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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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very good

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 JBlade


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 4 oz. flight glass.

A: Very dark, almost black. Held up to the light to note some dark brown hues peeking through.

S: Roasted malts. Some milk chocolate sweetness and a slight hint of oats.

T: Very sweet chocolate, some coffee. A slightly bitter finish.

M: Creamy with the appropriate carbonation.

O: A very nice oatmeal stout. Pretty rich in chocolate flavors. Nice and creamy. I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 19:08:44 | More by JBlade
Photo of KVNBGRY


4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Very deep brown, pretty much black. Very clear. Half inch khaki head that recedes to almost nothing leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma - Roasty malt. Slight milk chocolate.

Taste - Chocolate covered pretzels, roasted malts, slightest hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel - Thick, creamy. Low carbonation.

Overall - Great beer! Try it out!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 06:55:14 | More by KVNBGRY
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark brown liquid with tan head

Smell - roasted barley, dark chocolate

Taste - toasted oats, dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean

Mouthfeel - heavier end of medium bodied, high carbonation, slight sweetness, bitterness in the back end from those roasted coffee beans, slight amount of woodsiness on the end,fair amount of balance

Overall - a good stout worth trying

Price Point - $2.19/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 00:03:04 | More by keithmurray
Photo of woosterbill


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: Opens with quite an assertive hiss, and even a slow pour creates an enormous head of dense tan froth. Retention and lacing are great, but despite the impressive visuals I'm not exactly enthused at the prospect of a radically overcarbonated stout.

S: Leafy hops and chocolate; a bit of herbal spice and molasses. Interesting, but not what I'm usually looking for in an oatmeal stout.

T: Hoppy, roasty, and mildly malty, with a bittersweet finish. Lots of chocolate and herbal hops. Much better than the nose.

M: Painfully spritzy at first, but after some time and a few swirls of the glass it settles into a creamy medium body. No better than average overall.

O: While certainly distinctive, it's not one I'll be seeking out in the future.


Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:04:56 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted off Wolaver Oatmeal stout - edged into winners circle!

Appearance: Pours a black body with a massive head that lasts all the way down! Good. And Laces the glass top to bottom. Near perfect pour.

Smell: Laid back and Wolaver wins this dept. It's chocolate shop, but subtle w/ creamy, nutty on top of oat cereal. Upon warming, gets better with licorice and dark candy.

Taste: Starts with inviting malt laced with semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, and sweet coffee followed by some toasty, nutty oats. Faint herbal, earthy hops blend bitter with the sweet. Nice finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, carbonation w a soft, smooth mouthfeel and dreamy finish. A kiss!

Drinkability: As good as American stout gets and it proves you dont have to add chocolate, flavors, fruit, or alcohol to make great stout. A must try stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 01:15:49 | More by Act25
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint.
5.2% ABV, 37 IBUs.
Pairings: Mushrooms, beef, blooming, soft-ripened cheeses, and chocolate.

A - Despite being a brooding, black-colored beer, clarity is visible through the pour and highlights of dark brown manage to escape. Stubborn, sparkly tan foam cakes the pint glass as the plush froth plateaus and sinks.

S - Heavily roasted malt emits semi-sweet chocolate and some coffee essence with dry cocoa and undertones of rich milk chocolate. Complex and deep, the bold aroma is finished by a smooth oatmeal-like scent.

T - The Poet tastes like a chocolate candy bar topped with oats. Dark chocolate chunk and freshly ground coffee-like bitterness are evened out with smooth milk chocolate and soft, whipped nougat.

M - Rich and voluptuous, this full-bodied beer has a silky smooth feel from the oats and a perfectly balanced roasted malt bitterness to even things out!

O - Though dark and sinister in appearance, The Poet is a seductive, chocolaty beer that's silky smooth yet roasted and bitter for an exceptional balance and long-lasting finish. Quite possibly the benchmark for the style, The Poet is one of New Holland's stunning achievements in zymurgy.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 19:24:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled May 21, 2013 (code E213).

Appearance: Pours thick and black-brown. Head is light brown at the top but as you go progressively lower, it darkens greatly giving also a shimmering, cascading effect. Huge, hanging lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fresh brewed coffee, oatmeal, bit of charcoal.

Taste: Strong oatmeal, molasses, roasted goodness, some coffee, lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, melts in your mouth.

