The Poet
New Holland Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #67
Ranked #8,622
3.95 | pDev: 10.89%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
The PoetThe Poet
Notes: IBU's: 40
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Black/purple hue.

Tan head; decent lace.

Oats & coffee in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Nice coffee & oat mixture. A tasty stout.

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Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark black into a pint glass, with foam reaching to the top. Looked perfect.

Nose is almost non-existent right at pour; letting it sit opens it up and reveals a clean, fresh aroma.

Taste is a sweeter chocolate, with very little coffee taste.

Finish is fizzy on the tongue, with lingering cocoa notes.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to superspak for this. Received in NBS BIF #8
Pours a deep brown. Tan head rises just shy of two fingers, but quickly retreats to a thin film.
Aromas of chocolate malt, roasted caramel malt, hints of prune, and ever so subtle spice note.
Flavor carries much of the same. Chocolate and caramel malt notes are tempered by smooth roasted coffee. This seems to dry it out a bit. Also present are an earthy bitterness, and some delicate musty peat.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and doesn't really come off as an oatmeal stout. Carbonation is lite, and finish is almost slick.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: appears opaque, but is crystal clear and dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light; a 2 finger light brown head that receded to a paper thin cap; no lacing;

S: primarily milk chocolate, with deeply roasted grains in the background;

T: balanced between milk chocolate and deeply roasted grain through the middle, then the roasted grain dominates through the finish; mild, long lasting bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: a solid offering;

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Jet black liquid

Fuzzy cascade of bubbles settles to a brown ring which quickly recedes

Aroma of roasted malts

Taste of roasted malts

Good beer

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another fantastic Michigan product, this is a welcome change from something like Guinness. It is kind of in the same category, but it is more on the sweet spectrum then it is on the bitter spectrum. This is a great winter warmer!

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Photo of ovaltine
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is black with a voluminous tan head. Lovely. There’s some cocoa notes as well as char on the nose, but it smells thin.

Fortunately, the taste and mouthfeel are much fuller - there’s a significant cocoa component on the taste, and that translates to the feel, which has a silky quality which is most welcome. I’d try this again, with zero qualms.

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Photo of EMV
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black with minimal head/lacing.

S: Tart and roasty... charred grains and light coffee.

T.F: Roasted malts and burned sugars... mildly sweet. Notes of cocoa and espresso. Mild tartness, also related to the roast. Light bodied... fine carbonation. Somewhat creamy from the oats.

O: A reasonably good and nondescript oatmeal stout. Decent flavor and drinkability... not one to seek out.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Deep dark brown/near black with mahogany highlights around the edges with a medium tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind.
S - Sweet malt, oats, and barely with notes of chocolate - somewhat of a lactose note on the nose but that along with the whole smell is somewhat faint.
T - Notes of sweet malt and slightly roasted oats and barely up front followed behind by bitter sweet chocolate and coffee.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy/frothy and smooth.
O - A pretty good stout - nothing too crazy but a solid flavor profile nonetheless that provides a very drinkable/sessionable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 year old 12oz bottle into a tulip appears dark brown with ruby clarity and a creamy tan head.

Aroma is a bit mineral laden with carbonics, raison and chocolate liquor.

Taste is raison with some minerals, carbonics and slight oats and fruit. Semi-sweet chocolate before some roasty bitterness.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Decent

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Photo of Fading2black
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown color with full 2 1/2 finger light brown head when poured. Good head retention. This will be a great every day stout. Creamy feel in the mouth with a pleasant, consistent finish. Smell is much less strong than taste. Taste is chocolate and coffee with a hint of alcohol. I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a two finger tan head. Good amount of Soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is coffee and roasted malts.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and light vanilla.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - This is a pretty solid oatmeal stout. This would be a good introductigon to the style for a newbie.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Black with a creamy brown head. Most of dies away fairly fast, but a thin film and ring stays,

S: Dark chocolate, cacao nibs, malted milk balls, brown bread, burnt sugar, black coffee, molasses.

T: Milk chocolate, malted milk balls, cacao, burnt toast, caramel. A bit of licorice/star anise on the finish.

F: Medium-bodied, smooth, well-rounded, moderately carbonated. Feels a little thin on the finish, though.

O: A decent oatmeal stout. I wish it was little thicker, but it's not bad.

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Photo of beerqa
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Meh. Very dark stout. Minimal head with slight caramel color. Mild hints of coffee and chocolate. Almost no hops taste. Aftertaste is just kinda flat and not memorable. It is not bad or anything but there are so many of the same sort of stouts out there that all taste the same. flat and easily forgotten afterwords. 12oz bottle poured into glass. A six pack of this was hard to get through.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown color with a slim glazing of off-white foamy head. Barely any lacing but what there is slides down. The smell had a rich sweet chocolate to roasty coffee, decadent. The taste was rich and subtly sweet smooth chocolate. Light vanilla adds to balance and leaves a slight sticky sweet aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability to sipping quality about it. It’s got a good thickness running in and out along my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good oatmeal stout ranging on the sweet side.

