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

1,932 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,932
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 71
Gots: 182 | 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: 1,932 | Reviews: 670 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AgentZero
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Not quite black, but very dark brown that didn't let any light through. Little bit of head that left some nice lacing on the sides of the bottle.

S - Roasted malt, caramel, toffee, coffee, etc. Pretty straightforward.

T - Tastes about how it smells. This is an average oatmeal stout, it's not bad, not good, can drink it and not notice it one way or the other.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth.

D - Drinks a little bigger than it's ABV. This beer is okay, but not spectacular or bad.

Photo of Spider889
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a bottle of this at the Northstar Cafe at Easton after a little Christmas shopping.

No freshness date, but when I poured it I suspected that it might be a little old. Despite a vigorous pour, I got essentially no head. At first glance it is a dark ebony but as the light hits it you see that it is slightly transparent and more of a thin watery coffee color.

Smell was a little lacking, but the usual suspects come to bat here. Mild roasted coffee aromas, some chocolate malt. There's also some hop bitterness adding a little edge to the smell.

The flavor profile turned out to be pretty decent, my main qualm was that it tasted more like a bitter porter than a smooth oatmeal stout. Lots of coffee bitterness and hop bitterness intermingling. I didn't care for it. There was an unpleasant prickling feeling on the tongue from the beer. It wasn't the carbonation (which was too low). I almost think it was the alcohol, but it's hard to suggest that a 5.2% beer tasted 'hot,' yet that's precisely what it felt like.

The bottle suggested the beer was smooth from the oats. I detected no oats, and it certainly was not smooth. Watery and too thin for a stout to top it off.

Overall, not a horrible beer, but it was under-carbonated, and not very proper for the style imo. There are much better examples that are just as easy to find if you're looking for a good oatmeal stout.

Photo of bfflo
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich midnight black with a busy, off-white head. Mild smooth lacing. Smell is mild but nice, seeming like chocolate and oats with some cinnamon, dark fruit notes and a mild, grassy pungency in the background. Roasted notes. A mellow marshmallowy sweetness starts off the taste, after which a pleasant, silky mouthfeel takes over, coasting unobjectionably - almost soothingly - across the palate for an easy if vaguely syrupy finish, with a drying effect, despite relatively low bitterness. In fact it reminds me a little of an Irish Dry overall. The mouthfeel of this one is nice, but all in all it's closer to a Breckenridge or Barney Flats than a Samuel Smith, say - meaning, that while very drinkable, it's sort of thin bodied and not super memorable. But you could do worse; it's enjoyable, and like a lot of oatmeal stouts, probably a good pick for someone who is curious about stouts but not ready for the harder hitting stout styles. B-.

Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger beige head forms, and sticks around for a minute. A film of lace is left down the side of the glass.
S: Toasted malt, bread, biscuit with lots of chocolate. Wood, light smoke. Some coffee lingering.
T: Follows the nose. A nice roasted flavor. Toasted bread and biscuit. Lots of dry chocolate, wood, and light coffee.
M/D: A big full body. Ultra smooth, fluffy, and creamy. Very easy to drink. I can quaff a few without a thought.

An excellent Oatmeal Stout. So smooth, and is not acrid at all. To many breweries make an overly acrid stout, but this is not. Well done, and highly recommended.

Photo of cratez
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, Michigan. Pours blackish brown in colour with soft ruby edges, one finger of tan head, and rings of lacing on the pint glass. Complex nose is roasted barley, charcoal, table cream, dark fruit, baker's chocolate, very mild coffee note, oak wood, leather, and a touch of whisky. Kinda resembles a toned down, barrel aged RIS, which really surprised me. Flavour is chocolate and roasted malts, slight char, coffee grounds, clean rum-like fruitiness, dry oaty finish with some hop bitterness to end. Mouthfeel is slick and chocolaty upfront, medium carbonation, creamy-foamy middle, parched and toasty flaked oat aftertaste. A nicely layered contemplative stout with solid drinkability. I would buy this again.

Photo of samie85
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a very deep brown color with a one and a half finger head.

S-Sweet and roasted coffee malt with a slight earthiness on the finish.

T-Pretty one note and it's roasty with some sweeter roasted notes and a pretty dry finish.

M-A little thin feeling in the mouth for an oat stout and pretty dry with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D-Not my idea of a great oatmeal stout, but I'm sure others prefer the roastiness of this beer.

