New Holland Old Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CRJMellor on 01-18-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by AtLagerHeads:
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice little oatmeal stout with a very dark, nearly opaque body. The tan head rises but falls back rather quickly.

A very nice roasted malt nose with bits of coffee and chocolate. The taste was surprisingly bitter for an oatmeal stout and, to me, was a bit off. The bitter edge limits the taste and drinkability. The feel is tad thin for a stout, oatmeal or otherwise.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CRJMellor
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark blac with red highlights. Minor head formed dies quickly leaving little lace.
Aroma is chocolate, alcohol. roast coffee, wheat and brown sugar.
Flavor is has a slightly lactic, milky taste. Also notes of coffee, sweet chocolate. Slightly burnt and bitter aftertaste with a hint of spicy alcohol kick on the finish. Little thin mouthfeel for the style but pretty drinkable brew.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mikeys01
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle courstesy of BA CRJMellor from a recent trade, thanks! Pours out a midnight black , with flashes of deep color when held to the light. Minimal traces of dark brown head. Aroma is very roasty and also boasting notes of chocolate na espresso. Taste is at first very roasty and coffeeish, then blends down into a smooth more chocolatey flavor ending up with just a snap of bitterness. Body is fairly medium, this is a very tasty and drinkable stout.

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When I poured from a bottle to a pint glass, it had a black color and a thick consistency. Not much head, surprisingly, but some lacing.

S: There was a heavy coffee aroma, along with roasted malt and some sugary elements.

T: While the coffee almost overwhelmed the flavor, there were traces of chocolate, caramel and, of course, amlt.

M: The carbonation level was decent, but not spectacular. This is a medium-bodied beer. Fairly smooth finish.

D: Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer, but not a spectacular one. It isn't as well-balanced in the taste department as others, but is still a good beer.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a deep, opaque brown/black with a medium tan ehad and good lacing.
Coffee, toffee, chocolate adn caramel malts present in the nose, with maybe some mild dark fruits, but definitely a distant second to the malts.
Deep roasts of coffee and grain are the most dominate in the taste, with chocolate close behind.
Overall pretty bittersweet for a stout, but decent. Not much carbonation but not too acrid due to the roasts. Medium-to-light bodied.
Overall very pleasant; shame they discontinued it.

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Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured black and no light is getting through this one. It formed a small medium tan foam head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee is present. A flavor of malt, coffee and a touch of chocolate. The body is fairly thin for this style and the finish is a bit bitter. Not a bad stout, but not a great one either.

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Photo of tommy78
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured the beer out of the bottle, and a dark colour with a thin head filled the pint glass. In terms of aroma, it was a weak malt/coffee smell to it. The taste built on the malt/coffee aroma, and it translated well on the palate. Not hoppy at all, and combined with light carbination gave the beer a good feel to it. As for the drinkability, I was unaware that New Holland "retired" this brew. It was a good one, though, it did not stand out for me to find any remaining bottles. A buddy of mine did tell me that one can still find the Poet at New Holland's resto/pub in Michigan.

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my horizon-broadening trial of porters and stouts. I have to be careful buying from World Market as it seems that some of their stuff sits on the shelf for quite some time and is not so fresh. Anyhow, this pours a dark black with a nice brown, thin head. Has a pleasant smell but I'm not quite sure what all I'm smelling. Normal coffee and chocolate smells? Nice stout taste and very smooth going down. Rich roasted malt taste with a nice hop bitter to finish off. Overall I enjoyed this beer. I haven't had any stouts really stand out so far, but I like them all.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Ashley's. Overall a very nice oatmeal stout, a really nice creamy head with good retetnion, a good aroma that is a little sweet and lots of coffee, a really nice thick feel from start to finish, and a taste that is really smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of klintok21
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had never tried an Oatmeal Stout before, this was a real change of taste. A sipper for sure! Very thick and heavy on the coffee/malt flavor. Hard to descripe this beer, but I for sure wouldn't drink more than one of these at a time, way to strong for my simple taste! (I am more of a fan of APAs if it helps you make more sense of my opinion) I would try this again, but I'm not running out to buy a sixer. Hey give it a shot if you like these types of beer, so much flavor is hard to hate (unless you think Natural Light or Busch Light is the best beer on earth... then you might as well ignore, haha!)

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Photo of Fatduck
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good oatmeal stout, and a great beer. Pours a deep black color with a healthy tan head that leaves lacing all the way down the glass. It smells of oats and honey and roasted malt and coffee, and it taste about the same with a deep sweet undertone. It could be a lot smoother for an oatmeal stout, but still its smooth and creamy, and rather drinkable. It was very easy to drink one.

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Photo of thequeen711
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very interesting pour, extreme head!!! frothy, frothy, frothy! Almost whipped-cream like. Deep chocolate pour, and the taste are more pronounced versions of the nose, coffee and chocolate. It offered a watery mouthfeel, this is an ok stout, except for the bitterness of the coffee and chocolate, it almost tastes like bitter chocolate flavoured water.

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New Holland Old Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 13 ratings