New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
747 Reviews
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
Reviews:
747
Ratings:
2,421
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
467
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 747 | Ratings: 2,421
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 Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with little head or lacing. The aroma has notes of vanilla, cocoa, cream, and roastiness. Very well integrated, but slightly light. Tastes silky as a good oatmeal stout should. There is a touch of cigar smoke and fresh tobacco as well as vanilla and cocoa. Deep, rich flavors that are tamed by the silky finish. Mouthfeel is quite nice as well, but for the style I've tasted quite a few that are creamier and silkier. Whatever, it works as is. Quite pleasant, and even very good, but not definitive.

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Photo of Derek
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Black, off-white head, not much retention, some lace.

S: Tart coffee? Roasty.

T: Fairly dry & roasty, but not burnt. Hint of fruity esters, slight tartness.

M: Moderate body is dry. Carbonation is lower than moderate. I thought it could use some more creamy smoothness (seemed like more of a dry stout than an oatmeal stout).

D: Too dry for my liking.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blackish body with a one-finger tan head that slowly receeds and leaves some lacing. A strong oat smell with some burnt/toasted malts and wood aromatic notes and some dark chocolate, caramel and maybe molasses. Real smooth and creamy, slightly chewey medium-to-heavy body that has quite a sweet malt flavor of chocolate and caramel. Finishes dry thanks to some roasted malts which also balance the beer and there are hints of some fruit flavors and hop bitterness on the backend. A quality oatmeal stout that is a definite must-try if you even only like this style a little bit.

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

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Roasted malt nose and flavor is sweet roasted malts, hints of chocolate. 12oz bottle from Whole Foods Columbus, OH.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head. The aroma is dark and roasted malts and coffee. The taste much like the aroma is dark and roasty with a very pleasant smoothness that is characteristic of the good oatmeal stouts. Overall, this is a very good beer that is highly recommended.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark black with coffee colored head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate maltiness, caramel and toffee. Flavor very similar to aroma with roasted coffe and chocolate malts with hints of oatmeal, caramel and toffee. Very quaffable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: From the bottle poured a luscious dark chocolate brown with reddish highlights while in the glass it appeared a flat black with a pillowy hazelnut colored head that lasted but a few minutes before lapsing to a spongey film covering. The lacing was spongey and splashy.

S: The nose was rich roasted chocolate malting with warm oatmeal, simple in execution, yet very effective. Dark milk chocolate with soft hints of fresh extinguished charred wood stand out as well. What it lacked in complexity this aroma made up with a heeping and rich nature.

T: The initial flavor begins with dark coffee grounds dominanting along with roasted chocolate malt and dried creamer. The roasted nature was soft and very smooth with an earthy bitterness of coffee grounds that lingered a bit on the finish. Roasted oats compose the malting portion while hints of burnt sweet licorice can be detected briefly before the closing.

M: decent with a slight coating of powdery creamer upon the swallow. The texture was a bit edgy and lacked the silky smoothness I come to expect from a good oatmeal stout. The fullness had a light to medium consistency while a fade roasted malt was ok but fell a bit short of expectations.

D: fairly good and easy enough to consider this a light session stout (3-4) at one sitting. A fairly good enjoyability factor which gets progressively better. Decent to throw back a few and solidly good per style.

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

Another new beer for me thanks to a trade with TATTORSO. Much appreciated, Jeff!

This one pours a dark brown with losts of hues of red and close to a 2 finger head of tannish foam.

The smell has a light nose of oats, some sweet malt, maybe a bit of milk chocolate. It's pretty delicate.

The taste is more assertive. Plent of oatmeal in the flavour up front giving a nice bitterish taste with roasted malt adding more bitterness and a touch of sweet malt taking the edge off some of the bitterness. Overall taste has me a happy camper.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, it finishes decidedly bitter and dry with a short aftertaste.

Drinkability? The alcohol is nonabtrusive and it was a joy to drink the entire session. Good solid Oatmeal Stout that I can easily give a thumbs up to!

Btw, head retention was below average but it didn't lack in lacing at all. Go figure.

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

12oz. bottle poured into snifter glass. No bottle freshness date at all :(

(A)-Poured fairly thick. Tiny level of foam present but dissipated quickly. A deep,dark opaque brown color. Minimal lacing.
(S)- Pleasant aromas of vanilla,chocolate,and toffee. Even a little hickory smoke in the mix? Interesting dusty chocolate essence to the smell.
(T)- A very rich flavoring of oatmeal up front. Some telltale parts of roasted coffee that brings it a slight twinge of bitterness that I enjoy. Neutral cocoa flavor that turns into a serious dark dark chocolate component when the beer came to room temperature that was a nice surprise. I think some of that smokiness from the smell came over into the taste as well; not necessarily tobacco, but like a wood chip thing. Strangely enough, a sip or two here and there has a cumin/cayenne pepper twang to it which was a suprise.
(M)- Its got plenty of carbonation to keep your tongue busy. Smooth, yet extremely rich. Slightly bitter yet slightly sweet at the same time conveys a nice balance of the beer.
(D)- The Poet is definitely a sipper to enjoy over time, especially at room temperature. Its rich and complex flavors keep you guessing, as you try and figure them out.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep black color. Poured a 1 finger soapy tan head with good retention. Laced in wide sheets.

S: Toasted malts; chocolate and coffee. Dark bread. Very strong nose.

T: Consistent with smell; chocolate and espresso. Can taste the oats. Smooth and soothing. Building hop bitter for an even finish.

