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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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2,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 72
Gots: 227 | 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 mwa423
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black with a light tan finger and a half of head. Held it up to light and couldn't see a speck of light through it.

S - Rich coffee smells, dark malt, chocolate, and some oatmeal. Dead on for style, quite pleasant for when the stout mood hit.

T - Coffee and malty sweetness that gives a hint of toffee.

M - I usually put mouthfeel and drinkability together, but the mouthfeel kills this beer. The beer is watery and thin in the mouth. As much mouthfeel as an adjunct lager.

D - This is an easy drinking oatmeal stout, something I never thought I would find something that is as smooth as this is. However, other than being thin, this is a great *tasting and smelling* stout.

Photo of degerbah
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with plenty of light tan head. Smell is malty, but not extremely strong. The taste is mainly of roasted malts with a noticable coffee aftertaste. Very thick mouthfeel that coats the tongue and makes drinking THe Poet more of a slow savoring process. As the head settles down it leaves very thick lacing along the edge of the glass. Overall the burnt taste and thick mouthfeel makes this beer much dtronger flavored than I expected. Still only an average example of the style without much to make it stand out with other stouts.

Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Here's a nice, dark beer with ruby highlights - not quite black though. The head is tan and very sudsy, a great looking brew. The aroma is of heavily roasted grain, coffee, and fleeting malt. No hop smell at all. The taste is moderately dry, with a good barley, roasted, cereal flavor. Some malt in the flavor as well. Reasonably creamy, although not as mouthfilling as most oatmeal stouts. Somewhat light, but still satisfying.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black body with ruby highlights. Very airy, bubbly light beige three-finger head.

Coffee with a dash of milk in the nose. I mean a smell of coffe with milk, not the sensation of having milk go up your nose.

Roast coffee dominates first taste. Taste the oatmeal "roll" at the swallow, smoothing things out. Mild but tasty earthy hops.

Smooth medium-to-full mouthfeel, as it should be for the style.

Easy drinking and certainly sessionable.

A good everyday stout.

Photo of matjack85
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.69. There is no freshness date or any other information about the beer on the label, and it also comes from one of the few breweries that doesn't have a web site.

The beer poured out black into my glass but it showed off some purple/garnet tinting when held to the light. It made a 1-finger tan head that only lasted about a minute and left only a minimal amount of lacing.

The beer smelled nice but it wasn't all that strong. I got a nice aroma of sweet malt and oatmeal with some burnt wood/charcoal scent in the background.

There were lots of flavors in here with coffee being the most dominant. Sweet malts and oatmeal give it some body, but then it is nicely balanced with a dose of hoppy bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. I liked it.

The carbonation was only moderate which kept it smooth, yet there was still enough of it to make it crisp and refreshing as well. This is not a thick, heavy stout, but by no means is it thin or weak either. It has a really nice medium bodied mouthfeel to it which I enjoyed.

The beer goes down easy and has a nice scent, with an alcohol volume near just 5 percent. It's smooth yet refreshing, the mouthfeel is good. The taste has me downing a few more than I should. - (matjack - the beer poet).

Photo of mmedina210
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had never heard of this beer before yesterday and on a trip to my local liquor store the manager handed me this beer and said 'trust me'

The beer pours black, but it has a slight ruby tint. It left a one finger beige head which dissipated into a white lace.

The smell of this beer took me by surprise. On the first whiff I got a nose full of wheat and bread notes, but upon further sniffing, slight Chocolate notes came about and bigger coffee notes, with a hint of something that resembles oatmeal (maybe caramel).

The taste of this beer is magnificent. Coffee is the boldest taste in this beer with a tinge of chocolate. On the front end, just as in the aroma, you can clearly taste a bread-like oatmeal blend and on the back end is when the Roasted Malts take over.

The mouthfeel is as smooth as any stout I have ever tasted. Its not watery nor is it over bearing and it has just enough carbonation to provide a refreshing crispness. It is slightly dry/bitter on the back end which I welcomed with open arms.

