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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,793 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,793
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 75
Gots: 141 | 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 Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Kenai4, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Ri0, Oct 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

dsshuck, May 30, 2014
Photo of rapidsequence
2/5  rDev -49%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12ozer from Total Wine in Raleigh.

Appearance: Wow. Pitch black. Thick head that threatens to escape my snifter that holds a 22 with ease. Thick light brown rocky head that lasts and lasts.

Smell: Shit. Really bad. Dirty shoe leather. Old band aids. Maybe this bottle is bad. I focus and can extract some roasty malt notes, but ughhh.

Taste: Still not good. Much better than the smell though. A little sour up front. The finish has the chocolatey roastiness I was expecting, but I'm not happy.

Mouthfeel: This has a full creamy mouthfeel. I wish it didnt taste like shit.

Drinkability: I'm not pouring it out. So there's that. I hope this is a bad bottle, cause its bad. I bet if I drank it from the bottle, it'd be ok, but no. Its not.

rapidsequence, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. New Holland's The Poet has a not quite black color with a small head. The aroma is roasty and a little sweet. This is how a stout ought to smell. The flavor is earthy coffee with chocolate and cream. Lacks the astrigency of many stouts. A little bit smoky. Some hints of fruit. Medium hop flavor and bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability. I'm really impressed with this beer. It's by far the best beer I've had from New Holland, as well as one of the better stouts I've had lately.

beveragecaptain, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of Gtreid
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Gtreid, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of gwiedman1
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

gwiedman1, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +2%

ColSanders123, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of ypsifly
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Black with a nice fat head of tan that falls to a couple centimeters but never really dies. Thick, sheeted lace left in its wake.

Smells dark and roasty, slight smoke aroma with some milk and cocoa. Sweet with some hoppy bitterness in the back. Nice!

Moderately roasted malts that carry a taste of smoke and cocoa upfront. There's a pinch of baker's chocolate in the mix as well. Growing bitterness from middle to finish that competes with the malts but doesn't over power them, both work in harmony in the end.

Nice smooth mouth. No oils or anything left to chew on. Carbonation peeks through enough without causing any unwanted bite. Damn good and sessionable.

ypsifly, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear deep brown, though really more black than anything else (clear because a small bit of light is able to shine through). And topped with a tight and creamy one finger, toffee colored, head. Aroma is a boquet of sweet roasted maltiness. Milky chocolate, oatmeal ice cream (if such a thing existed) creamy toffee. Taste is a fuller version of the aroma but with an added hop kick. Roasted flavors dominate to be sure. Rich, almost smokey malts mix together perfectly with the creaimer aspects of this beer. Hop character adds a nice bit of fruitness to an otherwise dry beer. Feels on the fuller side of medium bodied and very chewy, leaves a nice drying sensation on the tongue and roof of the mouth. A wonderfully drinkable beer from New Holland.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of whynot44
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, almost opaque coffee color with a modest but lasting tan head that manages some nice sticky lacing.

The aroma is dark malt, burnt toast, hints of ripe fruit and dark chocolate.

The taste is coffee, sweet malt and a bit of dark chocolate with just a hint of fruitiness. he finish is still somewhat sweet but with a definite dark coffee/burnt wood bitterness.

Medium bodied, lighter than usual for an oatmeal stout, but very smooth and easy to drink. Altogether a very nice stout.

whynot44, Jan 29, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jrfehon33, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

illini4x4, Sep 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of scottyshades
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive stout!
A: Pours a rich, thick onyx color with amber highlights around the edges. The head is small, but retains nicely.

S: At first, huuuge chocolate notes, along with roasted malts, a little smokey note, and some molasses or brown sugar

T: Big roasted/burnt flavoring. Dark chocolate is a predominant flavor, along with burnt malts and a nice sweet caramel flavor.

MF/D: Nice full body, smooth going down, good aftertaste. The only complaint I have with this beer is the carbonation. In my opinion it is way overdone.

scottyshades, Apr 24, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2%

wyatt13, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of seaoflament
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from SPLITGRIN, thanks buddy.

