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New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good
732 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
732
Ratings:
2,359
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
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New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 40

Added by inebrius on 02-01-2003

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Reviews: 732 | Ratings: 2,359
Photo of cheer4beer_
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is dark brown in color with a healthy tan head after pouring it into the glass. When put in front of light the beer takes on a deep amber color or ever maroon in color. The smell is roasty and a bit acrid. When tasting, I would add a coffee flavor in addition to the roasty and acrid flavors, even a little burnt marshmallow flavor. It has a heavy mouthfeel and I feel like I want to chew the beer before swallowing.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is a tad below average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Soft, supple roastiness. Oats galore with a lactose-like creme smell. Straightfoward, but damn good smelling.

4.5 T: Taste is equally as enticing as the nose. Soft roastiness, chocolate enters, and tons of oats and creme again.

3.0 M: This is the only issue with this beer. The body is light and while it is creamy with respect to the body, it isn't absolutely creamy. Good carbonation and smooth.

4.0 D: Really tasty beer. If the mouthfeel were thicker, this could be a near perfect brew.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a tinge of brown near the bottom where the light is seeping through. Head is half of a finger, a mocha color. Fades pretty quickly. Minimal lacing.

S- outstanding. Strong milk chocolate and some hints of coffee in there as well. Smells wonderful

T- bitter chocolate with a little bit of dark coffee in there. Roasted malts dominate as well...tastes great.

M- feel is really thick. The oatmeal helps firm this up a lot. Decent carbonation.

D- very drinkable. Awesome example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Poet pours to a very brief-lived thin tan head that leaves sparse lacing, perched atop a medium-black beer with orange highlights. Its aroma is moderate in intensity: a nice blend of molasses and milk chocolate with more subdued plum and cassis notes, and nary a hint of alcohol. It plays nice on the palate as well; up front is a modest, slightly-sweet blend of milk chocolate and dark fruit. By mid-palate, the malt character has broadened to include some nice molasses and toffee accompaniment, and a slightly roasted bitterness. The finish is fairly clean, with just a bit of molasses-like maltiness remaining, followed shortly by the onset of a moderately bitter roasted oatmeal-chocolateyness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish for the medium-full body- quite satisfying when paired with the warming, very sticky, extra-creamy texture. The fizzy carbonation manifests as a reasonable pepperiness. This is a great choice for a lower-ABV stout.(12 oz bottle, 58 days after pkg)

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Persistency of the small tan head lacks. Otherwise, pours a nice dark brown with garnet on the edges.

S: Char smoked toffee, coffee, chocolate and brown sugar notes.

M: Smooth, silky, and creamy. Medium body with a medium high carbonation level.

T: Well-rounded beer, artistically crafted. Remnants of char after a sweet toffee and rolled oat start. Sweet brown malts parlay into a bittersweet chocolate leading to a roasted coffee finish. All flavors combine to create a slight licorice effect with the sweetness covering the medicinal char. I'd be drinking this medicine everyday.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, almost pitch black but not quite, some light can make it through. Ok head, and some retention, but with a stout I expect a much better head, retention and lacing.

S - Good smell, smells like coffee mostly. Nice roasty smell, and soem chocolate smell.

T The chocolate really comes out in the taste. really good taste, like coffee with semi-sweet chocolate in it. Also has a very nice creaminess. Very smooth drinking and only a touch of bitterness which balances the beer nicely.

M - Very creamy and smooth, very good stout mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, especially for a stout. The low bitterness really promotes the drinkability on this one.

Very good stout, the first oatmeal stout I have tried. Great smooth feel and taste, and an amazing overall flavor. Very good and leaves me looking forward to trying more of this style.

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Photo of PaterMorse
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very pleasant surprise. Very easy, very smooth. One of those beers that's gone before you know you've finished it!

A: Black, yet top 1/2" has a motor oil gold to it. Nice khaki head, lacing.