Overall: Very much enjoyed this one but take it at room temp to fully appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:54:07 | More by papat444
Photo of Lemke10


4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a dark brown color with only a slight off-white head. The aroma is mild with hints of robust malts and toasted oats. The taste is sweet, smooth, and full of rich flavor. It has a nice texture for its pricing as it’s not the heavy syrup stouts you would get from a $15-4pack. Drinks very nice and is well made.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:11:41 | More by Lemke10
Photo of TheBrewo


3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of deep Tootsie roll brown, letting up the faintest golden streaks of light around the edges. It holds a one finger head of tight, creamy light brown colored bubbles, showing quick retention. This is, however, nicely reproducible with a hard swirl of the glass. This leaves rows of spotted lacing left dripping down the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives dark chocolate and oat as the base of the grain bill, along with multigrain bread, sourdough yeastiness, echoes of white vinegar, thick roast with light char, medicinals, puffed cereal graininess, aluminum, mustiness, and light lactic creaminess. With warmth comes notes of raw barley, rich milk chocolates, and almond oiliness. Our first impression is that while the flavoring and body sit to the lighter side of the spectrum, it shows good roast and depth, and hits all the stylistic high points it needs to, to be pleasant. As we sip, dark fruit of fig, strawberries, and over ripe blueberries begin the taste, mixing quickly with soured roast of chocolate and coffee grain, vanilla buttercream, limey rind, light booze, wet cereal grain, basement mustiness, tinny metallics, mineral bite, smoked meatiness, and sweet cream. The middle comes forward with sourness and biting roast of coffee grain and raw barley, light vinegars, rose florals, distant booze, medicinal phenols, brie cheesiness, wheat cracker breadiness, and flaxseed. The end comes with mineral water, skim milkiness, soft roast of chocolate malt, oat, and soured brown malts, earthen honeysuckle florals, watermelon and sesame seeds, light grassy hoppiness, dust and stone, light corny adjuncts, and warm plastic bitterness. The aftertaste breathes of graphite and gravel, gingerbread, aluminums, molded moss, red grape bite, chocolate and coffee bitterness, muddy mineral, dandelion, and souring smokiness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is lighter. Each sip gives decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with fine finishing sip. The mouth is initially wetly coated, dripping into rather chalky, lightly puckered astringency across the tongue and anterior hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Through both the aroma and the taste we were given and even-keeled, easy, light brew. Nothing really stood too far out, but rather all the notes, characters, and nuances blended together for an easily appreciated final product. While each sip gave decent froth and cream, this, coupled with the chalky dryness left around the mouth, proved to show a lacking of that soft, silky mouthfeel that you might have come to expect from the style. This slowed drinkability a bit, but the general ease and inclusiveness of flavoring helped to push through it. In the end, although the beer may not live entirely up to the ominous tone set by its name and label, it keeps the drinker interested long enough to enjoy it to the last sip.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 02:17:20 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of TheBrewWhisperer


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Family bought me a 6 pack of this as a gift

Appearance: beautiful black motor oil color with a tinge of brown on the bottom

Smell: oats, mollases, toffee, coffee and dark semi sweet chocolate

Taste: caramel malts front end in the back semi sweet chocolate (a chocolate lovers dream)

Mouthfeel: smooth and slippery, a almost water feel but then collides through a sweetooth of nectar really suburb oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:32:43 | More by TheBrewWhisperer
Photo of Goosehunter75


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours almost completely black with a one finger very dark tan fluffy head. Very niceretnention and lacing with this beer as well

S - Aromas of sweet roasted malts, toffee and caramel.

T - Spicier than I invisioned on the front. Very nice. Spiciness is followed by roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. Great tasting Stout

M - A medium body beer with very nice creaminess. Very smooth drinking as well

O - Great outmeal stout. Very drinkable with very nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 15:37:11 | More by Goosehunter75
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours almost a solid black in color with a tan head that laces nicely around the rim. Nice aroma of molasses, caramel and chocolate. Just the right amount of carbonation! Perfect balance of flavor in every mouthful. Too bad I just bought a single one of these as this is one of the BEST Oatmeal Stouts I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:08:05 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of RickS95


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit thin and not as dark as expected. The pour presents a reddish black color. Not translucent, but you can clearly see the lighter red hues if held to a light. The head is a light brown shade of thick bubbles in various sizes. Creamy looking head with a thick lace.

The scent is what you'd expect...malty with slightly roasted grains. Just a hint of chocolate and coffee.

The taste matches the scent with loads of malt, but caramel malts make an appearance alongside the roasty malts. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate, nothing hop related is present.

