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New Holland The Poet - New Holland Brewing Company

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1,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 73
Gots: 120 | 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:
IBU's: 40

(Beer added by: inebrius on 02-01-2003)
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Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

dsshuck, May 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

akttr, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Murchmac
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to flandersned for this treat.

Dark brown black appearance with a cola head that disappears and leaves some lacing.

Smells of molasses, bakers chocolate.

Taste follows the smell.

Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety but carbonated.

Overall a good beer, solid.

Murchmac, May 30, 2010
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, May 13, 2014
Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours mostly black with a thick light tan head.

Smell is a roasty, coffee, slightly sweet.

Taste is a smooth light chocolate with a hint of piney hops with a smooth and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, then finishing dry.

Very drinkable, sessionable beer. quite nice.

aubuc1, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of everetends
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that was what I was seeking the most out of my trade with spointon. He came through and I am indebted. Served up in an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a nice black body. Held to the light, there is nothing coming through that I can find. Just a nice, pitch black. The somewhat vigourous pour yielded a finger of pretty tight head, a medium mocha in color. The retention is ok. It falters a little faster than expected but does hold down a pretty solid top cap. That mocha foam is sticking all over this glass in some spotty lacing. Good looking brew for sure.

S: Smell really grabs your attention. I actually said "Whoa" after dipping my nose into the glass. There is a really nice oatmeal scent coming out here. Kinda reminds me of oatmeal cookies with some quality chocolate chips in here. The chocolate is somewhat dark but I am getting a lot of milk chocolate in here. Slight coffee aromas coming out here as well. This is all malt with some nice caramel goodness in here as well. Not getting any hops in the aroma, but thats not what I expect from my Oatmeal Stouts. Damn.

T: Taste is pretty good as well. That oatmeal cookie flavor isn't quite as well translated into the flavor as it did in the aroma. There is a nice hearty, and earthy oatmeal flavor going on here, but its not as sweet as it smelled. The chocolate once again comes across as some really nice milk chocolate, adding a little lactose to the equation which works nicely. Malts are lightly roasted, and some nice caramel sneaks in. Coffee is very light in here and doesn't over step its bounds at all. Just enough coffee to be a pleasant presence. There is a slight hops bitterness rounding this out on the finish.

M: Medium bodied but more toward the lighter side of medium here. There is a moment where I think this may be a bit too thin for my liking when it comes to the style. ABV is not even noticable, but it really shouldn't be at 6.5%. Carbonation is a medium, adding an almost crispness to this. This beer is actually a bit dry on the finish and it works well because it absolutely has you coming back for more. Aftertaste mostly leaves you with some caramel and chocolate sweetness.

D: This was a good beer and that dryness in the feel really has you coming back for more. I find this beer disappearing at an alarming rate. With that said, I can see this beer coming out with a bit more weight to it in the feel, but it still works well. That aroma is great and the flavors are satisfying. This beer sure didn't disappoint at all. My only wish is that this stuff was local because this would be a great staple oatmeal stout to keep in the beer fridge. Absolutely enjoyable.

everetends, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of proc
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A highly solid, if not excellent offering from the good folks at New Holland on the west side of the state. This stout pours out to a dark black as a good stout should, with aromas of roasted malt. The taste is very good, with afforementioned roasted malt present. Its drinkability is where it shines. It is delicious and easy to drink and would be a easy stout to have more than one, or two, or three...

proc, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of kzoobrew
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black ruby tones in the light. Big pillowy tan colored head, very decent retention. Little clingy lacing left.

Roasted malt on the nose, slight woody aroma. Powdered cocoa and bakers chocolate can be picked up. Maybe a little coffee in there.

Sweet malt and smooth oat flavors up front. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate after. Some bitterness though is meshes well with the coffee/chocolate flavors so not necessarily picker up as a hoppy bitterness.

Full mouth feel very smooth. Creamy and sweet finish.

Very drinkable, very good brew.

kzoobrew, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a 12 oz. mug. Color is almost pitch black, with perhaps a tiny bit of deep brown showing up around the edges when held to the light. A thin, tan head arises and dissipates to nearly nothing rather quickly. Traces of lacing are left behind.

Aroma is mostly of rich chocolate, which develops more once the beer warms. Full-bodied mouthfeel with initial notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and biscuit, followed by a relatively bitter finish that leads to a satisfyingly rounded aftertaste. Drinkability is superb; I feel I could easily session this one.

Overall a top-notch example of the style.

superdedooperboy, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear black color with an average size foamy head,good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet chocolate with some light coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt grain notes with some medium sweet chocolates offset by some dry coffee. Full body with medium carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.Ultra drinkable,and Very good.

WakeandBake, Dec 26, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

KC9LDB, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Oct 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

zimm421, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ohiobeer29, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with almost no head. Low carbonation, pitch black look in the glass. Pretty regular, nothing to see here.

Smell: A very rounded and balanced aroma. A good combination of oatmeal, chocolate, malt, and hops. The malt and oatmeal jumps out right away. Mildly sweet with a night dark malt backbone. There is a black licorice and caramel aroma on the back end. Bitter dark chocolate pops up all over the place.

Taste: The front is a sweet milk chocolate flavor. The body continues the theme of sweetness with a tasty oatmeal body. Dark chocolate blasts through and is balanced with a oaky charred malt character. Really tasty, everything that an oatmeal stout should be.

Mouthfeel: Very light, with a lot of chocolate and sugary sweetness. The back end is a malty brightness which is memorable.

Overall: Next to a seriously aged Pilgram's Dole, this is my favorite New Holland beer. Balanced and easy drinking, a great representation of the style.

KFBR392, Jul 02, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a jet black w/ a sliver of chocolate head. Excellent carbonation and lacing. A true black hole- no light is getting into this beer at all.

S- Coffee, malt, chocolate, slight hint of hops as well. Coffee is definitely in the forefront here. Very nice nose, but a little on the thin side.

T- Nice- Fairly similar to the nose, but the chocolate and hops take center stage here. Coffee is still there, but relegated to the background. Better than the nose for sure.

M- Nice balance between smooth and hop bite. The hops win in the end. Fairly full bodied feel for an Oatmeal Stout as well. Nice chocolate aftertaste- definitely on the dry side, it disappears in a couple seconds.

O- A totally solid Oatmeal Stout. I will definitely pick this up again (especially during winter). Recommended.

jayhawk73, Aug 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2%

mmcnaughton, Nov 23, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

Filabee, Apr 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Mphis, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of droomyster
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark (nearly black) brown with a sizable tan head. Smells wonderful: strong notes of cocoa powder and burned, sweet, malts. A very full body with a creamy texture and complex flavors that are sweet up front before developing more bitter, dark chocolatey expressions and finishing with with a coffe-like, roasty bitterness. This is a superb beer and a great bargain (I think I paid only 8 dollars for a six-pack at my local Whole Foods).

droomyster, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of BlindPig
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- About a 1-2" tan head on a dark brown/black body.
S- Roasted barley, oatmeal, grass hops, toast, and a dry chocolate.
T- Follows the aroma. Leaves a dry burnt and roasted flavor with some grass hop bitterness. Light mocha taste while a coco comes in to fill it out.
M-Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It's a good Oatmeal Stout. I would gladly try it again just wouldn't go out of my way to try it.

BlindPig, Mar 06, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

nheinzie57, May 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Brushkanna, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mwbrady12, Jul 29, 2013
New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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