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 katan
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown to almost black color. has some amber highlights. Light head formation, only leaving behind a light film. Carbonation appears light.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, light coffee notes. Some yeast breadiness is present. The coffee note is almost acidic.

T - Starts off with a light bittersweet chocolate note. A subdued flavor overall. Mid-stream pushes more bitterness without bringing in any overt hop flavors. Finishes awfully dry, which then turns to a strong coffee astringent and acidic bite. Oatmeal is difficult to detect.

M - Seems fairly thin bodied. Beer does have some carbonation bite. Leaves behind a oily texture.

D - Moderately drinkable. Coffee notes are just a bit strong, causing a bit of palette fatigue. ABV is manageable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I wonder what poet they're talking about? I'm gonna go with William Carlos Williams. The beer pours an opaque jet black with a minor head of glowing ecru bubbles. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, molasses, sharp coffee, and chocolate-covered black cherries (I can't seem to separate the two here). The taste holds notes of dark fruits, dark wheat, and very bitter cocoa powder. The latter pair dominates, and a vague but strong sense of chalk underlies everything. Something here doesn't compute, especially when the smell is accounted for. The body is surprisingly light, with a lightly moderate carbonation and watery feel. Overall, I'm marking this down as a fairly large disappointment, given the good things I've heard. Something just seems very bland in the taste, and the beer as a whole seems too watery and thin. Oh well, plenty of other recommended brews out there, right?

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Photo of Skidz
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark brown and sits nearly opaque with a big fluffy brown head on top, with little sticking power.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and roated grains. It's the standard smell of a stout.

Tastes of rich chocolates, mild coffee flavors and a big roasty, bitter finish. It's a basic flavoring, and I'd be hard pressed to pick this one out of a crowd as being anything but average.

Mouthfeel is thin and watered down. Carbonation level is all this beer has going for it, but even that's not enough to pull it out of the hole. I think I'm satisfied with just the one, as it lacks any features that bring it out of the "average" pool.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Poet, whose label sports a raven as a not-so-subtle homage to Poe, begins with a surprisingly effervescent nose for an oatmeal stout. The aromas are there--cigarette smoke, ash, earthen loam, charred grains, chocolate--but subtly so, and fade quickly.

On the tongue, the flavors are thankfully more present, beginning with a smooth stream of chocolate milk and brown sugar, which is joined quickly by tributaries of coffee, ash, and vanilla. A layer of toasted and lightly charred grains provides bedrock. Towards the end of the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the ash and smoke flavors increase, but thankfully never outpace the sugars. The aftertaste is ash, brown sugar, and hints of dark fruit esters (mainly red grape and, for some reason, black olive), and lingers for a little while. Mouthfeel is the silky, milk-smooth medium of an oatmeal stout, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, the flavors that are present in this brew are excellent and well-balanced. What I wanted, however, was simply more of these flavors--say, a 10% increase in the quantity of malts used per barrel--to make the beer truly stand out, and to increase the ABV above the 5.2% that it is now. Such a difference could turn, for me, what is a good beer into a fantastic one.

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Photo of degerbah
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with plenty of light tan head. Smell is malty, but not extremely strong. The taste is mainly of roasted malts with a noticable coffee aftertaste. Very thick mouthfeel that coats the tongue and makes drinking THe Poet more of a slow savoring process. As the head settles down it leaves very thick lacing along the edge of the glass. Overall the burnt taste and thick mouthfeel makes this beer much dtronger flavored than I expected. Still only an average example of the style without much to make it stand out with other stouts.

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Photo of ordybill
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a coffee and malt smell with a backdrop of oats Appearance- Dark red moving into brown. nice white head Taste- has an oatmeal coffee mix flavor, not my favorite style but not bad. Palate- full bodied with a thick texture, has slight carbonation Overall- Not terrible, if you are a fan of oatmeal stouts you would probably enjoy this

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Photo of bobsy
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a light tan head of foam which slowly drops from a finger to a film, leaving some nice lace on the glass. Pretty decent appearance for a bottled oatmeal stout. Aroma is a touch subdued - dry grains, tobacco, coffee, chocolate and a slight metallic tang. It obviously becomes bigger as it warms, but doesn't reach the heady heights of the greats in the style.

I'm scratching my head when I start sipping this. I'm drinking a decent beer, but there's very little there to explain why its so well-regarded on this site. Weak chocolate and coffee tones blend in with tobacco smoke and a slight mineral presence. Pleasant, but simple, and not complex or well-crafted enough to reach the upper echelon. Mouthfeel is medium with a slight chalkiness. Pretty smooth and to style.

A decent session beer, but it would need an injection of character for me to return to it.

Thanks to Bryan for the bottle!

