New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 40

Added by inebrius on 02-01-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
739
Ratings:
2,391
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
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Photo of captaincoffee
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours near black with a small creamy head that only left specks of lace. Nose is milky, with some earthy chocolate notes. Taste is a bit bolder, with lots of dark chocolate, but fairly simple and straightforward. Creamy medium-light mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a single 12oz bottle and poured into a clear beer mug. It pours dark with a light tan head that doesn't linger for too long. It has a nice appearance in the glass. It smells of citrus, chocolate, and light bourbon. Up until this point the beer was decent. I wasn't a big fan of the taste. It was very light. I had a lot of trouble telling the ingredients that I could taste. I could taste light chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. This made it a little creamy too me. The beer had a roasted malt finish. It just seemed light and nothing special. It was drinkable, but it was lacking something. Ill drink It, I'm just not a huge fan of it. I probably wouldn't recommend over some of the alternatives on the market.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown, near pitch black color with a minimal khaki head. The head is gone quickly but settles into a nice golden halo around the top of the beer.

Aroma brings lots of baker's chocolate and vanilla as well as a hint of dark fruits.

The taste starts off more coffee forward, with some milk chocolate not far behind. There's also some vanilla and cream in the middle. Finishes slightly bitter and roasted.

The feel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation. Very creamy and smooth, yet just a tad thin for my liking. Has a relatively dry finish.

Overall, a very impressive oatmeal stout that is fairly straightforward for the style, but still has a lot to bring to the table. The only knock is the relatively thin body. Otherwise, this is very tasty and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown hue with a brown head as well. I thought that I might have tried this in the past but not quite.

Cocoa, roasted coffee and dark fruit in the nose.

Rich with cocoa, cream and roasted coffee upfront.

Texture reminds me of a malted milkshake. It's slick. Nice bitter coffee finish.

This is one of the last beers that I received 2 weeks ago from friends visiting from MI. It's easily one of the best.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed form the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate. This FINE
stout pours a very nice and dark black with a touch of brown and a nice head
of light tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pool, and nice sudsy lacing
with each sip. Nose show notes of sweet dark chocolate, subtle char, and light
coffee with dark roasted malts. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with dark chocolate
awash in medium dark roasted coffee, a touch of cream, and a subtle herbal hop
bite on the back that is perfect. Excellent mouth feel that drinks more like a good
black ale with a nice touch of char on the rear. Excellent! Always a welcome sight,
especially in "beer hell" season known as Summer time.

Cheers

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Photo of Nimbus_
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Nearly black with just a tiny bit of light coming through. Forms a low, thin layer of light tan head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Mostly chocolate. A little bit of roasted malt and coffee as well, but the chocolate is more present. However, the aroma of this stout isn't very strong at all.

Taste: A lot of complexity happening here with a lot of flavors. Right away, I get roasted malt, but the taste quickly turns sweet. This is where the oats and chocolate balance the taste very well with the roasted malt. It's not too bitter and certainly not too sweet. I might be picking up some dark fruit flavors as well, but it's hard to tell with so much going on in this beer. The aftertaste that is left is a nice roasted coffee.

Feel: Somewhat underwhelming compared to a lot of stouts. The mouthfeel is creamy, but it is a very light creaminess. And there is definitely a moderate carbonation that doesn't overpower the beer, but it's a little unexpected from a stout. Personally, I like very little to no carbonation in my stouts.

