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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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707 Reviews

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Reviews: 707
Hads: 2,235
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 79
Gots: 350 | FT: 3
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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Reviews: 707 | Hads: 2,235
Photo of Steaks
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i killed this guy over at nachbar this past weekend and i must say he was pretty delicious. he poured a nice solid brown with a light brown head. the smell is nutty, but not particularly representative of an oatmeal stout. the taste is good, but it could be a lot fuller and stronger. the beer isn't watery by any means, but i would rather drink a thicker stout.

this is a decent oatmeal stout, but there's no reason to drink it when you can get samuel smith's instead. thta's where its at.

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Photo of taez555
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a pitch black body with a nice dark tan head.

Nose is a mix of chocolate, some coffee, fresh grain and very mild touches of smoke.

Taste is medium bodied with a rich dark malt flavor. Lots of dark toasted grain, milk chocolate, a nice oatmeal grain taste and coarseness. There's some dark fireplace brick burnt, mildly smokey flavor as well. Hops are kept to a minimum and there's just enough bitterness to give it some balance without ever going overboard.

This is a great oatmeal stout from a brewery I wish would distribute to Massachusetts. (had to pick it up when I visited my in-laws in IL). Just an overall great oatmeal stout. More please.

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Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Route 6 Liquors

The Poet pours chestnut brown with mahogany highlights when directly backlit. A one finger beige head appeared on the pour and settled to a respectable cap. The head leaves some patchy lacing here and there. This is a good looking beer.

Smell is much different than I expected. There's a lot of hazelnut, so much so I'm reminded of Rogue's Hazelnut Nectar (which I like by the way). There's some roasted maltiness in the distance with some mild coffee grounds but for the most part hazelnut dominates.

Now this tastes a lot more like an oatmeal stout than the nose led me to believe. Roasted maltiness is in perfect harmony with a wave of freshly brewed coffee. There's still a touch of the hazelnut but seems to stay in the background and compliment instead of dominate.

The mouthfeel is just what you want from a stout and without a doubt the oatmeal plays a role. There's a silky smooth and slick body that's on the heavier side of medium.

I could easily sit down and drink a few of these in a session. The moderate body and silkiness helps without a doubt.

The Poet turned out to be a pretty solid stout from New Holland. I would pick this up again when in the mood for an oatmeal stout. The Poet is unique for the style.

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Photo of hrking
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at Teller's in Hyde Park ( a suburb of Cincinnati) and it was superb. I had this in a bottle as well though it's good it's far better on draft..Alcohol is well hidden and almost non present as are most oatmeal stouts.Goes down smooth with just a slight hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.If you're a huge stout fan like myself I recommend giving this one a try if you get the chance especially on draft!

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

Nearly black with ruby highlights in the bottom of the glass. The head is tan and one finger, fairly loose and dies quickly.
Aroma consits of roasted malt presence along with sweetness of toasted oats and bitter chocolate malts. A very light piney hop presence seems to come out more as this beer warms up a bit. The taste is a nice balance of roasted malts and coffee, with the sweetness of the oats and chocolate malts. The finish is just a touch bitter and has very faint mint cooling along with it. The feel of this one is medium, but with a great smoothness to it, as well as a creaminess from big bubbled carbonation.
The balance of this one is what impressed me the most. No one part overshadows another. Much respect for this brew. Well done New Holland.

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

12oz bottle poured into a 8oz hote water glass, but heck at least it was a glass right?

A - This one poured a very nice and very thick looking dark brown with a large tan colored head gracing the top and rising to a height of around two fingers until it gradually faded and left behind a thin film across the top and more the adequate side glass lace that clouded up the glass very nicely throughout the entire session.

S - The aroma was simply awesome. This is exactly the type of thing I want in an oatmeal stout. The first thing I noticed was a very nice and dominant aroma of chocolate which suprised me a bit as I did not know this would be in there. As I got past that I started to notice a little more of the sweet lactose sugar and a touch of vanilla even strting to come through in the aroma. As it warmed soem more sweetness and a touch of lactose suagr started to come through as well as the oatmel like smell, this is what it was all about.

T - The flavor followed along with the aroma damn near perfectly. This was about as full of an ooatmela stout as I have had lately and was just really an eye opener so to speak. I really thought the nice touch of chocolate up front was really well played and only helped to add to the overall feel of it. There were hints of cookie dough and vanilla generously scattered throughout the taste which just rippled with sweetness and fullness and really never did quit or let you down..The finish was a touch sweet as well, not nearly drying out as much as I thought it wwould but rather stying full and sweet.