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Photo of beveritt
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Arrived in a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: 1 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to a thin, incomplete coating of foam. Decent lacing as the drink progresses. The beer itself is dark brown to black.

Smell: Slight roasted barley bitterness with hints of coffee in the finish.

Taste: Roasted barley bitterness. Noticeable absence of creaminess normally associated with oats.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is a little thin, especially for a stout.

Drinkability: Not a bad drink, but certainly nothing over the top or even worth seeking out again.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a nice little present from the favorite songs bif round 2. thank you jay.

pours a dark brown with a big ruby highlights. a big thick layer of two finger head sits up top for a few minutes. falls leaving some lacing not much but a nice amount of film up top. decent looking beer.

smells of coffee and dark roasted malts. im picking something else up but i cant quite pull it out. possibly an earthy type of chocolate.

taste is alright. kinda one dimensional. coffee and that is pretty much it.

pretty decent amount of smooth carbonation. thin bodied. and very light for a stout.

a relatively easy drink. left me underwhelmed but decent.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that faded leaving behind a layer of soapy bubbles and some decent lacing.
the aroma is a nice roasted malt, vanilla, some coffee or chocolate
The taste is a bit of a let down from the aroma, there is hints of the bitter chocolate and vanilla but thats about it. Its thinner bodied than I hoped for. Its not my favorite beer but its ok to drink, though I doubt I'd look for another.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: Opens with quite an assertive hiss, and even a slow pour creates an enormous head of dense tan froth. Retention and lacing are great, but despite the impressive visuals I'm not exactly enthused at the prospect of a radically overcarbonated stout.

S: Leafy hops and chocolate; a bit of herbal spice and molasses. Interesting, but not what I'm usually looking for in an oatmeal stout.

T: Hoppy, roasty, and mildly malty, with a bittersweet finish. Lots of chocolate and herbal hops. Much better than the nose.

M: Painfully spritzy at first, but after some time and a few swirls of the glass it settles into a creamy medium body. No better than average overall.

O: While certainly distinctive, it's not one I'll be seeking out in the future.


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Photo of xav33
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland The Poet
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, prosed 10/06
Medium pour in a dimpled mug.

Poured black with brown highlights, with a medium light brown frothy quickly diminishing head with a tiny lacing ring.

Smelt of light roasted grain and coffee.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet roast and nuts with mild chocolate feel followed by a nutty taste and light bitter coffee taste with a slightly sour soy sauce that transforms into an average length light dark chocolate finish with a perfumey hop kick. Mouthfeel was light to medium, oily, softly carbonated and slight astringency.

Overall, a fairly easy going standard oatmeal stout, kinda light, simple and short, but drinkable in the summer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A blackish stout, minimal head. Faint roast, some malt in the nose. About average mouthfeel,which is below average for this style. Modest sourness.Thin coffee. Drinkability is about average. Low carbonation. A decent beer, but not best representation of style.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black, with dark ruby highights. Creamy biege one finger head shows decent retention and leaves spotty lacing. Mild aroma of roasted barley and faint wine fusels. Big roasted barley sweetness upfront with a stiff charred flavor that follows. Extra dry aftertaste, bitter coffee dry hop-bitterness and roasted malt balance the flavor very well. Low carbonation and med-full body allow a very creamy and smooth mouthfeel, packed with sweet and burnt flavor. Finishes both residual and very dry with herbal hops and a hint of vinous; more like a RIS or Export than an Oatmel Stout, so the drinkability suffers a little.

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Photo of MJR
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: What seems to be black is an extremely dark garnet. There's actually a touch of clarity, if you hold it up to a bright enough light source! A dark tan head starts out thick and creamy, then shrinks to ring around the glass. Leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a bit one-dimensional with lots of roasted malts and coffee, but not much else... Maybe a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts galore, with a bit of coffee and chocolate. There's a strong acidic undercurrent that adds a touch of sourness. The hops add a hint of bitterness in the beginning, but that's about it. A hint of fake sweetness shows up on the finish, which is otherwise dominated by the roasted flavors. The flavor is a bit thin once you get past the roasted grains.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin in body for a stout. It's lacking the rich and creamy mouthfeel that characterizes a great stout.

Drinkability: This is a fairly drinkability brew. It's missing a few main things I look for in a stout, but is still a decent brew.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bilco for throwing a bottle my way.

Appearance: Pours with an insane amount of carbonation and head. Sheets of lacing. Head retention is good, fed by the carbonation. Pours a deep rich brown that pushes toward black. Very clear.

Smell: Chocolate malts. Big notes of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, treacly fudge, and cocoa powder. Mega chocolate. Nice layers of oats and roasted malts. Some touches of coffee. Burnt, charred, and leathery. So many oats. Some hints of dark fruit like figs.

