The Poet
New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #129
Ranked #14,591
3.93 | pDev: 10.69%
Friday at 10:32 PM
Feb 01, 2003
Very Good
The PoetThe Poet
Notes: IBU's: 40
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Reviewed by Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It's cold outside and I thought this would be a good beer to try.... Velvety smooth and taste pretty good .... Not really my style so perhaps I'm not the best critic... But for this type of beer I give it a thumbs up and above average
Friday at 10:32 PM
Rated: 4.03 by Whyteboar from Michigan

Oct 12, 2022
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
10/01/22: Austyn’s, Marietta, Ohio
Oct 02, 2022
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can served in a Samuel smith ale glass. Date stamp on bottom of can: 06/08/22 09:27.

Appearance: Very dark brown, with some light at the edges. Thick tan head with lots of persistent lacing.

Smell: Faint cocoa powder and a bit of roasted malt. More sweet than anything.

Taste: Definite chocolate note up front, with some notable malt sweetness. Roasted malt character shows up, along with some lingering char and herbal notes at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very good thickness, with just right carbonation. A bit of a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Easily drinkable, and definitely on the sweet side for an outmeal stout. I'd almost call it a sweet / milk stout, but it's not quite there. Definitely need to pair this with some pastry or dessert, although I think this would go well with a burger as well.
Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 4.69 by Greg_Eans from Kentucky

Jul 26, 2022
Rated: 3.36 by ahuey333 from Wisconsin

Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Robertas from Lithuania

May 17, 2022
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Reviewed by sodavisions from Michigan

3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25
Poured into a cool beer snifter-thing from Target

LOOK: Coca-Cola brown/black, three finger tan head that quickly disappears, moderate lacing
SMELL: Espresso, Dark chocolate (like those high-cacao % ones that taste like chalk at Whole Foods), and malt.
TASTE: Moderate carbonation, sweet espresso opening, then milk chocolate, then an extra punch of sweetness and bitterness on the finish from it being beer and not a Lindt bar.
FEEL: Way lighter than expected for a stout, but not necessarily a bad thing if you look at it more like a session-y sort of thing. Is it Terrapin Wake-n-Bake? No, but it doesn’t need to be.
OVERALL: Not the greatest Stout-with-a-capital-S in the world by any means but a pretty solid drink without being too heavy.
Apr 14, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a very dark brown, big frothy tan head than did not stick around long, and spotty lacing. Coffee, malt a bit of cocoa fill the senses, a bit thin. Not bad.
Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by mcbraxt from Michigan

Jan 10, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by DruC4 from Michigan

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Black, dark brown at the edges, dense khaki head, exceptional retention, rings of lace
Smells like espresso and milk chocolate
Taste follows smell, but a bit more mellow. A little bit of caramel sweetness
Full bodied and appropriately carbonated
A really great oatmeal stout. It would probably rate higher if it had crazy flavorings added or was higher ABV
Oct 15, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by Meddwol from Michigan

Oct 13, 2021
Rated: 3.41 by STOOOO from Wisconsin

Aug 18, 2021
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Rated by 94rocker1 from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A good solid oatmeal stout. Great to get into stouts as it isnt too heavy on the stomach. Great balance of flavor
Jul 08, 2021
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can
date stamped 03/01/21
in a year looking for beers I haven’t had in years, this one fits the Bill
L: brown body, tall frothy tan head sticks to the glass as it fades
S: chocolate, roasted barley, oat
T: similar to aroma; baker’s chocolate, roasted barley, oats, caramel, earthy hops
F: medium body, quite smooth, ample carbonation, semi-bitter finish
O: just as good as I remember
Jun 08, 2021
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Reviewed by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
I poured a cold one into a pint glass.. and watched a substantial tan head form from ample carbonation.. the appearance was almost nitro-like in the shimmer of bubbles dancing upward. It stands a deep, dark cola brown, impenetrable to light but for a reddish brown tint at the bottom of the glass. The smell was pleasant but faint, of oatmeal, grains, and faint coffee and caramel notes. The taste is noticeably more robust, with an unexpected hoppiness embracing the malted grains , and a slight sweetness on the aftertaste, but I was expecting a bit of smokiness indicative of the oatmeal stout style, and it was absent. Curiously, the abundant foam of the initial pour did not sustain, and left a weak lacing as I proceeded to drink.. the mouth feel was weak, too. There is no joy in rolling this brew over your tastebuds. Overall, this is a decent, middling oatmeal stout. There are better options.
Apr 24, 2021
Rated: 4.04 by bubb4 from Illinois

Mar 14, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by Milkman_d83 from Kentucky

Feb 16, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Metalgod666 from Michigan

Feb 09, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Feb 01, 2021
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.63 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | 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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Reviewed by Danzifer from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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
Rated: 4.25 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Oct 21, 2020
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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
Rated: 3.78 by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio

Sep 20, 2020
Rated: 4.94 by gorby67 from Pennsylvania

May 21, 2020
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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
Rated: 3.75 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Mar 22, 2020
Rated: 3.8 by Yendor61 from Michigan

Mar 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Oldmann

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
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
Rated: 4.28 by G-Hawk from Colorado

Dec 26, 2019
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Rated by KS_Augsburg from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Very good oatmeal stout - a lot of the full flavor with only moderate ABV. Love it, want another one.
Dec 25, 2019
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