New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,440 Ratings
New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

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
Ratings:
2,440
Reviews:
752
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
476
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at New Holland last week. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a good tan head. Spotty lacing and a bit of a cap. The nose is heavy with chocolate and a bit of roast. Really nice oat presence coming into the flavor. Chocolate there as well. Medium body and fairly chewy. Goes down nice and easy. One of my favorite beers from New Holland.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured int New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1/2 finger tan head. Decent retention for the small amount of head. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a very dark black. Only can see through it on the top edges where the color is dark brown.

Aroma: Damn this is good. Coffee, chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, oats. Very rich, complex beer.

Taste: At first this beer was a little cold, so I let it warm up first before I took my notes. Not as exciting ast the smell. Dark chocolate, roasted malts. Slight coffee flavor. Oats. Fairly complex, but it should be for an oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and creamy. Full bodied. Medium level of carbonation. ends with a malty/dry aftertaste. I really don't like the aftertaste very much.

Overall, I thought I was going to love this beer because of the aroma, but I was wrong. Still, it is a good beer. Only 1 of these in a sitting. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked the real nice black color with some ruby hue,off white sticky head real impressive looking.Roasted malt is predominent smell I get from it with some underlying chocolate notes.Taste is roasty and chocolaty but wiith some softness due to the oats I would venture to guess,pretty easy to drink maybe a little thin.All in all pretty darn good.

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Photo of Boone757
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lazy saturday afternoon, feels like an oatmeal stout kinda day.

Pours a mocha colored frothy and semi thick almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, nice lacing as it does as well, almost black beer with faint brown light sneaking through the thin parts.

Nose brings sweet brown malts, caramel, little syrupy note, little nutty toffee like notes, some creamy like oatmeal, a touch of brown sugar and faint mocha, and very faint coffee.

Taste starts with darker malts this time, a touch of a roasty black malt, mild dark chocolate and cocoa notes, mocha like more than anything, with some of the caramel and brown sugar notes, a little nutty toffee again, and touch of a biscuity note. A nice creamy oatmeal, little oatmeal dark chocolate effect. Hops kick in on the backend, a little earthy almost spicy like hop note with fair bitterness for the style. Finish is drier but creamy and a little sticky, almost dried lactose but more like dried oats, little more semi sweet chocolate and touch of mocha coffee.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, nice creamy oats, decent carb.

Overall not bad, pretty nice oatmeal stout actually, the nose was a little lacking, but the taste brought some nice darker malts, nice oats with a little dark chocolate or semi sweet, nice kick of hops on the back end, decent finish, a touch syrupy and sweet but not bad. Pretty enjoyable even for a warm summer afternoon.

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

Wow, New Holland has done it again! The Poet delivers a beautiful appearance with a long-lasting head and some very nice lace. The nose is quite enticing with a rich combination of chocolate and coffee. In the mouth it's creamy, and surprisingly medium-full bodied. The flavor is as the nose indicates with the addition of a touch of yeasty fruitiness, a dab of caramel, and a solid bitterness. It finishes with a wash of chocolate that fades to a lingering bitterness and almost smoky roastiness. Quite nice!

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

undated 12oz bottle, allowed to warm for about 40 minutes, then served in Unibroue snifter.

A: The beer is very dark brown, nearly black, but clear. The sparse head color, with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is rich but not strong. Roasted malts, plums and other dark fruits, some coffee, oatmeal and chocolate. Sweet.

T: The taste starts out sweet; too sweet were it not for the rapid fill of dark roasted malt and oatmeal flavor that turns very mildly bitter in the finish. The finish also brings out some espresso and a trace of charcoal. Milk chocolate throughout. There's some creaminess but also some metallicness to it. Some flavors of dark fruit and a mild but complementary hops presence in the background that help bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Creamy smooth; enough carbonation to impart a light crispness; Medium body.

O: A sweet and rich oatmeal stout,with an exceptionally creamy feel.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains roasted malts, oats, black coffee, some chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character, oats and sweet flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. There's some creaminess but also some metallicness to it. Some flavors of dark fruit and a mild but complementary hops presence in the background that help bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there are better beers in the style but this is still a decent beer worth drinking for a while.

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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 nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black in the tulip with a golden-brown tinge. Fine carbonation on the tongue and a good mouthfeel. Sharp character on top of a roasted and grainy flavor. Fairly dry but has a touch of fruitiness along with a kiss of malt that is quite appealing. Hint of chocolate on the lips. Hops come on as an intriguing afterthought.

Very drinkable dark beer. More pleasant than some of the many stouts that are so burnt and acidic. This one has enough tartness and roast malt for a great experience. Bottle in great condition from Art Of The Table in Grand Rapids.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at the Boilermaker, Philly, PA

Poured like a typical stout, dark brown-black body, foamy tan head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of roasty malts, cocoa, toasted grains. About the same in the taste, big on the roast, dark malts, grains, a bit nutty, and a touch of sweetness with a counteracting touch of bitterness in the finish. A little thin in the mouthfeel, about medium-bodied. Nothing really distinctive going on here, but still a solid selection.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

Appearance: Pours a near black body (akin to dark chocolate and black cherries -TheLibrarianGirl) with a 2-finger-high topping of beige foam.

