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:
2,377
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
Wants:
89
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441
For Trade:
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Photo of crashoveride
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer as part of a sampler in a 5oz. glass. The pour was a deep dark black with a thin tan head. The smells were of a malty chocolate and coffee. The taste was sweet like coffee and chocolate and even some slight fruity flavor, berries perhaps. The drinkablilty was good for a dark stout and left a pleasant coffee/caramel aftertaste. Definately a great beer to try, plus it has a cool label !

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

Served in a bottle. Picked this up at the local Acme.

This is one of those stouts that you appreciate more and more as you drink it. Yes there is the customary chocolate/coffee notes in this stout but what this sets stout apart from the rest is the absence of bitterness.

Yes folks, this is a stout for those who don't like stouts. I could drink a lot of these in one setting and not tire of it. Not only is it friendly to the palate but it is not watery at all either. It is no Storm King when it comes to thickness but neither is it watered down.

You simply must try this stout if you are a fan of the style.

Nuff said!

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

Last Saturday I was at one of my favorite places in the world - Lukas Liquor aka Disney World for drunks. Lukas has over 300 beers on hand at all times and on Saturday they usually have tastings. This Saturday was no exception. They had four beers to sample, three of which I have had, the one I did had not tried before was The Poet from New Holland.

The Poet is an oatmeal stout, which is a deep, almost black, beer that left a nice lacing on the glass. I could smell the oatmeal and got a chocolate note coming across like a lot of stouts. This one has a slight bitter bite but it is easy to drink. I liked it so much that I had to toss a six pack in the cart. This is one of the better stouts I have had from a brewery I was not very familiar with. Worth checking out.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, almost pitch black but not quite, some light can make it through. Ok head, and some retention, but with a stout I expect a much better head, retention and lacing.

S - Good smell, smells like coffee mostly. Nice roasty smell, and soem chocolate smell.

T The chocolate really comes out in the taste. really good taste, like coffee with semi-sweet chocolate in it. Also has a very nice creaminess. Very smooth drinking and only a touch of bitterness which balances the beer nicely.

M - Very creamy and smooth, very good stout mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, especially for a stout. The low bitterness really promotes the drinkability on this one.

Very good stout, the first oatmeal stout I have tried. Great smooth feel and taste, and an amazing overall flavor. Very good and leaves me looking forward to trying more of this style.

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Photo of dismal
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Poured black with red/ruby highlights when held up to the light. A very light tan head, about one finger upon pouring then quickly fades away to almost nothing. Leaves little to pretty much no lacing. Smell was mainly some roasted smells, a bit of coffee hidden as well. I could also get some chocolate out of it. Taste was roasted all upfront followed by coffee. There was more coffee in the aftertaste or at leas that's when it became more apparent. Maybe a hint of chocolate too. Pretty creamy and smooth, goes down very good. Not a high ABV so this is one I could do many of in one sitting. Overall I think New Holland did a great job on this one. One of the better Oatmeal Stouts I've had in a while, I'd like to pick it up again for sure.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours as close to black as possible with just a slight ray of light coming through. Nice beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - Good blend of roasted malts, coffee and dark bread.

T - Roasted malts, hop bitterness, coffee, and some burnt elements, goes down easy.

M - Medium bodied mouthfeel with some nice chew from the oatmeal.

D - This is a pretty solid stout, nothing extreme just well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Living nearby the Poe museum, I applaud the shout out to the poet, I just wish the beer kept up its end of the bargain better.

A - A plentiful, yet quickly vanishing, 2" head covered this black stout with a reddish tint around the edges.

S - Slight licorice smell

T - Quite sweet, with hints of roasted malts and an ending bitterness. If I had not read the label, I would have mistaken this for a porter.

M - smooth, clean, mild

D - Like a true komodo dragon, I was hopiong for some some more bite.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in my Victory Willie Becher pint glass.

A: Black with scarlet highlights and a tawny foamy head exhibiting slick sheets of lacing.

S: A rousing aroma filled with raw chocolate malt, cola and an earthy spiciness like dried oregano all blended with rolled oats. There is also a hint of something that's not quite anise, maybe ginger? Also musty leather?

M: Light and silky on the tongue, creamy and smooth but with a somewhat harsh finish.

T: Higher level of bitterness than I'm used to seeing in an oatmeal stout. This beer has pleasing mix of dark chocolate and fleeting notes of roasted coffee all wrapped up in an ever-so-smooth sheet of oat. Personally I'd like the earthy bitterness backed off a bit to showcase the malt a little more, but it works as is.

D: The weight and texture of this beer makes it go down a little faster than is typical for a stout. Enjoyable and quaffable.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black as old motor oil, with no light getting through the glass. Thin-to-no tan head... No lacing whatsoever. Would pass for a good cup of coffee.

S - Sweet scents of dark chocolate, with faint hints of coffee beans and raisins. It's very thin around the nose, but uplifting nonetheless.

T - Roasted malts and coffee character are much more pronounced, forming a solid backbone. Oatmeal and milk throw in an assist, and rise in prevalence when it warms. Makes for a nice, understated stout.

M - Slick on the palate, the body reminds me of milk. Sparkling carbonation with a clean, pleasant finish. Excellent!

O - Certainly one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. Sweetened a good deal as it warmed, making it better as it went along. Not sure if this would be in my regular lineup, but I wouldn't say no to it.

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Photo of abents
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brownish black nice smooth light tan head that laces well. Smells overwhelmingly of coffee and chocolate. Nice roasted malty nose as well. Tastes of roasted malt and coffee with a chocolate finish that smooths very well. Very creamy feel to it. Kinda light for a stout, but not at all lacking in flavor. Very smooth drinking stout, one of the first from New Holland that I've been impressed with so far. Very well done.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice deep almost black color, with a slight scarlet hue, and a nice 1 finger of creamy off white chocolaty head. Little to no lacing, typical for the style.

