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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,740 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 73
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
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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 jondeelee
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Poet, whose label sports a raven as a not-so-subtle homage to Poe, begins with a surprisingly effervescent nose for an oatmeal stout. The aromas are there--cigarette smoke, ash, earthen loam, charred grains, chocolate--but subtly so, and fade quickly.

On the tongue, the flavors are thankfully more present, beginning with a smooth stream of chocolate milk and brown sugar, which is joined quickly by tributaries of coffee, ash, and vanilla. A layer of toasted and lightly charred grains provides bedrock. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the ash and smoke flavors increase, but thankfully never outpace the sugars. The aftertaste is ash, brown sugar, and hints of dark fruit esters (mainly red grape and, for some reason, black olive), and lingers for a little while. Mouthfeel is the silky, milk-smooth medium of an oatmeal stout, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, the flavors that are present in this brew are excellent and well-balanced. What I wanted, however, was simply more of these flavors--say, a 10% increase in the quantity of malts used per barrel--to make the beer truly stand out, and to increase the ABV above the 5.2% that it is now. Such a difference could turn, for me, what is a good beer into a fantastic one.

jondeelee, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Snifter...

Pretty sweet label.

Appearance-Slow rising carbonation that leads to a 2 finer beige head. Body is a dark brown. Some nice lacing.

Smell-Light aroma of dark fruits and I can even get some citrus. Coffee and some fresh oats.

Taste-Figs and some cherry. Some coffee and a little chocolate. Some light bitterness. As it warms I pick out more oat character.

Mouthfeel-The flavor wasn't as strong as I'd hope, but the mouthfeel is great for a traditionally lighter body. Nice creamy texture and nice carbonation.

Overall-Definitely a "good" beer. I'd prefer Rogue and Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout which are easier to get, but nonetheless a good beer.

SWMeyer4141, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FFF.
I've had this beer quite a few times before, and I was surprised to see I had never reviewed it... So here we go.

Served in an imperial nonic.

Dark red hues poke through from a body that seems black at a glance. Huge 2 finger cola colored head expands above the rim of the glass and holds to itself with a resounding "fuck you gravity!". Giant rings of lacing mark my first 3 sips like a fingerprint. Awesome retention too.
Smells chocolately. Roasted malts shine here. Very nice.

The flavor has roasty malts hinting at coffee and chocolate with some caramel sweetness to keep it from going too bitter. The bitterness does hit pretty big on the finish, and it works like bitter cocoa. Pretty dry back there too.

Full, thick, rich, velvety body. Damn near perfect. This may be too carbonated, as I like a creamy feel from lower concentration of bubbles.

This is a very nice beer. The fact that I can find this on shelves really helps in my opinion. I'm another person that is tiring of chasing every little fad and limited release. Having a beer of this quality available is an underappreciated wonder.

AleWatcher, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of ModemMisuser
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a firkin at HopCat in Grand Rapids. The other reviews cover the technical details quite well - it's definitely on-target for color/aroma/etc for the style.

As a major stout fan, I really liked this one. I might choose it over other stouts when/where available.

ModemMisuser, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of engagechad
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a sixer from Whole Foods in Glen Allen, VA - poured into DFH snifter

Let it warm up a little, pours a fabulous tar black with a tan head that sticks around and leaves some great lacing, sticky sticky stuff. Smells of chocolate and coffee just as you'd want it to. Taste follows, very smooth velvety chocolate in flavor dry enough to be drinkable yet sweet enough to be deserty if you wanted.

Overall this is a fantastic stout that i plan on buying again

engagechad, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of wiscokid920
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, jet black with 1 finger tan head with decent retention. Tan lacing along glass

S: Strong expresso/coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

T: Exellent flavor. Strong roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted and caramel malts

M: Full bodied and viscous. Plenty of thickness that is very well-balanced. Smooth body, deliciously drinkable

O: Excellent stout in my opinion...although it is my first Oatmeal Stout. Very good flavors and balance to this brew. Definitely will have again

wiscokid920, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer carries a dark-dark colored body; hints of red; opaque but very active with carbonation; beer pours with a light coffee colored half finger head; didn't hold for very long; some lacing, but not very sticky

