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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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708 Reviews

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Reviews: 708
Hads: 2,238
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 79
Gots: 353 | 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: 708 | Hads: 2,238
Photo of lukejhoward
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - very dark, even when held up to the light this brew is very difficult to see through. Light caramel colored tan head.
S - smells of roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, and maybe a bit of fig
T - as expected, the taste is in accord with the smell. Roasty, chocolatey, a bit of coffee and some oat and fig like sweetness in there as well. Not boozy at all.
F - just like a bowl of oatmeal: creamy. The mouth feel is thick, satisfying, and smooth. Carbonation is medium to low. Alcohol hardly able to be detected.
O - this is a great brew and would definitely try this again! New Holland definitely has a great product here. This beer certainly has its place for those chilly evenings. Truly a comforting beer!

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Photo of jwilz8806
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a bad brew didn't get much of a head when poured and it went away quickly had a decent smell and taste wasn't bad either wouldn't go out my way to get it I think Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout is way better if you want a great oatmeal stout to try

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Photo of timontheroad
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish brown color, two finger light brown fluffy head with nice retention and lacing. Chocolate, oatmeal and roasted malt aromas. At first sip, the chocolate malt comes through, but the oatmeal is really prominent after. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, a little thin for my preference. Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout, just a little thin in the feel.

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Photo of 303beer
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When poured it gives a rocky head. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Delicious. Deep red brown when held to a light in a pint glass. I like that you can see through it. No sediment. Again a plus. Been drinking this beer for long time. I stack all oatty stouts against this one. It's my favorite. Excellent job by the brewers.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big creamy tan head that retains well and lace the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet roasty chocolate malt and oatmeal.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt, some acidic roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one just did not work for me. I'd like to say there is a smokiness, but it is more ashy to me. I like that it is dry, but there is very little of interest in the flavor

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is of dark fruit and light roast. Taste follows with dark fruit and roast. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium. Overall a pretty good beer, not my favorite stout/oatmeal stout but not bad.

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

I can not find anything wrong with this beer. A perfectly balanced, rich, smooth stout. Not too overpowering of a flavor, very smooth and easy drinking, while still having LOTS of very good, delicous roasty malty flavor. The bitterness that is there fits in with the roasty flavor very well, it does not seem very hoppy, more toasty/burnt, but very, very tasty. I can not reccomend this beer highly enough.

I especially love the label art. It fits the flavor of the beer perfectly. It makes me want to sit outside on a summer night under a full moon and sip on a few of these, staring at the moon and contemplating my place in the cosmos...

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: black black black light Carmel 2 finger head
S: black licorice chocolate
T: creamy chocolate with hint of licorice
F: creamy
O : o I like this will revisit

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Photo of kevinlater
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into nonic pint. "H144 09:22" printed on the bottle. consumed on feb. 22, 2015

a: a deep ruby that's hard to see through but definitely not opaque. two fingers of light brown head

s: good roast aroma with dark chocolate and raisins. hints of coffee

t: rich roasted/burnt malt, toast, cocoa, sweet raisins, prunes, bitter black coffee, slight milk chocolate. roasty all around and just so full of flavour. excellent

m: in between light-to-medium-bodied, a bit thin but not watery. mild carbonation. dry finish

o: an incredible, full-flavoured, easy-drinking stout with a very strong roast character

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Photo of seedyone
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A pleasant surprise. This oatmeal stout was preceded by a Founders Breakfast & helds it's own. The aroma was a bit more funky compared to the from the tap Founders, but that is to be expected. Bottom line: this is a damn good stout.

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Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly late to develop cascading light-to-medium brown colored densely packed frothy lush head... Excellent retention... The head turns richer and creamier as it begins to settle a bit... The color is not black, but rather a deep rich mahogany brown that allows some light to leak in around the edges... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation streak here and there... Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... The nose is spot on for the style... Roasted malt... Coffee... Milk chocolate... The three aromas ebb and flow in prominence, but never completely disappear... The palate is exactly as expected... Brownie batter... Roasted malts... Baker's chocolate... Simple, straight forward and uber effective... Sturdy and medium bodied... Lightly carbonated... A bit chewy... Lush and sleek... Goes down easily sip after sip... This is a rock solid teetering on world class Oatmeal Stout... Tons of character and depth for a modest 5.2% ABV...

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of oatmeal-colored head that dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with earthy, bready notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, a touch of tobacco. Very nice.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Lots of bready, roasted malt and oats up front, imparting flavors of freshly baked and toasted multi-grain bread, followed by some dark molasses and brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of smoke, a touch of dark chocolate and a touch of creamy, milky lactose.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and very creamy as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent oatmeal stout! Malty, roasty, earthy, slightly sweet, and slightly smoky. I’ll certainly get it again! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying this a few hours after a Dark Horse OS. Different but similar. I've seen this in the aisles for the longest time and just got around to purchasing a sixer.
A: Dark brown with a ruby hue. Head dissipates quickly to a persistant slight layer; no internal ringing lacing occurs - foam comes off clean.
S: Very suble oats (malt?) - not much there.
T: Subtle oats with a muted bitterness in the finish.
M: Low to medium fullness; a little watery but smooth. Light carbonation throughout.
O: Subtlety is key here. It's well blended with no rough edges. A solid pick for the style. Maybe I'm a little jaded, or my expectation was higher, but I feel like something is missing from this craft. Nevertheless, its still a smooth and solid OS just without any frills.

