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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,591 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,591
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 64
Gots: 84 | 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 danielharper


4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer tasted sometime last fall (maybe September?). Notes transcribed verbatim.

A: Black body, thick brown head.

S: Oaty, rich with chocolate malt, crisp, somewhat dry.

T: Dry chocolate malt body, rich with roasted barley, caramel malt. Dry finish.

M: Thick mouthfeel, no significant carbonation, no significant hops.

D: This beer is great in bottles, even better on cask.

Serving type: cask

12-21-2009 01:57:05 | More by danielharper
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, very opaque. Just black. Very, very little head. Decent lacing.

Very strong coffee, cocoa, roast malt, and faint anise coming off the glass. The nose really invites you in.

Hits strong with a heavy body and lots of dark chocolate malt. Roast notes appear immediately and build to a strong bitter finish.

Feel could be a little thicker. The flavor profile demands it and the body just doesn't stand up to that test.

Tastes like a beer that should have a much higher abv, so drink away. Not often you get a stout this good that won't knock you for a loop after two.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 03:44:19 | More by beer2day
Photo of sidetracked


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

Pours dark brown with a thin cream head.

Smells lightly of roasted coffee.

Tastes of roast coffee with a bit of bitter chocolate. There's a slight oatmeal taste and texture, but not much. The flavor improves as it warms up.

Fairly light in body and seems rather carbonated. Goes down smooth and a bit dry. I think it would go well with dessert if you're looking for a beer that isn't too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:00:30 | More by sidetracked
Photo of buschbeer


3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a small tan head which clung to the sides of my glass. It is a dark brown with ruby accents. Toasted malts dominate the aroma. It tastes of coffee and bitter chocolate. It is more watery than I care for, but it is a rather tasty beverage. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me.


Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 21:10:20 | More by buschbeer
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 10:32:55 | More by Dalem
Photo of beveritt


3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Arrived in a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: 1 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to a thin, incomplete coating of foam. Decent lacing as the drink progresses. The beer itself is dark brown to black.

Smell: Slight roasted barley bitterness with hints of coffee in the finish.

Taste: Roasted barley bitterness. Noticeable absence of creaminess normally associated with oats.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is a little thin, especially for a stout.

Drinkability: Not a bad drink, but certainly nothing over the top or even worth seeking out again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 20:50:12 | More by beveritt
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark with auburn hues. It has a nice billowy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing up the entire glass.

S-Chocolate, some coffee, and roasted malts.

T-Chocolate, roasted malt, with coffee in the finish. Nothing overpowering, its nicely balanced.

M-thin and slightly carbonated.

D-This is a good session stout. It has a modest abv and a nice balanced flavor.

Overall, this is a decent stout. Its easy drinking with a nice lacing.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 21:27:21 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: clear brown color with some reddish highlights. A one inch head produces a bit of lace.

Smell: roasted malts with hints of chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: roasted malt, prunes, bits of chocolate and coffee, and very soft oat tones. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start but smooth and a bit creamy at the finish.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this stout. Refreshing and hits the spot when in the mood for an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 14:45:32 | More by Gavage
Photo of jwc215


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with ruby highlights and a thin off-white head. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of dark malt with a touch of dark fruitiness - roast/toast - coffee - Robust.

The taste is of sweet dark malt with an underlying fruitiness with roasted coffee that becomes more dominant as it progresses. There is a bit of acidic astringency. It has a bitterish, roasty/toasty finish.

It is medium-to-full bodied.

A roasty stout with a coffee accent. A nice pairing with brunch.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 00:53:49 | More by jwc215
Photo of fakedelight


3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured almost black with a small white head. Left very little lacing.

Smells roasty and sweet. Dark roasted barley.

Taste was what you would expect from a stout, roasted barley dominates. There is a very slight acidity.

The mouthfeel was a little dissapointing. For an oatmeal stout, it was a little thin. And I was hoping the head would stick around for a lot longer than it did.

There is nothing extremely special about this stout. It is a good beer to enjoy anytime, but rather forgetable.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 15:28:05 | More by fakedelight
Photo of katan


3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown to almost black color. has some amber highlights. Light head formation, only leaving behind a light film. Carbonation appears light.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, light coffee notes. Some yeast breadiness is present. The coffee note is almost acidic.

