New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
2,440 Ratings
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

Added by inebrius on 02-01-2003

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Photo of Scottqc15
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justin23060
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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 +1%
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 +1.3%
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 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 +1.3%
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 +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CMUbrew
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shanblur
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of KFBR392
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with almost no head. Low carbonation, pitch black look in the glass. Pretty regular, nothing to see here.

Smell: A very rounded and balanced aroma. A good combination of oatmeal, chocolate, malt, and hops. The malt and oatmeal jumps out right away. Mildly sweet with a night dark malt backbone. There is a black licorice and caramel aroma on the back end. Bitter dark chocolate pops up all over the place.

Taste: The front is a sweet milk chocolate flavor. The body continues the theme of sweetness with a tasty oatmeal body. Dark chocolate blasts through and is balanced with a oaky charred malt character. Really tasty, everything that an oatmeal stout should be.

Mouthfeel: Very light, with a lot of chocolate and sugary sweetness. The back end is a malty brightness which is memorable.

Overall: Next to a seriously aged Pilgram's Dole, this is my favorite New Holland beer. Balanced and easy drinking, a great representation of the style.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/30/09- from notes.

12oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown, tinged with a little red. About a quarter inch cocoa colored head that faded to a very thin cap. Decent lacing.

S- Rich chocolate, roasted coffee and a little sweet.

T- I was suprised at how faint the oat taste was. A little sweeter than the smell as well as coffee.

M- Lighter than it looked, a little watery, oily smooth though.

D- Glad I picked it up while I was in Michigan. Probably wouldnt have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

warmish from the cask at the comet a deep, brown to black to a .3L goblet with a few bubbles on top.

big chocolate and creamy espresso aroma.

creamy dark semi sweet chocolate and mild espresso roast. wow. big wow factor. burnt toffees.

low carbonation, creamy smooth, slick.

great beer. much preferable to the bottled version.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- Thin tan head atop a black brew with hints of brown at the edges. Nice sticky rings left in the glass.

S- Scent of coffee, chocolate, and oats. Roasted malt aroma with some fruity scents.

T- More coffee and oat flavors. Light hops leave a clean finish.

M- Light to medium carbonation help with smooth feel.

D- Easy drinker. Something I could fit into my regular stout rotation.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat clear, dark brown color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of oatmeal, some floral hops and a sweet caramel aroma.

T - This oatmeal stout leaned toward the sweet side with caramel and toffee flavors. The oatmeal and a light hop bite balance out the sweetness.

M - It was soft, smooth and fairly creamy. A medium bodied beer that was very easy to drink.

D - This is a solid oatmeal stout. My first New Holland brew did not disappoint.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown, nearly black with ruby highlights when held to the light. The head was a short-lived camel colored tight foam that faded to a wispy cap. The lace was impressively thick and sticky.

The smell was sweet chocolate, sweet creamy milk, dark roasted coffee beans, and an underlying toasted smokiness.

The taste followed the same pattern as the smell, with the chocolate coming across more like bitter-sweet cocoa. The roasted smoky character in the nose translates to a very pleasant dry edge on the tongue. Mild dry hop bittering in the finish.

Medium to heavy body. Mild carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel.

Very enjoyable. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of adams82
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with ruby highlights with a filmy off white or tan head. Yep, that's a stout that I just poured!

Smells chocolaty and roasty, hints of black licorice and coco, toasty... Very inviting!

Roasted malt dominates, followed by chocolate and coffee notes and finishing with a pleasant and upfront citric hop bitterness. Very nice balance in the flavour of this beer, very well crafted. I haven't had a nice hoppy stout in a while, so this is really hitting the spot.

Very smooth beer, which shouldn't be a surprise given the style... Full bodied and upfront, this stout really delivers the goods and will probably be a main stay in my beer fridge now that I've given it a shot. Very, very well done.

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Photo of bnes09
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leather black with some transparency and ruby hue when held to light. Thin, cream colored head dissipates to a ring and delicate film of froth.