S- Light chocolate, and roasted malt, mild coffee, toasted toffee and light caramel notes.

T- Nice roasted, dark chocolates, with light coffee notes, mild caramel is also present, with a nice creamy body, very nice clean bitterness to finish, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth medium body, with an ample amount of carbonation to deliver flavors. Clean velvety texture from the oats is nice.

D- Great drinkable oatmeal stout, very good representation of the style, good depth of flavor, well presented, for sure a good go to stout.

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

12 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with 1 cm of tan creamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of chocolate and malts. Initial flavor is a mix of chocolate and coffee. Flavor ends with more hops and lasts for a while. Slight lacing, no noted carbonation, medium mouthfeel, and alcohol was well hidden. Drinkable because it is so light, nothing real special for a stout.

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

A real pleasure to drink if you like this style. It has a nice roast profile and a very smooth mouth feel (from the oats obviously). Things I like about it - smooth mouth feel, great roast flavor, local brewery, fresh beer with date, decent price.

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Photo of MrStark
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is dark brown with hints of red on the edges. A large two-finger tan foamy head with good retention. Nice stick lacing.

Smell is fairly roasty and the oats are definitely present. Along with that is the aroma of coffee and chocolate. Nice and not overpowering.

Taste is at first a mix of coffee and dark chocolate. The oats mix in and there is a mild hop bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel seams to be light and creamy. Much thicker than say Guinness. There is a small amount of carbonation.

Drinakbility is pretty good. It is fairly easy to drink and probably a good one to step into the style of stouts. Not overpowering to the palette. I would have a few.

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Photo of templar316
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a spectacular deep, deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. One finger of foam with nice lacing at the end. A soft malty, earthy nose, with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. And the flavor delivers, as this soft creamy brew rolls acrossed the tongue you get a bready chocolate sweetness to start, rolling into a crisp figgy body, with an earthy, roasty malt finish that lingers on. The mouthfeel is what truely makes this beer first-rate as its soft creamy sweetness envolpes the tongue begging for another swallow.

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

Obtained locally. No freshness date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown to black with reddish highlights. Minimal head and lacing retention.

S - Roasted malts and a chocolate aroma. Perhaps some oakiness.

T - Same as the aroma with a hint of vanilla. Not overly complex, but a nice flavor.

M - Smooth with a light carbonation.

A nice stout. Not too complex but very enjoyable.

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Photo of ebby82
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown into a pint glass with a very limited head.

Nice aroma of toasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

The taste is of roasted malts, coffee, and a faint hint of vanilla like sweetness.

Very smooth, not overly rich or cloying.

Overall, quite the tasty stout.

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

Cost $1.99 for a 12 oz. bottle at Total Wine.

It poured into the Pint glass nearly black with a thick sticky beige head.

The nose was not overpowering. Smelled of roast malt and cocoa.

It was creamy as you would expect from the style but not as much as other offerings. It had a grainy, chocolate cake quality with a bit of bitterness that popped up on the tongue toward the end of the finish.

It was good, not great. I've enjoyed many of the New Holland High Gravity Series so it is hard to compare once you've had those which are very good. But at a buck 99 a good value and it scores points for that.

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Photo of b3shine
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft to pint. Looks good, but then again, it also looks average for its type: all black. Bouquet is decent; the oatmeal is present. The beer tastes good, with chocolate and oatmeal notes. Mouthfeel is good as well. All in all a good brew and excellent example of a beer of its type

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This brew pours with a very thin head with little sustain. No lacings observed. Color is a deep chocolate brown. Nothing special here.

Smell: Aroma is a little thin. Smoky. Roasted malt and oatmeal detected in quantity. Nice.

Taste: Indeed, the roasted malt shines. The oatmeal gives a nice grain feel that is earthy but not overpowering. Malt presence is not overpowered by sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This brew rides across the tongue quite well. The flavor curve is a nice rounded form. Malt does not crowd the palate.

Drinkability: This sits well on the stomache. It would make a good "backyard" beer. Great job.

Prost!
Nikki

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Photo of rwf08
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a American Pint glass.

A: Dark brown, clean appearance. Looks like a glass of rootbeer. Faint head, spotty sticky lacying.

S: Smells like chocolate oatmeal cookies. Roasty, hints of coffee.

T: Bitter roasted coffee, some nutty oatiness. Very good.

M: Not too thick. A little thin and a bit too much carbonation. Still silky but I'd want more in an oatmeal stout.

D: Damn good. Wish I had more but only got two brought back to me. Sad day. Good for those who can get it.

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Photo of MNAle
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark/black/opaque. Half-agressive pour results in a tall tan bubbly head, almost to the top of the Imperial Irish pint glass. Head recedes slowly, leaving thick lacing. Sweet, smoaky, roasted, nutty aroma. Thick, smooth feel. Taste is roasted but subdued. Sweetness & roastiness are there, but far from overpowering. Nice and smooth, but not as much roastiness as the aroma would suggest. Bitterness asserts in the middle and continues for a clean finish. An easy drinking stout, smooth and creamy.

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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 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 Riverwarrior
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

S = Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

T = Semi-sweet, dark chocolate upfront. Roasted coffee in the middle and some faint roasted bitterness near the end. The finish is a sweet, roasted coffee flavor that is really tasty.

MF = Medium body with very little carbonation. Smooth as silk with a nice creamy texture.

Overall, this is one fantastic oatmeal stout. To me, it had several characteristics as the "Dragon's Milk"....which is a great thing! I will definitely buy this again.

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