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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,793 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,793
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 75
Gots: 141 | 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 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.

CHL, May 16, 2009
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.

ckeegan04, Apr 26, 2009
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.

scottyshades, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
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.

Onenote81, Apr 22, 2009
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.

Pauly2X, Apr 20, 2009
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.

Brenden, Apr 19, 2009
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.

Yooperduder, Apr 19, 2009
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

bort11, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of everetends
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that was what I was seeking the most out of my trade with spointon. He came through and I am indebted. Served up in an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a nice black body. Held to the light, there is nothing coming through that I can find. Just a nice, pitch black. The somewhat vigourous pour yielded a finger of pretty tight head, a medium mocha in color. The retention is ok. It falters a little faster than expected but does hold down a pretty solid top cap. That mocha foam is sticking all over this glass in some spotty lacing. Good looking brew for sure.

S: Smell really grabs your attention. I actually said "Whoa" after dipping my nose into the glass. There is a really nice oatmeal scent coming out here. Kinda reminds me of oatmeal cookies with some quality chocolate chips in here. The chocolate is somewhat dark but I am getting a lot of milk chocolate in here. Slight coffee aromas coming out here as well. This is all malt with some nice caramel goodness in here as well. Not getting any hops in the aroma, but thats not what I expect from my Oatmeal Stouts. Damn.

T: Taste is pretty good as well. That oatmeal cookie flavor isn't quite as well translated into the flavor as it did in the aroma. There is a nice hearty, and earthy oatmeal flavor going on here, but its not as sweet as it smelled. The chocolate once again comes across as some really nice milk chocolate, adding a little lactose to the equation which works nicely. Malts are lightly roasted, and some nice caramel sneaks in. Coffee is very light in here and doesn't over step its bounds at all. Just enough coffee to be a pleasant presence. There is a slight hops bitterness rounding this out on the finish.

M: Medium bodied but more toward the lighter side of medium here. There is a moment where I think this may be a bit too thin for my liking when it comes to the style. ABV is not even noticable, but it really shouldn't be at 6.5%. Carbonation is a medium, adding an almost crispness to this. This beer is actually a bit dry on the finish and it works well because it absolutely has you coming back for more. Aftertaste mostly leaves you with some caramel and chocolate sweetness.

D: This was a good beer and that dryness in the feel really has you coming back for more. I find this beer disappearing at an alarming rate. With that said, I can see this beer coming out with a bit more weight to it in the feel, but it still works well. That aroma is great and the flavors are satisfying. This beer sure didn't disappoint at all. My only wish is that this stuff was local because this would be a great staple oatmeal stout to keep in the beer fridge. Absolutely enjoyable.

everetends, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of littleshamrocks
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost opaque black in color with a creamy, thick looking tan head, reminiscent of hot chocolate foam. Leaves behind tons of sticky lacing.

S: Very nice roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Also picking up traces of a milky sweetness. Inviting.

T&M: Silky smooth medium body with flavors very much as advertised in the nose. Roasted malts dominated by milk chocolate and coffee. Maybe just the slightest hint of herbal hops in the background.

D: Enjoyable. Although not the most complex stout you can find, The Poet brings front and center some of the more pleasant characteristics that a well made stout has to offer. This one is meant to be enjoyed at a much warmer temperature, so be sure to let it sit awhile after taking it out of the fridge. I look forward to many more in the future.

littleshamrocks, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new beer for me thanks to a trade with TATTORSO. Much appreciated, Jeff!

This one pours a dark brown with losts of hues of red and close to a 2 finger head of tannish foam.

The smell has a light nose of oats, some sweet malt, maybe a bit of milk chocolate. It's pretty delicate.

The taste is more assertive. Plent of oatmeal in the flavour up front giving a nice bitterish taste with roasted malt adding more bitterness and a touch of sweet malt taking the edge off some of the bitterness. Overall taste has me a happy camper.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, it finishes decidedly bitter and dry with a short aftertaste.

Drinkability? The alcohol is nonabtrusive and it was a joy to drink the entire session. Good solid Oatmeal Stout that I can easily give a thumbs up to!

