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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,919 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,919
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 72
Gots: 176 | 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 sonicdescent
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into pint glass.

Pours nice and dark, very nice sized head and leaves a generous lace as it disappears.

Is it possible to smell thick? If so, here it is. Milk, Chocolate, and a very light scent of roasted malts are present. Oats are also in the mix.

Tastes matches the smell closely, very creamy and chocolatey. With the medium to thick body and light carbonation, this is a damn good combination.

I would absolutely have this again, although I must say as a downside it doesn't have much to distinguish it from beers of a similar style.

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

A - Pours dark brown with a medium head with good retention.

S - Sweet, like some sort of bitter chocolate syrup, with a bit of coffee.

T - The beer has a very earthy, oaty, flavor to it, accented by a powdered cocoa finish. Theres a little bit of coffee and chocolate to it, as well.

M - Thin/medium, not really what I'd expect from the other qualities of the beer.

Notes - Not a bad oatmeal stout, I've come to expect good things from New Holland.

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

Pours a nice clear black color with an average size foamy head,good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet chocolate with some light coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt grain notes with some medium sweet chocolates offset by some dry coffee. Full body with medium carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.Ultra drinkable,and Very good.

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

Had on tap, poured into standard pint glass

a: deep deep amber color, silky tan head about 1/4" high with very nice retention. Reduces well into sticky lacing

s: sweet carmel, oats, chocolate

t: sweet notes, primarly chocolate and carmel. Slight oat flavor. Finishes clean

m&d: this is a silky beer, easy to drink. Medium bodied.

I really enjoyed this beer. Very nice flavor profile.


Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat clear, dark brown color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of oatmeal, some floral hops and a sweet caramel aroma.

T - This oatmeal stout leaned toward the sweet side with caramel and toffee flavors. The oatmeal and a light hop bite balance out the sweetness.

M - It was soft, smooth and fairly creamy. A medium bodied beer that was very easy to drink.

D - This is a solid oatmeal stout. My first New Holland brew did not disappoint.

Photo of chaz410
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this for the first time at the common market in charlotte nc. It was poured from joel the new holland rep and it pours clean and smooth black. Not much head but it is a light brown and silky. The nose is nothing special, kinda hard to pull out the special qualities in the beer. The taste is not what I expected, it does have your typical smokey robust notes with dark malt backgrounds like in most stouts along with a good amount of oatmeal, BUT unlike a lot of stouts in this category it is very smooth and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is very clean and surprisingly crisp for the style.

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

Bottle courtesy of and split w/ dkachur - thanks!! My portion poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, nearly-back brown with a fair-sized chocolate head with nice retention - great oatmeal protein stick - that leaves a healthy amount of solid, sticky lacing. Doesn't look too thick or too thin - a good start.

Aroma: Strong nuttiness, faint dark malts - mostly chocolatey - and a few toasted astringencies, but it's largely just a lot of wholesome nondescriptness.

Taste: Very nice. It's a tad on the sweet side, though not in the "toasted malt" sense - it's just sort of a random sweetness, which isn't unpleasant but does seem a little styslitlcally "off" - and a little heavy on the chocolate malt toasty notes. Not much bitterness, either from hops or astringencies.

Mouthfeel: Starts out uneven, but it mellow out fairly quickly, and has a nice, crunchy, thick feeling top and a smooth, subtle, full-bodied-without-being-thick body.

Drinkability: A palatable if not amazingly complex beer - it hits all the right notes for the style, I suppose, though I wasn't blown away by any of it. Abv% was low enough to where this would be drinkable, and it'd be even better if it were a little more complex.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Poured the deepest brown, nearly black beer, which appears to be opaque. Topped with a light brown, thick frothy head which promptly reduced to sparse bubbles.

S-Deep chocolate at first, which ushered in mounds of roasted malt and a hint of whole-bean coffee.

T-A smack of dry chocolate off the bat, with present roasted malts also on the forefront. A bitterness provides a good balance and does not take away from the smooth oatmeal flavor. Finishes clean and dry with just a hint of roast.

M-Creamy and silky across my palate. Medium body overall with a smooth, medium carbonation.

D-I enjoy this oatmeal stout, showing the characteristic oatmeal smoothness and feel. I'm always happy to be drinking this beer. It's an easy beer to consume, while still providing the overall complexity to be interesting.