M - Simply great with a smooth creamy full body that just was a wonderful beer to sit down and drink. The carbonation never let up and it never got boring or stale an by no means was this coming off as thin in any way. A rich creamy feel that fit the style perfectly and opened me up to the rest of it.

D - Just amazing that something with this full of a feel and flavor profile would be soo damn drinkable. I really could have treated this one as a session beer, and probably really should have as it was just amazing. A really finely crafted example of the style.

Overall I thought that this one was excellent. I have been dissapointed by the style as of late and this one came along and really brought it all back for me. A really fine nd well crafted oatmeal stout that had just the right amount of everything. I would have no issue in having this one again anyday.

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

I give this one props for the cool literary reference. However, the
important thing here is the taste, right? Well, this medium-bodied
stout has a characteristic burnt-chocolate/coffee taste, with a
lingering (though not too complex) finish. It's a solid, if
unremarkable stout.

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Photo of trentley87
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a mug. The bottle has a raven on it this year (FYI).

A: Pours very dark, nearly black, with slight amber tones. A slightly more vigorous than usual pour leaves about 2 fingers thick of frothy tan head. Generous lacing. Retains about 1/4" head all the way down. A very attractive beer.

S: Not aggressive in any particular aspect. A pleasant, earthy smell that isn't what I expected but appetizing nonetheless. Hints of coffee.

T: Delicious and complex. Starts slowly and slightly sweet and builds to a slightly burnt, coffee flavor with a nice bitter finish. The aftertaste is where I detect most of the malt (and some chocolate) as the bitter fades to a long lasting sweetness. As it warms more alcohol flavor becomes present.

M: The first one of these I drank seemed watery and overcarbonated, however, this last bottle has changed my mind. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with just about perfect carbonation and lots of nice tiny, tingly bubbles.

D: An excellent stout (but where's the oatmeal?). I'm satisfied with one of these but I'm sure I could drink several in the course of the night. At $9+ a sixer on a college budget, that isn't really an option for me :). Will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of sjohansen
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get this bottle in a mixed case from a holiday club.

Pours a nice thick black, a thin layer of head that disappears quickly. There is good lacing that sticks to the side of the snifter.

The notes in the nose are very sweet. Chocolate and coffee, but something else that is almost fruity.

The only word to describe this stout is sweet. Sweet from the first sip, all the way through the finish. The smell I was getting in the nose was oranges, sweet like clementines with no bitterness. And of course, chocolate and roasted coffee. There isn’t very much carbonation, has a mouthfeel that’s the same, slick but not watery; I would actually describe it as soft.

Great stout. For me, not enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, but definitely something I would like to have again.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown reminiscent of a porter. It's head is a little weak, however, the taste is whats the most important and it doesn't lack in that arena. The smell is nowhere to be found BUT like I mentioned the taste is the most important. I really enjoy the coffee taste and the smokey hints that make up the start of this brew. I'm surprised by this brews low rating considering its amazing taste.

Overall this drinkable brew is full of taste. I would try this again any day. Grab this brew. Enjoy!


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Photo of Oxymoron
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

And you didn’t even know it. Poured a typical black color with some cloudy aspects and red hues on the sides. Decent pour with a nice head and good retention staying through the entire tasting on the side of the glass.

The nose at first was very light with underlining malt aromas, but as the beer warmed more stout like aromas appeared. Some roasted and caramel notes as well as chocolate touches. Not much on the sweet or oatmeal essence.

The taste brings out more roast flavors and very limited oatmeal or even silky-like flavors that you see in oatmeal stouts. Feels more of an American Stout with chocolate and roasted flavors coming out strong. More bitterness on the malt side and touches of DMS as well.

The body is body overall. Some chewy textures but I still would have liked more of a silky flavor for an oatmeal stout. Overall, rather disappointed.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from Abe's in Bethlehem as part of a mixed six-pack ($10.99). Pours dark brown from the bottle, looks more black in the glass with two fingers of tan head that fades to a thin cap that stays for the length of the beer and leaves just a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell is pretty standard for a stout: dark, roasted malts, some coffee, not too aggresive or bitter. Taste is very similar, also not very aggresive (which i think i would have liked here). Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and this is very drinkable. I don't particularly like stouts--this is a good one, but i didn't like it as much as anderson valleys.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head. The aroma is dark and roasted malts and coffee. The taste much like the aroma is dark and roasty with a very pleasant smoothness that is characteristic of the good oatmeal stouts. Overall, this is a very good beer that is highly recommended.

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

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- Thin tan head atop a black brew with hints of brown at the edges. Nice sticky rings left in the glass.

S- Scent of coffee, chocolate, and oats. Roasted malt aroma with some fruity scents.

