New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: 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 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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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 BrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must preface this review by saying that I tasted this beer after trying the Dark Lord, which is sort of anti-climatic.

But this beer poured a lot softer than the DL and the aroma was rich with milk chocolate, fudge, and a smooth milkyness.

The flavor was sweer with a bit of malt. The biggest flavor that I could pick out was a milk chocolate or a truffle flavor. Very good beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an opaque dark brown (almost black) color with a medium beige head that dissipates slowly. Thin curtain of lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is very roasty, with coffee and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied and closer in consistency to a Porter than a Stout. Roasted coffee at the forefront, with molasses, chocolate and some hops in the flavor. The finish is mildly bitter and roasty. Overall this is a pretty good Stout, but it is lacking richness.

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

Darkest mahogany with razor-thin ruby edges. No light is getting through the center of this stout. The wheat toast brown head is firm, sticky, persistent and lays down quite a bit of thick, chunky lace. The nose is dominated by roasted malt with aromas of coffee and chocolate, primarily the former.

The Poet is great beer. Coffee is still more prominent than bittersweet chocolate on the palate, but they're now close to being equal contributors. The degree of roastedness is just about perfect as far as I'm concerned. It's apparent that the malt has been flambed, but that bitter char that can sometimes result with overroasting isn't present.

Even though it's no Storm King or Shakespeare in terms of pedal-to-the-metal hoppiness, it's obvious that hops are in the house. The beer is well-balanced in the sense that it favors neither sweet nor bitter at any point along the flavor arc. The mouthfeel is slightly chewy with a nicely mouthcoating finish. I'm trying to find something to criticize, but I'm not having any luck.

The Poet is yet another wonderful beer from New Holland and, along with Snake River Zonker Stout, is my favorite 'just plain ol' stout' to date. Given my BA name, I'm sure that I'm unwelcome in the state of Michigan, but damn, you guys have some great breweries up there. Thanks to deejaydan for this gem.

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Photo of aracauna
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a tan head that has a yellowish tint. The head soon fades completely. Cocoa powder and coffe are the major aspects of the aroma. Along with the powdery chocolate and coffee in the flavor, there’s a bit of nuttiness mixed in. It’s kind of like a liquid candybar except for the whole sickeningly sweet part.

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Photo of abents
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep dark roasts form a black body with ruby highlights nice even intricate and even lacing. Aroma: Frivilous chocolate and coffee like deep roasted malts along with fruity over-ripened undertones. Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and with the touch of fruits thrown in very soft and nice on the palate definitely a session stout all the way nice beer very happy with this New Holland offering. Mouthfeel: Full bodied chalk full of flavor great stuff even carbonation brings out a silky smoothness. Drinkability: Amazing creamy texture along with impeccable balance can't go wrong with this gem.

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