Had another one the next day and let this one sit while prepping dinner. Similar taste profile, but the scent improved (subtle coffee tones picked up). The more noticeable thing, though, was the increase in fullness; especially at the first sip. I increased the Overall score to 4 because of these two factors.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Code on the bottle neck of D254, I'm guessing 9/11/14.

Appearance: Black with maroon light shining through the bottom of the glass. Sudsy two-finger head light tan head.

Aroma: Dark malt with a molasses character. Some bitter cocoa.

Taste: Starts with clean dark malts and a building grassy bitterness. Sweet cream counteracts the bitterness and is highlighted in the finish. Bit of a hoppy sting in the aftertaste as the bitterness slowly burns away. Good flavor for 5.2% ABV, never watery.

Mouthfeel: Oatmeal typically creates a smooth and full bodied feel. Here is has done that to some extent as the beer is just under medium in body. The carbonation is a little much, would like to see this in a nitro option. Decent drinkability but the aftertaste can be little harsh over time.

Final Thoughts: Sort of meh beer. Nicely done style-wise but nothing to get excited about. Would I drink it again? Maybe on nitro.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Very black, with light red tinges around the glass. Head was not big, but was somewhat creamy from what was there. Head was tan and had some rockiness to it. Legs were present, even at 5.2%. Lacing was nice! Looks like a good stout with little head.

S- Massive chocolate! Lactic sugar as well. The oatmeal, grainy, pale malty scent is there as well. I notice a bitterness, but not of hops here. Maybe earthy? Coffee notes as well with smoke and a light sour note.

T- The smokiness is very prevalent. This beer is very malty. Pale malts is what I get. Chocolate is unmistakable. Very roasted. Coffee is borderline an espresso style taste. Maybe even plums or raisins can be detected as well. I do notice a good amount of bitterness towards the finish. You get the lactic sugar and a little sour at the end. It is a bit dry.

M- Medium to full on the medium side. It's still pretty easy going for a stout. But on par for a sweeter kind of stout.

Overall, this stout is very good! The Poet is not as grainy as some oatmeal stouts I've had in the past. It's got the right amount of smokiness that makes it enjoyable. And the drinkabilty is great. I'd say this is a fine example of an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of mchegash
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2/5
Pours a very dark reddish brown. About one finger of head when initially poured, quickly dies down to minimal. There are a LOT of BIG and WIERD particles in this beer. I've had this beer before more than once, and don't remember this. This can't be normal...maybe this is a bad bottle? A lot of me almost doesn't want to drink this, because I don't want to risk getting sick. But it's probably just a very yeasty bottle...won't hurt me, but might affect the taste. Anyway, anytime a beer makes me afraid to drink it, that's bad in my book.

Smell - 3.5/5
Chocolate, roastiness, hops.

Taste - 3.5/5
The dominant flavors are smokiness, hops and some roasty malts. In betwen light and moderate sweetness. I don't remember this beer being this smoky before, and not sure if I like it here.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Smooth, light carbonation. In between light and medium bodied. The bottle says the brew is creamy, but it seems to me to be more in the middle, in between creamy and crisp. Overall, I am giving this beer points for its smoothness and drinkibility.

Overall - 3.9/5
I am giving this beer a higher overall rating, because overall it really was a decent beer. It just looked crazy weird which is going to skew this rating. I definitely will have to try again and see if the weird particles are always in this beer.

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Photo of tkelley
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into my brand new mushroom shaped stout glass.

A - beautiful tan head on top of a dark brown body. Nice highlights too, like a rich coffee.

N - rich malty goodness with chocolate roast quality. Yum. Smells smooth.

T - really tasty. Roasted malt character with chocolate and coffee. Caramel/toffee notes as well.

M - smooth texture with nice fine carbonation.

O - I liked this a lot. Good offering. Cheers!

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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

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Reviewed live as an oatmeal stout per the label. Expectations are above average given the brewery and style. Served cold into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess, thickness, and fullness. Frothiness is wanting. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque brown-black; by no means a solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a pretty typical looking oatmeal stout. Has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Chocolate, cream, dark malts, caramel, and oats (but fortunately no accompanying starchiness). Unfortunately, no roasted barley is present. Neither too sweet nor too bitter, but there does seem to be something slightly off about the balance...

No hop profile, yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant albeit contained aroma of below average intensity.

