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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet

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1,459 Ratings

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Ratings: 1459
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%

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:
IBU's: 40

(Beer added by: inebrius on 02-01-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,459 | Reviews: 621 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap, poured into standard pint glass

a: deep deep amber color, silky tan head about 1/4" high with very nice retention. Reduces well into sticky lacing

s: sweet carmel, oats, chocolate

t: sweet notes, primarly chocolate and carmel. Slight oat flavor. Finishes clean

m&d: this is a silky beer, easy to drink. Medium bodied.

I really enjoyed this beer. Very nice flavor profile.


Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 17:52:27 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap in Grand Rapids Michigan. Poured really black with a nice tan head, pretty attractive looking beer. Typical stout smells, chocolate, coffee, nuts, nothing wrong with those smells. A little sweet on the taste, but a sweetness that didn't linger so long that it made it sickening. Whereas some stouts are like a chocolate torte, thick and gummy, I'd describe this one as being closer to a chocolate mousse, a little bit airy. For such a dark stout, pretty darn drinkable. I enjoyed this effort even though it isn't my favorite style out there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 16:38:21 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
Photo of drpimento


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoo-Ha! This here's the beer! Poured with a big, foamy, frothy, bit creamy, textured, tan head. And some lace. Aroma is lots of cocoa, some toffee, a bit nutty, malty. Taste is similar. Body is very smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation to make it more interesting. Color is opaque to me; not enough light here to know for sure. A bare hint of alcohol. In spite of its richness, it's kind of drinkable. Even a residual suggestion of sweetness. Super beer!

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 21:43:26 | More by drpimento
Photo of crashoveride


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer as part of a sampler in a 5oz. glass. The pour was a deep dark black with a thin tan head. The smells were of a malty chocolate and coffee. The taste was sweet like coffee and chocolate and even some slight fruity flavor, berries perhaps. The drinkablilty was good for a dark stout and left a pleasant coffee/caramel aftertaste. Definately a great beer to try, plus it has a cool label !

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 14:40:43 | More by crashoveride
Photo of glid02


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Mellow Mushroom in downtown Charleston.

Pours an almost opaque black color with a one-finger tan head. It turns brown around the edges when held up to the light. The head diminishes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is moderately sticky.

Smells very roasty at first, then sweetens and gets more of a bready malt smell as it warms.

Tastes very similar to the way it smells. The roasted taste is huge up front, with a mild coffee taste. As it warms it gets much sweeter and the roasted taste is more subdued. Somewhat bready and has a bitter ending throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness, and the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is good. At first I wasn't too impressed, but once it warmed up it became very tasty.

Overall this beer definitely gets better as it warms up. It's certainly not too heavy either. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 21:38:31 | More by glid02
Photo of psinderson


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse.

Appearance: Deep brown with a slight rusty red color when held up to the light. Thick and foamy light caramel head. Good lacing and strength.

Smell: Heavy cream and roasty aroma. Very slight maltiness there as well.

Taste: This beer packs a creamy, smooth punch! Tastes of heavy cream and vanilla with a nice roasty middle and end. There are also some resinous hop flavors and a mild hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, creamy smoothness. Great example of what oatmeal can do to a stout.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable with lower alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2008 15:02:39 | More by psinderson
Photo of hrking


4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at Teller's in Hyde Park ( a suburb of Cincinnati) and it was superb. I had this in a bottle as well though it's good it's far better on draft..Alcohol is well hidden and almost non present as are most oatmeal stouts.Goes down smooth with just a slight hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.If you're a huge stout fan like myself I recommend giving this one a try if you get the chance especially on draft!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2008 22:26:49 | More by hrking
Photo of CortexBomb


3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The quick and dirty on this one was that I wanted to try this again, and on tap to give it a fair shake because my only other experience had been years ago, and bottled.

The bottom line is that this is still a fairly run of the mill oatmeal stout in terms of colour (dark), mouth (light vis a vis other stouts) and drinkability (easy drinking).

