The Poet
New Holland Brewing Company

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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #66
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,569
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 10.89%
Reviews:
769
Ratings:
2,523
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New Holland Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
The PoetThe Poet
Notes: IBU's: 40
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Photo of Roguer
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour: strong, fluffy, creamy tan head, with very good retention and lovely, wide lacing. Brew itself comes out brown, congealing into a dark, dark brown - almost ebony - presentation in the glass.

Roasted barley, cream, overripe fruit, and yes, oatmeal; all present in varying amounts in the nose. A little alcohol presence, as well, alongside some cocoa and coffee.

Very roasty flavor up front, featuring lots and lots of roasted barley (which keeps coming back for more!), coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Cream and overripe dark fruit try to make themselves known on the mid-palate, before being overwhelmed by roasted barley. Delicious!

Thick, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Some sting; very lively. No hint of alcohol. Nicely balanced with an earthy bitterness.

Among the best oatmeal stouts I've had. Lots of roasted barley; creamy, smooth body; not exactly complex, but not one-note, either. Great beer. Compares favorably with Founders Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkest mahogany with razor-thin ruby edges. No light is getting through the center of this stout. The wheat toast brown head is firm, sticky, persistent and lays down quite a bit of thick, chunky lace. The nose is dominated by roasted malt with aromas of coffee and chocolate, primarily the former.

The Poet is great beer. Coffee is still more prominent than bittersweet chocolate on the palate, but they're now close to being equal contributors. The degree of roastedness is just about perfect as far as I'm concerned. It's apparent that the malt has been flambed, but that bitter char that can sometimes result with overroasting isn't present.

Even though it's no Storm King or Shakespeare in terms of pedal-to-the-metal hoppiness, it's obvious that hops are in the house. The beer is well-balanced in the sense that it favors neither sweet nor bitter at any point along the flavor arc. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy with a nicely mouthcoating finish. I'm trying to find something to criticize, but I'm not having any luck.

The Poet is yet another wonderful beer from New Holland and, along with Snake River Zonker Stout, is my favorite 'just plain ol' stout' to date. Given my BA name, I'm sure that I'm unwelcome in the state of Michigan, but damn, you guys have some great breweries up there. Thanks to deejaydan for this gem.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is two fingers high, khaki in shade. Its soft creaminess retains decently enough, and also leaves behind some streaks of lacing. I wish it was pitch black, but that's a nitpick.

S: There's a very nice combination of nuts and chocolate coming together. I'm not getting a lot of roast or coffee characteristics I really like from a stout, though. It's a touch mineral-y at times. Not the finest aroma ever, but dammit it works nonetheless.

T: The nose threw me for a curveball: it's more roasty than suggested, but still with a subtle dark chocolate background. I'm also getting some notes of coffee, oat, nuts (I want to say almond), and caramel - mostly clustered on the back end. There are faint earthy expressions floating around here and there. No twists or turns, just a really solid stout.

M: For a second, it seems very soft and creamy on the palate. And it is. But wow, does it ever finish dry. A lot of it is due to how damn carbonated it is - it almost stings the palate. The relative lightness doesn't help conceal some of the fizz. Meh, whatever, I'll deal; this is still very tasty and easy to drink.

O: This one just works. It's a good mix of roasty and sweet, without ever being overpowering. My only real nitpick is that it seems a bit too fizzy on the palate. If I could get it locally (I can't :(), I'd put it on my "buy again" list.

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Photo of Brad007
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a nearly one inch head, and little random streaks of lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark, intense roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Incredible taste here, I was really pleasantly surprised. Both chocolate and coffee are big in play here, even though no chocolate and coffee were added. Great malt work here- the flavors intertwine nicely, and give the feeling of chocolate covered espresso beans. There is some nice roasty malt flavors as well, with a little bit of bitterness on the end of each sip from the hops. I also taste some vanilla as well, as well as mild smoke. How is this only 5.2% ABV? The flavor is so full.

