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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 horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This one pours very dark and has a head about two fingers thick dark beige in color.

Aroma: Vanilla bean, dark chocolate malts with traces of milk sugar. Hops are roasted dark but well shy of burnt. The oats give off a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Lots of chocolate malts in the front. The middle is where the vanilla makes it's self known. Hops are roasted once again quite dark. In the back is a finish of bourbon and light char and it's silky smooth.

Notes: What we have here is a very good example of what a drinkable oatmeal stout should be. Cheers.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright black under a cream to tan colored foam cap. Chocolate and coffee aromas and flavors. Very creamy texture, medium full body, medium carbonation, soft in the mouth, easy to drink

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Photo of Cheeseboo
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth and delicious with no aftertaste. Not bitter, not bubbly, an all around great stout. Very enjoyable. I will be coming back to this beer again sometime.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger creamy tan head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving good spotty foamy lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of roasted malts, cocoa powder, chocolate malt balls like Whoppers, caramel, toffee, light vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, faint piney hops and charred wood. Mild aroma of chocolate milk or half and half adds some sweetness to the Whoppers and balances the roasty aspects.

Tastes just like it smells of roasted malts, cocoa powder, Whoppers, oats, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, light vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, charred wood, faint piney hops and chocolate whipped cream. The sweetness is not as strong as the roasted and burnt wood flavors, but this somehow has a chocolate milk (with Hershey's syrup) taste that makes it extremely easy to drink.

Holy smooth feel Batman! This flows down like water with just enough char and thickness to give it the stout appeal, and keep the bitterness present to clarify that this is a stout, even though the body is light and it's very easy to drink quickly. Overall I really liked this as it was flavorful and went down so nice that I had to slow myself down from chugging it. Some roasted coffee and/or hop bitterness lends itself to a nice finish that basically begs you to drink another one. A real nice oatmeal stout.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Always a tasty delight. Pours dark as hell with ruby hues around the edges. Thick full white head. Sweet lacing. Smells are kinda bland and low of oats and some light fruits. Taste is exceptional, even better as it warms. Definitely traces of oats, fruitness is present as well. Light boozy tastes too. Nothing strong. Very well balanced brew. Love it

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Photo of ta_hagen
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Flavors of chocolate and spice are most prevalent with hints of caramel. The finish is a blend of smooth coffee, and spicy licorice that leaves a dry, astringent aftertaste of brewed coffee with a touch of fig / raisin.

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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 moonboogie_n8
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my kind of beer.
I'm very partial to oatmeal stouts in general, and this one didn't disappoint.
as it warmed up to room temp, the flavors and feel changed from a creamy sweet malty cocoa powder stout, into a roasted, dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate black beauty.
nice beer. will share & buy again in the future. maybe save one for next winter.

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Photo of ARoman
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into a shaker. The beer is dark, nearly opaque, with a rich and oily look and a cola brown hue. It's topped by a tan, flimy head with a thin, light retention and lace. The aroma is a cross between chocolate chip cookies, and oatmeal, with a bit of coffee late. The beer has a mostly chocolate balance of moderate bittersweet. The texture is syrupy with a fuzzy, smooth carbonation and a medium full body. Flavors of chocolate and spice are most prevalent with hints of caramel. The finish is a blend of smooth coffee, and spicy licorice that leaves a dry, astringent aftertaste of brewed coffee with a touch of fig / raisin.

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Photo of lukejhoward
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - very dark, even when held up to the light this brew is very difficult to see through. Light caramel colored tan head.
S - smells of roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, and maybe a bit of fig
T - as expected, the taste is in accord with the smell. Roasty, chocolatey, a bit of coffee and some oat and fig like sweetness in there as well. Not boozy at all.
F - just like a bowl of oatmeal: creamy. The mouth feel is thick, satisfying, and smooth. Carbonation is medium to low. Alcohol hardly able to be detected.
O - this is a great brew and would definitely try this again! New Holland definitely has a great product here. This beer certainly has its place for those chilly evenings. Truly a comforting beer!

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Photo of jwilz8806
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a bad brew didn't get much of a head when poured and it went away quickly had a decent smell and taste wasn't bad either wouldn't go out my way to get it I think Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout is way better if you want a great oatmeal stout to try

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Photo of timontheroad
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark reddish brown color, two finger light brown fluffy head with nice retention and lacing. Chocolate, oatmeal and roasted malt aromas. At first sip, the chocolate malt comes through, but the oatmeal is really prominent after. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, a little thin for my preference. Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout, just a little thin in the feel.

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Photo of 303beer
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When poured it gives a rocky head. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Delicious. Deep red brown when held to a light in a pint glass. I like that you can see through it. No sediment. Again a plus. Been drinking this beer for long time. I stack all oatty stouts against this one. It's my favorite. Excellent job by the brewers.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a big creamy tan head that retains well and lace the glass a little.

The aroma is sweet roasty chocolate malt and oatmeal.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt, some acidic roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one just did not work for me. I'd like to say there is a smokiness, but it is more ashy to me. I like that it is dry, but there is very little of interest in the flavor

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is of dark fruit and light roast. Taste follows with dark fruit and roast. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium. Overall a pretty good beer, not my favorite stout/oatmeal stout but not bad.