It's creamy and smooth initially, then all the bittering agents take over. Full bodied with a mostly dry finish. I was hoping for the creamy feeling to stay throughout, but it's mostly a bitter beer, despite little effect from any hops.

Overall it's a pretty good beer. There's a nice taste and a bit of complexity in the feel. The alcohol makes it somewhat sessionable and being an oatmeal stout, it goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 03:51:49 | More by RickS95
Photo of KFBR392


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with almost no head. Low carbonation, pitch black look in the glass. Pretty regular, nothing to see here.

Smell: A very rounded and balanced aroma. A good combination of oatmeal, chocolate, malt, and hops. The malt and oatmeal jumps out right away. Mildly sweet with a night dark malt backbone. There is a black licorice and caramel aroma on the back end. Bitter dark chocolate pops up all over the place.

Taste: The front is a sweet milk chocolate flavor. The body continues the theme of sweetness with a tasty oatmeal body. Dark chocolate blasts through and is balanced with a oaky charred malt character. Really tasty, everything that an oatmeal stout should be.

Mouthfeel: Very light, with a lot of chocolate and sugary sweetness. The back end is a malty brightness which is memorable.

Overall: Next to a seriously aged Pilgram's Dole, this is my favorite New Holland beer. Balanced and easy drinking, a great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 05:56:51 | More by KFBR392
Photo of KYGunner


3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black to deep, deep ruby, this is very pretty with a thin bubbly head that dissipated quickly and laced well.

Nice charred aromas of coffee and chalky chocolate. Touches of Graham Cracker and a little charred oat malt, balance out a nice scent.

Lots of coffee char and some dry chocolate there's slight burnt oat taste but not enough variance to achieve high scores. Very good but slightly weak this is a nice starter stout for those wanting to delve into the genre.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 22:55:42 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Sark


3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- pours with a slightly pebbled tan head of a half finger, deep black, dark red-brown when held to the light

Smell- great chocolate hints with toasted edge on the end, sweet toffee character

Taste- sweet caramel and toffee, a little toasted bitterness on the finish, not too much on the balance

Mouthfeel- full bodied, creamy smooth, fast fade

Overall- A well done oatmeal stout, the sweetness was left to go a little wild without the hop character to tone it down

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 04:01:06 | More by Sark
Photo of Lawl3ss


2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 33 cl shaker. Bottling date 11.27.12.

Look- Pours a clear deep brown with a finger and a half of dense khaki head that falls quickly, very nice lacing.

Smell- Overwhelmingly smells of leather and tobacco smoke. Pungent, almost abrasive. As it warms, it takes on a more toasted coconut-cocoa aroma, which is nice, but I can't shake the feeling of a fifty-year-old biker bar. Not a deal breaker, but moderately off-putting.

Taste- Still a bit leathery, but feels appropriate. Dark roast coffee, charred hazelnuts, baker's chocolate. Light sweetness towards the end. Mellow, toasted biscuit finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Cleaner than expected, light fullness on the back end. Not hefty enough for an oatmeal stout, could use some stick.

Overall- A bit lackluster for an oatmeal stout- misses on a few counts and feels less than cohesive. I wouldn't avoid it, but it's not something I'd purchase/order unless there was nothing else in the category available.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 04:15:56 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of CardiacNP


4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Poet. An Oatmeal stout from New Holland brewery in Holland, Michigan.

Appearance dark brown/black with a creamy 1.5 finger head beige in color. Very nice lacing

Aroma roasty malty slightly sweet with hint if chocolate. Not floral at all

Taste very smooth and creamy malty chocolate flavor with just a slight coffee undertone. Minimal hops bitterness

Mouthfeel smooth and cream, lightly carbonated

Overall. One if the best oatmeal stouts I have had. Wish I could get it In Louisiana and would of brought more home from Ohio

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:43:17 | More by CardiacNP
Photo of morimech


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a massive head that settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma consists mostly of roasted malt. Mild chocolate and smoke notes.

The roasted malt is the big player in the flavor. Also a little smoke and chocolate. Roasted bitterness on the mild side.

Feels a little thin but it is a low ABV stout. Has a smooth mouthfeel and mild carbonation.

A better than average oatmeal stout. Approachable and being able to drink a couple without fatiguing the palate or getting too much alcohol, aids drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 22:01:24 | More by morimech
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2.29/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from bcm75 (thank you!). No bottling date. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours dark brown with a full finger of sandy head that leaves no lace.

Smells mild and unassuming with faint roast and caramel.

