1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

Not Rated.
New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,921 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,921
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 72
Gots: 177 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of New Holland The Poet Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,921 | Reviews: 668 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of auroracrisis
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint glass.

Dark, dark brown with crimson highlights around the exterior of the body. A thin head upon pouring that wisps away into a collar of foam around the edges.

Roasty bakers chocolate and pumpernickel apparent at first on the nose, with subtle notes of butterscotch. A touch of earthy hops give a hint of bitterness, and a touch of saltyness I believe.

Those bitter chocolatey malts are again up front with a little bit of hop bite. Highlights of pumpernickel and hazelnut woven throughout the flavor which presents a dessert like quality to the flavor, but the bitterness still remains dominant.

Medium body with a silky consistency, a real pleasure to hold in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing. Just a tingle of carbonation.

Bitter chocolate and sweeter grain flavors with a touch of earthyness and subtle sweetness. A nice oat stout that sort of surprised me with it's quality. Way to go, New Holland. This is gonna have to be one I remember to pick up when I'm in the mood.

Photo of clint1019
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black in color with a thick creamy head.

S - Roasty malt, Chocolate, and a hint of oatmeal.

T - Same as the nose.

M - A heavy, full bodied beer.

O - A great example of an oatmeal stout. Starts with a nice roasty/chocolaty aroma that continues on into the flavor.

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

From the cask, The Poet is thick and chocolatey, rich and full mouthfeel. Really nice toasted malts are rich and flavorful; very roasty. Nose is chocolate over coffee: more cocoa powder than candy bar. Black coffee. The oatmeal lends body. Mildly and appropriately sweet.

Photo of theRooster90
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this six pack and dropped it on the way into my garage!! Broke all but two...super pissed but reviewing anyway.

A: A little disappointed because I dropped it so I think most of the carbonation went away which made the head pretty lackluster. Very dark and makes me feel dark as well thinking of Edgar Poe.

S: malty, chocolaty, maybee a hint of otmeal

T: Malt, some floral actually which was weird, hints of oatmeal

M: Very drinkable, low carb (maybe from dropping =/) very smooth and only lingers after first breath out.

O: Pretty good oatmeal stout and good first impression of New Holland Brewing. Definitely try this one.

Photo of DCon
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed @ the Firkin Friday Event @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO for free (MoBev Distrubtor). Tapped from an Orange, Plastic Firkin/Cask into a 16oz Pint Glass and enjoyed two back to back.

Aroma- Very strong coffee aroma from the beginning. Also has a sweetness and malty/roast attribute. Strong Espresso but no hint of Oatmeal. Malts and a chocolate aroma came to me as well.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger of off-white head that dies quickly. Has a pitch black color body that has almost no clarity. Thick, huge lacing is followed up at the end.

Taste- Espresso or Strong Roasted Coffee. This is a great stout by its flavor alone!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Smooth with a Medium Carbonation level. Not much on the finish, maybe hints of oatmeal but very weak.

Overall- Good Oatmeal Stout and almost the same in Cask as I've had on-tap. Go for it! Always know what this one is going to taste like.

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

pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that faded leaving behind a layer of soapy bubbles and some decent lacing.
the aroma is a nice roasted malt, vanilla, some coffee or chocolate
The taste is a bit of a let down from the aroma, there is hints of the bitter chocolate and vanilla but thats about it. Its thinner bodied than I hoped for. Its not my favorite beer but its ok to drink, though I doubt I'd look for another.

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

A: Very very dark. What light does pass through ends up being a dark red. Tan head that laces well. Looks great.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, in that order. Not a huge nose, but still pleasing and to the style.

T: Dark roasted, slightly burnt malts. Coffee aftertaste with black coffee bitterness. The dark chocolate aftertaste builds and builds, just how I like it.

M: Medium mouthfeel that is slightly creamy. Soft carbonation. Just ever so slightly watery on the swallow. Not super thick nor syrupy. Good, but not great.

This is a nice oatmeal stout. Not the best, but certainly not the worst. It is hard to find flaws with this beer.

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This produced a deep black body with an adequate tan foam head. Some delicate lacing followed the quaff. The aroma was richly malty.
The taste was classic oatmeal stout. It had a good roasted sweet malt flavor. This is very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is full and chewy. Overall this is a good example of one of my favorate styles. I will have another!

Photo of jayhawk73
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a jet black w/ a sliver of chocolate head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. A true black hole- no light is getting into this beer at all.

