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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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701 Reviews

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Reviews: 701
Hads: 2,206
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 19.64%
Wants: 77
Gots: 334 | 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: 701 | Hads: 2,206
Photo of PatYoda
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with not much head or lacing after a few minutes. The smell is more porterish than stouty. A creamy caramel smell is there, along with some chocolate. A minor amount of roasted malt makes an appearance. Smells tasty.

Again in the taste, I get that creaminess and the chocolate. The roasted malt does show up a bit more, but there is also a lactic aftertaste which makes me a bit wary about the style. There is some roastedness as well, but I would characterize this as more of a sweet/milk stout or even a porter, rather than an American Stout. Not that it bothers me that this is where it fell or anything as I try not to let the style influence my rating very much, but those are my thoughts. The finish has some bitterness from the roasted malt, but not much hop bitterness.

Overall this is decent. I probably wouldn't pick it up again as there are always better options.

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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 GimpyCane
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: poured a brown hue with a slight ruby red light shining through. 2 inch light brown head that fully last and left a fair amount of lacing.

smell: got the scent of nutty malt, dark chocolate with a hint of mild coffee.

taste and mouthfeel: initially started sweet and ended with a slight astringent taste. Medium body, watery and softly carbonated.

drinkability: very smooth and easy to drink.

Like Goose Island Oatmeal, I was not to excited about this brew. I was expecting a heavier and flavorful brew (the aroma did not match the flavor). Although you can drink this brew all night the astringent aftertaste and watery feel was a turn off.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a thin tan head that went away quickly.
The first whiff reminded me of roasted coffee with a slight sweetness at the very end.
A light chocolate taste hit the tounge and then finished with the taste of coffee and a hint of hoppiness.
It was a very smooth beer, but felt a bit too light, almost as if it was watered down a tiny bit.
Very sessionable and I would more than likely drink it again, but i'm not going to go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of bnuttz
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, with a fat tan head. Nose of chocolate, and oats. Tastes of chocolate, and slight coffee. There is a smoothness to this beer. Not overly bitter, but there is definitely a hop character there, seemingly english. Definite overall profile of roasiness, not overly chocolatey or bitter. Overall a decent session stout, but not really one I would seek out.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep, deep chestnut brown. Almost black. A one finger mocha head has sub=par retention. No lacing here.

S - Not as pungent as I would like. There are very deep roasted malts, with hints of coffee and chocolate.

T - Good balance and flavor here. Deep roasted malts up front. There are notes of milk chocolate and coffee followed by hazelnut. The after taste is a slightly bitter dark chocolate. Good taste and complexity, but the balance is what gets me.

M - Great amount of carbonation to a medium to heavy body. Compliments the stout very well.

D - I usually only drink one stout in a sitting but I could have quite a few of these. Really easy to drink.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my kind of beer.
I'm very partial to oatmeal stouts in general, and this one didn't disappoint.
as it warmed up to room temp, the flavors and feel changed from a creamy sweet malty cocoa powder stout, into a roasted, dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate black beauty.
nice beer. will share & buy again in the future. maybe save one for next winter.

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Photo of TheDinger
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to snifter. Nice deep black pour with a small amount of tan head. Minimal lacing and spotting. Smell is very chocolate forward with hints of dark fruits, figs, coffee and oatmeal. Taste follows the nose closely with a nice blend of dark malts, chocolate, and a decent bitter hop finish. Wish it had a stronger oatmeal taste, but it has a good stout quality and a nice dark fruit finish. Feel is outstanding. Nice silky and creamy, full feel that wakes up the tongue with adequate carbonation. Overall- A very interesting take on the stout, with a hint of oatmeal and nice chocolate quality. Wish it was more complex in it's oatmeal. Comes off as more of a milk stout, but still decent. A pleasant surprise that is easy to drink. Solid effort by New Holland and one I will hit again-

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Photo of billzee
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Father-in-law picked this up for me while on vacation. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Pours an opaque ruby/brown. Minimal off-white head with some lacing. Coffee, chocolate and syrupy notes. Sweet chocolate, toffee and oatmeal with a smoky finish. Somewhat light body with moderate carbonation. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with dark amber highlights. Medium head diminished to coat and cling.

S - Off the pour I got some fleeting pine but just as quick it was gone and the chocolate took over, followed by some sweet caramel. Well done.

