New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 40

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Photo of bsp77
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark ruby-black with tan creamy head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Wonderful semi-sweet chocolate aroma, with some roasted barley and oats.

Taste: Strong roasted flavor with mildly sweet chocolate, coffee, and oats. Finishes with a light hop bitterness that is almost slightly sour.

Feel: Low carbonation, fairly full body that is remarkably creamy for such a low abv beer.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable - low alcohol with lots of flavor and a sublimely smooth body. Session stouts don't get any better.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a chunky two finger mocha head over a black body with just a faint ruby edge. Head recedes to a manageable 1cm, which hangs around for the pint, leaving nice lace. Aromas of cocoa powder, toasted grain and light caramel. Flavor is chocolate, biscuit and toasted grain with a medium to substantial sweetness. Milder notes of vinous fruit, plum, and a subdued citric hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, body is medium full. Carbonation is soft, but noticeable. Finish is slightly dry.

This is perhaps my biggest surprise beer of the year. I had heard good things, and am an ardent supporter of New Holland’s wares, but for some reason I’ve never gotten around to trying the poet. What a mistake. This is a complex and substantial ale at a price that can’t be beat. Paired well with some Irish cheddar.

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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 unionturf
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up while in SC.

Poured very dark/black with deep ruby hue when held up to the light. Small head with very good chocolate/coffee smell. MF was very smooth and taste was excellent, a very drinkable stout. This was one of my favorite stouts to date, wish I had bought more that 2 while I was there...see a road trip to SC soon.

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Photo of younger35
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a mixed 12 pack of New Holland brews from Friar Tucks in Bloomington, IL. Going to try to review all 6 different beers that come in the mixed pack today while watching football. Drank from a generic mug while watching Boston College and Florida State. MASON under the cap.

Appearance- Pours black as night with a small crimson ring that wraps around the edges of the glass. A decent half finger lightly tan head forms leaving a decent cap and collar with bits of spotty lacing.
Smell- Some cold French roasted coffee to start with plenty of the bittersweet chocolate that usually follows the coffee nose. This beer obviously has plenty of roast as the malts smell nice and charred and smoky. Some caramel malt lends a small amount of sweetness as well.
Taste- Lovingly roasted and toasty with an acrid char that lends a bit of concentrated coffee goodness. Tinges of sweetness enter the picture with a soft caramel and vanilla woodiness. Bittersweet chocolate adds a bit of bitterness that seems to meld with the slightest of earthy hop. A soft chocolate sweetness lingers on...
Mouthfeel- Fairly significant body with a ultra smooth creaminess that is only interrupted by the slight zing from the carbonation.
Drinkability- Well this is beer 6 of 6 for tonight. #5 was really good, turns out #6 is better. I'll almost always pick a nice Stout over an IPA but I really didn't think The Poet would be able to beat out Mad Hatter. It's fantastically smooth and chocolaty/coffee-ee and just a awesome go-to Stout. Really tasty stuff!

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Photo of hopsputin
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: a rich, silky dark black color. no light shines through. large 3 finger solid tan bubbly head

s: smell is mouth watering. dark cherries, toasted malts, black and red licorice, caramel & toffee, powdered dark chocolate, and a hint of oak

t: the taste differs from the nose a little, but is very nice. this has the most oat-flavor of any oatmeal stout i've ever head which i'm really digging. this fades into toasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate follow. that fades to a nice chocolate covered cherry and licorice flavor, followed by really nice creamy milk chocolate. the finish is toasted malt

m: medium mouthfeel, with a large amount of carbonation

o: super impressed with this. great aroma, nice, complex and well-balanced flavor that is delicious. 100% would recommend having this

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep mahogany brown with ruby glints around the edges. A 2" ivory head reduces fairly quickly with decent soapy retention down the sides.

Has a nice roasted malt smell, topped with dark coffee and chocolate, toffee and vanilla. The smell is full and pleasing.

Has a milky, smooth taste, malty, and creamy. The coffee taste is smooth, almost sweet, like warm coffee ice-cream. Sweet toffee nips at the tongue toward the end of the sip, followed by a twinge of bitter. Well balanced, this is a smooth drinking oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, quite pleasant.

Highly drinkable, I would definitely look to have this beer again.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There really is no denying New Holland. They are totally overlooked, and completely underrated. This is another example of their dedication to well crafted brews. Poured out to a dark black, cherry wood red color with a nice head of about 1/2 inch. Rings of lace are consistant and nearly uniform. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas were a bit on the light side, but traces of coffee and cocoa were present, with hints of earth and wood. Very nice, but way too light. Taste was a five. Amazing. Flavors of cofffee beans, roasted malts, medium pepper, rich wood, thick caramel and hidden hop bitterness make the taste astounding. Quite possibly the best stout I think I have ever had. Mouthfeel was rich, but not overly thick or heavy. Very good drinkability, I wish this was easier to find in South Eastern Michigan. This brew could give Bell's Kalamazoo Stout or Expedition Stout a run for their money! Highly Recommended.