S- Coffee, malt, chocolate, slight hint of hops as well. Coffee is definitely in the forefront here. Very nice nose, but a little on the thin side.

T- Nice- Fairly similar to the nose, but the chocolate and hops take center stage here. Coffee is still there, but relegated to the background. Better than the nose for sure.

M- Nice balance between smooth and hop bite. The hops win in the end. Fairly full bodied feel for an Oatmeal Stout as well. Nice chocolate aftertaste- definitely on the dry side, it disappears in a couple seconds.

O- A totally solid Oatmeal Stout. I will definitely pick this up again (especially during winter). Recommended.

Photo of ebby82
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown into a pint glass with a very limited head.

Nice aroma of toasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

The taste is of roasted malts, coffee, and a faint hint of vanilla like sweetness.

Very smooth, not overly rich or cloying.

Overall, quite the tasty stout.

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

The Poet, whose label sports a raven as a not-so-subtle homage to Poe, begins with a surprisingly effervescent nose for an oatmeal stout. The aromas are there--cigarette smoke, ash, earthen loam, charred grains, chocolate--but subtly so, and fade quickly.

On the tongue, the flavors are thankfully more present, beginning with a smooth stream of chocolate milk and brown sugar, which is joined quickly by tributaries of coffee, ash, and vanilla. A layer of toasted and lightly charred grains provides bedrock. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the ash and smoke flavors increase, but thankfully never outpace the sugars. The aftertaste is ash, brown sugar, and hints of dark fruit esters (mainly red grape and, for some reason, black olive), and lingers for a little while. Mouthfeel is the silky, milk-smooth medium of an oatmeal stout, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, the flavors that are present in this brew are excellent and well-balanced. What I wanted, however, was simply more of these flavors--say, a 10% increase in the quantity of malts used per barrel--to make the beer truly stand out, and to increase the ABV above the 5.2% that it is now. Such a difference could turn, for me, what is a good beer into a fantastic one.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Snifter...

Pretty sweet label.

Appearance-Slow rising carbonation that leads to a 2 finer beige head. Body is a dark brown. Some nice lacing.

Smell-Light aroma of dark fruits and I can even get some citrus. Coffee and some fresh oats.

Taste-Figs and some cherry. Some coffee and a little chocolate. Some light bitterness. As it warms I pick out more oat character.

Mouthfeel-The flavor wasn't as strong as I'd hope, but the mouthfeel is great for a traditionally lighter body. Nice creamy texture and nice carbonation.

Overall-Definitely a "good" beer. I'd prefer Rogue and Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout which are easier to get, but nonetheless a good beer.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FFF.
I've had this beer quite a few times before, and I was surprised to see I had never reviewed it... So here we go.

Served in an imperial nonic.

Dark red hues poke through from a body that seems black at a glance. Huge 2 finger cola colored head expands above the rim of the glass and holds to itself with a resounding "fuck you gravity!". Giant rings of lacing mark my first 3 sips like a fingerprint. Awesome retention too.
Smells chocolately. Roasted malts shine here. Very nice.

The flavor has roasty malts hinting at coffee and chocolate with some caramel sweetness to keep it from going too bitter. The bitterness does hit pretty big on the finish, and it works like bitter cocoa. Pretty dry back there too.

Full, thick, rich, velvety body. Damn near perfect. This may be too carbonated, as I like a creamy feel from lower concentration of bubbles.

This is a very nice beer. The fact that I can find this on shelves really helps in my opinion. I'm another person that is tiring of chasing every little fad and limited release. Having a beer of this quality available is an underappreciated wonder.

Photo of ModemMisuser
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a firkin at HopCat in Grand Rapids. The other reviews cover the technical details quite well - it's definitely on-target for color/aroma/etc for the style.

As a major stout fan, I really liked this one. I might choose it over other stouts when/where available.

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

Purchased as a sixer from Whole Foods in Glen Allen, VA - poured into DFH snifter

Let it warm up a little, pours a fabulous tar black with a tan head that sticks around and leaves some great lacing, sticky sticky stuff. Smells of chocolate and coffee just as you'd want it to. Taste follows, very smooth velvety chocolate in flavor dry enough to be drinkable yet sweet enough to be deserty if you wanted.

