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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,459 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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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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Bone53

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Poured black with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. One finger tan head

Smell: Roasted malt with a hint of sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate is prominent right off with some roasted malts. Toasted oats are balanced in the background throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth and creamy with slight bitterness

Overall: My first oatmeal stout and I am enjoying it. I am more partial to thicker, higher abv. stouts, but this would be a great session beer. Flavorful for around 5% abv. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 05:54:21 | More by Bone53
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MIchelle

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite oatmeal stout. Has a beautiful dark mahogany look to it and pours with a a nice two inch tan/cream head. Extremely smooth for a dark beer and very full flavored. Nice roasted malt flavor. The smell isn't as impressive as the taste of the beer but hey taste is what matters in my book. I've had many oatmeal stouts as it's my favorite style of beer and this is by far my favorite. Just got lucky the liquor store got a fresh batch in this week. The downside is if you find it and, since it's not dated, you get an out of date bottle you will loose that nice head and it will have kind of a flat taste. Make sure you buy this from someone whos beer move. :)

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:30:32 | More by MIchelle
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Badger6

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into an American pint glass.

A: The body is a deep mahogany, letting no light through. 2 fingers of dark tan head, good retention, medium amount of fine lace.

S: Lots of roasted malt, hints of vanilla and chocolate. The roastyness dominates.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla all come in together in the front. As the beer warms, it is joined by a caramel note form the roasted grains, and a slight flavor of char. Finishes with a chocolatey bitterness at the end that lingers. As the beer warms, the flavors seem to join and become smoother, though even cool it is never harsh.

M: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated, creamy feel. Slightly dry as it finishes.

O: Easy to drink. The aroma of the beer is deceptive, after smelling was afraid it wouldn't be very tasty...so wrong. Really complex beer, in fact so complex, I am not sure my notes are really accurate or doing the beer justice. Really enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:56:07 | More by Badger6
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lochef81

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep mahogany color with a short lasting one finger off white head that leaves a nice film and average lacing. The nose is dominated by roasted coffee beans and milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is superbly creamy and smooth, it just begs for another sip. The flavor surpasses the aroma with a gentle sweetness that balances the bitterness of the roasted coffee notes. There is also vanilla, chocolate, and s little English toffee present. It really is a delicious and easily drinkable lighter stout. This is definitely one of the better offerings that I've had from New Holland. Good work!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:03:28 | More by lochef81
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Faint roastyness & some mocha notes

T: Roastyness, chocolate, dryness & a touch of vanilla up front. Milk chocolate notes, slight roastyness & vanilla as this warms, maybe even a touch of caramel & charred grain. Finishes dry, with chocolatey notes & a bit of charred grain bitterness to balance this out

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, turns creamy as this warms

Very nice, forgot how good this one is. One of New Holland's better beers, so easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 01:33:34 | More by russpowell
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a clear dark black with 1-2 fingers of cloudy head falling slowly to a creamy collar leaving lots of lacing. There is a nice nose, not huge but present reminiscent of dark chocolate, toasted and dark roasted grains. The taste follows suit but lso brings a pleasing bread character and lots of creamy oats. There is a big body considering the meager 5.2% ABV with nicve carbonation resultant in a smooth creamy mouthfeel. There is great depth to the poet!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 18:20:32 | More by mtomlins
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FLima

Brazil

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a thin but thick caramel head with short retention and leaving some laces.
Nice predominant aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Notes of extinguished campfire and caramel. Also, you can even feel the oatmeal bread notes.
Flavor of heavily roasted malts, lots of oatmeal, licorice and grassy, earth and citrus hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering roasted note. Bitterness actually come balanced from both malt and hops.
Silky smooth beer with a medium to full body with medium carbonation.
Excellent Oatmeal stout. Interesting how the oatmeal could round the bold roasted notes. I also loved its hop profile that elegantly emerges from this strong backbone. And this is not an extreme beer, it is actually very friendly. I had to keep raising its rating as it warmed up and further freed its flavors and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:11:07 | More by FLima
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a thick, pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Head retention is not that great and lacing is just average.

Dark roast becomes immediately apparent in the aroma. Lots of char and dark cocoa along with some lightly roasted coffee. There are some nice earthy notes in there as well.

The taste is even better than the aroma. Deep, dark chocolate along with heavily roasted malt but is is not astringent. Very milky and on the sweet side without being cloying. The silky mouthfeel lets you know you are drinking an oatmeal stout. Just a light bitterness with a touch of stickyness on the finish.

Overall, an extremely delicious oatmeal stout. There is a great depth to the flavor and the roast/chocolate is incredible. Definitely a beer to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:00:49 | More by rangerred
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 13:05:01 | More by Ozzylizard
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OldManRJM

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark beer - deep brown color Poured from the bottle with about one and a half fingers of head.

