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New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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IBU's: 40

Added by inebrius on 02-01-2003

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged at least a year, closer to two years...
The beer pours a dark black with a generous amout of tan head that laces. The beer's nose is rich and bready with notes of raisin, caramel/molasses, and a touch of alcohol. The aroma is potent, a trait that carries over to a flavorful oatmeal stout with heavy caramel sweetness and dark fruits in each sip. The body of this beer is a solid medium with a modest sweetness from start to finish. I would have preferred more body. Each sip is quenching considering the beer is borderline cloying, but I don't think it qualifies as having a dry finish. That doesn't make much sense to anyone except me. There is very little bitterness in each sip except for a very slight residual bitterness following a large gulp. This is a drinkable, near-session stout with lots of unexpected flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Faint roastyness & some mocha notes

T: Roastyness, chocolate, dryness & a touch of vanilla up front. Milk chocolate notes, slight roastyness & vanilla as this warms, maybe even a touch of caramel & charred grain. Finishes dry, with chocolatey notes & a bit of charred grain bitterness to balance this out

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, turns creamy as this warms

Very nice, forgot how good this one is. One of New Holland's better beers, so easy to drink

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Photo of PierceTheElder
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pfaucett
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jtingue
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

Appearance. Perfect stout pour. Deeb dark brown with almost no light penetration, except for the very edges. Just enough to let you see its gorgeous color. Pours with a good 3 fingers of cappuccino brown head. THis slowly dissipates, leaving a ton of lacing on the glass, to a half a finger which is retained well.

Smell. Not a ton to talk about. Lots of roasted barley with a good amount of chocolate. A little bit of yeasty esters, but nothing big.

Taste. Lots of coffee like bitterness up front, with some almost fruity sweetness. A bitter chocolate follows this which is again accompanied by some roasted barley. Still persistent, though, is that underlying fruitiness that is hard to explain given all of the big roasty, earthy, and chocolate flavors in the beer. The finish is quite dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel. Nice medium to heavy body with a low but appropriate amount of carbonation. Really quite a perfect, almost creamy, mouthfeel.

Seems to drink more like an irish stout, but looks and feels more like an oatmeal stout. So much complexity with that nagging tart fruit note that seems to be present throughout.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a birthday gift from ben, thanks buddy. I have seen this beer many times but have always got something else instead, so lets see how it drinks. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- This beer poured a dark coffee looking black with a finger and half of tan head that died down to a thin lumpy ring that stayed the rest of the time. This beer also had some nice lacing.

S- I get some caramel, chocolate, and coffee, the aroma is pretty light.

T- The roasted malts take over this brew imparting all the flavors I picked up in the aroma. The hops give this beer a slightly bitter finish that help tie everything together.

M- Medium body and perfectly carbonated. This beer was very creamy and smooth.

D- I think two or three of these on a cold winter night would be perfect. As with most oatmeal stouts this is damn drinkable.

Overall I thought this was a good tasting and drinkable oatmeal stout. The flavors were on par and balanced nicely. After trying this beer I don't think I will overlook it at the store anymore.

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Photo of veachster
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - It pours a very dark brown... I almost want to say it's black. A thick creamy tan head with good retention. Lacing is pretty good.

S - I'm getting strong roasted malts.. and molasses. Chocolate also fits in there lightly.

T - Roasted malts are superior following coffee and chocolate.

M & D - It goes down pretty smooth and leaves a strong malty after taste. Moderate carbonation leaves it somewhat sitting sharp on my tongue. Doesn't leave me feeling as full as I expected, but good.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of crewfan16
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six-er of this for $10, which wasnt too bad. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

a-pours nice and dark with a nice thick , off white head. the head doesnt last too long, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. color is really dark brown, almost black. no light gets through this one at all.

s-chocolate, roasted malt, toasty oatmeal and some sweetness

t-again with the chocolate and roasted maltyness. some nice oatmeal tones, but nothing strong.

m-it feels slightly too carbonated, but very drinkable. there is a nice creamy texture as well, but its not too heavy

overall, its what I would expect out of an oatmeal stout. Very drinkable and tasty. Would like a little less carbonation, but another solid effort from New Holland

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Photo of Moses13
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of malprep
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SuperSpy
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark with beautiful ruby hues. A decent tan head but very little retention and no lace to speak of.

S - A great aroma with chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of dark fruits.

T/M - Full bodied and almost creamy. The flavor is a mix of chocolate and roast malt with a slightly sweet, smoky and astringent finish. Very smooth, delicate and delicious.

D - Hopefully the ABV on this isn't too high because I would love to finish off a few more of these.

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Photo of Josholson666
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Scottqc15
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justin23060
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with dark amber highlights. Medium head diminished to coat and cling.

S - Off the pour I got some fleeting pine but just as quick it was gone and the chocolate took over, followed by some sweet caramel. Well done.

