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
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:
2,420
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
466
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 747 | Ratings: 2,420
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Cola black body, cream colored head, good foamy lines of lacing.

Aroma: Somewhat subdued with notions of dark roasted malts, oats, and dark chocolate.

Taste: A nice sweetness coats over the roasted notes in this, bringing out more of a milk stout kind of feel. Bitter chocolate notes in the finish, and an overall hearty oatmeal flake presence throughout.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin.

Overall: An oatmeal stout I could buy again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours a deep brown with a dark beige head. A lingering head that dense and thick leaving lacing in it's wake.

The aroma had a rich roasted barley smell with hints of chocolate at the end.

Drinks smooth and velvetty with a rich roasted malt taste. There's hints of chocolate and coffee too. A nice drinking beer.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev +2%

Out of a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Poured out a very dark brown to black. Nice finger of lacing that stayed around and left decent lacing.
S – Roasted malts, chocolate and lightly smoky.
T – Big roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Nice bite of hope bit that gives you some light bitterness which offsets a creamy sweetness. Reminds me of a nice light and sweet cup of coffee.
M – Creamy, ample carbonation, lively on the palate with just a trace of alcohol.
O – Tasty and easy drinker. Nice example of a kick ass stout.

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Photo of Roguer
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour: strong, fluffy, creamy tan head, with very good retention and lovely, wide lacing. Brew itself comes out brown, congealing into a dark, dark brown - almost ebony - presentation in the glass.

Roasted barley, cream, overripe fruit, and yes, oatmeal; all present in varying amounts in the nose. A little alcohol presence, as well, alongside some cocoa and coffee.

Very roasty flavor up front, featuring lots and lots of roasted barley (which keeps coming back for more!), coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Cream and overripe dark fruit try to make themselves known on the mid-palate, before being overwhelmed by roasted barley. Delicious!

Thick, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Some sting; very lively. No hint of alcohol. Nicely balanced with an earthy bitterness.

Among the best oatmeal stouts I've had. Lots of roasted barley; creamy, smooth body; not exactly complex, but not one-note, either. Great beer. Compares favorably with Founders Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of sheeley
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark and appealing. Head was not very impressive, but that was likely my own fault in the pour. Smell: The nose is enticing. I smell bitterness and some alcohol notes. I can definitely smell the oatmeal as well. So far, not my favorite aspect of this beer, but still very nice. Taste/mouthfeel: Bitter, but combined with the oatmeal flavor the taste is quite pleasant. Very creamy with oats and malt; wonderfully easy to drink. Smooth and enjoyable, but not monumental flavors. From initial taste to aftertaste, it is quite subtle and does not call attention to itself. From someone who loves milk stouts, this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of ordybill
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a coffee and malt smell with a backdrop of oats Appearance- Dark red moving into brown. nice white head Taste- has an oatmeal coffee mix flavor, not my favorite style but not bad. Palate- full bodied with a thick texture, has slight carbonation Overall- Not terrible, if you are a fan of oatmeal stouts you would probably enjoy this

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Persistency of the small tan head lacks. Otherwise, pours a nice dark brown with garnet on the edges.

S: Char smoked toffee, coffee, chocolate and brown sugar notes.

M: Smooth, silky, and creamy. Medium body with a medium high carbonation level.

T: Well-rounded beer, artistically crafted. Remnants of char after a sweet toffee and rolled oat start. Sweet brown malts parlay into a bittersweet chocolate leading to a roasted coffee finish. All flavors combine to create a slight licorice effect with the sweetness covering the medicinal char. I'd be drinking this medicine everyday.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Black body, light brown ~1" head. Fades fast.

S - Mostly chocolate and oatmeal

T - Chocolate, oatmeal, with sour/bitter finish.

M - Texture is a little thin.

O - Okay oatmeal stout, but probably wouldn't be something I would drink regularly. Prost!

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Photo of Lordhelmit
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black like stouts do, pours with small head. After a few minutes, no head whatsoever and no lacing. Nose is actually quote hoppy! That's almost all I smell. I don't smell any chocolate or coffee like I usually do in an oatmeal stout. Well, yeah, some coffee notes for sure. Taste is also hoppier than I expected. Nice milk chocolate taste and creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of denver10
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a slight khaki head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, toffee, slight coffee tones, and oats. Flavor follow suit with just a touch of char in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Overall, sweeter than I generally care. Drank my six pack of it, thats enough.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a lot of head collected after the pour. Looks very dark brown in dim light.

Hearty roasted malts with a dry cocoa powder note and some huskiness from the grain. Some oaty bitterness is noted. Rather smooth.

Cocoa, roast, and earthiness dominates the flavor, up-front. There's a smaller fruit note of black cherry that mellows with the usual stout malt punch. Hops finish with herbal spiciness that plays with a bubbly carbonation towards the end. Oats do wonders for the mouthfeel. Almost creamy. Nice and solid.

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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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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,420 ratings.
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