Btw, head retention was below average but it didn't lack in lacing at all. Go figure.

Bitterbill, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A--Appears black but when held up to the light there are a lot of red/brown highlights apparent. Head was less than a finger tall but I didn't give it too hard of a pour. Recedes quickly

S--Lots of caramel and cocoa on the nose. Actually this kind of smelsl like a Milky Way bar. Really like this scent although it is not a bold as I would hope

T--First taste is pretty much all caramel and malt. Hop bitterness is barely noticeable, you have to search for it to find it. A little bit of chocolate present, taking the form of ready-to-pour powder mix. Pretty smooth taste although nothing amazing by any means. As this warms up there is a distinct coffee bitterness, without the coffee flavor to accompany it. That flavor then molds into a cigarette ashtray taste that is pretty bad.

M--Light in body for a stout, even an oatmeal stout. Nothing off-putting though

D--When I first started this bottle I thought it was easy drinking, but once the ashtray taste started coming to the forefront I wanted to drain-pour it. This is the last Poet I buy, unfortunately. I really like the bottle artwork!

alcstradamus, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of dananabanana
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown. No head, just white foam along the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S: Sweet cream and chocolate.

T: Definite oatmeal taste. Chocolate. Burnt coffee in the back of the throat.

M: Crisp, refreshing. Well-balanced carbonation. Somewhat chewy and thick.

D: Easy to drink, not too heavy.

dananabanana, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of rayjay
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of those pleasant surprise beers. I had this sitting around in my fridge for long enough and finally drank it to make some space. What I found was a creamy enjoyable oatmeal stout with pleasant sweetness and delicate roasted flavors like fine milk chocolate. Big on the carmel and chocolate malt and low on the DMS. It's delicious and simple and highly drinkable. Cheers!

rayjay, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First of, The Poet has one of the coolest labels I've ever seen. The beer itself is black with a tan head. The nose is very chocolatey and fruity. Sweet with some licorice notes.

The flavor is roasty and grainy with a hint of bitterness and astringency at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and slick with medium/low carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, though not a lot to think about.

Spidey13, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last Saturday I was at one of my favorite places in the world - Lukas Liquor aka Disney World for drunks. Lukas has over 300 beers on hand at all times and on Saturday they usually have tastings. This Saturday was no exception. They had four beers to sample, three of which I have had, the one I did had not tried before was The Poet from New Holland.

The Poet is an oatmeal stout, which is a deep, almost black, beer that left a nice lacing on the glass. I could smell the oatmeal and got a chocolate note coming across like a lot of stouts. This one has a slight bitter bite but it is easy to drink. I liked it so much that I had to toss a six pack in the cart. This is one of the better stouts I have had from a brewery I was not very familiar with. Worth checking out.

Wheelinb, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blackish body with a one-finger tan head that slowly receeds and leaves some lacing. A strong oat smell with some burnt/toasted malts and wood aromatic notes and some dark chocolate, caramel and maybe molasses. Real smooth and creamy, slightly chewey medium-to-heavy body that has quite a sweet malt flavor of chocolate and caramel. Finishes dry thanks to some roasted malts which also balance the beer and there are hints of some fruit flavors and hop bitterness on the backend. A quality oatmeal stout that is a definite must-try if you even only like this style a little bit.

clayrock81, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of mobyfann
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $14.49 for a seasonal 12-pack from The Party Source...

The beer pours a very dark brown colored base with a small white head, good retention and nice lacing on the glass. The smell is very complex. Roasted and smokey malts, dark chocolate, caramel, espresso beans, all equally balanced.

The taste gives up a little from what the nose would tell you. Highly carbonated when compared with like stouts, the coffee flavor takes over with the chocolate, caramel and malts left as an afterthought, moderate bodied, slightly creamy; very solid taste overall. Semi-smooth in the mouth, sharper than most stouts, at 6.5% definitely a session beer if you let it settle for a bit.

Final Thought: A very nice stout to come out of the eroding Michigan economy, glad to support a winner.

mobyfann, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark motor oil brown with a light brown head and ok retention.

S- Roasted coffee nose with some hints of chocolate and malt.

