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
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441
For Trade:
3
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Photo of asmythee
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a six pack of this this just because it was on sale for not quite the cost of Guinness, didn't expect it could compare with Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but it did ... quite good and will be buying often from now on.

Great appearance, great aroma, great mouthfeel. Awesome surprise.

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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 rdilauro
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love my stouts, especially oatmeal stocks. This poured as close to a jet black stout I normally enjoy. There still was a hint of brown which gave me the warm aroma of coffee and chocolate.

The head was small and dark. The first taste was on the small side with nice much of a big stout taste considering the oatmeal fame. The mouthful and finish were much nicer, so I needed to taste it again.

Each taste afterwards, I found more round and soft flavors coming out. Almost like the oatmeal was finally trying to push through.

Enjoyable beer, in the top of the oatmeal stouts I have had

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Photo of Tim9m1r
4.86/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Opaque black color with a half inch medium-thick tan head that dissipates at a medium-slow rate.

Smell - Sweet roasted malt and earthy smoked wood hops followed by dark chocolate.

Taste - Sweet roasted malt and smokey wood followed by lightly bitter dark chocolate and very mild alcohol with a roasted malt and smokey wood finish.

Mouthfeel - Rich and creamy, very well balanced bitterness/sweetness, medium carbonation,and very mild alcohol feel

Overall - An amazing stout. Very well balanced in every way.

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Photo of Phocion
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle agressively poured into a tulip pint. Dark almost black body with a thick, frothy light brown head. Excellent retention and a ton of thick lacing spread throughout the glass.

Very pleasant aroma. Heavily roasted, almost charcoal tinged malts with chocolate and coffees. Light touch of floral hoppiness, vanilla, and lactose.

Flavor is chocolate dominant, which combines with the oats and lactose to give it almost a chocolate milk like flavor. Discrete hint of nuttiness from the oats. Slight touch of bitter char combined with bitter dark chocolate and a barely detectable hoppy bitterness give it a nice, dry finish.

Medium-full body thanks to the oats. A fairly high carbonation, but it still feels soft, creamy, and velvety.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer. Excellent both stylistically and overall.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice sized mocha head was formed that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet oats, roasted coffee, earthy, chocolate, smoke,

Taste: Nice oats up front, ash, roasted coffee, earthy, chocolate, and mild bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, light bodied, ashy bitterness, a little chewy, and low carbonation.

Overall: It's hot and humid here in Boston, but this was a god choice in my nice air conditioned room.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good, well-made stout that fills your nose with bold, dark coffee and malted barley. The taste comes close to matching the smell, but I almost just want to sit with my glass and savor this beer through my nostrils. Worth trying, and better than many offerings, but not quite inspiring me to verse or rhyme. If it were more concentrated in flavor then allowed to mellow in carbonation, it's be overall much better.

A: pitch black, but with a creamy off-white, half-centimeter head that quickly dissipated. Low lacing. Thin bubbles that sparkle and remind me of champagne. The beer swishes thinly, like coca cola, and ripples with every vibration of the table.

S: this is possibly one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. The front smells like sweet chocolate - Hershey melted into a glass. There is coffee and malted barley in the middle. There is caramel on the finish and mixed throughout.

T: I am let down by the taste here. Dark, roasty, and just a touch bitter. Tastes a bit like thinly brewed coffee, carbonated, and mixed into a brown ale. I like it, but don't love it.

M: too thin - this beer would benefit from some added viscosity and a but less carbonation.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Center poured bottle into Imperial pint glass produces thick tan head that takes several minutes to recede.

Nice aroma. Oatmeal, chocolate, coffee and a little smokiness.

Tastes like it smells.

Nice thickness, feels good.

Overall I really like this beer, Nice that the abv is low enough to have several.

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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 mikeg67
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with small, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of piney hops, roasted malt, sour cream and some coffee. Body is full and slightly crisp. Taste is of roasted malt, burnt grain, coffee, brown sugar, herbal hops and some sour notes. Finish is long and bittersweet. On the whole it is good brew.