Nutty, smoky aroma mixed with a nice ale smell. Dark chocolate, char taste. The finish is quite nice. Let this one warm up to near room temperature and the various flavors really come out.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 00:56:23 | More by OldManRJM
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oldirtycaffrey

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near pitch black w/ a quarter of an inch brownish, bubbly head that dissipates relatively quickly. A slight amount of lacing is left along the glass as you finish. The smell is superb -- hints of cocoa, caramel, malt -- very vital aroma. The taste follows suit -- you get mostly the roasted cocoa/chocolate taste mixed with a heavier than expected (but appropriate) carbonation. I'd almost call this more of a porter than a stout. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 18:29:21 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep deep brown, not quite black. Head is half finger, cocoa colored, with a bit of residual lacing stuck on the glass.
S- The aroma is not as roasty as I was hoping for. Dark caramel, actually quite sweet on the nose. A bit of smoke lingers.
T- Sweet at first. Dark caramel yields to coffee grounds and a bit of smoke.
M- Medium body for the style. Long finish, fairly aggressive carb.
O- I get oatmeal makes stouts sweeter, but this one did not add the smoothness that the oats bring with it. It is an ok to good beer, but given how many stouts/oatmeal stouts I like more, I probably won't revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 05:34:25 | More by jsprain1
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Chiefy770

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, nearly black body. A modest light mocha colored head leaves a good amount of sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: Toasted malts and grains. Semi-sweet chocolate. Burnt coffee.

Taste: Does not stray away from the notes picked up in the nose. Very strong malts right off the bat. A remarkable hit of cocoa, you know that incredibly bitter kind that is ranked by percentages. The hops really stand out in that chocolate taste. A great creamy layer balances the creamy malts and the bitter hops very well.

Overall: Very nice oatmeal stout. Pretty close to a full-bodied stout. Definitely a brew stout lovers should check out!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 01:43:48 | More by Chiefy770
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JBlade

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 4 oz. flight glass.

A: Very dark, almost black. Held up to the light to note some dark brown hues peeking through.

S: Roasted malts. Some milk chocolate sweetness and a slight hint of oats.

T: Very sweet chocolate, some coffee. A slightly bitter finish.

M: Creamy with the appropriate carbonation.

O: A very nice oatmeal stout. Pretty rich in chocolate flavors. Nice and creamy. I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 19:08:44 | More by JBlade
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 06:55:14 | More by KVNBGRY
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keithmurray

New York

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown liquid with tan head

Smell - roasted barley, dark chocolate

Taste - toasted oats, dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean

Mouthfeel - heavier end of medium bodied, high carbonation, slight sweetness, bitterness in the back end from those roasted coffee beans, slight amount of woodsiness on the end,fair amount of balance

Overall - a good stout worth trying

Price Point - $2.19/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 00:03:04 | More by keithmurray
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:04:56 | More by woosterbill
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Act25

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted off Wolaver Oatmeal stout - edged into winners circle!

Appearance: Pours a black body with a massive head that lasts all the way down! Good. And Laces the glass top to bottom. Near perfect pour.

Smell: Laid back and Wolaver wins this dept. It's chocolate shop, but subtle w/ creamy, nutty on top of oat cereal. Upon warming, gets better with licorice and dark candy.

Taste: Starts with inviting malt laced with semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, and sweet coffee followed by some toasty, nutty oats. Faint herbal, earthy hops blend bitter with the sweet. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, carbonation w a soft, smooth mouthfeel and dreamy finish. A kiss!

Drinkability: As good as American stout gets and it proves you dont have to add chocolate, flavors, fruit, or alcohol to make great stout. A must try stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 01:15:49 | More by Act25
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint.
5.2% ABV, 37 IBUs.
Pairings: Mushrooms, beef, blooming, soft-ripened cheeses, and chocolate.

A - Despite being a brooding, black-colored beer, clarity is visible through the pour and highlights of dark brown manage to escape. Stubborn, sparkly tan foam cakes the pint glass as the plush froth plateaus and sinks.

S - Heavily roasted malt emits semi-sweet chocolate and some coffee essence with dry cocoa and undertones of rich milk chocolate. Complex and deep, the bold aroma is finished by a smooth oatmeal-like scent.

T - The Poet tastes like a chocolate candy bar topped with oats. Dark chocolate chunk and freshly ground coffee-like bitterness are evened out with smooth milk chocolate and soft, whipped nougat.

M - Rich and voluptuous, this full-bodied beer has a silky smooth feel from the oats and a perfectly balanced roasted malt bitterness to even things out!

