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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 681
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 71
Gots: 207 | 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:
Beer added by: inebrius on 02-01-2003

IBU's: 40
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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark with auburn hues. It has a nice billowy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing up the entire glass.

S-Chocolate, some coffee, and roasted malts.

T-Chocolate, roasted malt, with coffee in the finish. Nothing overpowering, its nicely balanced.

M-thin and slightly carbonated.

D-This is a good session stout. It has a modest abv and a nice balanced flavor.

Overall, this is a decent stout. Its easy drinking with a nice lacing.

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

Appearance: clear brown color with some reddish highlights. A one inch head produces a bit of lace.

Smell: roasted malts with hints of chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: roasted malt, prunes, bits of chocolate and coffee, and very soft oat tones. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start but smooth and a bit creamy at the finish.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this stout. Refreshing and hits the spot when in the mood for an oatmeal stout.

Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with ruby highlights and a thin off-white head. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of dark malt with a touch of dark fruitiness - roast/toast - coffee - Robust.

The taste is of sweet dark malt with an underlying fruitiness with roasted coffee that becomes more dominant as it progresses. There is a bit of acidic astringency. It has a bitterish, roasty/toasty finish.

It is medium-to-full bodied.

A roasty stout with a coffee accent. A nice pairing with brunch.

Photo of fakedelight
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured almost black with a small white head. Left very little lacing.

Smells roasty and sweet. Dark roasted barley.

Taste was what you would expect from a stout, roasted barley dominates. There is a very slight acidity.

The mouthfeel was a little dissapointing. For an oatmeal stout, it was a little thin. And I was hoping the head would stick around for a lot longer than it did.

There is nothing extremely special about this stout. It is a good beer to enjoy anytime, but rather forgetable.

Photo of katan
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown to almost black color. has some amber highlights. Light head formation, only leaving behind a light film. Carbonation appears light.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, light coffee notes. Some yeast breadiness is present. The coffee note is almost acidic.

T - Starts off with a light bittersweet chocolate note. A subdued flavor overall. Mid-stream pushes more bitterness without bringing in any overt hop flavors. Finishes awfully dry, which then turns to a strong coffee astringent and acidic bite. Oatmeal is difficult to detect.

M - Seems fairly thin bodied. Beer does have some carbonation bite. Leaves behind a oily texture.

D - Moderately drinkable. Coffee notes are just a bit strong, causing a bit of palette fatigue. ABV is manageable.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently because I haven't had an Oatmeal Stout in ages. New Holland's beers have recently begun to be sold in this neck of this woods so when I saw this, I picked it up to see how well it matched up to the others I've tried. While this isn't the best that I've had of this style, it's nicely crafted and true to form.

Of course, this is dark but the edges are a gorgeous deep ruby and the head was pretty thick as well. The taste is that of coffee, brown chocolate, toffee, root beer, and oatmeal. Nothing really stands out and this is pretty creamy, to the point where I wish that the mouthfeel was just a bit heavier. I don't mind that it's a light beer for the style but there's something missing here that I can't quite put my finger on. I was never done to chug an Oatmeal Stout down but if I wanted to, I could get this down in a hurry!

It's probably due to the fact that yes, this could be a session beer. Not something I normally say about something as dark as this but nevertheless, it's enjoyable and only the bitterness with a hint of the roasted flavors lingers after every sip. The lack of lacing on the sides of my pint reinforces the notion that this is too thin but nevertheless, it's a decent brew for the fall.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: From the bottle poured a luscious dark chocolate brown with reddish highlights while in the glass it appeared a flat black with a pillowy hazelnut colored head that lasted but a few minutes before lapsing to a spongey film covering. The lacing was spongey and splashy.

S: The nose was rich roasted chocolate malting with warm oatmeal, simple in execution, yet very effective. Dark milk chocolate with soft hints of fresh extinguished charred wood stand out as well. What it lacked in complexity this aroma made up with a heeping and rich nature.

T: The initial flavor begins with dark coffee grounds dominanting along with roasted chocolate malt and dried creamer. The roasted nature was soft and very smooth with an earthy bitterness of coffee grounds that lingered a bit on the finish. Roasted oats compose the malting portion while hints of burnt sweet licorice can be detected briefly before the closing.

M: decent with a slight coating of powdery creamer upon the swallow. The texture was a bit edgy and lacked the silky smoothness I come to expect from a good oatmeal stout. The fullness had a light to medium consistency while a fade roasted malt was ok but fell a bit short of expectations.

D: fairly good and easy enough to consider this a light session stout (3-4) at one sitting. A fairly good enjoyability factor which gets progressively better. Decent to throw back a few and solidly good per style.

