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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,744 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,744
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 73
Gots: 123 | 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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Ratings: 1,744 | Reviews: 648 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A blackish stout, minimal head. Faint roast, some malt in the nose. About average mouthfeel,which is below average for this style. Modest sourness.Thin coffee. Drinkability is about average. Low carbonation. A decent beer, but not best representation of style.

Sammy, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -23.3%

t0rin0, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -23.3%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at New Holland last week. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a good tan head. Spotty lacing and a bit of a cap. The nose is heavy with chocolate and a bit of roast. Really nice oat presence coming into the flavor. Chocolate there as well. Medium body and fairly chewy. Goes down nice and easy. One of my favorite beers from New Holland.

Thorpe429, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

acurtis, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near jet black in color (traces of amber are visible near the corners of the glass. It poured with a creamy tan head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste has flavors of roasted malts and coffee beans and is accompanied by a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, very smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness towards the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it’s lighter bodied compared to others in the style but still has a lot of flavors.

metter98, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate syrup brown color with a relatively modest tan head that retains fairly well and leaves a some lace

Smell: Lots of roasty char, with dark chocolate and coffee underneath

Taste: Opens roasty, with a developing bittersweet chocolate element that gets drowned by roasty bitterness at mid-palate; after the swallow, it mellows a bit and introduces a coffee flavor, but the bitterness from the roast and the hops dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; smooth and creamy, but slightly thin

Drinkability: A very nice beer; could use s thicker mouthfeel and perhaps a bit more malt flavor, but still quite good

brentk56, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkest mahogany with razor-thin ruby edges. No light is getting through the center of this stout. The wheat toast brown head is firm, sticky, persistent and lays down quite a bit of thick, chunky lace. The nose is dominated by roasted malt with aromas of coffee and chocolate, primarily the former.

The Poet is great beer. Coffee is still more prominent than bittersweet chocolate on the palate, but they're now close to being equal contributors. The degree of roastedness is just about perfect as far as I'm concerned. It's apparent that the malt has been flambed, but that bitter char that can sometimes result with overroasting isn't present.

Even though it's no Storm King or Shakespeare in terms of pedal-to-the-metal hoppiness, it's obvious that hops are in the house. The beer is well-balanced in the sense that it favors neither sweet nor bitter at any point along the flavor arc. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy with a nicely mouthcoating finish. I'm trying to find something to criticize, but I'm not having any luck.

The Poet is yet another wonderful beer from New Holland and, along with Snake River Zonker Stout, is my favorite 'just plain ol' stout' to date. Given my BA name, I'm sure that I'm unwelcome in the state of Michigan, but damn, you guys have some great breweries up there. Thanks to deejaydan for this gem.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with an average size foamy head with average retention but good lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet chocolate with some light coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt notes with some medium sweet chocolates notes offset by some dry coffee. Full body with some medium carbonation. Very well done for the style and easily drinkable.

Phyl21ca, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have come to expect good things from New Holland. This stout does not disapoint. Pours a lightly viscous, opaque dark brown with retention and lacing to match. Smells rich and creamy with roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes similarly, but with more boldness in the roasted, coffee, chocolate tones than in the malt sweet or milk sweet flavors. Feels silky and full, and remaining firm throughout. Tempered with bitterness from the grains and subtle hops. Lingers with coffee and chocolate. Reminds me of a London Porter, but with heavier body, and bolder roastedness. A terrific beer.

BEERchitect, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a 8oz hote water glass, but heck at least it was a glass right?

A - This one poured a very nice and very thick looking dark brown with a large tan colored head gracing the top and rising to a height of around two fingers until it gradually faded and left behind a thin film across the top and more the adequate side glass lace that clouded up the glass very nicely throughout the entire session.

S - The aroma was simply awesome. This is exactly the type of thing I want in an oatmeal stout. The first thing I noticed was a very nice and dominant aroma of chocolate which suprised me a bit as I did not know this would be in there. As I got past that I started to notice a little more of the sweet lactose sugar and a touch of vanilla even strting to come through in the aroma. As it warmed soem more sweetness and a touch of lactose suagr started to come through as well as the oatmel like smell, this is what it was all about.

