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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,616
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 64
Gots: 92 | 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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4/5  rDev +2%

11-15-2011 00:11:03 | More by Lawnboy33
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2011 19:13:52 | More by sbricker
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-14-2011 16:45:45 | More by nanobrew
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-14-2011 14:44:05 | More by shuajw
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3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours super-dark brown with ruby/russet hue along the edge of the glass; not quite black. Sufficient mocha colored head and decent lacing. Notes of fruit and roasted malts.

I often drink heavier stouts (read: Russian Imperial Stout) and it is nice to occassionally check the palate with something easy-going but yet flavorful. This fits that bill. Decent cocoa and vanilla notes. A touch of coffee and fruit with a nuance of cola. Not too rich, light to medium-bodied. Supple carbonation. Nice velvety mouthfeel true to form for an oatmeal stout. Tiny bit sour in the finish along with an elegant and subtle bitterness.

Very sessionable oatmeal stout. I'm pairing mine with a good ol' fashioned beef stew with mushrooms.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 21:57:42 | More by Zraly
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Ontario (Canada)

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

An awesome American milk/oatmeal stout!

Beautiful dark colour with decent head, lacing and mouthfeel. Aroma is beautiful; malted grains and oats. Taste is even nicer, with the sweetness of caramelized malts combined with the smoothness of oatmeal.

Overall it is very creamy in both taste and mouthfeel. A complete delight to drink!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 03:02:28 | More by hopsolutely
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into DFH pint glass.

A - Poured jet black non-transparent color with huge head that slowly dissipated leaving significant amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Roasted burned malts, dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, figs, caramel and oats.

T - Sweet malts upfront with slight taste of milk followed by dark chocolate and coffee bitterness. Aftertaste has a slight vanilla flavor.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation.

O - Great oatmeal stout that I would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 16:49:54 | More by taigor
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2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with a tan head that quickly fades. Thin lacing.

Smell- A faint smell of dark roasted malt and a touch of sweetness.

Taste- Toffee like sweetness with hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Thin and slightly watery. Nice carbonation.

Overall- For a stout this beer is a little thin on the flavor and mouthfeel. Not a bad beer but New Holland could have done better.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 20:48:50 | More by scratch69
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leather black with some transparency and ruby hue when held to light. Thin, cream colored head dissipates to a ring and delicate film of froth.

Aroma: Bold coffee, chocolate, almonds and mild bourbon.

Smooth and bold roasted flavor. Coffee and chocolate mainly. Dark fruit and molasses mellow it out. Assertive and drying leafy hop compliments the roasted barley bitterness.

Rich and creamy medium body. Bright, lively carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp.

Solid. Complex and robust yet delicate.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:43:12 | More by bnes09
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3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very, very dark. Brown, but it's sometimes hard to tell. A small beige head lingers some after a hard pour but fades pretty quickly.

The aroma is sweet and malty but with chocolate/coffee edge. Some fruitiness from hops is also apparent but it's not overpowering.

The flavor is sweet, something of toffee sweetness, with a lot of bitter coffee and some chocolate. The bitterness lingers, not painfully but persistently. The flavor is a little weak and watery - just a little but it detracts.

Thin. Much thinner than I was expecting. Nice carbonation but it's not up to the task of adding creaminess to something this light on the viscosity.

Overall it's OK. A little more punch and viscosity matched with a little less lingering bitterness, though, would have made it much nicer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 21:21:31 | More by mariposafan
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, another extra from laymansbeerfan (thanks man!). Poured into a Rogue pint glass.

A: Not motor oil black but definitely opaque, with a two-finger mocha colored head from an aggressive pour; the head recedes slowly and leaves some attractive lace.

S: Sweet...oaty, with a dry nutty character...toasted malt character, caramel, and some very light hop bitterness.

T: Dry and nutty on the palette, with lots of oaty character, cocoa and bitter bakers chocolate, hop dryness and an earthy chewiness, dark fruit.

MF: Medium - light mouthfeel, soft carbonation, and pretty dry.

