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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 700
Hads: 2,204
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 76
Gots: 332 | 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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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: black black black light Carmel 2 finger head
S: black licorice chocolate
T: creamy chocolate with hint of licorice
F: creamy
O : o I like this will revisit

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Photo of kevinlater
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into nonic pint. "H144 09:22" printed on the bottle. consumed on feb. 22, 2015

a: a deep ruby that's hard to see through but definitely not opaque. two fingers of light brown head

s: good roast aroma with dark chocolate and raisins. hints of coffee

t: rich roasted/burnt malt, toast, cocoa, sweet raisins, prunes, bitter black coffee, slight milk chocolate. roasty all around and just so full of flavour. excellent

m: in between light-to-medium-bodied, a bit thin but not watery. mild carbonation. dry finish

o: an incredible, full-flavoured, easy-drinking stout with a very strong roast character

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Photo of seedyone
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A pleasant surprise. This oatmeal stout was preceded by a Founders Breakfast & helds it's own. The aroma was a bit more funky compared to the from the tap Founders, but that is to be expected. Bottom line: this is a damn good stout.

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Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly late to develop cascading light-to-medium brown colored densely packed frothy lush head... Excellent retention... The head turns richer and creamier as it begins to settle a bit... The color is not black, but rather a deep rich mahogany brown that allows some light to leak in around the edges... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation streak here and there... Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... The nose is spot on for the style... Roasted malt... Coffee... Milk chocolate... The three aromas ebb and flow in prominence, but never completely disappear... The palate is exactly as expected... Brownie batter... Roasted malts... Baker's chocolate... Simple, straight forward and uber effective... Sturdy and medium bodied... Lightly carbonated... A bit chewy... Lush and sleek... Goes down easily sip after sip... This is a rock solid teetering on world class Oatmeal Stout... Tons of character and depth for a modest 5.2% ABV...

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of oatmeal-colored head that dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with earthy, bready notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, a touch of tobacco. Very nice.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Lots of bready, roasted malt and oats up front, imparting flavors of freshly baked and toasted multi-grain bread, followed by some dark molasses and brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of smoke, a touch of dark chocolate and a touch of creamy, milky lactose.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and very creamy as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent oatmeal stout! Malty, roasty, earthy, slightly sweet, and slightly smoky. I’ll certainly get it again! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying this a few hours after a Dark Horse OS. Different but similar. I've seen this in the aisles for the longest time and just got around to purchasing a sixer.
A: Dark brown with a ruby hue. Head dissipates quickly to a persistant slight layer; no internal ringing lacing occurs - foam comes off clean.
S: Very suble oats (malt?) - not much there.
T: Subtle oats with a muted bitterness in the finish.
M: Low to medium fullness; a little watery but smooth. Light carbonation throughout.
O: Subtlety is key here. It's well blended with no rough edges. A solid pick for the style. Maybe I'm a little jaded, or my expectation was higher, but I feel like something is missing from this craft. Nevertheless, its still a smooth and solid OS just without any frills.

Had another one the next day and let this one sit while prepping dinner. Similar taste profile, but the scent improved (subtle coffee tones picked up). The more noticeable thing, though, was the increase in fullness; especially at the first sip. I increased the Overall score to 4 because of these two factors.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Code on the bottle neck of D254, I'm guessing 9/11/14.

Appearance: Black with maroon light shining through the bottom of the glass. Sudsy two-finger head light tan head.

Aroma: Dark malt with a molasses character. Some bitter cocoa.

Taste: Starts with clean dark malts and a building grassy bitterness. Sweet cream counteracts the bitterness and is highlighted in the finish. Bit of a hoppy sting in the aftertaste as the bitterness slowly burns away. Good flavor for 5.2% ABV, never watery.

Mouthfeel: Oatmeal typically creates a smooth and full bodied feel. Here is has done that to some extent as the beer is just under medium in body. The carbonation is a little much, would like to see this in a nitro option. Decent drinkability but the aftertaste can be little harsh over time.

Final Thoughts: Sort of meh beer. Nicely done style-wise but nothing to get excited about. Would I drink it again? Maybe on nitro.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Very black, with light red tinges around the glass. Head was not big, but was somewhat creamy from what was there. Head was tan and had some rockiness to it. Legs were present, even at 5.2%. Lacing was nice! Looks like a good stout with little head.

S- Massive chocolate! Lactic sugar as well. The oatmeal, grainy, pale malty scent is there as well. I notice a bitterness, but not of hops here. Maybe earthy? Coffee notes as well with smoke and a light sour note.

