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 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 opierce
4.99/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is exactly what an Oatmeal Stout should be. Very smooth and creamy beer. Not bitter as far as stouts go. Hints of chocolate and oatmeal. Pairs well with food as well.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep brown so dark as to appear black, producing slightly more than a finger of mocha, shortlived, foamy head that leaves only a hint of lace. Aroma is dark roasted malt, rich dark chocolate with hints of coffee, molasses, toffee & a faint touch of dark fruit. Taste is roast,dark malts & slight burnt notes, dark semi-sweet chocolate & hints of cola, coffee & oatmeal. The dry finish exhibits a slightly burnt, unsweetened cocoa & low cola like sweetness. Aftertaste is dry, bitter chocolate, roast, a more exaggerated burnt note than in the finish & maybe a faint touch of smoke. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low-moderate carbonation, creamy but with little peppery bite beginning that midsip and lasting through the finish.

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

12 oz bottle. Pours an almost black color with one finger of fluffy mocha colored head. Aromas of sweet roasted malts, toffee, and caramel. Taste of sweet caramel and toffee, chocolate, and some roasted coffee bitterness.

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Photo of ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice oatmeal stout I will reach for again.

Lighter bodied but creamy texture....

Nice roasty aroma with hints of java...

Flavor has a light coffee and cream dimension....subtle milk chocolate...touch of caramel.

I really like how this comes together....a bit more heft in the body would be ok but nothing wrong with how it is.

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

If poured it is a dark black, but tastes just fine out of the bottle. Has a chocolatey, malty oatmeal cream flavor that warms your soul on a winter day.

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Photo of Bartleby91
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice and drinkable oatmeal stout that is another solid brew from New Holland.
The appearance is a normal pitch black stout with good head retention.
The aroma is coffee, chocolate sweetness, roasted malt, and some earthy hop bitterness.
The taste follows with sweet chocolate, coffee, roast malt, and some earthy hop notes. The roast lingers with the sweetness well.
The palate is medium with a nice roast lingering. Nice dry finish as well.
Overall this is a good and simple oatmeal stout that doesn't do anything too crazy.

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Photo of bwood06
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite my almost monthly trips to Michigan, I had never made it to New Holland until recently. I'm not sure why I never made it, but I never had. Since I saw that they had an Oatmeal Stout on tap, I had to try it.

This beer arrived at the table with a creamy, khaki color head that dissipated slowly to a 1/4 finger high creamy layer that was retained for quite some time. The beer itself is opaque and pitch black with no visible carbonation. 4.25/5 The aroma is very dark and features a deep roasted profile. Notes of espresso and dark chocolate stick out as well as dark, toasted wheat bread, vanilla, caramel, and dark roasted malt. Possibly a bit of char and tobacco come out as well. The aroma is really fairly light but these notes are noticeable. 3.75/5 The flavor is very similar to the aroma with brown sugar and dark roasted grains coming out right away. After the sweetness dies down, out come a light coffee note as well as milk chocolate, along with a grassy bitterness on the back end that lingers lightly on the palate after swallowing. As the beer warms a bit of vanilla is allowed to make itself known in the middle of the sip. 3.75/5 A moderate carbonation burn greets the tongue but then disappears quickly. There is no dryness to the mouthfeel, it rather wets and coats quite nicely. This beer is filled bodied but disappears from he palate upon swallowing. 4/5 In terms of flavor this beer is light compared to many other oatmeal stouts that I have had. The true complexity comes out in the mouthfeel with contrasting characteristics of moderate carbonation and creaminess. The latter leads to a heavier feel while the former lends a lighter body. Very enjoyable to drink and it pairs well with food. 4/5

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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 tomatediablo
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Dark black, poor head retention, thin lacing, maybe due oily elements in it??
S. Chocolate and coffee traces well deifned.
T. Good Stout example, with a chocloate dominating flavor and coffee.
M. Creamy beer. Really good feeling in mouth.
O. Excellent beer, this beer beer take me to reconsider and look for Stout styles.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in October2016.

Appearance: Dark black with a thin tan/brown head. Head is thin, and does not leave much lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted malts and coffee. There is a little bitterness from hops and a hint of sweetness like chocolate as well, but overall the roasted coffee dominate the others.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the malts and coffee flavors. There is some smoky roasted flavors, a little chocolate flavor, and hop flavors to enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is a moderate alcohol presence as with other Stout.

Mouth-feel: Moderate, but with a very smooth and creamy body. Not as thick as some other stouts.

This is a typically dark and smokey Stout, but it has a variety of flavors that adds some complexity to the beer. Although this is a tasty beer, it is very smooth and really enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours near black with a small creamy head that only left specks of lace. Nose is milky, with some earthy chocolate notes. Taste is a bit bolder, with lots of dark chocolate, but fairly simple and straightforward. Creamy medium-light mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer but doesn't stand out.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a single 12oz bottle and poured into a clear beer mug. It pours dark with a light tan head that doesn't linger for too long. It has a nice appearance in the glass. It smells of citrus, chocolate, and light bourbon. Up until this point the beer was decent. I wasn't a big fan of the taste. It was very light. I had a lot of trouble telling the ingredients that I could taste. I could taste light chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. This made it a little creamy too me. The beer had a roasted malt finish. It just seemed light and nothing special. It was drinkable, but it was lacking something. Ill drink It, I'm just not a huge fan of it. I probably wouldn't recommend over some of the alternatives on the market.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown, near pitch black color with a minimal khaki head. The head is gone quickly but settles into a nice golden halo around the top of the beer.

