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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

1,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 1459
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
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Photo of salvo


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

From the cask, The Poet is thick and chocolatey, rich and full mouthfeel. Really nice toasted malts are rich and flavorful; very roasty. Nose is chocolate over coffee: more cocoa powder than candy bar. Black coffee. The oatmeal lends body. Mildly and appropriately sweet.

Serving type: cask

09-05-2011 01:56:15 | More by salvo
Photo of DCon


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed @ the Firkin Friday Event @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for free (MoBev Distrubtor). Tapped from an Orange, Plastic Firkin/Cask into a 16oz Pint Glass and enjoyed two back to back.

Aroma- Very strong coffee aroma from the beginning. Also has a sweetness and malty/roast attribute. Strong Espresso but no hint of Oatmeal. Malts and a chocolate aroma came to me as well.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger of off-white head that dies quickly. Has a pitch black color body that has almost no clarity. Thick, huge lacing is followed up at the end.

Taste- Espresso or Strong Roasted Coffee. This is a great stout by its flavor alone!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Smooth with a Medium Carbonation level. Not much on the finish, maybe hints of oatmeal but very weak.

Overall- Good Oatmeal Stout and almost the same in Cask as I've had on-tap. Go for it! Always know what this one is going to taste like.

Serving type: cask

08-30-2011 02:37:31 | More by DCon
Photo of ModemMisuser


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a firkin at HopCat in Grand Rapids. The other reviews cover the technical details quite well - it's definitely on-target for color/aroma/etc for the style.

As a major stout fan, I really liked this one. I might choose it over other stouts when/where available.

Serving type: cask

07-06-2011 17:28:40 | More by ModemMisuser
Photo of robwestcott


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

warmish from the cask at the comet a deep, brown to black to a .3L goblet with a few bubbles on top.

big chocolate and creamy espresso aroma.

creamy dark semi sweet chocolate and mild espresso roast. wow. big wow factor. burnt toffees.

low carbonation, creamy smooth, slick.

great beer. much preferable to the bottled version.

Serving type: cask

07-03-2011 00:38:09 | More by robwestcott
Photo of linnymtu


4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall a very solid stout. Had this beer on a gravity fed firkin

A: dark brown beer with smaller amount creamy tan head

S: a pleasant smell of malt, nothing overwhelming

T: very solid malt flavor, hint of coffee but not much

M: smooth beer, lightly carbonated

D: goes down easy, definitely could have a few of them

Serving type: cask

01-26-2011 22:00:58 | More by linnymtu
Photo of danielharper


4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer tasted sometime last fall (maybe September?). Notes transcribed verbatim.

A: Black body, thick brown head.

S: Oaty, rich with chocolate malt, crisp, somewhat dry.

T: Dry chocolate malt body, rich with roasted barley, caramel malt. Dry finish.

M: Thick mouthfeel, no significant carbonation, no significant hops.

D: This beer is great in bottles, even better on cask.

Serving type: cask

12-21-2009 01:57:05 | More by danielharper
Photo of Bone53


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Poured black with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. One finger tan head

Smell: Roasted malt with a hint of sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate is prominent right off with some roasted malts. Toasted oats are balanced in the background throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth and creamy with slight bitterness

Overall: My first oatmeal stout and I am enjoying it. I am more partial to thicker, higher abv. stouts, but this would be a great session beer. Flavorful for around 5% abv. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 05:54:21 | More by Bone53
Photo of MIchelle


4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite oatmeal stout. Has a beautiful dark mahogany look to it and pours with a a nice two inch tan/cream head. Extremely smooth for a dark beer and very full flavored. Nice roasted malt flavor. The smell isn't as impressive as the taste of the beer but hey taste is what matters in my book. I've had many oatmeal stouts as it's my favorite style of beer and this is by far my favorite. Just got lucky the liquor store got a fresh batch in this week. The downside is if you find it and, since it's not dated, you get an out of date bottle you will loose that nice head and it will have kind of a flat taste. Make sure you buy this from someone whos beer move. :)

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:30:32 | More by MIchelle
Photo of Badger6


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into an American pint glass.

A: The body is a deep mahogany, letting no light through. 2 fingers of dark tan head, good retention, medium amount of fine lace.

S: Lots of roasted malt, hints of vanilla and chocolate. The roastyness dominates.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla all come in together in the front. As the beer warms, it is joined by a caramel note form the roasted grains, and a slight flavor of char. Finishes with a chocolatey bitterness at the end that lingers. As the beer warms, the flavors seem to join and become smoother, though even cool it is never harsh.