T- The smokiness is very prevalent. This beer is very malty. Pale malts is what I get. Chocolate is unmistakable. Very roasted. Coffee is borderline an espresso style taste. Maybe even plums or raisins can be detected as well. I do notice a good amount of bitterness towards the finish. You get the lactic sugar and a little sour at the end. It is a bit dry.

M- Medium to full on the medium side. It's still pretty easy going for a stout. But on par for a sweeter kind of stout.

Overall, this stout is very good! The Poet is not as grainy as some oatmeal stouts I've had in the past. It's got the right amount of smokiness that makes it enjoyable. And the drinkabilty is great. I'd say this is a fine example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of mchegash
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2/5
Pours a very dark reddish brown. About one finger of head when initially poured, quickly dies down to minimal. There are a LOT of BIG and WIERD particles in this beer. I've had this beer before more than once, and don't remember this. This can't be normal...maybe this is a bad bottle? A lot of me almost doesn't want to drink this, because I don't want to risk getting sick. But it's probably just a very yeasty bottle...won't hurt me, but might affect the taste. Anyway, anytime a beer makes me afraid to drink it, that's bad in my book.

Smell - 3.5/5
Chocolate, roastiness, hops.

Taste - 3.5/5
The dominant flavors are smokiness, hops and some roasty malts. In betwen light and moderate sweetness. I don't remember this beer being this smoky before, and not sure if I like it here.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Smooth, light carbonation. In between light and medium bodied. The bottle says the brew is creamy, but it seems to me to be more in the middle, in between creamy and crisp. Overall, I am giving this beer points for its smoothness and drinkibility.

Overall - 3.9/5
I am giving this beer a higher overall rating, because overall it really was a decent beer. It just looked crazy weird which is going to skew this rating. I definitely will have to try again and see if the weird particles are always in this beer.

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Photo of tkelley
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into my brand new mushroom shaped stout glass.

A - beautiful tan head on top of a dark brown body. Nice highlights too, like a rich coffee.

N - rich malty goodness with chocolate roast quality. Yum. Smells smooth.

T - really tasty. Roasted malt character with chocolate and coffee. Caramel/toffee notes as well.

M - smooth texture with nice fine carbonation.

O - I liked this a lot. Good offering. Cheers!

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Photo of hopsputin
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: a rich, silky dark black color. no light shines through. large 3 finger solid tan bubbly head

s: smell is mouth watering. dark cherries, toasted malts, black and red licorice, caramel & toffee, powdered dark chocolate, and a hint of oak

t: the taste differs from the nose a little, but is very nice. this has the most oat-flavor of any oatmeal stout i've ever head which i'm really digging. this fades into toasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate follow. that fades to a nice chocolate covered cherry and licorice flavor, followed by really nice creamy milk chocolate. the finish is toasted malt

m: medium mouthfeel, with a large amount of carbonation

o: super impressed with this. great aroma, nice, complex and well-balanced flavor that is delicious. 100% would recommend having this

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Reviewed live as an oatmeal stout per the label. Expectations are above average given the brewery and style. Served cold into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess, thickness, and fullness. Frothiness is wanting. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque brown-black; by no means a solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a pretty typical looking oatmeal stout. Has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Chocolate, cream, dark malts, caramel, and oats (but fortunately no accompanying starchiness). Unfortunately, no roasted barley is present. Neither too sweet nor too bitter, but there does seem to be something slightly off about the balance...

No hop profile, yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant albeit contained aroma of below average intensity.

TASTE: Chocolate malts and dark malts provide the simple foundation for this plain oatmeal stout, with oats filling out the body and some additional chocolate lending it a bit of interesting character - something of which it is in dire need of more. There's a kiss of lactose sugar. This comes off plain, simple, and perhaps even boring, with below average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. The balance isn't quite dialed in, and there isn't much here in terms of subtlety or nuance. It's just a mundane oatmeal stout. I do like the creaminess, but it just isn't that evocative or interesting.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Don't expect any rich chocolate, evocative coffee, vanilla, etc. It's a very basic build for an oatmeal stout.

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly overcarbonated, aptly thick, and unrefreshing. This texture gets the job done - suiting the taste alright - but never really complements the taste or elevates the beer. Overall presence on the palate is decent.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, scratchy, or harsh.

