New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,144 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,144
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 78
Gots: 296 | FT: 2
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 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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark brown/black with half a finger of tan coloured head.

S - Dark roasted malts, coffee and some bitter hops. A nice sweetness in the background.

T - Roasted malts, coffee and some cocoa. A slight bitterness and a nice sweetness in the background.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Black mahogany with ruby highlights. Light khaki head with low retention and lace.

S – Light coffee roast with savory sage and allspice.

T – Mildly acidic roast is soft and semi-sweet. Roasted chestnut center with a lightly bitter finish.

M – Smooth, medium light body. Ok carbonation.

O – Par for the style.

Photo of Duff27
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an inch-tall medium mocha colored head on a black body. Cool drink-by-drink step lacing and above average head retention.

S- Smell is of sweet chocolate, roastiness.

T- More roasted malts, coffee notes. Low hop prescence.

M- Creamy, though slightly thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high end for the style.

D/O- Your basic oatmeal stout, good for people trying to discover new tastes. Low enough ABV to put down a few without thinking about it.

Photo of Derek
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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.

Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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!

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.

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

Another new beer for me thanks to a trade with TATTORSO. Much appreciated, Jeff!

This one pours a dark brown with losts of hues of red and close to a 2 finger head of tannish foam.

The smell has a light nose of oats, some sweet malt, maybe a bit of milk chocolate. It's pretty delicate.

The taste is more assertive. Plent of oatmeal in the flavour up front giving a nice bitterish taste with roasted malt adding more bitterness and a touch of sweet malt taking the edge off some of the bitterness. Overall taste has me a happy camper.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, it finishes decidedly bitter and dry with a short aftertaste.

Drinkability? The alcohol is nonabtrusive and it was a joy to drink the entire session. Good solid Oatmeal Stout that I can easily give a thumbs up to!

Btw, head retention was below average but it didn't lack in lacing at all. Go figure.

Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head. The aroma is dark and roasted malts and coffee. The taste much like the aroma is dark and roasty with a very pleasant smoothness that is characteristic of the good oatmeal stouts. Overall, this is a very good beer that is highly recommended.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black color. Poured a 1 finger soapy tan head with good retention. Laced in wide sheets.

S: Toasted malts; chocolate and coffee. Dark bread. Very strong nose.

T: Consistent with smell; chocolate and espresso. Can taste the oats. Smooth and soothing. Building hop bitter for an even finish.

M: Medium-to-full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: Very drinkable. Flavorful and smooth.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pous a lovely jet black with dark brown highlights, but no head to speak of at all. Not even any foam!!! The color is the only good thing about this stouts appearance. Lovely aroma of dry coffee, dark roastd bread grains and maybe some greasy spoon diner serving size creamer. The tast is wet with coffee and a strong oaty feel. Makes me think of super dark Quaker oats before you add water. The palate is wet, grainy, and watery. The flavors have a hrd time sticking to the palate This beer lacks some texture. But still a good session beer.

Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a hotel room glass. The beer was deep black color with very light tan foam, thick and wet looking. The aroma was really good, mostly chocolate with malt. The flavor was chocolate with a hint of roast malt, but the best part was the velvety smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Incredible and tasty.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half tan head after a somewhat aggressive pour. Lacing and head retention are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and oats. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of a nutty taste. Also, there's a good balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with light/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very easy to drink. Not a bad choice as an occasional session beer. I liked this brew, and would definitely buy it again.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very nice pitch black with a slight amber brown haze. No head to speak of but it did have lace.

S - Mostly oats, slight chocolate and a bit of coffee. Good smelling stout!

T - This is were it kind of falls apart. Starts off with a coffee with sort of a cream aspect then turns kinda... grassy. Not sure if it's the hops or the oats acting up but it gave off a sort of hoppy bitterness that I don't like in my stouts. I kept revisiting and kept getting the same thing. Puzzling.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Well I had me some good stouts that I enjoyed more than this. I don't think I got a bad bottle and even if it was old it shouldn't have a funky hoppy taste. Weird thing is I liked it less than most other oatmeal stouts even less than Dundee stout. Still it was pretty drinkable just not good rep of the style. Pass.

Photo of markgugs
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, near black, with a nice 1-finger tan head. Looks creamy & inviting.

S: Smells of sweet, roasted oats. Hints of vanilla and maple syrup round out the overall aromatic body.

