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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,460 Ratings

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Ratings: 1460
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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Photo of UpNorthLager


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was tinted a purplish hue,
Foam head arose, then passed on too.
Oatmeal, malt, a brilliant feat,
Didst taste at first, and thence retreat.
How sweet, I thought,
This pack I bought,
Has five more bottles in it which I'm going to enjoy, because this is a pretty well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:25:56 | More by UpNorthLager
Photo of willseph


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the brews in a mixed six pack I got for Christmas, I couldn't wait very long to crack this one open.

It pours an ebony color with touches of deep burgundy. A good amount of sticky lacing throughout the brew. The nose was pretty subtle to me, I smelled a lot of coffee, oats, and subtle hints of booze. For taste, I got a lot of caramel and spices and a soft rye on the very back end/aftertaste. It's somewhere between medium and heavy bodied and left me with a bit of a syurpy mouth. Overall, I think this beer would age quite nicely, I'd love to try one a year or so old.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 20:06:35 | More by willseph
Photo of rdailey76


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Poet pours a beautiful dark brown with not a hint of light shining through the glass. There was a minimal head, possibly the width of a pinky finger. My scent detected something a little off that my usual stouts I drink, but I couldn't really place the smell. Any doubts I had about the smell was washed away with the first sip I took, which includes a nice choclately taste with a smooth coffee-like finish. The beer had a nice creamy feel and would I would definitely enjoy another and possibly another after that!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 12:53:48 | More by rdailey76
Photo of linnymtu


4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall a very solid stout. Had this beer on a gravity fed firkin

A: dark brown beer with smaller amount creamy tan head

S: a pleasant smell of malt, nothing overwhelming

T: very solid malt flavor, hint of coffee but not much

M: smooth beer, lightly carbonated

D: goes down easy, definitely could have a few of them

Serving type: cask

01-26-2011 22:00:58 | More by linnymtu
Photo of PaterMorse


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very pleasant surprise. Very easy, very smooth. One of those beers that's gone before you know you've finished it!

A: Black, yet top 1/2" has a motor oil gold to it. Nice khaki head, lacing.

S: Oatmeal raisin cookie. Roasty, smells like autumn. Maybe not the ultimate in fun or complexity, but nice nonetheless.

T: Creamy, smooth. More guts than macro-brews like Guinness. "Flavors" not as pronounced as other beers (not sure if that's a bad thing, as this was a good, non-gimmicky blend unlike others that want to scream "LOOK AT ME, I'VE GOT VANILLA & COFFEE..."). Hints of roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, plums, and oatmeal.

M: Very good medium body. Holds together well. Not sudsy. In short, nice body and finish, and sufficiently heavy without being clunky.

O: Very drinkable! Although not intended as faint praise, it's a beer that rates well not so much because of its unique positive attributes but its utter absence of drawbacks.

Repeat? Sure thing. Wouldn't be a beer I'd crave when I came home; but a good staple for the fridge and a very, very pleasant experience.

Where/When? Would make a great beer for a college football tailgate or in the midst of a Fall Road-Trip. Oddly, good palette cleanser after food; would go great wth steak or whte cheese.

Two Words: Fall Roadtrip (or "Easy Drinker", "Absent Negatives")

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 21:47:20 | More by PaterMorse
Photo of aromatorio


3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pretty decent beer. Dark as you could want from a stout with a raven on the label. The head is pretty impressive, a little darker than off-white, it sticks around for at least 5 minutes.

S: Smells a little hotter than I would think for a 6.5%ABV. Some black licorice malts, but not any chocolate or coffee.

T: Decent, but certainly not my favorite stout. For an oatmeal, this tastes too burnt/roasted for my liking.

M: Tingles on the tongue. A decent finish, but the burnt notes continue to overpower.

D: Fairly drinkable, although not to my tastes, and the fact that the alcohol peeks through at only 6.5% is a little disconcerting.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 07:21:26 | More by aromatorio
Photo of sudsface69


4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very nice stout. Beautiful, dark chocolate color with a dark tan head that sticks around until the last sip is gone. Lacing is also quite nice. The nose gives you what you would expect - roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some almond, hints of toffee - but there is also a nice hop aroma that lingers beneath the malt aromas. And on the taste, the pattern remains. The malts come at you first, but then the hops come in and keep the beer in (I would say) an almost perfect balance. Indeed I would say that this might be the finest aspect of this brew - that it is extremely well balanced. This also makes it very drinkable. On the flip side of that coin, if you are looking for a little more body and depth in your stouts, you may find this one not quite satiating. It is a touch light. But for an everyday winter drinker, The Poet does not let you down. Another fine brew from New Holland!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 20:24:53 | More by sudsface69
Photo of bakeller


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and let sit for 15 minutes.