M: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated, creamy feel. Slightly dry as it finishes.

O: Easy to drink. The aroma of the beer is deceptive, after smelling was afraid it wouldn't be very tasty...so wrong. Really complex beer, in fact so complex, I am not sure my notes are really accurate or doing the beer justice. Really enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:56:07 | More by Badger6
Photo of lochef81


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep mahogany color with a short lasting one finger off white head that leaves a nice film and average lacing. The nose is dominated by roasted coffee beans and milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is superbly creamy and smooth, it just begs for another sip. The flavor surpasses the aroma with a gentle sweetness that balances the bitterness of the roasted coffee notes. There is also vanilla, chocolate, and s little English toffee present. It really is a delicious and easily drinkable lighter stout. This is definitely one of the better offerings that I've had from New Holland. Good work!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:03:28 | More by lochef81
Photo of russpowell


3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Faint roastyness & some mocha notes

T: Roastyness, chocolate, dryness & a touch of vanilla up front. Milk chocolate notes, slight roastyness & vanilla as this warms, maybe even a touch of caramel & charred grain. Finishes dry, with chocolatey notes & a bit of charred grain bitterness to balance this out

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, turns creamy as this warms

Very nice, forgot how good this one is. One of New Holland's better beers, so easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 01:33:34 | More by russpowell
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a clear dark black with 1-2 fingers of cloudy head falling slowly to a creamy collar leaving lots of lacing. There is a nice nose, not huge but present reminiscent of dark chocolate, toasted and dark roasted grains. The taste follows suit but lso brings a pleasing bread character and lots of creamy oats. There is a big body considering the meager 5.2% ABV with nicve carbonation resultant in a smooth creamy mouthfeel. There is great depth to the poet!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 18:20:32 | More by mtomlins
Photo of FLima


4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a thin but thick caramel head with short retention and leaving some laces.
Nice predominant aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Notes of extinguished campfire and caramel. Also, you can even feel the oatmeal bread notes.
Flavor of heavily roasted malts, lots of oatmeal, licorice and grassy, earth and citrus hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering roasted note. Bitterness actually come balanced from both malt and hops.
Silky smooth beer with a medium to full body with medium carbonation.
Excellent Oatmeal stout. Interesting how the oatmeal could round the bold roasted notes. I also loved its hop profile that elegantly emerges from this strong backbone. And this is not an extreme beer, it is actually very friendly. I had to keep raising its rating as it warmed up and further freed its flavors and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:11:07 | More by FLima
Photo of rangerred


4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a thick, pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Head retention is not that great and lacing is just average.

Dark roast becomes immediately apparent in the aroma. Lots of char and dark cocoa along with some lightly roasted coffee. There are some nice earthy notes in there as well.

The taste is even better than the aroma. Deep, dark chocolate along with heavily roasted malt but is is not astringent. Very milky and on the sweet side without being cloying. The silky mouthfeel lets you know you are drinking an oatmeal stout. Just a light bitterness with a touch of stickyness on the finish.

Overall, an extremely delicious oatmeal stout. There is a great depth to the flavor and the roast/chocolate is incredible. Definitely a beer to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:00:49 | More by rangerred
Photo of Ozzylizard


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle code 1143 16:16 AT 42 degrees into a goblet
Aroma roasted malt, chocolatey
Head small (2 cm), creamy, light brown, mostly lasting
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins lightly sweet with chocolate overtones, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Flavor ends with a lingering bitterness
Palate reveals medium to full body, a little more watery than creamy, soft carbonation

The aroma and appearance of this stout cry “Drink me!” However, the watery characteristic and the finishing bitterness detract from its enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 13:05:01 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of OldManRJM


3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark beer - deep brown color Poured from the bottle with about one and a half fingers of head.