M: Medium-to-full body. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D: Very drinkable. Flavorful and smooth.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a long thin flute)

A- This beer pours a jet inky black that doesn't even let light through during the pour. The thin tan head fades to a ring and there are a lots of tiny bubbles that stick to the edge of the glass and then fade into the abyss.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt had a deep aroma with strong coffee notes.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt and grain has a good depth to it with a coffee note that really comes through strong. There is a faint taste of sherry, alder smoke and a note of tar as it warms. The finish is a light sour note with a black malt aftertaste that hangs on the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a very creamy almost chewy texture. There is a tight little fizz in the finish but no alcohol warmth at all.

D- This beer is dark and stoic with a good complexity in the dark malts but it is well blended. The coffee is a strong flavor but it does not interfere with the black malt flavors. This was a very smooth finish with no alcohol heat but the malt bitterness did a nice job of balancing the other malt flavors.

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

Pours an opaque black with a frothy tan head that lingers.

Cocoa, roast malt, and hints of tar form the initial aroma, with choice, light floral hops, and nutty notes adding intrigue.

Flavor is chocolate dominant, becoming almost milky mid palate, and finishing roasty. There's a nutty malt backbone throughout. A slight acrid note is a bit of a spoiler.

Body is on the light side, with carbonation a little higher than expected, perhaps accentuated by the acrid notes.

Nice, approachable stout. I like the slightly sweet bent, as opposed to the typical roast bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little offputting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half tan head after a somewhat aggressive pour. Lacing and head retention are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and oats. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of a nutty taste. Also, there's a good balance between the sweet and bitter flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy with light/moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very easy to drink. Not a bad choice as an occasional session beer. I liked this brew, and would definitely buy it again.

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured (carefully) into an imperial pint glass, and we still got a full inch of tan head over a barely translucent mahogany brew. Lacing is good, and of the heavy foam variety. Aroma is full of deep dark malts, coffee and chocolate stand out. Taste is also of the coffee and chocolate malts, in reasonably good balance. Mouthfeel smooth, with some coffee bitterness, as expected. Drinkability is good, and overall this is a pleasant stout. A nice ender to a long day.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours and opaque dark brown with one inch head. Taste is rich roasted malt, vanilla, and cream. This beer has a great chewy body that lingers. I would pick this up again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very nice pitch black with a slight amber brown haze. No head to speak of but it did have lace.

S - Mostly oats, slight chocolate and a bit of coffee. Good smelling stout!

T - This is were it kind of falls apart. Starts off with a coffee with sort of a cream aspect then turns kinda... grassy. Not sure if it's the hops or the oats acting up but it gave off a sort of hoppy bitterness that I don't like in my stouts. I kept revisiting and kept getting the same thing. Puzzling.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Well I had me some good stouts that I enjoyed more than this. I don't think I got a bad bottle and even if it was old it shouldn't have a funky hoppy taste. Weird thing is I liked it less than most other oatmeal stouts even less than Dundee stout. Still it was pretty drinkable just not good rep of the style. Pass.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pous a lovely jet black with dark brown highlights, but no head to speak of at all. Not even any foam!!! The color is the only good thing about this stouts appearance. Lovely aroma of dry coffee, dark roastd bread grains and maybe some greasy spoon diner serving size creamer. The tast is wet with coffee and a strong oaty feel. Makes me think of super dark Quaker oats before you add water. The palate is wet, grainy, and watery. The flavors have a hrd time sticking to the palate This beer lacks some texture. But still a good session beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a thin, one finger tan head, some ruby red highlights around the edges. This stout has a good amount of retention and dots and lines of lace.

A very straightforward aroma of coffee, fresh rolled oats, bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted, almost charred, malt.

Roasted coffee beans and bittersweet dark chocolate hit up from with some molasses and oats coming through on the back end. The chocolate mixes with some light hops to leave a moderate bitterness.

This is a thin stout for sure. I thought the carbonation worked with the body and gave off a somewhat creamy presence. I think a softer, smoother feel and a bigger body would improve this beer immensely.

Considering the thinness, this was pretty easy to drink. The flavors tiptoe up to the line of robust, but never actually cross over, keeping the drinkability slightly better than middle of the road.

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Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with chesnut highlights and a dense, tan head. Plenty of lacing. Chocolatey, toffee, and coffee aroma with mild acidity and alcohol present. Mild flavour, dry and roasty with milk chocolate to start. Bitterness and hop leaf appear towards the end and balance nicely with the malts into the finish. Carbonation was on the low side with very fine bubbles, creamy texture with a medium body. A well-crafted beer. Very enjoyable, especially the creaminess and balanced flavour.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into nonic pint glass
A - brown-black in color, no head whatsoever
S - big roasty flavor. coffee notes, a little vanilla
T - malt, no hops as expected. a little nutty. not sweet, not bitter
M - a bit thin for the style, moderate carbonation
D - easy to drink, but nothing special

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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 Bighuge
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark ruby. Thin brown head recedes to a bubbly collar that leaves rings of lace. Aroma is coffee, lactic sweetness, tobacco and charred malt. The taste follows suit with the nose nicely. A baltic porter kind of smooth roasted maltiness. A cream stout kind of milk sugar attribute. And nice chocolate accents as well. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and the body is a little better than medium. This one is good all around.

An ode to a cokes...

This beer kind of rocks.
It almost knocked off my socks.
I thank none other than BA's poet laureate for this.
I'm just glad it didn't taste like piss.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,421 ratings.
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