Photo of DannyDan
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown to almost black colored beer with a one to two inch tan head that has very good retention and lacing. It has moderate carbonation and it has a slightly sweet chocolaty smell with hints of coffee and oatmeal. The taste is a nice smooth chocolaty feel with hints of coffee, oats, and caramel. It has a very pleasant smooth mouthfeel that ends up being a little sticky, and is a very drinkable beer, could easily finish a six pack in one day.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains roasted malts, oats, black coffee, some chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character, oats and sweet flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. There's some creaminess but also some metallicness to it. Some flavors of dark fruit and a mild but complementary hops presence in the background that help bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this is still a decent beer worth drinking for a while.

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

A - Pours a very dark brown color that has a small tan head. The head dissipated rather quickly and left good lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of roasted malts up front. There are other notes such as chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some vanilla.

T - The roasted malts and coffee stand out at first. Then, the sweetness of the caramel comes out. Notes of vanilla, toffee, and bittersweet chocolate are also present. The finish is bitter and roasty.

M - This has a medium body with medium carbonation. It also has a creamy and smooth texture to it.

D - I would say that this is a pretty drinkable stout. It was a little bit on the light side, but I think its pretty good. I would probably pick this one up again.

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

A very drinkable beer, but I expected more "stoutness." It has a very nice appearance, pour, and aroma. This is a very versatile beer with a great depth of flavor. It comes across as a beer drinkable with almost anything, not just the deep dishes.

Photo of weizenbob
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

How about some local flavor? This 12 ounce bottle of New Holland Oatmeal Stout is being poured into a pint glass. A finger-tall head of caramel-colored foam immediately settles atop this dark cola-tinted brew. The head slowly dissipates leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

The scent is, well, stouty. Chocolate notes rise from the aroma, which is also quite malty on the old sniffer. A hint of alcohol tickles the nose hairs a bit. It smells thick and utterly inviting.

The first sip of this oatmeal stout revealed much less sweetness than what I was expecting. The primary flavor is of unsweetened cocoa with some woody undertones emerging as well. This is followed by a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. The brew is malty for sure, but without the sweetness that is typically associated with the style. A trace of alcohol burn is present as I near the bottom of the glass. The Poet is redefining my perceptions of what an oatmeal stout can and cannot be; however, I don't think I'm a convert.

The mouthfeel is pleasant with a good amount of maltiness that you don't overly notice due to a healthy amount of effervescent carbonation that breaks things up before they get out of hand. However, that carbonation is a tad on the high side for my taste, and it seems to contribute to the bitter flavors of the brew. I think I'd rather see this on nitro.

As far as the drinkability is concerned, it goes down easy enough, though not as easy as a typical stout. The label advertises 5.2% abv but it feels like it's hitting a lot harder than that. It's an above average stout but there is much better to be had. I don't see myself coming back to this.

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

Ak mal deep black color, not pitch black but nice and dark, and a ferocious tan head.

Burnt walnuts, smoke and dark malts are the dominant aromas.

Flavor of hickory, smoke, and a definate chocolate note. Layered and finishes sweet and woodsy.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel. The oats do magic to the thickness of the brew.

Delicious and easy to drink. A keeper.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark brown/black with half a finger of tan coloured head.

S - Dark roasted malts, coffee and some bitter hops. A nice sweetness in the background.

T - Roasted malts, coffee and some cocoa. A slight bitterness and a nice sweetness in the background.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle not dated

New Holland The Poet poured an opaque dark brown to black and produced a tan milkshake like 1 ½ finger head that formed nice lacing. The aroma is of coffee and dark chocolate with the flavor offering more of the same plus dark fruit and more roasty malt character added. The mouth feel is to the full side, soft, smooth and creamy.

The Poet is big and flavorful yet VERY drinkable. Well done New Holland!

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby glints around the edges. A 2" ivory head reduces fairly quickly with decent soapy retention down the sides.

Has a nice roasted malt smell, topped with dark coffee and chocolate, toffee and vanilla. The smell is full and pleasing.

Has a milky, smooth taste, malty, and creamy. The coffee taste is smooth, almost sweet, like warm coffee ice-cream. Sweet toffee nips at the tongue toward the end of the sip, followed by a twinge of bitter. Well balanced, this is a smooth drinking oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, quite pleasant.

Highly drinkable, I would definitely look to have this beer again.

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

Appearance: Pours a near black body (akin to dark chocolate and black cherries -TheLibrarianGirl) with a 2-finger-high topping of beige foam.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented blend of chocolate powder and instant coffee with a creamy, nutty serving of quality oats. Upon warming, a hint of licorice develops in the aroma and taste.

