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New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good
730 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
730
Ratings:
2,343
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
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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: 730 | Ratings: 2,343
Photo of froggyfrog
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in my Victory Willie Becher pint glass.

A: Black with scarlet highlights and a tawny foamy head exhibiting slick sheets of lacing.

S: A rousing aroma filled with raw chocolate malt, cola and an earthy spiciness like dried oregano all blended with rolled oats. There is also a hint of something that's not quite anise, maybe ginger? Also musty leather?

M: Light and silky on the tongue, creamy and smooth but with a somewhat harsh finish.

T: Higher level of bitterness than I'm used to seeing in an oatmeal stout. This beer has pleasing mix of dark chocolate and fleeting notes of roasted coffee all wrapped up in an ever-so-smooth sheet of oat. Personally I'd like the earthy bitterness backed off a bit to showcase the malt a little more, but it works as is.

D: The weight and texture of this beer makes it go down a little faster than is typical for a stout. Enjoyable and quaffable.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black as old motor oil, with no light getting through the glass. Thin-to-no tan head... No lacing whatsoever. Would pass for a good cup of coffee.

S - Sweet scents of dark chocolate, with faint hints of coffee beans and raisins. It's very thin around the nose, but uplifting nonetheless.

T - Roasted malts and coffee character are much more pronounced, forming a solid backbone. Oatmeal and milk throw in an assist, and rise in prevalence when it warms. Makes for a nice, understated stout.

M - Slick on the palate, the body reminds me of milk. Sparkling carbonation with a clean, pleasant finish. Excellent!

O - Certainly one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. Sweetened a good deal as it warmed, making it better as it went along. Not sure if this would be in my regular lineup, but I wouldn't say no to it.

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Photo of abents
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brownish black nice smooth light tan head that laces well. Smells overwhelmingly of coffee and chocolate. Nice roasted malty nose as well. Tastes of roasted malt and coffee with a chocolate finish that smooths very well. Very creamy feel to it. Kinda light for a stout, but not at all lacking in flavor. Very smooth drinking stout, one of the first from New Holland that I've been impressed with so far. Very well done.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice deep almost black color, with a slight scarlet hue, and a nice 1 finger of creamy off white chocolaty head. Little to no lacing, typical for the style.

S- Light chocolate, and roasted malt, mild coffee, toasted toffee and light caramel notes.

T- Nice roasted, dark chocolates, with light coffee notes, mild caramel is also present, with a nice creamy body, very nice clean bitterness to finish, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth medium body, with an ample amount of carbonation to deliver flavors. Clean velvety texture from the oats is nice.

D- Great drinkable oatmeal stout, very good representation of the style, good depth of flavor, well presented, for sure a good go to stout.

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

12 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with 1 cm of tan creamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of chocolate and malts. Initial flavor is a mix of chocolate and coffee. Flavor ends with more hops and lasts for a while. Slight lacing, no noted carbonation, medium mouthfeel, and alcohol was well hidden. Drinkable because it is so light, nothing real special for a stout.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Living nearby the Poe museum, I applaud the shout out to the poet, I just wish the beer kept up its end of the bargain better.

A - A plentiful, yet quickly vanishing, 2" head covered this black stout with a reddish tint around the edges.

S - Slight licorice smell

T - Quite sweet, with hints of roasted malts and an ending bitterness. If I had not read the label, I would have mistaken this for a porter.

M - smooth, clean, mild

D - Like a true komodo dragon, I was hopiong for some some more bite.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A real pleasure to drink if you like this style. It has a nice roast profile and a very smooth mouth feel (from the oats obviously). Things I like about it - smooth mouth feel, great roast flavor, local brewery, fresh beer with date, decent price.

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Photo of MrStark
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown with hints of red on the edges. A large two-finger tan foamy head with good retention. Nice stick lacing.

Smell is fairly roasty and the oats are definitely present. Along with that is the aroma of coffee and chocolate. Nice and not overpowering.

