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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,745 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,745
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 73
Gots: 123 | 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 bunnyhustle
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter. Off white, creamy head with good retention and some lacing. Smell was of sweet chocolate syrup, some dry malt and slightly off smell that I cant pinpoint. Taste is good. Some choclate, sweetness, toasted grain and some coffee but not too much. Again, something just seems a little off. Cant pinpoint it. Mouthfeel was light and a little watery but not too bad. Overall a good beer. Gotta go recheck the date on the label though.

bunnyhustle, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass
Deep, dark, almost black, with an inviting tan head of foam
Aroma-Coffee and chocolate
Taste-Coffee and dark chocolate, creamy with a slight hop bite
Very smooth and drinkable, would make a fine session beer
Overall, a flavorful representation of the style

hosehead83, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle purchased from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville... Sturdy, dark-brown, hazlenut hue and appearance... Dehydrated fruits, chocolate cakes, and mocha on the nose... The flavor, likewise, was rendolent of rich mocha, cappuccino, and latte nuances... Good stuff...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of mjl21
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh. 12 ounce bottle pured into a snifter. No abv or bottling info is given.

A-Pours dark brown with some visible reddish notes. A pour right down the middle results in a half finger tan head that reduces to a few bubbly patches clinging to the side of the glass.

S-It has a nice subtle malt nose. It is balanced between sweet malt and roasted malt. There is a definite coffee aroma that comes out as it warms.

T-When first sipped, it has a raost malt flavor that is quickly followed by a strong coffee flavor. The coffee flavor is evident throughout and dominates the aftertaste. As it warms the sweetness level rises a tad, but I feel it is lacking in that department. It reminds me of a coffee stout.

M-It is a tad bit heavy with a smooth body. I found the carbonation to be a little too high.

D-Drinks like a coffee stout. It is low in alcohol. Could do better, could do wrose.

As mentioned above, I would have liked a tad bit more sweetness and less on the coffee. If I were told this was a coffee stout the scores would have been somewhat higher.

mjl21, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of dismal
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Poured black with red/ruby highlights when held up to the light. A very light tan head, about one finger upon pouring then quickly fades away to almost nothing. Leaves little to pretty much no lacing. Smell was mainly some roasted smells, a bit of coffee hidden as well. I could also get some chocolate out of it. Taste was roasted all upfront followed by coffee. There was more coffee in the aftertaste or at leas that's when it became more apparent. Maybe a hint of chocolate too. Pretty creamy and smooth, goes down very good. Not a high ABV so this is one I could do many of in one sitting. Overall I think New Holland did a great job on this one. One of the better Oatmeal Stouts I've had in a while, I'd like to pick it up again for sure.

dismal, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a moderate head that faded quickly to a collar. The aroma was chocolate. The taste was black coffee and dark chocolate, not bad, just not sweet. The feel was medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Drinkability was pretty good. The poet was an above average oatmeal stout, nowhere near Founders Breakfast Stout.

kegger22, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Holland- The Poet

A- Deep dark black with a thick tan head. No lacing, slightly flat looking.
S- Good chocolate, creamy milk, oatmeal, and black coffee.
T- Sweet milk chocolate infused black coffee with smooth cream and a mild earthy hop bite.
M- Very smooth and creamy with a nice light hoppy and chalky dry finish.

Overall- Smooth and very creamy. Nice dry and hoppy finish. Not bad overall.

NJpadreFan, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of righthereisay
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This had a nice smokey / dark flavor. Not as much body as I would like. I could have gone without the bitter ending. I would say there is a little too much carbonation.

This is definitely an above average stout beer. I would buy a 6 pack. (I bought a single for this review at a rare beer place) Definitely not caseworthy, but good, especially compared to some other singles I tried.

righthereisay, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of cnjohn19
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hmmm...my third beer of the new holland sample pack...haven't been overly impressed yet, but very much looking forward to this one...

wow...pour extremely slow...the head is massive, like nothing i have ever seen...great retention, but no much lacing...solid body with absolutely no chance light would get through...

the nose is a little disappointing for me...slight mocha and very dark chocolate...

tastes like black coffee mixed with unsweetened cocoa cocoa beans...leaves a metallic aftertaste...an enjoyable bitterness for this stout...very bold and carbonated, but not over dominating...new holland did an excellent job balancing this beer...

overall, the taste didn't match the look, but a great beer to enjoy if you want something dark and bold, yet balanced and drinkable...

the best i've had so far from this brewery...

cnjohn19, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of Ryan011235
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 7/29/09

A - Dark brown in color - very nearly black. Tan/brown head leaves spotty lacing. Low retention for the most part, though swirling the glass revives a thin layer of foam.

S - Smooth, earthy nose. Roasted coffee encompasses most of the nose; a very pleasant aroma.

T - Earthy on the palate with a nice roasted coffee character that provides a lingering bitterness. The oat profile is robust & chewy. There is a dollop of chocolate in there, too.

M - Right up at the top of my carbonation threshold for stouts. Creamy throughout & reasonably full-bodied.

D - I thoroughly enjoyed this offering. I have no reservations about drinking it again.

Ryan011235, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

Cylinsier, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

BierFan, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

tatoodkelt, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

mtnbikerpa, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of canolte42
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

canolte42, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of wnh
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

wnh, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

kshankar, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of jarvisEG44
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

jarvisEG44, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

HardTarget, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

mothman, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of veachster
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

veachster, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

adamette, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

sweemzander, May 31, 2009
Photo of Mauerhan
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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.

Mauerhan, May 28, 2009
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,745 ratings.