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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

695 Reviews
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 2,181
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 76
Gots: 317 | 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: 695 | Hads: 2,181
Photo of BEERFANATIC81
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle from brewery. Bitter but nice light chocolate aroma. Hints of malt and coffee rolls back on the tongue upon first taste, and finishes with a little sweetness at the end . Pours with a thin smooth, creamy, tan head that fades slowly as the glass empties. Oatmeal comes through mid taste but fades quickly and adds a nice touch. Outstanding Oatmeal Stout. Recommended!!! (382 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark scarlet-black with a full tan foam.
Nose full of a roastedness, coffee, and vanilla-laced caramel.
Begins very roasty and mocha-like. Enough to prick up the ears of any stout lover. Healthy chocolate contingency. Then this voyages a path all its own. Big time black malts give a premium cola-like sweetness. Similar in some ways to a schwarzbier hybred. Light oat flakes add to this sweet impression as does the fruity yeast (Kalamazoo, anyone?). The Poet maintains high levels of roasted loveliness all the while. Tiny green hops show up at closure, though not rudely; they let the rest of the impressive aspects shine on their own.
Smooth and too quickly consumed.
A choice stout that rivals those produced by a more heralded house in Michigan.

Cheers, inebrius. (776 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a pleasant mix of oatmeal and loads of bitter chocolate. Chocolate continues into the flavor and the oatmeal becomes more assertive in both the flavor and the ultra-creamy texture. It’s almost like velvet in a glass. Hops come in at the back end and linger. Phenomenal balance with sweetness from the oats and charred malt.

Just wonderful. (351 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black to very dark brown in coloration, turns to a jaundice yellow at the rims, barely any foam nor head. Chocolate, coffee ice cream scented nose, roasted malts, never reaches bitterness, penetrates well for its overall heavy nostril presence. Medium to full-bodied, fleshier attack, afterwards the weight lifts to the mouth roof. Less coffee, more straight-up chocolate and cocoa. Toastiness persists throughout, again nothing close to bitter. Smooth and only half-creamy, moves slowly rather than cling. That said, long finish even as the dryness increases. (560 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright black under a cream to tan colored foam cap. Chocolate and coffee aromas and flavors. Very creamy texture, medium full body, medium carbonation, soft in the mouth, easy to drink (190 characters)

Photo of mmcave
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased sixer at local liquor store, no batch number or freshness date on bottle.
Chilled and poured into nonic. Two finger light khaki head, with thick clumpy lacing and decent retention. Smells is robust and aromatic, lots of earthy dirty notes definitely oatmeal and maybe some toasted barley or even hints of straw. There are subtle notes of chocolate and coffee maybe even caramel or toffee, its like a really aromatic sweet smelling piece of bark, great stuff. Taste is very pleasing lots of subtle complexity, grain and malt flavors all over, with very light bitterness, but enough to keep it interesting. Alcohol is just at the right level to let this be a nice drinking beer. The bottle suggests pearing with earthy food like mushrooms and beef. Personally I think the mushrooms sound far more interesting to eat this with. Well worth having around although, it is definitely a beer that needs to be paid attention to, so that it’s subtleties can be fully appreciated. (981 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This one pours very dark and has a head about two fingers thick dark beige in color.

Aroma: Vanilla bean, dark chocolate malts with traces of milk sugar. Hops are roasted dark but well shy of burnt. The oats give off a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Lots of chocolate malts in the front. The middle is where the vanilla makes it's self known. Hops are roasted once again quite dark. In the back is a finish of bourbon and light char and it's silky smooth.

Notes: What we have here is a very good example of what a drinkable oatmeal stout should be. Cheers. (584 characters)

Photo of ModemMisuser
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from a firkin at HopCat in Grand Rapids. The other reviews cover the technical details quite well - it's definitely on-target for color/aroma/etc for the style.

As a major stout fan, I really liked this one. I might choose it over other stouts when/where available. (275 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a solid black color with a rocky tan head that is thick and luscious looking. Lots of sticky lacing. Is this thing an imperial stout or an oatmeal stout?

What a great smell. Sweet, grainy malt, pretty big smoke presence, a peanut/pretzel thing going on too. Smells like a meal.

