New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 2,159
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 78
Gots: 308 | FT: 2
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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 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 (636 characters)

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. (358 characters)

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. (176 characters)

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. (288 characters)

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. (428 characters)

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. (675 characters)

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown with hints of red on the edges. A large two-finger tan foamy head with good retention. Nice stick lacing.

Smell is fairly roasty and the oats are definitely present. Along with that is the aroma of coffee and chocolate. Nice and not overpowering.

Taste is at first a mix of coffee and dark chocolate. The oats mix in and there is a mild hop bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel seams to be light and creamy. Much thicker than say Guinness. There is a small amount of carbonation.

Drinakbility is pretty good. It is fairly easy to drink and probably a good one to step into the style of stouts. Not overpowering to the palette. I would have a few. (726 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Solid inch and a half of dark mocha colored head. Flecks of lacing stick to the glass, persistent cap sits on the surface. Color is black with a high polish mahogany highlights.

Smell is fantastic. Dark sweet brown sugar, coffee, and sweet bread. A little charcoal smoke. Dark woody flavors mix with black coffee. A little bit of bitter bakers chocolate. Hops finish is almost piney.

Creamy texture that still has a very crisp carbonation. The carbonation keeps it from feeling too heavy.

Blipped "Poets" by The Tagically Hip (566 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on Tap at Mani in Ann Arbor. Pours jet black with creamy head. Smells of light coffee and roasted malt, some hints of chocolate but not sweet. Flavor is full bodied with mostly roasty coffee coming through, big hearty roast. Good thick robust mouthfeel, not too heavy, but surprising for the low ABV. One of my favorite easy to find oatmeal stouts. Really like this one. (379 characters)

Photo of StoutKing0104
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When poured, a deep near black amber fills the glass capped by a half finger of tan/mocha head. The head held quite nicely but very little lacing left on the glass as it fell.

You inhale deeply the smell of roasted malt and a little bit of oats, not too much else.

A delcious series of tastes hit the pallet starting with the roasted malt, followed by the oatmeal and a hint of chocolate, finished up with a bitter dark chocolatish after taste.

Flows smoothly over the pallet with very little carbonation, yet enough to keep you interested.

Being a stout lover by nature, I really enjoyed drinking this one, the boys at New Holland Brewing have made themselves a real treat that I could toss back a couple of with ease. (723 characters)

Photo of arrangerx
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I continue to sample the darker brews out there, and we found this wonderful 6 pack hiding on a shelf near some other craft brewer specials at a Binny's store in the Chicago area.

We'd heard that Goose Island Oatmeal Stout was going away soon, and were looking for something to satisfy that taste. What we got was far better!

Plenty of wonderful reviews here about the technical aspects (mouthfeel, etc.) but what I will add to the conversation is: in a pint glass, after pouring, wait about 5-7 minutes before your first taste if you poured it cold. The flavors keep on giving if it's just a bit warmer.

This is not a food beer to me. . . this is evening, sipping on the couch, real stout, to be savored; not slammed. If you can handle some of the more burnished tobacco flavoring, you're gonna like this one. Definitely recommended -- a bit pricey here -- $10.99 a 6-pack -- but a nice treat now and then. (922 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle code 1143 16:16 AT 42 degrees into a goblet
Aroma roasted malt, chocolatey
Head small (2 cm), creamy, light brown, mostly lasting
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins lightly sweet with chocolate overtones, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Flavor ends with a lingering bitterness
Palate reveals medium to full body, a little more watery than creamy, soft carbonation

The aroma and appearance of this stout cry “Drink me!” However, the watery characteristic and the finishing bitterness detract from its enjoyment. (525 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown, nearly opaque, with a frothy taupe colored head. 1/8 inch retention and nicely scattered lace. Looks like something I'd like to drink. Aroma is creamy, with milky cocoa, toast, molasses, and some flowers. A pleasure to sniff. Taste is similar but with more of a roasted coffee edge. Nice medium floaty textured body, soft and smooth. This is very very consumable.

Good, kind of..sassy?...oatmeal stout. (421 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head. The aroma is dark and roasted malts and coffee. The taste much like the aroma is dark and roasty with a very pleasant smoothness that is characteristic of the good oatmeal stouts. Overall, this is a very good beer that is highly recommended. (346 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate syrup brown color with a relatively modest tan head that retains fairly well and leaves a some lace

Smell: Lots of roasty char, with dark chocolate and coffee underneath

Taste: Opens roasty, with a developing bittersweet chocolate element that gets drowned by roasty bitterness at mid-palate; after the swallow, it mellows a bit and introduces a coffee flavor, but the bitterness from the roast and the hops dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; smooth and creamy, but slightly thin

Drinkability: A very nice beer; could use s thicker mouthfeel and perhaps a bit more malt flavor, but still quite good (656 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into nonic pint. "H144 09:22" printed on the bottle. consumed on feb. 22, 2015

a: a deep ruby that's hard to see through but definitely not opaque. two fingers of light brown head

s: good roast aroma with dark chocolate and raisins. hints of coffee

t: rich roasted/burnt malt, toast, cocoa, sweet raisins, prunes, bitter black coffee, slight milk chocolate. roasty all around and just so full of flavour. excellent

m: in between light-to-medium-bodied, a bit thin but not watery. mild carbonation. dry finish

o: an incredible, full-flavoured, easy-drinking stout with a very strong roast character (622 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with chesnut highlights and a dense, tan head. Plenty of lacing. Chocolatey, toffee, and coffee aroma with mild acidity and alcohol present. Mild flavour, dry and roasty with milk chocolate to start. Bitterness and hop leaf appear towards the end and balance nicely with the malts into the finish. Carbonation was on the low side with very fine bubbles, creamy texture with a medium body. A well-crafted beer. Very enjoyable, especially the creaminess and balanced flavour. (484 characters)