S - Deep roasted scents of malts which produce a combination of coffee and chocolate; smells like an espresso; some soapiness; burnt toast; smells like coffee of out the drip machine; oatmeal

T - Roasted malt characters, like coffee, chocolate and burnt malt flavors; some sweet milky flavors; some hop character to it, but faint; I think the hop notes don't interact well with the stout flavors, it produces a weird flavor on the tongue; licorice

M - Nice body; smooth silkiness; could have more body; leaves behind a rich coffee aftertaste; effervescent

D- Good after dinner drink; very filling after a few sips; still could and worth a try or two

ferrari29, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

warmish from the cask at the comet a deep, brown to black to a .3L goblet with a few bubbles on top.

big chocolate and creamy espresso aroma.

creamy dark semi sweet chocolate and mild espresso roast. wow. big wow factor. burnt toffees.

low carbonation, creamy smooth, slick.

great beer. much preferable to the bottled version.

robwestcott, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of balzern
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown almost black. No clarity. Nice amount of lacing.

S- Chocolate, espresso, toffee, coffee, dark roasted notes galore!

T- Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a little caramel sweetness on the aftertaste. Hints of oatmeal but not as much as I might have expected. Nevertheless, I loved this.

M- Oily and slick, coated my mouth like a mouth-blanket haha

O- Superb I loved this beer. A perfect oatmeal stout with everything I would want from a dark stout! Get it if you have the chance!

balzern, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of EnJeiBee
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured extremely dark (almost black), with a thin off white head that dissipated quickly

S - Roast malt, cocoa and chocolate

T - The taste matched the scent very well. Chocolate and dark roast malt dominate the palate with a hint of bitterness upon finish

M - It was much lighter than expected and the coffee flavor lingered in my mouth forever

O - I think it would've been much better had the mouthfeel been a bit heavier and flavor more complex. I would certainly drink it again, but it won't stand out in the line up of great oatmeal stouts I've had

EnJeiBee, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near jet black in color (traces of amber are visible near the corners of the glass. It poured with a creamy tan head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste has flavors of roasted malts and coffee beans and is accompanied by a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, very smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness towards the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it’s lighter bodied compared to others in the style but still has a lot of flavors.

metter98, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of crewfan16
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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

crewfan16, May 28, 2011
Photo of BelgiumBill
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

BelgiumBill, May 27, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a dark dark brown with some ruby highlights coming through, one finger mocha colored head that evaporated quickly, left some lacing but it did not stick for long.

S- Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and bitter coffee

T- Very roasty, bitter chocolate, bitter black coffee, and some earthiness

M- Lighter bodied stout, finishes a little watery

O- Overall a pretty bitter oatmeal stout, finishes bitter, not my favorite example of the style, but a pretty unique one.

Hoptometrist, May 26, 2011
Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was very happy to give this one a try.I like the label that got my attention and that it was an oatmeal stout.Price was kinda high 10.99 for six. O well this is very dark with ruby tones.Not much of a retaining head there. SMell is strong with rich chocolate scent. TASTE is very smooth with oatmeal and chocolate coming through,but not too sweet. It has little bit of a bitter aftertaste.Its not that thick it went down real easy.Overall I'd drink this one again.

BrewStoutMagic, May 19, 2011
Photo of rrski198
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Big black with minor brown hues ont he edge of the glass. Decent off white head with little lacing.

S: Very, very nice. Milk chocolate, bourbon, malted milk balls, sweet cream. Perfectly complex for the style.

T: Awesome roasted malt and chocolate again. Might push the line of sweetness with me but it is quite nice. Mild bitterness on the back end of the tongue.

M: Watery and kind of lacking in the body. Bitterness on the back end is nice but not really expected with the style. Roasted coffee flavor lingers forever.

