New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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IBU's: 40

Added by inebrius on 02-01-2003

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. New Holland's The Poet has a not quite black color with a small head. The aroma is roasty and a little sweet. This is how a stout ought to smell. The flavor is earthy coffee with chocolate and cream. Lacks the astrigency of many stouts. A little bit smoky. Some hints of fruit. Medium hop flavor and bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability. I'm really impressed with this beer. It's by far the best beer I've had from New Holland, as well as one of the better stouts I've had lately.

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Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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 heyitsbyron
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a single from Woodman's in Madison ($1.25) into an imperial pint glass.

Head was lower than expected, maybe about 1.5cm tops. The color of the head was somewhere between ivory and tan, very beautiful; the beer itself was thick and almost almost motor oily. Well done.

Smells like booze and dark fruits with pits. Toasty and coffee and all that. Nothing too impressive though.

Tasted better than I remember, a lot like an imperial stout. Roasted malts, dark fruits, a bit sweet, and maybe coffee too. A bit watery and unpleasanty bitter after I swallow.

Great in the mouth. Smooth and creamy. I can't find much wrong with it.

Hell, I'd swill this regularly. Goes down smooth, good price, nice alcohol content. Not perfect in the flavor department, but it'd be a pleasure to have around. Another unknown brewery from Michigan giving good results.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle sealed with a colorful crown cap. The main label has a picture of a half open book which lists a beer recipe flanked by an old style Quill pen. Listed as “The Poet Stout”. No strength and no freshness date.

Appearance: Dark black-brown body, which has a clear presentation when backlit. Soft warming sweet chestnut fold sits beneath a tan colored head. Lazy thin conditioning looks slack. Decent head retention with a lingering lace on the side walls.

Nose: Warm toasted nose, as welcome as a roaring coal fire on a cold Winters day. Coffee beans and a sweet chocolate Ice-cream fill the back end.

Taste: Cooking chocolate start with a sweet malt aspect, organic softness with some Earthy farmyard soil like flashes fill the finish with a yeasty tingle. Dark fruits threaten to break in but lay low. Bitterness lies in wait until the swallow allows it to reveal itself. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a veritable solid feel yet creamy and smooth. Tendency is for this one to exhibit a smoked coffee bean body once it warms.

Drinkability: Thoroughly enjoyable. Malty and smooth yet bold and beautiful. Good stuff.

Overall: Prior to “The Poet”, I had only had the misfortune to have had the “Phi 2005” from New Holland, a half thanks to BigHuge for that ;-). That was no welcome brew, but this was.

Highly Enjoyable!

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Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red into the glass with a light brown head of about one finger that thins out as you drink it down, little lacing. Smells of roasty coffee and brown sugar, floral hops. On the tongue you can feel the hops, tastes of roasted grain, sweet body, kind of thin. One that I will be looking forward to getting again, I recommend this stout.

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Photo of karengarys
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours nice and dark, leaving little head. A ring sits at the edge of the glass, and a small cloud laces the top.

Smell is very chocolatey, some malts, and a bit of floral hopss.

Taste is also very chocolatey, maltey with a bit of dry hops to balance.

Mouthfeel is quite creamey.

Finish is nice and clean. The dry hop cleans the pallette very nicely.

This is one very good brew. It is rich, and complex, and has lots of character. it is all brew, no wateryness at all. I highly recommend looking for it, and trying it. DON'T pass this up if you see it!!!

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Photo of sopor
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cola colored pour is almost black in the glass with a medium rich tan head that eventually leaves just a film. Smells of coffee sweetened with caramel. A good balance of sweet molasses, syrup and caramel to the roast coffee bitterness and patent malts. A nice stout that doesn't overwhelm me as so many stouts do! Moderate body is oily with thin carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a stout.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Blackish deep-ruby out of the bottle, with a small thin head. Distinct lace patterns at the top of the glass but not so much towards the bottom.

I am instantly hit with familiarity when I whiff this beer. Hershey's chocolate syrup, freshly cracked can of malt extract, chocolate mint herb leaf. Marmite. Cracked pepper. Roasty Cascade hop interplay.

Taste is surprisingly vinous for a stout. Interesting intermingling of twang of chocolately roast and earthy hops. Hop character is present in bittering and modest dankness, overwhelmed by lightly roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Oat and whole grain underneath.

Velvety mouthfeel makes this one go down easy, especially compared to all the imperials i've been drinking lately.

Cloying treacle flavor hinders the overall package as it warms, but not at all bad.

