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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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707 Reviews

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Reviews: 707
Hads: 2,233
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 78
Gots: 350 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: inebrius on 02-01-2003

IBU's: 40
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Reviews: 707 | Hads: 2,233
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 DaveBar
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the LCBO as a 6pk for 14.00 or so. Served at 9deg C in a tulip

A- Very dark. Decent head but gone in 30sec.

S- Not much at all. Boo.

T- Very watered down stout. Not a good example of a stout. Bit chalky

F- Not very creamy at all. Very dry actually

O- Glad I only bought a 6pk. Goes to show you that a 4pk of Founders is better than a 6pk of this.

Food Pairing

This ok stout went well with..... Nice ripe cheeses with honey and guava cheese sides and fruit


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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 majorbase2
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a decent sized thick brown head with good retention. Smells of sweet toasted malts, roasted nuts, molasses, a bit of chocolate and coffee. Most everything you'll see in your average Stout's aroma is here. The taste is sweet oats. Remarkably silky. Subtle roasted chocolate and coffee, as well as nuts. A good amount of bitterness. Smoked wood. Due to the low ABV this one goes down silky smooth. Medium bodied. Strongly recommend this one. Easy to drink and not hard to knock three of these back.

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Photo of beergoot
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle label data: none noted

Deep, dark brown, nearly black body with a thick, chunky, creamy light tan head; thick, sticky rings of lacing left on the glass. Bold roasted grain aroma; coffee grounds. Mocha chocolate flavor abound with hints of vanilla, cocoa, and baker's chocolate. Fairly heavy consistency; smooth and silky with a touch of dryness to the finish.

Opaque in appearance and stunningly rich and flavorful. Excellent charred, dark grain character with a nice, counterbalancing mild sweetness and mellow smoothness.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A:Jet black pour with only some faint garnet shades along the perimeter of the glass. Tan head is fine-bubbled and creamy in appearance. It retains at a quarter inch. Lacing is comprised of small dots.

S: Chocolate covered cherries and chocolate covered raisins. Fudge sauce and brownie batter. Nutty, hints of mocha. Oatmeal cookie. The nose took a while to open up, but once it did it had a lot to say.

T: Oatmeal cookie with raisins. Starchy. Semi-sweet chocolate chips and bakers chocolate. Raisin and cherry fruitiness. Fudge sauce. Perhaps a quick hint of earthy hops and a flash of citrus. Starchy and chocolatey on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Creamy and a bit velvety. Prickling carbonation. Slight sense of weight, but it glides lithely across the tongue. High drinkability.

O: Well done all around, this oatmeal stout hits all the marks. With only a handful of oatmeal stouts to choose from year round, this particular beer could make a splash in the market here if the brand stays visible.

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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 Jeffo
2.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from Hopsolutely this past summer. Thanks for all the loot guys!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour produces a 1 ½ finger, foamy, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Bistre brown body with no real carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring remains but leaves no real lacing in its wake.

SMELL: Very mild nose. Touches of roasted barley and coffee, but even those are tough to find. This is as close to smelling like nothing as you can get. Luckily “nothing” can’t be off-putting.

TASTE: Also rather tame up front. Some roasted barley, but more flavor after the swallow. Roasted notes, some light caramel, cream, and some bitter coffee lingers. Mild all around, but still alright.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: Okay, but the nose is weak and the flavor is too mild up front. There’s not really much to this beer, unfortunately. Average at best, and not something worth drinking again given all the other stuff out there. Forget this one.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Spots for lace. Decent starting head--two fingers. Black color where no light can pass.

The smell is part sour and part burnt toast. Relatively mild.

The flavor more closely matches the stout flavors I expect: some coffee, a bit of burnt malt. Rich body and light carbonation. Bitter, but brief, aftertaste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a very well made beer, about as much roasty flavor and sticky body as you can pack into a beer of this low abv. its super dark, impenetrable to light, and barley showing a quarter inch of mocha bubbles on the edges. the nose is real dark, almost burnt barley, with a belgian chocolate undertone and a sweetness from the oats. the body is velvety smooth, but enormously heavy. palate coating and sticky, almost hard to swallow. its also a little tannic in the flavor, sharp for a second, which doesnt really fit with the tasted marshmallow flavor i get here. bitter roast and chocolate in the finish. its hard to drink a lot of this, but its cool how intense it is for being so mild on the alcohol front. well made beer, but not one of my personal favorites from these guys.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours and opaque dark brown with one inch head. Taste is rich roasted malt, vanilla, and cream. This beer has a great chewy body that lingers. I would pick this up again.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Cola black body, cream colored head, good foamy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Somewhat subdued with notions of dark roasted malts, oats, and dark chocolate.

Taste: A nice sweetness coats over the roasted notes in this, bringing out more of a milk stout kind of feel. Bitter chocolate notes in the finish, and an overall hearty oatmeal flake presence throughout.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin.

Overall: An oatmeal stout I could buy again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours a deep brown with a dark beige head. A lingering head that dense and thick leaving lacing in it's wake.

The aroma had a rich roasted barley smell with hints of chocolate at the end.