Pours dark. Almost an inch of milk coffee colored foam. The aroma is a bit subtle which coffee, toffee, chocolate, and roasted malts but it all intensifies a bit after it warms up. Tastes very similar to the aroma and just a little light on the mouthfeel but has a pleasant, creamy aftertaste due to the oatmeal. An average Oatmeal Stout.

seaoflament, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of walleye
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have 2 reviews for this beer the 1st is from a bottle I found in a local store. I messaged new holland this is the reply. Jim, The "Olde Poet" was the previous incarnation of the "Poet". I don’t really know what the motivation was to drop the "olde" from the name. However, I do know that we haven’t bottled the oatmeal stout with the "Olde Poet" name on it since I have taken over the brewery (which has been 2.5 yrs ago). Additionally, when I came in we reformulated the recipe. Therefore, the bottle that you have in your hand is significantly outdated and I cannot speak to the quality of the beer in that bottle. I am sure that if you wanted to take it back to where you purchased it from we could work it back through the system and get everybody their money back. However, it might be interesting to try it and see how it has held up. Your call, although, once you have opened it I can’t take it back - especially since we have had this conversation. Finally, we do our best to try to get outdated beer back to the brewery to be destroyed. However, we are very reliant upon our retailers and distributors to help get it back to us (we have a sales staff of 2 people for a 7 state area - they just can’t get to every retailer that carries our products to check for dates). As you might imagine this sometimes becomes a problem because those entities usually like to see the beer moving in one direction and that is out to the consumer not back to the brewery. If you do decide to try it I would be interested in hearing how it tasted. Cheers, John Haggerty Brewmaster New Holland Brewing Co. 205 Fairbanks Ave. Holland, MI 49423 [email protected] so here is the 1st rating app.4.5.smell 4. taste 3.mouthfeel.3.5 drinkability3.5. The pour and aroma, and flavor was about the same. but the new bottle was more robust. poured garnet, light tan head. aroma coffee, malts caramel, choc.. flavor was the same but the new one got honey and raisins.the at least 2 1/2 year beer held up well.the rating posted is for the new

walleye, Dec 18, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

akttr, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Deep brown color with a 1.5-finger tan bubbly head. Really nice retention and lacing.

S - Sweet chocolate malt, coffee with cream and sugar, and oatmeal. Smells sweet and delicious.

T - Starts sweet with nutty and toasted malts with a little bit of chocolate and cream. Finishes with a little bit of roasted coffee bitterness, but this is mostly sweet. Does not yield as much coffee or chocolate as the nose suggests.

F - Medium-to-full bodied with good carbonation, a creamy and silky mouthfeel, and a sweet but also slightly bitter and dry finish. Cream and oatmeal sweetness lingers with the bitter roasted coffee.

O - This is a pretty good stout. I guess I’m a little disappointed in the taste just because it smells so delicious. If it tasted just like the aroma, this may be in top 5 or at least top 10 “stouts that I’ve had” territory. The body is a tiny bit thinner than I expected also, but it’s still has that creamy and velvety mouthfeel that makes stouts great. The bottom line is that this is a highly drinkable and tasty stout. I’d like to check out more from New Holland.

BlackBelt5112203, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of karst
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with The Rev. Bob Sr., Bob II and his son Bobby jr. - three generations of Bobs. Bob II has been a fine host showing me the area brews.

Returning from the brewery in Holland, Mi with bombers and the growler of Poet. We baked excellent homemade pizza and enjoyed a fine evening with his family.

Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose. Taste followes aroma with a 1056- Chico like fruity ester flavor.
Creamy Mouthfeel - it's nice round dextrinous body easy to hold in the mouth.
Hops well balanced and nice lingering bitterness of roasted malt and IBU's dry any sweetness.

A great brew for the Michigan winters and not bad on a spring day with pizza.

karst, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +2%

tzieser, May 27, 2013
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, the colour is a near-opaque black with a thin, light brown head that quickly dissapates into a film about two millimeters thick. On the nose is oats, coffee and freshly baked bread. The taste starts off dry, with hints of espresso and bittersweet chocolate, followed by a sweet, malty finish. This is a very nice, full-bodied stout. Very smooth from start to finish, I would almost consider it a session beer. The Poet is very drinkable, and I plan to purchase it again in the future.

WYVYRN527, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to flandersned for this treat.

Dark brown black appearance with a cola head that disappears and leaves some lacing.

Smells of molasses, bakers chocolate.

Taste follows the smell.

Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety but carbonated.

Overall a good beer, solid.

Murchmac, May 30, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ohiobeer29, Feb 23, 2013
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,793 ratings.