Very rich malty taste with very little roast until the finish. Very clean tasting. Subtle notes of chocolate, smoke and coffee though.

Very silky feel. Ever so smooth and the carbonation is just pillowy.

New Holland nailed this beer for the style. Drinks so well too. This is probably the best oatmeal stout I've had out of a bottle and maybe only second to one other overall. Great work right here. (703 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Walnut edged black under a randomly sticky khaki cap. Nose of chocolate and pistachio ice cream. A draught is sweet and roasty and full. Mocha cappucino with a hazelnut biscotti. A smooth and tasty stout fit for anytime consumption. Prime brew from the mitten state! (274 characters)

Photo of danielharper
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer tasted sometime last fall (maybe September?). Notes transcribed verbatim.

A: Black body, thick brown head.

S: Oaty, rich with chocolate malt, crisp, somewhat dry.

T: Dry chocolate malt body, rich with roasted barley, caramel malt. Dry finish.

M: Thick mouthfeel, no significant carbonation, no significant hops.

D: This beer is great in bottles, even better on cask. (377 characters)

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

This was the surprise of the night for me -- VERY well brewed! This one inspires me to seek out New Holland more thoroughly.

Appearance: Black, black, black. Imposing in the glass.

Aroma: Oatmeal, for sure. Sweet and malty with a fine balance between the two.

Taste: Nice! Chocolate predominates, with a nice slight-hop presence. I take another sip. And another...

Palate: Smooth and spritzy, just the way I like it.

Overall: This is an excellent stout! Bravo, good friends at New Holland. Here's one to revisit time and again. I'd love this with vanilla ice cream, or scallops for that matter. Or with my favorite movie. (627 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 Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black color. Poured a 1 finger soapy tan head with good retention. Laced in wide sheets.

S: Toasted malts; chocolate and coffee. Dark bread. Very strong nose.

T: Consistent with smell; chocolate and espresso. Can taste the oats. Smooth and soothing. Building hop bitter for an even finish.

M: Medium-to-full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: Very drinkable. Flavorful and smooth. (403 characters)

Photo of Tee76
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost black color, dark as night actually. Good sized light brown head forms and stays there for a bit.

S: Dark chocolate and black coffee dominate the smell, with a hint of smoke.

T: Oats, chocolate and coffee flavors are all present with a small smokey flavor at the end.Strong aftertaste though which isn't a bad thing.

M: Medium to full carbonation, but very smooth and creamy

D: Easy to enjoy, goes down nicely. I had no problems reaching for another one and then another, it's that damn good! (515 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 GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a nearly one inch head, and little random streaks of lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark, intense roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Incredible taste here, I was really pleasantly surprised. Both chocolate and coffee are big in play here, even though no chocolate and coffee were added. Great malt work here- the flavors intertwine nicely, and give the feeling of chocolate covered espresso beans. There is some nice roasty malt flavors as well, with a little bit of bitterness on the end of each sip from the hops. I also taste some vanilla as well, as well as mild smoke. How is this only 5.2% ABV? The flavor is so full.

Medium to thick body (again, how is this only 5.2%?), creamy, smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Incredibly drinkable, I didn't want to put this down.

This is a perfect example of how full, complex flavor can still be packed into beers of lower ABV. I had heard decent things about this one, but didn't know it was going to be so good. Highly recommended. (1,073 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black appearance with a frothy tan colored head. Rolled oats, wheat bread, dark chocolate, Roasted coffee beans and rich molasses are all apparent and comfortably dominant in the aroma. Soft onset of bittersweet chocolate and molasses with a thick roasted backbone on the first sip. Oatmeal, bready malts and some hints of fermented fruit make their way into the body. Chocolaty, toasty finish. Really great oatmeal stout, highly recommended! (448 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my kind of beer.
I'm very partial to oatmeal stouts in general, and this one didn't disappoint.
as it warmed up to room temp, the flavors and feel changed from a creamy sweet malty cocoa powder stout, into a roasted, dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate black beauty.
nice beer. will share & buy again in the future. maybe save one for next winter. (346 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark ruby-black with tan creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Wonderful semi-sweet chocolate aroma, with some roasted barley and oats.

