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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet

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very good

1,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 1462
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,462 | Reviews: 621 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color, almost black. It has a one half finger cream head that fades relatively quickly leaving a bit of spotty lacing.

Smell – The aroma is nice and dark. It consists of roasted malt, cocoa and coffee smells. With these aromas is an oat and a light caramel sweetness which create quite a nice balance to the darker smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice showing of oat and bread. As the taste advances, some lighter notes of cocoa and coffee come to the tongue and are accompanied by a light caramel sweetness. From there, the sweetness fades as a lighter earthy hop flavor come to the tongue. In the end a clean and oaty flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is smooth but rather average or just above average in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is very nice for all the darker flavors of the brew. A little more body may have been nice, but at only 5.2% abv and being very drinkable, it is quite good overall.

Overall – A great oaty and darker brew with a smooth feel and nice flavors. A good easy drinking oatmeal stout. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 01:46:14 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark amber (almost black) in color with some reddish brown highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a small thick patch, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and lighter notes of coffee.

T: The beer starts out with moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of freshly brewed coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable - lots of flavors and complexity though lighter in body than some others in the style. Very easy to drink and sessionable for me - a great beer for a cold Sunday evening watching football.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 02:26:37 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of TheCondor


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on the way home from picking up my new 2013 Chevrolet Sonic from the dealer. What son! Joker had 14 miles on it when I picked it up. Anyway, I stopped at the sto' for some celebratory brews, this being one of them.

Appearance - cool,packaging, cool concept behind the name and brew. Pours a super dark brown, almost black, no light can penetrate, like the abyssal plain. Nice one finger, tan head that sticks around for most of the drink. Leaves good lacing too.

Smell - my favorite part of the brew. Complex, smells just like a nice strong oatmeal stout should. Cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, just olfactory awesomeness.

Taste - close to the nose, although not quite that intense. Very similar though. All the same flavors from the nose are there. It was a serious toss up between a 4 and a 4.5. If I had a 4.25 it would get it. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel - also amazing, close to the smell. Smooth, creamy, excellent finish. Outstanding

Overall - try this brew as soon as possible. Highly recommend. You shouldn't even
Be reading this review, you should be on your way to the sto'.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:36:50 | More by TheCondor
Photo of tectactoe


4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the deepest brown you've ever seen, basically black in the middle with a bit of dark-brown shining through the edges. Frothy, creamy looking light-tan colored head, decent retention and minimal lacing. Nose hits with a handful of malts, nuts, roasted grains, charred wood, and a heavy dose of oats and oatmeal. The taste follows the nose perfectly, allowing for great harmony and exemplary synthesis of the senses. Full of a nice, roasted character of malts and grains, complete with some caramel sweetness. Woody and nutty flavors shine through about halfway through, and the oat/oatmeal hints are abundant throughout the entire length of the sip, in an over-the-top, good way. Very creamy, medium body, with a middle of the road type of carbonation.

I know I may slightly be overrating this beer, but I don't care. I love it. It's full flavored, and there's something about the taste I just love - oats, grains, malts, wood, nuts. And the best part is, at only 5.2% ABV, it's very easy to drink, making it the best session beer I could ask for.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 11:59:38 | More by tectactoe
Photo of AmitC


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a huge around three finger thick frothy deep tan colored head. Head stays for around 2 minutes and then disappears into a creamy tan thin layer. Super excellent lacing with long retention. Totally opaque.

Smell is prominent in roasted malts and slight coffee. Huge thickness in nose but the smell is not very strong. Some very mild hops and oatmeal biscuit smell.

Taste: Follows the nose with just a little more prominent hop and bitterness towards the end or may be it is ground coffee. Otherwise taste is quite bland for a stout due to grainy oatmeal presence. Lacks alcohol punch.

Mouth feel: Medium to slightly full. Not very dry. Little oily thinning feel. Medium carbonation keeps the feel likable.

Overall well brewed oatmeal stout and fits the style really well. For its style 4. With personal bias : 3.5

Try it. Nothing new for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 23:54:36 | More by AmitC
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a thick brown/black pour into a tulip with about a finger of tan head and excellent retention. smells of tobacco, dirt, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, roasted nuts.
a slight bitterness coming from roasted grains, very weak in flavor.. everything seems to be faded. slightl sweet chocolate flavor in the finish. basically, everything in the smell is in the flavor but faintly (to the point where unless you are taking breaks between sips, you wouldn't taste anything until well after you finished the beer). way lighter than it looked pouring. medium body with a bit higer carbonation than expected.. chalky aftertaste/feel. slightly creamy on the lips.

not sure what happened with this beer.. it LOOKED and SMELLED excellent, i got pretty excited to taste it, but it's so weak it feels like i just wasted a beer. maybe this is just an old bottle that was leftover at the store? seems way too weak in flavor to be fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 05:00:31 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of mscudder


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer I have had from these guys. Always excited to try out a new brewery! Poured into a pint.

A - Ruby-black hue with a nice sized head. Tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and some earthy malts hit the nose in a delicate balance. Far from robust, yet enjoyable.

