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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,628 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,628
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 68
Gots: 93 | 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 Cylinsier


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

12 oz.

Pours a dark coffee black. No light gets through. The head is massively thick and fine with an oat color and it dissipates down to a thin film but stays pretty much forever.

Smells of oat malts and caramelized sugar.

Tastes like toasted oats and a hint of dark chocolate. Pretty rich.

The body is normal and the carbonation is subtle, leaving a fairly smooth experience.

A pretty delicious oatmeal stout. Goes down easy, would compliment savory food well but also a good sipper on its own.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 04:06:58 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of BierFan


3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Gotta pour this one slow, the head shoots up out of nowhere. Good retention. The body is black, of course. Carbonation looks pretty good.

Smell: Chocolate, a little smoke and coffee.

Taste: Chocolatey upfront, coffee, prickley carbonation, finishes with smokiness and hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 02:47:43 | More by BierFan
Photo of tatoodkelt


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

Consumed 7/30/09- from notes.

12oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown, tinged with a little red. About a quarter inch cocoa colored head that faded to a very thin cap. Decent lacing.

S- Rich chocolate, roasted coffee and a little sweet.

T- I was suprised at how faint the oat taste was. A little sweeter than the smell as well as coffee.

M- Lighter than it looked, a little watery, oily smooth though.

D- Glad I picked it up while I was in Michigan. Probably wouldnt have more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 12:51:42 | More by tatoodkelt
Photo of mtnbikerpa


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. With a small amount of head but little lacing retained. Chocolate and coffee overturns in the taste make this very refreshing. Mouthfeel is a little lighter but not watery, very easy to drink. The general appearance is what you would expect for a stout, very dark rich. A very fine beer and probably the best one out of the variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 00:22:59 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of canolte42


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

Appearance - Poured a black opaque with brown swirly foam that didn't last long - also contained carbonation clusters
Smell - Roasty with a mellow sweetness, a low to medium fruitiness and little hop aroma
Taste - Medium sweetness with a little chocolate flavor that went more towards coffee and roasted malts the more I drank, low to medium hop bitterness
Mouthfeel - Medium full body with some creaminess and a medium to high carbonation
Drinkability - Oatmeal component didn't really standout. This beer is silky and rich in flavor. Overall a very good beer, but it may be hard to drink more than 2 of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 01:06:04 | More by canolte42
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich, smoky, oily with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate and just a touch of molasses. It pours a deep chocolaty sable with a thick but not too persistent tan head. Rich flavor fills the mouth with roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate and a hint of molasses and even a touch of hops. Texture is smooth and easy going yet leaves a nice tingly finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 23:34:13 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of wnh


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep, slightly reddish chestnut brown. Opaque, with some light coming through the edges. One finger of dark cream head, frothy and a touch creamy, which quickly diminishes to a thin, spotty film.

Nose is lots of roasted barley, with a touch of burnt toast and a slight sweetness that hints at dark chocolate. Taste is roasted barley again, and again a sort of burnt toast character. On first sip, this gives way to a hint of dark baking chocolate in the finish, but as I continue to drink I get more of a deeply roasted coffee effect. Not much in the way of bitterness, even with the high amount of roast. A slight earthy quality comes in toward the end of the glass.

Feels quite carbonated, with lots of tiny bubbles flitting across the surface of my tongue. Light to medium bodied, leaning toward light, with a little bit of stickiness in the finish and a hint of oily slickness. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 23:10:05 | More by wnh
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

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

Pours a dark brown/black with a small tan head..recedes to a layer of foam that sticks the whole way down

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts

Taste: Oats, roasted malts, and coffee..some chocolate as well. Smoother than expected, some sweetness in the background

Mouthfeel: Smooth and goes down well

Drinkability: Tastes good, goes down well..works in most ways. Not my favorite style but I could have a couple.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 07:38:26 | More by kshankar
Photo of jarvisEG44


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark and opaque, almost completely black. Nice tan head that had pretty good retention for the ABV. Little bit of lacing, but not too much.

S- I love the smell of this beer. Dark chocolate, sweet toffee, espresso, and definitely alot of roasted malts. Very good

T- Hits my palate a little bitter, but it's good. Roasted malts dominate at the front, then give way to dark chocolate and coffee. Not as pronounced and good as the smell, but still complex. It's sweet, but not cloyingly. The finish is a bit dry, the only evidence of some hops.

M- Creamy and smooth, it coats the mouth pretty well. Has a full body to it with low carbonation, just as the style should.

D- Of course the style isn't made for drinkability, but I could definitely have a few of these in a sitting. It's a bit filling, but not as much as other representatives of the style.

I recommend The Poet to those who like the darker side of beer. I will be revisiting this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 04:48:02 | More by jarvisEG44
Photo of HardTarget


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

S) Black strap molasses sweetness, dark roasted grain, and some mild tobacco.

A) Black inky glass holds a firm off white head that gives a little lacing

T) Well balanced, starts with a mild yeast character then goes with a sweet/roasted malt base.