Taste: Strong roasted flavor with mildly sweet chocolate, coffee, and oats. Finishes with a light hop bitterness that is almost slightly sour.

Feel: Low carbonation, fairly full body that is remarkably creamy for such a low abv beer.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable - low alcohol with lots of flavor and a sublimely smooth body. Session stouts don't get any better. (586 characters)

Photo of Shovelbum
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a chunky two finger mocha head over a black body with just a faint ruby edge. Head recedes to a manageable 1cm, which hangs around for the pint, leaving nice lace. Aromas of cocoa powder, toasted grain and light caramel. Flavor is chocolate, biscuit and toasted grain with a medium to substantial sweetness. Milder notes of vinous fruit, plum, and a subdued citric hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, body is medium full. Carbonation is soft, but noticeable. Finish is slightly dry.

This is perhaps my biggest surprise beer of the year. I had heard good things, and am an ardent supporter of New Holland’s wares, but for some reason I’ve never gotten around to trying the poet. What a mistake. This is a complex and substantial ale at a price that can’t be beat. Paired well with some Irish cheddar. (834 characters)

Photo of unionturf
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up while in SC.

Poured very dark/black with deep ruby hue when held up to the light. Small head with very good chocolate/coffee smell. MF was very smooth and taste was excellent, a very drinkable stout. This was one of my favorite stouts to date, wish I had bought more that 2 while I was there...see a road trip to SC soon. (338 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a mixed 12 pack of New Holland brews from Friar Tucks in Bloomington, IL. Going to try to review all 6 different beers that come in the mixed pack today while watching football. Drank from a generic mug while watching Boston College and Florida State. MASON under the cap.

Appearance- Pours black as night with a small crimson ring that wraps around the edges of the glass. A decent half finger lightly tan head forms leaving a decent cap and collar with bits of spotty lacing.
Smell- Some cold French roasted coffee to start with plenty of the bittersweet chocolate that usually follows the coffee nose. This beer obviously has plenty of roast as the malts smell nice and charred and smoky. Some caramel malt lends a small amount of sweetness as well.
Taste- Lovingly roasted and toasty with an acrid char that lends a bit of concentrated coffee goodness. Tinges of sweetness enter the picture with a soft caramel and vanilla woodiness. Bittersweet chocolate adds a bit of bitterness that seems to meld with the slightest of earthy hop. A soft chocolate sweetness lingers on...
Mouthfeel- Fairly significant body with a ultra smooth creaminess that is only interrupted by the slight zing from the carbonation.
Drinkability- Well this is beer 6 of 6 for tonight. #5 was really good, turns out #6 is better. I'll almost always pick a nice Stout over an IPA but I really didn't think The Poet would be able to beat out Mad Hatter. It's fantastically smooth and chocolaty/coffee-ee and just a awesome go-to Stout. Really tasty stuff! (1,541 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: a rich, silky dark black color. no light shines through. large 3 finger solid tan bubbly head

s: smell is mouth watering. dark cherries, toasted malts, black and red licorice, caramel & toffee, powdered dark chocolate, and a hint of oak

t: the taste differs from the nose a little, but is very nice. this has the most oat-flavor of any oatmeal stout i've ever head which i'm really digging. this fades into toasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate follow. that fades to a nice chocolate covered cherry and licorice flavor, followed by really nice creamy milk chocolate. the finish is toasted malt

m: medium mouthfeel, with a large amount of carbonation

o: super impressed with this. great aroma, nice, complex and well-balanced flavor that is delicious. 100% would recommend having this (803 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby glints around the edges. A 2" ivory head reduces fairly quickly with decent soapy retention down the sides.

Has a nice roasted malt smell, topped with dark coffee and chocolate, toffee and vanilla. The smell is full and pleasing.

Has a milky, smooth taste, malty, and creamy. The coffee taste is smooth, almost sweet, like warm coffee ice-cream. Sweet toffee nips at the tongue toward the end of the sip, followed by a twinge of bitter. Well balanced, this is a smooth drinking oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, quite pleasant.

Highly drinkable, I would definitely look to have this beer again. (695 characters)

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.