T/M: Big, chunky bursts of dark chocolate, cocoa & malted milk charge right out of the gate. Finish is roasted & bittersweet, the hops finally making a nice entrance, almost overpoweringly so. Beer loses points for being too consistent throughout, nothing changes or improves as it warms. Medium-bodied creaminess dominates the mouthfeel of this lightly carbonated ale.

D: Very easy to drink, would make for a quality session beer, though it might become a bit bland after 3 or 4.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint.
5.2% ABV, 37 IBUs.
Pairings: Mushrooms, beef, blooming, soft-ripened cheeses, and chocolate.

A - Despite being a brooding, black-colored beer, clarity is visible through the pour and highlights of dark brown manage to escape. Stubborn, sparkly tan foam cakes the pint glass as the plush froth plateaus and sinks.

S - Heavily roasted malt emits semi-sweet chocolate and some coffee essence with dry cocoa and undertones of rich milk chocolate. Complex and deep, the bold aroma is finished by a smooth oatmeal-like scent.

T - The Poet tastes like a chocolate candy bar topped with oats. Dark chocolate chunk and freshly ground coffee-like bitterness are evened out with smooth milk chocolate and soft, whipped nougat.

M - Rich and voluptuous, this full-bodied beer has a silky smooth feel from the oats and a perfectly balanced roasted malt bitterness to even things out!

O - Though dark and sinister in appearance, The Poet is a seductive, chocolaty beer that's silky smooth yet roasted and bitter for an exceptional balance and long-lasting finish. Quite possibly the benchmark for the style, The Poet is one of New Holland's stunning achievements in zymurgy.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich, smoky, oily with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate and just a touch of molasses. It pours a deep chocolaty sable with a thick but not too persistent tan head. Rich flavor fills the mouth with roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate and a hint of molasses and even a touch of hops. Texture is smooth and easy going yet leaves a nice tingly finish.

Photo of tectactoe
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the deepest brown you've ever seen, basically black in the middle with a bit of dark-brown shining through the edges. Frothy, creamy looking light-tan colored head, decent retention and minimal lacing. Nose hits with a handful of malts, nuts, roasted grains, charred wood, and a heavy dose of oats and oatmeal. The taste follows the nose perfectly, allowing for great harmony and exemplary synthesis of the senses. Full of a nice, roasted character of malts and grains, complete with some caramel sweetness. Woody and nutty flavors shine through about halfway through, and the oat/oatmeal hints are abundant throughout the entire length of the sip, in an over-the-top, good way. Very creamy, medium body, with a middle of the road type of carbonation.

I know I may slightly be overrating this beer, but I don't care. I love it. It's full flavored, and there's something about the taste I just love - oats, grains, malts, wood, nuts. And the best part is, at only 5.2% ABV, it's very easy to drink, making it the best session beer I could ask for.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blackish body with a one-finger tan head that slowly receeds and leaves some lacing. A strong oat smell with some burnt/toasted malts and wood aromatic notes and some dark chocolate, caramel and maybe molasses. Real smooth and creamy, slightly chewey medium-to-heavy body that has quite a sweet malt flavor of chocolate and caramel. Finishes dry thanks to some roasted malts which also balance the beer and there are hints of some fruit flavors and hop bitterness on the backend. A quality oatmeal stout that is a definite must-try if you even only like this style a little bit.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a medium brown color, light for an oaty stout, with a foamy tan head. Average lacing and retention.

Nose is a bit of sourdough bread with some licorice and floral-pine hops. Hint of sourness and some medium fruits - blackberries and maybe even some cherries.

Taste is a little hoppy for an oatmeal stout and lacks the silky texture usually imparted by the flaked oats. Most of the malt notes are there, lightly roasty and mild chocolate. Finishes with a bite. Pretty drinkable, decent beer but comes across as middle of the road as far as oatmeal stouts go.

Photo of Brenden
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is black with deep reddish-brown highlights. Head retention is quite good and some thin lacing sticks around.
The aroma is deep malts, dark chocolate, with notes of earth, wood, and smoke.
A nice malt back adding some natural caramel, coffee and dark chocolate undertones is the flavor here. There's a mild bitterness that nips but doesn't bite and balances the malt sweetness very well. There's a very particular grainy / barley sort of flavor as well that I think must be oats that adds a nice character.
The finish is a nice mix of light hops bitterness and malt sweetness.
This is much crisper than one might expect from such a full body. It's very rich, smooth and creamy.
Everyone should give this a try; an excellent offering from New Holland.

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,144 ratings.