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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

716 Reviews
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Reviews: 716
Hads: 2,298
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 86
Gots: 389 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Photo of Marraybay
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Overall: Glass appearance-color as expected. Nose is roasty, with maybe a little
vanilla present. Taste follows suit, with a glimpse--at best--of malt and
said vanilla, that moves onto roasty lingering bitterness. Decent and creamy
mouthfeel. The usual outcome for me wrt many in this style; I liked/appreciated
the depth and range of the smoky-bitter flavors, but the omission of sweetness rains
on the parade. Would not revisit.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9-3-15. 10 oz. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with less than 1 finger khaki head. Dissipates to rings of bubbles around the edges. Totally opaque; can't really say what kind of carbonation. Lacing was a little bit of a let-down; not much.

Smell: Prominent roasty character. Some sweet malty/sugary chocolate character, but really more roast-driven on the smell. Toasted oats. Cheerios-like. I really don't think that's my imagination. Coffee with cream actually does describe this. Not the way a milk stout has an actual milky/creamy smell, but more like a mild robusta-type coffee.

Taste: Fairly dry, roasty arrival. Mild sweetness across mid-palate, but very, very mild- this is a roast driven animal. On the finish, roast bitterness, hop bitterness, and a lingering grain note that I found in Rheingeist Panda and this, which I have to assume is the taste of the oats coming through.

Mouthfeel: Definitely creamy and mouth-filling, but it somehow remains light in impression, relative to other non-nitro stouts I've had. Heavier side of mid-bodied. Clearly heavier than Left Hand's milk stout nitro. The fairly active carbonation increases the sensation of weight on the mouth. Mild slickness on the finish. Quite drinkable.

Overall: I have heard some say that this is a sweeter take on the oatmeal stout. While that may be the case, it is not a sweet beer at all, and not sweet compared to the milk stouts and RIS's I have had. All told, it appears to be a very drinkable, malt and roast-driven stout. This is the rare stout that I think would pair with food. While I respect it for what it is, this is not my cup of beer.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau Stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a thick firm head.

Lots of rich roasted astringent malt on the nose. Very stout like with little to no hops.

Almost a milky sweetness balanced by the roasted astringent malts.

Very good drinking stout.

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Photo of BillErickson
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Very bard brown, almost black, Very thin cream colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves a little lacing.

Smell - Roasted is the word I would use to describe this scent. Also, I smell coffee.

Taste - Again, coffee as well as Oatmeal (of course) and... raisin. It's a tad on the sweet side but I do find the taste enjoyable.

Feel - I find this to have a bit more carbonation than needed, and a bit on the thin side. My review of the feel sounds more negative than what it really is - the mouth feel is above average, and pleasant.

Overall - this is a good stout. It's nothing that's out of this world, but I would be happy to have this again.

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

Pours brown with a thinnish creamy head of tan foam that refreshes with each tip. Opaque. Nose is roasty malt and the impression of coffee and cream. Taste is smooth and graceful yet hearty with the flavor of oats. Flavor from oats you say? Yes in this beer they are a bit nutty. Creamy mouthfeel that is a bit fuller than you think with just enough hop bitter to finish it dry. Hops smell like a stemmy mild herbal as the beer warms. Slight oily slickness . Silky smooth gentle flavor .

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A real pleasure to drink if you like this style. It has a nice roast profile and a very smooth mouth feel (from the oats obviously). Things I like about it - smooth mouth feel, great roast flavor, local brewery, fresh beer with date, decent price.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Holland ,The Poet brewed by New Holland Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.20% This brew pours out deep brown color, with a small off white head. This brew has the look of coffee, in it's pint glass. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing, I really like the look of this brew. The smell of The Poet is rich rosted grains and malts. There is also a nice sweetness to the smell of this brew, and a hit of hops. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up a good amount of rosted grains and malts, also there also a nice smooth, sweetness to this brew. This brew dose have the taste of oats, it is really hard to explain. This is ne of the smooher Stout brews I have had. There is a lot going on in The Poet, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The poet has a real nice even blance to it. The aftertaste is clean and smooth as well. The mouthfeel of the poet is Rich, Bold, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving New Holland The Poet a , 4.5 out of 5. New Holland Brewing Company, did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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

Poured into snifter. The color is mahogany-black with a thin, milk-colored head and lacing. The primary smells are chocolate, oatmeal, malt, and raisin. The taste features burnt coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, and raisin. It finishes surprisingly bitter for an oatmeal stout. For a stout, this is rather thin but its low ABV makes it very easy to drink. Overall, it's a pleasant oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Has a light aroma of oatmeal. Flavor is a little dry. A little roasty but I would prefer the flavor amped up a bit. Overall this is solid but nothing great.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Price Paid : $1.49

Dark chocolate brown-black body, 2 finger beige head in my snifter. 100% opaque.

Smell is of roasted and lightly burnt malts, cookie, coffee, and milk/lactose. Light raisin in there as well.

Flavor is very good! Oatmeal raisin cookie, lightly burnt malts, and a touch of fig. Only negative here is a slight cloy of out-of-place lactose sweetness - but it's faint. Most Oatmeal stouts have this.

Feel is Medium to thick, a mild to moderate carbonation, and a smooth finish.

I'll be picking more of these up.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice black with ruby edges, pretty. The aroma has notes of toffee and plumb. The flavor is a bit of a let down with how bitter the aftertaste is. This was a random pick I probably won't do again.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark burgundy body, clear, fizzy tan head that leaves a thin ring. Toasty malt, faint chocolate and pine hops on the nose. Flavor is hard to pinpoint, but toasted malt is there, and subtle hop mint/bitterness give it a twang of tang. As it warms blackberry and milk chocolate come out. Body is thin with lots of prickly carbonation. Crisp, but why is my *stout* crisp? Very disappointing for the style.
I wasn't into this. Cursory amounts of traditional stout flavors, thin body, and confusing palate. Moving on.

