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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 TMoney2591
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I wonder what poet they're talking about? I'm gonna go with William Carlos Williams. The beer pours an opaque jet black with a minor head of glowing ecru bubbles. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, molasses, sharp coffee, and chocolate-covered black cherries (I can't seem to separate the two here). The taste holds notes of dark fruits, dark wheat, and very bitter cocoa powder. The latter pair dominates, and a vague but strong sense of chalk underlies everything. Something here doesn't compute, especially when the smell is accounted for. The body is surprisingly light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and watery feel. Overall, I'm marking this down as a fairly large disappointment, given the good things I've heard. Something just seems very bland in the taste, and the beer as a whole seems too watery and thin. Oh well, plenty of other recommended brews out there, right?

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, New Holland has done it again! The Poet delivers a beautiful appearance with a long-lasting head and some very nice lace. The nose is quite enticing with a rich combination of chocolate and coffee. In the mouth it's creamy, and surprisingly medium-full bodied. The flavor is as the nose indicates with the addition of a touch of yeasty fruitiness, a dab of caramel, and a solid bitterness. It finishes with a wash of chocolate that fades to a lingering bitterness and almost smoky roastiness. Quite nice!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains roasted malts, oats, black coffee, some chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character, oats and sweet flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. There's some creaminess but also some metallicness to it. Some flavors of dark fruit and a mild but complementary hops presence in the background that help bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this is still a decent beer worth drinking for a while.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Excellent head retention leaves a thin sticking tan lace, nearly black with glowing edges of garnet.

S- Creamy malt aroma, hints of woody charcoal and dark bakers chocolate.

T&M- Quenching crispness meets full-bodied, amazing. Touch of sweetness from the malt and oats, mild char twang with undertones of roasted coffee and dark chocolate emerge. Hop bitterness is just enough to keep thing balanced. Finishes a tad sweet.

D- By far one of the best stouts I have had to date, big and flavorful yet very drinkable at the same time.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep dark roasts form a black body with ruby highlights nice even intricate and even lacing. Aroma: Frivilous chocolate and coffee like deep roasted malts along with fruity over-ripened undertones. Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and with the touch of fruits thrown in very soft and nice on the palate definitely a session stout all the way nice beer very happy with this New Holland offering. Mouthfeel: Full bodied chalk full of flavor great stuff even carbonation brings out a silky smoothness. Drinkability: Amazing creamy texture along with impeccable balance can't go wrong with this gem.

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lazy saturday afternoon, feels like an oatmeal stout kinda day.

Pours a mocha colored frothy and semi thick almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice lacing as it does as well, almost black beer with faint brown light sneaking through the thin parts.

Nose brings sweet brown malts, caramel, little syrupy note, little nutty toffee like notes, some creamy like oatmeal, a touch of brown sugar and faint mocha, and very faint coffee.

Taste starts with darker malts this time, a touch of a roasty black malt, mild dark chocolate and cocoa notes, mocha like more than anything, with some of the caramel and brown sugar notes, a little nutty toffee again, and touch of a biscuity note. A nice creamy oatmeal, little oatmeal dark chocolate effect. Hops kick in on the backend, a little earthy almost spicy like hop note with fair bitterness for the style. Finish is drier but creamy and a little sticky, almost dried lactose but more like dried oats, little more semi sweet chocolate and touch of mocha coffee.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, nice creamy oats, decent carb.

Overall not bad, pretty nice oatmeal stout actually, the nose was a little lacking, but the taste brought some nice darker malts, nice oats with a little dark chocolate or semi sweet, nice kick of hops on the back end, decent finish, a touch syrupy and sweet but not bad. Pretty enjoyable even for a warm summer afternoon.

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cool into a Guinness tulip.

A - A very dark brown body w/ ruby hues and a huge 3.5 finger frothy head that settles out to around a pinky leaving lace like a spider web, the bead is very fine

S - A nice fruity cocoa smell like marshmallows and mocha w/ a hint of dark chocolate and raspberry w/ a nutty roasty odor.