Taste is at first a mix of coffee and dark chocolate. The oats mix in and there is a mild hop bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel seams to be light and creamy. Much thicker than say Guinness. There is a small amount of carbonation.

Drinakbility is pretty good. It is fairly easy to drink and probably a good one to step into the style of stouts. Not overpowering to the palette. I would have a few.

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Photo of templar316
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a spectacular deep, deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. One finger of foam with nice lacing at the end. A soft malty, earthy nose, with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. And the flavor delivers, as this soft creamy brew rolls acrossed the tongue you get a bready chocolate sweetness to start, rolling into a crisp figgy body, with an earthy, roasty malt finish that lingers on. The mouthfeel is what truely makes this beer first-rate as its soft creamy sweetness envolpes the tongue begging for another swallow.

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Photo of shanblur
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained locally. No freshness date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown to black with reddish highlights. Minimal head and lacing retention.

S - Roasted malts and a chocolate aroma. Perhaps some oakiness.

T - Same as the aroma with a hint of vanilla. Not overly complex, but a nice flavor.

M - Smooth with a light carbonation.

A nice stout. Not too complex but very enjoyable.

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Photo of ebby82
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown into a pint glass with a very limited head.

Nice aroma of toasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

The taste is of roasted malts, coffee, and a faint hint of vanilla like sweetness.

Very smooth, not overly rich or cloying.

Overall, quite the tasty stout.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cost $1.99 for a 12 oz. bottle at Total Wine.

It poured into the Pint glass nearly black with a thick sticky beige head.

The nose was not overpowering. Smelled of roast malt and cocoa.

It was creamy as you would expect from the style but not as much as other offerings. It had a grainy, chocolate cake quality with a bit of bitterness that popped up on the tongue toward the end of the finish.

It was good, not great. I've enjoyed many of the New Holland High Gravity Series so it is hard to compare once you've had those which are very good. But at a buck 99 a good value and it scores points for that.

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Photo of b3shine
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to pint. Looks good, but then again, it also looks average for its type: all black. Bouquet is decent; the oatmeal is present. The beer tastes good, with chocolate and oatmeal notes. Mouthfeel is good as well. All in all a good brew and excellent example of a beer of its type

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This brew pours with a very thin head with little sustain. No lacings observed. Color is a deep chocolate brown. Nothing special here.

Smell: Aroma is a little thin. Smoky. Roasted malt and oatmeal detected in quantity. Nice.

Taste: Indeed, the roasted malt shines. The oatmeal gives a nice grain feel that is earthy but not overpowering. Malt presence is not overpowered by sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This brew rides across the tongue quite well. The flavor curve is a nice rounded form. Malt does not crowd the palate.

Drinkability: This sits well on the stomache. It would make a good "backyard" beer. Great job.

Prost!
Nikki

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Photo of rwf08
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a American Pint glass.

A: Dark brown, clean appearance. Looks like a glass of rootbeer. Faint head, spotty sticky lacying.

S: Smells like chocolate oatmeal cookies. Roasty, hints of coffee.

T: Bitter roasted coffee, some nutty oatiness. Very good.

M: Not too thick. A little thin and a bit too much carbonation. Still silky but I'd want more in an oatmeal stout.

D: Damn good. Wish I had more but only got two brought back to me. Sad day. Good for those who can get it.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

S = Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

T = Semi-sweet, dark chocolate upfront. Roasted coffee in the middle and some faint roasted bitterness near the end. The finish is a sweet, roasted coffee flavor that is really tasty.

MF = Medium body with very little carbonation. Smooth as silk with a nice creamy texture.

