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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
Ratings: 1,459 | Reviews: 621 | Show All Ratings:
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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged at least a year, closer to two years...
The beer pours a dark black with a generous amout of tan head that laces. The beer's nose is rich and bready with notes of raisin, caramel/molasses, and a touch of alcohol. The aroma is potent, a trait that carries over to a flavorful oatmeal stout with heavy caramel sweetness and dark fruits in each sip. The body of this beer is a solid medium with a modest sweetness from start to finish. I would have preferred more body. Each sip is quenching considering the beer is borderline cloying, but I don't think it qualifies as having a dry finish. That doesn't make much sense to anyone except me. There is very little bitterness in each sip except for a very slight residual bitterness following a large gulp. This is a drinkable, near-session stout with lots of unexpected flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 04:31:13 | More by ThePorterSorter
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South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Six pack from Piggly Wiggly. 12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass...

A: Black and opaque; creamy thumb of light tan head forms on the pour; nice retention leaves some patchy rings of lace; textbook appearance... some bottle-conditioned floaties may be the only setback.

S: Dark, roasted malts; chocolate; a touch sweet.

T: Roasted malts / grains; chocolate; noticeable oatmeal flavor; some dry bitterness on the end; wholesome.

M: Near full; high carbonation; nice texture / chewy oatmeal mouthfeel.

O: A nice, sessionable oatmeal stout; very nice, in fact; a good one to have a little stockpile of...

*from notes: 12-16-12

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 03:33:44 | More by jpro
Photo of McNealc31


4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a pleasant mix of oatmeal and loads of bitter chocolate. Chocolate continues into the flavor and the oatmeal becomes more assertive in both the flavor and the ultra-creamy texture. It’s almost like velvet in a glass. Hops come in at the back end and linger. Phenomenal balance with sweetness from the oats and charred malt.

Just wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 03:30:30 | More by McNealc31
Photo of Alextricity


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, but a nice ruby color comes through when held to light. There's a nice little, creamy head, but it goes away after just a minute or two. The lacing left behind is pretty nice.

Smell: Alcohol, oatmeal, chocolate, malt. Doesn't smell particularly good, but it's not bad at all either.

Taste/feel: Almost has an oaky flavor, as if it was in barrels. The oatmeal is there a little bit, but it doesn't taste all-too much different from a typical stout to my taste buds. The Poet also has a bitterness at the end that I'm not too fond of because there's not much sweetness in it. I also get some smokey, woody aftertaste here as well.

The Poet is a quality stout, but not quite the stout for me. The mouth feel is pleasant, the beer looks awesome, and the initial taste on each sip has a nice, slightly sour, chocolate/oatmeal/malt taste for me, but the aftertaste isn't too great. This would be a nice choice with some sort of rich, white cheese, I think... call me crazy, but maybe a Greek salad? I'd drink The Poet again, but I'm not crazy about it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 00:44:34 | More by Alextricity
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head with excellent retention and lacing on a very dark brown body.

S: clean aroma caramel, light vanilla, cream, light roasted malts, oats

T: flavor is pretty simple with roasted malts, light coffee finish, hints of dark chocolate and oats

M: excellent for the style. a bit dry in the finish from the coffee. creamy body and moderte carbonation

Overall these can be boring and watered down. This one is full flavored but simple. It looks very good and feels great on the palate. may be their best year round brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:33:58 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of PADIV

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a Stout Glass. The beer poured almost black with a very nice amber color where the light passed through the shallow edges. The head was a solid two fingers high and a deep tan color. The head also had good representation of lacing. A bold malt aroma with a hint of tobacco made my taste buds anxiously awaiting the first draw from the glass. The tast was that of a bold oatmeal stout. A very smooth full flavored beer that made me want to drink some more. This beer goes down smooth and has a pleasant after taste. The label is a nice touch paying homage to a great story. This is a great beer to pair with great friends and a great steak. I would highly recommend this beer and I look forward to buying more.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 21:55:10 | More by PADIV
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle thanks to thebigredone. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin creamy mocha brown head that recedes to pretty much no head and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Oatmeal, creamy dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malts. About average aroma strength. Not overly sweet, licorice and dark chocolate balance decently together.

T- Black licorice, dark chocolate, finishes with a roasted malt taste with lingering dark chocolate and a little bit of oatmeal. Nice balance and decent complexity.