M - Slightly sweet w/ moderate carbonation, med full body w/ a creamy/silky texture w/ nice roast and fruit elements but more roasted in the finish

T - A very nice fruitiness up front w/ lots of raspberry like taste as in the nose followed by french roast coffee roastiness w/ a very nice creamy feel that moderates the dry roast w/ subtle smokey flavor and nice woody hop taste w/ chocolate in the semi-sweet finish after the cocoa and coffee middle

D - A very nice well balanced oatmeal stout -this is a very tasty ale. I would quaff this any time since I am an oatmeal stout fan and this a good example of the style with nice balance -very quaffable

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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

Pours black in the tulip with a golden-brown tinge. Fine carbonation on the tongue and a good mouthfeel. Sharp character on top of a roasted and grainy flavor. Fairly dry but has a touch of fruitiness along with a kiss of malt that is quite appealing. Hint of chocolate on the lips. Hops come on as an intriguing afterthought.

Very drinkable dark beer. More pleasant than some of the many stouts that are so burnt and acidic. This one has enough tartness and roast malt for a great experience. Bottle in great condition from Art Of The Table in Grand Rapids.

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

First had: on tap at the Boilermaker, Philly, PA

Poured like a typical stout, dark brown-black body, foamy tan head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa, toasted grains. About the same in the taste, big on the roast, dark malts, grains, a bit nutty, and a touch of sweetness with a counteracting touch of bitterness in the finish. A little thin in the mouthfeel, about medium-bodied. Nothing really distinctive going on here, but still a solid selection.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as the night sky, black as can be, with a thick, lacey, creamy froth..a looker in the glass...liquefied Tyra Banks...
Aroma: AH! Cocoa, coffee, cream, anise, pepper, all thrown together, battered about, mixed-up, spicy, deep, resonant, AH!, gotta say it again...or, to put it differently, aaahhh!!!
Taste: full-bodied, marvelous mouthfeel, hangs wonderfully in the mouth, big chocolatey flavor, coats the senses, paints the palate, drips the cocoa all around the town...roasty, toasty, just a little bitter, and very tasty...this would definitely be a prime candidate for a staple slot in the old fridge. Such a darned perfect, smooth, drinkable stout...sip, gulp, ...ah!...there's the chocolate again...oh, the pleasures never end...why don't I have a 6-pack at hand?
Hooray for CRJMellor for bringing this bottle to me!

Photo of mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Ballston, VA.

a - Pours a very dark brown with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel malts. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth body that makes it easy to drink.

d - A slightly above average oatmeal stout. I enjoyed the taste quite a bit and would try again.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a dry oatmeal aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very thin black malt earthiness with a wonderful toasted malt and oatmeal feel. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable OS, but it could use a bit more malt content and more body. All in all, not bad.

Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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 oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Spots for lace. Decent starting head--two fingers. Black color where no light can pass.

The smell is part sour and part burnt toast. Relatively mild.

The flavor more closely matches the stout flavors I expect: some coffee, a bit of burnt malt. Rich body and light carbonation. Bitter, but brief, aftertaste.

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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review No. 3,000 here on Beer Advocate.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and oats, as well as some roasted malt. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of cream and oat notes as well as some dark, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The beer is fairly dry and has some bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear brown color with some reddish highlights. A one inch head produces a bit of lace.

Smell: roasted malts with hints of chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: roasted malt, prunes, bits of chocolate and coffee, and very soft oat tones. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start but smooth and a bit creamy at the finish.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this stout. Refreshing and hits the spot when in the mood for an oatmeal stout.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark amber (almost black) in color with some reddish brown highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a small thick patch, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and lighter notes of coffee.

T: The beer starts out with moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of freshly brewed coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable - lots of flavors and complexity though lighter in body than some others in the style. Very easy to drink and sessionable for me - a great beer for a cold Sunday evening watching football.

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