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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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2,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,064
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 74
Gots: 247 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 2,064 | Reviews: 701
Photo of BWH3
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep purely brown stout with a moderate brown head that fades a touch too fast.

S: Mainly a dark/bitter sweet chocolate and the roast grain ash flavor.

T: Same as aroma which is not that amazing. What is remarkable are the creaminess and smoothness from the oatmeal.

M: Nicely still and not too heavy despite the big flavor.

D: Very sessionable stout.

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

12oz bottle with a raven on it. Rapping, tapping, at my chamber door...

Pours a dark blackish brown with deep hued gleams around the glass. Light tan half inch head settles to bubbly film.

Lightly sweet dark grains come forward on the nose, with darker fruits of raisin and prune. Something warmer and darker in the back, with a smell almost like rhubarb.

Taste is smooth, sitting lightly sweet and grainy, with some burnt malt finish. Nothing over done, or under for that matter. I think the best characteristic of the taste is that it's exactly what I expected.

Feel is rather medium bodied, not too much there, with a nice smooth carbonation.

Very drinkable, with great taste and balance. Again, almost exactly what I expected from this beer, Quoth the Raven, 'Nothing More'

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.

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Drank this in a brandy snifter - really helped to open up the aromas. Pours an opaque black with ruby edges. Small, off-white head. Little to no retention. Smells and tastes of the oatmeal (big fan of that), dark chocolate, coffee, molasses. Nice complexity to it, and it really morphed as it warmed up. Nice center of the oatmeal. Mouthfeel is a tad more watery than I prefer, but it by no means hurts the experience. Overall, a fine example of the style, great offering from New Holland, and I would happily pick up another.

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

Pours nearly black in color with a fluffy tan head that fades to a 1/8" head that leaves some lacing. Crimson highlights if held up to the light. Scorchy chocolate, crystal and black patent malt aromas including some maple toffee and chicory notes. Lightly sweet upfront, and then the roasted character makes its way through. Oatmeal is more evident nearer the finish as some residual sweetness returns. Very tasty. Medium-bodied, yet creamy, without weighing the drinker down. It's almost like a cross between Dogfish's Chicory Stout and Rogue's Shakespeare, but unique in it's own right.

Photo of tb4475
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of HopHobo poured into a snifter.

This one pours dark, dark brown out of the glass but settles to black in the glass. The head is small and tan and leaves a small cap with a little bit of lacing. The smell is burnt malts and coffee with a bit of oatmeal and chocolate. The taste is a little bitter with the burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. There's a little bit more sweetness than in the aroma with some sweet malts and tad bit of nuttiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation. This is a very good stout and super smooth. Nice.

Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black with a bubbly tan head that quickly becomes a crown. exactly what i was expecting

S- oats, roasted malts, a bit of coffee

T- just how it smells with some chocolate in there too.

M- thicker than expected which is a good thing. very creamy and smooth

D- very enjoyable and easy to see myself having a few of.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured nearly black with a very dark brown quality to it as well. Held up to a very strong light, this beer looked like dark cola. With an aggressive pour I was only able to coax about 1/2" of tan head from this one, and that dropped to zero in a few minutes.

S= Lots of roasted malt and grain aromas in there. Also some bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops.

T= Initially I thought this stout was going to be too bitter from the big presence of roasted malt and dark chocolate upfront. Then about halfway through each swallow it sweetened just enough to take the edge off that bitterness. The finish dried a bit, but kept enough of that lingering sweetness to make that the predominant aftertaste.

MF= Full bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. Somehow finds a way to be crisp and viscous. Coated my tongue with each sip!

D= A good stout and one I will gladly buy again. As far as style goes, this is a good middle stout. Not as dry as some Irish stouts, but also not as sweet or soft as a milk stout. High drinkability.

Photo of BigJdizzle
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle. There is minimal head after an aggressive pour. Jet black color. Minimal lacing. Good taste. Solid stout. Would buy again.

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

A highly solid, if not excellent offering from the good folks at New Holland on the west side of the state. This stout pours out to a dark black as a good stout should, with aromas of roasted malt. The taste is very good, with afforementioned roasted malt present. Its drinkability is where it shines. It is delicious and easy to drink and would be a easy stout to have more than one, or two, or three...

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

My first New Holland offering, many thanks to CRJMellor, for the Michigan sample. The Poet is just as the name would suggest, smooth and flowing. The beer pours very dark in the glass with a nice soft pillow-like tan head. The aroma of roasted malt and cocoa greet you. Lace is left in puffy rings of tan on the glass. The taste is a rich, roasted chocolate malt as if sprinkled with a hint of pepper. The mouthfeel is good, not over-dry, but a semi-sweet finish is left. I agree with other reviews, a delicious stout. I'll look for thisone when I can, to bad its only a seasonal.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice deep almost black color, with a slight scarlet hue, and a nice 1 finger of creamy off white chocolaty head. Little to no lacing, typical for the style.

S- Light chocolate, and roasted malt, mild coffee, toasted toffee and light caramel notes.