T - Starts off with a light bittersweet chocolate note. A subdued flavor overall. Mid-stream pushes more bitterness without bringing in any overt hop flavors. Finishes awfully dry, which then turns to a strong coffee astringent and acidic bite. Oatmeal is difficult to detect.

M - Seems fairly thin bodied. Beer does have some carbonation bite. Leaves behind a oily texture.

D - Moderately drinkable. Coffee notes are just a bit strong, causing a bit of palette fatigue. ABV is manageable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 04:34:01 | More by katan
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently because I haven't had an Oatmeal Stout in ages. New Holland's beers have recently begun to be sold in this neck of this woods so when I saw this, I picked it up to see how well it matched up to the others I've tried. While this isn't the best that I've had of this style, it's nicely crafted and true to form.

Of course, this is dark but the edges are a gorgeous deep ruby and the head was pretty thick as well. The taste is that of coffee, brown chocolate, toffee, root beer, and oatmeal. Nothing really stands out and this is pretty creamy, to the point where I wish that the mouthfeel was just a bit heavier. I don't mind that it's a light beer for the style but there's something missing here that I can't quite put my finger on. I was never done to chug an Oatmeal Stout down but if I wanted to, I could get this down in a hurry!

It's probably due to the fact that yes, this could be a session beer. Not something I normally say about something as dark as this but nevertheless, it's enjoyable and only the bitterness with a hint of the roasted flavors lingers after every sip. The lack of lacing on the sides of my pint reinforces the notion that this is too thin but nevertheless, it's a decent brew for the fall.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 09:18:25 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: From the bottle poured a luscious dark chocolate brown with reddish highlights while in the glass it appeared a flat black with a pillowy hazelnut colored head that lasted but a few minutes before lapsing to a spongey film covering. The lacing was spongey and splashy.

S: The nose was rich roasted chocolate malting with warm oatmeal, simple in execution, yet very effective. Dark milk chocolate with soft hints of fresh extinguished charred wood stand out as well. What it lacked in complexity this aroma made up with a heeping and rich nature.

T: The initial flavor begins with dark coffee grounds dominanting along with roasted chocolate malt and dried creamer. The roasted nature was soft and very smooth with an earthy bitterness of coffee grounds that lingered a bit on the finish. Roasted oats compose the malting portion while hints of burnt sweet licorice can be detected briefly before the closing.

M: decent with a slight coating of powdery creamer upon the swallow. The texture was a bit edgy and lacked the silky smoothness I come to expect from a good oatmeal stout. The fullness had a light to medium consistency while a fade roasted malt was ok but fell a bit short of expectations.

D: fairly good and easy enough to consider this a light session stout (3-4) at one sitting. A fairly good enjoyability factor which gets progressively better. Decent to throw back a few and solidly good per style.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 00:13:53 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of alkemy


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

Really dark, almost black color. There's ruby around the edges of the glass. Smoky bitter chocolate scent. There's a burnt chocolate/coffee taste that dominates. Very slight hint of hops at the end. It's pretty sweet. I'd like it to be thicker, but that's probably a tall order for a beer with such a low ABV. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 22:28:07 | More by alkemy
Photo of muskabeatz


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

A- Pours a very dark, near black color. Great rocky, tan head with good retention and good lacing.

S- Roasted malt aroma, a bit of coffee and smokiness. Wish there were a bit more sweetness in the nose.

T- Smooth malty backbone. Some roasted malt and coffee flavor as well, combined with a balancing hop presence, which keeps it "clean" and refreshing.

F- Love the smoothness from the oats, but could use a bit more body.

D- Very drinkable, moderately complex, yet easy to enjoy. However, I feel like there really isn't anyting that makes it stand out as something I would want to drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 19:00:42 | More by muskabeatz
Photo of Finn


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 01:29:24 | More by Finn
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4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost black color, dark as night actually. Good sized light brown head forms and stays there for a bit.

S: Dark chocolate and black coffee dominate the smell, with a hint of smoke.

T: Oats, chocolate and coffee flavors are all present with a small smokey flavor at the end.Strong aftertaste though which isn't a bad thing.

M: Medium to full carbonation, but very smooth and creamy

D: Easy to enjoy, goes down nicely. I had no problems reaching for another one and then another, it's that damn good!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 17:07:30 | More by Tee76
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured dark chocolate, molasses and a touch of smoke.

The taste was extremely clean with roasted malts and a nice smokiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style. Very distinctive in this regard.

