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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

716 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 716
Hads: 2,293
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 86
Gots: 388 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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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Reviews: 716 | Hads: 2,293
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 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 OldManMetal
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Poet pours to a very brief-lived thin tan head that leaves sparse lacing, perched atop a medium-black beer with orange highlights. Its aroma is moderate in intensity: a nice blend of molasses and milk chocolate with more subdued plum and cassis notes, and nary a hint of alcohol. It plays nice on the palate as well; up front is a modest, slightly-sweet blend of milk chocolate and dark fruit. By mid-palate, the malt character has broadened to include some nice molasses and toffee accompaniment, and a slightly roasted bitterness. The finish is fairly clean, with just a bit of molasses-like maltiness remaining, followed shortly by the onset of a moderately bitter roasted oatmeal-chocolateyness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish for the medium-full body- quite satisfying when paired with the warming, very sticky, extra-creamy texture. The fizzy carbonation manifests as a reasonable pepperiness. This is a great choice for a lower-ABV stout.(12 oz bottle, 58 days after pkg)

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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 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 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 GimpyCane
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: poured a brown hue with a slight ruby red light shining through. 2 inch light brown head that fully last and left a fair amount of lacing.

smell: got the scent of nutty malt, dark chocolate with a hint of mild coffee.

taste and mouthfeel: initially started sweet and ended with a slight astringent taste. Medium body, watery and softly carbonated.

drinkability: very smooth and easy to drink.

Like Goose Island Oatmeal, I was not to excited about this brew. I was expecting a heavier and flavorful brew (the aroma did not match the flavor). Although you can drink this brew all night the astringent aftertaste and watery feel was a turn off.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a thin tan head that went away quickly.
The first whiff reminded me of roasted coffee with a slight sweetness at the very end.
A light chocolate taste hit the tounge and then finished with the taste of coffee and a hint of hoppiness.
It was a very smooth beer, but felt a bit too light, almost as if it was watered down a tiny bit.
Very sessionable and I would more than likely drink it again, but i'm not going to go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of bnuttz
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, with a fat tan head. Nose of chocolate, and oats. Tastes of chocolate, and slight coffee. There is a smoothness to this beer. Not overly bitter, but there is definitely a hop character there, seemingly english. Definite overall profile of roasiness, not overly chocolatey or bitter. Overall a decent session stout, but not really one I would seek out.

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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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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep, deep chestnut brown. Almost black. A one finger mocha head has sub=par retention. No lacing here.

S - Not as pungent as I would like. There are very deep roasted malts, with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T - Good balance and flavor here. Deep roasted malts up front. There are notes of milk chocolate and coffee followed by hazelnut. The after taste is a slightly bitter dark chocolate. Good taste and complexity, but the balance is what gets me.

M - Great amount of carbonation to a medium to heavy body. Compliments the stout very well.

D - I usually only drink one stout in a sitting but I could have quite a few of these. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of TheDinger
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to snifter. Nice deep black pour with a small amount of tan head. Minimal lacing and spotting. Smell is very chocolate forward with hints of dark fruits, figs, coffee and oatmeal. Taste follows the nose closely with a nice blend of dark malts, chocolate, and a decent bitter hop finish. Wish it had a stronger oatmeal taste, but it has a good stout quality and a nice dark fruit finish. Feel is outstanding. Nice silky and creamy, full feel that wakes up the tongue with adequate carbonation. Overall- A very interesting take on the stout, with a hint of oatmeal and nice chocolate quality. Wish it was more complex in it's oatmeal. Comes off as more of a milk stout, but still decent. A pleasant surprise that is easy to drink. Solid effort by New Holland and one I will hit again-

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Photo of billzee
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Father-in-law picked this up for me while on vacation. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Pours an opaque ruby/brown. Minimal off-white head with some lacing. Coffee, chocolate and syrupy notes. Sweet chocolate, toffee and oatmeal with a smoky finish. Somewhat light body with moderate carbonation. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with dark amber highlights. Medium head diminished to coat and cling.

S - Off the pour I got some fleeting pine but just as quick it was gone and the chocolate took over, followed by some sweet caramel. Well done.

T- Based on smell, though, the taste was somewhat of a let down. Pretty straight forward malty. Dry from start to finish. Linger is pretty short. I did get some nice roastiness as it warmed.

M- Carb is somewhat lacking. Not watery... just thin for the style.

O- I wasn't expecting over the top but this was lacking boldness. I did let it warm before opening. Perhaps not enough though because it's roastiness didn't come out 'till the very end. As for recommendations. I'm not sure either way. To be fair I really need to try this again, much much warmer though.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No bottled on date on the label or the bottle.

A: A slow pour and after about halfway an accelerated pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about one finger of a light and foamy, dark tan head. This head dissipated into uneven, spotty clumps and a color; and it left a little lacing, too.

S: The aroma was dark roasted coffee and dark roasted malt with just a touch of grainy sweetness.

T: The taste was sweet dark roasted malt with dark roasted grains and some dark roasted coffee bitterness.

M: The body was a medium weight and had a very creamy, smooth and pleasing feel; and, it had very little carbonation, which was just right for this beer.

O: This was a very pleasant stout. It had a good balance of sweet malt and dark roasted grain, and dark roasted coffee bitterness. Although this was a pleasing stout, there is nothing really outstanding. It is a good baseline stout. It would be a good stout to use when introducing newcomers to the world of stout beer.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

04/22/2010
12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a jet-black with 1-finger tan head w/ lots of carbonation pitting. Good lacing.

S: Roasted malts and molasses with some coffee notes.

T: Malty with a mild bitter aftertaste. Pretty good but not as complex as I had hoped.

M: Chewy. Mmmmm.

D: Downed it with ease. Would definitely try it again.

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Photo of thelagerheads
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You know a brew is special to me when I pour it into my vintage 8 oz glass with the raised painted owls on it. And it certainly is! This is the darkest chocolate coffee stout that I've had yet. Throw in some rolled oats and you've got a new favorite fourth meal! It's a double-barrelled swarzbier, a stout that I can imagine three guys man-handling the Keebler elf and his latest bacth of chocolate chip cookies into the wort mixer and stirring until the foam rises to the top leaving a creamsicle circle about the rim of the vat.

Poet-wise, being that is its namesake, it is Etheridge Knight: black, brunt and over-the-top sans the profanity and emotional irascibility. It's not quite as severe as joining the black panthers but there is a portent to extreme things waiting inside this bottle. Just don't drink it at the local coffee house or you might be pre-disposed to wrangle with some old man-haired poetess who reaches the divine muse via Granny Clampett and the fat man sitting in the corner perspiring poetry with a cheshire grin on his face always exclaiming with contained joy, "Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Yes. Mmmmm."

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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