T - The flavor followed along with the aroma damn near perfectly. This was about as full of an ooatmela stout as I have had lately and was just really an eye opener so to speak. I really thought the nice touch of chocolate up front was really well played and only helped to add to the overall feel of it. There were hints of cookie dough and vanilla generously scattered throughout the taste which just rippled with sweetness and fullness and really never did quit or let you down..The finish was a touch sweet as well, not nearly drying out as much as I thought it wwould but rather stying full and sweet.

M - Simply great with a smooth creamy full body that just was a wonderful beer to sit down and drink. The carbonation never let up and it never got boring or stale an by no means was this coming off as thin in any way. A rich creamy feel that fit the style perfectly and opened me up to the rest of it.

D - Just amazing that something with this full of a feel and flavor profile would be soo damn drinkable. I really could have treated this one as a session beer, and probably really should have as it was just amazing. A really finely crafted example of the style.

Overall I thought that this one was excellent. I have been dissapointed by the style as of late and this one came along and really brought it all back for me. A really fine nd well crafted oatmeal stout that had just the right amount of everything. I would have no issue in having this one again anyday.

mikesgroove, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

kjkinsey, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

GRG1313, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
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.

kylehay2004, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a near black body (akin to dark chocolate and black cherries -TheLibrarianGirl) with a 2-finger-high topping of beige foam.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented blend of chocolate powder and instant coffee with a creamy, nutty serving of quality oats. Upon warming, a hint of licorice develops in the aroma and taste.

Taste: Malty opening of semi-sweet chocolate, light caramel, and sweetened morningtime coffee with some toastiness and nutty oats following close behind. Very thin trace of fruitiness. Light touch of herbal, earthy hops that, along with the roasty malts, provides for a mild sensation of bitterness. Sustained nuttiness until the silken, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Soft, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pleasant, easy-drinking, comparatively light stout. See? They don't all have to be barrel-aged, chocolate-infused, steeped in fruit, and hopped to the hilt to be good to me. No, really!

ChainGangGuy, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid black served in a snifter glass. The beer is dark, with a thick tan head. It gives off the aromas of roasted grains, toast, little bit of some coffee and chocolate. The flavors are dry and burnt, not much sweetness coming out on this one. The mouthfeel is smooth, it's also not overly thick. The beer is pretty good overall, not the best out there but worthy of trying.

Knapp85, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked the real nice black color with some ruby hue,off white sticky head real impressive looking.Roasted malt is predominent smell I get from it with some underlying chocolate notes.Taste is roasty and chocolaty but wiith some softness due to the oats I would venture to guess,pretty easy to drink maybe a little thin.All in all pretty darn good.

oberon, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I wonder what poet they're talking about? I'm gonna go with William Carlos Williams. The beer pours an opaque jet black with a minor head of glowing ecru bubbles. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, molasses, sharp coffee, and chocolate-covered black cherries (I can't seem to separate the two here). The taste holds notes of dark fruits, dark wheat, and very bitter cocoa powder. The latter pair dominates, and a vague but strong sense of chalk underlies everything. Something here doesn't compute, especially when the smell is accounted for. The body is surprisingly light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and watery feel. Overall, I'm marking this down as a fairly large disappointment, given the good things I've heard. Something just seems very bland in the taste, and the beer as a whole seems too watery and thin. Oh well, plenty of other recommended brews out there, right?

TMoney2591, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat clear, dark brown color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of oatmeal, some floral hops and a sweet caramel aroma.

T - This oatmeal stout leaned toward the sweet side with caramel and toffee flavors. The oatmeal and a light hop bite balance out the sweetness.

M - It was soft, smooth and fairly creamy. A medium bodied beer that was very easy to drink.

D - This is a solid oatmeal stout. My first New Holland brew did not disappoint.

zeff80, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Southgate, Michigan.

This beer appears a pretty solid black, with very slight ruby edges, and one fat finger of foamy, sort of creamy, beige head, which leaves a pocked limestone wall of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. It smells of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of mild coffee, cream, and earthy hops. The taste is sweet toasty caramel, milk chocolate, and earthy hops. The carbonation is fairly low, the body a solid medium weight, silky smooth, and fairly creamy. It finishes with a sweet creamy roasted malt, and a bit of earthy dryness.

A well rendered, slick oatmeal stout, enjoyable as a counter to some deadly spicy top-tier wings.

biboergosum, Sep 22, 2011
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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,744 ratings.