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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,978 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,978
Reviews: 680
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 72
Gots: 203 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of kirok1999
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a not quite opaque black/ruby, nice off white head that clings but fades quickly.
Smells of bitter chocolate. On a second sniff there's some coffee, roasted barley, almost a liquid malt extract smell. Very roasty.
Taste is not so much chocolate as the smell....really strange. I would have expected a bitter chocolate bomb, but there is very little chocolate in the taste. Almost a medicinal, thick malt extract bite. Huge mouthfeel, almost chewey.
I can't seem to connect with this one. There's a strange note I can't identify...woody, smokey, earthy, some peat? Good, not great.

Photo of amishbooze
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of craft_shannie
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Ri0
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of projectflam86
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark motor oil brown with a light brown head and ok retention.

S- Roasted coffee nose with some hints of chocolate and malt.

T- Alot like the smell, mostly roasted flavors of chocolate and coffee. Malt and cream flavors come through in the finish.

M- Decent carbonation but a little thin in consistency.

D- A very drinkable stout that has a nice flavor and the finish is creamy and smooth.

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black in color with a fluffy tan head that fades to a 1/8" head that leaves some lacing. Crimson highlights if held up to the light. Scorchy chocolate, crystal and black patent malt aromas including some maple toffee and chicory notes. Lightly sweet upfront, and then the roasted character makes its way through. Oatmeal is more evident nearer the finish as some residual sweetness returns. Very tasty. Medium-bodied, yet creamy, without weighing the drinker down. It's almost like a cross between Dogfish's Chicory Stout and Rogue's Shakespeare, but unique in it's own right.

Photo of linnymtu
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall a very solid stout. Had this beer on a gravity fed firkin

A: dark brown beer with smaller amount creamy tan head

S: a pleasant smell of malt, nothing overwhelming

T: very solid malt flavor, hint of coffee but not much

M: smooth beer, lightly carbonated

D: goes down easy, definitely could have a few of them

Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Prospero
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of vandemonian
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Poet by New Holland is a tasty oatmeal stout with chocolate characteristics. It had a slight sourness to it.

A: Black colour and a big 2 cm head that lasts pretty well. 4.5

S: Roasty, bready delicious smell. Some chocolate. 4.5

T: Roasty malt and strong dry chocolate flavour into a slightly sour aftertaste. 4

M: Good and foamy. 4

O: 4

Photo of NJB145
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sharp aroma I can’t really place, but it smells vaguely of the cheese wax used on expensive cheeses. Dark brown to black with a MASSIVE mocha head. Bitter fore with some very mild roastiness and even milder chocolate notes in the middle and finish. Body is thin giving this an almost porter-like feel which doesn't deliver the way I anticipated.

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of becktone
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Extremely dark, I won't say its black because its not. It has more of a dark, very dark brown cast to it with dark garnet highlights. Murky or clear, can't tell. There is no head, and what lacing there is ends up being extremely thin. However, I can expect this from an oatmeal stout...the oils from the high volume of oats totally kill head retention.

Nose: Sweetness and roasted grains make up the dark aroma of this brew. I also get some hints of chocolate. Alcohol is detectable. Would be nice if it were a bit more potent, more room filling.

Tongue: I get chocolate notes, roasted flavors, a burnt type of bitterness-black malt?, and a sweetness that is quite different than that of a milk stout, this is more subtle, harder to put a finger on. Much different than any other style of stout.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: In the mouth this one is full bodied and velvet smooth. Low carbonation compliments what is going on with the rest of the body. This one is easy to drink, however before I come back to this I'd like to get my hands on some other oatmeal stouts and see how they compare.

Photo of Strix
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with good lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and charred wood.

Coffee and charred wood present in the taste too. Bitterness of dark chocolate at the end. Sort of a dry flavor towards the end.

Mouthfeel very smooth and creamy.

This was very solid. I wouldn't mind a bit more flavor to it, but it's balanced, and the mouthfeel adds a lot.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of beerluvr
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Emerges from the bottle with a tan head over very deep reddish liquid. The nose was quite strange, I can't place my finger on it...spicy perhaps. The taste is first metallic with brief roasty undertones and bitter chocolate..seems to show more as it warms up. Finishes on a bitter/hoppy/roasty note. Good, but nothing to write home about.

Thanks to CRJMellor.

Photo of timmy2b
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JizackFH
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown color that has a small tan head. The head dissipated rather quickly and left good lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of roasted malts up front. There are other notes such as chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some vanilla.

T - The roasted malts and coffee stand out at first. Then, the sweetness of the caramel comes out. Notes of vanilla, toffee, and bittersweet chocolate are also present. The finish is bitter and roasty.

M - This has a medium body with medium carbonation. It also has a creamy and smooth texture to it.

D - I would say that this is a pretty drinkable stout. It was a little bit on the light side, but I think its pretty good. I would probably pick this one up again.

New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,978 ratings.