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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,855 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,855
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 73
Gots: 165 | 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 Strix
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with good lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and charred wood.

Coffee and charred wood present in the taste too. Bitterness of dark chocolate at the end. Sort of a dry flavor towards the end.

Mouthfeel very smooth and creamy.

This was very solid. I wouldn't mind a bit more flavor to it, but it's balanced, and the mouthfeel adds a lot.

Strix, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of unionturf
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up while in SC.

Poured very dark/black with deep ruby hue when held up to the light. Small head with very good chocolate/coffee smell. MF was very smooth and taste was excellent, a very drinkable stout. This was one of my favorite stouts to date, wish I had bought more that 2 while I was there...see a road trip to SC soon.

unionturf, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a 12 oz. mug. Color is almost pitch black, with perhaps a tiny bit of deep brown showing up around the edges when held to the light. A thin, tan head arises and dissipates to nearly nothing rather quickly. Traces of lacing are left behind.

Aroma is mostly of rich chocolate, which develops more once the beer warms. Full-bodied mouthfeel with initial notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and biscuit, followed by a relatively bitter finish that leads to a satisfyingly rounded aftertaste. Drinkability is superb; I feel I could easily session this one.

Overall a top-notch example of the style.

superdedooperboy, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black ruby tones in the light. Big pillowy tan colored head, very decent retention. Little clingy lacing left.

Roasted malt on the nose, slight woody aroma. Powdered cocoa and bakers chocolate can be picked up. Maybe a little coffee in there.

Sweet malt and smooth oat flavors up front. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate after. Some bitterness though is meshes well with the coffee/chocolate flavors so not necessarily picker up as a hoppy bitterness.

Full mouth feel very smooth. Creamy and sweet finish.

Very drinkable, very good brew.

kzoobrew, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, the colour is a near-opaque black with a thin, light brown head that quickly dissapates into a film about two millimeters thick. On the nose is oats, coffee and freshly baked bread. The taste starts off dry, with hints of espresso and bittersweet chocolate, followed by a sweet, malty finish. This is a very nice, full-bodied stout. Very smooth from start to finish, I would almost consider it a session beer. The Poet is very drinkable, and I plan to purchase it again in the future.

WYVYRN527, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black with a bubbly tan head that quickly becomes a crown. exactly what i was expecting

S- oats, roasted malts, a bit of coffee

T- just how it smells with some chocolate in there too.

M- thicker than expected which is a good thing. very creamy and smooth

D- very enjoyable and easy to see myself having a few of.

jwinship83, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Riverwarrior
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

S = Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

T = Semi-sweet, dark chocolate upfront. Roasted coffee in the middle and some faint roasted bitterness near the end. The finish is a sweet, roasted coffee flavor that is really tasty.

MF = Medium body with very little carbonation. Smooth as silk with a nice creamy texture.

Overall, this is one fantastic oatmeal stout. To me, it had several characteristics as the "Dragon's Milk"....which is a great thing! I will definitely buy this again.

Riverwarrior, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SPLITGRIN
Pours black with light ruby edges and a short lived tan head and some lacing. Smell is roasty malt and creamy milkiness. Taste is roasty, creamy, sweet malt. Kind of milky again, and a nice rich body on it. Light to medium carbonation and a touch of a chalky flavor at the end. Almost a peanut buttery creaminess and flavor as well. Pretty nice!

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cool into a Guinness tulip.

A - A very dark brown body w/ ruby hues and a huge 3.5 finger frothy head that settles out to around a pinky leaving lace like a spider web, the bead is very fine

S - A nice fruity cocoa smell like marshmallows and mocha w/ a hint of dark chocolate and raspberry w/ a nutty roasty odor.

M - Slightly sweet w/ moderate carbonation, med full body w/ a creamy/silky texture w/ nice roast and fruit elements but more roasted in the finish

T - A very nice fruitiness up front w/ lots of raspberry like taste as in the nose followed by french roast coffee roastiness w/ a very nice creamy feel that moderates the dry roast w/ subtle smokey flavor and nice woody hop taste w/ chocolate in the semi-sweet finish after the cocoa and coffee middle

D - A very nice well balanced oatmeal stout -this is a very tasty ale. I would quaff this any time since I am an oatmeal stout fan and this a good example of the style with nice balance -very quaffable

Slatetank, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with little head or lacing. The aroma has notes of vanilla, cocoa, cream, and roastiness. Very well integrated, but slightly light. Tastes silky as a good oatmeal stout should. There is a touch of cigar smoke and fresh tobacco as well as vanilla and cocoa. Deep, rich flavors that are tamed by the silky finish. Mouthfeel is quite nice as well, but for the style I've tasted quite a few that are creamier and silkier. Whatever, it works as is. Quite pleasant, and even very good, but not definitive.