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Photo of unclederby
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a dark ruby into my guiness pint glass. left a mocha colored head of about 1/2 inch. smells of cocoa and roasted coffee beans, a little sweet smelling too. taste is smooth and velvety, nice and chocolately, with a nice roasted malt sweetness. a bit of vanilla and oak is also perceptible. good notes of coffee, but little or no "burnt" taste. somewhat reminiscent of young's double chocolate stout, with perhaps a slightly softer mouthfeel and less the metallic tinge that that beer can have. medium bodied with good carbonation. this is quite a quaffable brew, and i could easily put down a few in a single sitting. the 6+ % abv is not at all apparent...

very well crafted, but short of outstanding.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There really is no denying New Holland. They are totally overlooked, and completely underrated. This is another example of their dedication to well crafted brews. Poured out to a dark black, cherry wood red color with a nice head of about 1/2 inch. Rings of lace are consistant and nearly uniform. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas were a bit on the light side, but traces of coffee and cocoa were present, with hints of earth and wood. Very nice, but way too light. Taste was a five. Amazing. Flavors of cofffee beans, roasted malts, medium pepper, rich wood, thick caramel and hidden hop bitterness make the taste astounding. Quite possibly the best stout I think I have ever had. Mouthfeel was rich, but not overly thick or heavy. Very good drinkability, I wish this was easier to find in South Eastern Michigan. This brew could give Bell's Kalamazoo Stout or Expedition Stout a run for their money! Highly Recommended.

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Photo of battlekow
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying a few new stouts, North Coast's Old #38 and Mendocino's Black Hawk in addition to this one.

The Poet pours a porterish near-black, shining ruby red when held up to the light. It's got an off-white head that provides good lacing. Visually, the Poet and Old #38 are indistinguishable.

The Poet smells stronger, but not as good, I think. Too sweet with chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Same with the flavor--it's really smooth, but tastes like roasted grape juice. Not as robust as I was hoping.

Medium body, good mouthfeel, a very easy-drinking stout, but not something I'd go a long way to seek out.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Black with a nice fat head of tan that falls to a couple centimeters but never really dies. Thick, sheeted lace left in its wake.

Smells dark and roasty, slight smoke aroma with some milk and cocoa. Sweet with some hoppy bitterness in the back. Nice!

Moderately roasted malts that carry a taste of smoke and cocoa upfront. There's a pinch of baker's chocolate in the mix as well. Growing bitterness from middle to finish that competes with the malts but doesn't over power them, both work in harmony in the end.

Nice smooth mouth. No oils or anything left to chew on. Carbonation peeks through enough without causing any unwanted bite. Damn good and sessionable.

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Photo of beerinator
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle

Appearance: Dark Brown with ruby highlights when the light strikes just right. Off white head that disapated quickly, but left nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Roasty, coffee aromas strike first. Hot Chocolate smell wafts through. There are some sweet caramel aromas and maybe a hit of sharp alcohol.

Taste: There are burnt coffee beans and dark chocolate on the beginning of the taste. The mouthfeel is solid and the finish is smooth with slight lingering roasty bitterness. I note some cherry or plum fruit along with the coffee and chocolate.

Notes: This is a solid stout. I would not shy away from this one.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: No useful information on the label other than the suggested serving temp. of 45 degrees.

Appearance: WAY overcarbonated! Heard a loud "pop" (similar to soda can) when opening the cap and the pour yielded about four fingers of beige colored foam. Choclate brown with ruby/cola edging. Streams of carbonation hug the side of the glass.

Smell: creamed coffee, bakers chocolate, roasted malts, dry roasted walnuts, a touch of imitation vanilla. Very inviting and a "classic" American stout smell (at least what I picture in my mind).

Taste: Creamed bitter coffee, bitter chocolate, dark roasty malts all bounce off the palate. Definite dry, bitter finish with a bit of smokiness on the end. The nutty flavor remains as a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and despite the pour, there is a nice balance b/t carbonation and smoothness of the beer.

Drinkability: This is dangerously close to a porter in my mind. Either that or the Edmund Fitz that I'm used to drinking is dangerously close to an American stout. There is just something missing here (maybe needs to be a little more heavy handed or creamier in the mouthfeel) that makes me think of a porter when I drink this. That being said, I love either one so it's not a knock on the quality. A shift is needed in your tastebuds to prepare you for this one.

I'd definitely re-visit and solidly recommend.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 SupaCelt
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: As usual per stout, dark brown that makes me wanna say black. Minimal tan head; more of a film covering. Malnourished ring around the glass' edge. Still manages to construct some lacing.

Smell: Metallic. Coffee. Roasted. Dairy.

Taste: The taste is good. Not a mammoth amount of flavour. Mineral water overtones with roasted coffee and shavings of baker's chocolate sprinkled on top. The taste fails to astonish, but is solid and reasonably well composed. Mildly bittered.

Mouthfeel: Good texture. Heavier weight when contrasted with other "regular stouts" in terms of body. Definitely not a half-assed stout.