A: thin one and a half finger tan head that quickly dissolves into a thin rim around the glass. Minimal lacing is present. Beer pours dark, dark brown in color with a coca-cola like translucency when held up to light

N: Roasted malts first hit the nose. There is also an oaty-earthy quality to the beer. There may be a small hint of coffee in there as well. As it warms the nose gets sweeter.

T: The predominant taste is roasted malt and bitter coffee. There is some dried fruit flavor that gives the beer a sweet taste. Maybe figs.

M: The beer is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not that creamy but still smooth.

D: Goes down quite easily. Would not hesitate to drink a few of these in a night. An excellent oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 02:52:37 | More by bakeller
Photo of centurian62


4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a fantastic Oatmeal Stout. With a fantastic aroma and a great finish, this stout is definitely a winner. New Holland serves this stout year round and although stouts are faux pas in the summer, I still enjoy a cold Poet in the middle of July. If you are a fan of oatmeal stouts, this one will not disappoint!

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 16:15:58 | More by centurian62
Photo of rmmm16


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark opaque brown, thin khaki lace. Smell is sweet with coffee, and wood. Lots of flavors in this stout. Roasted almond, bitter chocolate, and a hop finish creates a great balance. Mouthfeel starts creamy due to the oatmeal I believe, but the finish is a little dry. This is a very drinkable stout. Must find on tap.

EDIT: I just had another one of these and this one tastes much like New Hollands Chakarta Smoked Rye which has an extremely smokey taste, much like drinking smoked bacon. I am disappointed in the inconsistency.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 23:38:28 | More by rmmm16
Photo of Burl41


4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Apperance- Dark brown boarding on black. 1/4 inch head with good retention, and light brown in color.

Smell- Distinct coffee notes, and to a lesser degree chocolate.

Taste- Roasted barley and chocolate malt immediately noticed, but not overpowering. The beer as it should be is balanced by the oats.

Mouthfeel- Solid, stronger than a weaker stout like Guinness, but it is by no means approaching Imperial level.

Drinkability- This is my stand by stout, so it is very drinkable, yet allows you to enjoy a great tasting beer.
If I were going to hang out with some friends and have a few beers over the course of the night i'd pick this stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 04:39:15 | More by Burl41
Photo of Marcrates


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours like coffee, with a thick choclatey head. Looks yumtastic

S - Not as great on the aroma side as I would expect. Very faint coffee smell

T - Good but not great. I taste coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal. Coffee bean aftertaste.

M - Doesn't sit heavy or rich enough in the mouth. Sort of disappears too early for me.

D - Could have a couple with ease.. at 5% alcohol it isn't too heavy.

Overall - I enjoyed this beat, but it wasn't the greatest I've ever had. It has some good things going for it, and if you like the coffee / oatmeal taste without a huge ABV, this is for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 01:11:11 | More by Marcrates
Photo of bfflo


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich midnight black with a busy, off-white head. Mild smooth lacing. Smell is mild but nice, seeming like chocolate and oats with some cinnamon, dark fruit notes and a mild, grassy pungency in the background. Roasted notes. A mellow marshmallowy sweetness starts off the taste, after which a pleasant, silky mouthfeel takes over, coasting unobjectionably - almost soothingly - across the palate for an easy if vaguely syrupy finish, with a drying effect, despite relatively low bitterness. In fact it reminds me a little of an Irish Dry overall. The mouthfeel of this one is nice, but all in all it's closer to a Breckenridge or Barney Flats than a Samuel Smith, say - meaning, that while very drinkable, it's sort of thin bodied and not super memorable. But you could do worse; it's enjoyable, and like a lot of oatmeal stouts, probably a good pick for someone who is curious about stouts but not ready for the harder hitting stout styles. B-.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 02:00:46 | More by bfflo
Photo of Steaks


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i killed this guy over at nachbar this past weekend and i must say he was pretty delicious. he poured a nice solid brown with a light brown head. the smell is nutty, but not particularly representative of an oatmeal stout. the taste is good, but it could be a lot fuller and stronger. the beer isn't watery by any means, but i would rather drink a thicker stout.

this is a decent oatmeal stout, but there's no reason to drink it when you can get samuel smith's instead. thta's where its at.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 23:24:38 | More by Steaks
Photo of StoutKing0104


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When poured, a deep near black amber fills the glass capped by a half finger of tan/mocha head. The head held quite nicely but very little lacing left on the glass as it fell.