O: Chocolate really emerges on the nose and tongue as it warms. A good oatmeal stout, and an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 13:56:17 | More by Scotchboy
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark black with a mocha two finger head that slowly dissipates leaving a thin cap.

S- Roasted and smoky malt, dark chocolate, oats, floral hops, coffee, and a bit of dark fruits

T- Roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee are prominent with a bit of smoke, oats, raisins, plum, and vanilla.

M- Medium to high carbonation and medium body. A tad thin for the mouthfeel and not as creamy as I look for when it comes to Oatmeal Stouts.

O- A good Oatmeal Stout that has some good qualities, but the mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. Worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 01:21:13 | More by iadler
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in the tulip with a golden-brown tinge. Fine carbonation on the tongue and a good mouthfeel. Sharp character on top of a roasted and grainy flavor. Fairly dry but has a touch of fruitiness along with a kiss of malt that is quite appealing. Hint of chocolate on the lips. Hops come on as an intriguing afterthought.

Very drinkable dark beer. More pleasant than some of the many stouts that are so burnt and acidic. This one has enough tartness and roast malt for a great experience. Bottle in great condition from Art Of The Table in Grand Rapids.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 05:47:30 | More by mactrail
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Poet by New Holland is a tasty oatmeal stout with chocolate characteristics. It had a slight sourness to it.

A: Black colour and a big 2 cm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5

S: Roasty, bready delicious smell. Some chocolate. 4.5

T: Roasty malt and strong dry chocolate flavour into a slightly sour aftertaste. 4

M: Good and foamy. 4

O: 4

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:22:33 | More by vandemonian
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Alberta (Canada)

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

A pint at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Southgate, Michigan.

This beer appears a pretty solid black, with very slight ruby edges, and one fat finger of foamy, sort of creamy, beige head, which leaves a pocked limestone wall of lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. It smells of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of mild coffee, cream, and earthy hops. The taste is sweet toasty caramel, milk chocolate, and earthy hops. The carbonation is fairly low, the body a solid medium weight, silky smooth, and fairly creamy. It finishes with a sweet creamy roasted malt, and a bit of earthy dryness.

A well rendered, slick oatmeal stout, enjoyable as a counter to some deadly spicy top-tier wings.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 06:26:37 | More by biboergosum
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black stout with light brown head and good lacing. Smells very roasted, tastes of licorice and coffee, toasted malt, sweet chocolate and vanilla. I love how sweet it is. The mouthfeel was pleasantly drinkable and light--not all stouts need to weigh you down!--overall a good stout, would definitely drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 03:01:47 | More by lstokes
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to bobpack for this one.

A: Very dark, with just the faintest hint of light coming through at the edge. About a quarter finger tan head that fades instantly to a light ring around the top. Pretty nice lacing.

S: Not a big aroma. Some roasted malts. Dark coffee. Oatmeal. Light chocolate.

T: Sweet milk chocolate upfront. Then lots of oatmeal. A light roastiness.

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. A tad creamy. Pretty smooth.

O: A pretty good oatmeal stout. Light aroma and not a complex taste, but very drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 17:46:14 | More by doughanson78
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Zero head. What little is there goes away quickly. Less than opaque. Deep mahogany, not really black. Held to light, has some red edges.

S: Roasted malts, a little coffee. Some bittersweet chocolate. Nice aroma.

T: Bitterness from the roasted malt is the first thing that jumps in. Initial impression was a little thin. Sweetness creeps in at the finish. Perhaps a slight note of lactose. Lacking a certain creaminess I'd look for in an oatmeal stout. Definitely improves as it warms up, but still slightly missing a mark for me.

M: As noted, slightly thin for an oatmeal stout for me. For a lack of head, it actually seems over carbonated. Big bubbles sting the tongue a bit. 

Not bad overall, although not a favorite either.

Not a horrible drinking experience, but not one I'd rush to tell my friends about. 

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:40:12 | More by Braseltonage
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3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought this somewhere, but I don't remember when, but I do know I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body it a thin pitch black in the middle and a viscous red tint hits the edges. The head is tan, a finger tall, poor retention, thin lacing, and medium sized bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are mixed fruit with grapes at the front, tremendous oatmeal, and a bit winey.
Taste: The taste is a little watery, hints of sweetness, and traditional oats.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin, with a lingering finish.
Overall: This isn't the best beer, but it isn't the worst.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 00:10:27 | More by treehugger02010
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New York

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

Poured into a pint.