Overall, this is one fantastic oatmeal stout. To me, it had several characteristics as the "Dragon's Milk"....which is a great thing! I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice American stout. Black with a nice tan head that lasts. Subtle nose. Well balanced, with the roasted malt taking the highest note over the hops. Very drinkable

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Photo of crewfan16
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-er of this for $10, which wasnt too bad. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

a-pours nice and dark with a nice thick , off white head. the head doesnt last too long, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. color is really dark brown, almost black. no light gets through this one at all.

s-chocolate, roasted malt, toasty oatmeal and some sweetness

t-again with the chocolate and roasted maltyness. some nice oatmeal tones, but nothing strong.

m-it feels slightly too carbonated, but very drinkable. there is a nice creamy texture as well, but its not too heavy

overall, its what I would expect out of an oatmeal stout. Very drinkable and tasty. Would like a little less carbonation, but another solid effort from New Holland

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Photo of jhammerly
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackness fills the glass with a nice cocoa head a couple of fingers thick. head retains for a bit, then dwindles down to a thin lace hugging the glass (and its sides). A slight roasted smell that touches the nose very lightly. Taste of burnt, roasted malt with a tingle of hops at the end. A dry finish with some taste that lingers a bit. A very drinkable stout due to its medium body.

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Photo of Finn
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured into a nonic, this beer is a deep dark ruby black, not pure black like some stouts. A nice creamy wisp of foam stays on top.

Aroma:coffee, toffee, cream

Taste: Roastiness and caramel blend nicely together, with a firm bitterness from hops and roasted barley. finish is typical, coffee-like roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and full, though not what I expect from an oatmeal stout. A bit thinner than usual.

Drinkability: A smooth, tasty and quite drinkable stout. Nothing about it offends me, but I was expecting a heartier beer than this.

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Photo of MNAle
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark/black/opaque. Half-agressive pour results in a tall tan bubbly head, almost to the top of the Imperial Irish pint glass. Head recedes slowly, leaving thick lacing. Sweet, smoaky, roasted, nutty aroma. Thick, smooth feel. Taste is roasted but subdued. Sweetness & roastiness are there, but far from overpowering. Nice and smooth, but not as much roastiness as the aroma would suggest. Bitterness asserts in the middle and continues for a clean finish. An easy drinking stout, smooth and creamy.

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Photo of The_1084
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep transparent brown, almost black, with some golden hues around the edges; thick mocha head with nice retention throughout; good amount of lacing and visible activity of carbonation.

S - Mild hint of oats, roasted malts, and coffee.

T - Sweet, creamy taste upfront with some strong flavors of dark chocolate and coffee about mid-drink; mild taste of oats with a bitter aftertaste.

M - Light, creamy texture; medium-bodied; medium carbonation; dry finish.

O - Not my favorite oatmeal stout, but better than average and worth a drink; would have no problem drinking more of these in the future.

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Photo of mecummins
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- dark rich brown with hints of amber on edges when held to the light. A nice 2 finder creamy looking tan head with wonderful lacing

S- chocolate, dates, some dark fruit and bit of oats on the nose

T- I could taste the the chocolate and a bit of sweetness right away. A bit of coffe under that as well as some raisin and dark fruit. Just a little oats on the taste.

M- medium with a bit of creaminess. The finish was short to medium with just a hint of mild hops.

O- a really nice example of an oatmeal stout.

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

Pours a dark brown with not much head or lacing after a few minutes. The smell is more porterish than stouty. A creamy caramel smell is there, along with some chocolate. A minor amount of roasted malt makes an appearance. Smells tasty.

Again in the taste, I get that creaminess and the chocolate. The roasted malt does show up a bit more, but there is also a lactic aftertaste which makes me a bit wary about the style. There is some roastedness as well, but I would characterize this as more of a sweet/milk stout or even a porter, rather than an American Stout. Not that it bothers me that this is where it fell or anything as I try not to let the style influence my rating very much, but those are my thoughts. The finish has some bitterness from the roasted malt, but not much hop bitterness.

Overall this is decent. I probably wouldn't pick it up again as there are always better options.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my kind of beer.
I'm very partial to oatmeal stouts in general, and this one didn't disappoint.
as it warmed up to room temp, the flavors and feel changed from a creamy sweet malty cocoa powder stout, into a roasted, dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate black beauty.
nice beer. will share & buy again in the future. maybe save one for next winter.

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