Taste is an understated blend of cocoa, sweet oats, plum, nuts and bitter earth. Goes down easy enough but it is missing depth or complexity.

Thin, bordering medium but semi creamy body with light carbonation. Bitter cocoa and plum/ raisin finish.

There's nothing outright bad here but it lacks any real character that would make me want to revisit it. Quite smooth and very subdued. It left me wanting something with more gusto.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 06:29:21 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of mecummins


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

A- dark rich brown with hints of amber on edges when held to the light. A nice 2 finder creamy looking tan head with wonderful lacing

S- chocolate, dates, some dark fruit and bit of oats on the nose

T- I could taste the the chocolate and a bit of sweetness right away. A bit of coffe under that as well as some raisin and dark fruit. Just a little oats on the taste.

M- medium with a bit of creaminess. The finish was short to medium with just a hint of mild hops.

O- a really nice example of an oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 22:58:50 | More by mecummins
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very pleasant surprise. Very easy, very smooth. One of those beers that's gone before you know you've finished it!

A: Black, yet top 1/2" has a motor oil gold to it. Nice khaki head, lacing.

S: Oatmeal raisin cookie. Roasty, smells like autumn. Maybe not the ultimate in fun or complexity, but nice nonetheless.

T: Creamy, smooth. More guts than macro-brews like Guinness. "Flavors" not as pronounced as other beers (not sure if that's a bad thing, as this was a good, non-gimmicky blend unlike others that want to scream "LOOK AT ME, I'VE GOT VANILLA & COFFEE..."). Hints of roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, plums, and oatmeal.

M: Very good medium body. Holds together well. Not sudsy. In short, nice body and finish, and sufficiently heavy without being clunky.

O: Very drinkable! Although not intended as faint praise, it's a beer that rates well not so much because of its unique positive attributes but its utter absence of drawbacks.

Repeat? Sure thing. Wouldn't be a beer I'd crave when I came home; but a good staple for the fridge and a very, very pleasant experience.

Where/When? Would make a great beer for a college football tailgate or in the midst of a Fall Road-Trip. Oddly, good palette cleanser after food; would go great wth steak or whte cheese.

Two Words: Fall Roadtrip (or "Easy Drinker", "Absent Negatives")

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 21:47:20 | More by PaterMorse
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1750th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

Purchased @ Binnys Forest Park, IL

App- I was really surprised at how purple this was out of the bottle. Into the glass it was a bit of Welchs grape juice intermixed with Hersheys syrup. A bit thick and creamy with a small one finger head. A nice bit of cling and lace.

Smell- A nice mix of a couple of smells on this one. The opening aromatics are that of pure oats and then moves into a bit of bitter coffee and then the last aromatics are that of chocolate malts.

Taste- This is a very interesting oatmeal stout. I really dont get all that much oats. Instead I am getting a lot of bubble gum with a bit of plums and figs. When it warmed it produced a bit of chocolate similar to the nose. Really a bit above average but not that bad.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. A nice residual flavor of bubblegum, oats, chocolate, vanilla and plums. Really a unique beer on the feel to me.

Drink- I am rating this a bit high overall. The balance this struck was quite nice with a bit of unique flavors and a different profile. Layered, semi-balanced and tasty. I dont think I would come back to this though.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 03:30:34 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Nachos4two


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip style glass.

A: pours a deep brown almost black in color. Little if any light pears through it.

S: loved the smell of this one, as I had toasty chocolaty aroma on the nose from this.

t: as I did like the taste it was all up front on flavor the back-end tapered off pretty rapidly.

m: light in carbonation, and slightly thin almost watery compared to the thickness in looks.

o: I did like the overall flavors and low abv makes it a go to oatmeal stout!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 15:03:13 | More by Nachos4two
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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this from Tom's party store in East Lansing. Served it up in a pint.

A: pours a very dark murky black color, not completely opaque but just about there. Had a one finger width caramel color head that dissipated fast with minimal lacing.

S: Smells rich of dark chocolate, coffee, malt sugars, barley, vanilla

T: Very rich flavor, thickness of chocolate, tinges of coffee, very sweet, malt sugars, barley, hints of oatmeal

M: Good amounts of carbonation, getting up there, but balanced by the flavor that it was not bothersome to me, very rich and robust, very dense flavors

O: Overall this was very good stout, I enjoyed it very much, good balance of flavors, rich and complex, great on such a cold day. Would not mind having this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 03:55:59 | More by Mavigo
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,459 ratings.