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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,459 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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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)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 03:41:16 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 21:33:17 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 11:34:44 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 03:08:39 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 15:49:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 15:31:53 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 14:31:24 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 00:52:57 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 15:19:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 08:36:54 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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?

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 00:06:51 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, New Holland has done it again! The Poet delivers a beautiful appearance with a long-lasting head and some very nice lace. The nose is quite enticing with a rich combination of chocolate and coffee. In the mouth it's creamy, and surprisingly medium-full bodied. The flavor is as the nose indicates with the addition of a touch of yeasty fruitiness, a dab of caramel, and a solid bitterness. It finishes with a wash of chocolate that fades to a lingering bitterness and almost smoky roastiness. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 14:25:57 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 06:26:37 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as the night sky, black as can be, with a thick, lacey, creamy froth..a looker in the glass...liquefied Tyra Banks...
Aroma: AH! Cocoa, coffee, cream, anise, pepper, all thrown together, battered about, mixed-up, spicy, deep, resonant, AH!, gotta say it again...or, to put it differently, aaahhh!!!
Taste: full-bodied, marvelous mouthfeel, hangs wonderfully in the mouth, big chocolatey flavor, coats the senses, paints the palate, drips the cocoa all around the town...roasty, toasty, just a little bitter, and very tasty...this would definitely be a prime candidate for a staple slot in the old fridge. Such a darned perfect, smooth, drinkable stout...sip, gulp, ...ah!...there's the chocolate again...oh, the pleasures never end...why don't I have a 6-pack at hand?
Hooray for CRJMellor for bringing this bottle to me!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2004 10:59:05 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains roasted malts, oats, black coffee, some chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character, oats and sweet flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. There's some creaminess but also some metallicness to it. Some flavors of dark fruit and a mild but complementary hops presence in the background that help bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this is still a decent beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:43:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a dry oatmeal aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very thin black malt earthiness with a wonderful toasted malt and oatmeal feel. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable OS, but it could use a bit more malt content and more body. All in all, not bad.

Serving type: growler

06-03-2008 18:25:46 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Review No. 3,000 here on Beer Advocate.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and oats, as well as some roasted malt. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of cream and oat notes as well as some dark, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The beer is fairly dry and has some bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 03:44:18 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 01:47:23 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 18:46:07 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with ruby highlights and a thin off-white head. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of dark malt with a touch of dark fruitiness - roast/toast - coffee - Robust.

The taste is of sweet dark malt with an underlying fruitiness with roasted coffee that becomes more dominant as it progresses. There is a bit of acidic astringency. It has a bitterish, roasty/toasty finish.

It is medium-to-full bodied.

A roasty stout with a coffee accent. A nice pairing with brunch.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 00:53:49 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Appearance: Deep dark roasts form a black body with ruby highlights nice even intricate and even lacing. Aroma: Frivilous chocolate and coffee like deep roasted malts along with fruity over-ripened undertones. Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and with the touch of fruits thrown in very soft and nice on the palate definitely a session stout all the way nice beer very happy with this New Holland offering. Mouthfeel: Full bodied chalk full of flavor great stuff even carbonation brings out a silky smoothness. Drinkability: Amazing creamy texture along with impeccable balance can't go wrong with this gem.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2004 19:38:19 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: clear brown color with some reddish highlights. A one inch head produces a bit of lace.

Smell: roasted malts with hints of chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: roasted malt, prunes, bits of chocolate and coffee, and very soft oat tones. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start but smooth and a bit creamy at the finish.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this stout. Refreshing and hits the spot when in the mood for an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 14:45:32 | More by Gavage
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mactrail

California

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in the tulip with a golden-brown tinge. Fine carbonation on the tongue and a good mouthfeel. Sharp character on top of a roasted and grainy flavor. Fairly dry but has a touch of fruitiness along with a kiss of malt that is quite appealing. Hint of chocolate on the lips. Hops come on as an intriguing afterthought.

Very drinkable dark beer. More pleasant than some of the many stouts that are so burnt and acidic. This one has enough tartness and roast malt for a great experience. Bottle in great condition from Art Of The Table in Grand Rapids.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 05:47:30 | More by mactrail
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, yet smooth, I suppose that makes for a good oatmeal stout. I didn't get any head retention, but the body is still a nice, thick black. The aroma is a mix of chocolate grains with a touch of coffee and roasted barley. I also keep thinking I'm catching hint of hops, like this is a milder Shakespeare Stout. The same flavors come up on your tongue, along with a sweet malt flavor that's followed by a mild bitter bite. All in all a tasty stout. Not the most distinctive, but a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 01:20:28 | More by tempest
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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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