M- Medium bodied, fairly carbonated, easy drinkability.

O- Decent overall oatmeal stout. Dominated a little bit more by licorice then I prefer and could have been a tad sweeter, but overall definitely enjoyable. Nothing that really stands out, but I would have this again although probably not seek it out. I recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 18:12:01 | More by jaasen64
Photo of Florida9


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, nearly black, but some light does come through on the edges. Forms a smallish light tan head that reduces to a thin surface coating and leaves some light lacing on the way down.

S: Chocolate, cocoa, mild molasses sweetness, and some roasted malts.

T: Mildly sweet with flavors of coffee, cola, roasted malts, and milk chocolate. Cola dominates on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of heavy in body. Good carbonation. Mild bitterness. There is a bit of a powdery feel after the swallow.

O: A very nice beer and a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 01:32:16 | More by Florida9
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice

Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color, almost black. It has a one half finger cream head that fades relatively quickly leaving a bit of spotty lacing.

Smell – The aroma is nice and dark. It consists of roasted malt, cocoa and coffee smells. With these aromas is an oat and a light caramel sweetness which create quite a nice balance to the darker smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice showing of oat and bread. As the taste advances, some lighter notes of cocoa and coffee come to the tongue and are accompanied by a light caramel sweetness. From there, the sweetness fades as a lighter earthy hop flavor come to the tongue. In the end a clean and oaty flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is smooth but rather average or just above average in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is very nice for all the darker flavors of the brew. A little more body may have been nice, but at only 5.2% abv and being very drinkable, it is quite good overall.

Overall – A great oaty and darker brew with a smooth feel and nice flavors. A good easy drinking oatmeal stout. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 01:46:14 | More by Darkmagus82
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark amber (almost black) in color with some reddish brown highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a small thick patch, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and lighter notes of coffee.

T: The beer starts out with moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of freshly brewed coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable - lots of flavors and complexity though lighter in body than some others in the style. Very easy to drink and sessionable for me - a great beer for a cold Sunday evening watching football.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 02:26:37 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of TheCondor


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on the way home from picking up my new 2013 Chevrolet Sonic from the dealer. What son! Joker had 14 miles on it when I picked it up. Anyway, I stopped at the sto' for some celebratory brews, this being one of them.

Appearance - cool,packaging, cool concept behind the name and brew. Pours a super dark brown, almost black, no light can penetrate, like the abyssal plain. Nice one finger, tan head that sticks around for most of the drink. Leaves good lacing too.

Smell - my favorite part of the brew. Complex, smells just like a nice strong oatmeal stout should. Cocoa, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, just olfactory awesomeness.

Taste - close to the nose, although not quite that intense. Very similar though. All the same flavors from the nose are there. It was a serious toss up between a 4 and a 4.5. If I had a 4.25 it would get it. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel - also amazing, close to the smell. Smooth, creamy, excellent finish. Outstanding

Overall - try this brew as soon as possible. Highly recommend. You shouldn't even
Be reading this review, you should be on your way to the sto'.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:36:50 | More by TheCondor
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4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the deepest brown you've ever seen, basically black in the middle with a bit of dark-brown shining through the edges. Frothy, creamy looking light-tan colored head, decent retention and minimal lacing. Nose hits with a handful of malts, nuts, roasted grains, charred wood, and a heavy dose of oats and oatmeal. The taste follows the nose perfectly, allowing for great harmony and exemplary synthesis of the senses. Full of a nice, roasted character of malts and grains, complete with some caramel sweetness. Woody and nutty flavors shine through about halfway through, and the oat/oatmeal hints are abundant throughout the entire length of the sip, in an over-the-top, good way. Very creamy, medium body, with a middle of the road type of carbonation.

I know I may slightly be overrating this beer, but I don't care. I love it. It's full flavored, and there's something about the taste I just love - oats, grains, malts, wood, nuts. And the best part is, at only 5.2% ABV, it's very easy to drink, making it the best session beer I could ask for.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 11:59:38 | More by tectactoe
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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a huge around three finger thick frothy deep tan colored head. Head stays for around 2 minutes and then disappears into a creamy tan thin layer. Super excellent lacing with long retention. Totally opaque.

Smell is prominent in roasted malts and slight coffee. Huge thickness in nose but the smell is not very strong. Some very mild hops and oatmeal biscuit smell.