M) Low carbonation and a dry finish

D) Great flavors, no flaws. Nice beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 22:33:26 | More by HardTarget
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Poured int New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger tan head. Decent retention for the small amount of head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a very dark black. Only can see through it on the top edges where the color is dark brown.

Aroma: Damn this is good. Coffee, chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, oats. Very rich, complex beer.

Taste: At first this beer was a little cold, so I let it warm up first before I took my notes. Not as exciting ast the smell. Dark chocolate, roasted malts. Slight coffee flavor. Oats. Fairly complex, but it should be for an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy. Full bodied. Medium level of carbonation. ends with a malty/dry aftertaste. I really don't like the aftertaste very much.

Overall, I thought I was going to love this beer because of the aroma, but I was wrong. Still, it is a good beer. Only 1 of these in a sitting. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 21:00:45 | More by mothman
Photo of veachster


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

A - It pours a very dark brown... I almost want to say it's black. A thick creamy tan head with good retention. Lacing is pretty good.

S - I'm getting strong roasted malts.. and molasses. Chocolate also fits in there lightly.

T - Roasted malts are superior following coffee and chocolate.

M & D - It goes down pretty smooth and leaves a strong malty after taste. Moderate carbonation leaves it somewhat sitting sharp on my tongue. Doesn't leave me feeling as full as I expected, but good.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 04:51:34 | More by veachster
Photo of adamette


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I purchased at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio for about $1.50 as a single with no "best by" date observed by me. Poured into a clean, clear Samuel Smith pint glass.

A One inch light brown head over a nearly black body that shows a deep purple or maroon edge around it when in front of direct light. An appropriate look. 4.0

S Dark malt with chocolate smells and a nice smooth edged roundness to it that is inviting and interesting. 4.5

T Thankfully the taste revealed the promises that the smell suggested and in addition to the dark malt and chocolate tastes was a nice smoothness that is not always found in this style. It makes the beer ultimately more drinkable. 4.0

M Full with dark malt, chocolate and reasonably big ABV but again, that smoothness to the feel that really wins me over. 4.5

D Well this style is not normally very drinkable but I could easily have two of these. 4.0

Notes: This is my second "the Poet" as I had this for the first time on tap at Chef Paul's Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL about a year ago. The bottle and the tap version are very consistent and I enjoyed both.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 12:24:53 | More by adamette
Photo of sweemzander


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

12oz. bottle poured into snifter glass. No bottle freshness date at all :(

(A)-Poured fairly thick. Tiny level of foam present but dissipated quickly. A deep,dark opaque brown color. Minimal lacing.
(S)- Pleasant aromas of vanilla,chocolate,and toffee. Even a little hickory smoke in the mix? Interesting dusty chocolate essence to the smell.
(T)- A very rich flavoring of oatmeal up front. Some telltale parts of roasted coffee that brings it a slight twinge of bitterness that I enjoy. Neutral cocoa flavor that turns into a serious dark dark chocolate component when the beer came to room temperature that was a nice surprise. I think some of that smokiness from the smell came over into the taste as well; not necessarily tobacco, but like a wood chip thing. Strangely enough, a sip or two here and there has a cumin/cayenne pepper twang to it which was a suprise.
(M)- Its got plenty of carbonation to keep your tongue busy. Smooth, yet extremely rich. Slightly bitter yet slightly sweet at the same time conveys a nice balance of the beer.
(D)- The Poet is definitely a sipper to enjoy over time, especially at room temperature. Its rich and complex flavors keep you guessing, as you try and figure them out.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 17:38:27 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Mauerhan


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

a nice little present from the favorite songs bif round 2. thank you jay.

pours a dark brown with a big ruby highlights. a big thick layer of two finger head sits up top for a few minutes. falls leaving some lacing not much but a nice amount of film up top. decent looking beer.

smells of coffee and dark roasted malts. im picking something else up but i cant quite pull it out. possibly an earthy type of chocolate.

taste is alright. kinda one dimensional. coffee and that is pretty much it.

pretty decent amount of smooth carbonation. thin bodied. and very light for a stout.

a relatively easy drink. left me underwhelmed but decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 04:40:07 | More by Mauerhan
Photo of endincolorado


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

Appearance- Nearly opaque black body with light tan head and some nice lacing.

Smell- Fresh, black coffee aromas in the foreground. Sweet oat and light hazelnut. Virtually no hops.

Taste- Really nice oaty sweetness balances well with some bitter coffee and cocoa. Vaguely nutty finish. Again, almost no hops.

Mouthfeel- Full body with an almost velvety texture. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability- A little on the rich/heavy side, but a great beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 11:48:04 | More by endincolorado
Photo of stockingcpl


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This brew pours with a very thin head with little sustain. No lacings observed. Color is a deep chocolate brown. Nothing special here.

Smell: Aroma is a little thin. Smoky. Roasted malt and oatmeal detected in quantity. Nice.

Taste: Indeed, the roasted malt shines. The oatmeal gives a nice grain feel that is earthy but not overpowering. Malt presence is not overpowered by sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This brew rides across the tongue quite well. The flavor curve is a nice rounded form. Malt does not crowd the palate.