T - Up front the chocolate hits the palette with a soft grace. Not overpowering, just enough to give some sweetness before progressing to the next phase. Moves into a more bold earthy experience with an increased sense of fullness. End with no trace of alcohol whatsoever. Behind all of this, there are some hops to speak of. Far from prominent, but not to be dismissed.

M - Smooth, medium bodied and creamy. I wish the beer had some greater depth throughout, perhaps via the addition of molasses or thicker malts. The beer is not watery, although I prefer a full body to support the tastes found here.

O - This is a fine beer given the ABV. I wish the malts were bolder, the alcohol a bit more pronounced and in a few words: more powerful.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 02:48:35 | More by mscudder
Photo of cpetrone84


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black, a little bit of red light shines through, head is tan and creamy with a few large bubbles. Nose is heavy roast and bitter coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. Taste is roast, coffee, and chocolate, short finish and thin body with a moderate carbonation and lingering coffee bitterness.
A-pours a thin looking dark brown beer, the edges give off hues of red when held up to the light. the head is a nice tan color, fluffy looking and retains for about half a minute. a pretty solid lacing is left on the glass to make a pleasant looking brew.

S-the nose is quite big and boasts a fair amount of oatmeal. Dark chocolate and a light roasted espresso fade in at the back with an underlying metallic note. There is a light citric hop presence at the back.

T-the taste is also pretty big and seems solid. Oatmeal blends with dark chocolate and roasted espresso up front. the hop presence comes in towards the back to give some balance, notes of grass and citric rind, a hint of bitterness finish off this brew.

M-this is a medium body and is very smooth. the carbonation is present enough at the finish to give it some body on the back of the throat.

D-this is very easy drinking and goes down extremely smooth. pretty solid and bold flavors with a nice balance of hop and roasted malts. good sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 12:57:27 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Beer_Runner

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No bottled on date on the label or the bottle.

A: A slow pour and after about halfway an accelerated pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about one finger of a light and foamy, dark tan head. This head dissipated into uneven, spotty clumps and a color; and it left a little lacing, too.

S: The aroma was dark roasted coffee and dark roasted malt with just a touch of grainy sweetness.

T: The taste was sweet dark roasted malt with dark roasted grains and some dark roasted coffee bitterness.

M: The body was a medium weight and had a very creamy, smooth and pleasing feel; and, it had very little carbonation, which was just right for this beer.

O: This was a very pleasant stout. It had a good balance of sweet malt and dark roasted grain, and dark roasted coffee bitterness. Although this was a pleasing stout, there is nothing really outstanding. It is a good baseline stout. It would be a good stout to use when introducing newcomers to the world of stout beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:50:00 | More by Beer_Runner
Photo of heypickleman


4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass and it is black with hints of red with not much of a head, but thick. Very good aroma with hints of choclate and coffee. It has a very creamy feel to it, with the first chocolate and followed by the coffee flavor. A friend also was drinking one with me and he thought that there could be a hint of smoke to it. It has a slight sweetness to it and it goes down very smooth. Overall I rate this as an excellent stout and I can't wait to have it in a draft! Thanks New Holland!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 11:31:38 | More by heypickleman
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 05:46:18 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of scvance

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours completely black, with a nice frothy very long lasting head. Aroma is of roasted chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Slight bready aroma. Taste is similar, coffee and chocolate character right up front, oats and bread. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. Medium carbonation, and full bodied. Nice toasted malty finish with slight bitterness, overall a very well done stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 18:29:10 | More by scvance
Photo of YouSkeete


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black appearance with a frothy tan colored head. Rolled oats, wheat bread, dark chocolate, Roasted coffee beans and rich molasses are all apparent and comfortably dominant in the aroma. Soft onset of bittersweet chocolate and molasses with a thick roasted backbone on the first sip. Oatmeal, bready malts and some hints of fermented fruit make their way into the body. Chocolaty, toasty finish. Really great oatmeal stout, highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 23:55:47 | More by YouSkeete
Photo of The_1084

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep transparent brown, almost black, with some golden hues around the edges; thick mocha head with nice retention throughout; good amount of lacing and visible activity of carbonation.

S - Mild hint of oats, roasted malts, and coffee.

T - Sweet, creamy taste upfront with some strong flavors of dark chocolate and coffee about mid-drink; mild taste of oats with a bitter aftertaste.

M - Light, creamy texture; medium-bodied; medium carbonation; dry finish.

O - Not my favorite oatmeal stout, but better than average and worth a drink; would have no problem drinking more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 21:24:46 | More by The_1084
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bilco for throwing a bottle my way.

Appearance: Pours with an insane amount of carbonation and head. Sheets of lacing. Head retention is good, fed by the carbonation. Pours a deep rich brown that pushes toward black. Very clear.

Smell: Chocolate malts. Big notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, treacly fudge, and cocoa powder. Mega chocolate. Nice layers of oats and roasted malts. Some touches of coffee. Burnt, charred, and leathery. So many oats. Some hints of dark fruit like figs.

Taste: Oats and chocolate and then some. So oat heavy. Bitter chocolate and some lingering roasty sweetness. Coffee with cream. Roasty sweet. Dump some coffee on oatmeal. Cocoa bitterness is high and aggressive.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth and highly carbonated. Insane levels of carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Almost crisp at times.