Taste: Follows the nose with just a little more prominent hop and bitterness towards the end or may be it is ground coffee. Otherwise taste is quite bland for a stout due to grainy oatmeal presence. Lacks alcohol punch.

Mouth feel: Medium to slightly full. Not very dry. Little oily thinning feel. Medium carbonation keeps the feel likable.

Overall well brewed oatmeal stout and fits the style really well. For its style 4. With personal bias : 3.5

Try it. Nothing new for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 23:54:36 | More by AmitC
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a thick brown/black pour into a tulip with about a finger of tan head and excellent retention. smells of tobacco, dirt, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, roasted nuts.
a slight bitterness coming from roasted grains, very weak in flavor.. everything seems to be faded. slightl sweet chocolate flavor in the finish. basically, everything in the smell is in the flavor but faintly (to the point where unless you are taking breaks between sips, you wouldn't taste anything until well after you finished the beer). way lighter than it looked pouring. medium body with a bit higer carbonation than expected.. chalky aftertaste/feel. slightly creamy on the lips.

not sure what happened with this beer.. it LOOKED and SMELLED excellent, i got pretty excited to taste it, but it's so weak it feels like i just wasted a beer. maybe this is just an old bottle that was leftover at the store? seems way too weak in flavor to be fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 05:00:31 | More by facundoCNB
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer I have had from these guys. Always excited to try out a new brewery! Poured into a pint.

A - Ruby-black hue with a nice sized head. Tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, oatmeal, coffee and some earthy malts hit the nose in a delicate balance. Far from robust, yet enjoyable.

T - Up front the chocolate hits the palette with a soft grace. Not overpowering, just enough to give some sweetness before progressing to the next phase. Moves into a more bold earthy experience with an increased sense of fullness. End with no trace of alcohol whatsoever. Behind all of this, there are some hops to speak of. Far from prominent, but not to be dismissed.

M - Smooth, medium bodied and creamy. I wish the beer had some greater depth throughout, perhaps via the addition of molasses or thicker malts. The beer is not watery, although I prefer a full body to support the tastes found here.

O - This is a fine beer given the ABV. I wish the malts were bolder, the alcohol a bit more pronounced and in a few words: more powerful.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 02:48:35 | More by mscudder
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black, a little bit of red light shines through, head is tan and creamy with a few large bubbles. Nose is heavy roast and bitter coffee, dark chocolate and toffee. Taste is roast, coffee, and chocolate, short finish and thin body with a moderate carbonation and lingering coffee bitterness.
A-pours a thin looking dark brown beer, the edges give off hues of red when held up to the light. the head is a nice tan color, fluffy looking and retains for about half a minute. a pretty solid lacing is left on the glass to make a pleasant looking brew.

S-the nose is quite big and boasts a fair amount of oatmeal. Dark chocolate and a light roasted espresso fade in at the back with an underlying metallic note. There is a light citric hop presence at the back.

T-the taste is also pretty big and seems solid. Oatmeal blends with dark chocolate and roasted espresso up front. the hop presence comes in towards the back to give some balance, notes of grass and citric rind, a hint of bitterness finish off this brew.

M-this is a medium body and is very smooth. the carbonation is present enough at the finish to give it some body on the back of the throat.

D-this is very easy drinking and goes down extremely smooth. pretty solid and bold flavors with a nice balance of hop and roasted malts. good sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 12:57:27 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Beer_Runner

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No bottled on date on the label or the bottle.

A: A slow pour and after about halfway an accelerated pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about one finger of a light and foamy, dark tan head. This head dissipated into uneven, spotty clumps and a color; and it left a little lacing, too.

S: The aroma was dark roasted coffee and dark roasted malt with just a touch of grainy sweetness.

T: The taste was sweet dark roasted malt with dark roasted grains and some dark roasted coffee bitterness.

M: The body was a medium weight and had a very creamy, smooth and pleasing feel; and, it had very little carbonation, which was just right for this beer.

