decadent looking brew. It's aroma is roasty, with an inkling of sweetness... very inviting indeed. The restaurant I tasted this at had it incorrectly labeled as a standard stout, and for a moment I thought to myself... 'This is the most soft, bready, and grainy stout that has ever traversed my palate.' The fact that it is an Oatmeal stout makes a lot more sense, as I am typing this review from my notes and looking upon the stats. It's quite the fine example of said style, and surprisingly full flavored for only 5.2% ABV. Some bittersweet baker's chocolate was a delightful nuance within the flavor as well. The mouth feel is somewhat syrupy, but overall would be best described as extraordinarily creamy. The Poet, you and I shall certainly meet again.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] Fat 2 finger tan head. The head has medium bubbles - not as dense as the ideal look. The head settles most of the way but is always there and forms great lacing on the glass. The beer is a dark brown with slight reddish tinges on the sides. There is a date code that translates to (03/25/15). No indication of the ABV on the bottle.

S: [4.25] Really nice coffee aroma. It is subtle and smooth. There are hints of cocoa too.

T: [4.25] Kind of a reversal on the nose. I got chocolate up front then more of the coffee flavor. There are also traces of vanilla and toasted marshmallow.

M: [3.75] The beer has a slightly water feel. At 5.2% it is doing its best but there is not much chew to it. The finish is really nice and makes up for a little bit of a lack of body.

O: [4.25] I was really surprised by this one. I just grabbed it in a mix 6 to fill it up. But it is really good. The coffee flavor is done really well - it comes across in the nose and when you drink it. There are also other flavors in there that compliment it really well. As notes the body is a little thin but the other aspects really cover that up. Also, if this is something you care about this is a really low calorie beer for a stout with such flavor.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Very deep brown, pretty much black. Very clear. Half inch khaki head that recedes to almost nothing leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma - Roasty malt. Slight milk chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate covered pretzels, roasted malts, slightest hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel - Thick, creamy. Low carbonation.

Overall - Great beer! Try it out!

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, the colour is a near-opaque black with a thin, light brown head that quickly dissapates into a film about two millimeters thick. On the nose is oats, coffee and freshly baked bread. The taste starts off dry, with hints of espresso and bittersweet chocolate, followed by a sweet, malty finish. This is a very nice, full-bodied stout. Very smooth from start to finish, I would almost consider it a session beer. The Poet is very drinkable, and I plan to purchase it again in the future.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth oatmeal stout enjoyed from a tulip. Pours black as night with a generous, fluffy mocha head that recedes to a thin ring. Spotty lacing. Roasted notes and sweet chocolate. Full feeling.

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Photo of droomyster
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark (nearly black) brown with a sizable tan head. Smells wonderful: strong notes of cocoa powder and burned, sweet, malts. A very full body with a creamy texture and complex flavors that are sweet up front before developing more bitter, dark chocolatey expressions and finishing with with a coffe-like, roasty bitterness. This is a superb beer and a great bargain (I think I paid only 8 dollars for a six-pack at my local Whole Foods).

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Photo of clint1019
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black in color with a thick creamy head.

S - Roasty malt, Chocolate, and a hint of oatmeal.

T - Same as the nose.

M - A heavy, full bodied beer.

O - A great example of an oatmeal stout. Starts with a nice roasty/chocolaty aroma that continues on into the flavor.

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Photo of jpro
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Six pack from Piggly Wiggly. 12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass...

A: Black and opaque; creamy thumb of light tan head forms on the pour; nice retention leaves some patchy rings of lace; textbook appearance... some bottle-conditioned floaties may be the only setback.

S: Dark, roasted malts; chocolate; a touch sweet.

T: Roasted malts / grains; chocolate; noticeable oatmeal flavor; some dry bitterness on the end; wholesome.

M: Near full; high carbonation; nice texture / chewy oatmeal mouthfeel.

O: A nice, sessionable oatmeal stout; very nice, in fact; a good one to have a little stockpile of...

*from notes: 12-16-12

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Photo of scotorum
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

a: Opaque black with slight copper highlights when seen through light. Inch thick tan head receded to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Milk chocolate.

t: Smooth chocolate and black coffee. Some light hop bite. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Very smooth medium, great carbonation tingle.

o: An excellent oatmeal stout, really on point all the way.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau Stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a thick firm head.

Lots of rich roasted astringent malt on the nose. Very stout like with little to no hops.

Almost a milky sweetness balanced by the roasted astringent malts.

Very good drinking stout.

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Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours dark! Black! Tan thick head. Sweet molasses with some bread notes for aroma. Licorice, molasses, sweetish some chocolates and a cream aftertaste. A decent stout for sure.

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Photo of asmythee
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a six pack of this this just because it was on sale for not quite the cost of Guinness, didn't expect it could compare with Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but it did ... quite good and will be buying often from now on.

Great appearance, great aroma, great mouthfeel. Awesome surprise.

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Photo of Landfill21
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Greggy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with very dark ruby highlights. The head is 1 finger in height, is fluffy, and tan in color. Lacing is present.

S- Very chocolate and cocoa driven with loads of roasted malt, slight cream component, and suggestions of coffee although slight.

T- Starts out with an excellent roastiness of chocolate and coffee paired with a nice hoppy edge then transitions into a dryer bakers chocolate and cream. The finish lingers for a bit with residual dry bakers chocolate.

M- Creamy smooth with appropriately low carbonation.

D- It's a shame this is 6.5% as it'd be a hell of a session beer. It's still dangerously drinkable though! Truly a well made brew.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.