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 Stacy53
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Holland- The Poet- Bottled in 2010
Less than 1 year old

A- Dark brown with a light tan one finger head. Fades to a nice bubbly ring around the edges.

S- Woody dark chocolate, malts. the smell is not very strong.

T- Creamy chocolate, light coffee and oats. Nice hop at the end.

M- Light with medium carbonation. Smooth

D- Very drinkable, a bit thin for a stout.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer out of the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very dark amber brown - almost black. The beer has a foamy head with small bits of lacing. The smell is not overwhelming but is of burnt chocolate and hops. The taste is also of burnt malt and is very hoppy, not what I had expected from an oatmeal stout. I guess this helps compensate for the large amount of malt needed to achieve the 6.5%. The mouthfeel is great, full bodied with creamy carbonation. Overall I would have to say this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark flat black hue with a huge creamy mocha head. Great lacing exhibited with spotty lace noted.

S: Bold oatmeal grain like aroma with notes of chocolate, raisin, and a touch of metal.

T: Solid Oatmeal Stout. Wonderful velvet like oatmeal flavors. Hints of chocolate and bitter coffee. Bold dark fruit notes with a touch of green hops in the finish.

M: Medium in body, great carbonation, very smooth.

D: Good, a solid sessionable oatmeal stout.

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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, yet smooth, I suppose that makes for a good oatmeal stout. I didn't get any head retention, but the body is still a nice, thick black. The aroma is a mix of chocolate grains with a touch of coffee and roasted barley. I also keep thinking I'm catching hint of hops, like this is a milder Shakespeare Stout. The same flavors come up on your tongue, along with a sweet malt flavor that's followed by a mild bitter bite. All in all a tasty stout. Not the most distinctive, but a good brew.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to flandersned for this treat.

Dark brown black appearance with a cola head that disappears and leaves some lacing.

Smells of molasses, bakers chocolate.

Taste follows the smell.

Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety but carbonated.

Overall a good beer, solid.

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Photo of semibaked
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours as close to black as possible with just a slight ray of light coming through. Nice beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - Good blend of roasted malts, coffee and dark bread.

T - Roasted malts, hop bitterness, coffee, and some burnt elements, goes down easy.

M - Medium bodied mouthfeel with some nice chew from the oatmeal.

D - This is a pretty solid stout, nothing extreme just well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of grub
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep brown, nearly black, colour with a quarter inch of thick tan head. this slowly fades to a ring of lace around the glass.

aroma is nice. malty and roasty. bit of caramel.

taste is good. big and malty, with some nice roast too. caramel. dark chocolate. biscuity malt. bit of coffee, especially as it warms.

good mouthfeel. fairly big, and smooth. roast level is low, so no real astringency present.

drinkability is good. it's big, but only 6.5%, so the two balance out ok.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cost $1.99 for a 12 oz. bottle at Total Wine.

It poured into the Pint glass nearly black with a thick sticky beige head.

The nose was not overpowering. Smelled of roast malt and cocoa.

It was creamy as you would expect from the style but not as much as other offerings. It had a grainy, chocolate cake quality with a bit of bitterness that popped up on the tongue toward the end of the finish.

It was good, not great. I've enjoyed many of the New Holland High Gravity Series so it is hard to compare once you've had those which are very good. But at a buck 99 a good value and it scores points for that.

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Photo of JamesS
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out nice, with a fair amount of head, although a bit short for a stout. Little lacing, but a nice dark brown color. Nice smell, you can really detect the oatmeal, but the down side is that you don't get a lot of the normal stout scents (roasted, chocolate, or caramel), Good taste, again the oatmeal dominates, leaving just small hints of chocolate in the flavor. Excellent if you really prefer the oatmeal flavor in an oatmeal stout (which I do). Goes down smooth, but a little bitter in the aftertaste.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a pitch black with a good development of head.

S: The aroma was a little tamed. Roasted malts, that was on the chocolate espresso side.

T: For me the taste was lacking, and not what I was expecting. There was a roasted malt flavor that had a slight semi-sweet chocolate aspect. There wasn't much of a coffee flavor, but it was there.

M/F: NH claimed this had a creamy m/f. I thought it had a too much of a carbonated bite to be considered "soft."