Aroma brings lots of baker's chocolate and vanilla as well as a hint of dark fruits.

The taste starts off more coffee forward, with some milk chocolate not far behind. There's also some vanilla and cream in the middle. Finishes slightly bitter and roasted.

The feel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation. Very creamy and smooth, yet just a tad thin for my liking. Has a relatively dry finish.

Overall, a very impressive oatmeal stout that is fairly straightforward for the style, but still has a lot to bring to the table. The only knock is the relatively thin body. Otherwise, this is very tasty and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown hue with a brown head as well. I thought that I might have tried this in the past but not quite.

Cocoa, roasted coffee and dark fruit in the nose.

Rich with cocoa, cream and roasted coffee upfront.

Texture reminds me of a malted milkshake. It's slick. Nice bitter coffee finish.

This is one of the last beers that I received 2 weeks ago from friends visiting from MI. It's easily one of the best.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed form the growler via Jungle Jim's Eastgate. This FINE
stout pours a very nice and dark black with a touch of brown and a nice head
of light tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pool, and nice sudsy lacing
with each sip. Nose show notes of sweet dark chocolate, subtle char, and light
coffee with dark roasted malts. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with dark chocolate
awash in medium dark roasted coffee, a touch of cream, and a subtle herbal hop
bite on the back that is perfect. Excellent mouth feel that drinks more like a good
black ale with a nice touch of char on the rear. Excellent! Always a welcome sight,
especially in "beer hell" season known as Summer time.


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Photo of Nimbus_
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Nearly black with just a tiny bit of light coming through. Forms a low, thin layer of light tan head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Mostly chocolate. A little bit of roasted malt and coffee as well, but the chocolate is more present. However, the aroma of this stout isn't very strong at all.

Taste: A lot of complexity happening here with a lot of flavors. Right away, I get roasted malt, but the taste quickly turns sweet. This is where the oats and chocolate balance the taste very well with the roasted malt. It's not too bitter and certainly not too sweet. I might be picking up some dark fruit flavors as well, but it's hard to tell with so much going on in this beer. The aftertaste that is left is a nice roasted coffee.

Feel: Somewhat underwhelming compared to a lot of stouts. The mouthfeel is creamy, but it is a very light creaminess. And there is definitely a moderate carbonation that doesn't overpower the beer, but it's a little unexpected from a stout. Personally, I like very little to no carbonation in my stouts.

Overall: Definitely a tasty stout. I'm glad that I tried this one! If you are looking for a balanced stout that isn't too heavy, roasted, or too sweet, then this might be a good place to start. And the carbonation presence may be welcomed by people transitioning from lighter, more bubbly beers.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours almost black with a thin tan head. Very malt forward with a thick mouth feel like a proper stout, but without much of a creamy feel. Taste has a sharper bite than I would expect from an oatmeal stout. This is not unpleasant - just uncharacteristic for an oatmeal stout.

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

New Holland The Poet Oatmeal Stout, 5.2% ABV, 40 IBU. Pours thick and very dark brown, with 2 fingers of tan head, dissipates quickly leaving decent lacing. Nose is faint chocolate, otherwise could not pick up much else. Taste is roasted malt, some chocolate, not very bitter. Good mouthfeel, though not as "chewy" as other oatmeal stouts. Overall excellent! Going on my favorites list.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very complex and slightly different stout. The flavors are more than just roast & chocolate. This is about as good as it gets, especially for it's class.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tall, beige head. Chocolate nose. Mouthfeel is soft and pillowy. Chocolate and malt mixes to bring a very rich quality to the flavor. Just a bit of hops for balance at the end. Very well-executed.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.86/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured mine into the beer glass that looks like a wine glass.

Pours dark like a dark coffee or chocolate.
No foam head to speak of, very thin line that clings to the edge of the glass at its top.

Smells of dark roasted chocolate and oats.

Light to moderate chocolate taste slight bitterness, maybe hops, hard for me to tell, the taste of that roastedy chocolate is a bit strong, but not too strong on it's own, but drowns out other flavors.

Feels nice though, sorta creamy soft carbonation, smooth.

Overall, not a stout person but some have surprised me, and this one isn't doing it for me. It's all subjectiv e and this isn't doing it for me.

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

12 oz. bottle bough as part of a mixed 6 pack. Poured into an imperial pint glass, the beer is borderline black with a dense and large brown head. It has good lacing, it is a looker.

I get roasted malts and dark fruit on the nose.

First sip is of heavily roasted malts, there is a bit a nice char. There is also some sweetness from the oats and a bit of baker’s chocolate. Mid-glass some dark fruits and a hint of coffee emerge.

The mouth is pretty much spot on with some heft and silkiness.

Nothing not to like about this beer. I will be on the lookout for more.

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Photo of nanertak
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours inky brown, little tan head that rose and fell fairly quickly.

Smell - Roast, chocolate, slight hint of rummy booze, Still pretty chilled when poured, will likely open up as it warms. .

Taste - Fantastic. Mirrors smell, hops slightly present but held in check. Blends well with the bitterness of the roast. Coffee and chocolate again, little soft biscuit flavor (oats?) in the middle.

Mouthfeel - Sexy, not sweet but round and slightly chewy. Carbonation is on the money. Enough to help the oats fill out the body but not so much that it washes out or prickles.

Overall - Great beer, great example of the style. Great balance. Not a beer I'd drink a lot of, but one that I'd drink slowly and think about it.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
samsmith33 (730) - - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle to snifter. Finish is dry. Strong coffee in the nose. Chocolate and coffee Taste.

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