New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
736
Ratings:
2,378
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
441
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 736 | Ratings: 2,378
Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 2 fingers of tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Faint roastyness & some mocha notes

T: Roastyness, chocolate, dryness & a touch of vanilla up front. Milk chocolate notes, slight roastyness & vanilla as this warms, maybe even a touch of caramel & charred grain. Finishes dry, with chocolatey notes & a bit of charred grain bitterness to balance this out

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, turns creamy as this warms

Very nice, forgot how good this one is. One of New Holland's better beers, so easy to drink

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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 Jason
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Excellent head retention leaves a thin sticking tan lace, nearly black with glowing edges of garnet.

S- Creamy malt aroma, hints of woody charcoal and dark bakers chocolate.

T&M- Quenching crispness meets full-bodied, amazing. Touch of sweetness from the malt and oats, mild char twang with undertones of roasted coffee and dark chocolate emerge. Hop bitterness is just enough to keep thing balanced. Finishes a tad sweet.

D- By far one of the best stouts I have had to date, big and flavorful yet very drinkable at the same time.

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

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark amber (almost black) in color with some reddish brown highlights when held up to the light and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a small thick patch, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts and lighter notes of coffee.

T: The beer starts out with moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of freshly brewed coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable - lots of flavors and complexity though lighter in body than some others in the style. Very easy to drink and sessionable for me - a great beer for a cold Sunday evening watching football.

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Photo of smcolw
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Spots for lace. Decent starting head--two fingers. Black color where no light can pass.

The smell is part sour and part burnt toast. Relatively mild.

The flavor more closely matches the stout flavors I expect: some coffee, a bit of burnt malt. Rich body and light carbonation. Bitter, but brief, aftertaste.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap tonight at Rustico in Ballston, VA.

a - Pours a very dark brown with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel malts. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth body that makes it easy to drink.

d - A slightly above average oatmeal stout. I enjoyed the taste quite a bit and would try again.

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

Appearance: Deep dark roasts form a black body with ruby highlights nice even intricate and even lacing. Aroma: Frivilous chocolate and coffee like deep roasted malts along with fruity over-ripened undertones. Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and with the touch of fruits thrown in very soft and nice on the palate definitely a session stout all the way nice beer very happy with this New Holland offering. Mouthfeel: Full bodied chalk full of flavor great stuff even carbonation brings out a silky smoothness. Drinkability: Amazing creamy texture along with impeccable balance can't go wrong with this gem.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a big, deep-tan/light-brown head that reduced quickly to wispiness. The color was a deep brown with garnet highlights. The nose was chocolaty and malty with a light smokiness. The mouthfeel was medium with a really chocolaty sweeteness on the tongue. The finish had a light charcoal aspect to it. I also noted a coffee-like taste, especially on the finish.

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Photo of jwc215
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with ruby highlights and a thin off-white head. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of dark malt with a touch of dark fruitiness - roast/toast - coffee - Robust.

The taste is of sweet dark malt with an underlying fruitiness with roasted coffee that becomes more dominant as it progresses. There is a bit of acidic astringency. It has a bitterish, roasty/toasty finish.

It is medium-to-full bodied.

A roasty stout with a coffee accent. A nice pairing with brunch.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as the night sky, black as can be, with a thick, lacey, creamy froth..a looker in the glass...liquefied Tyra Banks...
Aroma: AH! Cocoa, coffee, cream, anise, pepper, all thrown together, battered about, mixed-up, spicy, deep, resonant, AH!, gotta say it again...or, to put it differently, aaahhh!!!
Taste: full-bodied, marvelous mouthfeel, hangs wonderfully in the mouth, big chocolatey flavor, coats the senses, paints the palate, drips the cocoa all around the town...roasty, toasty, just a little bitter, and very tasty...this would definitely be a prime candidate for a staple slot in the old fridge. Such a darned perfect, smooth, drinkable stout...sip, gulp, ...ah!...there's the chocolate again...oh, the pleasures never end...why don't I have a 6-pack at hand?
Hooray for CRJMellor for bringing this bottle to me!

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Photo of tdm168
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House.

A - black with a reddish hue; thin, soft layer of brown head

S - roasted malts, faint charcoal, a hint of chocolate

T - creamy, roasted malts, a bit bitter, a hint of coffee

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, a bit crisp, maybe a little overcarbonated

This was a nice, easy to drink, stout. The oats did a great job of adding a bit of smooth, creamyness to the texture which enhanced the drinkability for me. I felt this beer was just slightly overcarbonated. The carbonation was crisp which I thought worked against my palate and detracted from the flavor a bit. Otherwise, yet another solid New Holland offering.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Pizza Paradiso.

A one finger head was poured which is light cocoa brown in color, with tiny uniform bubbles. Very gorgeous body black almost giving to brown with some hues. Small lacing while drinking.

Faint malt smell, a little licorice candy. Small coffee with roast character. Unfortunatly it's all kind of subdued and hard to find.

Taste matches the noses subdued feeling. Small roasted notes, with a fairly good and expansive grainy like body, a little sour though.

This isn't too bad I've had better but it could do.

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

12 ounce bottle, pours dark mahogany, with a nice creamy long lasting dark tan head, going to a tiny bubble film and, of course, scattered lace upon a swirl. Nose is of chocolate and cafe au lait. Very easy drinking OMS, more milk chocolate notes, lightly burnt grains all with a silky smooth, pleasing mouth feel. Well done and well worth a try. More quality brew from Michigan

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

A – Black mahogany with ruby highlights. Light khaki head with low retention and lace.