Photo of alkemy
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark, almost black color. There's ruby around the edges of the glass. Smoky bitter chocolate scent. There's a burnt chocolate/coffee taste that dominates. Very slight hint of hops at the end. It's pretty sweet. I'd like it to be thicker, but that's probably a tall order for a beer with such a low ABV. Pretty good.

Photo of muskabeatz
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark, near black color. Great rocky, tan head with good retention and good lacing.

S- Roasted malt aroma, a bit of coffee and smokiness. Wish there were a bit more sweetness in the nose.

T- Smooth malty backbone. Some roasted malt and coffee flavor as well, combined with a balancing hop presence, which keeps it "clean" and refreshing.

F- Love the smoothness from the oats, but could use a bit more body.

D- Very drinkable, moderately complex, yet easy to enjoy. However, I feel like there really isn't anyting that makes it stand out as something I would want to drink all night.

Photo of Finn
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured into a nonic, this beer is a deep dark ruby black, not pure black like some stouts. A nice creamy wisp of foam stays on top.

Aroma:coffee, toffee, cream

Taste: Roastiness and caramel blend nicely together, with a firm bitterness from hops and roasted barley. finish is typical, coffee-like roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and full, though not what I expect from an oatmeal stout. A bit thinner than usual.

Drinkability: A smooth, tasty and quite drinkable stout. Nothing about it offends me, but I was expecting a heartier beer than this.

Photo of Tee76
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost black color, dark as night actually. Good sized light brown head forms and stays there for a bit.

S: Dark chocolate and black coffee dominate the smell, with a hint of smoke.

T: Oats, chocolate and coffee flavors are all present with a small smokey flavor at the end.Strong aftertaste though which isn't a bad thing.

M: Medium to full carbonation, but very smooth and creamy

D: Easy to enjoy, goes down nicely. I had no problems reaching for another one and then another, it's that damn good!

Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured dark chocolate, molasses and a touch of smoke.

The taste was extremely clean with roasted malts and a nice smokiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style. Very distinctive in this regard.

Overall a very well done stout. Very easy to drink.

Photo of rapidsequence
2.03/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12ozer from Total Wine in Raleigh.

Appearance: Wow. Pitch black. Thick head that threatens to escape my snifter that holds a 22 with ease. Thick light brown rocky head that lasts and lasts.

Smell: Shit. Really bad. Dirty shoe leather. Old band aids. Maybe this bottle is bad. I focus and can extract some roasty malt notes, but ughhh.

Taste: Still not good. Much better than the smell though. A little sour up front. The finish has the chocolatey roastiness I was expecting, but I'm not happy.

Mouthfeel: This has a full creamy mouthfeel. I wish it didnt taste like shit.

Drinkability: I'm not pouring it out. So there's that. I hope this is a bad bottle, cause its bad. I bet if I drank it from the bottle, it'd be ok, but no. Its not.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown with hints of red on the edges. A large two-finger tan foamy head with good retention. Nice stick lacing.

Smell is fairly roasty and the oats are definitely present. Along with that is the aroma of coffee and chocolate. Nice and not overpowering.

Taste is at first a mix of coffee and dark chocolate. The oats mix in and there is a mild hop bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel seams to be light and creamy. Much thicker than say Guinness. There is a small amount of carbonation.

Drinakbility is pretty good. It is fairly easy to drink and probably a good one to step into the style of stouts. Not overpowering to the palette. I would have a few.

Photo of jt31914
2.18/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle

A: 1 1/2 fingers of head - dark dark brown color with no carbonation rising.

S: Char oatmeal smell - very strong and good.

T: Oatmeal char taste is present, but the beer is a little watered down; there is little taste on the palate, but the finish is solid. It got worse as I drank it.

M: Solid mouthfeel - smooth and relatively crisp.

D: Decently drinkable.

New Holland has really been a disappointment for me; this is probably my favorite beer from them but there are still many other oatmeal stouts I would rather have (Samuel Smith's, Dark Horse, and Founders for starters).

Photo of coldmeat23
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a very dark brown color. Over two-fingers of light brown foam sits on top. Retention is very good and lacing is in small spots, which are plentiful and sticky.

A very nice roasty smell dominates. There is a touch of grainy oatmeal sweetness present. Nice hints of dark chocolate and espresso beans.

Taste follows the nose, quite well. A very nice roastiness is the main flavor. Sweetness of oats and milk chocolate flavors are here. Light hint of coffee and a touch of dark chocolate. Mild kiss of smoke.

Full-bodied beer. Carbonation level seems a touch too much, but I find that to be true of the style, in general. Maybe it's just me. The oats help give this one a wonderful smoothness. It also has a mild level of creaminess, which is nice.

At only 5.2%abv and as tasty as this one is, I'd say that it's a keeper. I'll pick this one up whenever I have the chance.

Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black with the slightest bit of transparency when held up to the light. two finger thick head, ok lacing

S: Sweet chocolate and oats.