OVERALL: Drinkable. It's an oatmeal stout, but offers no ornamentation. It checks the boxes of what's required for the style, but has no stand-out characteristics. A disappointingly mediocre brew from New Holland that is nice for its price and will scratch your oatmeal stout itch, but will fail to impress the discerning drinker. I might pick it up again, but it's not a paragon by any means.

High C+

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Recently started to distribute into MA. I am always welcoming of affordable 12oz brews flooding my shelves; New Holland provides.

A- Pouring the 12oz bottle into a chalice reveals a black bodied Oatmeal Stout and a crown greater than two fingers. The head has a very thick foamy texture and great retention. A big ring and blanket coat the top of the beer and lacing is plentiful in the form of webs.

S- Packs good strength here as roast malts leap out of the glass. Dark chocolate, medium-heavy roast grain and coffee are joined by caramel, earthy hops, toffee and cereal notes. Slight red fruits come through but the malts are the main show.

T- For me the prevailing flavors are dark semi-bitter cocoa, moderately heavy roast barley, coffee and toasted oats. It is a dark one for sure. Other things that come to mind are charcoal, cherry/raisin dark fruits, earthy and pine hops, cookies, slight smoke and toffee/caramel with a light sweetness.

MF- Medium bodied but certainly enough to support the layers of blackened flavors presented. Carbonation is on the moderately high side and causes the brew to foam up with a somewhat creamy consistency. Oats are silky. Dark bitter finish.

The aroma on this brew had me right away. Deep and complex roastiness with a mostly clean yeast profile underneath. Dark cocoa powder, roast grains and oats combine favorably and I am left craving oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served at a little below room temperature. Purchased a six pack for about $2.25 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - black and ominous, topped by a finger of near white head that doesn't last. A couple minor streaks of lacing but not much else. Still have to love the color of this oatmeal stout.

Smell - roasty with plenty of chocolate. A bit of coffee but the chocolate is more dominant. A touch of vanilla too.

Taste - light surprisingly sweet chocolate and mild coffee and vanilla flavor. Maybe some caramel. Definitely on the sweet side, but it works here with the creaminess.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy more so than others. Substantial body and moderate carbonation.

Overall - very nice and sweet oatmeal stout with a great feel. Definitely worth a try particularly if you're in the mood for a hefty stout that's on the sweeter side.

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Photo of predikit
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a deep brown that settles in the glass black. Left a inch tall tan head that stuck around for a long while, left a lot of lacing behind.

Smells of oats and malts, the scent seems somehow sweet.

Tastes of dark roasted oats, takes on a hint of coffee. Slight bitter end.

This is very smooth, full-bodied, medium carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Poet is obviously in touch with its 'dark side'. Though not entirely opaque, this blackish beer comes close enough (and could pass if not my ultra-bright desk lamp). I'd love nothing more than to make an easy (and corny) beret pun, but, alas, foam resides on the outsides only.

Despite an easily appreciated amount of roast, the nose maintains a lot of fresh barley and raw grain characteristics. There's also a cast of dark fruit esters that sit snugly alongside the overall semi-dark, "fluffy" chocolate profile of the beer. Fairly mellow, but with still some attitude.

Trace elements of creamed coffee and chocolate truffle prevent this from tasting too one-dimensional but, by and large, unless you like you're breakfast cereal well-done, this won't appeal to you. That straightforward 'oat-y' maltiness is a little light and delicate for my tastes.

The Poet isn't overly rich, despite being substantial. It lacks the coffee-ish, dessert-like flavours of other similarly rated beers in the category (Rogue's Shakespeare or St. Ambroise's stouts for instance). I need more character, especially on the finish; this is a little too polite and ordered.

The Poet is nothing to write prose about. It's a solid and serviceable oatmeal stout that neither under- nor over-delivers. More than just your run-of-the-mill stout but not quite a full-blooded, over-the-top offering either, this occupies, for me anyhow, a kind of take-it-or-leave-it middle ground. I liked it enough to buy one six pack but not enough to buy another.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The Poet pours a black color, with a nice large lacing tan head. There is a strong sweet aroma, good hints of roasted malt. The taste has a nice big roasted malt flavor, with big hints of sweetens. Nice flavors, but a bit on the watery side. Overall very flavorful, but a bit watery.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
Beer is a deep, dark brown with a tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves some lingering lacing down the glass.
A strong roast aroma with hits of chocolate and coffee.
The taste is very nice, smooth and roasty with sweet chocolate and some coffee notes and a hint of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and luscious.
Overall, one of the better oatmeal stouts I've tatsed.

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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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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.