You inhale deeply the smell of roasted malt and a little bit of oats, not too much else.

A delcious series of tastes hit the pallet starting with the roasted malt, followed by the oatmeal and a hint of chocolate, finished up with a bitter dark chocolatish after taste.

Flows smoothly over the pallet with very little carbonation, yet enough to keep you interested.

Being a stout lover by nature, I really enjoyed drinking this one, the boys at New Holland Brewing have made themselves a real treat that I could toss back a couple of with ease.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 22:57:45 | More by StoutKing0104
Photo of StonedRugger


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. Bottle
Pours a very dark brown with a bit of light showing through the edges. It is very easy to produce a decent size head which does dissipate to more of a brownish film after a few minutes. The beer is sweet and very appetizing through most of the sip with very strong roasted to burnt malt flavors coming through in the finish. I think this is probably good because it is easily one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. If it was inviting from start to finish I would have a very serious problem on my hands.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 19:02:54 | More by StonedRugger
Photo of Yooperduder


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pub glass.

A: Pours jet black, firm lacy head of about an inch that drops down to some light surface foam. Some small bubbles, some large.

S: Not a strong smelling beer, some maltiness, a hint of smoke, maybe a touch of chocolate but all very light. Smell dissipates quickly, enough there so every drink gives you a fresh whiff, but not overpowering.

T: Smooth, and I mean smooth, like black ice on a bridge smooth. Light bubbliness on the tongue after it goes down with some smoke, malt, and a light touch of hops. Some dark chocolate flavors, but not overwhelming.

M: Not a thick motor oil style stout, for its color it is deceptively lighter. At first glance you'd think this would be a thick, almost oily feeling beer but it is actually quite surprising. This alone makes it a very drinkable beer.

D: Slightly dry, almost a touch of sweetness on the back of your tongue that makes you want another drink. Not so potent as to toss you off your rocker so this would make for an excellent session beer. It begs to be paired with dark chocolate brownies, beef burgundy and maybe even some tex-mex.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 00:19:07 | More by Yooperduder
Photo of MIbeerfan


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark dark brown, not quite black. Nice frothy head

Smell of dark chocolate

Tastes of sweet, nutty, and roastedness (not sure that is a word, but if fits)

Feels light and fluffy of the tongue with good carbonation

This is a good stout, I was pleasantly suprised considering I have not been a huge fan of most New Hollands Brews. Overall not a "heavy" stout I will enjoy another one...or two....or..

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 23:17:00 | More by MIbeerfan
Photo of Stacy53


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Holland- The Poet- Bottled in 2010
Less than 1 year old

A- Dark brown with a light tan one finger head. Fades to a nice bubbly ring around the edges.

S- Woody dark chocolate, malts. the smell is not very strong.

T- Creamy chocolate, light coffee and oats. Nice hop at the end.

M- Light with medium carbonation. Smooth

D- Very drinkable, a bit thin for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 15:51:01 | More by Stacy53
Photo of muddyriverduck


2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

My first review...here goes.

Bought a single bottle of Poet at a local general store. This will be my one and only "sweet dreams", before bedtime beer of the evening.

Poured this brew from the 12-oz bottle into a sifter. I found the color dark brown, almost black with a very thin carmel-colored head. Pretty standard for a stout.

I had a hard time smelling anything at first. Two factors affecting the smell as I see it. 1). I had some habanero salsa 30 minutes ago, and 2). The fridge is too cold for stout. I picked up hints of chocolate and tree bark as the glass warmed and my olfactory parts cooled.

The flavor was nothing special. Chocolate and oak upfront, with an achohol aftertaste. OK, but nothing special.

Felt very thin in the mouth for a stout, with a little bit of carbonation. I like my stout with a little more substance behind it.

Very drinkable, especially for someone not into stouts. This seems to be a stout you would break someone into the genre with. The average Bud drinker might be able to make it through a bottle without too much trouble.

Overall...ok. Bored me. I would probably drink it again, but I won't make a special trip for it.