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Photo of HOLOGRAPHICpizza
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can not find anything wrong with this beer. A perfectly balanced, rich, smooth stout. Not too overpowering of a flavor, very smooth and easy drinking, while still having LOTS of very good, delicous roasty malty flavor. The bitterness that is there fits in with the roasty flavor very well, it does not seem very hoppy, more toasty/burnt, but very, very tasty. I can not reccomend this beer highly enough.

I especially love the label art. It fits the flavor of the beer perfectly. It makes me want to sit outside on a summer night under a full moon and sip on a few of these, staring at the moon and contemplating my place in the cosmos...

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: black black black light Carmel 2 finger head
S: black licorice chocolate
T: creamy chocolate with hint of licorice
F: creamy
O : o I like this will revisit

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Photo of kevinlater
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into nonic pint. "H144 09:22" printed on the bottle. consumed on feb. 22, 2015

a: a deep ruby that's hard to see through but definitely not opaque. two fingers of light brown head

s: good roast aroma with dark chocolate and raisins. hints of coffee

t: rich roasted/burnt malt, toast, cocoa, sweet raisins, prunes, bitter black coffee, slight milk chocolate. roasty all around and just so full of flavour. excellent

m: in between light-to-medium-bodied, a bit thin but not watery. mild carbonation. dry finish

o: an incredible, full-flavoured, easy-drinking stout with a very strong roast character

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Photo of seedyone
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A pleasant surprise. This oatmeal stout was preceded by a Founders Breakfast & helds it's own. The aroma was a bit more funky compared to the from the tap Founders, but that is to be expected. Bottom line: this is a damn good stout.

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Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly late to develop cascading light-to-medium brown colored densely packed frothy lush head... Excellent retention... The head turns richer and creamier as it begins to settle a bit... The color is not black, but rather a deep rich mahogany brown that allows some light to leak in around the edges... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation streak here and there... Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... The nose is spot on for the style... Roasted malt... Coffee... Milk chocolate... The three aromas ebb and flow in prominence, but never completely disappear... The palate is exactly as expected... Brownie batter... Roasted malts... Baker's chocolate... Simple, straight forward and uber effective... Sturdy and medium bodied... Lightly carbonated... A bit chewy... Lush and sleek... Goes down easily sip after sip... This is a rock solid teetering on world class Oatmeal Stout... Tons of character and depth for a modest 5.2% ABV...

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of oatmeal-colored head that dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with earthy, bready notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark molasses, brown sugar, a touch of tobacco. Very nice.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Lots of bready, roasted malt and oats up front, imparting flavors of freshly baked and toasted multi-grain bread, followed by some dark molasses and brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of smoke, a touch of dark chocolate and a touch of creamy, milky lactose.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and very creamy as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.2%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent oatmeal stout! Malty, roasty, earthy, slightly sweet, and slightly smoky. I’ll certainly get it again! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying this a few hours after a Dark Horse OS. Different but similar. I've seen this in the aisles for the longest time and just got around to purchasing a sixer.
A: Dark brown with a ruby hue. Head dissipates quickly to a persistant slight layer; no internal ringing lacing occurs - foam comes off clean.
S: Very suble oats (malt?) - not much there.
T: Subtle oats with a muted bitterness in the finish.
M: Low to medium fullness; a little watery but smooth. Light carbonation throughout.
O: Subtlety is key here. It's well blended with no rough edges. A solid pick for the style. Maybe I'm a little jaded, or my expectation was higher, but I feel like something is missing from this craft. Nevertheless, its still a smooth and solid OS just without any frills.

<Update> Had another one the next day and let this one sit while prepping dinner. Similar taste profile, but the scent improved (subtle coffee tones picked up). The more noticeable thing, though, was the increase in fullness; especially at the first sip. I increased the Overall score to 4 because of these two factors.

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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 ThomasMetal75
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Very black, with light red tinges around the glass. Head was not big, but was somewhat creamy from what was there. Head was tan and had some rockiness to it. Legs were present, even at 5.2%. Lacing was nice! Looks like a good stout with little head.

S- Massive chocolate! Lactic sugar as well. The oatmeal, grainy, pale malty scent is there as well. I notice a bitterness, but not of hops here. Maybe earthy? Coffee notes as well with smoke and a light sour note.

T- The smokiness is very prevalent. This beer is very malty. Pale malts is what I get. Chocolate is unmistakable. Very roasted. Coffee is borderline an espresso style taste. Maybe even plums or raisins can be detected as well. I do notice a good amount of bitterness towards the finish. You get the lactic sugar and a little sour at the end. It is a bit dry.

M- Medium to full on the medium side. It's still pretty easy going for a stout. But on par for a sweeter kind of stout.

Overall, this stout is very good! The Poet is not as grainy as some oatmeal stouts I've had in the past. It's got the right amount of smokiness that makes it enjoyable. And the drinkabilty is great. I'd say this is a fine example of an oatmeal stout.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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