T- Based on smell, though, the taste was somewhat of a let down. Pretty straight forward malty. Dry from start to finish. Linger is pretty short. I did get some nice roastiness as it warmed.

M- Carb is somewhat lacking. Not watery... just thin for the style.

O- I wasn't expecting over the top but this was lacking boldness. I did let it warm before opening. Perhaps not enough though because it's roastiness didn't come out 'till the very end. As for recommendations. I'm not sure either way. To be fair I really need to try this again, much much warmer though.

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Photo of naterock
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, Thick initial head with quick dissapation while pouring I noticed a deep reddish hue, might be some rye malt in here somewhere.

smell is sweet rich malt and a slight alcohol burn. nice but also fairly typical.

taste is very rich and sweet, almost creamy if it wasn't for the little bite in the finish. I get some rye malt that is well hidden. no apparent alcohol in the taste wich is nice because it allows the hops to come through in the finish.

mouth is incredibly smooth in the approach and a slight bite in the finish, drinks very easy and is a solid offering from New Holland. If I could poetically describe this beer I would say "lucious normality wrapped in silk"

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A frothy chocolate milk hued head rises to two fingers and stays there for quite some time. The head looks solid and dense, and the brew beneath it is black as night but shows the tiniest bit of reddish brown when held to the light. Copious amounts of lace coat the glass after swirling, and the head just stays put like a good head should. A damn fine lookin' brew!

S - Nicely roasted grains waft above a solid milk chocolate base note, and that milky chocolate scent along with a gritty grainy note gives this one's oatmeal roots away. Smells like chocolate milk made with Hershey's Special Dark chocolate syrup....and loads of it! Some ashy charcoal note are there, but only faintly. Those sooty notes really add complexity to the nose.

T - The campfire soot notes really pick up on the tongue, and the milk chocolate takes a back seat to the roasted cereal grains. This campfire flavor makes me think of all those good times in college when I pretty much lived off of brats and burgers on the grill every fall. There is a faint tobacco flavor with some soy sauce too....like the salty wrap leaf on a good cigar. I'm a bit disappointed that the dark chocolate flavors in the nose don't really carry over to the flavor, but this is still a very tasty and complex brew!

M - Full bodied, creamy, and oily after the swallow with a low level of carbonation. Tons of residual dextrin is left coating my teeth, and the finish is only very slightly dry and reminds me of espresso shots. Feels like a meal in a bottle.

D - A damn fine oatmeal stout! The nose on this one is to die for, and while the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma, it's a very autumnal and quaffable brew. A bit filling for a session, but that filing full bodied texture is what oatmeal stouts are all about!

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Photo of Brent
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appropriate creamy notes to the body, per the oatmeal style. Distinct chocolate malt flavors, married with a mild charcoal undercurrent. Some dark fruit lurks at the very edge, beefing up the flavor. Smooth and quite drinkable - an ideal choice as the weather cools off and darker brews become more appealing.

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Photo of jarrett123
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CMUbrew
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Just barely poured with a one finger dark khaki head made up of all range of bubble sizes that soon faded into a foam ring with a film of tiny bubbles in the center. The color is quite black with dark garnet highlets when held up to bright light. One small patch of lace sticking to the glass.

S: Dark roasty malts make up most of the smell. Some chocolate can also be detected. A slight bit of coffee may be there, but it is faint.

T: The roasted malt makes up most of the flavor profile, and almost has some burnt qualities to it. Some slight chocolate taste shows up in the middle. Finishes with some toasted oats and chocolate notes.

M: Lighter bodied than I was expecting from an oatmeal stout, but it still has a nice medium body. The carbonation is higher than I was expecting although still fine.

O: This was very good for my first non-Guinness stout. I'm glad I have more of it. Went well with some Hershey's milk chocolate and I highly recommend making a similar pairing.

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Photo of MoneyT23
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is absolutely swimming in sugary milk chocolate flavors, which is nice but a bit sweet for the style. The straight black color is good but the complete lack of head isn't as cool.

The taste is where it's supposed to be with a dry bitterness surrounded by toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes. The body is a little thin but not too bad and the smooth creaminess is well worth the trade off.

This is a good but not great oatmeal stout. Worth trying for fans of the style.

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Photo of 57md
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a ruby hue. The two healthy fingers of head quickly dissipate, but leave some really intricate lacing on the glass. The nose is roasty - just the way I like my stouts to smell. Roasted malt is certainly the focus here all the way through the finish. Nicely done.

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Photo of Rawwie
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shanblur
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained locally. No freshness date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown to black with reddish highlights. Minimal head and lacing retention.

S - Roasted malts and a chocolate aroma. Perhaps some oakiness.

T - Same as the aroma with a hint of vanilla. Not overly complex, but a nice flavor.

M - Smooth with a light carbonation.

A nice stout. Not too complex but very enjoyable.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,462 ratings
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