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

Added by inebrius on 02-01-2003

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Photo of AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Not quite black, but very dark brown that didn't let any light through. Little bit of head that left some nice lacing on the sides of the bottle.

S - Roasted malt, caramel, toffee, coffee, etc. Pretty straightforward.

T - Tastes about how it smells. This is an average oatmeal stout, it's not bad, not good, can drink it and not notice it one way or the other.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth.

D - Drinks a little bigger than it's ABV. This beer is okay, but not spectacular or bad.

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Photo of claminat420
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a typical dark color as any stout should. nice cream color two finger head

S- nothing special going on here. dark malts with a scent of alcohol which suprises me with only 5.2abv

T- sweet dark malts. roasted chocolate flavor.

M- light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- not to shabby. i'm not really to much of a stout fan but i can handle this one.

Overall- like i said i'm not to much a stout fan. the best stout i've had so far was dark horse's tres (blueberry stout). as far as oatmeal stouts go i have nothing really i can compare this to. i would say give this one a try.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a thick brown/black pour into a tulip with about a finger of tan head and excellent retention. smells of tobacco, dirt, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, roasted nuts.
a slight bitterness coming from roasted grains, very weak in flavor.. everything seems to be faded. slightl sweet chocolate flavor in the finish. basically, everything in the smell is in the flavor but faintly (to the point where unless you are taking breaks between sips, you wouldn't taste anything until well after you finished the beer). way lighter than it looked pouring. medium body with a bit higer carbonation than expected.. chalky aftertaste/feel. slightly creamy on the lips.

not sure what happened with this beer.. it LOOKED and SMELLED excellent, i got pretty excited to taste it, but it's so weak it feels like i just wasted a beer. maybe this is just an old bottle that was leftover at the store? seems way too weak in flavor to be fresh.

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Photo of denver10
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a slight khaki head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, toffee, slight coffee tones, and oats. Flavor follow suit with just a touch of char in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, sweeter than I generally care. Drank my six pack of it, thats enough.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For whatever it's worth the glue job on the neck label was pour with glue (I assume) dried on the outside of the bottle. Cap states "Art in fermented form" Well said.
Aroma not quite as rich or powerful as I would expect with this style. In fact the aroma is quite hard to detect. Dark malt with roast qualities is all I can pick up.
Black, although deep red if held to the light and seems clear. Tan head of smaller size that settles to a film.
Flavors starts quickly sweet and moves to a roast that also quickly moves to oats, slight bitterness and finishes rather quickly with very little length to close. Some roast with nice coffee flavors and a little chocolate, with the latter quite fleeting.
Thin feel with a quickly disappearing carbonation that starts out as though there is an abundance.
The word rich is often used to describe this style (and in fact the labels use it too), but there is nothing rich in this sample. In fact it's quite dull and uninspiring. As it warms more character appears, but not enough to create much excitement. It goes down easy, but is that what I want an oatmeal stout to be remembered by?

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Photo of Winter
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours near black in color with auburn highlights. Thick foamy tan head. Light aroma of chocolate malt, sweet cocoa and molasses. Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Choclate malt flavor dominates the front. Hops quickly add balance to the sweetness and a dryness to that lingers into the finish. Almost sucks the sweetness right off your tongue. Slight alcohol taste can also be detected toward the back. Unfortunately, my third beer from this brewery wasn't quite the "charm" I was expecting.

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Superspak for this brew from NBS BIF #4, MWK box. 12oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a solid black, with just the thinnest cap of tan head that dissipated quickly, and left no lace.

The aroma was pretty much as expected, some roast, some earthy grains, a bit of sweetness. Fairly similar on the tongue, just a bit better developed.

Body was a bit thinner than I prefer in this style, but was smooth and even. Drinkability was good, the drank quickly and easily. Overall, a solidly pleasant brew. Worth trying if yu see it, but unlikely to blow you away.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought this somewhere, but I don't remember when, but I do know I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body it a thin pitch black in the middle and a viscous red tint hits the edges. The head is tan, a finger tall, poor retention, thin lacing, and medium sized bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are mixed fruit with grapes at the front, tremendous oatmeal, and a bit winey.
Taste: The taste is a little watery, hints of sweetness, and traditional oats.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin, with a lingering finish.
Overall: This isn't the best beer, but it isn't the worst.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of Yesac
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in on a trade from jspruit - thanks

A - Pours solid dark brown. Large brown foamy head that settles to a very thin layer.