T- Alot like the smell, mostly roasted flavors of chocolate and coffee. Malt and cream flavors come through in the finish.

M- Decent carbonation but a little thin in consistency.

D- A very drinkable stout that has a nice flavor and the finish is creamy and smooth.

projectflam86, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of tosshin
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a : I poured had to pour pretty rough to get a head on this beer. I got about a half an inch of very dense sandy head which dissipated quickly and left very little lacing. It is a very dark, opaque, beer with the color of oxyginated blood.
s : You can really smell the sweatness from the oats in the malt, and am reminded of oatmeal (makes sense). There is also a nice aroma that smells like fresh ground coffee beans. Delicious
t : I can taste the sweetness from the oat in the malt, it is very malty. There is also some coffee flavoring. Alcohol is not overpowering, and there is only a slight taste of bittering from the hops.
m : Medium bodied and a bit oily and goes down smooth.
d : I like this beer. It isn't too heavy and is quite satisifying. Probably not something I would choose to drink at the bar for a happy hour, but I would certainly drink this as a choice beer for a long night at home.

tosshin, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, awesome label; gotta be honest, I bought this one due to the Poe reference...

Appearance: Ultra dark brown beer with garnet highlights; light brown fluffy foam with good retention

Smell: Pretty typical of an oatmeal stout; there are some roasted grains, but sweeter and with less of an edge than your average stout; there are notes of chocolate and a fresh graininess in here as well; it's nothing too complicated, but quite nice

Taste: Typical dry roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate; overall a bit subdued really, with a mild sweetness on the finish and a touch of smoke and wood; there's almost something a little bit crisp/fruity in here as well, a bit odd

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied at best; crisp finish; not quite what I expect from the style

Drinkability: Pretty high; decent drinking dark ale

Conclusion: I wanna love it, even just if for the name and the label...but...while not bad, this really isn't really anything special either

BedetheVenerable, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of cottonkoozie
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, almost pitch black but not quite, some light can make it through. Ok head, and some retention, but with a stout I expect a much better head, retention and lacing.

S - Good smell, smells like coffee mostly. Nice roasty smell, and soem chocolate smell.

T The chocolate really comes out in the taste. really good taste, like coffee with semi-sweet chocolate in it. Also has a very nice creaminess. Very smooth drinking and only a touch of bitterness which balances the beer nicely.

M - Very creamy and smooth, very good stout mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, especially for a stout. The low bitterness really promotes the drinkability on this one.

Very good stout, the first oatmeal stout I have tried. Great smooth feel and taste, and an amazing overall flavor. Very good and leaves me looking forward to trying more of this style.

cottonkoozie, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate syrup brown color with a relatively modest tan head that retains fairly well and leaves a some lace

Smell: Lots of roasty char, with dark chocolate and coffee underneath

Taste: Opens roasty, with a developing bittersweet chocolate element that gets drowned by roasty bitterness at mid-palate; after the swallow, it mellows a bit and introduces a coffee flavor, but the bitterness from the roast and the hops dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; smooth and creamy, but slightly thin

Drinkability: A very nice beer; could use s thicker mouthfeel and perhaps a bit more malt flavor, but still quite good

brentk56, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 2-28-09

Pours thick and completely black, a pleasant foamy head on top.

Smell is thin, subtle malt. Not bad, but not much going on.

Taste is sweet malt, well balanced by a decent hop flavor. Like the smell, not very complex.

Mouthfeel is good, a little thinner but enjoyable.

Drinkability is very good, the easy flavor and nice mouthfeel are a great combo.

Overall, a little on the bland side, but what it does have is good.

BMoney575, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from into a willy

A-Nice deep black coffee look low head but lingers around the top with a pretty decent lace

S-Coffee/espresso and chocolate with notes of vinilla. Also a very sugary sweet malt note

T&M-Nice coffee and vinilla in the beginning and middle. Very roasted malt flavors and as so far seemed to be a theme with new holland a very clean finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin not quite watery but still very thin but overall pretty complex and easy to drink.

D-Easy to drink for sure something im happy to be able to get here now.

SpecialK088, Feb 22, 2009
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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