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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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2,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,066
Reviews: 702
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 74
Gots: 247 | 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:
Beer added by: inebrius on 02-01-2003

IBU's: 40
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Ratings: 2,066 | Reviews: 702
Photo of donniecuffs
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, it poured a mahogany hue with one finger of beige, decent retention, and good lacing. Little visible carbonation. Smelled of roasted malt, coffee, and milk chocolate. Very milk chocolatey in the taste, but dissolving nicely to a roasted flavor midpalate and then a dry roasted coffee finish. On the thick side, but smooth with little to no carbonation. Very pleasant oatmeal stout worthy of a session.

Photo of PantherLightning
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my buddies brought this over for an unofficial christening of a makeshift man cave I put together at my house (pool table, darts, air hockey and table tennis in the partially unfinished basement).

A - Poured into pint glass from a bottle (no freshness date) with a 2 finger tan head. It's pretty damn dark and remains fairly opaque even when held to light.

S - Smells strongly of dark chocolate, dark chocolate, and a bit more dark chocolate, maybe a a bit of coffee too? Oh, and dark chocolate.

T&M - Tasty chocolaty bitterness hits upfront with a smooth finish with a tiny tiny hint of smokiness, maybe roast coffee. Very robust taste. After a few sips, the chocolate mellows out. Fairly soft an velvety mouth feel.

D - The first pint goes down easily, but slowly. Not that it isn't very drinkable, but just makes you want to enjoy it. Probably wouldn't drink more than one or two in a night of drinking, but if I want an oatmeal stout, this would definitely be one I would come back to.

Photo of rwf08
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a American Pint glass.

A: Dark brown, clean appearance. Looks like a glass of rootbeer. Faint head, spotty sticky lacying.

S: Smells like chocolate oatmeal cookies. Roasty, hints of coffee.

T: Bitter roasted coffee, some nutty oatiness. Very good.

M: Not too thick. A little thin and a bit too much carbonation. Still silky but I'd want more in an oatmeal stout.

D: Damn good. Wish I had more but only got two brought back to me. Sad day. Good for those who can get it.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours jet black with a tinge of brown near the bottom where the light is seeping through. Head is half of a finger, a mocha color. Fades pretty quickly. Minimal lacing.

S- outstanding. Strong milk chocolate and some hints of coffee in there as well. Smells wonderful

T- bitter chocolate with a little bit of dark coffee in there. Roasted malts dominate as well...tastes great.

M- feel is really thick. The oatmeal helps firm this up a lot. Decent carbonation.

D- very drinkable. Awesome example of an oatmeal stout.

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

I picked a bottle of this up while in Kentucky.

Pours black with a creamy tan head. As it disappears the head still manages a nice bit of lacing.

Smells of sweet chocolate, oatmeal cookies, some coffee and light tobacco. Great interplay and balance between the separate flavors.

Oatmeal rules the flavors here followed by some light coffee and chocolate. Tobacco in the finish.

The feel is nice and creamy. Good body.

I like the flavor profile once this beer warms up a bit. Good example of the style. I wish I could get it here.

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

Pours a dark, nearly black mahogany with minimal highlights when held up to the light. Puts up over two fingers of cream-colored head that lasted a decent amount of time before falling back into a foamy cap on top of the beer. Some nice sticky lacing clings to the glass as I drink.

The aroma is predominantly roasted malt, but some brown sugar and baker's chocolate also seep through upon closer inspection. Robust, but not too complex. Still, a very inviting beer thus far.

The flavor is very similar to the nose with just a few more tricks up its sleeve. Some roasty notes accented with coffee and some chocolate, but also accented by the oatmeal flavor, complete with some brown sugar and maybe a bit of molasses. Maybe just a hint of hoppiness towards the finish? Pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of the beer. Residing on the heavier side of medium, the body is velvety smooth and seems to have just the right amount of thickness to it. The carbonation in the beer is subdued and tickles your tongue a bit as you drink; it doesn't barge in and make a scene. Very enjoyable on the tongue.

All in all, this was a good oatmeal stout. Good flavor, very nice mouthfeel, and an ABV that won't kill you so you can and should knock back more than one of these. I'll probably be buying this again sometime in the future.

Photo of bamadog
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the last beer I had on my beer tour of Michigan. Kind of fitting actually as The Poet is the very first beer I ever reviewed on this site and close to 500 later, I get to do it again through a different medium. Review is from notes taken on 6/19/2010 and poured from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is black, like fresh brewed coffee; starts with a 1/2 finger light tan creamy head that fades to a full and very thin skim; body is entirely opaque as would be expected; a nice thin film-like curtain of lacing is left behind holding on to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A lot of burnt/roasty malts with an oaty and coffee-like flare; the strength of the nose could be a little stronger and more robust, but not too shabby overall.

