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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,641 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,641
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 67
Gots: 98 | 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 gobucks1


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark, dark brown into a pint glass with a short tan head.

Aroma did not overwhelm my nose but was very pleasant. Dark chocolate, malts and oatmeal.

Tast resembled the nose with roasted malts, dark chocolate and also noticed hints of carmel, oatmeal and some fruit.

Has a creamy, smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation.

A very smooth and easy to drink stout. My favorite of New Holland's line.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 00:19:13 | More by gobucks1
Photo of kimcgolf


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a dark brown qwith thin off-white head and no lacing. Fortunately, appearance was the only thing lacking with this beer. Aroma was a strong, pleasant malty chocolate-oatmeal biscuit scent. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and a little chewy, and the taste carried over where the nose left off. Rounded to a good long sweet finish. Interesting label too.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 02:52:06 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of drizzam


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

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of the brew is a clear dark brown color with ruby highlights when held up to light. An aggressive pour yielded a one finger foamy khaki head. Sexy fishnet lacing was left down the inside of the glass.

S - Sweet malt and dark chocolate dominate the nose.

T & M - The taste largely mimicked the nose...a sweet malty body is accentuated by hints of dark bitter chocolate. There is just a hint of hop bitterness on the back end to make things interesting. Medium bodied mouthfeel, creamy and finishes nicely.

D - This is a very good stout all the way around. I could put several of these down in a sitting. This is my first foray into the world of New Holland, and I look forward to trying some of their other offerings!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 04:17:45 | More by drizzam
Photo of billyzoom666


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. At first glance, this pours super dark, but when held up to a light, just a hint of light gets through, which gives it a nice amber look. There is a sweet smell of caramel with a little bit of alcohol nipping at the back end. This has a nice smokey flavor and a fully, creamy body. There's no alcohol taste here and it reminds me more of a porter than a stout. Huge drinkability here, might be a nice winter session beer. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 19:19:30 | More by billyzoom666
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Big dense light tan head from a somewhat rough pour. Its throwing crazy lacing. The beer is dark but not nearly the darkest. The edges are a very deep garnet. The head retention isnt spectacular but a film hold steady through the whole glass.

S- Right away chocolate and hops are evident. Oatmeal and more chocolate and roasted malts as it warms. The nose is kinda weak but good. Smells like an oatmeal stout alright.

T- Roasty and chocolatey. Oats and a hop bitterness is picked up towards the end right after a flash of sweetness. This is a pretty well balanced beer.

M- Wicked creamy and smooth. Very little carbonation. This one is almost like milk.

D- Nicely sessionable. A solid go to oatmeal stout for us in the midwest.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 04:40:12 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of sulldaddy


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a deep dark cocoa brown with a thing .5 cm creamy tan head foaming up and fading quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is slight roasted malt and rich molasses notes, no real hop profile on the nose.
First sip reveals an average to lighter body with average tingly carbonation. Nice and smooth texture. Thought it may be a little thicker from the pour.
Flavor is roasted malt and a little bit of brown sugar and molasses. Some faint oats like a cheerio in the background, but mostly sweet dark malt driven. No hops show up and the booze is definitely a no show which is good for a lower ABV brew. Very smooth and easy to drink and well made. Not overly complex, but it doesnt have to be to be a nice oatmeal stout. NIce beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 02:16:57 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of tykees88


2.4/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

This is just not the beer style for me. I picked this up as a single at a liquor store in town in hopes of finding a new style that I would like. I could not have been more disappointed. The mouthfeel felt like a mentos and diet coke in my mouth at the same time. Just fizzy. The taste was alright, subtle oatmeal there, but didn't taste bad. But the way it felt in my mouth was too much for me to overcome with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 21:11:51 | More by tykees88
Photo of Jayli


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

Acquired this from Beerbeagle courtsey of Nobody Want to See a Beerk Geek Naked 2 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a deep dark brown, almost black with slight ruby hues around the edges. A one finger of light brown head to it. Head recedes nicely leaving wispy lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is of roasted malts, oatmeal, milk chocolate, and hints of burnt malts.

T: Taste starts with roasted malts and hints of chocolate up front before sweetening out a bit. Some caramel malts, milk chocolate, brown sugar and oatmeal are present through the middle. Finish has a bit of burnt malts and hint of hops to it.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rich creamy feel to this.

D: Well balanced, though the oatmeal was more in the background, as an outmeal stout, perhaps not the best representation of the style, but a very tasty beer and one that I could sit with for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 13:46:13 | More by Jayli
Photo of biglite351


2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was not impressed with this beer. I poured it into my glass and liked what I saw. Great color and a nice froth. Then I tool a smell. I could barely smell anything. What smell there was is okay, but it is very weak. Then I took a drink. Once again, barely there. What there is was okay, but nothing special. No real bitterness. I would compare this to a light beer, only in stout form. Much like actual light beers you could probably drink a few of these without feeling overwhelmed. However, with it's lack of overall flavor, I am not sure that it would be worth it. If it was at a party I would drink it, I just won't be buying it for myself in any quantity.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 21:19:08 | More by biglite351
Photo of whynot44


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

Very dark, almost opaque coffee color with a modest but lasting tan head that manages some nice sticky lacing.