T- Based on smell, though, the taste was somewhat of a let down. Pretty straight forward malty. Dry from start to finish. Linger is pretty short. I did get some nice roastiness as it warmed.

M- Carb is somewhat lacking. Not watery... just thin for the style.

O- I wasn't expecting over the top but this was lacking boldness. I did let it warm before opening. Perhaps not enough though because it's roastiness didn't come out 'till the very end. As for recommendations. I'm not sure either way. To be fair I really need to try this again, much much warmer though.

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

No bottled on date on the label or the bottle.

A: A slow pour and after about halfway an accelerated pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about one finger of a light and foamy, dark tan head. This head dissipated into uneven, spotty clumps and a color; and it left a little lacing, too.

S: The aroma was dark roasted coffee and dark roasted malt with just a touch of grainy sweetness.

T: The taste was sweet dark roasted malt with dark roasted grains and some dark roasted coffee bitterness.

M: The body was a medium weight and had a very creamy, smooth and pleasing feel; and, it had very little carbonation, which was just right for this beer.

O: This was a very pleasant stout. It had a good balance of sweet malt and dark roasted grain, and dark roasted coffee bitterness. Although this was a pleasing stout, there is nothing really outstanding. It is a good baseline stout. It would be a good stout to use when introducing newcomers to the world of stout beer.

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Photo of DoppleJock
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a jet-black with 1-finger tan head w/ lots of carbonation pitting. Good lacing.

S: Roasted malts and molasses with some coffee notes.

T: Malty with a mild bitter aftertaste. Pretty good but not as complex as I had hoped.

M: Chewy. Mmmmm.

D: Downed it with ease. Would definitely try it again.

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

You know a brew is special to me when I pour it into my vintage 8 oz glass with the raised painted owls on it. And it certainly is! This is the darkest chocolate coffee stout that I've had yet. Throw in some rolled oats and you've got a new favorite fourth meal! It's a double-barrelled swarzbier, a stout that I can imagine three guys man-handling the Keebler elf and his latest bacth of chocolate chip cookies into the wort mixer and stirring until the foam rises to the top leaving a creamsicle circle about the rim of the vat.

Poet-wise, being that is its namesake, it is Etheridge Knight: black, brunt and over-the-top sans the profanity and emotional irascibility. It's not quite as severe as joining the black panthers but there is a portent to extreme things waiting inside this bottle. Just don't drink it at the local coffee house or you might be pre-disposed to wrangle with some old man-haired poetess who reaches the divine muse via Granny Clampett and the fat man sitting in the corner perspiring poetry with a cheshire grin on his face always exclaiming with contained joy, "Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Yes. Mmmmm."

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Photo of Dalem
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color but when held up to the light auburn shades come through. Nice half inch head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a spotty cloud on top and a lacing that builds more and more along side of the glass as the beer is drank. The aroma is very chocolaty malted up front with underlying notes of oatmeal and coffee. The chocolate characteristics are not over bearing and the oatmeal and coffee nuances work very nicely with it.
A very rich and roasted malt & coffee flavor is the backbone of it's taste. There a slight bit of smokiness in there that compliments a sweet dark chocolate and oat demeanor through the middle. It finishes with a slight hop tinge that brings the whole thing together with simple but nice complexity.

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Photo of rpardon7
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black color with a slight deep red on the edges with a thick tan head that disapated slowly. Smell is of roasted grains slight coffee and chocolate notes as well. Taste is of roasted grain with a small amount of coffee and chocolate coming through, finished by a bite of hops that helps balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel was a little thinner that I expected of this oatmeal stout, still a good body and small amount of carbonation. Drinkability was decent not a bad oatmeal stout but was left wanting a little more body and perhaps a bit more flavor.

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Photo of sjohansen
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get this bottle in a mixed case from a holiday club.

Pours a nice thick black, a thin layer of head that disappears quickly. There is good lacing that sticks to the side of the snifter.

The notes in the nose are very sweet. Chocolate and coffee, but something else that is almost fruity.

The only word to describe this stout is sweet. Sweet from the first sip, all the way through the finish. The smell I was getting in the nose was oranges, sweet like clementines with no bitterness. And of course, chocolate and roasted coffee. There isn’t very much carbonation, has a mouthfeel that’s the same, slick but not watery; I would actually describe it as soft.

Great stout. For me, not enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, but definitely something I would like to have again.