I could drink 'The Poet' all day; and I can say, with out a doubt, this is the only 'real' stout I can say this about.

I highly Recommend!

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

Poured into glassware (used by my grandfather - picked up in Germany in the mid 50's, kinda like a water glass with a logo on it); thick tan head that is slow to recess. Leaves rings around the glass. The beer is black as midnight.

Smell is roasted malt, coffee and burnt wood. Notes of chocolate, maple oatmeal, and faint whiffs of grilled pineapple.

Initial taste is crisp, with a firm handshake of french roast coffee, vanilla oatmeal, cream, and pine. Chewy mouthfeel that finishes dry with the hops making an appearance.

A very tasty oatmeal stout that is a nice change up to the Hopslam and SN Torpedo I had earlier. I enjoyed the typical stout flavors matched by a surprising crispiness. At 5.2% this could be a great winter session beer when hankering for a stout. East to drink and more then worthy to drink.

Photo of beerguru15
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A not bad tasteing stout

Pours out a Dark almost amber color (in the light) with a tan head.

The smell that I most noticed was that of Coffee

The overall taste was good, The initial taste was smooth and left a slight bitter aftertaste, which lingered.

The mouth feel was decent, see above.

Overall the drinkablity of this beer was good, I enjoyed drinking it and would purchase another.

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

Picked up a single 12 oz. bottle. Always in the mood for a nice oatmeal stout. Especially on a freezing winter night.

A- Blackish brown color, only thing showing through were the carbonation bubbles- opaque- brown/tan head- lacing was nothing special.

S- Smell was of coffee and roasted malts. Overall, the strong coffee was coming through with hints of mocah and coco.

T- Bitter- malty- chocolately- roasty. Yup, this is a nice brew. It's sweet at times too when the sugary malts are shining through. Bitter hot chocolate.

M- Thick, bold, rich, creamy

D- Pretty easy drinking for a big bold stout with all of these flavors. I enjoyed this.

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

Pours a rich dark dark brown, not quite black. Nice frothy head

Smell of dark chocolate

Tastes of sweet, nutty, and roastedness (not sure that is a word, but if fits)

Feels light and fluffy of the tongue with good carbonation

This is a good stout, I was pleasantly suprised considering I have not been a huge fan of most New Hollands Brews. Overall not a "heavy" stout I will enjoy another one...or two....or..

Photo of billzee
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Father-in-law picked this up for me while on vacation. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Pours an opaque ruby/brown. Minimal off-white head with some lacing. Coffee, chocolate and syrupy notes. Sweet chocolate, toffee and oatmeal with a smoky finish. Somewhat light body with moderate carbonation. I would definitely drink this again.

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

A - deep brown color, head fades to thin film of bubbles with ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Very clear.

S - Malt dominates. Touch of roast. Yeasty fruity esters. A hint of tutti-frutti and coffee.

T - Not too sweet. No oat flavor detectable. Roasted coffee notes are in the background at first, but come forward after swallowing. Smooth and drinkable. Somewhat bitter aftertaste.

M - Tingly medium-high carbonation, but very thick and smooth without being sweet.

D - Very drinkable beer. Could use more hop flavor for my tastes, as this is very malt-forward.

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

12 ounce bottle, poured into my Samuel Smith tumbler glass thingy, it's sort of a hybrid between a Nonic and a weizen glass, works well for a lot of brews.

This beer pours the color of old 10W-40 out of an ancient engine block, but not as thick, little bits of reddish in the light as it pours on down.

Thinner head than expected, maybe a half inch with an aggressive pour, nice lacy sticky bits left behind.

The nose is coffee, molasses, chocolate, pumpernickel toast, and an almost ghostly scent of roses long dead.

The first sip is sweet, coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate. Although I smell molasses, the taste of it isn't there, until the finish, when the sulfurous sourish smoky molasses twangs at the very end.

Mouthfeel is silky, smooth, thinner than I expected for such a solid brew, the oatmeal shines through with that velvety texture.

