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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: 2,233
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: 2,233
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Derek
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Black, off-white head, not much retention, some lace.

S: Tart coffee? Roasty.

T: Fairly dry & roasty, but not burnt. Hint of fruity esters, slight tartness.

M: Moderate body is dry. Carbonation is lower than moderate. I thought it could use some more creamy smoothness (seemed like more of a dry stout than an oatmeal stout).

D: Too dry for my liking.

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

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Excellent head retention leaves a thin sticking tan lace, nearly black with glowing edges of garnet.

S- Creamy malt aroma, hints of woody charcoal and dark bakers chocolate.

T&M- Quenching crispness meets full-bodied, amazing. Touch of sweetness from the malt and oats, mild char twang with undertones of roasted coffee and dark chocolate emerge. Hop bitterness is just enough to keep thing balanced. Finishes a tad sweet.

D- By far one of the best stouts I have had to date, big and flavorful yet very drinkable at the same time.

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

You know a brew is special to me when I pour it into my vintage 8 oz glass with the raised painted owls on it. And it certainly is! This is the darkest chocolate coffee stout that I've had yet. Throw in some rolled oats and you've got a new favorite fourth meal! It's a double-barrelled swarzbier, a stout that I can imagine three guys man-handling the Keebler elf and his latest bacth of chocolate chip cookies into the wort mixer and stirring until the foam rises to the top leaving a creamsicle circle about the rim of the vat.

Poet-wise, being that is its namesake, it is Etheridge Knight: black, brunt and over-the-top sans the profanity and emotional irascibility. It's not quite as severe as joining the black panthers but there is a portent to extreme things waiting inside this bottle. Just don't drink it at the local coffee house or you might be pre-disposed to wrangle with some old man-haired poetess who reaches the divine muse via Granny Clampett and the fat man sitting in the corner perspiring poetry with a cheshire grin on his face always exclaiming with contained joy, "Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Yes. Mmmmm."

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

Poured a very dark brown, nearly black with ruby highlights when held to the light. The head was a short-lived camel colored tight foam that faded to a wispy cap. The lace was impressively thick and sticky.

The smell was sweet chocolate, sweet creamy milk, dark roasted coffee beans, and an underlying toasted smokiness.

The taste followed the same pattern as the smell, with the chocolate coming across more like bitter-sweet cocoa. The roasted smoky character in the nose translates to a very pleasant dry edge on the tongue. Mild dry hop bittering in the finish.

Medium to heavy body. Mild carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable. Highly drinkable.

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

Shared with The Rev. Bob Sr., Bob II and his son Bobby jr. - three generations of Bobs. Bob II has been a fine host showing me the area brews.

Returning from the brewery in Holland, Mi with bombers and the growler of Poet. We baked excellent homemade pizza and enjoyed a fine evening with his family.

Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose. Taste followes aroma with a 1056- Chico like fruity ester flavor.
Creamy Mouthfeel - it's nice round dextrinous body easy to hold in the mouth.
Hops well balanced and nice lingering bitterness of roasted malt and IBU's dry any sweetness.

A great brew for the Michigan winters and not bad on a spring day with pizza.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in my Victory Willie Becher pint glass.

A: Black with scarlet highlights and a tawny foamy head exhibiting slick sheets of lacing.

S: A rousing aroma filled with raw chocolate malt, cola and an earthy spiciness like dried oregano all blended with rolled oats. There is also a hint of something that's not quite anise, maybe ginger? Also musty leather?

M: Light and silky on the tongue, creamy and smooth but with a somewhat harsh finish.

T: Higher level of bitterness than I'm used to seeing in an oatmeal stout. This beer has pleasing mix of dark chocolate and fleeting notes of roasted coffee all wrapped up in an ever-so-smooth sheet of oat. Personally I'd like the earthy bitterness backed off a bit to showcase the malt a little more, but it works as is.

D: The weight and texture of this beer makes it go down a little faster than is typical for a stout. Enjoyable and quaffable.

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Photo of Brian700
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark color with a light brown head that slowly fizzles out to a ring around my glass.

The aroma is chocolately with some roasted malt.

The flavor is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Nothing over the top here. I think this one could use a bit of lactose and some more chewiness to it.

The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with medium carbonation

this is a decent beer but nothing over the top with this one.

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

Emptying my 12oz into a pint glass, this stout appears dark, but not quite black or opaque. Very dark brown / garnet in hue, with a very light colored bubbly head that jumps up to about a finger then dies down to a slight ring. Nice chocolatey aroma is first to the nostrils, followed by a heavier scent of molasses and roasty black coffee. Some subtle citric hop notes are also in the nose, always a pleasant touch. True to the nose, the flavor is big on chocolate and coffee flavors. Definitely an abundance of chocolate malt in this one - lots of roasted character here. There is a lingering toffee-like sweetness under it all, and some hops in the finish. The hops have a little orange peel bite to them, which is a nice foil to the big roasted coffee flavors. Some oatmeal comes into play in the end to even out with the hops and dry roasted flavors. Nice touch. The mouthfeel is about right for the style, but the moderate carbonation lessens it a little. Overall, a smooth creaminess is maintained. Very tasty, very easy drinking stout.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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