Overall: Definitely a tasty stout. I'm glad that I tried this one! If you are looking for a balanced stout that isn't too heavy, roasted, or too sweet, then this might be a good place to start. And the carbonation presence may be welcomed by people transitioning from lighter, more bubbly beers.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours almost black with a thin tan head. Very malt forward with a thick mouth feel like a proper stout, but without much of a creamy feel. Taste has a sharper bite than I would expect from an oatmeal stout. This is not unpleasant - just uncharacteristic for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland The Poet Oatmeal Stout, 5.2% ABV, 40 IBU. Pours thick and very dark brown, with 2 fingers of tan head, dissipates quickly leaving decent lacing. Nose is faint chocolate, otherwise could not pick up much else. Taste is roasted malt, some chocolate, not very bitter. Good mouthfeel, though not as "chewy" as other oatmeal stouts. Overall excellent! Going on my favorites list.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very complex and slightly different stout. The flavors are more than just roast & chocolate. This is about as good as it gets, especially for it's class.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tall, beige head. Chocolate nose. Mouthfeel is soft and pillowy. Chocolate and malt mixes to bring a very rich quality to the flavor. Just a bit of hops for balance at the end. Very well-executed.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.86/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured mine into the beer glass that looks like a wine glass.

Pours dark like a dark coffee or chocolate.
No foam head to speak of, very thin line that clings to the edge of the glass at its top.

Smells of dark roasted chocolate and oats.

Light to moderate chocolate taste slight bitterness, maybe hops, hard for me to tell, the taste of that roastedy chocolate is a bit strong, but not too strong on it's own, but drowns out other flavors.

Feels nice though, sorta creamy soft carbonation, smooth.

Overall, not a stout person but some have surprised me, and this one isn't doing it for me. It's all subjectiv e and this isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of Redrover
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bough as part of a mixed 6 pack. Poured into an imperial pint glass, the beer is borderline black with a dense and large brown head. It has good lacing, it is a looker.

I get roasted malts and dark fruit on the nose.

First sip is of heavily roasted malts, there is a bit a nice char. There is also some sweetness from the oats and a bit of baker’s chocolate. Mid-glass some dark fruits and a hint of coffee emerge.

The mouth is pretty much spot on with some heft and silkiness.

Nothing not to like about this beer. I will be on the lookout for more.

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Photo of nanertak
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours inky brown, little tan head that rose and fell fairly quickly.

Smell - Roast, chocolate, slight hint of rummy booze, Still pretty chilled when poured, will likely open up as it warms. .

Taste - Fantastic. Mirrors smell, hops slightly present but held in check. Blends well with the bitterness of the roast. Coffee and chocolate again, little soft biscuit flavor (oats?) in the middle.

Mouthfeel - Sexy, not sweet but round and slightly chewy. Carbonation is on the money. Enough to help the oats fill out the body but not so much that it washes out or prickles.

Overall - Great beer, great example of the style. Great balance. Not a beer I'd drink a lot of, but one that I'd drink slowly and think about it.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
samsmith33 (730) - - JUN 1, 2015
**
06/012015
Bottle to snifter. Finish is dry. Strong coffee in the nose. Chocolate and coffee Taste.
**

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown beer and a light tan head make for an attractive if unsurprising appearance. Head not as lasting as some of this style. Carbonation not excessive. Nose balanced, mild, not really outstanding. Maybe a hint of cola? Taste... almost as though this beer were hiding an extra fine flavor profile behind a "normal" stout introduction. A slight sharp intro quickly gives way to a broad soft, mildly roasty flavor that hangs on, letting a few other flavors emerge, including a bit of oatiness, maybe a bit of cola or caramel... and eventually leaving a mildly hoppy aftertaste. Super smooth, creamy mouthfeel... I love swirling it around in my mouth. Quite fine.

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Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown and opaque with ruby highlights at the edges. Low head of beige foam that settles quickly.

Aroma of cocoa and caramel, some toffee and root beer.

Flavors match the aroma, notes of leather, subtle suggestion of smoke. Faint ashy finish, a bit tannic but there's a subtle sweetness matched by subtle hop flavors in the finish.

Thin mouthfeel, a bit slick. Would prefer more body. Fine carbonation in the finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice American stout. Black with a nice tan head that lasts. Subtle nose. Well balanced, with the roasted malt taking the highest note over the hops. Very drinkable

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a khaki colored, half-finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds. Not much lacing, but what's there is mostly spotty with a few broken lines to decorate the glass.

Smell - Chocolatey notes with lesser roast and clean, earthy oat.

