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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,926 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 72
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
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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 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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of bakeller
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and let sit for 15 minutes.

A: thin one and a half finger tan head that quickly dissolves into a thin rim around the glass. Minimal lacing is present. Beer pours dark, dark brown in color with a coca-cola like translucency when held up to light

N: Roasted malts first hit the nose. There is also an oaty-earthy quality to the beer. There may be a small hint of coffee in there as well. As it warms the nose gets sweeter.

T: The predominant taste is roasted malt and bitter coffee. There is some dried fruit flavor that gives the beer a sweet taste. Maybe figs.

M: The beer is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not that creamy but still smooth.

D: Goes down quite easily. Would not hesitate to drink a few of these in a night. An excellent oatmeal stout.

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

poured into a pint glass, Thick initial head with quick dissapation while pouring I noticed a deep reddish hue, might be some rye malt in here somewhere.

smell is sweet rich malt and a slight alcohol burn. nice but also fairly typical.

taste is very rich and sweet, almost creamy if it wasn't for the little bite in the finish. I get some rye malt that is well hidden. no apparent alcohol in the taste wich is nice because it allows the hops to come through in the finish.

mouth is incredibly smooth in the approach and a slight bite in the finish, drinks very easy and is a solid offering from New Holland. If I could poetically describe this beer I would say "lucious normality wrapped in silk"

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

Pours a dark black color. 1/2 inch head of a rich tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, and oats. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is thick and smooth with a high carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malts up front, then some slight alcohol flavors come through, sweet malt near the finish along with some very slight hops, the finish is again some good roasted malt. Very easy to drink (a little less thick than I'm used to in a good stout, but still very easy to drink). Overall, a good beer with strong malt characteristics that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of tpd975
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark flat black hue with a huge creamy mocha head. Great lacing exhibited with spotty lace noted.

S: Bold oatmeal grain like aroma with notes of chocolate, raisin, and a touch of metal.

T: Solid Oatmeal Stout. Wonderful velvet like oatmeal flavors. Hints of chocolate and bitter coffee. Bold dark fruit notes with a touch of green hops in the finish.

M: Medium in body, great carbonation, very smooth.

D: Good, a solid sessionable oatmeal stout.

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

Eyes: Nice dark brown with towering ivory tan foamy head. Nice lacing all around the glass.

Nose: Nice roasted malt scent with molassey sweetness. I sense some dark fruit maybe raisan.

Taste: The taste is similar to the smell. It showcases nice sweet malt and grain. I taste dark fruit and sweetness like caramel. Aftertaste could have been more memorable.

Mouthfeel: I found this to be very light bodied for an oatmeal stout, but it does not take away from its taste or feel. Interesting. Very little carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very easy beer to drink. it is smooth and light bodies for a stout.

This is a good oatmeal stout. I would prefer Goose Islands and Sam Smiths but this is close. I will buy this again.

Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Black opaque pour with thin tan head that dissipates quickly. When held to the light, you can see it's dark ruby red hue.

S- Lots going on here. Smells like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Hints of toffee and and lots of sweetness from the grains. Not the way I remember this beer, either my palate is more refined or this batch is much different than from two years before.

T- The oatmeal raisin taste is the first thing I take, much like the aroma. Lots of grainy sweetness and not a whole lot of roasty backbone to follow it up (as I would expect from a stout). Almost has a lacto sweetness going on. Very interesting, and again, not anything like the last bottle I remember having.

M- this beer exceed in this category. A nice velvety and smooth mouthfeel that makes the heavy body much nicer going down.

D- To me, this was very different than what I normally get in an oatmeal stout. It seems very rich and decadent, moreof a dessert beer. I would have loved more roasty coffee notes in the finish, but didn't really detect them. Overall a solid beer that is somewhat unique.

Photo of argock
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into s clesr pint glass. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Stark black with ample tan 1.5-finger head with good retention and a few clumps of lace.

S: Slightly metallic, mineral aroma of stout, mild chocolate

T: Smooth gratifying flavor of bitter chocolate, toasted dark malt, and sharp hops with a bit more graininess, indicative of oatmeal.

M: Feel is good although I would like this to be creamier.

D: A very good oatmeal stout from New Holland with sharp, clean flavors.

Photo of joepais
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brentk56 for sending this want along in his black booty package. The 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of head that faded quickly to a ring of white lace on top of black bodied ale

Nice sweet grains filled my nose along with coffee and chocolate help round this brew out. Flavors are sweet coffee and chocolate along with a nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

This is a nice easy drinking stout very sessionable. If it was available it would make a nice go to brew. A good oatmeal stout

Photo of rmmm16
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark dark opaque brown, thin khaki lace. Smell is sweet with coffee, and wood. Lots of flavors in this stout. Roasted almond, bitter chocolate, and a hop finish creates a great balance. Mouthfeel starts creamy due to the oatmeal I believe, but the finish is a little dry. This is a very drinkable stout. Must find on tap.

EDIT: I just had another one of these and this one tastes much like New Hollands Chakarta Smoked Rye which has an extremely smokey taste, much like drinking smoked bacon. I am disappointed in the inconsistency.

Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the tastiest and most drinkable oatmeal stouts around.

A-Pours deep brown to nearly opaque black with a thin tan head.

S-Roasted coffee notes with dark chocolate.

T-Nicely roasty throughout but with a milk chocolate sweetness, finishing with roasted coffee bite.

M-Nice use of oatmeal to achieve the creaminess I really like in the style.

D-I could drink this all night. Excellent.


New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,926 ratings.