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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,979 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 680
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 72
Gots: 204 | 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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Photo of BAsbill
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArkyPalmer
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DuffDaddy
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quoth the Raven, "Drink some more!". EAP would approve....Mixed six from Uncle Mike.

Photo of JamesMN
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of mchegash
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of mickmanhattan
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Friction4now01
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EliRix
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Jim_Benz
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillyGam
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A light smooth stout with a clean taste.

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

Photo of BranchDavidian
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tkelley
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of Sbsteelers
3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Khornet93
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gordonj
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hopsputin
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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+

Photo of njtmayhem
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,979 ratings.