New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

690 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 2,159
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 78
Gots: 308 | 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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Reviews: 690 | Hads: 2,159
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. (356 characters)

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." (1,126 characters)

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

Very dark brown in color but when held up to the light auburn shades come through. Nice half inch head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a spotty cloud on top and a lacing that builds more and more along side of the glass as the beer is drank. The aroma is very chocolaty malted up front with underlying notes of oatmeal and coffee. The chocolate characteristics are not over bearing and the oatmeal and coffee nuances work very nicely with it.
A very rich and roasted malt & coffee flavor is the backbone of it's taste. There a slight bit of smokiness in there that compliments a sweet dark chocolate and oat demeanor through the middle. It finishes with a slight hop tinge that brings the whole thing together with simple but nice complexity. (749 characters)

Photo of rpardon7
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color with a slight deep red on the edges with a thick tan head that disapated slowly. Smell is of roasted grains slight coffee and chocolate notes as well. Taste is of roasted grain with a small amount of coffee and chocolate coming through, finished by a bite of hops that helps balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel was a little thinner that I expected of this oatmeal stout, still a good body and small amount of carbonation. Drinkability was decent not a bad oatmeal stout but was left wanting a little more body and perhaps a bit more flavor. (563 characters)

Photo of sjohansen
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get this bottle in a mixed case from a holiday club.

Pours a nice thick black, a thin layer of head that disappears quickly. There is good lacing that sticks to the side of the snifter.

The notes in the nose are very sweet. Chocolate and coffee, but something else that is almost fruity.

The only word to describe this stout is sweet. Sweet from the first sip, all the way through the finish. The smell I was getting in the nose was oranges, sweet like clementines with no bitterness. And of course, chocolate and roasted coffee. There isn’t very much carbonation, has a mouthfeel that’s the same, slick but not watery; I would actually describe it as soft.

Great stout. For me, not enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, but definitely something I would like to have again. (807 characters)

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. (346 characters)

Photo of dananabanana
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown. No head, just white foam along the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S: Sweet cream and chocolate.

T: Definite oatmeal taste. Chocolate. Burnt coffee in the back of the throat.

M: Crisp, refreshing. Well-balanced carbonation. Somewhat chewy and thick.

D: Easy to drink, not too heavy. (299 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is of dark fruit and light roast. Taste follows with dark fruit and roast. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium. Overall a pretty good beer, not my favorite stout/oatmeal stout but not bad. (232 characters)

Photo of unclederby
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark ruby into my guiness pint glass. left a mocha colored head of about 1/2 inch. smells of cocoa and roasted coffee beans, a little sweet smelling too. taste is smooth and velvety, nice and chocolately, with a nice roasted malt sweetness. a bit of vanilla and oak is also perceptible. good notes of coffee, but little or no "burnt" taste. somewhat reminiscent of young's double chocolate stout, with perhaps a slightly softer mouthfeel and less the metallic tinge that that beer can have. medium bodied with good carbonation. this is quite a quaffable brew, and i could easily put down a few in a single sitting. the 6+ % abv is not at all apparent...

very well crafted, but short of outstanding. (711 characters)

Photo of srv33
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, near black pour, almost no head, fine lacing. Wonderful chocolate, bourbon, and oatmeal smells. Surprisingly clear, for such a dark pour. Taste is strangely clean too, wonderful sharp opening taste full of malt, chocolate, and coffee. It fades fast though, and the carbonation is slightly more pronounced than most oatmeal stouts. A crude analogy would be KBS run through a coffee filter. Odd aftertaste, though it might be growing on me. (449 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Always a tasty delight. Pours dark as hell with ruby hues around the edges. Thick full white head. Sweet lacing. Smells are kinda bland and low of oats and some light fruits. Taste is exceptional, even better as it warms. Definitely traces of oats, fruitness is present as well. Light boozy tastes too. Nothing strong. Very well balanced brew. Love it
Cheers. (359 characters)

Photo of 303beer
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When poured it gives a rocky head. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Delicious. Deep red brown when held to a light in a pint glass. I like that you can see through it. No sediment. Again a plus. Been drinking this beer for long time. I stack all oatty stouts against this one. It's my favorite. Excellent job by the brewers. (334 characters)

Photo of cnjohn19
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hmmm...my third beer of the new holland sample pack...haven't been overly impressed yet, but very much looking forward to this one...

wow...pour extremely slow...the head is massive, like nothing i have ever seen...great retention, but no much lacing...solid body with absolutely no chance light would get through...

the nose is a little disappointing for me...slight mocha and very dark chocolate...

tastes like black coffee mixed with unsweetened cocoa cocoa beans...leaves a metallic aftertaste...an enjoyable bitterness for this stout...very bold and carbonated, but not over dominating...new holland did an excellent job balancing this beer...

overall, the taste didn't match the look, but a great beer to enjoy if you want something dark and bold, yet balanced and drinkable...

the best i've had so far from this brewery... (834 characters)

Photo of clint1019
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black in color with a thick creamy head.

S - Roasty malt, Chocolate, and a hint of oatmeal.

T - Same as the nose.

M - A heavy, full bodied beer.

O - A great example of an oatmeal stout. Starts with a nice roasty/chocolaty aroma that continues on into the flavor. (271 characters)

Photo of adams82
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with ruby highlights with a filmy off white or tan head. Yep, that's a stout that I just poured!