Aroma: Bold coffee, chocolate, almonds and mild bourbon.

Smooth and bold roasted flavor. Coffee and chocolate mainly. Dark fruit and molasses mellow it out. Assertive and drying leafy hop compliments the roasted barley bitterness.

Rich and creamy medium body. Bright, lively carbonation. Finishes dry and crisp.

Solid. Complex and robust yet delicate.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured int New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger tan head. Decent retention for the small amount of head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a very dark black. Only can see through it on the top edges where the color is dark brown.

Aroma: Damn this is good. Coffee, chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, oats. Very rich, complex beer.

Taste: At first this beer was a little cold, so I let it warm up first before I took my notes. Not as exciting ast the smell. Dark chocolate, roasted malts. Slight coffee flavor. Oats. Fairly complex, but it should be for an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy. Full bodied. Medium level of carbonation. ends with a malty/dry aftertaste. I really don't like the aftertaste very much.

Overall, I thought I was going to love this beer because of the aroma, but I was wrong. Still, it is a good beer. Only 1 of these in a sitting. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of MarchyMarch
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mattcrill
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: No useful information on the label other than the suggested serving temp. of 45 degrees.

Appearance: WAY overcarbonated! Heard a loud "pop" (similar to soda can) when opening the cap and the pour yielded about four fingers of beige colored foam. Choclate brown with ruby/cola edging. Streams of carbonation hug the side of the glass.

Smell: creamed coffee, bakers chocolate, roasted malts, dry roasted walnuts, a touch of imitation vanilla. Very inviting and a "classic" American stout smell (at least what I picture in my mind).

Taste: Creamed bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, dark roasty malts all bounce off the palate. Definite dry, bitter finish with a bit of smokiness on the end. The nutty flavor remains as a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and despite the pour, there is a nice balance b/t carbonation and smoothness of the beer.

Drinkability: This is dangerously close to a porter in my mind. Either that or the Edmund Fitz that I'm used to drinking is dangerously close to an American stout. There is just something missing here (maybe needs to be a little more heavy handed or creamier in the mouthfeel) that makes me think of a porter when I drink this. That being said, I love either one so it's not a knock on the quality. A shift is needed in your tastebuds to prepare you for this one.

I'd definitely re-visit and solidly recommend.

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Photo of PantherLightning
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my buddies brought this over for an unofficial christening of a makeshift man cave I put together at my house (pool table, darts, air hockey and table tennis in the partially unfinished basement).

A - Poured into pint glass from a bottle (no freshness date) with a 2 finger tan head. It's pretty damn dark and remains fairly opaque even when held to light.

S - Smells strongly of dark chocolate, dark chocolate, and a bit more dark chocolate, maybe a a bit of coffee too? Oh, and dark chocolate.

T&M - Tasty chocolaty bitterness hits upfront with a smooth finish with a tiny tiny hint of smokiness, maybe roast coffee. Very robust taste. After a few sips, the chocolate mellows out. Fairly soft an velvety mouth feel.

D - The first pint goes down easily, but slowly. Not that it isn't very drinkable, but just makes you want to enjoy it. Probably wouldn't drink more than one or two in a night of drinking, but if I want an oatmeal stout, this would definitely be one I would come back to.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into tulip on 4/5/11.

A - Poured a dark chocolate brown liquid with a skinny tan head that reduced to a thin ring of bubbly retention and spotty lace.

S - Roasted oats, chocolate and sweet lactic notes comprise the base of the aroma, while some earthy hop notes emerge as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate and sweet milky notes are at the forefront of the initial flavor, followed by toasted oats and a hint of wood. The nice roasted malt finish is paired with a hint of earthy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a bit of oily slickness to the otherwise smooth, watery texture. Carbonation is moderate and provides a bit of bristle on the tongue. Finishes bittersweet on the palate.

D - Really solid oatmeal stout with a pleasant bitter kick in the backend. I'd have another!

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