Medium to thick body (again, how is this only 5.2%?), creamy, smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Incredibly drinkable, I didn't want to put this down.

This is a perfect example of how full, complex flavor can still be packed into beers of lower ABV. I had heard decent things about this one, but didn't know it was going to be so good. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate syrup brown color with a relatively modest tan head that retains fairly well and leaves a some lace

Smell: Lots of roasty char, with dark chocolate and coffee underneath

Taste: Opens roasty, with a developing bittersweet chocolate element that gets drowned by roasty bitterness at mid-palate; after the swallow, it mellows a bit and introduces a coffee flavor, but the bitterness from the roast and the hops dominate

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; smooth and creamy, but slightly thin

Drinkability: A very nice beer; could use s thicker mouthfeel and perhaps a bit more malt flavor, but still quite good

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Photo of fscottkey
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.50] Fat 2 finger tan head. The head has medium bubbles - not as dense as the ideal look. The head settles most of the way but is always there and forms great lacing on the glass. The beer is a dark brown with slight reddish tinges on the sides. There is a date code that translates to (03/25/15). No indication of the ABV on the bottle.

S: [4.25] Really nice coffee aroma. It is subtle and smooth. There are hints of cocoa too.

T: [4.25] Kind of a reversal on the nose. I got chocolate up front then more of the coffee flavor. There are also traces of vanilla and toasted marshmallow.

M: [3.75] The beer has a slightly water feel. At 5.2% it is doing its best but there is not much chew to it. The finish is really nice and makes up for a little bit of a lack of body.

O: [4.25] I was really surprised by this one. I just grabbed it in a mix 6 to fill it up. But it is really good. The coffee flavor is done really well - it comes across in the nose and when you drink it. There are also other flavors in there that compliment it really well. As notes the body is a little thin but the other aspects really cover that up. Also, if this is something you care about this is a really low calorie beer for a stout with such flavor.

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Photo of nanertak
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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 LakersGotRings
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a forgettable offering from NH. The Hatter Series, is where this brewery shines.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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 tkdchampxi
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good, well-made stout that fills your nose with bold, dark coffee and malted barley. The taste comes close to matching the smell, but I almost just want to sit with my glass and savor this beer through my nostrils. Worth trying, and better than many offerings, but not quite inspiring me to verse or rhyme. If it were more concentrated in flavor then allowed to mellow in carbonation, it's be overall much better.

A: pitch black, but with a creamy off-white, half-centimeter head that quickly dissipated. Low lacing. Thin bubbles that sparkle and remind me of champagne. The beer swishes thinly, like coca cola, and ripples with every vibration of the table.

S: this is possibly one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. The front smells like sweet chocolate - Hershey melted into a glass. There is coffee and malted barley in the middle. There is caramel on the finish and mixed throughout.

T: I am let down by the taste here. Dark, roasty, and just a touch bitter. Tastes a bit like thinly brewed coffee, carbonated, and mixed into a brown ale. I like it, but don't love it.

M: too thin - this beer would benefit from some added viscosity and a but less carbonation.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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 utopiajane
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a thinnish creamy head of tan foam that refreshes with each tip. Opaque. Nose is roasty malt and the impression of coffee and cream. Taste is smooth and graceful yet hearty with the flavor of oats. Flavor from oats you say? Yes in this beer they are a bit nutty. Creamy mouthfeel that is a bit fuller than you think with just enough hop bitter to finish it dry. Hops smell like a stemmy mild herbal as the beer warms. Slight oily slickness . Silky smooth gentle flavor .

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Photo of Tim9m1r
4.86/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Opaque black color with a half inch medium-thick tan head that dissipates at a medium-slow rate.

Smell - Sweet roasted malt and earthy smoked wood hops followed by dark chocolate.

Taste - Sweet roasted malt and smokey wood followed by lightly bitter dark chocolate and very mild alcohol with a roasted malt and smokey wood finish.