TASTE: Chocolate malts and dark malts provide the simple foundation for this plain oatmeal stout, with oats filling out the body and some additional chocolate lending it a bit of interesting character - something of which it is in dire need of more. There's a kiss of lactose sugar. This comes off plain, simple, and perhaps even boring, with below average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. The balance isn't quite dialed in, and there isn't much here in terms of subtlety or nuance. It's just a mundane oatmeal stout. I do like the creaminess, but it just isn't that evocative or interesting.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Don't expect any rich chocolate, evocative coffee, vanilla, etc. It's a very basic build for an oatmeal stout.

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly overcarbonated, aptly thick, and unrefreshing. This texture gets the job done - suiting the taste alright - but never really complements the taste or elevates the beer. Overall presence on the palate is decent.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, scratchy, or harsh.

OVERALL: Drinkable. It's an oatmeal stout, but offers no ornamentation. It checks the boxes of what's required for the style, but has no stand-out characteristics. A disappointingly mediocre brew from New Holland that is nice for its price and will scratch your oatmeal stout itch, but will fail to impress the discerning drinker. I might pick it up again, but it's not a paragon by any means.

High C+

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Photo of cbutova
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Recently started to distribute into MA. I am always welcoming of affordable 12oz brews flooding my shelves; New Holland provides.

A- Pouring the 12oz bottle into a chalice reveals a black bodied Oatmeal Stout and a crown greater than two fingers. The head has a very thick foamy texture and great retention. A big ring and blanket coat the top of the beer and lacing is plentiful in the form of webs.

S- Packs good strength here as roast malts leap out of the glass. Dark chocolate, medium-heavy roast grain and coffee are joined by caramel, earthy hops, toffee and cereal notes. Slight red fruits come through but the malts are the main show.

T- For me the prevailing flavors are dark semi-bitter cocoa, moderately heavy roast barley, coffee and toasted oats. It is a dark one for sure. Other things that come to mind are charcoal, cherry/raisin dark fruits, earthy and pine hops, cookies, slight smoke and toffee/caramel with a light sweetness.

MF- Medium bodied but certainly enough to support the layers of blackened flavors presented. Carbonation is on the moderately high side and causes the brew to foam up with a somewhat creamy consistency. Oats are silky. Dark bitter finish.

The aroma on this brew had me right away. Deep and complex roastiness with a mostly clean yeast profile underneath. Dark cocoa powder, roast grains and oats combine favorably and I am left craving oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

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

355 ml bottle served at a little below room temperature. Purchased a six pack for about $2.25 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - black and ominous, topped by a finger of near white head that doesn't last. A couple minor streaks of lacing but not much else. Still have to love the color of this oatmeal stout.

Smell - roasty with plenty of chocolate. A bit of coffee but the chocolate is more dominant. A touch of vanilla too.

Taste - light surprisingly sweet chocolate and mild coffee and vanilla flavor. Maybe some caramel. Definitely on the sweet side, but it works here with the creaminess.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy more so than others. Substantial body and moderate carbonation.

Overall - very nice and sweet oatmeal stout with a great feel. Definitely worth a try particularly if you're in the mood for a hefty stout that's on the sweeter side.

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Photo of predikit
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a deep brown that settles in the glass black. Left a inch tall tan head that stuck around for a long while, left a lot of lacing behind.

Smells of oats and malts, the scent seems somehow sweet.

Tastes of dark roasted oats, takes on a hint of coffee. Slight bitter end.

This is very smooth, full-bodied, medium carbonation.

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Photo of biegaman
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Poet is obviously in touch with its 'dark side'. Though not entirely opaque, this blackish beer comes close enough (and could pass if not my ultra-bright desk lamp). I'd love nothing more than to make an easy (and corny) beret pun, but, alas, foam resides on the outsides only.

Despite an easily appreciated amount of roast, the nose maintains a lot of fresh barley and raw grain characteristics. There's also a cast of dark fruit esters that sit snugly alongside the overall semi-dark, "fluffy" chocolate profile of the beer. Fairly mellow, but with still some attitude.

Trace elements of creamed coffee and chocolate truffle prevent this from tasting too one-dimensional but, by and large, unless you like you're breakfast cereal well-done, this won't appeal to you. That straightforward 'oat-y' maltiness is a little light and delicate for my tastes.

The Poet isn't overly rich, despite being substantial. It lacks the coffee-ish, dessert-like flavours of other similarly rated beers in the category (Rogue's Shakespeare or St. Ambroise's stouts for instance). I need more character, especially on the finish; this is a little too polite and ordered.

The Poet is nothing to write prose about. It's a solid and serviceable oatmeal stout that neither under- nor over-delivers. More than just your run-of-the-mill stout but not quite a full-blooded, over-the-top offering either, this occupies, for me anyhow, a kind of take-it-or-leave-it middle ground. I liked it enough to buy one six pack but not enough to buy another.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The Poet pours a black color, with a nice large lacing tan head. There is a strong sweet aroma, good hints of roasted malt. The taste has a nice big roasted malt flavor, with big hints of sweetens. Nice flavors, but a bit on the watery side. Overall very flavorful, but a bit watery.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.