New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 690
Hads: 2,160
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 78
Gots: 309 | 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 PatYoda
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with not much head or lacing after a few minutes. The smell is more porterish than stouty. A creamy caramel smell is there, along with some chocolate. A minor amount of roasted malt makes an appearance. Smells tasty.

Again in the taste, I get that creaminess and the chocolate. The roasted malt does show up a bit more, but there is also a lactic aftertaste which makes me a bit wary about the style. There is some roastedness as well, but I would characterize this as more of a sweet/milk stout or even a porter, rather than an American Stout. Not that it bothers me that this is where it fell or anything as I try not to let the style influence my rating very much, but those are my thoughts. The finish has some bitterness from the roasted malt, but not much hop bitterness.

Overall this is decent. I probably wouldn't pick it up again as there are always better options. (899 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very coca cola in appearance, with a highly carbonated off white quarter inch head.

Coffee, choclate, vanilla, and slight peppermint in the nose but slightly subdued.

Coffee, espresso flavored, with a heavy cream. Oats accented with mocha. Very much like a milk stout in style. Decent amount of residual sugar. Very drinkable and refreshing. Not an overly complex stout but very well balanced in hop, malt, RS, and tannin. (429 characters)

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

12oz. bottle with a cool label of a feather pen writing a poem in big thick book. What was creative that if you look closely in the book there is a little poem about beer. To the right of the picture is information about the beer and they even give you the right temperature to drink the beer. There is no date on the front, side, or back of the label.

Appearance: When I poured it into my mug, the beer was black with ruby highlights and it had a nice 1 inch head of tan colored foam. It dissipated very slowly leaving behind plenty of lace.

Smell: Had a nice aroma of dark roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, some sweet caramel, and with a hint of coffee in the end.

Taste: It had a nice and the usual Stout taste of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, some coffee, and this all ended with a nice bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, medium bodied, some carbonation and with a not too dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: Overall a nice Stout that I could and probably will drink again. If New Holland's Stout was this good, I will have to try their other offerings. (1,088 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured dark with a ruby opaqueness to light. The head was about a finger high off creamed coffee coloration. Thin streams of lacing remained behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a very sweet chocolatey malty smell. There is bits of coffee wafting through the smell.

Taste: The beer has a very mellow medium roasted coffee and semi sweet chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very velvety and medium bodied. The beer has a semi dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable tastey beer treat. I wish I had a few more and I will surely not bypass the Poet. (659 characters)

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

pours jet black with a bit of a lacy head.
the aroma is roasty with some carmel malt and a hint of vanilla.
the flavor very pleasent, hint of chocolate, with a firm roastyness, slight bit of vanilla, ending with a hop spicyness.
the mouthfeel is nice, this is stout has substabce to it, little coating with carmelized sugar on the in side of your mouth.
this beer meet the high quality standards i expect from new holland. (426 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black in color with a few red highlights squeaking through if you hold it to the light. The head is very foamy and tan/khaki in color.

The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and sweet, roasty malts.

It has nice roastiness/nuttiness/smokiness all combining for an excellently balanced stout. Hints of vanilla and espresso are also noticeable in the flavor. Finishes with a grassy/herbal taste. Very nicely done.

The mouthfeel is nice, it could probably be a bit bigger, but I would be shrewd to complain about it. Very appealing as is.

Drinkability is awesome. I am impressed right-proper by this one. Great beer here, this is definitly my favorite brew from new holland brewery. (691 characters)

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

Pours a dark brown/red highlights, medium tan head, nice lacing. Smell is roasty, vanilla sourness, chocolate and coffee, floral. Taste is roasty, with chocolate and coffee up front, graininess and more chocolate in the finish, very roasty all the way through. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very creamy. An enjoyable stout, Thanks DrJay! (356 characters)

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

Sharp aroma I can’t really place, but it smells vaguely of the cheese wax used on expensive cheeses. Dark brown to black with a MASSIVE mocha head. Bitter fore with some very mild roastiness and even milder chocolate notes in the middle and finish. Body is thin giving this an almost porter-like feel which doesn't deliver the way I anticipated. (346 characters)

Photo of nortmand
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Red hued dark brown pour with a foam tan head.

Roasty burnt caramel smell. Rich chocolate notes.

Chocolate oatmeal from beginning to end. Slight biterness at the end.

Full bodied rich mouthfeel, nice oatmeal presence makes this beer fullbodied, but incredibly drinkable. (279 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black. No light., Good head. Top Notch.

S: Deep, rich, malt, nothing else. Maybe a sweet note, otherwise seemed average.

M: Thin like a stout, foams like a stout. not that bitter and very smooth, very good stout.