Appearance. Perfect stout pour. Deeb dark brown with almost no light penetration, except for the very edges. Just enough to let you see its gorgeous color. Pours with a good 3 fingers of cappuccino brown head. THis slowly dissipates, leaving a ton of lacing on the glass, to a half a finger which is retained well.

Smell. Not a ton to talk about. Lots of roasted barley with a good amount of chocolate. A little bit of yeasty esters, but nothing big.

Taste. Lots of coffee like bitterness up front, with some almost fruity sweetness. A bitter chocolate follows this which is again accompanied by some roasted barley. Still persistent, though, is that underlying fruitiness that is hard to explain given all of the big roasty, earthy, and chocolate flavors in the beer. The finish is quite dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel. Nice medium to heavy body with a low but appropriate amount of carbonation. Really quite a perfect, almost creamy, mouthfeel.

Seems to drink more like an irish stout, but looks and feels more like an oatmeal stout. So much complexity with that nagging tart fruit note that seems to be present throughout.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 03:26:59 | More by jtingue
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint glass.

Dark, dark brown with crimson highlights around the exterior of the body. A thin head upon pouring that wisps away into a collar of foam around the edges.

Roasty bakers chocolate and pumpernickel apparent at first on the nose, with subtle notes of butterscotch. A touch of earthy hops give a hint of bitterness, and a touch of saltyness I believe.

Those bitter chocolatey malts are again up front with a little bit of hop bite. Highlights of pumpernickel and hazelnut woven throughout the flavor which presents a dessert like quality to the flavor, but the bitterness still remains dominant.

Medium body with a silky consistency, a real pleasure to hold in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. Just a tingle of carbonation.

Bitter chocolate and sweeter grain flavors with a touch of earthyness and subtle sweetness. A nice oat stout that sort of surprised me with it's quality. Way to go, New Holland. This is gonna have to be one I remember to pick up when I'm in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:18:42 | More by auroracrisis
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 12:54:15 | More by clint1019
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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the cask, The Poet is thick and chocolatey, rich and full mouthfeel. Really nice toasted malts are rich and flavorful; very roasty. Nose is chocolate over coffee: more cocoa powder than candy bar. Black coffee. The oatmeal lends body. Mildly and appropriately sweet.

Serving type: cask

09-05-2011 01:56:15 | More by salvo
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this six pack and dropped it on the way into my garage!! Broke all but two...super pissed but reviewing anyway.

A: A little disappointed because I dropped it so I think most of the carbonation went away which made the head pretty lackluster. Very dark and makes me feel dark as well thinking of Edgar Poe.

S: malty, chocolaty, maybee a hint of otmeal

T: Malt, some floral actually which was weird, hints of oatmeal

M: Very drinkable, low carb (maybe from dropping =/) very smooth and only lingers after first breath out.

O: Pretty good oatmeal stout and good first impression of New Holland Brewing. Definitely try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 19:26:26 | More by theRooster90
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed @ the Firkin Friday Event @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for free (MoBev Distrubtor). Tapped from an Orange, Plastic Firkin/Cask into a 16oz Pint Glass and enjoyed two back to back.

Aroma- Very strong coffee aroma from the beginning. Also has a sweetness and malty/roast attribute. Strong Espresso but no hint of Oatmeal. Malts and a chocolate aroma came to me as well.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger of off-white head that dies quickly. Has a pitch black color body that has almost no clarity. Thick, huge lacing is followed up at the end.

Taste- Espresso or Strong Roasted Coffee. This is a great stout by its flavor alone!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Smooth with a Medium Carbonation level. Not much on the finish, maybe hints of oatmeal but very weak.

Overall- Good Oatmeal Stout and almost the same in Cask as I've had on-tap. Go for it! Always know what this one is going to taste like.

Serving type: cask

08-30-2011 02:37:31 | More by DCon
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