T- More coffee and oat flavors. Light hops leave a clean finish.

M- Light to medium carbonation help with smooth feel.

D- Easy drinker. Something I could fit into my regular stout rotation.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear and dark brown hued on the pour, opaque in the pint glass. Attractive tan head leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma of oatmeal, milk chocolate, and a hint of roasty coffee. Very nice mouthfeel has a full medium body, moderate carbonation, and smooth grainy oats. Milk chocolate and oats dominate the taste. The oats are a major player in this one, serving up a soft but grainy character. Fruity hops add a note of ripe orange. Nice roasty coffee bitterness on the finish. A very nice sipper on a cool autumn evening.

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

Pours out nice, with a fair amount of head, although a bit short for a stout. Little lacing, but a nice dark brown color. Nice smell, you can really detect the oatmeal, but the down side is that you don't get a lot of the normal stout scents (roasted, chocolate, or caramel), Good taste, again the oatmeal dominates, leaving just small hints of chocolate in the flavor. Excellent if you really prefer the oatmeal flavor in an oatmeal stout (which I do). Goes down smooth, but a little bitter in the aftertaste.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams specialty pint glass.
A: Rather dark brown color, hinging on jet black towards the top. A full 1.5 inches of foamy/frothy beige head sits atop the beer and settles slowly.
S: The prevalent scent is a mix of nutty, earthy malts and a very slight hint of floral/grassy hops. Slightly stronger whiffs reveal a nut/grain scent that is strangely metallic.
T: Nutty and filling at first, with hints of chocolate. The middle raises the chocolate taste and adds a mix of earthy grains and very subtle, woody sweetness. The finish continues a tiny version of the initial tastes. Overall, the taste is pleasant and reasonable; especially, after warming, it seems more pleasurable and enticing.
M: Smooth and satisfying up front. For a heavy beer with plenty of malt character, this feels quite manageable and pleasant.
D: Pretty good. Although the taste is fine but not great, the mouthfeel is super for a brew of this weight/complexity.
Overall, pretty good for an Oatmeal Stout. Somewhat surprisingly, it doesn't smell all that great, but the taste is good, and leaves me wanting more. My first brew from New Holland, and I'll be looking for more, for sure.

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

A - A frothy chocolate milk hued head rises to two fingers and stays there for quite some time. The head looks solid and dense, and the brew beneath it is black as night but shows the tiniest bit of reddish brown when held to the light. Copious amounts of lace coat the glass after swirling, and the head just stays put like a good head should. A damn fine lookin' brew!

S - Nicely roasted grains waft above a solid milk chocolate base note, and that milky chocolate scent along with a gritty grainy note gives this one's oatmeal roots away. Smells like chocolate milk made with Hershey's Special Dark chocolate syrup....and loads of it! Some ashy charcoal note are there, but only faintly. Those sooty notes really add complexity to the nose.

T - The campfire soot notes really pick up on the tongue, and the milk chocolate takes a back seat to the roasted cereal grains. This campfire flavor makes me think of all those good times in college when I pretty much lived off of brats and burgers on the grill every fall. There is a faint tobacco flavor with some soy sauce too....like the salty wrap leaf on a good cigar. I'm a bit disappointed that the dark chocolate flavors in the nose don't really carry over to the flavor, but this is still a very tasty and complex brew!

M - Full bodied, creamy, and oily after the swallow with a low level of carbonation. Tons of residual dextrin is left coating my teeth, and the finish is only very slightly dry and reminds me of espresso shots. Feels like a meal in a bottle.

D - A damn fine oatmeal stout! The nose on this one is to die for, and while the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma, it's a very autumnal and quaffable brew. A bit filling for a session, but that filing full bodied texture is what oatmeal stouts are all about!

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Photo of seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from SPLITGRIN, thanks buddy.

Pours dark. Almost an inch of milk coffee colored foam. The aroma is a bit subtle which coffee, toffee, chocolate, and roasted malts but it all intensifies a bit after it warms up. Tastes very similar to the aroma and just a little light on the mouthfeel but has a pleasant, creamy aftertaste due to the oatmeal. An average Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of adams82
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with ruby highlights with a filmy off white or tan head. Yep, that's a stout that I just poured!

Smells chocolaty and roasty, hints of black licorice and coco, toasty... Very inviting!

Roasted malt dominates, followed by chocolate and coffee notes and finishing with a pleasant and upfront citric hop bitterness. Very nice balance in the flavour of this beer, very well crafted. I haven't had a nice hoppy stout in a while, so this is really hitting the spot.