T: First thing I noticed is the alcohol, which usually is an off balance bad thing or a good thing when imperial, but the taste smoothed out to a decent stout. It did seem like a thin lager, but the toasted malt flavor, and the sharp bitter of the hops made this good, but not great. Aftertaste was a smoky flavor, that was not so good.

Above average, but not the best is how I'd rate this stout. Pretty drinkable, but there are others out there , even some that cost less, that are better impressions. (732 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, with a few ruby edges. Thick creamy off white head. Very good retention. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Creamy, milk chocolate flavor with some roasty quality as well. Seems a little thin. Low bitterness. Very drinkable. I would have liked a little more character, but this one does go down pretty easy. Not outstanding, but worth a shot. (345 characters)

Photo of maddamish
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle. Picked this up at the local Acme.

This is one of those stouts that you appreciate more and more as you drink it. Yes there is the customary chocolate/coffee notes in this stout but what this sets stout apart from the rest is the absence of bitterness.

Yes folks, this is a stout for those who don't like stouts. I could drink a lot of these in one setting and not tire of it. Not only is it friendly to the palate but it is not watery at all either. It is no Storm King when it comes to thickness but neither is it watered down.

You simply must try this stout if you are a fan of the style.

Nuff said! (634 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. New Holland's The Poet has a not quite black color with a small head. The aroma is roasty and a little sweet. This is how a stout ought to smell. The flavor is earthy coffee with chocolate and cream. Lacks the astrigency of many stouts. A little bit smoky. Some hints of fruit. Medium hop flavor and bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability. I'm really impressed with this beer. It's by far the best beer I've had from New Holland, as well as one of the better stouts I've had lately. (508 characters)

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

Dark brown with chesnut highlights and a dense, tan head. Plenty of lacing. Chocolatey, toffee, and coffee aroma with mild acidity and alcohol present. Mild flavour, dry and roasty with milk chocolate to start. Bitterness and hop leaf appear towards the end and balance nicely with the malts into the finish. Carbonation was on the low side with very fine bubbles, creamy texture with a medium body. A well-crafted beer. Very enjoyable, especially the creaminess and balanced flavour. (484 characters)

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

Poured a single from Woodman's in Madison ($1.25) into an imperial pint glass.

Head was lower than expected, maybe about 1.5cm tops. The color of the head was somewhere between ivory and tan, very beautiful; the beer itself was thick and almost almost motor oily. Well done.

Smells like booze and dark fruits with pits. Toasty and coffee and all that. Nothing too impressive though.

Tasted better than I remember, a lot like an imperial stout. Roasted malts, dark fruits, a bit sweet, and maybe coffee too. A bit watery and unpleasanty bitter after I swallow.

Great in the mouth. Smooth and creamy. I can't find much wrong with it.

Hell, I'd swill this regularly. Goes down smooth, good price, nice alcohol content. Not perfect in the flavor department, but it'd be a pleasure to have around. Another unknown brewery from Michigan giving good results. (866 characters)

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

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle sealed with a colorful crown cap. The main label has a picture of a half open book which lists a beer recipe flanked by an old style Quill pen. Listed as “The Poet Stout”. No strength and no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark black-brown body, which has a clear presentation when backlit. Soft warming sweet chestnut fold sits beneath a tan colored head. Lazy thin conditioning looks slack. Decent head retention with a lingering lace on the side walls.

Nose: Warm toasted nose, as welcome as a roaring coal fire on a cold Winters day. Coffee beans and a sweet chocolate Ice-cream fill the back end.

Taste: Cooking chocolate start with a sweet malt aspect, organic softness with some Earthy farmyard soil like flashes fill the finish with a yeasty tingle. Dark fruits threaten to break in but lay low. Bitterness lies in wait until the swallow allows it to reveal itself. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a veritable solid feel yet creamy and smooth. Tendency is for this one to exhibit a smoked coffee bean body once it warms.

Drinkability: Thoroughly enjoyable. Malty and smooth yet bold and beautiful. Good stuff.

Overall: Prior to “The Poet”, I had only had the misfortune to have had the “Phi 2005” from New Holland, a half thanks to BigHuge for that ;-). That was no welcome brew, but this was.

Highly Enjoyable! (1,384 characters)

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

Pours dark red into the glass with a light brown head of about one finger that thins out as you drink it down, little lacing. Smells of roasty coffee and brown sugar, floral hops. On the tongue you can feel the hops, tastes of roasted grain, sweet body, kind of thin. One that I will be looking forward to getting again, I recommend this stout. (344 characters)

Photo of karengarys
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours nice and dark, leaving little head. A ring sits at the edge of the glass, and a small cloud laces the top.

Smell is very chocolatey, some malts, and a bit of floral hopss.