S - Smokey

T - Smokey, some chocolate malts, and a tangy java dominance throughout as well as finish

M - To carbonated for my tastes

D - Nothing standing out here to me, the finish is a little rough and could be better

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Photo of GimpyCane
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: poured a brown hue with a slight ruby red light shining through. 2 inch light brown head that fully last and left a fair amount of lacing.

smell: got the scent of nutty malt, dark chocolate with a hint of mild coffee.

taste and mouthfeel: initially started sweet and ended with a slight astringent taste. Medium body, watery and softly carbonated.

drinkability: very smooth and easy to drink.

Like Goose Island Oatmeal, I was not to excited about this brew. I was expecting a heavier and flavorful brew (the aroma did not match the flavor). Although you can drink this brew all night the astringent aftertaste and watery feel was a turn off.

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Photo of NonSnob_BeerSnob
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Definitely drink this one a little warm. Fresh out of the fridge it tasted burnt. As it warmed the, assumed, roasted flavor came out. However that is all I got. I was hoping for more from such a highly reviewed stout. I'd drink it again but wouldn't go out of my way to track it down.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Generally appealing label art. Branded pry-off pressure cap.

Reviewed live as an oatmeal stout per the label. Expectations are above average given the brewery and style. Served cold into a Samuel Smith's conical pint glass at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess, thickness, and fullness. Frothiness is wanting. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque brown-black; by no means a solid black. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a pretty typical looking oatmeal stout. Has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Chocolate, cream, dark malts, caramel, and oats (but fortunately no accompanying starchiness). Unfortunately, no roasted barley is present. Neither too sweet nor too bitter, but there does seem to be something slightly off about the balance...

No hop profile, yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant albeit contained aroma of below average intensity.

TASTE: Chocolate malts and dark malts provide the simple foundation for this plain oatmeal stout, with oats filling out the body and some additional chocolate lending it a bit of interesting character - something of which it is in dire need of more. There's a kiss of lactose sugar. This comes off plain, simple, and perhaps even boring, with below average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. The balance isn't quite dialed in, and there isn't much here in terms of subtlety or nuance. It's just a mundane oatmeal stout. I do like the creaminess, but it just isn't that evocative or interesting.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through.

Don't expect any rich chocolate, evocative coffee, vanilla, etc. It's a very basic build for an oatmeal stout.

TEXTURE: Creamy, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, slightly overcarbonated, aptly thick, and unrefreshing. This texture gets the job done - suiting the taste alright - but never really complements the taste or elevates the beer. Overall presence on the palate is decent.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, rough, scratchy, or harsh.

OVERALL: Drinkable. It's an oatmeal stout, but offers no ornamentation. It checks the boxes of what's required for the style, but has no stand-out characteristics. A disappointingly mediocre brew from New Holland that is nice for its price and will scratch your oatmeal stout itch, but will fail to impress the discerning drinker. I might pick it up again, but it's not a paragon by any means.

High C+

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Photo of mariposafan
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very, very dark. Brown, but it's sometimes hard to tell. A small beige head lingers some after a hard pour but fades pretty quickly.

The aroma is sweet and malty but with chocolate/coffee edge. Some fruitiness from hops is also apparent but it's not overpowering.

The flavor is sweet, something of toffee sweetness, with a lot of bitter coffee and some chocolate. The bitterness lingers, not painfully but persistently. The flavor is a little weak and watery - just a little but it detracts.

Thin. Much thinner than I was expecting. Nice carbonation but it's not up to the task of adding creaminess to something this light on the viscosity.

Overall it's OK. A little more punch and viscosity matched with a little less lingering bitterness, though, would have made it much nicer.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from as an extra from IdrinkGas. Thanks for this one!
Poured this into a tulip. The pour looks thin with a cola color dark brown and a thin slightly tan head that is very thin. Not much lacing, but a bit. The aroma is good but very faint. Hints of coffee and dark malts with a hint of sweetness to it. There is also a somewhat grainy aroma. This isn't bad but nothing stands out. A somewhat bitter coffee flavor with oats and a slightly sweet finish. I feel like I can't focus on much though, as I said, it's all very faint. Light bodied and subtle carbonation to this. Not bad and the drinkability is fair, I'm just not in love with this one.

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Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown and opaque with ruby highlights at the edges. Low head of beige foam that settles quickly.

Aroma of cocoa and caramel, some toffee and root beer.

Flavors match the aroma, notes of leather, subtle suggestion of smoke. Faint ashy finish, a bit tannic but there's a subtle sweetness matched by subtle hop flavors in the finish.

Thin mouthfeel, a bit slick. Would prefer more body. Fine carbonation in the finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Code on the bottle neck of D254, I'm guessing 9/11/14.

Appearance: Black with maroon light shining through the bottom of the glass. Sudsy two-finger head light tan head.

Aroma: Dark malt with a molasses character. Some bitter cocoa.