Conclusion: the flavor got a little boring after a while. It was good at the start, but the beer got very uneventful. This would probably be a good beer if it was paired with some of the food items suggested on the beer bottle. It was alright, but I wouldn't go running back to it - I'll be moving on.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of deep Tootsie roll brown, letting up the faintest golden streaks of light around the edges. It holds a one finger head of tight, creamy light brown colored bubbles, showing quick retention. This is, however, nicely reproducible with a hard swirl of the glass. This leaves rows of spotted lacing left dripping down the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives dark chocolate and oat as the base of the grain bill, along with multigrain bread, sourdough yeastiness, echoes of white vinegar, thick roast with light char, medicinals, puffed cereal graininess, aluminum, mustiness, and light lactic creaminess. With warmth comes notes of raw barley, rich milk chocolates, and almond oiliness. Our first impression is that while the flavoring and body sit to the lighter side of the spectrum, it shows good roast and depth, and hits all the stylistic high points it needs to, to be pleasant. As we sip, dark fruit of fig, strawberries, and over ripe blueberries begin the taste, mixing quickly with soured roast of chocolate and coffee grain, vanilla buttercream, limey rind, light booze, wet cereal grain, basement mustiness, tinny metallics, mineral bite, smoked meatiness, and sweet cream. The middle comes forward with sourness and biting roast of coffee grain and raw barley, light vinegars, rose florals, distant booze, medicinal phenols, brie cheesiness, wheat cracker breadiness, and flaxseed. The end comes with mineral water, skim milkiness, soft roast of chocolate malt, oat, and soured brown malts, earthen honeysuckle florals, watermelon and sesame seeds, light grassy hoppiness, dust and stone, light corny adjuncts, and warm plastic bitterness. The aftertaste breathes of graphite and gravel, gingerbread, aluminums, molded moss, red grape bite, chocolate and coffee bitterness, muddy mineral, dandelion, and souring smokiness. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is lighter. Each sip gives decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with fine finishing sip. The mouth is initially wetly coated, dripping into rather chalky, lightly puckered astringency across the tongue and anterior hard palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. Through both the aroma and the taste we were given and even-keeled, easy, light brew. Nothing really stood too far out, but rather all the notes, characters, and nuances blended together for an easily appreciated final product. While each sip gave decent froth and cream, this, coupled with the chalky dryness left around the mouth, proved to show a lacking of that soft, silky mouthfeel that you might have come to expect from the style. This slowed drinkability a bit, but the general ease and inclusiveness of flavoring helped to push through it. In the end, although the beer may not live entirely up to the ominous tone set by its name and label, it keeps the drinker interested long enough to enjoy it to the last sip.

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Photo of chaz410
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this for the first time at the common market in charlotte nc. It was poured from joel the new holland rep and it pours clean and smooth black. Not much head but it is a light brown and silky. The nose is nothing special, kinda hard to pull out the special qualities in the beer. The taste is not what I expected, it does have your typical smokey robust notes with dark malt backgrounds like in most stouts along with a good amount of oatmeal, BUT unlike a lot of stouts in this category it is very smooth and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is very clean and surprisingly crisp for the style.

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Photo of Luke4
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very roasty smell that is reminiscent of autumn. The color is great too, very dark with a lingering, creamy head. The taste is robust and roasty but with a great bitter balance. A very nice smooth mouthfeel adds to the drinkability of this beer. i highly enjoyed this stout, and think its one of the best New Holland beers. Top 5 oatmeal stouts out there.

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Photo of joekfsu
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with 1 cm of tan creamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of chocolate and malts. Initial flavor is a mix of chocolate and coffee. Flavor ends with more hops and lasts for a while. Slight lacing, no noted carbonation, medium mouthfeel, and alcohol was well hidden. Drinkable because it is so light, nothing real special for a stout.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Boilermaker, Philly, PA

Poured like a typical stout, dark brown-black body, foamy tan head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa, toasted grains. About the same in the taste, big on the roast, dark malts, grains, a bit nutty, and a touch of sweetness with a counteracting touch of bitterness in the finish. A little thin in the mouthfeel, about medium-bodied. Nothing really distinctive going on here, but still a solid selection.

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Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SPLITGRIN
Pours black with light ruby edges and a short lived tan head and some lacing. Smell is roasty malt and creamy milkiness. Taste is roasty, creamy, sweet malt. Kind of milky again, and a nice rich body on it. Light to medium carbonation and a touch of a chalky flavor at the end. Almost a peanut buttery creaminess and flavor as well. Pretty nice!

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Photo of dfried
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty black in color but you can see some ruby through the thicker parts of the glass. The coco like head dropped quickly to a ring. The aroma was of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, but not too pungent. Definitely an oatmeal stout, the taste was mainly sweet and cherry like, with a body that wasn't all that rich and creamy up front, but roasted coffee and charcole like flavors lingered in the background. The mouthfeel takes a hit with the beer having lower carbonation. High quality stout all in all, but it didn't really impress me.

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Photo of treyrab
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra from kirok1999 (I think?)! Poured into my pint glass...

A: Pours a translucent dark brown. Almost cola colored when you hold it up to the light - some ruby hues coming through. A decent tan head that lasts shortly, and laces pretty well.

S: The smell is of nice ground coffee roast. It is not pungent by any means, but a nice mellow smell of coffee.

T: Pretty light, but how the style should be. A nice light coffee flavor, followed by light cocoa - nothing sharp. The hops are very subtle here, as there is only slight bitterness from the coffee.

Overall, a pretty decent oatmeal stout. Very velvety and creamy.