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Photo of BEERFANATIC81
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle from brewery. Bitter but nice light chocolate aroma. Hints of malt and coffee rolls back on the tongue upon first taste, and finishes with a little sweetness at the end . Pours with a thin smooth, creamy, tan head that fades slowly as the glass empties. Oatmeal comes through mid taste but fades quickly and adds a nice touch. Outstanding Oatmeal Stout. Recommended!!!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is two fingers high, khaki in shade. Its soft creaminess retains decently enough, and also leaves behind some streaks of lacing. I wish it was pitch black, but that's a nitpick.

S: There's a very nice combination of nuts and chocolate coming together. I'm not getting a lot of roast or coffee characteristics I really like from a stout, though. It's a touch mineral-y at times. Not the finest aroma ever, but dammit it works nonetheless.

T: The nose threw me for a curveball: it's more roasty than suggested, but still with a subtle dark chocolate background. I'm also getting some notes of coffee, oat, nuts (I want to say almond), and caramel - mostly clustered on the back end. There are faint earthy expressions floating around here and there. No twists or turns, just a really solid stout.

M: For a second, it seems very soft and creamy on the palate. And it is. But wow, does it ever finish dry. A lot of it is due to how damn carbonated it is - it almost stings the palate. The relative lightness doesn't help conceal some of the fizz. Meh, whatever, I'll deal; this is still very tasty and easy to drink.

O: This one just works. It's a good mix of roasty and sweet, without ever being overpowering. My only real nitpick is that it seems a bit too fizzy on the palate. If I could get it locally (I can't :(), I'd put it on my "buy again" list.

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Photo of sween100
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours almost pitch black with an average sized tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, almonds, and chocolates. Smells very sweet. Taste is a creamy, coffee malt that goes down very smooth. Somewhat of a heavy beer. Unpleasant aftertaste. Overall not a bad beer, just not for me.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a dark black, with a nearly one inch head, and little random streaks of lacing down the glass.

Smells like dark, intense roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.

Incredible taste here, I was really pleasantly surprised. Both chocolate and coffee are big in play here, even though no chocolate and coffee were added. Great malt work here- the flavors intertwine nicely, and give the feeling of chocolate covered espresso beans. There is some nice roasty malt flavors as well, with a little bit of bitterness on the end of each sip from the hops. I also taste some vanilla as well, as well as mild smoke. How is this only 5.2% ABV? The flavor is so full.

Medium to thick body (again, how is this only 5.2%?), creamy, smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. Incredibly drinkable, I didn't want to put this down.

This is a perfect example of how full, complex flavor can still be packed into beers of lower ABV. I had heard decent things about this one, but didn't know it was going to be so good. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid black, with dark brown highlights and thin tan head that reduces quickly to a rim with moderate lacing.

S - Dried dark fruit, vanilla and roasted malts, but muted.

T - The roast comes through first and most, with a sharp blackened toast note combining with coffee and chocolate nibs, going more acidic into the middle, and closing with a hint of hops and malt.

M - Fairly light on the tongue, with acidity and carbonation. Almost no lingering, and only very mild bitterness.

O - This is an easily drinkable beer, with nice roasted notes. Not the most complex stout I've had, but a good beer to revisit.

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Photo of Bone53
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Poured black with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. One finger tan head

Smell: Roasted malt with a hint of sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate is prominent right off with some roasted malts. Toasted oats are balanced in the background throughout

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth and creamy with slight bitterness

Overall: My first oatmeal stout and I am enjoying it. I am more partial to thicker, higher abv. stouts, but this would be a great session beer. Flavorful for around 5% abv. Recommended!

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Photo of MIchelle
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite oatmeal stout. Has a beautiful dark mahogany look to it and pours with a a nice two inch tan/cream head. Extremely smooth for a dark beer and very full flavored. Nice roasted malt flavor. The smell isn't as impressive as the taste of the beer but hey taste is what matters in my book. I've had many oatmeal stouts as it's my favorite style of beer and this is by far my favorite. Just got lucky the liquor store got a fresh batch in this week. The downside is if you find it and, since it's not dated, you get an out of date bottle you will loose that nice head and it will have kind of a flat taste. Make sure you buy this from someone whos beer move. :)

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Photo of Badger6
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into an American pint glass.