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Photo of bworley
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip glass. looked like it would have no head at first, then it rose into a think 2 fingers of khacki foam that left several rings of lace.
smells great like roasted malt, and a hint of cocoa as it warmed up.
The taste is not too sweet or bitter, and lingers for a few minutes.
good amount of carbonation. Bubbles are small and plentiful. Has a slightly thick, creamy texture.
I could see sitting down with several of these in an evening.
it makes me want a chocolate bar.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a 12 oz. mug. Color is almost pitch black, with perhaps a tiny bit of deep brown showing up around the edges when held to the light. A thin, tan head arises and dissipates to nearly nothing rather quickly. Traces of lacing are left behind.

Aroma is mostly of rich chocolate, which develops more once the beer warms. Full-bodied mouthfeel with initial notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and biscuit, followed by a relatively bitter finish that leads to a satisfyingly rounded aftertaste. Drinkability is superb; I feel I could easily session this one.

Overall a top-notch example of the style.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Poured into pint glass.

Pours nice and dark, very nice sized head and leaves a generous lace as it disappears.

Is it possible to smell thick? If so, here it is. Milk, Chocolate, and a very light scent of roasted malts are present. Oats are also in the mix.

Tastes matches the smell closely, very creamy and chocolatey. With the medium to thick body and light carbonation, this is a damn good combination.

I would absolutely have this again, although I must say as a downside it doesn't have much to distinguish it from beers of a similar style.

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Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoo-Ha! This here's the beer! Poured with a big, foamy, frothy, bit creamy, textured, tan head. And some lace. Aroma is lots of cocoa, some toffee, a bit nutty, malty. Taste is similar. Body is very smooth and creamy with just enough carbonation to make it more interesting. Color is opaque to me; not enough light here to know for sure. A bare hint of alcohol. In spite of its richness, it's kind of drinkable. Even a residual suggestion of sweetness. Super beer!

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Photo of jp32
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black in color with a few red highlights squeaking through if you hold it to the light. The head is very foamy and tan/khaki in color.

The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and sweet, roasty malts.

It has nice roastiness/nuttiness/smokiness all combining for an excellently balanced stout. Hints of vanilla and espresso are also noticeable in the flavor. Finishes with a grassy/herbal taste. Very nicely done.

The mouthfeel is nice, it could probably be a bit bigger, but I would be shrewd to complain about it. Very appealing as is.

Drinkability is awesome. I am impressed right-proper by this one. Great beer here, this is definitly my favorite brew from new holland brewery.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive stout!
A: Pours a rich, thick onyx color with amber highlights around the edges. The head is small, but retains nicely.

S: At first, huuuge chocolate notes, along with roasted malts, a little smokey note, and some molasses or brown sugar

T: Big roasted/burnt flavoring. Dark chocolate is a predominant flavor, along with burnt malts and a nice sweet caramel flavor.

MF/D: Nice full body, smooth going down, good aftertaste. The only complaint I have with this beer is the carbonation. In my opinion it is way overdone.

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Photo of mmedina210
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had never heard of this beer before yesterday and on a trip to my local liquor store the manager handed me this beer and said 'trust me'

The beer pours black, but it has a slight ruby tint. It left a one finger beige head which dissipated into a white lace.

The smell of this beer took me by surprise. On the first whiff I got a nose full of wheat and bread notes, but upon further sniffing, slight Chocolate notes came about and bigger coffee notes, with a hint of something that resembles oatmeal (maybe caramel).

The taste of this beer is magnificent. Coffee is the boldest taste in this beer with a tinge of chocolate. On the front end, just as in the aroma, you can clearly taste a bread-like oatmeal blend and on the back end is when the Roasted Malts take over.

The mouthfeel is as smooth as any stout I have ever tasted. Its not watery nor is it over bearing and it has just enough carbonation to provide a refreshing crispness. It is slightly dry/bitter on the back end which I welcomed with open arms.

I could drink 'The Poet' all day; and I can say, with out a doubt, this is the only 'real' stout I can say this about.

I highly Recommend!