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Photo of nota
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark almost black. Large three finger brownish head.Sipping through the head I got the sensation I was drinking a melted coffee shake. Has a dark roasted coffee smell. Taste much the same with a dominate cocoa flavor and burnt toast in the mix. Taste lingers in mouth well after swallowing. I did not see an abv % on bottle and I would of never guess the abv was 6.5 % and that is a good thing. Stouts are not my favorite style but I do get in the mood for one every once in a while and this one was pleasent to my palate and hit the spot.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, but a nice ruby color comes through when held to light. There's a nice little, creamy head, but it goes away after just a minute or two. The lacing left behind is pretty nice.

Smell: Alcohol, oatmeal, chocolate, malt. Doesn't smell particularly good, but it's not bad at all either.

Taste/feel: Almost has an oaky flavor, as if it was in barrels. The oatmeal is there a little bit, but it doesn't taste all-too much different from a typical stout to my taste buds. The Poet also has a bitterness at the end that I'm not too fond of because there's not much sweetness in it. I also get some smokey, woody aftertaste here as well.

The Poet is a quality stout, but not quite the stout for me. The mouth feel is pleasant, the beer looks awesome, and the initial taste on each sip has a nice, slightly sour, chocolate/oatmeal/malt taste for me, but the aftertaste isn't too great. This would be a nice choice with some sort of rich, white cheese, I think... call me crazy, but maybe a Greek salad? I'd drink The Poet again, but I'm not crazy about it.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an opaque dark brown (almost black) color with a medium beige head that dissipates slowly. Thin curtain of lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is very roasty, with coffee and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied and closer in consistency to a Porter than a Stout. Roasted coffee at the forefront, with molasses, chocolate and some hops in the flavor. The finish is mildly bitter and roasty. Overall this is a pretty good Stout, but it is lacking richness.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/black body with ruby highlights. Very airy, bubbly light beige three-finger head.

Coffee with a dash of milk in the nose. I mean a smell of coffe with milk, not the sensation of having milk go up your nose.

Roast coffee dominates first taste. Taste the oatmeal "roll" at the swallow, smoothing things out. Mild but tasty earthy hops.

Smooth medium-to-full mouthfeel, as it should be for the style.

Easy drinking and certainly sessionable.

A good everyday stout.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Holland- The Poet

A- Deep dark black with a thick tan head. No lacing, slightly flat looking.
S- Good chocolate, creamy milk, oatmeal, and black coffee.
T- Sweet milk chocolate infused black coffee with smooth cream and a mild earthy hop bite.
M- Very smooth and creamy with a nice light hoppy and chalky dry finish.

Overall- Smooth and very creamy. Nice dry and hoppy finish. Not bad overall.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

How about some local flavor? This 12 ounce bottle of New Holland Oatmeal Stout is being poured into a pint glass. A finger-tall head of caramel-colored foam immediately settles atop this dark cola-tinted brew. The head slowly dissipates leaving some nice lacing on the glass.

The scent is, well, stouty. Chocolate notes rise from the aroma, which is also quite malty on the old sniffer. A hint of alcohol tickles the nose hairs a bit. It smells thick and utterly inviting.

The first sip of this oatmeal stout revealed much less sweetness than what I was expecting. The primary flavor is of unsweetened cocoa with some woody undertones emerging as well. This is followed by a surprising amount of hoppy bitterness. The brew is malty for sure, but without the sweetness that is typically associated with the style. A trace of alcohol burn is present as I near the bottom of the glass. The Poet is redefining my perceptions of what an oatmeal stout can and cannot be; however, I don't think I'm a convert.

The mouthfeel is pleasant with a good amount of maltiness that you don't overly notice due to a healthy amount of effervescent carbonation that breaks things up before they get out of hand. However, that carbonation is a tad on the high side for my taste, and it seems to contribute to the bitter flavors of the brew. I think I'd rather see this on nitro.

As far as the drinkability is concerned, it goes down easy enough, though not as easy as a typical stout. The label advertises 5.2% abv but it feels like it's hitting a lot harder than that. It's an above average stout but there is much better to be had. I don't see myself coming back to this.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1750th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

Purchased @ Binnys Forest Park, IL

App- I was really surprised at how purple this was out of the bottle. Into the glass it was a bit of Welchs grape juice intermixed with Hersheys syrup. A bit thick and creamy with a small one finger head. A nice bit of cling and lace.

Smell- A nice mix of a couple of smells on this one. The opening aromatics are that of pure oats and then moves into a bit of bitter coffee and then the last aromatics are that of chocolate malts.

Taste- This is a very interesting oatmeal stout. I really dont get all that much oats. Instead I am getting a lot of bubble gum with a bit of plums and figs. When it warmed it produced a bit of chocolate similar to the nose. Really a bit above average but not that bad.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. A nice residual flavor of bubblegum, oats, chocolate, vanilla and plums. Really a unique beer on the feel to me.

Drink- I am rating this a bit high overall. The balance this struck was quite nice with a bit of unique flavors and a different profile. Layered, semi-balanced and tasty. I dont think I would come back to this though.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,426 ratings.
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