Photo of
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Grand Trunk in Detroit.
Appearance - Tan head over almost black, ruby tinted beer.
Aroma - malt, dark chocolate, coffee, wood.
Mouthfeel - Soft and creamy
Flvour - malty, chocolate and coffee, not too sweet, nice hops bitterness balances it out. Great stout. (271 characters)

Photo of btorsdog
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After endless IPA's & DIPA's what a delightful change of pace. Usually partake of this one in the cooler months but was drawn in by a rememberance of how tasty this brew was and it did not disapoint. Pours a picture perfect deep mahogany color with a matching thick puffy head,pretty!

Smell was toasted malty grains slight choclaty/carmely hint ,once again...pretty!

Nice complex flavor but not overbearing, lots of little things to pick up on as it goes down the pipe.

Slightly chewey but in a good way,common stout mouthfeel.

Drinkability is very nice and smooth and creamy!Slightly filling though but to be expected ,definetly a fine brew. SWEET!!!! (660 characters)

Photo of Phocion
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle agressively poured into a tulip pint. Dark almost black body with a thick, frothy light brown head. Excellent retention and a ton of thick lacing spread throughout the glass.

Very pleasant aroma. Heavily roasted, almost charcoal tinged malts with chocolate and coffees. Light touch of floral hoppiness, vanilla, and lactose.

Flavor is chocolate dominant, which combines with the oats and lactose to give it almost a chocolate milk like flavor. Discrete hint of nuttiness from the oats. Slight touch of bitter char combined with bitter dark chocolate and a barely detectable hoppy bitterness give it a nice, dry finish.

Medium-full body thanks to the oats. A fairly high carbonation, but it still feels soft, creamy, and velvety.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer. Excellent both stylistically and overall. (824 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Appears a dark black that is not quite opague - there are some red-orange highlights when held up to the light. Tan two finger head sinks to a thin cap and leaves massive sheets of lace.

Aroma of creamed coffee is dominant, with some charred wood and cocoa to round it out.

Taste is similar. Coffee up front that seems creamy because of the oats, followed by a bit of smokiness, and some bitter chocolate. Finishes with some earthy hops and more roast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, really smooth and soft on the palate.

Very tasty oatmeal stout. Not quite as good as Samuel Smith, but then again what is? Still it's probably my second favorite Oatmeal Stout. (710 characters)

Photo of linnymtu
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall a very solid stout. Had this beer on a gravity fed firkin

A: dark brown beer with smaller amount creamy tan head

S: a pleasant smell of malt, nothing overwhelming

T: very solid malt flavor, hint of coffee but not much

M: smooth beer, lightly carbonated

D: goes down easy, definitely could have a few of them (320 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A pleasant surprise. This oatmeal stout was preceded by a Founders Breakfast & helds it's own. The aroma was a bit more funky compared to the from the tap Founders, but that is to be expected. Bottom line: this is a damn good stout. (266 characters)

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep, deep chestnut brown. Almost black. A one finger mocha head has sub=par retention. No lacing here.

S - Not as pungent as I would like. There are very deep roasted malts, with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T - Good balance and flavor here. Deep roasted malts up front. There are notes of milk chocolate and coffee followed by hazelnut. The after taste is a slightly bitter dark chocolate. Good taste and complexity, but the balance is what gets me.

M - Great amount of carbonation to a medium to heavy body. Compliments the stout very well.

D - I usually only drink one stout in a sitting but I could have quite a few of these. Really easy to drink. (671 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a 8oz hote water glass, but heck at least it was a glass right?

A - This one poured a very nice and very thick looking dark brown with a large tan colored head gracing the top and rising to a height of around two fingers until it gradually faded and left behind a thin film across the top and more the adequate side glass lace that clouded up the glass very nicely throughout the entire session.

S - The aroma was simply awesome. This is exactly the type of thing I want in an oatmeal stout. The first thing I noticed was a very nice and dominant aroma of chocolate which suprised me a bit as I did not know this would be in there. As I got past that I started to notice a little more of the sweet lactose sugar and a touch of vanilla even strting to come through in the aroma. As it warmed soem more sweetness and a touch of lactose suagr started to come through as well as the oatmel like smell, this is what it was all about.

T - The flavor followed along with the aroma damn near perfectly. This was about as full of an ooatmela stout as I have had lately and was just really an eye opener so to speak. I really thought the nice touch of chocolate up front was really well played and only helped to add to the overall feel of it. There were hints of cookie dough and vanilla generously scattered throughout the taste which just rippled with sweetness and fullness and really never did quit or let you down..The finish was a touch sweet as well, not nearly drying out as much as I thought it wwould but rather stying full and sweet.

M - Simply great with a smooth creamy full body that just was a wonderful beer to sit down and drink. The carbonation never let up and it never got boring or stale an by no means was this coming off as thin in any way. A rich creamy feel that fit the style perfectly and opened me up to the rest of it.

D - Just amazing that something with this full of a feel and flavor profile would be soo damn drinkable. I really could have treated this one as a session beer, and probably really should have as it was just amazing. A really finely crafted example of the style.

Overall I thought that this one was excellent. I have been dissapointed by the style as of late and this one came along and really brought it all back for me. A really fine nd well crafted oatmeal stout that had just the right amount of everything. I would have no issue in having this one again anyday. (2,435 characters)

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