Overall: The most aggressively carbonated stout I've ever encountered. The flavors are good, but the carbonation hurts it. It drinks like a heavily roasted malt soda.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 18:35:12 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of SometimesIfart


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass. Pours an ALMOST transparent black, With a massive tan head. Too big for that matter. Leaves a great amount of lacing. The smell is of burnt malts, Some caramel, And some very light blueberry oat. The taste pretty much follows. A LOT of blueberry oat. And I mean A LOT. Pretty much all that this brew tastes like. Pretty damn good. The mouthfeel is a bit too thick, Though the flavors keep piling. Hell, I even tasted some oatmeal cream pie in the mix. Lovely, Just lovely. Would I buy it again? Yes. If I needed an easy to drink Oatmeal Stout that didn't require me to share with anybody. Bravo, New Holland Brewing Company, Bravo

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:05:01 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review No. 3,000 here on Beer Advocate.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and oats, as well as some roasted malt. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of cream and oat notes as well as some dark, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The beer is fairly dry and has some bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:44:18 | More by Mora2000
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor is sweet roasted malts, hints of chocolate. 12oz bottle from Whole Foods Columbus, OH.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 11:31:49 | More by jdhilt
Photo of 57md


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a ruby hue. The two healthy fingers of head quickly dissipate, but leave some really intricate lacing on the glass. The nose is roasty - just the way I like my stouts to smell. Roasted malt is certainly the focus here all the way through the finish. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 04:24:52 | More by 57md
Photo of jeffreymstein


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Fairly deep black, with a light head that sticks to glass.

Smell: Didn't really get anything out of the smell.

Taste: This oatmeal stout has the charcoal-chocolate-coffee taste similar to the Samuel Smith. The beer is definitely a bit sweet, and there are strong coffee notes on the end.

This is a fantastic oatmeal stout. It could be a bit creamier, but is generally tasty and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 02:15:56 | More by jeffreymstein
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Deep brown color with a 1.5-finger tan bubbly head. Really nice retention and lacing.

S - Sweet chocolate malt, coffee with cream and sugar, and oatmeal. Smells sweet and delicious.

T - Starts sweet with nutty and toasted malts with a little bit of chocolate and cream. Finishes with a little bit of roasted coffee bitterness, but this is mostly sweet. Does not yield as much coffee or chocolate as the nose suggests.

F - Medium-to-full bodied with good carbonation, a creamy and silky mouthfeel, and a sweet but also slightly bitter and dry finish. Cream and oatmeal sweetness lingers with the bitter roasted coffee.

O - This is a pretty good stout. I guess I’m a little disappointed in the taste just because it smells so delicious. If it tasted just like the aroma, this may be in top 5 or at least top 10 “stouts that I’ve had” territory. The body is a tiny bit thinner than I expected also, but it’s still has that creamy and velvety mouthfeel that makes stouts great. The bottom line is that this is a highly drinkable and tasty stout. I’d like to check out more from New Holland.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 00:44:55 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, near black pour, almost no head, fine lacing. Wonderful chocolate, bourbon, and oatmeal smells. Surprisingly clear, for such a dark pour. Taste is strangely clean too, wonderful sharp opening taste full of malt, chocolate, and coffee. It fades fast though, and the carbonation is slightly more pronounced than most oatmeal stouts. A crude analogy would be KBS run through a coffee filter. Odd aftertaste, though it might be growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 23:12:04 | More by srv33
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New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Brown just shy of black. Small head, no lacing.

S - Faintly smells like tea made from roasted brown rice, old, spent bad coffee grounds and very faint burnt sugar. Not much going on.

T - Dark flavors, black patent and faint rice tea. Slight nutty. Aftertaste is a bit of black patent and a mild earthy/woodsy bitterness. It's okay.

M - Medium to thin body, a little harsh and only a little refreshing.

D - It's okay. Very average. Not great, but it lacks anything significantly unpleasant. There are a lot of other, better oatmeal stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 04:52:31 | More by mrasskicktastic
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big, foamy, beige head reaches two inches before slowly turning rocky over an altogether black beer. Thick patches of lace are deposited on the Dogfish Head snifter.

There is lots of mild chocolate and creamy coffee with sweet malt and light roasted characters in the background.

Sweet malt is up front with a flavor akin to coffee ice cream. There is a touch of bitterness late in the finish. The Poet warms nicely, bringing out chocolate and light citrus notes.

A full body with smooth, soft jersey cotton texture. There is no discernible alcohol and the carbonation is light.

This beer is easy to relax with. One could sit back with friends and family while enjoying casual conversation and a few pints. The intrigue raised by the inference of Poe is not quite met.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 21:17:10 | More by SLeffler27
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3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Near black with a solid single finger of foam, light levels of lacing left behind on the glass. Very faint char aroma, light amounts of coffee and *much* more emphasis on roasted malts in the flavor than on the nose. A small amount of baking chocolate bitterness is quickly squelched by all the roasted coffee beans. Somewhat lighter body but still has an agreeable smooth body.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 21:28:39 | More by WastingFreetime
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,462 ratings.