New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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2,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,149
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 78
Gots: 298 | 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 phisig137
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly deep black, that lets a good amount of light through around the edges. Creamy two finger head has decent retention, and leaves behind a little lacing, and a small blanket of foam on top.

Aroma is odd. Toasted malts, biscuits, fresh bread, and quite a bit of fruity esters from the yeast. This smells like it was fermented hot. Nice malt aromas, but the fruity aromas kill it.

Flavor is much the same. Nice malty backbone with good toasty flavors, but the yeast esters kill it. No roasted malt flavors, and no hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for being an oatmeal stout. Drinkability is pretty good.

This is a decent beer, but not great. Not nearly as impressive as New Holland's Big Beer series.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a hotel room glass. The beer was deep black color with very light tan foam, thick and wet looking. The aroma was really good, mostly chocolate with malt. The flavor was chocolate with a hint of roast malt, but the best part was the velvety smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Incredible and tasty.

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

Thanks to BuckEyeNation for this one.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, small fizzy tan head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of roasted malts, hops, slight vanilla, and chocolate/coffee. The taste follows the nose, nice roasted flavor with some nice chocolate/coffee taste. The finish is kinda dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice oatmeal stout, recommended.

Photo of benmiliron
2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is I believe my first stout from New Holland. Pours a deep brown with a dark head that vanishes quickly. No lacing to speak of. Some reddish hue in the right light. Smell is charcoal, burnt malt, coffee. Taste is also charcoal, burnt coffee, some oatmeal character in the back. Mouthfeel is over carbonated and sticky.

Not a good offering from New Holland.

Photo of terrabyte
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown beer with a medium-sized light-tan head. Due to the purple label, the dark color seemed to have purple highlights (Just my imagination)

Aroma has a very nice, unique chocolate smell. A slight hint of coffee.

Unlike the aroma, the flavor hardly tasted like sweet chocolate or coffee at all. Instead it had a harsh, burnt oat taste. Oatmeal. Gruel, in fact.

Mouthful is nice and thick. A bit over-carbonated, and sticky.

Drinkability is only Ok. The flavors seem thick and sludgy instead of welcoming.

Overall, I found this beer much more interesting than I did enjoyable. Sometimes I felt like I had to stop drinking the beer in order to taste it. I guess I just found it quite unique, and found the experience new, fun and enjoyable. A great one to sample, but not something I’d come back to again and again.

Photo of Vancer
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black pour, topped by a small, but lacey ivory head.

A matly aroma, of course, but a nice dose of anise pops in there – almost RIS style. And yep, it’s in the quaff too. This lil’ frosty is boardline RIS, so for a oaty it’s really pushing it.

Thick and rich, this is more of a slow sipper than session drinker. Still, very good by a fire on a cold winter nite – says the black birdie on the label.

I’m guessing 6%, I feel a lil’ alcohol tinge on the tongue – in a pleasant way.

Photo of Magpie14
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appernace: very dark brown color with creamy, soft mocha colored head. Decent retention and lacing was a bit chunky.

Smell: roasted coffee and creamy malt smell. A very soft sort of milky chocolate nose as well.

Taste: I have always enjoyed this beer! Flavors are balanced overall and evenly thin. When I say thin I mean that coffee, chocolate flavor is smooth along with a small bite of hops. Hops give a woody flavor that is very sutle to balance things out. Creamy malts add the perfect overall flavor and it is all blended deliciously together.

Mouthfeel: great body and carbonation, very...very drinkable. Not heavy at all and goes down really easy. I could see that big stout fans might think this beer is a bit weak, not very rich and robust. But this is a great drinker!

A very solid beer from NHBC and always finds its way in my fridge!

Photo of garymuchow
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For whatever it's worth the glue job on the neck label was pour with glue (I assume) dried on the outside of the bottle. Cap states "Art in fermented form" Well said.
Aroma not quite as rich or powerful as I would expect with this style. In fact the aroma is quite hard to detect. Dark malt with roast qualities is all I can pick up.
Black, although deep red if held to the light and seems clear. Tan head of smaller size that settles to a film.
Flavors starts quickly sweet and moves to a roast that also quickly moves to oats, slight bitterness and finishes rather quickly with very little length to close. Some roast with nice coffee flavors and a little chocolate, with the latter quite fleeting.
Thin feel with a quickly disappearing carbonation that starts out as though there is an abundance.
The word rich is often used to describe this style (and in fact the labels use it too), but there is nothing rich in this sample. In fact it's quite dull and uninspiring. As it warms more character appears, but not enough to create much excitement. It goes down easy, but is that what I want an oatmeal stout to be remembered by?