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Photo of jkblr
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 2/22/17 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp 5.8% ABV. The beer is very dark brown and shows no highlights, even if held to the light. The head is light brown and short lived with no lacing. The aroma is sweet chocolate. The taste follows with sweet chocolate and a slight heat from either alcohol or carbonation. Mouthfeel is full but this bottle seems over carbonated causing a sharp bite to the tongue and non-hoppy bitterness. Overall, good. I've had this before and loved it. I'm not familiar enough with New Holland to know if inconsistency in bottling is a resounding issue for them or not. Try this if you're a fan of the style, preferably in a nucleated pint glass.

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Photo of 88caprice
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great oatmeal stout. Dark with a creamy tan head. Smells malty, sweet, a little charred, and sort of woody. An astringent char taste come through, but is mild and balanced with sweetness. Smooth, moderately fizzy, and slightly sticky. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some roasted malts. Taste is also mild, roasted malts, smoke, hints of oats. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not bad, but there are much better examples of the style available.

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Photo of opierce
4.99/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is exactly what an Oatmeal Stout should be. Very smooth and creamy beer. Not bitter as far as stouts go. Hints of chocolate and oatmeal. Pairs well with food as well.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep brown so dark as to appear black, producing slightly more than a finger of mocha, shortlived, foamy head that leaves only a hint of lace. Aroma is dark roasted malt, rich dark chocolate with hints of coffee, molasses, toffee & a faint touch of dark fruit. Taste is roast,dark malts & slight burnt notes, dark semi-sweet chocolate & hints of cola, coffee & oatmeal. The dry finish exhibits a slightly burnt, unsweetened cocoa & low cola like sweetness. Aftertaste is dry, bitter chocolate, roast, a more exaggerated burnt note than in the finish & maybe a faint touch of smoke. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low-moderate carbonation, creamy but with little peppery bite beginning that midsip and lasting through the finish.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours an almost black color with one finger of fluffy mocha colored head. Aromas of sweet roasted malts, toffee, and caramel. Taste of sweet caramel and toffee, chocolate, and some roasted coffee bitterness.

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Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice oatmeal stout I will reach for again.

Lighter bodied but creamy texture....

Nice roasty aroma with hints of java...

Flavor has a light coffee and cream dimension....subtle milk chocolate...touch of caramel.

I really like how this comes together....a bit more heft in the body would be ok but nothing wrong with how it is.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If poured it is a dark black, but tastes just fine out of the bottle. Has a chocolatey, malty oatmeal cream flavor that warms your soul on a winter day.

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Photo of Bartleby91
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice and drinkable oatmeal stout that is another solid brew from New Holland.
The appearance is a normal pitch black stout with good head retention.
The aroma is coffee, chocolate sweetness, roasted malt, and some earthy hop bitterness.
The taste follows with sweet chocolate, coffee, roast malt, and some earthy hop notes. The roast lingers with the sweetness well.
The palate is medium with a nice roast lingering. Nice dry finish as well.
Overall this is a good and simple oatmeal stout that doesn't do anything too crazy.

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Photo of bwood06
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite my almost monthly trips to Michigan, I had never made it to New Holland until recently. I'm not sure why I never made it, but I never had. Since I saw that they had an Oatmeal Stout on tap, I had to try it.

This beer arrived at the table with a creamy, khaki color head that dissipated slowly to a 1/4 finger high creamy layer that was retained for quite some time. The beer itself is opaque and pitch black with no visible carbonation. 4.25/5 The aroma is very dark and features a deep roasted profile. Notes of espresso and dark chocolate stick out as well as dark, toasted wheat bread, vanilla, caramel, and dark roasted malt. Possibly a bit of char and tobacco come out as well. The aroma is really fairly light but these notes are noticeable. 3.75/5 The flavor is very similar to the aroma with brown sugar and dark roasted grains coming out right away. After the sweetness dies down, out come a light coffee note as well as milk chocolate, along with a grassy bitterness on the back end that lingers lightly on the palate after swallowing. As the beer warms a bit of vanilla is allowed to make itself known in the middle of the sip. 3.75/5 A moderate carbonation burn greets the tongue but then disappears quickly. There is no dryness to the mouthfeel, it rather wets and coats quite nicely. This beer is filled bodied but disappears from he palate upon swallowing. 4/5 In terms of flavor this beer is light compared to many other oatmeal stouts that I have had. The true complexity comes out in the mouthfeel with contrasting characteristics of moderate carbonation and creaminess. The latter leads to a heavier feel while the former lends a lighter body. Very enjoyable to drink and it pairs well with food. 4/5

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