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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,789 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 74
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Roguer, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

orcrist_cleaver, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Tim9m1r
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Tim9m1r, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good, well-made stout that fills your nose with bold, dark coffee and malted barley. The taste comes close to matching the smell, but I almost just want to sit with my glass and savor this beer through my nostrils. Worth trying, and better than many offerings, but not quite inspiring me to verse or rhyme. If it were more concentrated in flavor then allowed to mellow in carbonation, it's be overall much better.

A: pitch black, but with a creamy off-white, half-centimeter head that quickly dissipated. Low lacing. Thin bubbles that sparkle and remind me of champagne. The beer swishes thinly, like coca cola, and ripples with every vibration of the table.

S: this is possibly one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. The front smells like sweet chocolate - Hershey melted into a glass. There is coffee and malted barley in the middle. There is caramel on the finish and mixed throughout.

T: I am let down by the taste here. Dark, roasty, and just a touch bitter. Tastes a bit like thinly brewed coffee, carbonated, and mixed into a brown ale. I like it, but don't love it.

M: too thin - this beer would benefit from some added viscosity and a but less carbonation.

tkdchampxi, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is two fingers high, khaki in shade. Its soft creaminess retains decently enough, and also leaves behind some streaks of lacing. I wish it was pitch black, but that's a nitpick.

S: There's a very nice combination of nuts and chocolate coming together. I'm not getting a lot of roast or coffee characteristics I really like from a stout, though. It's a touch mineral-y at times. Not the finest aroma ever, but dammit it works nonetheless.

T: The nose threw me for a curveball: it's more roasty than suggested, but still with a subtle dark chocolate background. I'm also getting some notes of coffee, oat, nuts (I want to say almond), and caramel - mostly clustered on the back end. There are faint earthy expressions floating around here and there. No twists or turns, just a really solid stout.

M: For a second, it seems very soft and creamy on the palate. And it is. But wow, does it ever finish dry. A lot of it is due to how damn carbonated it is - it almost stings the palate. The relative lightness doesn't help conceal some of the fizz. Meh, whatever, I'll deal; this is still very tasty and easy to drink.

O: This one just works. It's a good mix of roasty and sweet, without ever being overpowering. My only real nitpick is that it seems a bit too fizzy on the palate. If I could get it locally (I can't :(), I'd put it on my "buy again" list.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a nearly one inch head, and little random streaks of lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark, intense roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Incredible taste here, I was really pleasantly surprised. Both chocolate and coffee are big in play here, even though no chocolate and coffee were added. Great malt work here- the flavors intertwine nicely, and give the feeling of chocolate covered espresso beans. There is some nice roasty malt flavors as well, with a little bit of bitterness on the end of each sip from the hops. I also taste some vanilla as well, as well as mild smoke. How is this only 5.2% ABV? The flavor is so full.

Medium to thick body (again, how is this only 5.2%?), creamy, smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Incredibly drinkable, I didn't want to put this down.

This is a perfect example of how full, complex flavor can still be packed into beers of lower ABV. I had heard decent things about this one, but didn't know it was going to be so good. Highly recommended.

GreesyFizeek, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of moshea
3/5  rDev -23.5%

moshea, Today at 03:06 PM
Photo of Nightkota
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Nightkota, Yesterday at 07:30 PM
Photo of CHIMat
3.88/5  rDev -1%

CHIMat, Yesterday at 07:05 PM
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.

ryan1788a5, Yesterday at 04:12 PM
Photo of Bakerhead1979
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%

Bakerhead1979, Saturday at 12:09 AM
Photo of DrunkyBuddha
5/5  rDev +27.6%

DrunkyBuddha, Friday at 01:12 PM
Photo of Landis
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Landis, Friday at 02:22 AM
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.

Tilly, Thursday at 11:29 PM
Photo of Jeffo
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Jeffo, Thursday at 09:10 AM
Photo of GOBLIN
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

GOBLIN, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of dryfly24
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%

dryfly24, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +2%

elkinbrown, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of wattersmike90
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

wattersmike90, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of ultrasrs
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

ultrasrs, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

smcolw, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BostonPhilly, Oct 11, 2014
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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,789 ratings.