Georgiabeer, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of mntlover
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours nice dark color that blocks all but sunlight which shows ruby hues around my glass, pretty. Head is two small fingers dark brown in color that falls of so slow and leaves some good sheet lacing behind.

Aroma is nice smooth chocolate malts mixed with sweet mellow oats dominates, with some light coffee bitterness underneath, do I note hints of smoke or my imagination.

Taste is some what of let down seems little to light in malt department. Roasted notes light chocolate and coffee combine along with oat sweetness and smoothness.Finish has some dark fruit hints with smoke notes again, with light hops thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel is this brews weakness, seems to light to be stout nice and smooth like oatmeal stout but just seems to be lacking little body for me. Carbonation is fine, and not the cause of lightness in this case.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable favorable brew, knocking taste more so because of light body the taste i guess. Worth a try, hell makes nice warm weather stout where lighter body might be a plus.

mntlover, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured really dark, came out thick too; only a little bit of tan head resting at the top of it.

Smelled like a stout, vaguely chocolatey, roasted malts, and an underlying hoppy aroma.

Tasted great, had the initial "stout kick" but the oatmeal smoothed it out nicely. This was a great, well balanced stout that I could drink time and time again.

donteatpoop, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of almychristopher
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful crystal clear deep brown, with a light tan head. The aroma doesn't dissapoint with all the malt character that I want from a stout readily aparent. The taste while still good on the malt front deffinitely gains something from the outmeal. I'm pretty sure I could drink this beer through the night if I had a couple more growlers.

almychristopher, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a dry oatmeal aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very thin black malt earthiness with a wonderful toasted malt and oatmeal feel. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable OS, but it could use a bit more malt content and more body. All in all, not bad.

WesWes, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of drperm
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the surprise of the night for me -- VERY well brewed! This one inspires me to seek out New Holland more thoroughly.

Appearance: Black, black, black. Imposing in the glass.

Aroma: Oatmeal, for sure. Sweet and malty with a fine balance between the two.

Taste: Nice! Chocolate predominates, with a nice slight-hop presence. I take another sip. And another...

Palate: Smooth and spritzy, just the way I like it.

Overall: This is an excellent stout! Bravo, good friends at New Holland. Here's one to revisit time and again. I'd love this with vanilla ice cream, or scallops for that matter. Or with my favorite movie.

drperm, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown, nearly opaque, with a frothy taupe colored head. 1/8 inch retention and nicely scattered lace. Looks like something I'd like to drink. Aroma is creamy, with milky cocoa, toast, molasses, and some flowers. A pleasure to sniff. Taste is similar but with more of a roasted coffee edge. Nice medium floaty textured body, soft and smooth. This is very very consumable.

Good, kind of..sassy?...oatmeal stout.

tastybeer, May 28, 2008
Photo of StonedRugger
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. Bottle
Pours a very dark brown with a bit of light showing through the edges. It is very easy to produce a decent size head which does dissipate to more of a brownish film after a few minutes. The beer is sweet and very appetizing through most of the sip with very strong roasted to burnt malt flavors coming through in the finish. I think this is probably good because it is easily one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. If it was inviting from start to finish I would have a very serious problem on my hands.

StonedRugger, May 27, 2008
Photo of kbeals
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours out very opaque. A good two fingers of light-brown head which leaves very good lacing. Smell is mostly of roasted malts, some hops. Taste is also malty, a slight hoppy bitter aftertaste. Very pleasing. This beer was pretty smooth with a mild amount of carbonation. I could easily drink a couple of these in a night and would definitely drink this again in the future.

kbeals, May 21, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a reasonably good looking dark brew, with a long lasting tan head and nice lacing.
Nice aroma with mostly chocolate, coffee and oatmeal. Surprisingly, the body is medium, which feels rather thin for an oatmeal stout. Flavor is not complex, but similar to the aroma with mostly coffee and chocolate, mostly dry finish.
Interesting beer, but not as rich as I had anticipated.

brdc, May 13, 2008
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, my first beer for breakfast.