T: Semi sweet and mildly bitter. A slight toasted flavor is present as well. Nothing really memorable though

M: Very light and watery. Also get a bit of chalkiness.

D: A very nice session stout

Photo of TLove
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle to hefeweizen glass.

Great, black color with a full, creamy 3 finger head. Smooth and full bodied, with a slight red tint when held to the light. The aroma of the beer beings to expose its full flavor. Coffee, wheat, wild grain rice, brown sugar, chocolate, and smoked malts all come out in the smell. The chocolate is slightly sweet, with some roasted grain flavors and a subtle smoked taste, rounded out well with the oatmeal.

The beer warms to its full capacity. Carbonation is barely noticeable, as the roasted malts begin to take a dark chocolate complexity. Hardly a thin body, but certainly not heavy.

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

I must've had a subpar bottle when I first reviewed, or something was off about my palate or mood. The bottle I'm drinking now is incredibly smooth, with a nice medium-full body. Gone from the taste are the sour and acrid character. What's left is a hell of a stout that I'll definitely be happy to revisit. Original review below:

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Dark brown with a half-inch tall tan, fluffy head.

S - Coffee, a bit of milk chocolate, perhaps some molasses and roast barley in the background. Enjoyable, but not incredibly strong.

T - Coffee and chocolate are both present, though the coffee has the acrid quality you sometimes get from a carafe that's been sitting too long on the burner. It also has a slightly sour note that would be more at home in an Irish dry stout. Some hop bitterness appears in the middle and lasts through the finish, but there's very little hop flavor.

M - Surprisingly watery. Practically none of the silky, rich texture I'd expect for the style. Where's the oatmeal?

D - This is not a bad beer, but it doesn't seem to have much going to actively recommend it. Still, New Holland has shown it can pull off a good (quasi-)stout with Dragon's Milk, so I'm willing to give The Poet another try in the future. If nothing else, I could see using it to convert a macro-drinking friend who likes Guinness, maybe paired with burgers at a late-season cookout.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a thin, one finger tan head, some ruby red highlights around the edges. This stout has a good amount of retention and dots and lines of lace.

A very straightforward aroma of coffee, fresh rolled oats, bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted, almost charred, malt.

Roasted coffee beans and bittersweet dark chocolate hit up from with some molasses and oats coming through on the back end. The chocolate mixes with some light hops to leave a moderate bitterness.

This is a thin stout for sure. I thought the carbonation worked with the body and gave off a somewhat creamy presence. I think a softer, smoother feel and a bigger body would improve this beer immensely.

Considering the thinness, this was pretty easy to drink. The flavors tiptoe up to the line of robust, but never actually cross over, keeping the drinkability slightly better than middle of the road.

Photo of claminat420
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a typical dark color as any stout should. nice cream color two finger head

S- nothing special going on here. dark malts with a scent of alcohol which suprises me with only 5.2abv

T- sweet dark malts. roasted chocolate flavor.

M- light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- not to shabby. i'm not really to much of a stout fan but i can handle this one.

Overall- like i said i'm not to much a stout fan. the best stout i've had so far was dark horse's tres (blueberry stout). as far as oatmeal stouts go i have nothing really i can compare this to. i would say give this one a try.

Photo of Burl41
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Apperance- Dark brown boarding on black. 1/4 inch head with good retention, and light brown in color.

Smell- Distinct coffee notes, and to a lesser degree chocolate.

Taste- Roasted barley and chocolate malt immediately noticed, but not overpowering. The beer as it should be is balanced by the oats.

Mouthfeel- Solid, stronger than a weaker stout like Guinness, but it is by no means approaching Imperial level.

Drinkability- This is my stand by stout, so it is very drinkable, yet allows you to enjoy a great tasting beer.
If I were going to hang out with some friends and have a few beers over the course of the night i'd pick this stout.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter. Off white, creamy head with good retention and some lacing. Smell was of sweet chocolate syrup, some dry malt and slightly off smell that I cant pinpoint. Taste is good. Some choclate, sweetness, toasted grain and some coffee but not too much. Again, something just seems a little off. Cant pinpoint it. Mouthfeel was light and a little watery but not too bad. Overall a good beer. Gotta go recheck the date on the label though.

Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass
Deep, dark, almost black, with an inviting tan head of foam
Aroma-Coffee and chocolate
Taste-Coffee and dark chocolate, creamy with a slight hop bite
Very smooth and drinkable, would make a fine session beer
Overall, a flavorful representation of the style

Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle purchased from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville... Sturdy, dark-brown, hazlenut hue and appearance... Dehydrated fruits, chocolate cakes, and mocha on the nose... The flavor, likewise, was rendolent of rich mocha, cappuccino, and latte nuances... Good stuff...

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,985 ratings.