Taste: Nice burnt/roasty coffee and espresso bean flavors with a real earthy and oaty/grainy presence; a bit of a flat-cola like presence sneaks in as it warms, but I feel the roasty coffee and oaty graininess wins out and overall, this is a pretty straightforward and solid beer.

Mouthfeel: A little loose, thin and watery, but still manages to provide a bit of a gritty feel all over the palate and teeth for sure; carbonation is pretty soft and smooth and the weight is a solid "medium" -- I really wis this style came across thicker though.

Drinkability: This is about as solid of an oatmeal stout that there is, so it's definitely worth drinking if you're in the mood for a nice roasty stout.

Photo of Stacy53
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Holland- The Poet- Bottled in 2010
Less than 1 year old

A- Dark brown with a light tan one finger head. Fades to a nice bubbly ring around the edges.

S- Woody dark chocolate, malts. the smell is not very strong.

T- Creamy chocolate, light coffee and oats. Nice hop at the end.

M- Light with medium carbonation. Smooth

D- Very drinkable, a bit thin for a stout.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I wonder what poet they're talking about? I'm gonna go with William Carlos Williams. The beer pours an opaque jet black with a minor head of glowing ecru bubbles. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, molasses, sharp coffee, and chocolate-covered black cherries (I can't seem to separate the two here). The taste holds notes of dark fruits, dark wheat, and very bitter cocoa powder. The latter pair dominates, and a vague but strong sense of chalk underlies everything. Something here doesn't compute, especially when the smell is accounted for. The body is surprisingly light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and watery feel. Overall, I'm marking this down as a fairly large disappointment, given the good things I've heard. Something just seems very bland in the taste, and the beer as a whole seems too watery and thin. Oh well, plenty of other recommended brews out there, right?

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 10 May 2010.

Served in a 512 One snifter. Extra large super thick han head fills the glass, the head pokes out of the bottle as it sits. Clear very dark ruby color. Aroma of sweet tart cherries and chocolate. Smooth velvety semisweet chocolate. About two ounces poured so far, head still fills the glass and is poking out the bottle. Light fruitiness. About half poured, the head is still filling the bottle but not poking out now. Warming ethanol finish. Aftertaste of dark chocolate and cocoa, vanilla.

Did we mention the energizer bunny head?

Photo of bobsy
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a light tan head of foam which slowly drops from a finger to a film, leaving some nice lace on the glass. Pretty decent appearance for a bottled oatmeal stout. Aroma is a touch subdued - dry grains, tobacco, coffee, chocolate and a slight metallic tang. It obviously becomes bigger as it warms, but doesn't reach the heady heights of the greats in the style.

I'm scratching my head when I start sipping this. I'm drinking a decent beer, but there's very little there to explain why its so well-regarded on this site. Weak chocolate and coffee tones blend in with tobacco smoke and a slight mineral presence. Pleasant, but simple, and not complex or well-crafted enough to reach the upper echelon. Mouthfeel is medium with a slight chalkiness. Pretty smooth and to style.

A decent session beer, but it would need an injection of character for me to return to it.

Thanks to Bryan for the bottle!

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

Thanks to flandersned for this treat.

Dark brown black appearance with a cola head that disappears and leaves some lacing.

Smells of molasses, bakers chocolate.

Taste follows the smell.

Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety but carbonated.

Overall a good beer, solid.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into nonic pint glass
A - brown-black in color, no head whatsoever
S - big roasty flavor. coffee notes, a little vanilla
T - malt, no hops as expected. a little nutty. not sweet, not bitter
M - a bit thin for the style, moderate carbonation
D - easy to drink, but nothing special

Photo of nickadams2
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark brown with a thick khaki colored head. Excellent retention and thick lacing.

S_Roastiness,malt,and chocolate.

T_Roasted malt,bittersweet chocolate,and burnt,earthy,woody flavor.

M_Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel.

D_Great flavor and low abv make for a great session beer. Big flavor.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half tan head after a somewhat aggressive pour. Lacing and head retention are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and oats. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of a nutty taste. Also, there's a good balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with light/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very easy to drink. Not a bad choice as an occasional session beer. I liked this brew, and would definitely buy it again.

Photo of irishking1977
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, viscous liquid. Evil darkness with virtually no head. Less than moderate lacing as well.

S: Faint malty goodness. Mild burnt bitter chocolate.

T: The mild burnt bitter chocolate somewhat dominates the taste, along with a decent malt background. Pretty basic, but pretty good too.

M: Fairly chalky, but less so in comparison to most stouts. Mild bitterness from the chocolate malt, but doesn't linger. Overall, a well balanced brew.

D: Really good drinkability for a heavy looking stout. I don't think stout as a style can be considered a session brew due to it's heaviness, but there are a few, including this one that could change that notion.