Drinkability: This sits well on the stomache. It would make a good "backyard" beer. Great job.


Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 23:37:19 | More by stockingcpl
Photo of CHL


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

Very nice dark/black stout with thin tan head. The aroma is smokey roasted coffee and dark chocolate, which translates well in the mouth. The burnt malt flavors are just where I like them to be, and hops don't get in the way of the taste. Carbonation feels a little strong to me, but I love the finish.

The oatmeal/roasted bitterness passes, leaving behind some sweetness to the chocolate. Very good aftertaste.

Very drinkable also. My glass disappears faster than I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 04:37:12 | More by CHL
Photo of ckeegan04


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

A - Dark dark brown, about as close to black as you can get but still be called brown. Faint ruby highlights when held up to light.Thin, creamy brown head. Decent retention and leaves a wafer thin cover on the top of the beer. Very light lacing.

S - Roasted malts primarily. Hints of dark chocolate. Somewhat spicy with an earthy tone to it.

T - Slightly astringent initially with the roasted malts quickly taking over. Hints of chocolate infused coffee mid drink. A very smooth finish with a light milk chocolate sweetness finishes the beer.

M/D - Light astingency initially quickly becomes smooth and creamy. Good carbonation but not too high. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 02:49:42 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of scottyshades


4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive stout!
A: Pours a rich, thick onyx color with amber highlights around the edges. The head is small, but retains nicely.

S: At first, huuuge chocolate notes, along with roasted malts, a little smokey note, and some molasses or brown sugar

T: Big roasted/burnt flavoring. Dark chocolate is a predominant flavor, along with burnt malts and a nice sweet caramel flavor.

MF/D: Nice full body, smooth going down, good aftertaste. The only complaint I have with this beer is the carbonation. In my opinion it is way overdone.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 23:15:25 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black with a decent 2-inch tan head on top. Great retention and perfect sticky webbing all over the glass. This is a beautiful beer. Smells very basic for a stout. Typical coffee, cocoa beans, grapes, and malt are all there.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth due to the oatmeal. Very smooth. This goes down like velvet. Just coates the tongue with a soft goodness. Flavor is of roasted cocoa, hints of espresso, oats, milk, and finishes slightly bittersweet. This is an extremely highly drinkable brew. This is a great sessioner stout. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 00:39:01 | More by Onenote81
Photo of Pauly2X


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

A- Opaque black half finger head.

S- Roasted malt with an underlying sweetness.

T- Good toasted character that's dominate but not overly aggressive. This allows for some dark caramel flavor to come through to help further the depth and sweetness. Faint hop note before the dry finish.

M- Smooth, but I expected a little better out of an oatmeal stout.

D- I'd try it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

Easily an above average stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:49:22 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of Brenden


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

The color is black with deep reddish-brown highlights. Head retention is quite good and some thin lacing sticks around.
The aroma is deep malts, dark chocolate, with notes of earth, wood, and smoke.
A nice malt back adding some natural caramel, coffee and dark chocolate undertones is the flavor here. There's a mild bitterness that nips but doesn't bite and balances the malt sweetness very well. There's a very particular grainy / barley sort of flavor as well that I think must be oats that adds a nice character.
The finish is a nice mix of light hops bitterness and malt sweetness.
This is much crisper than one might expect from such a full body. It's very rich, smooth and creamy.
Everyone should give this a try; an excellent offering from New Holland.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 03:27:22 | More by Brenden
Photo of Yooperduder


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pub glass.

A: Pours jet black, firm lacy head of about an inch that drops down to some light surface foam. Some small bubbles, some large.

S: Not a strong smelling beer, some maltiness, a hint of smoke, maybe a touch of chocolate but all very light. Smell dissipates quickly, enough there so every drink gives you a fresh whiff, but not overpowering.

T: Smooth, and I mean smooth, like black ice on a bridge smooth. Light bubbliness on the tongue after it goes down with some smoke, malt, and a light touch of hops. Some dark chocolate flavors, but not overwhelming.

M: Not a thick motor oil style stout, for its color it is deceptively lighter. At first glance you'd think this would be a thick, almost oily feeling beer but it is actually quite surprising. This alone makes it a very drinkable beer.

D: Slightly dry, almost a touch of sweetness on the back of your tongue that makes you want another drink. Not so potent as to toss you off your rocker so this would make for an excellent session beer. It begs to be paired with dark chocolate brownies, beef burgundy and maybe even some tex-mex.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 00:19:07 | More by Yooperduder
Photo of bort11


4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Solid inch and a half of dark mocha colored head. Flecks of lacing stick to the glass, persistent cap sits on the surface. Color is black with a high polish mahogany highlights.

Smell is fantastic. Dark sweet brown sugar, coffee, and sweet bread. A little charcoal smoke. Dark woody flavors mix with black coffee. A little bit of bitter bakers chocolate. Hops finish is almost piney.

Creamy texture that still has a very crisp carbonation. The carbonation keeps it from feeling too heavy.

Blipped "Poets" by The Tagically Hip

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 05:30:11 | More by bort11
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,628 ratings.