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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,735 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 73
Gots: 120 | 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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with little head or lacing. The aroma has notes of vanilla, cocoa, cream, and roastiness. Very well integrated, but slightly light. Tastes silky as a good oatmeal stout should. There is a touch of cigar smoke and fresh tobacco as well as vanilla and cocoa. Deep, rich flavors that are tamed by the silky finish. Mouthfeel is quite nice as well, but for the style I've tasted quite a few that are creamier and silkier. Whatever, it works as is. Quite pleasant, and even very good, but not definitive.

Georgiabeer, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a long thin flute)

A- This beer pours a jet inky black that doesn't even let light through during the pour. The thin tan head fades to a ring and there are a lots of tiny bubbles that stick to the edge of the glass and then fade into the abyss.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt had a deep aroma with strong coffee notes.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt and grain has a good depth to it with a coffee note that really comes through strong. There is a faint taste of sherry, alder smoke and a note of tar as it warms. The finish is a light sour note with a black malt aftertaste that hangs on the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a very creamy almost chewy texture. There is a tight little fizz in the finish but no alcohol warmth at all.

D- This beer is dark and stoic with a good complexity in the dark malts but it is well blended. The coffee is a strong flavor but it does not interfere with the black malt flavors. This was a very smooth finish with no alcohol heat but the malt bitterness did a nice job of balancing the other malt flavors.

rhoadsrage, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor is sweet roasted malts, hints of chocolate. 12oz bottle from Whole Foods Columbus, OH.

jdhilt, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured int New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger tan head. Decent retention for the small amount of head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a very dark black. Only can see through it on the top edges where the color is dark brown.

Aroma: Damn this is good. Coffee, chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, oats. Very rich, complex beer.

Taste: At first this beer was a little cold, so I let it warm up first before I took my notes. Not as exciting ast the smell. Dark chocolate, roasted malts. Slight coffee flavor. Oats. Fairly complex, but it should be for an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy. Full bodied. Medium level of carbonation. ends with a malty/dry aftertaste. I really don't like the aftertaste very much.

Overall, I thought I was going to love this beer because of the aroma, but I was wrong. Still, it is a good beer. Only 1 of these in a sitting. Definitely worth a shot.

mothman, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Berwick Brewing pint glass while eatin supper.

Small noise with the cap pop, The Poet has the look of a brown ale, with a mix of wood brown and maroon shades. A steady pour to a non tilted glass produced a semi cascade of bubbles producing a inch or more of light tan foam, slightly brown, fades to a cap, no lacing.

An interesting nose that's both not very exciting, but also layered in a way. Im getting a brown ale base with some grain and nuts backed by a light hop shield giving off a rustic vibe. Roasted malt and a good amount of oats. The oatmeal is not large and im not getting any chocolate which is different. The smell is quite big for a five percenter.

Assorted nuts up in the front with a silky malt sweetness including caramel but not imperialized in any way, this is pretty tame. Getting a bit of oatmeal in the middle with some roast without the coffee. A hint of dark fruit comes out of nowhere at the end. While the oats are not centerstage, i'm enjoying the other flavors more. a mix between a brown and a oat stout.

You guessed it, the feel is a little thin given the ABV and style. It does not come off watery but leaves me needing some more of a creamy feel. The flavors are what's keeping this in check for me, so I can forgive the feel in this case. Slightly medium bodied with a light carb present, it's there, but muted. No bitterness in any way.

This is a straight forward, easy going, no bell's and whistles oatmeal stout. The poet is a bit different to me because I did not find a bunch of chocolate/coffee interfering with the oat. In this case I get more of a nutty/grainy thing going with the oat which at this present time, i'm digging.

BARFLYB, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

superspak, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckEyeNation for this one.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, small fizzy tan head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of roasted malts, hops, slight vanilla, and chocolate/coffee. The taste follows the nose, nice roasted flavor with some nice chocolate/coffee taste. The finish is kinda dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice oatmeal stout, recommended.

Wasatch, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured (carefully) into an imperial pint glass, and we still got a full inch of tan head over a barely translucent mahogany brew. Lacing is good, and of the heavy foam variety. Aroma is full of deep dark malts, coffee and chocolate stand out. Taste is also of the coffee and chocolate malts, in reasonably good balance. Mouthfeel smooth, with some coffee bitterness, as expected. Drinkability is good, and overall this is a pleasant stout. A nice ender to a long day.

ppoitras, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Pizza Paradiso.

A one finger head was poured which is light cocoa brown in color, with tiny uniform bubbles. Very gorgeous body black almost giving to brown with some hues. Small lacing while drinking.

