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New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good
734 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
734
Ratings:
2,369
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
Wants:
90
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For Trade:
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New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 40

Added by inebrius on 02-01-2003

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Reviews: 734 | Ratings: 2,369
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a very well made beer, about as much roasty flavor and sticky body as you can pack into a beer of this low abv. its super dark, impenetrable to light, and barley showing a quarter inch of mocha bubbles on the edges. the nose is real dark, almost burnt barley, with a belgian chocolate undertone and a sweetness from the oats. the body is velvety smooth, but enormously heavy. palate coating and sticky, almost hard to swallow. its also a little tannic in the flavor, sharp for a second, which doesnt really fit with the tasted marshmallow flavor i get here. bitter roast and chocolate in the finish. its hard to drink a lot of this, but its cool how intense it is for being so mild on the alcohol front. well made beer, but not one of my personal favorites from these guys.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz Yankee pint at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Southgate, Michigan, right after landing and procuring my Detroit-made (natch) rental ride. Part of my night to kill before getting my luggage back from the airline, and meeting my extended maternal family tomorrow.

This beer appears a pretty solid black, with very slight ruby basal edges, and one fat finger of puffy, finely foamy, and sort of creamy beige head, which leaves a pocked limestone wall of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of gently roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, muddled dark berry fruit, a touch of mildly creamed coffee, and understated leafy, earthy and musty hops. The taste is lightly toasted caramel malt, a twinge of biscuity toffee, some tame oaten cereal, semi-sweet milk chocolate, a hint of edgy black licorice, fading dark fruit, and more bland earthy, weedy, and faintly floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, what with its ephemeral frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and silkily smooth, with a fairly obvious creaminess availing me of its wiles from the get-go. It finishes well off-dry, with a sweet 'n creamy, cocoa-tinted roasted caramel malt, and a bit of that still standoffish earthy dryness.

Overall, The Poet is a well rendered, and verily slick oatmeal stout, easy to drink, enjoyable, and equally useful as a counter to some deadly spicy top-tier hot wings and soft pretzels (I'm from Canada - we don't have that particular combo so readily available to us!), and yeah, early season NHL hockey on the TVs, all with strange supporters' accents surrounding.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Reviewed live as an oatmeal stout per the label. Expectations are above average given the brewery and style. Served cold into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess, thickness, and fullness. Frothiness is wanting. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque brown-black; by no means a solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a pretty typical looking oatmeal stout. Has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Chocolate, cream, dark malts, caramel, and oats (but fortunately no accompanying starchiness). Unfortunately, no roasted barley is present. Neither too sweet nor too bitter, but there does seem to be something slightly off about the balance...

No hop profile, yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant albeit contained aroma of below average intensity.

TASTE: Chocolate malts and dark malts provide the simple foundation for this plain oatmeal stout, with oats filling out the body and some additional chocolate lending it a bit of interesting character - something of which it is in dire need of more. There's a kiss of lactose sugar. This comes off plain, simple, and perhaps even boring, with below average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. The balance isn't quite dialed in, and there isn't much here in terms of subtlety or nuance. It's just a mundane oatmeal stout. I do like the creaminess, but it just isn't that evocative or interesting.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Don't expect any rich chocolate, evocative coffee, vanilla, etc. It's a very basic build for an oatmeal stout.

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly overcarbonated, aptly thick, and unrefreshing. This texture gets the job done - suiting the taste alright - but never really complements the taste or elevates the beer. Overall presence on the palate is decent.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, scratchy, or harsh.

OVERALL: Drinkable. It's an oatmeal stout, but offers no ornamentation. It checks the boxes of what's required for the style, but has no stand-out characteristics. A disappointingly mediocre brew from New Holland that is nice for its price and will scratch your oatmeal stout itch, but will fail to impress the discerning drinker. I might pick it up again, but it's not a paragon by any means.

High C+

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lazy saturday afternoon, feels like an oatmeal stout kinda day.

Pours a mocha colored frothy and semi thick almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice lacing as it does as well, almost black beer with faint brown light sneaking through the thin parts.

Nose brings sweet brown malts, caramel, little syrupy note, little nutty toffee like notes, some creamy like oatmeal, a touch of brown sugar and faint mocha, and very faint coffee.

Taste starts with darker malts this time, a touch of a roasty black malt, mild dark chocolate and cocoa notes, mocha like more than anything, with some of the caramel and brown sugar notes, a little nutty toffee again, and touch of a biscuity note. A nice creamy oatmeal, little oatmeal dark chocolate effect. Hops kick in on the backend, a little earthy almost spicy like hop note with fair bitterness for the style. Finish is drier but creamy and a little sticky, almost dried lactose but more like dried oats, little more semi sweet chocolate and touch of mocha coffee.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, nice creamy oats, decent carb.

Overall not bad, pretty nice oatmeal stout actually, the nose was a little lacking, but the taste brought some nice darker malts, nice oats with a little dark chocolate or semi sweet, nice kick of hops on the back end, decent finish, a touch syrupy and sweet but not bad. Pretty enjoyable even for a warm summer afternoon.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Boilermaker, Philly, PA

Poured like a typical stout, dark brown-black body, foamy tan head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa, toasted grains. About the same in the taste, big on the roast, dark malts, grains, a bit nutty, and a touch of sweetness with a counteracting touch of bitterness in the finish. A little thin in the mouthfeel, about medium-bodied. Nothing really distinctive going on here, but still a solid selection.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 08/25/2011. Pours crystal clear almost opaque dark brown color with a nice 2-3 finger dense tan head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Some spotty lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, oats, nuttiness, light coffee, and a bit of spicy hops. Nice and well balanced aromas here with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, light coffee, oats, and spicy hops. Good amount of spicy hop bitterness on the finish. A bit on the dry side; but there are some lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, light coffee, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium body and carbonation; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that drinks extremely easily. Nice balance of flavors and bitterness; with a fairly robust flavor profile. Pretty much zero alcohol presence noticed. Overall this is a damn nice and straight forward oatmeal stout. Nice robust flavors, balance, and easy drinking make this a session beer I would get again.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

undated 12oz bottle, allowed to warm for about 40 minutes, then served in Unibroue snifter.

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

S: The aroma is rich but not strong. Roasted malts, plums and other dark fruits, some coffee, oatmeal and chocolate. Sweet.

T: The taste starts out sweet; too sweet were it not for the rapid fill of dark roasted malt and oatmeal flavor that turns very mildly bitter in the finish. The finish also brings out some espresso and a trace of charcoal. Milk chocolate throughout. 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: Creamy smooth; enough carbonation to impart a light crispness; Medium body.

O: A sweet and rich oatmeal stout,with an exceptionally creamy feel.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.37/5  rDev -14%
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?

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cool into a Guinness tulip.

A - A very dark brown body w/ ruby hues and a huge 3.5 finger frothy head that settles out to around a pinky leaving lace like a spider web, the bead is very fine

S - A nice fruity cocoa smell like marshmallows and mocha w/ a hint of dark chocolate and raspberry w/ a nutty roasty odor.

M - Slightly sweet w/ moderate carbonation, med full body w/ a creamy/silky texture w/ nice roast and fruit elements but more roasted in the finish

T - A very nice fruitiness up front w/ lots of raspberry like taste as in the nose followed by french roast coffee roastiness w/ a very nice creamy feel that moderates the dry roast w/ subtle smokey flavor and nice woody hop taste w/ chocolate in the semi-sweet finish after the cocoa and coffee middle

D - A very nice well balanced oatmeal stout -this is a very tasty ale. I would quaff this any time since I am an oatmeal stout fan and this a good example of the style with nice balance -very quaffable

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.