Photo of malcontent
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a healthy amount of head which retreats into a thin ring of lacing. The way an oatmeal stout should look.

Oh, yes. THIS is what I want an oatmeal stout to smell like; chocolate, toffee, espresso, toated oats...mmm, great.

Oooh! It come thisclose to getting it right but slips up just a bit; the toasted oat taste comes off more as a burnt one in the end. Still, there is a lot going on here that gets it correct. Not a sweet maltiness, but a mellow, earthy character that has a nice bread quality about it. Finishes very dry with a touch of coffee on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nicely crisp but still thick enough to be a good oatmeal stout. I would have another.

Photo of gmfessen
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer out of the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very dark amber brown - almost black. The beer has a foamy head with small bits of lacing. The smell is not overwhelming but is of burnt chocolate and hops. The taste is also of burnt malt and is very hoppy, not what I had expected from an oatmeal stout. I guess this helps compensate for the large amount of malt needed to achieve the 6.5%. The mouthfeel is great, full bodied with creamy carbonation. Overall I would have to say this is a very drinkable beer.

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

Arrived at my table a dark brown with a light brown head that's about a finger thick. Smells of highly roasted malts, mocha and vanilla. Tastes of mildly bitter coffee and roasty malt followed by bittersweet cocoa. Medium bodied, oily and lightly carbonated. A very nice oatmeal stout. I was rather surprised to see it listed at 6.5%. This is a good stout to enjoy on a chilly night with a few pieces of dark chocolate.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have come to expect good things from New Holland. This stout does not disapoint. Pours a lightly viscous, opaque dark brown with retention and lacing to match. Smells rich and creamy with roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes similarly, but with more boldness in the roasted, coffee, chocolate tones than in the malt sweet or milk sweet flavors. Feels silky and full, and remaining firm throughout. Tempered with bitterness from the grains and subtle hops. Lingers with coffee and chocolate. Reminds me of a London Porter, but with heavier body, and bolder roastedness. A terrific beer.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown/black with ruby highlights and very little head.

S - Sweet chocolate, creamy milk, bitter coffee grounds and a slight astringent roastiness.

T - Bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, slight smokiness, creamy milk and oats and a slight astringent bitter finish.

M - Creamy and almost chewy. Lightly carbonated.

D - A nice stout with a good combo of bitter, roasty flavors mixed in with sweet milk and creamy oats.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, Acquired from Shbobdb in a huge and excellent trade. The Liquid is a deep dark brown, with excessive carbonation. (could be heat damage from the summer journey). The head is huge and uncontrollable. Once it settles there is a fluffy 3 finger Rocky, No cratorous moonscape surface head that is dark tan with some lace.

The smell is roasty toasty malty goodness, maybe a hint of alcohol.

The taste follows very toasty but not burnt, Very very good, slightly sweet. as it should be.

The mouthfeel is a little, over fizzy and then later kinda flat. body in OK. Not bad altogether.

The drinkability is good it's a fine example of a very drinkable style. This one is good maybe even vary good. Thanks Shbobdb, I liked it and would buy it. Prosit MK

Photo of xav33
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland The Poet
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, prosed 10/06
Medium pour in a dimpled mug.

Poured black with brown highlights, with a medium light brown frothy quickly diminishing head with a tiny lacing ring.

Smelt of light roasted grain and coffee.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet roast and nuts with mild chocolate feel followed by a nutty taste and light bitter coffee taste with a slightly sour soy sauce that transforms into an average length light dark chocolate finish with a perfumey hop kick. Mouthfeel was light to medium, oily, softly carbonated and slight astringency.

Overall, a fairly easy going standard oatmeal stout, kinda light, simple and short, but drinkable in the summer.