O - Though dark and sinister in appearance, The Poet is a seductive, chocolaty beer that's silky smooth yet roasted and bitter for an exceptional balance and long-lasting finish. Quite possibly the benchmark for the style, The Poet is one of New Holland's stunning achievements in zymurgy.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 19:24:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled May 21, 2013 (code E213).

Appearance: Pours thick and black-brown. Head is light brown at the top but as you go progressively lower, it darkens greatly giving also a shimmering, cascading effect. Huge, hanging lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fresh brewed coffee, oatmeal, bit of charcoal.

Taste: Strong oatmeal, molasses, roasted goodness, some coffee, lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, melts in your mouth.

Overall: Very much enjoyed this one but take it at room temp to fully appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:54:07 | More by papat444
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a dark brown color with only a slight off-white head. The aroma is mild with hints of robust malts and toasted oats. The taste is sweet, smooth, and full of rich flavor. It has a nice texture for its pricing as it’s not the heavy syrup stouts you would get from a $15-4pack. Drinks very nice and is well made.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:11:41 | More by Lemke10
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of deep Tootsie roll brown, letting up the faintest golden streaks of light around the edges. It holds a one finger head of tight, creamy light brown colored bubbles, showing quick retention. This is, however, nicely reproducible with a hard swirl of the glass. This leaves rows of spotted lacing left dripping down the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives dark chocolate and oat as the base of the grain bill, along with multigrain bread, sourdough yeastiness, echoes of white vinegar, thick roast with light char, medicinals, puffed cereal graininess, aluminum, mustiness, and light lactic creaminess. With warmth comes notes of raw barley, rich milk chocolates, and almond oiliness. Our first impression is that while the flavoring and body sit to the lighter side of the spectrum, it shows good roast and depth, and hits all the stylistic high points it needs to, to be pleasant. As we sip, dark fruit of fig, strawberries, and over ripe blueberries begin the taste, mixing quickly with soured roast of chocolate and coffee grain, vanilla buttercream, limey rind, light booze, wet cereal grain, basement mustiness, tinny metallics, mineral bite, smoked meatiness, and sweet cream. The middle comes forward with sourness and biting roast of coffee grain and raw barley, light vinegars, rose florals, distant booze, medicinal phenols, brie cheesiness, wheat cracker breadiness, and flaxseed. The end comes with mineral water, skim milkiness, soft roast of chocolate malt, oat, and soured brown malts, earthen honeysuckle florals, watermelon and sesame seeds, light grassy hoppiness, dust and stone, light corny adjuncts, and warm plastic bitterness. The aftertaste breathes of graphite and gravel, gingerbread, aluminums, molded moss, red grape bite, chocolate and coffee bitterness, muddy mineral, dandelion, and souring smokiness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is lighter. Each sip gives decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with fine finishing sip. The mouth is initially wetly coated, dripping into rather chalky, lightly puckered astringency across the tongue and anterior hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Through both the aroma and the taste we were given and even-keeled, easy, light brew. Nothing really stood too far out, but rather all the notes, characters, and nuances blended together for an easily appreciated final product. While each sip gave decent froth and cream, this, coupled with the chalky dryness left around the mouth, proved to show a lacking of that soft, silky mouthfeel that you might have come to expect from the style. This slowed drinkability a bit, but the general ease and inclusiveness of flavoring helped to push through it. In the end, although the beer may not live entirely up to the ominous tone set by its name and label, it keeps the drinker interested long enough to enjoy it to the last sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 02:17:20 | More by TheBrewo
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TheBrewWhisperer

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Family bought me a 6 pack of this as a gift

Appearance: beautiful black motor oil color with a tinge of brown on the bottom

Smell: oats, mollases, toffee, coffee and dark semi sweet chocolate

Taste: caramel malts front end in the back semi sweet chocolate (a chocolate lovers dream)

Mouthfeel: smooth and slippery, a almost water feel but then collides through a sweetooth of nectar really suburb oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:32:43 | More by TheBrewWhisperer
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours almost completely black with a one finger very dark tan fluffy head. Very niceretnention and lacing with this beer as well

S - Aromas of sweet roasted malts, toffee and caramel.

T - Spicier than I invisioned on the front. Very nice. Spiciness is followed by roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. Great tasting Stout

M - A medium body beer with very nice creaminess. Very smooth drinking as well

O - Great outmeal stout. Very drinkable with very nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 15:37:11 | More by Goosehunter75
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours almost a solid black in color with a tan head that laces nicely around the rim. Nice aroma of molasses, caramel and chocolate. Just the right amount of carbonation! Perfect balance of flavor in every mouthful. Too bad I just bought a single one of these as this is one of the BEST Oatmeal Stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:08:05 | More by BeerWithMike
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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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