Mouthfeel - Rich and creamy, very well balanced bitterness/sweetness, medium carbonation,and very mild alcohol feel

Overall - An amazing stout. Very well balanced in every way.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Persistency of the small tan head lacks. Otherwise, pours a nice dark brown with garnet on the edges.

S: Char smoked toffee, coffee, chocolate and brown sugar notes.

M: Smooth, silky, and creamy. Medium body with a medium high carbonation level.

T: Well-rounded beer, artistically crafted. Remnants of char after a sweet toffee and rolled oat start. Sweet brown malts parlay into a bittersweet chocolate leading to a roasted coffee finish. All flavors combine to create a slight licorice effect with the sweetness covering the medicinal char. I'd be drinking this medicine everyday.

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

You know a brew is special to me when I pour it into my vintage 8 oz glass with the raised painted owls on it. And it certainly is! This is the darkest chocolate coffee stout that I've had yet. Throw in some rolled oats and you've got a new favorite fourth meal! It's a double-barrelled swarzbier, a stout that I can imagine three guys man-handling the Keebler elf and his latest bacth of chocolate chip cookies into the wort mixer and stirring until the foam rises to the top leaving a creamsicle circle about the rim of the vat.

Poet-wise, being that is its namesake, it is Etheridge Knight: black, brunt and over-the-top sans the profanity and emotional irascibility. It's not quite as severe as joining the black panthers but there is a portent to extreme things waiting inside this bottle. Just don't drink it at the local coffee house or you might be pre-disposed to wrangle with some old man-haired poetess who reaches the divine muse via Granny Clampett and the fat man sitting in the corner perspiring poetry with a cheshire grin on his face always exclaiming with contained joy, "Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Yes. Mmmmm."

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Photo of Redrover
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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 303beer
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When poured it gives a rocky head. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Delicious. Deep red brown when held to a light in a pint glass. I like that you can see through it. No sediment. Again a plus. Been drinking this beer for long time. I stack all oatty stouts against this one. It's my favorite. Excellent job by the brewers.

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

A real pleasure to drink if you like this style. It has a nice roast profile and a very smooth mouth feel (from the oats obviously). Things I like about it - smooth mouth feel, great roast flavor, local brewery, fresh beer with date, decent price.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big creamy tan head that retains well and lace the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet roasty chocolate malt and oatmeal.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt, some acidic roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly pitch black with a dark cocoa-colored head. Head drops fairly quickly leaving some lace behind.
Smell is malt, coffee, dark chocolate, hint of hops. Nice balance.
Taste is all of that and better balance. Hops is better represented. Nice alcohol backing it up though not as sweet as expected.
Medium-full body. Somewhat crisp with a nicely balanced malt/hop aftertaste. Light effervescence focused on the tip of the tongue. Dry finish. Very good, similar to a Guinness but with more body and more flavor.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger creamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good spotty foamy lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of roasted malts, cocoa powder, chocolate malt balls like Whoppers, caramel, toffee, light vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, faint piney hops and charred wood. Mild aroma of chocolate milk or half and half adds some sweetness to the Whoppers and balances the roasty aspects.

Tastes just like it smells of roasted malts, cocoa powder, Whoppers, oats, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, light vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, charred wood, faint piney hops and chocolate whipped cream. The sweetness is not as strong as the roasted and burnt wood flavors, but this somehow has a chocolate milk (with Hershey's syrup) taste that makes it extremely easy to drink.

Holy smooth feel Batman! This flows down like water with just enough char and thickness to give it the stout appeal, and keep the bitterness present to clarify that this is a stout, even though the body is light and it's very easy to drink quickly. Overall I really liked this as it was flavorful and went down so nice that I had to slow myself down from chugging it. Some roasted coffee and/or hop bitterness lends itself to a nice finish that basically begs you to drink another one. A real nice oatmeal stout.

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Photo of tazzman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2523 ratings