Taste: Malty opening of semi-sweet chocolate, light caramel, and sweetened morningtime coffee with some toastiness and nutty oats following close behind. Very thin trace of fruitiness. Light touch of herbal, earthy hops that, along with the roasty malts, provides for a mild sensation of bitterness. Sustained nuttiness until the silken, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Soft, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pleasant, easy-drinking, comparatively light stout. See? They don't all have to be barrel-aged, chocolate-infused, steeped in fruit, and hopped to the hilt to be good to me. No, really!

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

Pours a dark typical stout hue into my chalice. A pretty lame head of a couple centimeters, but a fine dramatic lacing
Oaky and dry some coffee and caramel. An intriguing whiff of alcohol.
Maybe a tad watery, but overall good. Handsomely bitter, not sweet like some stouts.
Leaves a nice tingle. Once again, a little less watery than i would prefer. Maybe its a result of the oatmeal though, first oatmeal stout so i wouldnt know.
Delicious and drinkable, lots of interesting flavors here. Worth a shot at least, wins point for uniqueness

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

12oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

Appearance: dark chocolate with short-lived off-white head and minimal lacing.

Aroma: coffee, roasted malts and charcoal.

Flavor: heavy coffee notes and malty goodness.

Mouthfeel: medium-high body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: classic stout with decent drinkability. not my favorite.

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

Appropriate creamy notes to the body, per the oatmeal style. Distinct chocolate malt flavors, married with a mild charcoal undercurrent. Some dark fruit lurks at the very edge, beefing up the flavor. Smooth and quite drinkable - an ideal choice as the weather cools off and darker brews become more appealing.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very nice pitch black with a slight amber brown haze. No head to speak of but it did have lace.

S - Mostly oats, slight chocolate and a bit of coffee. Good smelling stout!

T - This is were it kind of falls apart. Starts off with a coffee with sort of a cream aspect then turns kinda... grassy. Not sure if it's the hops or the oats acting up but it gave off a sort of hoppy bitterness that I don't like in my stouts. I kept revisiting and kept getting the same thing. Puzzling.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Well I had me some good stouts that I enjoyed more than this. I don't think I got a bad bottle and even if it was old it shouldn't have a funky hoppy taste. Weird thing is I liked it less than most other oatmeal stouts even less than Dundee stout. Still it was pretty drinkable just not good rep of the style. Pass.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark with beautiful ruby hues. A decent tan head but very little retention and no lace to speak of.

S - A great aroma with chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of dark fruits.

T/M - Full bodied and almost creamy. The flavor is a mix of chocolate and roast malt with a slightly sweet, smoky and astringent finish. Very smooth, delicate and delicious.

D - Hopefully the ABV on this isn't too high because I would love to finish off a few more of these.

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

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color that is completely opaque. Has a small, tan head that looks delicious.

Smell: Has a strong roasted malt aroma that hints of coffee. I didn't notice any chocolate smell.

Taste: Has a strong roasted coffee flavor that is a little sweet, as if someone put just a tad of cream in the coffee.

Mouthfeel: I was slightly disappointed here. It's a little thin for a stout, but still has a fair body.

Drinkability: Quite good. Something that I could drink on a regular basis.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black color. Poured a 1 finger soapy tan head with good retention. Laced in wide sheets.

S: Toasted malts; chocolate and coffee. Dark bread. Very strong nose.

T: Consistent with smell; chocolate and espresso. Can taste the oats. Smooth and soothing. Building hop bitter for an even finish.

M: Medium-to-full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: Very drinkable. Flavorful and smooth.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tryed a Brew Fest

A= Poured really dark almost black had a nice mocho colored head didn't really notice that much of a lacing on this one.

S= It smelled a little bit like chocolate with a hint of coffee in this one.

T= To me the taste was similar to the nose slight chocolate with a hint of coffee. Nice dry finish on this one.

M= Not thick which I thought it would be since it's a oatmeal stout. Very smooth on the mouth

D= With a low ABV this one is very drinkable and taste pretty good not my favorite oatmeal stout but it's worth a try.

Photo of herman77
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty much black with decent tan head with very good retention. The head has some nice big soapy looking bubbles. Ridiculous lacing.

S: Sweet cream, chocolate. Roasted malt and coffee are in the background. A very good smelling oatmeal stout. Most of them have a somewhat weaker nose, this one does not.

T: Follows the nose to a T. Chocolate and sweet cream are the most prevalent. I can taste oats more than any other oatmeal stout I can remember having, this makes it feel unbelievable smooth and well rounded. Some roasted malt is obviously there as well as some hop bitterness, but this is definatly a sweeter O-stout.

M: Medium to fuller body. Smooth and pretty creamy. The carbonation dies off on this one by the end and it does feel a bit thin because of this.

D: Great drinkability. A solid oatmeal stout.

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,932 ratings.