S – Light coffee roast with savory sage and allspice.

T – Mildly acidic roast is soft and semi-sweet. Roasted chestnut center with a lightly bitter finish.

M – Smooth, medium light body. Ok carbonation.

O – Par for the style.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark brown/black with half a finger of tan coloured head.

S - Dark roasted malts, coffee and some bitter hops. A nice sweetness in the background.

T - Roasted malts, coffee and some cocoa. A slight bitterness and a nice sweetness in the background.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, yet smooth, I suppose that makes for a good oatmeal stout. I didn't get any head retention, but the body is still a nice, thick black. The aroma is a mix of chocolate grains with a touch of coffee and roasted barley. I also keep thinking I'm catching hint of hops, like this is a milder Shakespeare Stout. The same flavors come up on your tongue, along with a sweet malt flavor that's followed by a mild bitter bite. All in all a tasty stout. Not the most distinctive, but a good brew.

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

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a dry oatmeal aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very thin black malt earthiness with a wonderful toasted malt and oatmeal feel. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable OS, but it could use a bit more malt content and more body. All in all, not bad.

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Photo of Tone
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color. 1/2 inch head of a rich tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, and oats. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is thick and smooth with a high carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malts up front, then some slight alcohol flavors come through, sweet malt near the finish along with some very slight hops, the finish is again some good roasted malt. Very easy to drink (a little less thick than I'm used to in a good stout, but still very easy to drink). Overall, a good beer with strong malt characteristics that is definitely worth a try.

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

Appearance: clear brown color with some reddish highlights. A one inch head produces a bit of lace.

Smell: roasted malts with hints of chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: roasted malt, prunes, bits of chocolate and coffee, and very soft oat tones. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start but smooth and a bit creamy at the finish.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this stout. Refreshing and hits the spot when in the mood for an oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review No. 3,000 here on Beer Advocate.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and oats, as well as some roasted malt. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of cream and oat notes as well as some dark, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The beer is fairly dry and has some bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

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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 BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Berwick Brewing pint glass while eatin supper.

Small noise with the cap pop, The Poet has the look of a brown ale, with a mix of wood brown and maroon shades. A steady pour to a non tilted glass produced a semi cascade of bubbles producing a inch or more of light tan foam, slightly brown, fades to a cap, no lacing.

An interesting nose that's both not very exciting, but also layered in a way. Im getting a brown ale base with some grain and nuts backed by a light hop shield giving off a rustic vibe. Roasted malt and a good amount of oats. The oatmeal is not large and im not getting any chocolate which is different. The smell is quite big for a five percenter.

Assorted nuts up in the front with a silky malt sweetness including caramel but not imperialized in any way, this is pretty tame. Getting a bit of oatmeal in the middle with some roast without the coffee. A hint of dark fruit comes out of nowhere at the end. While the oats are not centerstage, i'm enjoying the other flavors more. a mix between a brown and a oat stout.

You guessed it, the feel is a little thin given the ABV and style. It does not come off watery but leaves me needing some more of a creamy feel. The flavors are what's keeping this in check for me, so I can forgive the feel in this case. Slightly medium bodied with a light carb present, it's there, but muted. No bitterness in any way.

This is a straight forward, easy going, no bell's and whistles oatmeal stout. The poet is a bit different to me because I did not find a bunch of chocolate/coffee interfering with the oat. In this case I get more of a nutty/grainy thing going with the oat which at this present time, i'm digging.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckEyeNation for this one.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, small fizzy tan head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of roasted malts, hops, slight vanilla, and chocolate/coffee. The taste follows the nose, nice roasted flavor with some nice chocolate/coffee taste. The finish is kinda dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice oatmeal stout, recommended.

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Photo of biegaman
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Poet is obviously in touch with its 'dark side'. Though not entirely opaque, this blackish beer comes close enough (and could pass if not my ultra-bright desk lamp). I'd love nothing more than to make an easy (and corny) beret pun, but, alas, foam resides on the outsides only.

Despite an easily appreciated amount of roast, the nose maintains a lot of fresh barley and raw grain characteristics. There's also a cast of dark fruit esters that sit snugly alongside the overall semi-dark, "fluffy" chocolate profile of the beer. Fairly mellow, but with still some attitude.

Trace elements of creamed coffee and chocolate truffle prevent this from tasting too one-dimensional but, by and large, unless you like you're breakfast cereal well-done, this won't appeal to you. That straightforward 'oat-y' maltiness is a little light and delicate for my tastes.

The Poet isn't overly rich, despite being substantial. It lacks the coffee-ish, dessert-like flavours of other similarly rated beers in the category (Rogue's Shakespeare or St. Ambroise's stouts for instance). I need more character, especially on the finish; this is a little too polite and ordered.

The Poet is nothing to write prose about. It's a solid and serviceable oatmeal stout that neither under- nor over-delivers. More than just your run-of-the-mill stout but not quite a full-blooded, over-the-top offering either, this occupies, for me anyhow, a kind of take-it-or-leave-it middle ground. I liked it enough to buy one six pack but not enough to buy another.

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured dark chocolate, molasses and a touch of smoke.

The taste was extremely clean with roasted malts and a nice smokiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style. Very distinctive in this regard.

Overall a very well done stout. Very easy to drink.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.
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