Smells chocolaty and roasty, hints of black licorice and coco, toasty... Very inviting!

Roasted malt dominates, followed by chocolate and coffee notes and finishing with a pleasant and upfront citric hop bitterness. Very nice balance in the flavour of this beer, very well crafted. I haven't had a nice hoppy stout in a while, so this is really hitting the spot.

Very smooth beer, which shouldn't be a surprise given the style... Full bodied and upfront, this stout really delivers the goods and will probably be a main stay in my beer fridge now that I've given it a shot. Very, very well done. (714 characters)

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

Pours dark red into the glass with a light brown head of about one finger that thins out as you drink it down, little lacing. Smells of roasty coffee and brown sugar, floral hops. On the tongue you can feel the hops, tastes of roasted grain, sweet body, kind of thin. One that I will be looking forward to getting again, I recommend this stout. (344 characters)

Photo of bobbyc881
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with red/brown highlights. Thin tan head dissipates after a bit. Smells roasty... like a dark roast coffee. Hints of raisin and other sweetness.

Taste begins a touch roasty-bitter, but certainly some maltiness in there. Chocolate, coffee .. the typical stout flavors. Bit of acrid bitterness in the back. Overall, very nice. Nice, thick mouthfeel -- as to be expected from an oatmeal stout. Lingering bitterness.

Highly drinkable. Not the best oatmeal stout I've had -- hard to dethrone Sam Smith, but certainly a very welcome addition into my fridge. (569 characters)

Photo of camp0474
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/18/11

A: Pours a solid dark brown to black with a tan frothy head.

S: Roasted malt and bitter chocolate with sweet smells of oats and cream.

T: Sweet cream and oats balanced with dry roasted malt flavors. Dark bitter chocolate or cacao. Great smooth and hearty flavors. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Also crisp and gives a slight tingle from the fine carbonation.

D: Simple, yet complex. Well balanced and finishes great. Easy to drink (493 characters)

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

A: Almost opaque black in color with a creamy, thick looking tan head, reminiscent of hot chocolate foam. Leaves behind tons of sticky lacing.

S: Very nice roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Also picking up traces of a milky sweetness. Inviting.

T&M: Silky smooth medium body with flavors very much as advertised in the nose. Roasted malts dominated by milk chocolate and coffee. Maybe just the slightest hint of herbal hops in the background.

D: Enjoyable. Although not the most complex stout you can find, The Poet brings front and center some of the more pleasant characteristics that a well made stout has to offer. This one is meant to be enjoyed at a much warmer temperature, so be sure to let it sit awhile after taking it out of the fridge. I look forward to many more in the future. (802 characters)

Photo of hammer09
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, burgundy-black with a thick, foamy, tan head. Smell is complex with roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate aromas. Quite simply, this beer smells great. Taste is mildly bitter with a nice chocolate-like flavor. This beer exhibits good body; smooth and silky with a dry finish. Overall, a very good, well-rounded oatmeal stout that is sure to please. (362 characters)

Photo of btorsdog
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After endless IPA's & DIPA's what a delightful change of pace. Usually partake of this one in the cooler months but was drawn in by a rememberance of how tasty this brew was and it did not disapoint. Pours a picture perfect deep mahogany color with a matching thick puffy head,pretty!

Smell was toasted malty grains slight choclaty/carmely hint ,once again...pretty!

Nice complex flavor but not overbearing, lots of little things to pick up on as it goes down the pipe.

Slightly chewey but in a good way,common stout mouthfeel.

Drinkability is very nice and smooth and creamy!Slightly filling though but to be expected ,definetly a fine brew. SWEET!!!! (660 characters)

Photo of hrking
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at Teller's in Hyde Park ( a suburb of Cincinnati) and it was superb. I had this in a bottle as well though it's good it's far better on draft..Alcohol is well hidden and almost non present as are most oatmeal stouts.Goes down smooth with just a slight hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.If you're a huge stout fan like myself I recommend giving this one a try if you get the chance especially on draft! (427 characters)

Photo of scvance
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours completely black, with a nice frothy very long lasting head. Aroma is of roasted chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Slight bready aroma. Taste is similar, coffee and chocolate character right up front, oats and bread. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy. Medium carbonation, and full bodied. Nice toasted malty finish with slight bitterness, overall a very well done stout. (417 characters)

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

Had this beer on tap in Grand Rapids Michigan. Poured really black with a nice tan head, pretty attractive looking beer. Typical stout smells, chocolate, coffee, nuts, nothing wrong with those smells. A little sweet on the taste, but a sweetness that didn't linger so long that it made it sickening. Whereas some stouts are like a chocolate torte, thick and gummy, I'd describe this one as being closer to a chocolate mousse, a little bit airy. For such a dark stout, pretty darn drinkable. I enjoyed this effort even though it isn't my favorite style out there. (562 characters)

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

Pours a dark typical stout hue into my chalice. A pretty lame head of a couple centimeters, but a fine dramatic lacing
Oaky and dry some coffee and caramel. An intriguing whiff of alcohol.
Maybe a tad watery, but overall good. Handsomely bitter, not sweet like some stouts.
Leaves a nice tingle. Once again, a little less watery than i would prefer. Maybe its a result of the oatmeal though, first oatmeal stout so i wouldnt know.
Delicious and drinkable, lots of interesting flavors here. Worth a shot at least, wins point for uniqueness (538 characters)

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