T- Nice roasted, dark chocolates, with light coffee notes, mild caramel is also present, with a nice creamy body, very nice clean bitterness to finish, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth medium body, with an ample amount of carbonation to deliver flavors. Clean velvety texture from the oats is nice.

D- Great drinkable oatmeal stout, very good representation of the style, good depth of flavor, well presented, for sure a good go to stout.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Kostritzer Mug
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

Pours a very dark brown color. Over two-fingers of light brown foam sits on top. Retention is very good and lacing is in small spots, which are plentiful and sticky.

A very nice roasty smell dominates. There is a touch of grainy oatmeal sweetness present. Nice hints of dark chocolate and espresso beans.

Taste follows the nose, quite well. A very nice roastiness is the main flavor. Sweetness of oats and milk chocolate flavors are here. Light hint of coffee and a touch of dark chocolate. Mild kiss of smoke.

Full-bodied beer. Carbonation level seems a touch too much, but I find that to be true of the style, in general. Maybe it's just me. The oats help give this one a wonderful smoothness. It also has a mild level of creaminess, which is nice.

At only 5.2%abv and as tasty as this one is, I'd say that it's a keeper. I'll pick this one up whenever I have the chance.

Photo of GaToWyo
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

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

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. The body of the brew is a clear dark brown color with ruby highlights when held up to light. An aggressive pour yielded a one finger foamy khaki head. Sexy fishnet lacing was left down the inside of the glass.

S - Sweet malt and dark chocolate dominate the nose.

T & M - The taste largely mimicked the nose...a sweet malty body is accentuated by hints of dark bitter chocolate. There is just a hint of hop bitterness on the back end to make things interesting. Medium bodied mouthfeel, creamy and finishes nicely.

D - This is a very good stout all the way around. I could put several of these down in a sitting. This is my first foray into the world of New Holland, and I look forward to trying some of their other offerings!

Photo of bobbyc881
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with red/brown highlights. Thin tan head dissipates after a bit. Smells roasty... like a dark roast coffee. Hints of raisin and other sweetness.

Taste begins a touch roasty-bitter, but certainly some maltiness in there. Chocolate, coffee .. the typical stout flavors. Bit of acrid bitterness in the back. Overall, very nice. Nice, thick mouthfeel -- as to be expected from an oatmeal stout. Lingering bitterness.

Highly drinkable. Not the best oatmeal stout I've had -- hard to dethrone Sam Smith, but certainly a very welcome addition into my fridge.

Photo of orangemoustache
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours very true to the style,dark brown nearly pitch black except for a small amount of light seen around the edges,thin tan head lingers for a short time leaving behind lots of lacing.The nose detects dark unrefined maple with hints of brown sugar.There is quite a contrast between the smell and taste,it has a slight sweetness,but very potent dark coffees,burnt oats and alcohol.This stout has a lot of texture,full bodied,slight cremieness,and mild carbonation.I could easily enjoy this again,but as far as drinking more than a couple,it's a little heavy,this could be a great breakfast brew!

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear deep brown, though really more black than anything else (clear because a small bit of light is able to shine through). And topped with a tight and creamy one finger, toffee colored, head. Aroma is a boquet of sweet roasted maltiness. Milky chocolate, oatmeal ice cream (if such a thing existed) creamy toffee. Taste is a fuller version of the aroma but with an added hop kick. Roasted flavors dominate to be sure. Rich, almost smokey malts mix together perfectly with the creaimer aspects of this beer. Hop character adds a nice bit of fruitness to an otherwise dry beer. Feels on the fuller side of medium bodied and very chewy, leaves a nice drying sensation on the tongue and roof of the mouth. A wonderfully drinkable beer from New Holland.

Photo of acostuhhh
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with ruby highlights and a thin off-white head. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of dark malt with a touch of dark fruitiness - roast/toast - coffee - Robust.

The taste is of sweet dark malt with an underlying fruitiness with roasted coffee that becomes more dominant as it progresses. There is a bit of acidic astringency. It has a bitterish, roasty/toasty finish.

It is medium-to-full bodied.

A roasty stout with a coffee accent. A nice pairing with brunch.

Photo of granger10
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Does not pour as black as I would have liked a stout to be, but had a wonderful roasted nut aroma. The flavor was of a chocolate and vanilla yogurt with some sliced nuts on top. The base of the flavor however was very roasted and the roasted flavor stays all the way until the finish. Leafy hops became more noticeable towards the end of the drink and at the finish. This beer's a little thin in body and the flavors aren't the strongest on the tastebuds but all in all this is a very good beer.

Photo of BlindPig
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- About a 1-2" tan head on a dark brown/black body.
S- Roasted barley, oatmeal, grass hops, toast, and a dry chocolate.
T- Follows the aroma. Leaves a dry burnt and roasted flavor with some grass hop bitterness. Light mocha taste while a coco comes in to fill it out.
M-Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It's a good Oatmeal Stout. I would gladly try it again just wouldn't go out of my way to try it.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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