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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,922 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,922
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 72
Gots: 176 | 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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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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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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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,922 ratings.