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz bottle with a raven on the label. A pretty cool looking bottle.

Appears pitch black with the slightest ruby edge on the bottom of the glass. The tan head isn't as chunky and thick as I wanted but it still leaves good lacing.

Smells are dark chocolate, perhaps some dark fruit, maybe some hop presence there too, brown sugar.

Taste is not nearly so sweet as what I smell. There is a chocolately flavor to it, but not overly so. The mouthfeel is medium--not too much, but it could be a bit thicker and fuller. With each sip it gets better and better. As it nears room temp the malt flavors shine. Black and roasted malt flavors of slightly charred toast makes me think of a burnt marshmallow smores. I am pretty certain the hops do come into play in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is not thick, but moderate and smoothed out by the oatmeal.

This is a decent oatmeal stout. Not the greatest, but not all that bad.

Nice start to a cold rainy day!

rtratzlaff, May 12, 2008
Photo of YankChef
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a neuvo sam adams funky pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black with some light getting through on the initial pour to reveal an amberish red hue. Strong coffee and chocolate as well as oats! on the nose. Fluffy iced coffee colored head that is retained very well in the SA glass

Taste: More of the same on the palatte, hop bitterness is obviously present but certainly not overwhelming just enough to bring balance to the beverage. Somewhat heavy on the palate but is welcomed in this case

Overall: A damn fine beer and a good go to oatmeal stout that is much less expensive than SS, certainly could see this making it into my fridge fairly often...

YankChef, May 06, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel yields a deep ebony body with golden highlights at the edges; less than a finger of tan head quickly retrats into a little rocky ring that leaves tiny patches of lacing.

Smell is winey and bitter-chocolatey with a nice dark malt presence;

Flavor is mildly sweet and roasty; dark roasted coffee, bakers' chocolate, with a rich oily, silky nuttiness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Creamy and slick in the mouth with a lingering stickiness. Excellent drinkability; a light-bodied and refreshing stout.

Strange: One of the bottles in the sixer had two labels on it and was undrinkably flat as all hell. Yuck. New Holland QC take note!

cvstrickland, May 01, 2008
Photo of DHGranstrand
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, minimal head with some lacing.

Smells of nice malt.

Tastes fairly nondescript of malt, hint of licorice and hops.

Nice carbonation with decent viscosity.

Good all-nighter.

This is a good standard oatmeal stout. Not so strong and heavy that you wouldn't want another or two. A six-pack of these would go down smoothly in an evening.

DHGranstrand, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel chalice.

The Poet is exactly the way an oatmeal stout should look: opaque, nearly jet-black body below a thick cap of almond-colored foam. The head recedes quickly enough, but leaves behind a fat glob of tiny bubbles in the center and thicker ones around the edge. Decent lacing. The aroma is spot-on for the style: roasted malts galore, along with coffee, creamy oatmeal, milk chocolate, and a touch of vanilla.

The flavor is not far behind the appearance and aroma in terms of quality, delivering roast coffee, bitter chocolate, and a malty nuttiness. Very tasty oatmeal stout, indeed. Mouthfeel is creamy, with the right amount of carbonation, a thick body, and a well-placed bitter finish. All around, a solid offering from New Holland...definately brings them up a notch in my book after their disappointing Night Tripper RIS.

wagenvolks, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a black as could be expected for an Oatmeal Stout. There was a 1/4" head of tan bubbles on it at first, but it faded a bit quickly for this style of beer.

Aroma: Lots of nuttiness in here that remindes me of roasted almonds. The aroma is really clean and malty with a hint of dark malts adding a touch of acidity.

Taste: The flavor is also really clean with a bit of roast to challenge the nuttiness. I don't get a lot of the oatmeal mouthfeel that you would expect. It has some sweet caramel in there that makes itself known in the middle of the flavor profile and then the roast sets back in again to linger long into the finish. The alcohol is reserved though it says that it is 6.5%, and I only get a mild hop impression giving the flavor a slightly grassy impression.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I wouldn't put it up there with Sam Smiths or anything, but it is still a really drinkeable session beer. The dark malts linger a bit for my taste, but then again, I am not too big on roasty beers. Still, I would drink this beer again and would like to try it on tap.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 11, 2008
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,855 ratings.