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Photo of kevinlater
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into nonic pint. "H144 09:22" printed on the bottle. consumed on feb. 22, 2015

a: a deep ruby that's hard to see through but definitely not opaque. two fingers of light brown head

s: good roast aroma with dark chocolate and raisins. hints of coffee

t: rich roasted/burnt malt, toast, cocoa, sweet raisins, prunes, bitter black coffee, slight milk chocolate. roasty all around and just so full of flavour. excellent

m: in between light-to-medium-bodied, a bit thin but not watery. mild carbonation. dry finish

o: an incredible, full-flavoured, easy-drinking stout with a very strong roast character

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Photo of CalhounJohn
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very drinkable beer, but I expected more "stoutness." It has a very nice appearance, pour, and aroma. This is a very versatile beer with a great depth of flavor. It comes across as a beer drinkable with almost anything, not just the deep dishes.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a chocolate head with great retention. Black with a slight touch of red from where the light is just able to penetrate. Looks tasty. The aroma is bold and upfront. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee are all fighting for your attention in the nose. Very appealing. This beer is a real treat on the pallet. Well balanced and very tasty. Roasted, chocolate, and crystal malts take the stage, as the oatmeal backs them up quite nicely. I love the sour-sweetness that oatmeal brings to a beer. I also love what oatmean does to the mouthfeel. It's like velvet on your tongue. This is one of New Holland's best brews. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oozes from the bottle a dark, caramel color, but settles into a black body with an inch of halfway foamy head. The head kind of dies quickly.

Great aroma, coffee and chocolate buried inside of the roasted malt. Caramel dances around as well, alongside toffee.

The taste is very malty, very sweet. The chocolate and coffee come through in full force, very subtle use of hops keeps it in check, but finishes a tad watery in my opinion.

Medium/heavy bodied, very creamy and slightly carbonated. The taste combined with the mouthfeel make this one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had. Very easy to drink, and very refreshing. Definitely not my favorite stout style, but incredibly good nonetheless. I will be picking up more of these tasty brews.

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Photo of StonedRugger
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. Bottle
Pours a very dark brown with a bit of light showing through the edges. It is very easy to produce a decent size head which does dissipate to more of a brownish film after a few minutes. The beer is sweet and very appetizing through most of the sip with very strong roasted to burnt malt flavors coming through in the finish. I think this is probably good because it is easily one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. If it was inviting from start to finish I would have a very serious problem on my hands.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, New Holland has done it again! The Poet delivers a beautiful appearance with a long-lasting head and some very nice lace. The nose is quite enticing with a rich combination of chocolate and coffee. In the mouth it's creamy, and surprisingly medium-full bodied. The flavor is as the nose indicates with the addition of a touch of yeasty fruitiness, a dab of caramel, and a solid bitterness. It finishes with a wash of chocolate that fades to a lingering bitterness and almost smoky roastiness. Quite nice!

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Photo of hammer09
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, burgundy-black with a thick, foamy, tan head. Smell is complex with roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate aromas. Quite simply, this beer smells great. Taste is mildly bitter with a nice chocolate-like flavor. This beer exhibits good body; smooth and silky with a dry finish. Overall, a very good, well-rounded oatmeal stout that is sure to please.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle sealed with a colorful crown cap. The main label has a picture of a half open book which lists a beer recipe flanked by an old style Quill pen. Listed as “The Poet Stout”. No strength and no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark black-brown body, which has a clear presentation when backlit. Soft warming sweet chestnut fold sits beneath a tan colored head. Lazy thin conditioning looks slack. Decent head retention with a lingering lace on the side walls.

Nose: Warm toasted nose, as welcome as a roaring coal fire on a cold Winters day. Coffee beans and a sweet chocolate Ice-cream fill the back end.

Taste: Cooking chocolate start with a sweet malt aspect, organic softness with some Earthy farmyard soil like flashes fill the finish with a yeasty tingle. Dark fruits threaten to break in but lay low. Bitterness lies in wait until the swallow allows it to reveal itself. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a veritable solid feel yet creamy and smooth. Tendency is for this one to exhibit a smoked coffee bean body once it warms.

Drinkability: Thoroughly enjoyable. Malty and smooth yet bold and beautiful. Good stuff.

Overall: Prior to “The Poet”, I had only had the misfortune to have had the “Phi 2005” from New Holland, a half thanks to BigHuge for that ;-). That was no welcome brew, but this was.

Highly Enjoyable!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz.

Pours a dark coffee black. No light gets through. The head is massively thick and fine with an oat color and it dissipates down to a thin film but stays pretty much forever.

Smells of oat malts and caramelized sugar.

Tastes like toasted oats and a hint of dark chocolate. Pretty rich.

The body is normal and the carbonation is subtle, leaving a fairly smooth experience.

A pretty delicious oatmeal stout. Goes down easy, would compliment savory food well but also a good sipper on its own.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very deep brown-black color with modest tan head. Skimpy lacing.
Smell is a pleasnt combination of chocolate, chicory, roasted and smoky malt.
Taste also contains roasted malt, coffee. and rich dark fruits. This sweetness is perfectly matched with a firm bitterness at the ending.
Leaves a full creamy feeling in the mouth.
Easy to drink, very tasty. What an excellent beer.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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