O: Better than i thought it would be. The bourbon scent was amazing. The distinct chocolate flavor was real nice. However, the mouthfeel left something to be desired. Overall, real nice.

rrski198, May 17, 2011
Photo of omgitssinn
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer in a standard pint glass that had been chilled. Dark in color with no discernable head. Very nice roasted malt smell with just a hint of the oatmeal that the beer's name alludes to. A rich, but not over the top oat flavor that intensified as the beer's temperature increased. Light mouth-feel that left me wanting another taste. I would definiteley buy this beer again and pair it with a steak cooked on the grill. Not as potent as other oatmeal stouts I've tried and that may be why I found this beer so refreshing.

omgitssinn, May 12, 2011
Photo of Vierenner
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a rubust, persistent head. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt with plenty of chocolate to go with it. Flavor is a smokey cofee though, with the malt and chocolate also lending some flavor. Not as strong as I'd hoped for, good but not great.

Mouthfeel is like the flavour, a bit of a let down, not thick enough for a stout while the drinkability is decent but not spectacular as well.

Vierenner, May 12, 2011
Photo of b3shine
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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

b3shine, May 07, 2011
Photo of dmfrench
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Simple, drinkable, bright, roasty, creamy, hoppy Oatmeal Stout

A: Very dark black body, revealing itself as clear ruby only when held to a light. Head is tight, two fingers, medium khaki, lacing, and somewhat persistent.

S: Roasty malt, dry cocoa, brown sugar, with an earthy, zesty hop edge.

T: Very immediately clean and friendly flavor... earthy, zesty hops greet you up front, followed by sweet dark fruit, roasty coffee and cocoa and lingering hop acids bring up the rear. Finish is a bit on the short side. Simple but not too simple, and extremely drinkable.

M: Very creamy and fine textured, with a fantastic weight for only 5.2%. Carbonation is pretty high.

O: A more drinkable Oatmeal Stout would be hard to find.

dmfrench, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost completely black with tinges of red along the sides. Great head dissipates into a sheen and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of smooth, mellow roasted malts and oatmeal, milk chocolate, with tinges of coffee.

It's a nice example of an oatmeal stout. The malts and oatmeal balance together nicely, along with a semi-sweet baker's chocolate flavor, and a touch of espresso. A bit of noticeable hop bitterness too. Slightly dry finish. Very tasty.

Feel is very rich and luxuriously thick and smooth, yet amazingly easy to drink.

This beer is definitely a winner that I'll happily drink again.

AlCaponeJunior, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Grand Trunk in Detroit.
Appearance - Tan head over almost black, ruby tinted beer.
Aroma - malt, dark chocolate, coffee, wood.
Mouthfeel - Soft and creamy
Flvour - malty, chocolate and coffee, not too sweet, nice hops bitterness balances it out. Great stout.

, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk ranks among my favorite beers and just had a very good Sun Dog, so I'm amped for this one. Yet another lonely-guy beer from me - drunk straight from the bottle while watching South Park reruns in my Michigan hotel room.

There's an overall warmth to drinking Poet, and there are subtle hints of grain, coffee, and licorice. But somehow, it all lacks the panache, presence, and most of all, body, of a great stout. Overall, it's just a bit meek. I like it, don't get me wrong. But I want Stouts to announce their presence in a big way, by punching you in the mouth or kicking you in the nuts. The Poet, unfortunately, just taps you on the shoulder.

Recommended, but would not fare well measured against great stouts.

lurpy1, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black cherry, with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like roasted coffee, with bitter dark chocolate and toasted oats and a bit of molasses.
T: It tasted like bitter coffee and dark chocolate, with some earthy toasted oats and a bit of sweet molasses. It had a bitter aftertaste that was mostly clean.
M: It was somewhat thick and viscous with a little carbonation. Pretty slick.
D: This was a very nice oatmeal stout, with good scent and taste and body. Not overwhelmingly delicious or smooth, but still quite enjoyable and easy to drink. Worth trying at least once.

Pencible, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Pizza Paradiso.

A one finger head was poured which is light cocoa brown in color, with tiny uniform bubbles. Very gorgeous body black almost giving to brown with some hues. Small lacing while drinking.

Faint malt smell, a little licorice candy. Small coffee with roast character. Unfortunatly it's all kind of subdued and hard to find.

Taste matches the noses subdued feeling. Small roasted notes, with a fairly good and expansive grainy like body, a little sour though.

This isn't too bad I've had better but it could do.

smakawhat, Apr 10, 2011
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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