Drinks smooth and velvetty with a rich roasted malt taste. There's hints of chocolate and coffee too. A nice drinking beer.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev +2%

Out of a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Poured out a very dark brown to black. Nice finger of lacing that stayed around and left decent lacing.
S – Roasted malts, chocolate and lightly smoky.
T – Big roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Nice bite of hope bit that gives you some light bitterness which offsets a creamy sweetness. Reminds me of a nice light and sweet cup of coffee.
M – Creamy, ample carbonation, lively on the palate with just a trace of alcohol.
O – Tasty and easy drinker. Nice example of a kick ass stout.

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Photo of Roguer
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour: strong, fluffy, creamy tan head, with very good retention and lovely, wide lacing. Brew itself comes out brown, congealing into a dark, dark brown - almost ebony - presentation in the glass.

Roasted barley, cream, overripe fruit, and yes, oatmeal; all present in varying amounts in the nose. A little alcohol presence, as well, alongside some cocoa and coffee.

Very roasty flavor up front, featuring lots and lots of roasted barley (which keeps coming back for more!), coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Cream and overripe dark fruit try to make themselves known on the mid-palate, before being overwhelmed by roasted barley. Delicious!

Thick, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Some sting; very lively. No hint of alcohol. Nicely balanced with an earthy bitterness.

Among the best oatmeal stouts I've had. Lots of roasted barley; creamy, smooth body; not exactly complex, but not one-note, either. Great beer. Compares favorably with Founders Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of sheeley
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark and appealing. Head was not very impressive, but that was likely my own fault in the pour. Smell: The nose is enticing. I smell bitterness and some alcohol notes. I can definitely smell the oatmeal as well. So far, not my favorite aspect of this beer, but still very nice. Taste/mouthfeel: Bitter, but combined with the oatmeal flavor the taste is quite pleasant. Very creamy with oats and malt; wonderfully easy to drink. Smooth and enjoyable, but not monumental flavors. From initial taste to aftertaste, it is quite subtle and does not call attention to itself. From someone who loves milk stouts, this is an excellent beer.

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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 Bowers-Brew
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Black body, light brown ~1" head. Fades fast.

S - Mostly chocolate and oatmeal

T - Chocolate, oatmeal, with sour/bitter finish.

M - Texture is a little thin.

O - Okay oatmeal stout, but probably wouldn't be something I would drink regularly. Prost!

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Photo of Lordhelmit
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black like stouts do, pours with small head. After a few minutes, no head whatsoever and no lacing. Nose is actually quote hoppy! That's almost all I smell. I don't smell any chocolate or coffee like I usually do in an oatmeal stout. Well, yeah, some coffee notes for sure. Taste is also hoppier than I expected. Nice milk chocolate taste and creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of denver10
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a slight khaki head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, toffee, slight coffee tones, and oats. Flavor follow suit with just a touch of char in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, sweeter than I generally care. Drank my six pack of it, thats enough.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a lot of head collected after the pour. Looks very dark brown in dim light.

Hearty roasted malts with a dry cocoa powder note and some huskiness from the grain. Some oaty bitterness is noted. Rather smooth.

Cocoa, roast, and earthiness dominates the flavor, up-front. There's a smaller fruit note of black cherry that mellows with the usual stout malt punch. Hops finish with herbal spiciness that plays with a bubbly carbonation towards the end. Oats do wonders for the mouthfeel. Almost creamy. Nice and solid.

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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 jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lazy saturday afternoon, feels like an oatmeal stout kinda day.

Pours a mocha colored frothy and semi thick almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice lacing as it does as well, almost black beer with faint brown light sneaking through the thin parts.

Nose brings sweet brown malts, caramel, little syrupy note, little nutty toffee like notes, some creamy like oatmeal, a touch of brown sugar and faint mocha, and very faint coffee.

Taste starts with darker malts this time, a touch of a roasty black malt, mild dark chocolate and cocoa notes, mocha like more than anything, with some of the caramel and brown sugar notes, a little nutty toffee again, and touch of a biscuity note. A nice creamy oatmeal, little oatmeal dark chocolate effect. Hops kick in on the backend, a little earthy almost spicy like hop note with fair bitterness for the style. Finish is drier but creamy and a little sticky, almost dried lactose but more like dried oats, little more semi sweet chocolate and touch of mocha coffee.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, nice creamy oats, decent carb.

Overall not bad, pretty nice oatmeal stout actually, the nose was a little lacking, but the taste brought some nice darker malts, nice oats with a little dark chocolate or semi sweet, nice kick of hops on the back end, decent finish, a touch syrupy and sweet but not bad. Pretty enjoyable even for a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love my stouts, especially oatmeal stocks. This poured as close to a jet black stout I normally enjoy. There still was a hint of brown which gave me the warm aroma of coffee and chocolate.

The head was small and dark. The first taste was on the small side with nice much of a big stout taste considering the oatmeal fame. The mouthful and finish were much nicer, so I needed to taste it again.

Each taste afterwards, I found more round and soft flavors coming out. Almost like the oatmeal was finally trying to push through.

Enjoyable beer, in the top of the oatmeal stouts I have had

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Photo of Tim9m1r
4.86/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Opaque black color with a half inch medium-thick tan head that dissipates at a medium-slow rate.

Smell - Sweet roasted malt and earthy smoked wood hops followed by dark chocolate.

Taste - Sweet roasted malt and smokey wood followed by lightly bitter dark chocolate and very mild alcohol with a roasted malt and smokey wood finish.

Mouthfeel - Rich and creamy, very well balanced bitterness/sweetness, medium carbonation,and very mild alcohol feel

Overall - An amazing stout. Very well balanced in every way.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.