The unique highlights of this beer are mainly in the smell and taste department, as this struck me as a sweet stout for an oatmeal one. The usual oatmeal stout aspects of light roasted malts and chocolate gives way to a sweet tinge that reminded me a little of some of the sugary milk stouts that I've had like Mackeson, though it also had a bit of a medicinal / astringent edge on it.

Overall, it was worth coming back to again, but I still don't find this beer particularly amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2007 15:02:31 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2006 04:23:27 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2006 18:52:46 | More by Derek
Photo of mcallister


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2006 11:23:47 | More by mcallister
Photo of Bierguy5


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2006 16:46:53 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Bone53


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Poured black with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. One finger tan head

Smell: Roasted malt with a hint of sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate is prominent right off with some roasted malts. Toasted oats are balanced in the background throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth and creamy with slight bitterness

Overall: My first oatmeal stout and I am enjoying it. I am more partial to thicker, higher abv. stouts, but this would be a great session beer. Flavorful for around 5% abv. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 05:54:21 | More by Bone53
Photo of MIchelle


4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite oatmeal stout. Has a beautiful dark mahogany look to it and pours with a a nice two inch tan/cream head. Extremely smooth for a dark beer and very full flavored. Nice roasted malt flavor. The smell isn't as impressive as the taste of the beer but hey taste is what matters in my book. I've had many oatmeal stouts as it's my favorite style of beer and this is by far my favorite. Just got lucky the liquor store got a fresh batch in this week. The downside is if you find it and, since it's not dated, you get an out of date bottle you will loose that nice head and it will have kind of a flat taste. Make sure you buy this from someone whos beer move. :)

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 00:30:32 | More by MIchelle
Photo of Badger6


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into an American pint glass.

A: The body is a deep mahogany, letting no light through. 2 fingers of dark tan head, good retention, medium amount of fine lace.

S: Lots of roasted malt, hints of vanilla and chocolate. The roastyness dominates.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla all come in together in the front. As the beer warms, it is joined by a caramel note form the roasted grains, and a slight flavor of char. Finishes with a chocolatey bitterness at the end that lingers. As the beer warms, the flavors seem to join and become smoother, though even cool it is never harsh.

M: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated, creamy feel. Slightly dry as it finishes.

O: Easy to drink. The aroma of the beer is deceptive, after smelling was afraid it wouldn't be very tasty...so wrong. Really complex beer, in fact so complex, I am not sure my notes are really accurate or doing the beer justice. Really enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:56:07 | More by Badger6
Photo of lochef81


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep mahogany color with a short lasting one finger off white head that leaves a nice film and average lacing. The nose is dominated by roasted coffee beans and milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is superbly creamy and smooth, it just begs for another sip. The flavor surpasses the aroma with a gentle sweetness that balances the bitterness of the roasted coffee notes. There is also vanilla, chocolate, and s little English toffee present. It really is a delicious and easily drinkable lighter stout. This is definitely one of the better offerings that I've had from New Holland. Good work!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:03:28 | More by lochef81
Photo of russpowell


3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Faint roastyness & some mocha notes

T: Roastyness, chocolate, dryness & a touch of vanilla up front. Milk chocolate notes, slight roastyness & vanilla as this warms, maybe even a touch of caramel & charred grain. Finishes dry, with chocolatey notes & a bit of charred grain bitterness to balance this out

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, turns creamy as this warms

Very nice, forgot how good this one is. One of New Holland's better beers, so easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 01:33:34 | More by russpowell
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a clear dark black with 1-2 fingers of cloudy head falling slowly to a creamy collar leaving lots of lacing. There is a nice nose, not huge but present reminiscent of dark chocolate, toasted and dark roasted grains. The taste follows suit but lso brings a pleasing bread character and lots of creamy oats. There is a big body considering the meager 5.2% ABV with nicve carbonation resultant in a smooth creamy mouthfeel. There is great depth to the poet!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 18:20:32 | More by mtomlins
Photo of FLima