Overall a very well done stout. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 22:25:15 | More by plaid75
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 01:49:03 | More by rapidsequence
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North Carolina

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown with hints of red on the edges. A large two-finger tan foamy head with good retention. Nice stick lacing.

Smell is fairly roasty and the oats are definitely present. Along with that is the aroma of coffee and chocolate. Nice and not overpowering.

Taste is at first a mix of coffee and dark chocolate. The oats mix in and there is a mild hop bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel seams to be light and creamy. Much thicker than say Guinness. There is a small amount of carbonation.

Drinakbility is pretty good. It is fairly easy to drink and probably a good one to step into the style of stouts. Not overpowering to the palette. I would have a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 22:56:34 | More by MrStark
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2.17/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle

A: 1 1/2 fingers of head - dark dark brown color with no carbonation rising.

S: Char oatmeal smell - very strong and good.

T: Oatmeal char taste is present, but the beer is a little watered down; there is little taste on the palate, but the finish is solid. It got worse as I drank it.

M: Solid mouthfeel - smooth and relatively crisp.

D: Decently drinkable.

New Holland has really been a disappointment for me; this is probably my favorite beer from them but there are still many other oatmeal stouts I would rather have (Samuel Smith's, Dark Horse, and Founders for starters).

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 03:18:12 | More by jt31914
Photo of coldmeat23


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

GLASS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a very dark brown color. Over two-fingers of light brown foam sits on top. Retention is very good and lacing is in small spots, which are plentiful and sticky.

A very nice roasty smell dominates. There is a touch of grainy oatmeal sweetness present. Nice hints of dark chocolate and espresso beans.

Taste follows the nose, quite well. A very nice roastiness is the main flavor. Sweetness of oats and milk chocolate flavors are here. Light hint of coffee and a touch of dark chocolate. Mild kiss of smoke.

Full-bodied beer. Carbonation level seems a touch too much, but I find that to be true of the style, in general. Maybe it's just me. The oats help give this one a wonderful smoothness. It also has a mild level of creaminess, which is nice.

At only 5.2%abv and as tasty as this one is, I'd say that it's a keeper. I'll pick this one up whenever I have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 18:25:08 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black with the slightest bit of transparency when held up to the light. two finger thick head, ok lacing

S: Sweet chocolate and oats.

T: Semi sweet and mildly bitter. A slight toasted flavor is present as well. Nothing really memorable though

M: Very light and watery. Also get a bit of chalkiness.

D: A very nice session stout

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 19:17:06 | More by mikey711
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to hefeweizen glass.

Great, black color with a full, creamy 3 finger head. Smooth and full bodied, with a slight red tint when held to the light. The aroma of the beer beings to expose its full flavor. Coffee, wheat, wild grain rice, brown sugar, chocolate, and smoked malts all come out in the smell. The chocolate is slightly sweet, with some roasted grain flavors and a subtle smoked taste, rounded out well with the oatmeal.

The beer warms to its full capacity. Carbonation is barely noticeable, as the roasted malts begin to take a dark chocolate complexity. Hardly a thin body, but certainly not heavy.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 01:52:25 | More by TLove
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must've had a subpar bottle when I first reviewed, or something was off about my palate or mood. The bottle I'm drinking now is incredibly smooth, with a nice medium-full body. Gone from the taste are the sour and acrid character. What's left is a hell of a stout that I'll definitely be happy to revisit. Original review below:

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Dark brown with a half-inch tall tan, fluffy head.

S - Coffee, a bit of milk chocolate, perhaps some molasses and roast barley in the background. Enjoyable, but not incredibly strong.

T - Coffee and chocolate are both present, though the coffee has the acrid quality you sometimes get from a carafe that's been sitting too long on the burner. It also has a slightly sour note that would be more at home in an Irish dry stout. Some hop bitterness appears in the middle and lasts through the finish, but there's very little hop flavor.

M - Surprisingly watery. Practically none of the silky, rich texture I'd expect for the style. Where's the oatmeal?

D - This is not a bad beer, but it doesn't seem to have much going to actively recommend it. Still, New Holland has shown it can pull off a good (quasi-)stout with Dragon's Milk, so I'm willing to give The Poet another try in the future. If nothing else, I could see using it to convert a macro-drinking friend who likes Guinness, maybe paired with burgers at a late-season cookout.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 01:10:03 | More by trbergman
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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