Taste: Oats and chocolate and then some. So oat heavy. Bitter chocolate and some lingering roasty sweetness. Coffee with cream. Roasty sweet. Dump some coffee on oatmeal. Cocoa bitterness is high and aggressive.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth and highly carbonated. Insane levels of carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish. Almost crisp at times.

Overall: The most aggressively carbonated stout I've ever encountered. The flavors are good, but the carbonation hurts it. It drinks like a heavily roasted malt soda.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Emerges from the bottle with a tan head over very deep reddish liquid. The nose was quite strange, I can't place my finger on it...spicy perhaps. The taste is first metallic with brief roasty undertones and bitter chocolate..seems to show more as it warms up. Finishes on a bitter/hoppy/roasty note. Good, but nothing to write home about.

Thanks to CRJMellor.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Near black with a solid single finger of foam, light levels of lacing left behind on the glass. Very faint char aroma, light amounts of coffee and *much* more emphasis on roasted malts in the flavor than on the nose. A small amount of baking chocolate bitterness is quickly squelched by all the roasted coffee beans. Somewhat lighter body but still has an agreeable smooth body.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black as old motor oil, with no light getting through the glass. Thin-to-no tan head... No lacing whatsoever. Would pass for a good cup of coffee.

S - Sweet scents of dark chocolate, with faint hints of coffee beans and raisins. It's very thin around the nose, but uplifting nonetheless.

T - Roasted malts and coffee character are much more pronounced, forming a solid backbone. Oatmeal and milk throw in an assist, and rise in prevalence when it warms. Makes for a nice, understated stout.

M - Slick on the palate, the body reminds me of milk. Sparkling carbonation with a clean, pleasant finish. Excellent!

O - Certainly one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. Sweetened a good deal as it warmed, making it better as it went along. Not sure if this would be in my regular lineup, but I wouldn't say no to it.

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Photo of Duff27
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an inch-tall medium mocha colored head on a black body. Cool drink-by-drink step lacing and above average head retention.

S- Smell is of sweet chocolate, roastiness.

T- More roasted malts, coffee notes. Low hop prescence.

M- Creamy, though slightly thin mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high end for the style.

D/O- Your basic oatmeal stout, good for people trying to discover new tastes. Low enough ABV to put down a few without thinking about it.

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Photo of willseph
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the brews in a mixed six pack I got for Christmas, I couldn't wait very long to crack this one open.

It pours an ebony color with touches of deep burgundy. A good amount of sticky lacing throughout the brew. The nose was pretty subtle to me, I smelled a lot of coffee, oats, and subtle hints of booze. For taste, I got a lot of caramel and spices and a soft rye on the very back end/aftertaste. It's somewhere between medium and heavy bodied and left me with a bit of a syurpy mouth. Overall, I think this beer would age quite nicely, I'd love to try one a year or so old.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black. No light., Good head. Top Notch.

S: Deep, rich, malt, nothing else. Maybe a sweet note, otherwise seemed average.

M: Thin like a stout, foams like a stout. not that bitter and very smooth, very good stout.

T: First thing I noticed is the alcohol, which usually is an off balance bad thing or a good thing when imperial, but the taste smoothed out to a decent stout. It did seem like a thin lager, but the toasted malt flavor, and the sharp bitter of the hops made this good, but not great. Aftertaste was a smoky flavor, that was not so good.

Above average, but not the best is how I'd rate this stout. Pretty drinkable, but there are others out there , even some that cost less, that are better impressions.

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Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Some dark amber coming through from the countours of the glass, lots of chaotic lacing spread around the top of the glass.

Smell: Earthy and rooty mild charred malt aromas, a bit of unsweetened chocolate, and some mild coffee.

Taste: Mild bitterness and roasted malt flavors with a bit of sourness. Good and balanced but lacks depth and a longer more complex finish by the end.

Mouthfeel: Lighter to medium-bodied with good carbonation. Mildly creamy.

Drinkability: Sessionable and easily drinkable, but there are others that are better for your money, especially if you prefer your oatmeal stouts richer and more complex.

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Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sharp aroma I can’t really place, but it smells vaguely of the cheese wax used on expensive cheeses. Dark brown to black with a MASSIVE mocha head. Bitter fore with some very mild roastiness and even milder chocolate notes in the middle and finish. Body is thin giving this an almost porter-like feel which doesn't deliver the way I anticipated.

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Photo of frank4sail
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Musty slightly sweet cocoa nose. dark black opeque look with a light tan head. The taste is dominated by toasted chocolate malt with a touch of honey sweetness. The tongue is left with a sour dry finish. There is also a slight plastic note to the finish as well. The body and mouth a good but I expected a fuller creamy feel.

Cheers to my friend inebrius for the sample!

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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