The Poet
New Holland Brewing Company

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #74
Ranked #10,665
3.95 | pDev: 10.63%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
The PoetThe Poet
Notes: IBU's: 40
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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

Black in color with minimal light penetration. There’s a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is of dark malt and black licorice. I’m tasting granola, black licorice, and a bit of plum. The mouth is smooth and creamy.

Jan 01, 2021
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Brook82 from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark in appearance with tick head that took a few minutes to disappate. Left fair amount of lacing in a pint glass. Aroma was balanced and taste was too. Grains did come through. Good beer and would buy again.

Dec 25, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Edgar Allan Poe. This stout is brown/ black in color, decent size mocha cream color head. Smells of roasted malt and cocoa. Taste pretty much hits the nail on the head, but a slightly tinge sour in my case. Probably either the oat backbone or from poor storage from brewery to store to patron. Overall quite smooth and enjoyable. A good stout.

Oct 28, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is true to style, with a large tan head and very good lacing. Roasted malt aroma giving off traits of coffee, chicory and chocolate. Earthy, woodsy, roasted grain, bittersweet taste, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Smooth, medium-to-full bodied, modestly carbonated mouthfeel. Lingering finish.

Oct 23, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a Captain Lawrence muffin top pint; bottled 02/14/20.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with mahogany highlights, a two to three finger, light brown head, more than rim retention, and decent, but fairly short-lived lacing.
S: Aromas of dark chocolate, molasses, raisin, dry figs, and coffee grounds.
T: More semisweet. Flavors follow the nose and work together well, but are enhanced and offset by licorice or star anise and white pepper. Bitterness solid and provides strong counterpoise to the sweetness.
M: Full bodied with moderate effervescence.
O: Picked this up on a trip out to Ann Arbor. It is clearly a solidly made breakfast stout: I like the relative dryness and the solid bittering. Actually, I am surprised and somewhat relieved that the lactose is a bit in the background. I wish I had more.

Oct 10, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fairy nice oatmeal stout from a local brewery. 11/14/19 date printed on bottle. Pours a fairly rich dark brown color with a little tan head and minimal scant spotty lingering lacing. Smells of roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, bread and toasted nuts. Taste follows the nose, decent depth and flavor, not quite as rich as I was expecting. Decently creamy mouthfeel, fairly soft and good carbonation. Fairly enjoyable beer but there are just so many other better oatmeal stouts.

Apr 10, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Tercertiempocervezas. En caso de pinta de Ikea. Estudiando Reglamento PA. Muy buena, con un perfil avainillado y cafetoso ciertamente rico y un sesdoso cuerpazo para ese abv al que sobra un pelín de carbonatacion

Mar 30, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A stout that have bold mouth feel and sharp roasted flavor that isn't too overwhelming. Smells of caramel. Finishes crisp but fades inducing a want of the next sip. It claims creamy but I can't find it. A good beer for the first of the night, but might prove too intense for volume. Enjoy the experience and don't worry about what comes next.

Mar 21, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a nearly jet black color with a watery consistency. A rather small, light tan head. SRM of 23-24. (3.50)

Aroma: Faint aromas. Some faintly roasted cocoa followed by a meaty ham aroma that smooths out to some creamy oats. I've had this meaty aroma in another beer that I can't remember right now. Definite ham. Maybe the oatmeal imparts the ham aroma. (3.25)

Flavor: Light on the tongue too. Light generic cream and roasted pale malts. Weak cocoa. Lots of skim milk. A skim chocolate milk finish. (3.25)

Feel: Light and watery. Low carbonation. Finishes clean with a skim milk cleansing feel. Not thick or creamy. (3.25)

Compared to TJ Stockyard Oatmeal Stout: Similar color but less head. Weaker aroma. More oatmeal/meat? than chocolate. More watery feel and less creamy.

Overall: Surprisingly disappointed by this beer. The aromas, flavor, and body are weak. Watery and feels like skim milk. It's relatively fresh too (only 3 months old) so not sure what went wrong. May revisit this at some point, but watery and weak. (Final Rating: 3.27)

Jan 31, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Oct 23, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

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.

Aug 21, 2019
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2beerdogs from California

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.

Jan 04, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

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;

Dec 01, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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

Oct 26, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

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!

Oct 08, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

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.

Jul 02, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

May 29, 2018
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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.

Mar 31, 2018
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stakem from Pennsylvania

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

Mar 30, 2018
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Fading2black from Michigan

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.

Feb 26, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.

Jan 17, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

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.

Dec 30, 2017
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beerqa from Virginia

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.

Jul 14, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 10, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

May 19, 2017
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