4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a thin but thick caramel head with short retention and leaving some laces.
Nice predominant aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Notes of extinguished campfire and caramel. Also, you can even feel the oatmeal bread notes.
Flavor of heavily roasted malts, lots of oatmeal, licorice and grassy, earth and citrus hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering roasted note. Bitterness actually come balanced from both malt and hops.
Silky smooth beer with a medium to full body with medium carbonation.
Excellent Oatmeal stout. Interesting how the oatmeal could round the bold roasted notes. I also loved its hop profile that elegantly emerges from this strong backbone. And this is not an extreme beer, it is actually very friendly. I had to keep raising its rating as it warmed up and further freed its flavors and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:11:07 | More by FLima
Photo of rangerred


4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a thick, pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Head retention is not that great and lacing is just average.

Dark roast becomes immediately apparent in the aroma. Lots of char and dark cocoa along with some lightly roasted coffee. There are some nice earthy notes in there as well.

The taste is even better than the aroma. Deep, dark chocolate along with heavily roasted malt but is is not astringent. Very milky and on the sweet side without being cloying. The silky mouthfeel lets you know you are drinking an oatmeal stout. Just a light bitterness with a touch of stickyness on the finish.

Overall, an extremely delicious oatmeal stout. There is a great depth to the flavor and the roast/chocolate is incredible. Definitely a beer to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:00:49 | More by rangerred
Photo of Ozzylizard


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle code 1143 16:16 AT 42 degrees into a goblet
Aroma roasted malt, chocolatey
Head small (2 cm), creamy, light brown, mostly lasting
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins lightly sweet with chocolate overtones, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Flavor ends with a lingering bitterness
Palate reveals medium to full body, a little more watery than creamy, soft carbonation

The aroma and appearance of this stout cry “Drink me!” However, the watery characteristic and the finishing bitterness detract from its enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 13:05:01 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of OldManRJM


3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark beer - deep brown color Poured from the bottle with about one and a half fingers of head.

Nutty, smoky aroma mixed with a nice ale smell. Dark chocolate, char taste. The finish is quite nice. Let this one warm up to near room temperature and the various flavors really come out.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 00:56:23 | More by OldManRJM
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a near pitch black w/ a quarter of an inch brownish, bubbly head that dissipates relatively quickly. A slight amount of lacing is left along the glass as you finish. The smell is superb -- hints of cocoa, caramel, malt -- very vital aroma. The taste follows suit -- you get mostly the roasted cocoa/chocolate taste mixed with a heavier than expected (but appropriate) carbonation. I'd almost call this more of a porter than a stout. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 18:29:21 | More by oldirtycaffrey
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep deep brown, not quite black. Head is half finger, cocoa colored, with a bit of residual lacing stuck on the glass.
S- The aroma is not as roasty as I was hoping for. Dark caramel, actually quite sweet on the nose. A bit of smoke lingers.
T- Sweet at first. Dark caramel yields to coffee grounds and a bit of smoke.
M- Medium body for the style. Long finish, fairly aggressive carb.
O- I get oatmeal makes stouts sweeter, but this one did not add the smoothness that the oats bring with it. It is an ok to good beer, but given how many stouts/oatmeal stouts I like more, I probably won't revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 05:34:25 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Chiefy770


4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, nearly black body. A modest light mocha colored head leaves a good amount of sticky lacing throughout.

Smell: Toasted malts and grains. Semi-sweet chocolate. Burnt coffee.

Taste: Does not stray away from the notes picked up in the nose. Very strong malts right off the bat. A remarkable hit of cocoa, you know that incredibly bitter kind that is ranked by percentages. The hops really stand out in that chocolate taste. A great creamy layer balances the creamy malts and the bitter hops very well.

Overall: Very nice oatmeal stout. Pretty close to a full-bodied stout. Definitely a brew stout lovers should check out!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 01:43:48 | More by Chiefy770
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.