The aroma is dark malt, burnt toast, hints of ripe fruit and dark chocolate.

The taste is coffee, sweet malt and a bit of dark chocolate with just a hint of fruitiness. he finish is still somewhat sweet but with a definite dark coffee/burnt wood bitterness.

Medium bodied, lighter than usual for an oatmeal stout, but very smooth and easy to drink. Altogether a very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 05:29:44 | More by whynot44
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a light tan finger and a half of head. Held it up to light and couldn't see a speck of light through it.

S - Rich coffee smells, dark malt, chocolate, and some oatmeal. Dead on for style, quite pleasant for when the stout mood hit.

T - Coffee and malty sweetness that gives a hint of toffee.

M - I usually put mouthfeel and drinkability together, but the mouthfeel kills this beer. The beer is watery and thin in the mouth. As much mouthfeel as an adjunct lager.

D - This is an easy drinking oatmeal stout, something I never thought I would find something that is as smooth as this is. However, other than being thin, this is a great *tasting and smelling* stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 04:36:33 | More by mwa423
Photo of degerbah


3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with plenty of light tan head. Smell is malty, but not extremely strong. The taste is mainly of roasted malts with a noticable coffee aftertaste. Very thick mouthfeel that coats the tongue and makes drinking THe Poet more of a slow savoring process. As the head settles down it leaves very thick lacing along the edge of the glass. Overall the burnt taste and thick mouthfeel makes this beer much dtronger flavored than I expected. Still only an average example of the style without much to make it stand out with other stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 00:58:55 | More by degerbah
Photo of Suds


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Here's a nice, dark beer with ruby highlights - not quite black though. The head is tan and very sudsy, a great looking brew. The aroma is of heavily roasted grain, coffee, and fleeting malt. No hop smell at all. The taste is moderately dry, with a good barley, roasted, cereal flavor. Some malt in the flavor as well. Reasonably creamy, although not as mouthfilling as most oatmeal stouts. Somewhat light, but still satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 00:20:46 | More by Suds
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black body with ruby highlights. Very airy, bubbly light beige three-finger head.

Coffee with a dash of milk in the nose. I mean a smell of coffe with milk, not the sensation of having milk go up your nose.

Roast coffee dominates first taste. Taste the oatmeal "roll" at the swallow, smoothing things out. Mild but tasty earthy hops.

Smooth medium-to-full mouthfeel, as it should be for the style.

Easy drinking and certainly sessionable.

A good everyday stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 09:26:43 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of matjack85


4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.69. There is no freshness date or any other information about the beer on the label, and it also comes from one of the few breweries that doesn't have a web site.

The beer poured out black into my glass but it showed off some purple/garnet tinting when held to the light. It made a 1-finger tan head that only lasted about a minute and left only a minimal amount of lacing.

The beer smelled nice but it wasn't all that strong. I got a nice aroma of sweet malt and oatmeal with some burnt wood/charcoal scent in the background.

There were lots of flavors in here with coffee being the most dominant. Sweet malts and oatmeal give it some body, but then it is nicely balanced with a dose of hoppy bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. I liked it.

The carbonation was only moderate which kept it smooth, yet there was still enough of it to make it crisp and refreshing as well. This is not a thick, heavy stout, but by no means is it thin or weak either. It has a really nice medium bodied mouthfeel to it which I enjoyed.

The beer goes down easy and has a nice scent, with an alcohol volume near just 5 percent. It's smooth yet refreshing, the mouthfeel is good. The taste has me downing a few more than I should. - (matjack - the beer poet).

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 10:45:58 | More by matjack85
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had never heard of this beer before yesterday and on a trip to my local liquor store the manager handed me this beer and said 'trust me'

The beer pours black, but it has a slight ruby tint. It left a one finger beige head which dissipated into a white lace.

The smell of this beer took me by surprise. On the first whiff I got a nose full of wheat and bread notes, but upon further sniffing, slight Chocolate notes came about and bigger coffee notes, with a hint of something that resembles oatmeal (maybe caramel).

The taste of this beer is magnificent. Coffee is the boldest taste in this beer with a tinge of chocolate. On the front end, just as in the aroma, you can clearly taste a bread-like oatmeal blend and on the back end is when the Roasted Malts take over.

The mouthfeel is as smooth as any stout I have ever tasted. Its not watery nor is it over bearing and it has just enough carbonation to provide a refreshing crispness. It is slightly dry/bitter on the back end which I welcomed with open arms.

I could drink 'The Poet' all day; and I can say, with out a doubt, this is the only 'real' stout I can say this about.

I highly Recommend!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 07:56:48 | More by mmedina210
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glassware (used by my grandfather - picked up in Germany in the mid 50's, kinda like a water glass with a logo on it); thick tan head that is slow to recess. Leaves rings around the glass. The beer is black as midnight.