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

Poured from the bottle into a half-pint glass, this is a very dark brown with a ruby red tint to it. It was clear and had minimal head and lacing. There was a sweet malty smell. The taste includes chocolate, plum brandy, as well a creamy malty smoothness. True to style, there is virtually no hop taste. The mouthfeel is just about perfect. This is very drinkable and is a fine all-occasion oatmeal stout.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a long thin flute)

A- This beer pours a jet inky black that doesn't even let light through during the pour. The thin tan head fades to a ring and there are a lots of tiny bubbles that stick to the edge of the glass and then fade into the abyss.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt had a deep aroma with strong coffee notes.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt and grain has a good depth to it with a coffee note that really comes through strong. There is a faint taste of sherry, alder smoke and a note of tar as it warms. The finish is a light sour note with a black malt aftertaste that hangs on the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a very creamy almost chewy texture. There is a tight little fizz in the finish but no alcohol warmth at all.

D- This beer is dark and stoic with a good complexity in the dark malts but it is well blended. The coffee is a strong flavor but it does not interfere with the black malt flavors. This was a very smooth finish with no alcohol heat but the malt bitterness did a nice job of balancing the other malt flavors.

Photo of dfried
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty black in color but you can see some ruby through the thicker parts of the glass. The coco like head dropped quickly to a ring. The aroma was of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, but not too pungent. Definitely an oatmeal stout, the taste was mainly sweet and cherry like, with a body that wasn't all that rich and creamy up front, but roasted coffee and charcole like flavors lingered in the background. The mouthfeel takes a hit with the beer having lower carbonation. High quality stout all in all, but it didn't really impress me.

Photo of hanco005
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date indicated, poured into my Guinness pint glass

A—solid black with a ½ inch fizzy tan head that fades down after a few minutes, spotty lacing is produced

S—chocolate and coffee are blended nice in the nose. Nothing else is really distinct

T—sweeter that I expected, chocolate and roasted coffee again and again, blended very well, mild nutty flavor comes out at the end

M—smooth and creamy, medium/fuller bodied, a little flat in the carbonation

D—a good stout that I would have again. Very drinkable.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks nice with a near black body, frothy tan head that creates a nice cascading effect while forming. The smell is pretty average, but the taste is very good, with a very sweet stout forming, milk chcolate and oatmeal, for sure. Undercarbonated, and drinkability suffers (I don't think I could have to many of these. Above average.

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

This poured with a big, deep-tan/light-brown head that reduced quickly to wispiness. The color was a deep brown with garnet highlights. The nose was chocolaty and malty with a light smokiness. The mouthfeel was medium with a really chocolaty sweeteness on the tongue. The finish had a light charcoal aspect to it. I also noted a coffee-like taste, especially on the finish.

Photo of ADR
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep black with a slight bit of orange highlights, essentially opaque. Small head, flat and under 1/2 an inch and less than a minute's duration. Laces in slipping fat stripes. Good aroma, roasted java and some caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation a little less than average. Flavor lacks some omph, bitterness like weak instant coffee. Finishes with a twang and a slight raggedy sense as the mouthfeel decomposes a bit. Actually, a good bit of a chocolate overtone at the end and lingering into the aftertaste. Pretty serviceable example of the style, but not among the more elite that I have tried. This is not a bad beer to hold up and compare side-to-side with Goose Island Oatmeal Stout, and its not as good in most categories.

Photo of jhammerly
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackness fills the glass with a nice cocoa head a couple of fingers thick. head retains for a bit, then dwindles down to a thin lace hugging the glass (and its sides). A slight roasted smell that touches the nose very lightly. Taste of burnt, roasted malt with a tingle of hops at the end. A dry finish with some taste that lingers a bit. A very drinkable stout due to its medium body.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black, with dark ruby highights. Creamy biege one finger head shows decent retention and leaves spotty lacing. Mild aroma of roasted barley and faint wine fusels. Big roasted barley sweetness upfront with a stiff charred flavor that follows. Extra dry aftertaste, bitter coffee dry hop-bitterness and roasted malt balance the flavor very well. Low carbonation and med-full body allow a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel, packed with sweet and burnt flavor. Finishes both residual and very dry with herbal hops and a hint of vinous; more like a RIS or Export than an Oatmel Stout, so the drinkability suffers a little.

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

pours a deep brown, nearly black, colour with a quarter inch of thick tan head. this slowly fades to a ring of lace around the glass.

aroma is nice. malty and roasty. bit of caramel.

taste is good. big and malty, with some nice roast too. caramel. dark chocolate. biscuity malt. bit of coffee, especially as it warms.

good mouthfeel. fairly big, and smooth. roast level is low, so no real astringency present.

drinkability is good. it's big, but only 6.5%, so the two balance out ok.

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,149 ratings.