Nutty, smoky aroma mixed with a nice ale smell. Dark chocolate, char taste. The finish is quite nice. Let this one warm up to near room temperature and the various flavors really come out.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 00:56:23 | More by OldManRJM
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near pitch black w/ a quarter of an inch brownish, bubbly head that dissipates relatively quickly. A slight amount of lacing is left along the glass as you finish. The smell is superb -- hints of cocoa, caramel, malt -- very vital aroma. The taste follows suit -- you get mostly the roasted cocoa/chocolate taste mixed with a heavier than expected (but appropriate) carbonation. I'd almost call this more of a porter than a stout. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 18:29:21 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of jsprain1


3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep deep brown, not quite black. Head is half finger, cocoa colored, with a bit of residual lacing stuck on the glass.
S- The aroma is not as roasty as I was hoping for. Dark caramel, actually quite sweet on the nose. A bit of smoke lingers.
T- Sweet at first. Dark caramel yields to coffee grounds and a bit of smoke.
M- Medium body for the style. Long finish, fairly aggressive carb.
O- I get oatmeal makes stouts sweeter, but this one did not add the smoothness that the oats bring with it. It is an ok to good beer, but given how many stouts/oatmeal stouts I like more, I probably won't revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 05:34:25 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Chiefy770


4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, nearly black body. A modest light mocha colored head leaves a good amount of sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: Toasted malts and grains. Semi-sweet chocolate. Burnt coffee.

Taste: Does not stray away from the notes picked up in the nose. Very strong malts right off the bat. A remarkable hit of cocoa, you know that incredibly bitter kind that is ranked by percentages. The hops really stand out in that chocolate taste. A great creamy layer balances the creamy malts and the bitter hops very well.

Overall: Very nice oatmeal stout. Pretty close to a full-bodied stout. Definitely a brew stout lovers should check out!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 01:43:48 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of JBlade


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 4 oz. flight glass.

A: Very dark, almost black. Held up to the light to note some dark brown hues peeking through.

S: Roasted malts. Some milk chocolate sweetness and a slight hint of oats.

T: Very sweet chocolate, some coffee. A slightly bitter finish.

M: Creamy with the appropriate carbonation.

O: A very nice oatmeal stout. Pretty rich in chocolate flavors. Nice and creamy. I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 19:08:44 | More by JBlade
Photo of KVNBGRY


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Very deep brown, pretty much black. Very clear. Half inch khaki head that recedes to almost nothing leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma - Roasty malt. Slight milk chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate covered pretzels, roasted malts, slightest hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel - Thick, creamy. Low carbonation.

Overall - Great beer! Try it out!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 06:55:14 | More by KVNBGRY
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown liquid with tan head

Smell - roasted barley, dark chocolate

Taste - toasted oats, dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean

Mouthfeel - heavier end of medium bodied, high carbonation, slight sweetness, bitterness in the back end from those roasted coffee beans, slight amount of woodsiness on the end,fair amount of balance

Overall - a good stout worth trying

Price Point - $2.19/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 00:03:04 | More by keithmurray
Photo of woosterbill


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: Opens with quite an assertive hiss, and even a slow pour creates an enormous head of dense tan froth. Retention and lacing are great, but despite the impressive visuals I'm not exactly enthused at the prospect of a radically overcarbonated stout.

S: Leafy hops and chocolate; a bit of herbal spice and molasses. Interesting, but not what I'm usually looking for in an oatmeal stout.

T: Hoppy, roasty, and mildly malty, with a bittersweet finish. Lots of chocolate and herbal hops. Much better than the nose.

M: Painfully spritzy at first, but after some time and a few swirls of the glass it settles into a creamy medium body. No better than average overall.

O: While certainly distinctive, it's not one I'll be seeking out in the future.


Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:04:56 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Bernoulli

South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque and near black... hold it up to the light and nothing comes through. 1/4" head. Typical stout lacing.

Faint smell of dark chocolate.

A solid recommendation for someone who wants to try a porter or stout... but nothing that distinguishes it from what you'd expect as a quality example of the class.

We would buy it for ourselves.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2013 22:07:55 | More by Bernoulli
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted off Wolaver Oatmeal stout - edged into winners circle!

Appearance: Pours a black body with a massive head that lasts all the way down! Good. And Laces the glass top to bottom. Near perfect pour.

Smell: Laid back and Wolaver wins this dept. It's chocolate shop, but subtle w/ creamy, nutty on top of oat cereal. Upon warming, gets better with licorice and dark candy.

Taste: Starts with inviting malt laced with semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, and sweet coffee followed by some toasty, nutty oats. Faint herbal, earthy hops blend bitter with the sweet. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, carbonation w a soft, smooth mouthfeel and dreamy finish. A kiss!

Drinkability: As good as American stout gets and it proves you dont have to add chocolate, flavors, fruit, or alcohol to make great stout. A must try stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 01:15:49 | More by Act25
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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.