Photo of olegv40
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No head to speak of really, I was a bit disapointed. Smelled malty and fresh. Not as creamy as some of the other oatmeal stouts I've had. A little too hoppy for my taste, but I was happy to have it finish very clean, except this weird taste of bitterness that remained in the back of my throat, It was hard to get past that, if not for that I think I would have enjoyed this beer more.

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

Pours a dark brown with no light coming through. Nice size tan head with fairly decent retention and some lacing.

Smell is rosted malts.

Good taste. Roasted malts, a strong coffee presence and a little dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Drinkability is good. A little higher octane than I would expect for a stout, but still a good beer to have a couple of.

Photo of sudsface69
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very nice stout. Beautiful, dark chocolate color with a dark tan head that sticks around until the last sip is gone. Lacing is also quite nice. The nose gives you what you would expect - roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some almond, hints of toffee - but there is also a nice hop aroma that lingers beneath the malt aromas. And on the taste, the pattern remains. The malts come at you first, but then the hops come in and keep the beer in (I would say) an almost perfect balance. Indeed I would say that this might be the finest aspect of this brew - that it is extremely well balanced. This also makes it very drinkable. On the flip side of that coin, if you are looking for a little more body and depth in your stouts, you may find this one not quite satiating. It is a touch light. But for an everyday winter drinker, The Poet does not let you down. Another fine brew from New Holland!

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

Had this beer on tap in Grand Rapids Michigan. Poured really black with a nice tan head, pretty attractive looking beer. Typical stout smells, chocolate, coffee, nuts, nothing wrong with those smells. A little sweet on the taste, but a sweetness that didn't linger so long that it made it sickening. Whereas some stouts are like a chocolate torte, thick and gummy, I'd describe this one as being closer to a chocolate mousse, a little bit airy. For such a dark stout, pretty darn drinkable. I enjoyed this effort even though it isn't my favorite style out there.

Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoo-Ha! This here's the beer! Poured with a big, foamy, frothy, bit creamy, textured, tan head. And some lace. Aroma is lots of cocoa, some toffee, a bit nutty, malty. Taste is similar. Body is very smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation to make it more interesting. Color is opaque to me; not enough light here to know for sure. A bare hint of alcohol. In spite of its richness, it's kind of drinkable. Even a residual suggestion of sweetness. Super beer!

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

Had this beer as part of a sampler in a 5oz. glass. The pour was a deep dark black with a thin tan head. The smells were of a malty chocolate and coffee. The taste was sweet like coffee and chocolate and even some slight fruity flavor, berries perhaps. The drinkablilty was good for a dark stout and left a pleasant coffee/caramel aftertaste. Definately a great beer to try, plus it has a cool label !

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

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear deep brown, though really more black than anything else (clear because a small bit of light is able to shine through). And topped with a tight and creamy one finger, toffee colored, head. Aroma is a boquet of sweet roasted maltiness. Milky chocolate, oatmeal ice cream (if such a thing existed) creamy toffee. Taste is a fuller version of the aroma but with an added hop kick. Roasted flavors dominate to be sure. Rich, almost smokey malts mix together perfectly with the creaimer aspects of this beer. Hop character adds a nice bit of fruitness to an otherwise dry beer. Feels on the fuller side of medium bodied and very chewy, leaves a nice drying sensation on the tongue and roof of the mouth. A wonderfully drinkable beer from New Holland.

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

This one is absolutely swimming in sugary milk chocolate flavors, which is nice but a bit sweet for the style. The straight black color is good but the complete lack of head isn't as cool.

The taste is where it's supposed to be with a dry bitterness surrounded by toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes. The body is a little thin but not too bad and the smooth creaminess is well worth the trade off.

This is a good but not great oatmeal stout. Worth trying for fans of the style.

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark black with coffee colored head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate maltiness, caramel and toffee. Flavor very similar to aroma with roasted coffe and chocolate malts with hints of oatmeal, caramel and toffee. Very quaffable.

Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Some dark amber coming through from the countours of the glass, lots of chaotic lacing spread around the top of the glass.

Smell: Earthy and rooty mild charred malt aromas, a bit of unsweetened chocolate, and some mild coffee.

Taste: Mild bitterness and roasted malt flavors with a bit of sourness. Good and balanced but lacks depth and a longer more complex finish by the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Mildly creamy.

Drinkability: Sessionable and easily drinkable, but there are others that are better for your money, especially if you prefer your oatmeal stouts richer and more complex.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black in color with an extremely dense, creamy, puffy tan head. I was able to get the head to foam about one finger above the top of the glass, without having the beer overflow. Very stiff head indeed.