Taste: Starts with clean dark malts and a building grassy bitterness. Sweet cream counteracts the bitterness and is highlighted in the finish. Bit of a hoppy sting in the aftertaste as the bitterness slowly burns away. Good flavor for 5.2% ABV, never watery.

Mouthfeel: Oatmeal typically creates a smooth and full bodied feel. Here is has done that to some extent as the beer is just under medium in body. The carbonation is a little much, would like to see this in a nitro option. Decent drinkability but the aftertaste can be little harsh over time.

Final Thoughts: Sort of meh beer. Nicely done style-wise but nothing to get excited about. Would I drink it again? Maybe on nitro.

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Photo of DHGranstrand
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, minimal head with some lacing.

Smells of nice malt.

Tastes fairly nondescript of malt, hint of licorice and hops.

Nice carbonation with decent viscosity.

Good all-nighter.

This is a good standard oatmeal stout. Not so strong and heavy that you wouldn't want another or two. A six-pack of these would go down smoothly in an evening.

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Photo of Joshualvsjenny
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: black, I can't see any light though the glass. poured with a half a finger of tan head that dissapated quickly.

S: big roasted malt aroma with a hint of coffee.

T: coffee, roasted malts, bit of milk chocolate

O: has a thin watery mouthfeel, leaves an ok lacing on the glass. I'm a little dissapointed in this one, defanitly much better stouts out their. Its drinkable, and still beats a macro brew any day.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into nonic pint glass
A - brown-black in color, no head whatsoever
S - big roasty flavor. coffee notes, a little vanilla
T - malt, no hops as expected. a little nutty. not sweet, not bitter
M - a bit thin for the style, moderate carbonation
D - easy to drink, but nothing special

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The quick and dirty on this one was that I wanted to try this again, and on tap to give it a fair shake because my only other experience had been years ago, and bottled.

The bottom line is that this is still a fairly run of the mill oatmeal stout in terms of colour (dark), mouth (light vis a vis other stouts) and drinkability (easy drinking).

The unique highlights of this beer are mainly in the smell and taste department, as this struck me as a sweet stout for an oatmeal one. The usual oatmeal stout aspects of light roasted malts and chocolate gives way to a sweet tinge that reminded me a little of some of the sugary milk stouts that I've had like Mackeson, though it also had a bit of a medicinal / astringent edge on it.

Overall, it was worth coming back to again, but I still don't find this beer particularly amazing.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks nice with a near black body, frothy tan head that creates a nice cascading effect while forming. The smell is pretty average, but the taste is very good, with a very sweet stout forming, milk chcolate and oatmeal, for sure. Undercarbonated, and drinkability suffers (I don't think I could have to many of these. Above average.

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Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some roasted malts. Taste is also mild, roasted malts, smoke, hints of oats. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not bad, but there are much better examples of the style available.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

And you didn’t even know it. Poured a typical black color with some cloudy aspects and red hues on the sides. Decent pour with a nice head and good retention staying through the entire tasting on the side of the glass.

The nose at first was very light with underlining malt aromas, but as the beer warmed more stout like aromas appeared. Some roasted and caramel notes as well as chocolate touches. Not much on the sweet or oatmeal essence.

The taste brings out more roast flavors and very limited oatmeal or even silky-like flavors that you see in oatmeal stouts. Feels more of an American Stout with chocolate and roasted flavors coming out strong. More bitterness on the malt side and touches of DMS as well.

The body is body overall. Some chewy textures but I still would have liked more of a silky flavor for an oatmeal stout. Overall, rather disappointed.

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Photo of aromatorio
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pretty decent beer. Dark as you could want from a stout with a raven on the label. The head is pretty impressive, a little darker than off-white, it sticks around for at least 5 minutes.

S: Smells a little hotter than I would think for a 6.5%ABV. Some black licorice malts, but not any chocolate or coffee.

T: Decent, but certainly not my favorite stout. For an oatmeal, this tastes too burnt/roasted for my liking.

M: Tingles on the tongue. A decent finish, but the burnt notes continue to overpower.

D: Fairly drinkable, although not to my tastes, and the fact that the alcohol peeks through at only 6.5% is a little disconcerting.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark burgundy body, clear, fizzy tan head that leaves a thin ring. Toasty malt, faint chocolate and pine hops on the nose. Flavor is hard to pinpoint, but toasted malt is there, and subtle hop mint/bitterness give it a twang of tang. As it warms blackberry and milk chocolate come out. Body is thin with lots of prickly carbonation. Crisp, but why is my *stout* crisp? Very disappointing for the style.
I wasn't into this. Cursory amounts of traditional stout flavors, thin body, and confusing palate. Moving on.

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