S: Oatmeal raisin cookie. Roasty, smells like autumn. Maybe not the ultimate in fun or complexity, but nice nonetheless.

T: Creamy, smooth. More guts than macro-brews like Guinness. "Flavors" not as pronounced as other beers (not sure if that's a bad thing, as this was a good, non-gimmicky blend unlike others that want to scream "LOOK AT ME, I'VE GOT VANILLA & COFFEE..."). Hints of roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, plums, and oatmeal.

M: Very good medium body. Holds together well. Not sudsy. In short, nice body and finish, and sufficiently heavy without being clunky.

O: Very drinkable! Although not intended as faint praise, it's a beer that rates well not so much because of its unique positive attributes but its utter absence of drawbacks.

Repeat? Sure thing. Wouldn't be a beer I'd crave when I came home; but a good staple for the fridge and a very, very pleasant experience.

Where/When? Would make a great beer for a college football tailgate or in the midst of a Fall Road-Trip. Oddly, good palette cleanser after food; would go great wth steak or whte cheese.

Two Words: Fall Roadtrip (or "Easy Drinker", "Absent Negatives")

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

(Served in a long thin flute)

A- This beer pours a jet inky black that doesn't even let light through during the pour. The thin tan head fades to a ring and there are a lots of tiny bubbles that stick to the edge of the glass and then fade into the abyss.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt had a deep aroma with strong coffee notes.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt and grain has a good depth to it with a coffee note that really comes through strong. There is a faint taste of sherry, alder smoke and a note of tar as it warms. The finish is a light sour note with a black malt aftertaste that hangs on the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a very creamy almost chewy texture. There is a tight little fizz in the finish but no alcohol warmth at all.

D- This beer is dark and stoic with a good complexity in the dark malts but it is well blended. The coffee is a strong flavor but it does not interfere with the black malt flavors. This was a very smooth finish with no alcohol heat but the malt bitterness did a nice job of balancing the other malt flavors.

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

4-pack from Whole Foods. Pint glass. Hot wings. Football. :)

Black with cola highlights. A thin, but constant, frothy tan head.

Smells like chocolate wafers & toasted rice. Maybe a little minerally.

Milky feel. Oreos. Gentle roast. Very slightly sharp. Mildly sweet. Toasty & soapy bitter finish. Super easy.

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

So if DRJoel ever brings samples to you be warned: they are many and they are good. That said Thanks to Dr. Joel for the samples.
This beer pours the deepest sable to black with slight hints of rich garnet as the light reflects with a thick smokey tan head that stays to the bottem of the glass. The smell is deep bitter chocolate and an smokey malt that fills the nostrils and hits the gut. I love this beer. The taste is full bodied, rich chocolate, the smoke aroma from the malt hits in the middle and a finishes bittersweet for one of the most balanced oatmeal stouts I've tried to date. Its very creamy and full bodied in the mouth. There is no hint of alcohol in the taste nor is there any alcohol warmth which is impressive for this abv. This is a dangerously drinkable beer. Some I've tried are very thick and chewy or have a pronounced alcohol warmth. This brew goes down clean and smooth. This is one I will keep at home to drink.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice beer!
The aroma's a bit roasty and coffee-like. Not terribly potent, but quite pleasant. The appearance is a nice dark black with toffee notes around the edges. Taste is dry, roasty and toasty. More coffee, with a nice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with some nice carbonation tingles. Drinkable, but not a session beer. Nice on a cool afternoon.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. With a small amount of head but little lacing retained. Chocolate and coffee overturns in the taste make this very refreshing. Mouthfeel is a little lighter but not watery, very easy to drink. The general appearance is what you would expect for a stout, very dark rich. A very fine beer and probably the best one out of the variety pack.

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

Pours a nice clear black color with an average size foamy head,good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet chocolate with some light coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt grain notes with some medium sweet chocolates offset by some dry coffee. Full body with medium carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.Ultra drinkable,and Very good.

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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!

Cheers

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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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