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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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2,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,038
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 72
Gots: 231 | 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:
Beer added by: inebrius on 02-01-2003

IBU's: 40
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Photo of rdilauro
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love my stouts, especially oatmeal stocks. This poured as close to a jet black stout I normally enjoy. There still was a hint of brown which gave me the warm aroma of coffee and chocolate.

The head was small and dark. The first taste was on the small side with nice much of a big stout taste considering the oatmeal fame. The mouthful and finish were much nicer, so I needed to taste it again.

Each taste afterwards, I found more round and soft flavors coming out. Almost like the oatmeal was finally trying to push through.

Enjoyable beer, in the top of the oatmeal stouts I have had

Photo of mater
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of slavall
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of FightinIrish88
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Drank this in a brandy snifter - really helped to open up the aromas. Pours an opaque black with ruby edges. Small, off-white head. Little to no retention. Smells and tastes of the oatmeal (big fan of that), dark chocolate, coffee, molasses. Nice complexity to it, and it really morphed as it warmed up. Nice center of the oatmeal. Mouthfeel is a tad more watery than I prefer, but it by no means hurts the experience. Overall, a fine example of the style, great offering from New Holland, and I would happily pick up another.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle not dated

New Holland The Poet poured an opaque dark brown to black and produced a tan milkshake like 1 ½ finger head that formed nice lacing. The aroma is of coffee and dark chocolate with the flavor offering more of the same plus dark fruit and more roasty malt character added. The mouth feel is to the full side, soft, smooth and creamy.

The Poet is big and flavorful yet VERY drinkable. Well done New Holland!

Photo of diverite
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of LouDogg114
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jwenzel019
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigbeerfan
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

12oz into a pint glass.

Dark, dark brown with crimson highlights around the exterior of the body. A thin head upon pouring that wisps away into a collar of foam around the edges.

Roasty bakers chocolate and pumpernickel apparent at first on the nose, with subtle notes of butterscotch. A touch of earthy hops give a hint of bitterness, and a touch of saltyness I believe.

Those bitter chocolatey malts are again up front with a little bit of hop bite. Highlights of pumpernickel and hazelnut woven throughout the flavor which presents a dessert like quality to the flavor, but the bitterness still remains dominant.

Medium body with a silky consistency, a real pleasure to hold in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. Just a tingle of carbonation.

Bitter chocolate and sweeter grain flavors with a touch of earthyness and subtle sweetness. A nice oat stout that sort of surprised me with it's quality. Way to go, New Holland. This is gonna have to be one I remember to pick up when I'm in the mood.

Photo of JLeet
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BrandonOakes
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of TheBierBand
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. The head formed to about 1" of frothy tan over an ebony brew. The foam held on for quite a while and left thick lacing behind as it dissipated.

The nose was caramel and coffee.

The taste was sweet caramel/malt with a slight hint of dark chocolate. Just a twinge of burnt bitterness follows.

The mouthfeel: NICE: Good carbonation level.... not too fizzy at all. Nice palate coating and aftertaste.

Drinkability: Recommended. Good quaff.

12/26/07 EDIT:
Though that I would do a little experiment. Try a RIS and then an Oatmeal Stout.... for this, I tried a Victory Storm King RIS and then this.... New Holland - The Poet.

So pouring the poet into my pint glass, I noticed that the head was more active.... and a similar pour resulted in a bigger head... Victory: 1"; New Holland: 2". The color of the foam was a light beige in this case. The lacing was more pronounced with the RIS... but the New Holland OS left some nice lacing as well. The beer was ebony in color. The New Holland Poet was less opaque than the Victory Stom King. When held to a bright light source, the Poet showed a fair bit of Ruby highlights.

Smell: The aroma is more subdued with the Poet as opposed to the Storm King. The Poet smells more smokey than the Storm King.

The taste: The Poet is sweeter than the Storm King. Both have a smokey character to them.... MUCH more so with the Storm King. The Poet has a touch of sweetness that provides a better balance. Tastes in the Poet include: smoke, coffee, followed by a sweet-ish chocolate.

Poet: Somewhat thin. NOT overly so...
Storm King: Somewhat thick. Medium.

Poet: Have these all day. Easy to drink. Tasty.
Storm King: More of a sipper.... still a solid brew. A little too bitter for my taste.

Photo of BrewClint
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of WiggyKGB
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

I must've had a subpar bottle when I first reviewed, or something was off about my palate or mood. The bottle I'm drinking now is incredibly smooth, with a nice medium-full body. Gone from the taste are the sour and acrid character. What's left is a hell of a stout that I'll definitely be happy to revisit. Original review below:

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Dark brown with a half-inch tall tan, fluffy head.

S - Coffee, a bit of milk chocolate, perhaps some molasses and roast barley in the background. Enjoyable, but not incredibly strong.

T - Coffee and chocolate are both present, though the coffee has the acrid quality you sometimes get from a carafe that's been sitting too long on the burner. It also has a slightly sour note that would be more at home in an Irish dry stout. Some hop bitterness appears in the middle and lasts through the finish, but there's very little hop flavor.

M - Surprisingly watery. Practically none of the silky, rich texture I'd expect for the style. Where's the oatmeal?

D - This is not a bad beer, but it doesn't seem to have much going to actively recommend it. Still, New Holland has shown it can pull off a good (quasi-)stout with Dragon's Milk, so I'm willing to give The Poet another try in the future. If nothing else, I could see using it to convert a macro-drinking friend who likes Guinness, maybe paired with burgers at a late-season cookout.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,038 ratings.