Aroma is roasty and bready. Tons of roasted grains and coffee. Wonderful.

Beautiful coffee flavors, chocolate, burnt toast. The slightest bit of fruit.

Smooth and delicious. I was a little put off by the lack of body. A touch thin but still a bit creamy. A good, stiff, roasted finish. I had no idea what to expect from this. I picked this up on a whim and I am really glad I did. Nearly perfect, IMO.

Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a mixed 12 pack of New Holland brews from Friar Tucks in Bloomington, IL. Going to try to review all 6 different beers that come in the mixed pack today while watching football. Drank from a generic mug while watching Boston College and Florida State. MASON under the cap.

Appearance- Pours black as night with a small crimson ring that wraps around the edges of the glass. A decent half finger lightly tan head forms leaving a decent cap and collar with bits of spotty lacing.
Smell- Some cold French roasted coffee to start with plenty of the bittersweet chocolate that usually follows the coffee nose. This beer obviously has plenty of roast as the malts smell nice and charred and smoky. Some caramel malt lends a small amount of sweetness as well.
Taste- Lovingly roasted and toasty with an acrid char that lends a bit of concentrated coffee goodness. Tinges of sweetness enter the picture with a soft caramel and vanilla woodiness. Bittersweet chocolate adds a bit of bitterness that seems to meld with the slightest of earthy hop. A soft chocolate sweetness lingers on...
Mouthfeel- Fairly significant body with a ultra smooth creaminess that is only interrupted by the slight zing from the carbonation.
Drinkability- Well this is beer 6 of 6 for tonight. #5 was really good, turns out #6 is better. I'll almost always pick a nice Stout over an IPA but I really didn't think The Poet would be able to beat out Mad Hatter. It's fantastically smooth and chocolaty/coffee-ee and just a awesome go-to Stout. Really tasty stuff!

Photo of BWH3
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep purely brown stout with a moderate brown head that fades a touch too fast.

S: Mainly a dark/bitter sweet chocolate and the roast grain ash flavor.

T: Same as aroma which is not that amazing. What is remarkable are the creaminess and smoothness from the oatmeal.

M: Nicely still and not too heavy despite the big flavor.

D: Very sessionable stout.

Photo of Greggy
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with very dark ruby highlights. The head is 1 finger in height, is fluffy, and tan in color. Lacing is present.

S- Very chocolate and cocoa driven with loads of roasted malt, slight cream component, and suggestions of coffee although slight.

T- Starts out with an excellent roastiness of chocolate and coffee paired with a nice hoppy edge then transitions into a dryer bakers chocolate and cream. The finish lingers for a bit with residual dry bakers chocolate.

M- Creamy smooth with appropriately low carbonation.

D- It's a shame this is 6.5% as it'd be a hell of a session beer. It's still dangerously drinkable though! Truly a well made brew.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured nearly black with a very dark brown quality to it as well. Held up to a very strong light, this beer looked like dark cola. With an aggressive pour I was only able to coax about 1/2" of tan head from this one, and that dropped to zero in a few minutes.

S= Lots of roasted malt and grain aromas in there. Also some bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops.

T= Initially I thought this stout was going to be too bitter from the big presence of roasted malt and dark chocolate upfront. Then about halfway through each swallow it sweetened just enough to take the edge off that bitterness. The finish dried a bit, but kept enough of that lingering sweetness to make that the predominant aftertaste.

MF= Full bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. Somehow finds a way to be crisp and viscous. Coated my tongue with each sip!

D= A good stout and one I will gladly buy again. As far as style goes, this is a good middle stout. Not as dry as some Irish stouts, but also not as sweet or soft as a milk stout. High drinkability.

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

The Poet pours dark brown to black in color with a finger of tan head that settles to a thin cap and laces nicely.

The smell is roasted malt with hints of cocoa and raisin.

Taste is has a lot of roastiness to it some notes of a toasted dark bread as well.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expect with the style, only slightly coating, but with a nice lingering finish.

Drinkability is very good. This is a beer not to turn away.

Photo of Yesac
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in on a trade from jspruit - thanks

A - Pours solid dark brown. Large brown foamy head that settles to a very thin layer.

S - Smokey

T - Smokey, some chocolate malts, and a tangy java dominance throughout as well as finish

M - To carbonated for my tastes

D - Nothing standing out here to me, the finish is a little rough and could be better

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,919 ratings.