Faint malt smell, a little licorice candy. Small coffee with roast character. Unfortunatly it's all kind of subdued and hard to find.

Taste matches the noses subdued feeling. Small roasted notes, with a fairly good and expansive grainy like body, a little sour though.

This isn't too bad I've had better but it could do.

smakawhat, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured dark chocolate, molasses and a touch of smoke.

The taste was extremely clean with roasted malts and a nice smokiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style. Very distinctive in this regard.

Overall a very well done stout. Very easy to drink.

plaid75, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: From the bottle poured a luscious dark chocolate brown with reddish highlights while in the glass it appeared a flat black with a pillowy hazelnut colored head that lasted but a few minutes before lapsing to a spongey film covering. The lacing was spongey and splashy.

S: The nose was rich roasted chocolate malting with warm oatmeal, simple in execution, yet very effective. Dark milk chocolate with soft hints of fresh extinguished charred wood stand out as well. What it lacked in complexity this aroma made up with a heeping and rich nature.

T: The initial flavor begins with dark coffee grounds dominanting along with roasted chocolate malt and dried creamer. The roasted nature was soft and very smooth with an earthy bitterness of coffee grounds that lingered a bit on the finish. Roasted oats compose the malting portion while hints of burnt sweet licorice can be detected briefly before the closing.

M: decent with a slight coating of powdery creamer upon the swallow. The texture was a bit edgy and lacked the silky smoothness I come to expect from a good oatmeal stout. The fullness had a light to medium consistency while a fade roasted malt was ok but fell a bit short of expectations.

D: fairly good and easy enough to consider this a light session stout (3-4) at one sitting. A fairly good enjoyability factor which gets progressively better. Decent to throw back a few and solidly good per style.

beerthulhu, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

tdm168, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Kelp, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red highlights, medium tan head, nice lacing. Smell is roasty, vanilla sourness, chocolate and coffee, floral. Taste is roasty, with chocolate and coffee up front, graininess and more chocolate in the finish, very roasty all the way through. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very creamy. An enjoyable stout, Thanks DrJay!

Viggo, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

chinchill, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark ruby. Thin brown head recedes to a bubbly collar that leaves rings of lace. Aroma is coffee, lactic sweetness, tobacco and charred malt. The taste follows suit with the nose nicely. A baltic porter kind of smooth roasted maltiness. A cream stout kind of milk sugar attribute. And nice chocolate accents as well. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and the body is a little better than medium. This one is good all around.

An ode to a cokes...

This beer kind of rocks.
It almost knocked off my socks.
I thank none other than BA's poet laureate for this.
I'm just glad it didn't taste like piss.

Bighuge, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

dmorgan310, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with chesnut highlights and a dense, tan head. Plenty of lacing. Chocolatey, toffee, and coffee aroma with mild acidity and alcohol present. Mild flavour, dry and roasty with milk chocolate to start. Bitterness and hop leaf appear towards the end and balance nicely with the malts into the finish. Carbonation was on the low side with very fine bubbles, creamy texture with a medium body. A well-crafted beer. Very enjoyable, especially the creaminess and balanced flavour.

DrJay, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +2%

Zaphog, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color. 1/2 inch head of a rich tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, and oats. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is thick and smooth with a high carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malts up front, then some slight alcohol flavors come through, sweet malt near the finish along with some very slight hops, the finish is again some good roasted malt. Very easy to drink (a little less thick than I'm used to in a good stout, but still very easy to drink). Overall, a good beer with strong malt characteristics that is definitely worth a try.

Tone, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Mellow Mushroom in downtown Charleston.

Pours an almost opaque black color with a one-finger tan head. It turns brown around the edges when held up to the light. The head diminishes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is moderately sticky.

Smells very roasty at first, then sweetens and gets more of a bready malt smell as it warms.

Tastes very similar to the way it smells. The roasted taste is huge up front, with a mild coffee taste. As it warms it gets much sweeter and the roasted taste is more subdued. Somewhat bready and has a bitter ending throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness, and the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is good. At first I wasn't too impressed, but once it warmed up it became very tasty.

Overall this beer definitely gets better as it warms up. It's certainly not too heavy either. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +2%

harpus, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Derek
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Black, off-white head, not much retention, some lace.

S: Tart coffee? Roasty.

T: Fairly dry & roasty, but not burnt. Hint of fruity esters, slight tartness.

M: Moderate body is dry. Carbonation is lower than moderate. I thought it could use some more creamy smoothness (seemed like more of a dry stout than an oatmeal stout).

D: Too dry for my liking.

Derek, Aug 12, 2006
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