Smell is roasted malt, coffee and burnt wood. Notes of chocolate, maple oatmeal, and faint whiffs of grilled pineapple.

Initial taste is crisp, with a firm handshake of french roast coffee, vanilla oatmeal, cream, and pine. Chewy mouthfeel that finishes dry with the hops making an appearance.

A very tasty oatmeal stout that is a nice change up to the Hopslam and SN Torpedo I had earlier. I enjoyed the typical stout flavors matched by a surprising crispiness. At 5.2% this could be a great winter session beer when hankering for a stout. East to drink and more then worthy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:52:05 | More by jdoncbus
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A not bad tasteing stout

Pours out a Dark almost amber color (in the light) with a tan head.

The smell that I most noticed was that of Coffee

The overall taste was good, The initial taste was smooth and left a slight bitter aftertaste, which lingered.

The mouth feel was decent, see above.

Overall the drinkablity of this beer was good, I enjoyed drinking it and would purchase another.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:09:28 | More by beerguru15
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

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

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle. Always in the mood for a nice oatmeal stout. Especially on a freezing winter night.

A- Blackish brown color, only thing showing through were the carbonation bubbles- opaque- brown/tan head- lacing was nothing special.

S- Smell was of coffee and roasted malts. Overall, the strong coffee was coming through with hints of mocah and coco.

T- Bitter- malty- chocolately- roasty. Yup, this is a nice brew. It's sweet at times too when the sugary malts are shining through. Bitter hot chocolate.

M- Thick, bold, rich, creamy

D- Pretty easy drinking for a big bold stout with all of these flavors. I enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 02:36:53 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark dark brown, not quite black. Nice frothy head

Smell of dark chocolate

Tastes of sweet, nutty, and roastedness (not sure that is a word, but if fits)

Feels light and fluffy of the tongue with good carbonation

This is a good stout, I was pleasantly suprised considering I have not been a huge fan of most New Hollands Brews. Overall not a "heavy" stout I will enjoy another one...or two....or..

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 23:17:00 | More by MIbeerfan
Photo of billzee


3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 18:59:43 | More by billzee
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep brown color, head fades to thin film of bubbles with ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Very clear.

S - Malt dominates. Touch of roast. Yeasty fruity esters. A hint of tutti-frutti and coffee.

T - Not too sweet. No oat flavor detectable. Roasted coffee notes are in the background at first, but come forward after swallowing. Smooth and drinkable. Somewhat bitter aftertaste.

M - Tingly medium-high carbonation, but very thick and smooth without being sweet.

D - Very drinkable beer. Could use more hop flavor for my tastes, as this is very malt-forward.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 01:24:45 | More by saccro
Photo of FlannelAvenger


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

12 ounce bottle, poured into my Samuel Smith tumbler glass thingy, it's sort of a hybrid between a Nonic and a weizen glass, works well for a lot of brews.

This beer pours the color of old 10W-40 out of an ancient engine block, but not as thick, little bits of reddish in the light as it pours on down.

Thinner head than expected, maybe a half inch with an aggressive pour, nice lacy sticky bits left behind.

The nose is coffee, molasses, chocolate, pumpernickel toast, and an almost ghostly scent of roses long dead.

The first sip is sweet, coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate. Although I smell molasses, the taste of it isn't there, until the finish, when the sulfurous sourish smoky molasses twangs at the very end.

Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, thinner than I expected for such a solid brew, the oatmeal shines through with that velvety texture.

At this ABV, with the thinner texture, the velvet smooth oatmeal malty coffee goodness, this beer is seriously quaffable, and will always have a place in the glass on a cold day.

This is also my first brew from New Holland, and I am impressed by their craftsmanship, I will be trying their full line of beers soon, and drinking this excellent stout in future.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 20:39:09 | More by FlannelAvenger
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District of Columbia

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

Deep brown, small off-white head, weak lacing.

Strong roasted malt, earthy. Light chocolate, vanilla, coffee.

A chalky roastiness comes through first, coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate and dried fruit.

Body is a touch watery, too thin for a stout.

Overall, solid, if not particularly remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 01:18:20 | More by soupyman10
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark body, but not the most opaque beer I've seen. What is really noteworthy here is the head. It is huge and seems to take hours to dissipate, even when only a little beer is poured at a time. The head doesn't look fluffy, but more mountainous, like it would have a rough texture if touched.

Smell: Sweet oats and dark malts.

Taste: Standard oatmeal stout taste. A little sweeter than some. Still, the taste seems a tad strained somehow. A touch of a metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, but a tad thin for the style.

Drinkability: Full flavor, but not filling. A drinkable stout.

Notes: The style of oatmeal stout seems to be one that would be relatively simple to brew a decent one, but very difficult to brew an outstanding one. This is one in the decent category. It's a good stout, but I would never choose it over the standard of the style, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 22:59:09 | More by Josievan
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