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Photo of srv33
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, near black pour, almost no head, fine lacing. Wonderful chocolate, bourbon, and oatmeal smells. Surprisingly clear, for such a dark pour. Taste is strangely clean too, wonderful sharp opening taste full of malt, chocolate, and coffee. It fades fast though, and the carbonation is slightly more pronounced than most oatmeal stouts. A crude analogy would be KBS run through a coffee filter. Odd aftertaste, though it might be growing on me.

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Photo of dananabanana
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown. No head, just white foam along the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S: Sweet cream and chocolate.

T: Definite oatmeal taste. Chocolate. Burnt coffee in the back of the throat.

M: Crisp, refreshing. Well-balanced carbonation. Somewhat chewy and thick.

D: Easy to drink, not too heavy.

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Photo of unclederby
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark ruby into my guiness pint glass. left a mocha colored head of about 1/2 inch. smells of cocoa and roasted coffee beans, a little sweet smelling too. taste is smooth and velvety, nice and chocolately, with a nice roasted malt sweetness. a bit of vanilla and oak is also perceptible. good notes of coffee, but little or no "burnt" taste. somewhat reminiscent of young's double chocolate stout, with perhaps a slightly softer mouthfeel and less the metallic tinge that that beer can have. medium bodied with good carbonation. this is quite a quaffable brew, and i could easily put down a few in a single sitting. the 6+ % abv is not at all apparent...

very well crafted, but short of outstanding.

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Photo of cnjohn19
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hmmm...my third beer of the new holland sample pack...haven't been overly impressed yet, but very much looking forward to this one...

wow...pour extremely slow...the head is massive, like nothing i have ever seen...great retention, but no much lacing...solid body with absolutely no chance light would get through...

the nose is a little disappointing for me...slight mocha and very dark chocolate...

tastes like black coffee mixed with unsweetened cocoa cocoa beans...leaves a metallic aftertaste...an enjoyable bitterness for this stout...very bold and carbonated, but not over dominating...new holland did an excellent job balancing this beer...

overall, the taste didn't match the look, but a great beer to enjoy if you want something dark and bold, yet balanced and drinkable...

the best i've had so far from this brewery...

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Photo of clint1019
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black in color with a thick creamy head.

S - Roasty malt, Chocolate, and a hint of oatmeal.

T - Same as the nose.

M - A heavy, full bodied beer.

O - A great example of an oatmeal stout. Starts with a nice roasty/chocolaty aroma that continues on into the flavor.

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Photo of adams82
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with ruby highlights with a filmy off white or tan head. Yep, that's a stout that I just poured!

Smells chocolaty and roasty, hints of black licorice and coco, toasty... Very inviting!

Roasted malt dominates, followed by chocolate and coffee notes and finishing with a pleasant and upfront citric hop bitterness. Very nice balance in the flavour of this beer, very well crafted. I haven't had a nice hoppy stout in a while, so this is really hitting the spot.

Very smooth beer, which shouldn't be a surprise given the style... Full bodied and upfront, this stout really delivers the goods and will probably be a main stay in my beer fridge now that I've given it a shot. Very, very well done.

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

Pours dark red into the glass with a light brown head of about one finger that thins out as you drink it down, little lacing. Smells of roasty coffee and brown sugar, floral hops. On the tongue you can feel the hops, tastes of roasted grain, sweet body, kind of thin. One that I will be looking forward to getting again, I recommend this stout.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with red/brown highlights. Thin tan head dissipates after a bit. Smells roasty... like a dark roast coffee. Hints of raisin and other sweetness.

Taste begins a touch roasty-bitter, but certainly some maltiness in there. Chocolate, coffee .. the typical stout flavors. Bit of acrid bitterness in the back. Overall, very nice. Nice, thick mouthfeel -- as to be expected from an oatmeal stout. Lingering bitterness.

Highly drinkable. Not the best oatmeal stout I've had -- hard to dethrone Sam Smith, but certainly a very welcome addition into my fridge.

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Photo of camp0474
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/18/11

A: Pours a solid dark brown to black with a tan frothy head.

S: Roasted malt and bitter chocolate with sweet smells of oats and cream.

T: Sweet cream and oats balanced with dry roasted malt flavors. Dark bitter chocolate or cacao. Great smooth and hearty flavors. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Also crisp and gives a slight tingle from the fine carbonation.

D: Simple, yet complex. Well balanced and finishes great. Easy to drink

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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