Drinkability: Good as discovered from past experience. Serial abilities exist here. A satisfying session stout if there ever was one.

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Photo of bnuttz
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, with a fat tan head. Nose of chocolate, and oats. Tastes of chocolate, and slight coffee. There is a smoothness to this beer. Not overly bitter, but there is definitely a hop character there, seemingly english. Definite overall profile of roasiness, not overly chocolatey or bitter. Overall a decent session stout, but not really one I would seek out.

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Photo of frazbri
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black. Black with a short mocha head. Floral bouquet and cappuccino aromas. Semi-sweet chocolate and coffee with a bitter backbone. Full body, medium cabonation and dry finish.

The Poet. A good solid dry stout from New Holland. I'm not inspired to pen sonnets, but I'm sure I'll drink this again.

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Photo of rdailey76
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Poet pours a beautiful dark brown with not a hint of light shining through the glass. There was a minimal head, possibly the width of a pinky finger. My scent detected something a little off that my usual stouts I drink, but I couldn't really place the smell. Any doubts I had about the smell was washed away with the first sip I took, which includes a nice choclately taste with a smooth coffee-like finish. The beer had a nice creamy feel and would I would definitely enjoy another and possibly another after that!

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Photo of sweethome
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a 1 inch fluffy head - right to style. Roast nose with hint of anice and some hops back there, too. The entry is just a touch watery, but fills out very well.

There is a good amount of hops here as the bittering is felt midmouth to balance the significant roast malt. The anice charachter is also there mid-to-late. Dries out pretty well for a long roast finish with a hop flavor lingering.

Provides a nice lace as it worked down the glass.

A very well made stout and quite tasty. Lacks the heft and depth of my top rated stouts, but delivers pretty well overall.

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Photo of walleye
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have 2 reviews for this beer the 1st is from a bottle I found in a local store. I messaged new holland this is the reply. Jim, The "Olde Poet" was the previous incarnation of the "Poet". I don’t really know what the motivation was to drop the "olde" from the name. However, I do know that we haven’t bottled the oatmeal stout with the "Olde Poet" name on it since I have taken over the brewery (which has been 2.5 yrs ago). Additionally, when I came in we reformulated the recipe. Therefore, the bottle that you have in your hand is significantly outdated and I cannot speak to the quality of the beer in that bottle. I am sure that if you wanted to take it back to where you purchased it from we could work it back through the system and get everybody their money back. However, it might be interesting to try it and see how it has held up. Your call, although, once you have opened it I can’t take it back - especially since we have had this conversation. Finally, we do our best to try to get outdated beer back to the brewery to be destroyed. However, we are very reliant upon our retailers and distributors to help get it back to us (we have a sales staff of 2 people for a 7 state area - they just can’t get to every retailer that carries our products to check for dates). As you might imagine this sometimes becomes a problem because those entities usually like to see the beer moving in one direction and that is out to the consumer not back to the brewery. If you do decide to try it I would be interested in hearing how it tasted. Cheers, John Haggerty Brewmaster New Holland Brewing Co. 205 Fairbanks Ave. Holland, MI 49423 [email protected] so here is the 1st rating app.4.5.smell 4. taste 3.mouthfeel.3.5 drinkability3.5. The pour and aroma, and flavor was about the same. but the new bottle was more robust. poured garnet, light tan head. aroma coffee, malts caramel, choc.. flavor was the same but the new one got honey and raisins.the at least 2 1/2 year beer held up well.the rating posted is for the new

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a thistle glass. It pours a deep black color with three fingers of dark tan head. There is a good amount of lacing. The smell is a little faint, but has some roasted malt and chocolate aromas. The taste is malty and sweet, it has lots of cocoa powder and molasses flavors that just meld together. There's a little bit of honey on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth, and the drinkability is good as well. A darn nice stout!

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Photo of clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark color with a tall off-white head that sticks around and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very pleasing - chocolate and lots of coffee with some dark malts. The flavor is very much like the aroma - very strong coffee and roasted flavor with hints of chocolate. Very well-made stout, but I would have prefered a stronger chocolate character.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color, with a finger of head that falls to just cover the beer. The nose is a nice balanced mocha, full or roasted goodness. The flavor is nice...its mostly coffee, but its not bitter. Its nice and roasty and full. The mouthfeel is full and thick, just what a stout should be. Drinkability is good. I could make this a session stout in the winter months.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark body is surmounted by volumes of tan head. The nose is lighter than expected but gives faint scents of coffee and chocolate. The feel is a tad thin to my taste, but a bit creamy nonetheless. There are flavors of coffee and chocolate to be enjoyed here and this brew is easily drinkable even in the summer.

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Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 2,503 ratings