Very smooth beer, which shouldn't be a surprise given the style... Full bodied and upfront, this stout really delivers the goods and will probably be a main stay in my beer fridge now that I've given it a shot. Very, very well done.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. The head formed to about 1" of frothy tan over an ebony brew. The foam held on for quite a while and left thick lacing behind as it dissipated.

The nose was caramel and coffee.

The taste was sweet caramel/malt with a slight hint of dark chocolate. Just a twinge of burnt bitterness follows.

The mouthfeel: NICE: Good carbonation level.... not too fizzy at all. Nice palate coating and aftertaste.

Drinkability: Recommended. Good quaff.

12/26/07 EDIT:
Though that I would do a little experiment. Try a RIS and then an Oatmeal Stout.... for this, I tried a Victory Storm King RIS and then this.... New Holland - The Poet.

So pouring the poet into my pint glass, I noticed that the head was more active.... and a similar pour resulted in a bigger head... Victory: 1"; New Holland: 2". The color of the foam was a light beige in this case. The lacing was more pronounced with the RIS... but the New Holland OS left some nice lacing as well. The beer was ebony in color. The New Holland Poet was less opaque than the Victory Stom King. When held to a bright light source, the Poet showed a fair bit of Ruby highlights.

Smell: The aroma is more subdued with the Poet as opposed to the Storm King. The Poet smells more smokey than the Storm King.

The taste: The Poet is sweeter than the Storm King. Both have a smokey character to them.... MUCH more so with the Storm King. The Poet has a touch of sweetness that provides a better balance. Tastes in the Poet include: smoke, coffee, followed by a sweet-ish chocolate.

Poet: Somewhat thin. NOT overly so...
Storm King: Somewhat thick. Medium.

Poet: Have these all day. Easy to drink. Tasty.
Storm King: More of a sipper.... still a solid brew. A little too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this beer from jasonm, through the JBIF (thankyou). Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a deep black with ruby tints when held up to the light. About a solid finger of coffee ice cream colored head formed and slowly faded. Left a good amount of thick lace on the glass. Smell was of butterscotch, flaked oats, licorice and spice. Almost like an oatmeal cookie, but with some maple syrup. Taste was a bit bitter up front. Short notes of butterscotch, maple, oats, with maybe just a touch of chocolate. Flavors complimented eachother nicely. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, but thickened a bit as the beer warmed. Nice medium body that was quite pleasant. Minimal carbonation. Very good drinkability. Definitely an oatmeal stout I'd drink again.

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Photo of number1bum
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black, with some deep red hues around the edges. A creamy full finger of tan head builds and the retention is excellent, leaving a good lace and plenty of stick.

Smell is semi-sweet chocolate malt as well as some roasted malt and charcoal.

Taste is moderately sweet and very smooth. Again some semi-sweet chocolate, some subtle charcoal and coffee, and a little hop twang toward the end to balance out the finish. Medium bodied and very creamy; feels awesome in the mouth. Tasty, solid brew and one I'd have again.

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

Dark brown glaze with dark amber edges. Delicate topping of sandy brown spongy foam sits about a finger high. Slips to a good skim thats always present and the lacing is super thin and boney fingered in fine strings and some spots.

Aroma is lightly present of cocoa, burnt oaty sweetness, and some dry leafy hops. A bit of strange peppery heat lays within the alcoholic hints.

Taste is pretty full with a good amount of heavy roasted malts, coffee ascents, partial oaty sweetness, burnt offerings of the baked goods variety, some dry chocolate rounds off the end as bitterness from roast and hops makes a good stand at the finish. Strong finish on this one. Quite complex and lasting with all sorts of roast, chocolate, and dryness ensuing for good length. The oaty girth is pretty solid as it warms and is quite nice at that point.

Feel is just about medium with a smooth but fevered pitch of heft and carbonation bite. Nice tone to it and stays solid throughout without much empty areas to it. Grand stand finish with lots of complexing action in the roasty stuff.

Once this warms up it becomes unholy good and very nice to drink. Lenghty broad flavors and plenty of oaty goodness. Just as any Oaty stout should have. Solid offering by New Holland. Very glad to see it here in MN now!

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

Pours with a chocolate head with great retention. Black with a slight touch of red from where the light is just able to penetrate. Looks tasty. The aroma is bold and upfront. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee are all fighting for your attention in the nose. Very appealing. This beer is a real treat on the pallet. Well balanced and very tasty. Roasted, chocolate, and crystal malts take the stage, as the oatmeal backs them up quite nicely. I love the sour-sweetness that oatmeal brings to a beer. I also love what oatmean does to the mouthfeel. It's like velvet on your tongue. This is one of New Holland's best brews. Definitely worth a shot.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.