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented blend of chocolate powder and instant coffee with a creamy, nutty serving of quality oats. Upon warming, a hint of licorice develops in the aroma and taste.

Taste: Malty opening of semi-sweet chocolate, light caramel, and sweetened morningtime coffee with some toastiness and nutty oats following close behind. Very thin trace of fruitiness. Light touch of herbal, earthy hops that, along with the roasty malts, provides for a mild sensation of bitterness. Sustained nuttiness until the silken, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Soft, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pleasant, easy-drinking, comparatively light stout. See? They don't all have to be barrel-aged, chocolate-infused, steeped in fruit, and hopped to the hilt to be good to me. No, really!

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

Darkest mahogany with razor-thin ruby edges. No light is getting through the center of this stout. The wheat toast brown head is firm, sticky, persistent and lays down quite a bit of thick, chunky lace. The nose is dominated by roasted malt with aromas of coffee and chocolate, primarily the former.

The Poet is great beer. Coffee is still more prominent than bittersweet chocolate on the palate, but they're now close to being equal contributors. The degree of roastedness is just about perfect as far as I'm concerned. It's apparent that the malt has been flambed, but that bitter char that can sometimes result with overroasting isn't present.

Even though it's no Storm King or Shakespeare in terms of pedal-to-the-metal hoppiness, it's obvious that hops are in the house. The beer is well-balanced in the sense that it favors neither sweet nor bitter at any point along the flavor arc. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy with a nicely mouthcoating finish. I'm trying to find something to criticize, but I'm not having any luck.

The Poet is yet another wonderful beer from New Holland and, along with Snake River Zonker Stout, is my favorite 'just plain ol' stout' to date. Given my BA name, I'm sure that I'm unwelcome in the state of Michigan, but damn, you guys have some great breweries up there. Thanks to deejaydan for this gem.

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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 mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a 8oz hote water glass, but heck at least it was a glass right?

A - This one poured a very nice and very thick looking dark brown with a large tan colored head gracing the top and rising to a height of around two fingers until it gradually faded and left behind a thin film across the top and more the adequate side glass lace that clouded up the glass very nicely throughout the entire session.

S - The aroma was simply awesome. This is exactly the type of thing I want in an oatmeal stout. The first thing I noticed was a very nice and dominant aroma of chocolate which suprised me a bit as I did not know this would be in there. As I got past that I started to notice a little more of the sweet lactose sugar and a touch of vanilla even strting to come through in the aroma. As it warmed soem more sweetness and a touch of lactose suagr started to come through as well as the oatmel like smell, this is what it was all about.

T - The flavor followed along with the aroma damn near perfectly. This was about as full of an ooatmela stout as I have had lately and was just really an eye opener so to speak. I really thought the nice touch of chocolate up front was really well played and only helped to add to the overall feel of it. There were hints of cookie dough and vanilla generously scattered throughout the taste which just rippled with sweetness and fullness and really never did quit or let you down..The finish was a touch sweet as well, not nearly drying out as much as I thought it wwould but rather stying full and sweet.

M - Simply great with a smooth creamy full body that just was a wonderful beer to sit down and drink. The carbonation never let up and it never got boring or stale an by no means was this coming off as thin in any way. A rich creamy feel that fit the style perfectly and opened me up to the rest of it.

D - Just amazing that something with this full of a feel and flavor profile would be soo damn drinkable. I really could have treated this one as a session beer, and probably really should have as it was just amazing. A really finely crafted example of the style.

Overall I thought that this one was excellent. I have been dissapointed by the style as of late and this one came along and really brought it all back for me. A really fine nd well crafted oatmeal stout that had just the right amount of everything. I would have no issue in having this one again anyday.

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

Poured cool into a Guinness tulip.

A - A very dark brown body w/ ruby hues and a huge 3.5 finger frothy head that settles out to around a pinky leaving lace like a spider web, the bead is very fine

S - A nice fruity cocoa smell like marshmallows and mocha w/ a hint of dark chocolate and raspberry w/ a nutty roasty odor.

M - Slightly sweet w/ moderate carbonation, med full body w/ a creamy/silky texture w/ nice roast and fruit elements but more roasted in the finish

T - A very nice fruitiness up front w/ lots of raspberry like taste as in the nose followed by french roast coffee roastiness w/ a very nice creamy feel that moderates the dry roast w/ subtle smokey flavor and nice woody hop taste w/ chocolate in the semi-sweet finish after the cocoa and coffee middle

D - A very nice well balanced oatmeal stout -this is a very tasty ale. I would quaff this any time since I am an oatmeal stout fan and this a good example of the style with nice balance -very quaffable

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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 atrocity
4/5  rDev +2%

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 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 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 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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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,440 ratings.
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