O: This was a very pleasant stout. It had a good balance of sweet malt and dark roasted grain, and dark roasted coffee bitterness. Although this was a pleasing stout, there is nothing really outstanding. It is a good baseline stout. It would be a good stout to use when introducing newcomers to the world of stout beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:50:00 | More by Beer_Runner
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4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass and it is black with hints of red with not much of a head, but thick. Very good aroma with hints of choclate and coffee. It has a very creamy feel to it, with the first chocolate and followed by the coffee flavor. A friend also was drinking one with me and he thought that there could be a hint of smoke to it. It has a slight sweetness to it and it goes down very smooth. Overall I rate this as an excellent stout and I can't wait to have it in a draft! Thanks New Holland!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 11:31:38 | More by heypickleman
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New York

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

4-pack from Whole Foods. Pint glass. Hot wings. Football. :)

Black with cola highlights. A thin, but constant, frothy tan head.

Smells like chocolate wafers & toasted rice. Maybe a little minerally.

Milky feel. Oreos. Gentle roast. Very slightly sharp. Mildly sweet. Toasty & soapy bitter finish. Super easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 05:46:18 | More by PEBKAC
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. This was a pick on their fall beer program. I feel like this was a good choice for a fall list.

They poured this into a shaker pint. There was about one finger of creamy head. This head dropped down to a thin film, which leads to some good looking lacing on the glass. The coloring is straight black.

Off the top I pick up peat, coffee, and chocolater. These are all very clean smells that are easy to pick out.

The flavor is pretty strong, but clean at the same time. I was surprised how much flavor is there on a 5.2% beer. You get a bunch of coffee and dark chocolate.

There is little challenge with the drinkability of this beer. You get some coffee bitterness that stays on strong.

This is a very good example of an oatmeal stout. I recommend picking up a bottle or pint.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 01:18:22 | More by ummswimmin
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House.

A - black with a reddish hue; thin, soft layer of brown head

S - roasted malts, faint charcoal, a hint of chocolate

T - creamy, roasted malts, a bit bitter, a hint of coffee

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, a bit crisp, maybe a little overcarbonated

This was a nice, easy to drink, stout. The oats did a great job of adding a bit of smooth, creamyness to the texture which enhanced the drinkability for me. I felt this beer was just slightly overcarbonated. The carbonation was crisp which I thought worked against my palate and detracted from the flavor a bit. Otherwise, yet another solid New Holland offering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 09:26:59 | More by tdm168
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours completely black, with a nice frothy very long lasting head. Aroma is of roasted chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Slight bready aroma. Taste is similar, coffee and chocolate character right up front, oats and bread. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. Medium carbonation, and full bodied. Nice toasted malty finish with slight bitterness, overall a very well done stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 18:29:10 | More by scvance
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4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black appearance with a frothy tan colored head. Rolled oats, wheat bread, dark chocolate, Roasted coffee beans and rich molasses are all apparent and comfortably dominant in the aroma. Soft onset of bittersweet chocolate and molasses with a thick roasted backbone on the first sip. Oatmeal, bready malts and some hints of fermented fruit make their way into the body. Chocolaty, toasty finish. Really great oatmeal stout, highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 23:55:47 | More by YouSkeete
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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep transparent brown, almost black, with some golden hues around the edges; thick mocha head with nice retention throughout; good amount of lacing and visible activity of carbonation.

S - Mild hint of oats, roasted malts, and coffee.

T - Sweet, creamy taste upfront with some strong flavors of dark chocolate and coffee about mid-drink; mild taste of oats with a bitter aftertaste.

M - Light, creamy texture; medium-bodied; medium carbonation; dry finish.

O - Not my favorite oatmeal stout, but better than average and worth a drink; would have no problem drinking more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 21:24:46 | More by The_1084
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3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bilco for throwing a bottle my way.

Appearance: Pours with an insane amount of carbonation and head. Sheets of lacing. Head retention is good, fed by the carbonation. Pours a deep rich brown that pushes toward black. Very clear.

Smell: Chocolate malts. Big notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, treacly fudge, and cocoa powder. Mega chocolate. Nice layers of oats and roasted malts. Some touches of coffee. Burnt, charred, and leathery. So many oats. Some hints of dark fruit like figs.

Taste: Oats and chocolate and then some. So oat heavy. Bitter chocolate and some lingering roasty sweetness. Coffee with cream. Roasty sweet. Dump some coffee on oatmeal. Cocoa bitterness is high and aggressive.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth and highly carbonated. Insane levels of carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Almost crisp at times.

Overall: The most aggressively carbonated stout I've ever encountered. The flavors are good, but the carbonation hurts it. It drinks like a heavily roasted malt soda.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 18:35:12 | More by Goblinmunkey7
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.