New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,146 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,146
Reviews: 722
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 78
Gots: 296 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Genie
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite oatmeal stout. It's so quaffable, very well-balanced beer overall.

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is of dark fruit and light roast. Taste follows with dark fruit and roast. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium. Overall a pretty good beer, not my favorite stout/oatmeal stout but not bad.

Photo of HOLOGRAPHICpizza
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can not find anything wrong with this beer. A perfectly balanced, rich, smooth stout. Not too overpowering of a flavor, very smooth and easy drinking, while still having LOTS of very good, delicous roasty malty flavor. The bitterness that is there fits in with the roasty flavor very well, it does not seem very hoppy, more toasty/burnt, but very, very tasty. I can not reccomend this beer highly enough.

I especially love the label art. It fits the flavor of the beer perfectly. It makes me want to sit outside on a summer night under a full moon and sip on a few of these, staring at the moon and contemplating my place in the cosmos...

Photo of Matthathappened
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's my favorite beer I have ever had there just quite isn't a oatmeal stout like it.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: black black black light Carmel 2 finger head
S: black licorice chocolate
T: creamy chocolate with hint of licorice
F: creamy
O : o I like this will revisit

Photo of kevinlater
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into nonic pint. "H144 09:22" printed on the bottle. consumed on feb. 22, 2015

a: a deep ruby that's hard to see through but definitely not opaque. two fingers of light brown head

s: good roast aroma with dark chocolate and raisins. hints of coffee

t: rich roasted/burnt malt, toast, cocoa, sweet raisins, prunes, bitter black coffee, slight milk chocolate. roasty all around and just so full of flavour. excellent

m: in between light-to-medium-bodied, a bit thin but not watery. mild carbonation. dry finish

o: an incredible, full-flavoured, easy-drinking stout with a very strong roast character

Photo of Beerguy1969
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have come to the conclusion that I really enjoy the oatmeal stouts. This is a fantastic beer that I would highly recommend.

Photo of seedyone
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A pleasant surprise. This oatmeal stout was preceded by a Founders Breakfast & helds it's own. The aroma was a bit more funky compared to the from the tap Founders, but that is to be expected. Bottom line: this is a damn good stout.

Photo of RunningMan
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had better stouts. This one smells better than it tastes and feels. Kind of watery.

Photo of BigJdizzle
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle. There is minimal head after an aggressive pour. Jet black color. Minimal lacing. Good taste. Solid stout. Would buy again.

Photo of djchrismac
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just an average everyday stout.

Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly late to develop cascading light-to-medium brown colored densely packed frothy lush head... Excellent retention... The head turns richer and creamier as it begins to settle a bit... The color is not black, but rather a deep rich mahogany brown that allows some light to leak in around the edges... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation streak here and there... Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... The nose is spot on for the style... Roasted malt... Coffee... Milk chocolate... The three aromas ebb and flow in prominence, but never completely disappear... The palate is exactly as expected... Brownie batter... Roasted malts... Baker's chocolate... Simple, straight forward and uber effective... Sturdy and medium bodied... Lightly carbonated... A bit chewy... Lush and sleek... Goes down easily sip after sip... This is a rock solid teetering on world class Oatmeal Stout... Tons of character and depth for a modest 5.2% ABV...

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer....this is probably one the best stouts available! A must try for all Stout fans....

Photo of Evelet01
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heavy, dark, smooth after taste

Photo of Rideguy64
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wish I could enjoy this beer, flavors were lacking. Again, would I try this again on tap...Maybe. I would give it another chance.

Photo of LakersGotRings
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a forgettable offering from NH. The Hatter Series, is where this brewery shines.

Photo of wiseguywood
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty secret that I don't think gets enough credit out there. Nice and creamy smooth.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of oatmeal-colored head that dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with earthy, bready notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, a touch of tobacco. Very nice.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Lots of bready, roasted malt and oats up front, imparting flavors of freshly baked and toasted multi-grain bread, followed by some dark molasses and brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of smoke, a touch of dark chocolate and a touch of creamy, milky lactose.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and very creamy as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent oatmeal stout! Malty, roasty, earthy, slightly sweet, and slightly smoky. I’ll certainly get it again! Highly recommended!

Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying this a few hours after a Dark Horse OS. Different but similar. I've seen this in the aisles for the longest time and just got around to purchasing a sixer.
A: Dark brown with a ruby hue. Head dissipates quickly to a persistant slight layer; no internal ringing lacing occurs - foam comes off clean.
S: Very suble oats (malt?) - not much there.
T: Subtle oats with a muted bitterness in the finish.
M: Low to medium fullness; a little watery but smooth. Light carbonation throughout.
O: Subtlety is key here. It's well blended with no rough edges. A solid pick for the style. Maybe I'm a little jaded, or my expectation was higher, but I feel like something is missing from this craft. Nevertheless, its still a smooth and solid OS just without any frills.

Had another one the next day and let this one sit while prepping dinner. Similar taste profile, but the scent improved (subtle coffee tones picked up). The more noticeable thing, though, was the increase in fullness; especially at the first sip. I increased the Overall score to 4 because of these two factors.

Photo of Beerfather
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Creamy dark smooth not overpowering. Very drinkable. Top 5 stout.

Photo of DuffDaddy
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quoth the Raven, "Drink some more!". EAP would approve....Mixed six from Uncle Mike.

Photo of JamesMN
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Code on the bottle neck of D254, I'm guessing 9/11/14.

Appearance: Black with maroon light shining through the bottom of the glass. Sudsy two-finger head light tan head.

Aroma: Dark malt with a molasses character. Some bitter cocoa.

Taste: Starts with clean dark malts and a building grassy bitterness. Sweet cream counteracts the bitterness and is highlighted in the finish. Bit of a hoppy sting in the aftertaste as the bitterness slowly burns away. Good flavor for 5.2% ABV, never watery.

Mouthfeel: Oatmeal typically creates a smooth and full bodied feel. Here is has done that to some extent as the beer is just under medium in body. The carbonation is a little much, would like to see this in a nitro option. Decent drinkability but the aftertaste can be little harsh over time.

Final Thoughts: Sort of meh beer. Nicely done style-wise but nothing to get excited about. Would I drink it again? Maybe on nitro.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Very black, with light red tinges around the glass. Head was not big, but was somewhat creamy from what was there. Head was tan and had some rockiness to it. Legs were present, even at 5.2%. Lacing was nice! Looks like a good stout with little head.

S- Massive chocolate! Lactic sugar as well. The oatmeal, grainy, pale malty scent is there as well. I notice a bitterness, but not of hops here. Maybe earthy? Coffee notes as well with smoke and a light sour note.

T- The smokiness is very prevalent. This beer is very malty. Pale malts is what I get. Chocolate is unmistakable. Very roasted. Coffee is borderline an espresso style taste. Maybe even plums or raisins can be detected as well. I do notice a good amount of bitterness towards the finish. You get the lactic sugar and a little sour at the end. It is a bit dry.

M- Medium to full on the medium side. It's still pretty easy going for a stout. But on par for a sweeter kind of stout.

Overall, this stout is very good! The Poet is not as grainy as some oatmeal stouts I've had in the past. It's got the right amount of smokiness that makes it enjoyable. And the drinkabilty is great. I'd say this is a fine example of an oatmeal stout.

Photo of mchegash
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2/5
Pours a very dark reddish brown. About one finger of head when initially poured, quickly dies down to minimal. There are a LOT of BIG and WIERD particles in this beer. I've had this beer before more than once, and don't remember this. This can't be normal...maybe this is a bad bottle? A lot of me almost doesn't want to drink this, because I don't want to risk getting sick. But it's probably just a very yeasty bottle...won't hurt me, but might affect the taste. Anyway, anytime a beer makes me afraid to drink it, that's bad in my book.

Smell - 3.5/5
Chocolate, roastiness, hops.

Taste - 3.5/5
The dominant flavors are smokiness, hops and some roasty malts. In betwen light and moderate sweetness. I don't remember this beer being this smoky before, and not sure if I like it here.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Smooth, light carbonation. In between light and medium bodied. The bottle says the brew is creamy, but it seems to me to be more in the middle, in between creamy and crisp. Overall, I am giving this beer points for its smoothness and drinkibility.

Overall - 3.9/5
I am giving this beer a higher overall rating, because overall it really was a decent beer. It just looked crazy weird which is going to skew this rating. I definitely will have to try again and see if the weird particles are always in this beer.

Photo of BillyGam
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A light smooth stout with a clean taste.

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,146 ratings.