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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,733 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,733
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 73
Gots: 119 | 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 jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into nonic pint glass
A - brown-black in color, no head whatsoever
S - big roasty flavor. coffee notes, a little vanilla
T - malt, no hops as expected. a little nutty. not sweet, not bitter
M - a bit thin for the style, moderate carbonation
D - easy to drink, but nothing special

jmdrpi, May 13, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with a thick khaki colored head. Excellent retention and thick lacing.

S_Roastiness,malt,and chocolate.

T_Roasted malt,bittersweet chocolate,and burnt,earthy,woody flavor.

M_Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel.

D_Great flavor and low abv make for a great session beer. Big flavor.

nickadams2, May 02, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half tan head after a somewhat aggressive pour. Lacing and head retention are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and oats. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of a nutty taste. Also, there's a good balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with light/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very easy to drink. Not a bad choice as an occasional session beer. I liked this brew, and would definitely buy it again.

bluejacket74, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, viscous liquid. Evil darkness with virtually no head. Less than moderate lacing as well.

S: Faint malty goodness. Mild burnt bitter chocolate.

T: The mild burnt bitter chocolate somewhat dominates the taste, along with a decent malt background. Pretty basic, but pretty good too.

M: Fairly chalky, but less so in comparison to most stouts. Mild bitterness from the chocolate malt, but doesn't linger. Overall, a well balanced brew.

D: Really good drinkability for a heavy looking stout. I don't think stout as a style can be considered a session brew due to it's heaviness, but there are a few, including this one that could change that notion.

irishking1977, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of DoppleJock
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

04/22/2010
12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a jet-black with 1-finger tan head w/ lots of carbonation pitting. Good lacing.

S: Roasted malts and molasses with some coffee notes.

T: Malty with a mild bitter aftertaste. Pretty good but not as complex as I had hoped.

M: Chewy. Mmmmm.

D: Downed it with ease. Would definitely try it again.

DoppleJock, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black with a dark cocoa-colored head. Head drops fairly quickly leaving some lace behind.
Smell is malt, coffee, dark chocolate, hint of hops. Nice balance.
Taste is all of that and better balance. Hops is better represented. Nice alcohol backing it up though not as sweet as expected.
Medium-full body. Somewhat crisp with a nicely balanced malt/hop aftertaste. Light effervescence focused on the tip of the tongue. Dry finish. Very good, similar to a Guinness but with more body and more flavor.

PorterLambic, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a work trip to Kalamazoo...

A: Dark with red highlights shining through. Little off-white head that quickly fades. Eh...

S: Very reminiscent of Founder's Breakfast Stout Nice oatmeal raisiness upfront with hints of chocolate espresso in the middle and yeasty breads on the backend. Good.

T: Roasty hops upfront with a dark chocolate middle and earthy hops quickly on the backend. Good.

M: Leaves a hint of stickiness, but not enough.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this turned out to be a decent stout. Not much special brewing here. Good to try once if you have access, otherwise, not worth hunting down.

steve8robin, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Berwick Brewing pint glass while eatin supper.

Small noise with the cap pop, The Poet has the look of a brown ale, with a mix of wood brown and maroon shades. A steady pour to a non tilted glass produced a semi cascade of bubbles producing a inch or more of light tan foam, slightly brown, fades to a cap, no lacing.

An interesting nose that's both not very exciting, but also layered in a way. Im getting a brown ale base with some grain and nuts backed by a light hop shield giving off a rustic vibe. Roasted malt and a good amount of oats. The oatmeal is not large and im not getting any chocolate which is different. The smell is quite big for a five percenter.

Assorted nuts up in the front with a silky malt sweetness including caramel but not imperialized in any way, this is pretty tame. Getting a bit of oatmeal in the middle with some roast without the coffee. A hint of dark fruit comes out of nowhere at the end. While the oats are not centerstage, i'm enjoying the other flavors more. a mix between a brown and a oat stout.

You guessed it, the feel is a little thin given the ABV and style. It does not come off watery but leaves me needing some more of a creamy feel. The flavors are what's keeping this in check for me, so I can forgive the feel in this case. Slightly medium bodied with a light carb present, it's there, but muted. No bitterness in any way.

This is a straight forward, easy going, no bell's and whistles oatmeal stout. The poet is a bit different to me because I did not find a bunch of chocolate/coffee interfering with the oat. In this case I get more of a nutty/grainy thing going with the oat which at this present time, i'm digging.

BARFLYB, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours as close to black as possible with just a slight ray of light coming through. Nice beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - Good blend of roasted malts, coffee and dark bread.

T - Roasted malts, hop bitterness, coffee, and some burnt elements, goes down easy.

M - Medium bodied mouthfeel with some nice chew from the oatmeal.

D - This is a pretty solid stout, nothing extreme just well balanced and tasty.

semibaked, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark ruby-black with tan creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Wonderful semi-sweet chocolate aroma, with some roasted barley and oats.

Taste: Strong roasted flavor with mildly sweet chocolate, coffee, and oats. Finishes with a light hop bitterness that is almost slightly sour.

Feel: Low carbonation, fairly full body that is remarkably creamy for such a low abv beer.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable - low alcohol with lots of flavor and a sublimely smooth body. Session stouts don't get any better.

bsp77, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of krs0123
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours dark brown/black with a nice two finger thin head.

S - catch oatmeal.

T - really great....right level of oatmeal, malty, and delicious.

M - soft, creamy. light carbination...nice.

D - fantastic. fits well with deep flavors for dinner...met well with chili, steak, and pork. top level oatmeal stout for the price.

krs0123, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of SAxDRC5
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish red. white head. leaves a nice lacing

S: dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, slight oatmeal scent

T: tastes just about like it smells. very strong dark chocolate flavor. oatmeal is more present in the taste than in the smell.

M: very smooth. carbonation is very light

D: i could have a few of these.

SAxDRC5, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack from the liquor store I always stop at in St. Paul.
12oz brown bottle, label as above with picture of a black crow.
Poured a clear, dark brown color with reddish highlights when held up to light. Had a solid, tan colored head. Good retention and nice looking, strings of lace. Smell of sweet malt with some bitter dark chocolate. Tatse follows the smell, sweet malty body, chocolate and cocoa, hint of bitter roast coffee. Medium body and mouthfeel, creamy and smooth finish. Not too thick or heavy. A very good stout, first 2 bottles disappeared quickly. Another gem I am happy I found.

BigBry, Mar 12, 2010
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.

gobucks1, Feb 25, 2010
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.

kimcgolf, Feb 19, 2010
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!

drizzam, Feb 17, 2010
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.

billyzoom666, Feb 14, 2010
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.

MbpBugeye, Feb 11, 2010
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.

sulldaddy, Feb 10, 2010
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.

Jayli, Feb 03, 2010
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.

biglite351, Jan 31, 2010
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.

whynot44, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of mwa423
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.

mwa423, Jan 26, 2010
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.

degerbah, Jan 24, 2010
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.

Suds, Jan 24, 2010
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,733 ratings.