Taste is also very chocolatey, maltey with a bit of dry hops to balance.

Mouthfeel is quite creamey.

Finish is nice and clean. The dry hop cleans the pallette very nicely.

This is one very good brew. It is rich, and complex, and has lots of character. it is all brew, no wateryness at all. I highly recommend looking for it, and trying it. DON'T pass this up if you see it!!! (573 characters)

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

Cola colored pour is almost black in the glass with a medium rich tan head that eventually leaves just a film. Smells of coffee sweetened with caramel. A good balance of sweet molasses, syrup and caramel to the roast coffee bitterness and patent malts. A nice stout that doesn't overwhelm me as so many stouts do! Moderate body is oily with thin carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a stout. (388 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blackish deep-ruby out of the bottle, with a small thin head. Distinct lace patterns at the top of the glass but not so much towards the bottom.

I am instantly hit with familiarity when I whiff this beer. Hershey's chocolate syrup, freshly cracked can of malt extract, chocolate mint herb leaf. Marmite. Cracked pepper. Roasty Cascade hop interplay.

Taste is surprisingly vinous for a stout. Interesting intermingling of twang of chocolately roast and earthy hops. Hop character is present in bittering and modest dankness, overwhelmed by lightly roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Oat and whole grain underneath.

Velvety mouthfeel makes this one go down easy, especially compared to all the imperials i've been drinking lately.

Cloying treacle flavor hinders the overall package as it warms, but not at all bad. (825 characters)

Photo of unclederby
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark ruby into my guiness pint glass. left a mocha colored head of about 1/2 inch. smells of cocoa and roasted coffee beans, a little sweet smelling too. taste is smooth and velvety, nice and chocolately, with a nice roasted malt sweetness. a bit of vanilla and oak is also perceptible. good notes of coffee, but little or no "burnt" taste. somewhat reminiscent of young's double chocolate stout, with perhaps a slightly softer mouthfeel and less the metallic tinge that that beer can have. medium bodied with good carbonation. this is quite a quaffable brew, and i could easily put down a few in a single sitting. the 6+ % abv is not at all apparent...

very well crafted, but short of outstanding. (711 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There really is no denying New Holland. They are totally overlooked, and completely underrated. This is another example of their dedication to well crafted brews. Poured out to a dark black, cherry wood red color with a nice head of about 1/2 inch. Rings of lace are consistant and nearly uniform. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas were a bit on the light side, but traces of coffee and cocoa were present, with hints of earth and wood. Very nice, but way too light. Taste was a five. Amazing. Flavors of cofffee beans, roasted malts, medium pepper, rich wood, thick caramel and hidden hop bitterness make the taste astounding. Quite possibly the best stout I think I have ever had. Mouthfeel was rich, but not overly thick or heavy. Very good drinkability, I wish this was easier to find in South Eastern Michigan. This brew could give Bell's Kalamazoo Stout or Expedition Stout a run for their money! Highly Recommended. (924 characters)

Photo of battlekow
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying a few new stouts, North Coast's Old #38 and Mendocino's Black Hawk in addition to this one.

The Poet pours a porterish near-black, shining ruby red when held up to the light. It's got an off-white head that provides good lacing. Visually, the Poet and Old #38 are indistinguishable.

The Poet smells stronger, but not as good, I think. Too sweet with chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Same with the flavor--it's really smooth, but tastes like roasted grape juice. Not as robust as I was hoping.

Medium body, good mouthfeel, a very easy-drinking stout, but not something I'd go a long way to seek out. (615 characters)

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

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Black with a nice fat head of tan that falls to a couple centimeters but never really dies. Thick, sheeted lace left in its wake.

Smells dark and roasty, slight smoke aroma with some milk and cocoa. Sweet with some hoppy bitterness in the back. Nice!

Moderately roasted malts that carry a taste of smoke and cocoa upfront. There's a pinch of baker's chocolate in the mix as well. Growing bitterness from middle to finish that competes with the malts but doesn't over power them, both work in harmony in the end.

Nice smooth mouth. No oils or anything left to chew on. Carbonation peeks through enough without causing any unwanted bite. Damn good and sessionable. (707 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle

Appearance: Dark Brown with ruby highlights when the light strikes just right. Off white head that disapated quickly, but left nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Roasty, coffee aromas strike first. Hot Chocolate smell wafts through. There are some sweet caramel aromas and maybe a hit of sharp alcohol.

Taste: There are burnt coffee beans and dark chocolate on the beginning of the taste. The mouthfeel is solid and the finish is smooth with slight lingering roasty bitterness. I note some cherry or plum fruit along with the coffee and chocolate.

Notes: This is a solid stout. I would not shy away from this one. (640 characters)

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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