Photo of DoppleJock
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a jet-black with 1-finger tan head w/ lots of carbonation pitting. Good lacing.

S: Roasted malts and molasses with some coffee notes.

T: Malty with a mild bitter aftertaste. Pretty good but not as complex as I had hoped.

M: Chewy. Mmmmm.

D: Downed it with ease. Would definitely try it again.

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

Pours nearly pitch black with a dark cocoa-colored head. Head drops fairly quickly leaving some lace behind.
Smell is malt, coffee, dark chocolate, hint of hops. Nice balance.
Taste is all of that and better balance. Hops is better represented. Nice alcohol backing it up though not as sweet as expected.
Medium-full body. Somewhat crisp with a nicely balanced malt/hop aftertaste. Light effervescence focused on the tip of the tongue. Dry finish. Very good, similar to a Guinness but with more body and more flavor.

Photo of steve8robin
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a work trip to Kalamazoo...

A: Dark with red highlights shining through. Little off-white head that quickly fades. Eh...

S: Very reminiscent of Founder's Breakfast Stout Nice oatmeal raisiness upfront with hints of chocolate espresso in the middle and yeasty breads on the backend. Good.

T: Roasty hops upfront with a dark chocolate middle and earthy hops quickly on the backend. Good.

M: Leaves a hint of stickiness, but not enough.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, this turned out to be a decent stout. Not much special brewing here. Good to try once if you have access, otherwise, not worth hunting down.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Berwick Brewing pint glass while eatin supper.

Small noise with the cap pop, The Poet has the look of a brown ale, with a mix of wood brown and maroon shades. A steady pour to a non tilted glass produced a semi cascade of bubbles producing a inch or more of light tan foam, slightly brown, fades to a cap, no lacing.

An interesting nose that's both not very exciting, but also layered in a way. Im getting a brown ale base with some grain and nuts backed by a light hop shield giving off a rustic vibe. Roasted malt and a good amount of oats. The oatmeal is not large and im not getting any chocolate which is different. The smell is quite big for a five percenter.

Assorted nuts up in the front with a silky malt sweetness including caramel but not imperialized in any way, this is pretty tame. Getting a bit of oatmeal in the middle with some roast without the coffee. A hint of dark fruit comes out of nowhere at the end. While the oats are not centerstage, i'm enjoying the other flavors more. a mix between a brown and a oat stout.

You guessed it, the feel is a little thin given the ABV and style. It does not come off watery but leaves me needing some more of a creamy feel. The flavors are what's keeping this in check for me, so I can forgive the feel in this case. Slightly medium bodied with a light carb present, it's there, but muted. No bitterness in any way.

This is a straight forward, easy going, no bell's and whistles oatmeal stout. The poet is a bit different to me because I did not find a bunch of chocolate/coffee interfering with the oat. In this case I get more of a nutty/grainy thing going with the oat which at this present time, i'm digging.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours as close to black as possible with just a slight ray of light coming through. Nice beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - Good blend of roasted malts, coffee and dark bread.

T - Roasted malts, hop bitterness, coffee, and some burnt elements, goes down easy.

M - Medium bodied mouthfeel with some nice chew from the oatmeal.

D - This is a pretty solid stout, nothing extreme just well balanced and tasty.

Photo of bsp77
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark ruby-black with tan creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Wonderful semi-sweet chocolate aroma, with some roasted barley and oats.

Taste: Strong roasted flavor with mildly sweet chocolate, coffee, and oats. Finishes with a light hop bitterness that is almost slightly sour.

Feel: Low carbonation, fairly full body that is remarkably creamy for such a low abv beer.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable - low alcohol with lots of flavor and a sublimely smooth body. Session stouts don't get any better.

Photo of krs0123
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours dark brown/black with a nice two finger thin head.

S - catch oatmeal.

T - really great....right level of oatmeal, malty, and delicious.

M - soft, creamy. light carbination...nice.

D - fantastic. fits well with deep flavors for dinner...met well with chili, steak, and pork. top level oatmeal stout for the price.

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish red. white head. leaves a nice lacing

S: dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, slight oatmeal scent

T: tastes just about like it smells. very strong dark chocolate flavor. oatmeal is more present in the taste than in the smell.

M: very smooth. carbonation is very light

D: i could have a few of these.

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

Picked up a six pack from the liquor store I always stop at in St. Paul.
12oz brown bottle, label as above with picture of a black crow.
Poured a clear, dark brown color with reddish highlights when held up to light. Had a solid, tan colored head. Good retention and nice looking, strings of lace. Smell of sweet malt with some bitter dark chocolate. Tatse follows the smell, sweet malty body, chocolate and cocoa, hint of bitter roast coffee. Medium body and mouthfeel, creamy and smooth finish. Not too thick or heavy. A very good stout, first 2 bottles disappeared quickly. Another gem I am happy I found.

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