At this ABV, with the thinner texture, the velvet smooth oatmeal malty coffee goodness, this beer is seriously quaffable, and will always have a place in the glass on a cold day.

This is also my first brew from New Holland, and I am impressed by their craftsmanship, I will be trying their full line of beers soon, and drinking this excellent stout in future.

Photo of soupyman10
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown, small off-white head, weak lacing.

Strong roasted malt, earthy. Light chocolate, vanilla, coffee.

A chalky roastiness comes through first, coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate and dried fruit.

Body is a touch watery, too thin for a stout.

Overall, solid, if not particularly remarkable.

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

Appearance: Dark body, but not the most opaque beer I've seen. What is really noteworthy here is the head. It is huge and seems to take hours to dissipate, even when only a little beer is poured at a time. The head doesn't look fluffy, but more mountainous, like it would have a rough texture if touched.

Smell: Sweet oats and dark malts.

Taste: Standard oatmeal stout taste. A little sweeter than some. Still, the taste seems a tad strained somehow. A touch of a metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, but a tad thin for the style.

Drinkability: Full flavor, but not filling. A drinkable stout.

Notes: The style of oatmeal stout seems to be one that would be relatively simple to brew a decent one, but very difficult to brew an outstanding one. This is one in the decent category. It's a good stout, but I would never choose it over the standard of the style, Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of danielharper
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer tasted sometime last fall (maybe September?). Notes transcribed verbatim.

A: Black body, thick brown head.

S: Oaty, rich with chocolate malt, crisp, somewhat dry.

T: Dry chocolate malt body, rich with roasted barley, caramel malt. Dry finish.

M: Thick mouthfeel, no significant carbonation, no significant hops.

D: This beer is great in bottles, even better on cask.

Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, very opaque. Just black. Very, very little head. Decent lacing.

Very strong coffee, cocoa, roast malt, and faint anise coming off the glass. The nose really invites you in.

Hits strong with a heavy body and lots of dark chocolate malt. Roast notes appear immediately and build to a strong bitter finish.

Feel could be a little thicker. The flavor profile demands it and the body just doesn't stand up to that test.

Tastes like a beer that should have a much higher abv, so drink away. Not often you get a stout this good that won't knock you for a loop after two.

Photo of sidetracked
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a thin cream head.

Smells lightly of roasted coffee.

Tastes of roast coffee with a bit of bitter chocolate. There's a slight oatmeal taste and texture, but not much. The flavor improves as it warms up.

Fairly light in body and seems rather carbonated. Goes down smooth and a bit dry. I think it would go well with dessert if you're looking for a beer that isn't too heavy.

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

I poured into a pint glass to a small tan head which clung to the sides of my glass. It is a dark brown with ruby accents. Toasted malts dominate the aroma. It tastes of coffee and bitter chocolate. It is more watery than I care for, but it is a rather tasty beverage. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me.


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

Very dark brown in color but when held up to the light auburn shades come through. Nice half inch head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a spotty cloud on top and a lacing that builds more and more along side of the glass as the beer is drank. The aroma is very chocolaty malted up front with underlying notes of oatmeal and coffee. The chocolate characteristics are not over bearing and the oatmeal and coffee nuances work very nicely with it.
A very rich and roasted malt & coffee flavor is the backbone of it's taste. There a slight bit of smokiness in there that compliments a sweet dark chocolate and oat demeanor through the middle. It finishes with a slight hop tinge that brings the whole thing together with simple but nice complexity.

Photo of beveritt
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Arrived in a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: 1 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to a thin, incomplete coating of foam. Decent lacing as the drink progresses. The beer itself is dark brown to black.

Smell: Slight roasted barley bitterness with hints of coffee in the finish.

Taste: Roasted barley bitterness. Noticeable absence of creaminess normally associated with oats.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is a little thin, especially for a stout.

Drinkability: Not a bad drink, but certainly nothing over the top or even worth seeking out again.

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.

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,031 ratings.