Overall this is a fantastic stout that i plan on buying again

Photo of wiscokid920
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, jet black with 1 finger tan head with decent retention. Tan lacing along glass

S: Strong expresso/coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

T: Exellent flavor. Strong roasted coffee, chocolate, roasted and caramel malts

M: Full bodied and viscous. Plenty of thickness that is very well-balanced. Smooth body, deliciously drinkable

O: Excellent stout in my opinion...although it is my first Oatmeal Stout. Very good flavors and balance to this brew. Definitely will have again

Photo of ferrari29
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer carries a dark-dark colored body; hints of red; opaque but very active with carbonation; beer pours with a light coffee colored half finger head; didn't hold for very long; some lacing, but not very sticky

S - Deep roasted scents of malts which produce a combination of coffee and chocolate; smells like an espresso; some soapiness; burnt toast; smells like coffee of out the drip machine; oatmeal

T - Roasted malt characters, like coffee, chocolate and burnt malt flavors; some sweet milky flavors; some hop character to it, but faint; I think the hop notes don't interact well with the stout flavors, it produces a weird flavor on the tongue; licorice

M - Nice body; smooth silkiness; could have more body; leaves behind a rich coffee aftertaste; effervescent

D- Good after dinner drink; very filling after a few sips; still could and worth a try or two

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

warmish from the cask at the comet a deep, brown to black to a .3L goblet with a few bubbles on top.

big chocolate and creamy espresso aroma.

creamy dark semi sweet chocolate and mild espresso roast. wow. big wow factor. burnt toffees.

low carbonation, creamy smooth, slick.

great beer. much preferable to the bottled version.

Photo of balzern
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown almost black. No clarity. Nice amount of lacing.

S- Chocolate, espresso, toffee, coffee, dark roasted notes galore!

T- Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a little caramel sweetness on the aftertaste. Hints of oatmeal but not as much as I might have expected. Nevertheless, I loved this.

M- Oily and slick, coated my mouth like a mouth-blanket haha

O- Superb I loved this beer. A perfect oatmeal stout with everything I would want from a dark stout! Get it if you have the chance!

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured extremely dark (almost black), with a thin off white head that dissipated quickly

S - Roast malt, cocoa and chocolate

T - The taste matched the scent very well. Chocolate and dark roast malt dominate the palate with a hint of bitterness upon finish

M - It was much lighter than expected and the coffee flavor lingered in my mouth forever

O - I think it would've been much better had the mouthfeel been a bit heavier and flavor more complex. I would certainly drink it again, but it won't stand out in the line up of great oatmeal stouts I've had

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is near jet black in color (traces of amber are visible near the corners of the glass. It poured with a creamy tan head that died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste has flavors of roasted malts and coffee beans and is accompanied by a mild amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, very smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness towards the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it’s lighter bodied compared to others in the style but still has a lot of flavors.

Photo of crewfan16
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-er of this for $10, which wasnt too bad. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

a-pours nice and dark with a nice thick , off white head. the head doesnt last too long, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. color is really dark brown, almost black. no light gets through this one at all.

s-chocolate, roasted malt, toasty oatmeal and some sweetness

t-again with the chocolate and roasted maltyness. some nice oatmeal tones, but nothing strong.

m-it feels slightly too carbonated, but very drinkable. there is a nice creamy texture as well, but its not too heavy

overall, its what I would expect out of an oatmeal stout. Very drinkable and tasty. Would like a little less carbonation, but another solid effort from New Holland

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cost $1.99 for a 12 oz. bottle at Total Wine.

It poured into the Pint glass nearly black with a thick sticky beige head.

The nose was not overpowering. Smelled of roast malt and cocoa.

It was creamy as you would expect from the style but not as much as other offerings. It had a grainy, chocolate cake quality with a bit of bitterness that popped up on the tongue toward the end of the finish.

It was good, not great. I've enjoyed many of the New Holland High Gravity Series so it is hard to compare once you've had those which are very good. But at a buck 99 a good value and it scores points for that.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a dark dark brown with some ruby highlights coming through, one finger mocha colored head that evaporated quickly, left some lacing but it did not stick for long.

S- Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and bitter coffee

T- Very roasty, bitter chocolate, bitter black coffee, and some earthiness

M- Lighter bodied stout, finishes a little watery

O- Overall a pretty bitter oatmeal stout, finishes bitter, not my favorite example of the style, but a pretty unique one.

Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was very happy to give this one a try.I like the label that got my attention and that it was an oatmeal stout.Price was kinda high 10.99 for six. O well this is very dark with ruby tones.Not much of a retaining head there. SMell is strong with rich chocolate scent. TASTE is very smooth with oatmeal and chocolate coming through,but not too sweet. It has little bit of a bitter aftertaste.Its not that thick it went down real easy.Overall I'd drink this one again.

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,921 ratings.