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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 brandongoblue24
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful deep brown with a solid two finger creamy head, which receded to a film after a few minutes. Positively fantastic aroma, with lots of heavy roasted/toasted malts backed up with plenty of coffee and a bit of chocolate. The taste follows the nose - heavy, rich, and dark; the darker malts certainly take precedence here, but are backed up by those same coffee and chocolate notes, with a bit of vanilla tossed in. Despite this, it's not overly sweet - there's enough of a crispness to avoid too much of a sticky-molasses feeling. The carbonation helps as well.

All in all, a well balanced, well crafted stout. This will certainly enter regular rotation in the fridge.

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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 CEGentry007
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown in color. Pours with a creamy tan 2 finger head.
S: smells fantastic. Getting a lot of malt upfront with hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: almost exactly how it smells. Getting malt upfront, coffee taste comes in on the middle and a hint of chocolate at the end. Nice smooth finish.
M: heavy all the way through but it's perfect for a stout

Overall this is a fantastic stout. Definitely recommend for stout lovers. This is a good go-to stout.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth oatmeal stout enjoyed from a tulip. Pours black as night with a generous, fluffy mocha head that recedes to a thin ring. Spotty lacing. Roasted notes and sweet chocolate. Full feeling.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a 24 ounce serving at the Tullymore Golf Resort Sports Pub earlier today for $7.00.

Beer was served black with a nice tan head.

Nose was roasty with some hints of chocolate.

Taste was well balance between the lightly roasted malts, chocolate, and enough hopping to balance nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium to full which is surprising for a smaller brew.

Overall this was a nice find on a lovely September day in my home state!

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Photo of citizencane
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

looks pith black but without much head. Smells delicious with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is similar with more emphasis on chocolate and hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin yet definitely has a carbonated kick...not bad but not outstanding for an oatmeal stout. Overall, this is very tasty and if I find it offered on draft again I will probably get it. If the mouthfeel were better and the flavor a bit closer to the aroma, this would move into the 'exceptional' realm.

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Photo of delta490
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black with a thin smear of creamy light tan head all that's left after it settles. It still leaves some small soapy-ish lacing. The aroma is deep roasted malts, nice but fairly indistinct until it warms and adds a little depth. The taste is much more robust, favoring the deep roasted malt flavors of the chocolate malts but with the addition of a little earthy hops and coffee. The body is a little slick, with a nice medium weight; smooth with just a little tingle from carbonation.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] Fat 2 finger tan head. The head has medium bubbles - not as dense as the ideal look. The head settles most of the way but is always there and forms great lacing on the glass. The beer is a dark brown with slight reddish tinges on the sides. There is a date code that translates to (03/25/15). No indication of the ABV on the bottle.

S: [4.25] Really nice coffee aroma. It is subtle and smooth. There are hints of cocoa too.

T: [4.25] Kind of a reversal on the nose. I got chocolate up front then more of the coffee flavor. There are also traces of vanilla and toasted marshmallow.

M: [3.75] The beer has a slightly water feel. At 5.2% it is doing its best but there is not much chew to it. The finish is really nice and makes up for a little bit of a lack of body.

O: [4.25] I was really surprised by this one. I just grabbed it in a mix 6 to fill it up. But it is really good. The coffee flavor is done really well - it comes across in the nose and when you drink it. There are also other flavors in there that compliment it really well. As notes the body is a little thin but the other aspects really cover that up. Also, if this is something you care about this is a really low calorie beer for a stout with such flavor.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This great brew opens black and foamy. The foam mostly dies quickly. The aroma is excellent. Nice and roasty. A very appealing affair.

The taste is a nice balance of malts and that roasty taste. The aftertaste is clean and sweet.

This isn't the easy creamy brew I had in mind, but I didn't think it would be. I remembered it as it is, full bodied.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle.

Pours dark brown under a light tan head which has impressive retention and lacing.

The flavor and aroma favor soft chocolate and light roast over a coffee/acrid character. The mouthfeel is rich and even and seems to integrate the unfermented sugars from the oats in a very sophisticated manner. Very nice to sip or quaff. Not overly big or brash. A bit of yeast shows up in the flavor which reminds me of an English stout. Well balanced. Overall very pleasing and a better than average American interpretation of this style. Well done.

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Photo of Manticron
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very deep, dark brown bordering on black with a ruby tinge when held to the light. A tan/light brown, one finger head, with awesome lacing.

Smell: Huge whiffs of chocolate backed by a not so subtle roasty character. I'm getting some toffee, and a little coffee in there. Maybe some caramel. This beer smells tantalizingly sweet.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate hit your palate immediately and never let up. Super sweet caramel and toffee back up the bittersweet chocolate and roasty notes. As it warms, it starts to develop some dark fruit notes. I'm thinking chocolate covered raisins.

Mouthfeel: Amazing. Super silky and smooth. It caresses your tongue, and leaves you wanting more after its done. Medium-full body. A little low on the carb, it could be the super silky mouthfeel covering that up though.

Overall: A super solid representation of the style, and a classic.

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This one pours very dark and has a head about two fingers thick dark beige in color.

Aroma: Vanilla bean, dark chocolate malts with traces of milk sugar. Hops are roasted dark but well shy of burnt. The oats give off a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Lots of chocolate malts in the front. The middle is where the vanilla makes it's self known. Hops are roasted once again quite dark. In the back is a finish of bourbon and light char and it's silky smooth.

Notes: What we have here is a very good example of what a drinkable oatmeal stout should be. Cheers.

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88 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.