A: The body is a deep mahogany, letting no light through. 2 fingers of dark tan head, good retention, medium amount of fine lace.

S: Lots of roasted malt, hints of vanilla and chocolate. The roastyness dominates.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla all come in together in the front. As the beer warms, it is joined by a caramel note form the roasted grains, and a slight flavor of char. Finishes with a chocolatey bitterness at the end that lingers. As the beer warms, the flavors seem to join and become smoother, though even cool it is never harsh.

M: Medium bodied, mildly carbonated, creamy feel. Slightly dry as it finishes.

O: Easy to drink. The aroma of the beer is deceptive, after smelling was afraid it wouldn't be very tasty...so wrong. Really complex beer, in fact so complex, I am not sure my notes are really accurate or doing the beer justice. Really enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of lochef81
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This stout pours a deep mahogany color with a short lasting one finger off white head that leaves a nice film and average lacing. The nose is dominated by roasted coffee beans and milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is superbly creamy and smooth, it just begs for another sip. The flavor surpasses the aroma with a gentle sweetness that balances the bitterness of the roasted coffee notes. There is also vanilla, chocolate, and s little English toffee present. It really is a delicious and easily drinkable lighter stout. This is definitely one of the better offerings that I've had from New Holland. Good work!

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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 mtomlins
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a clear dark black with 1-2 fingers of cloudy head falling slowly to a creamy collar leaving lots of lacing. There is a nice nose, not huge but present reminiscent of dark chocolate, toasted and dark roasted grains. The taste follows suit but lso brings a pleasing bread character and lots of creamy oats. There is a big body considering the meager 5.2% ABV with nicve carbonation resultant in a smooth creamy mouthfeel. There is great depth to the poet!

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Photo of FLima
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with a thin but thick caramel head with short retention and leaving some laces.
Nice predominant aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. Notes of extinguished campfire and caramel. Also, you can even feel the oatmeal bread notes.
Flavor of heavily roasted malts, lots of oatmeal, licorice and grassy, earth and citrus hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering roasted note. Bitterness actually come balanced from both malt and hops.
Silky smooth beer with a medium to full body with medium carbonation.
Excellent Oatmeal stout. Interesting how the oatmeal could round the bold roasted notes. I also loved its hop profile that elegantly emerges from this strong backbone. And this is not an extreme beer, it is actually very friendly. I had to keep raising its rating as it warmed up and further freed its flavors and aroma.

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Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a thick, pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Head retention is not that great and lacing is just average.

Dark roast becomes immediately apparent in the aroma. Lots of char and dark cocoa along with some lightly roasted coffee. There are some nice earthy notes in there as well.

The taste is even better than the aroma. Deep, dark chocolate along with heavily roasted malt but is is not astringent. Very milky and on the sweet side without being cloying. The silky mouthfeel lets you know you are drinking an oatmeal stout. Just a light bitterness with a touch of stickyness on the finish.

Overall, an extremely delicious oatmeal stout. There is a great depth to the flavor and the roast/chocolate is incredible. Definitely a beer to seek out.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle code 1143 16:16 AT 42 degrees into a goblet
Aroma roasted malt, chocolatey
Head small (2 cm), creamy, light brown, mostly lasting
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins lightly sweet with chocolate overtones, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Flavor ends with a lingering bitterness
Palate reveals medium to full body, a little more watery than creamy, soft carbonation

The aroma and appearance of this stout cry “Drink me!” However, the watery characteristic and the finishing bitterness detract from its enjoyment.

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Photo of OldManRJM
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark beer - deep brown color Poured from the bottle with about one and a half fingers of head.

Nutty, smoky aroma mixed with a nice ale smell. Dark chocolate, char taste. The finish is quite nice. Let this one warm up to near room temperature and the various flavors really come out.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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