Taste - Roasted malt takes the lead on the tongue, while chocolate notes play a distant second fiddle. Light smoke. Oats. A touch of tartness creeps in near the finish, then a quick, clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Mostly creamy texture that quickly fluffs up and dries out in the finish to make this an easy drinker.

Overall - Decent oatmeal stout. Nothing here strikes me as outstanding, but its smooth and has a fair flavor profile. In other words, drinkable but uninspiring.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been a stout that I will drink mostly one per winter.
It is not too hoppy for me (and 40 IBU is higher than I prefer for the style). The way the malts are roasted actually may help to distract from the high level of hops.... or maybe it is the way the oatmeal is so smooth in the mouth that I don't notice the hops.
Poet finishes a little sweet and pairs well with desserts... which is a good idea passed on from the old burlesque formula "leave 'em smiling."

Poet is one of two brews from New Holland on the "1001" list and, arguably, is one that deserves to make it.

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Photo of MNAle
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark/black/opaque. Half-agressive pour results in a tall tan bubbly head, almost to the top of the Imperial Irish pint glass. Head recedes slowly, leaving thick lacing. Sweet, smoaky, roasted, nutty aroma. Thick, smooth feel. Taste is roasted but subdued. Sweetness & roastiness are there, but far from overpowering. Nice and smooth, but not as much roastiness as the aroma would suggest. Bitterness asserts in the middle and continues for a clean finish. An easy drinking stout, smooth and creamy.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Jet black with a tan half finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate, oatmeal.

T: Slightly roasty. Chocolate malts. A nice creaminess from the oatmeal.

M: Medium with medium creamy carbonation.

O: A decent oatmeal stout. Love the label. Would enjoy again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1/23...pours predictably black with a light lid of tan foam. Very dark and still. Oaty nose, roasted coffee. Smooth and creamy, full oat background, sharp bitter close. The smoothness takes over from there.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Overall: Glass appearance-color as expected. Nose is roasty, with maybe a little
vanilla present. Taste follows suit, with a glimpse--at best--of malt and
said vanilla, that moves onto roasty lingering bitterness. Decent and creamy
mouthfeel. The usual outcome for me wrt many in this style; I liked/appreciated
the depth and range of the smoky-bitter flavors, but the omission of sweetness rains
on the parade. Would not revisit.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9-3-15. 10 oz. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with less than 1 finger khaki head. Dissipates to rings of bubbles around the edges. Totally opaque; can't really say what kind of carbonation. Lacing was a little bit of a let-down; not much.

Smell: Prominent roasty character. Some sweet malty/sugary chocolate character, but really more roast-driven on the smell. Toasted oats. Cheerios-like. I really don't think that's my imagination. Coffee with cream actually does describe this. Not the way a milk stout has an actual milky/creamy smell, but more like a mild robusta-type coffee.

Taste: Fairly dry, roasty arrival. Mild sweetness across mid-palate, but very, very mild- this is a roast driven animal. On the finish, roast bitterness, hop bitterness, and a lingering grain note that I found in Rheingeist Panda and this, which I have to assume is the taste of the oats coming through.

Mouthfeel: Definitely creamy and mouth-filling, but it somehow remains light in impression, relative to other non-nitro stouts I've had. Heavier side of mid-bodied. Clearly heavier than Left Hand's milk stout nitro. The fairly active carbonation increases the sensation of weight on the mouth. Mild slickness on the finish. Quite drinkable.

Overall: I have heard some say that this is a sweeter take on the oatmeal stout. While that may be the case, it is not a sweet beer at all, and not sweet compared to the milk stouts and RIS's I have had. All told, it appears to be a very drinkable, malt and roast-driven stout. This is the rare stout that I think would pair with food. While I respect it for what it is, this is not my cup of beer.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau Stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a thick firm head.

Lots of rich roasted astringent malt on the nose. Very stout like with little to no hops.

Almost a milky sweetness balanced by the roasted astringent malts.

Very good drinking stout.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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