Edit: I just noticed that the two lowest reviews for Poet are mine and benmiliron's, both of us from Toledo. I smell a conspiracy here with New Holland shipping their worst batchs to Toledo. No respect man.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 04:33:08 | More by muddyriverduck
Photo of FlannelAvenger


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

12 ounce bottle, poured into my Samuel Smith tumbler glass thingy, it's sort of a hybrid between a Nonic and a weizen glass, works well for a lot of brews.

This beer pours the color of old 10W-40 out of an ancient engine block, but not as thick, little bits of reddish in the light as it pours on down.

Thinner head than expected, maybe a half inch with an aggressive pour, nice lacy sticky bits left behind.

The nose is coffee, molasses, chocolate, pumpernickel toast, and an almost ghostly scent of roses long dead.

The first sip is sweet, coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate. Although I smell molasses, the taste of it isn't there, until the finish, when the sulfurous sourish smoky molasses twangs at the very end.

Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, thinner than I expected for such a solid brew, the oatmeal shines through with that velvety texture.

At this ABV, with the thinner texture, the velvet smooth oatmeal malty coffee goodness, this beer is seriously quaffable, and will always have a place in the glass on a cold day.

This is also my first brew from New Holland, and I am impressed by their craftsmanship, I will be trying their full line of beers soon, and drinking this excellent stout in future.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 20:39:09 | More by FlannelAvenger
Photo of fakedelight


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured almost black with a small white head. Left very little lacing.

Smells roasty and sweet. Dark roasted barley.

Taste was what you would expect from a stout, roasted barley dominates. There is a very slight acidity.

The mouthfeel was a little dissapointing. For an oatmeal stout, it was a little thin. And I was hoping the head would stick around for a lot longer than it did.

There is nothing extremely special about this stout. It is a good beer to enjoy anytime, but rather forgetable.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 15:28:05 | More by fakedelight
Photo of mmedina210

New Jersey

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

I had never heard of this beer before yesterday and on a trip to my local liquor store the manager handed me this beer and said 'trust me'

The beer pours black, but it has a slight ruby tint. It left a one finger beige head which dissipated into a white lace.

The smell of this beer took me by surprise. On the first whiff I got a nose full of wheat and bread notes, but upon further sniffing, slight Chocolate notes came about and bigger coffee notes, with a hint of something that resembles oatmeal (maybe caramel).

The taste of this beer is magnificent. Coffee is the boldest taste in this beer with a tinge of chocolate. On the front end, just as in the aroma, you can clearly taste a bread-like oatmeal blend and on the back end is when the Roasted Malts take over.

The mouthfeel is as smooth as any stout I have ever tasted. Its not watery nor is it over bearing and it has just enough carbonation to provide a refreshing crispness. It is slightly dry/bitter on the back end which I welcomed with open arms.

I could drink 'The Poet' all day; and I can say, with out a doubt, this is the only 'real' stout I can say this about.

I highly Recommend!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 07:56:48 | More by mmedina210
Photo of PantherLightning


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my buddies brought this over for an unofficial christening of a makeshift man cave I put together at my house (pool table, darts, air hockey and table tennis in the partially unfinished basement).

A - Poured into pint glass from a bottle (no freshness date) with a 2 finger tan head. It's pretty damn dark and remains fairly opaque even when held to light.

S - Smells strongly of dark chocolate, dark chocolate, and a bit more dark chocolate, maybe a a bit of coffee too? Oh, and dark chocolate.

T&M - Tasty chocolaty bitterness hits upfront with a smooth finish with a tiny tiny hint of smokiness, maybe roast coffee. Very robust taste. After a few sips, the chocolate mellows out. Fairly soft an velvety mouth feel.

D - The first pint goes down easily, but slowly. Not that it isn't very drinkable, but just makes you want to enjoy it. Probably wouldn't drink more than one or two in a night of drinking, but if I want an oatmeal stout, this would definitely be one I would come back to.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 03:04:12 | More by PantherLightning
Photo of bworley

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass. looked like it would have no head at first, then it rose into a think 2 fingers of khacki foam that left several rings of lace.
smells great like roasted malt, and a hint of cocoa as it warmed up.
The taste is not too sweet or bitter, and lingers for a few minutes.
good amount of carbonation. Bubbles are small and plentiful. Has a slightly thick, creamy texture.
I could see sitting down with several of these in an evening.
it makes me want a chocolate bar.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:30:51 | More by bworley
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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