New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 40

Added by inebrius on 02-01-2003

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Photo of MJR
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: What seems to be black is an extremely dark garnet. There's actually a touch of clarity, if you hold it up to a bright enough light source! A dark tan head starts out thick and creamy, then shrinks to ring around the glass. Leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a bit one-dimensional with lots of roasted malts and coffee, but not much else... Maybe a touch of chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malts galore, with a bit of coffee and chocolate. There's a strong acidic undercurrent that adds a touch of sourness. The hops add a hint of bitterness in the beginning, but that's about it. A hint of fake sweetness shows up on the finish, which is otherwise dominated by the roasted flavors. The flavor is a bit thin once you get past the roasted grains.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin in body for a stout. It's lacking the rich and creamy mouthfeel that characterizes a great stout.

Drinkability: This is a fairly drinkability brew. It's missing a few main things I look for in a stout, but is still a decent brew.

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

I liked the real nice black color with some ruby hue,off white sticky head real impressive looking.Roasted malt is predominent smell I get from it with some underlying chocolate notes.Taste is roasty and chocolaty but wiith some softness due to the oats I would venture to guess,pretty easy to drink maybe a little thin.All in all pretty darn good.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby-black in color I can see through the glass when held up to a light, creamy tan head, chocalate and burnt coffee aroma. Dark roasted malty chocolate burnt coffee flavor, medium bodied and has a creamy mouthfeel, nice bitter roasty finish with a noticable hop bite, good stuff.

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

Brewed with Caravienne, Chocolate malts, and Oats. Nugget, and Willamette hops.

OG: 1.075, 6.5% ABV, 31 IBU's

The Poet pours to an opaque black with dark ruby accents when held to a halogen light. Forms a frothy light tan head with excellent retention and nice solid sheets of lacing. Moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat fizzy with a medium body, but not quite as dense as expected for a stout. Aroma is very appetizing with notes of black walnut, deeply roasted grains, sweet espresso, sweet cocoa, vanilla bean, honey sugar, a subtle sourness, and perhaps chestnuts. I swear these guys cultured the yeast from Bell's and used it in this brew. Taste starts out with rich, darkly roasted delicately sweet malts, pleasantly sharp, acidic coffee, well-balanced herbal flavor hops (I taste Nugget and Willamette, though the bottle says Fuggle), followed by lots of black patent and chocolate malts, a very subtle sour note, and ending in a rich, somewhat astringent bittering hop, coffee, and chalk finish. No fusels, no metals, no off-tastes. As it warmed, I started to pick up on New Hollands characteristic sweet grain husk house flavor. Don't taste or feel the oats in this one.

This is an excellent stout. If it wasn't for the thinner body, I would easily mistake this for my favorite stout, Bell's Kzoo, in a blind tasting until it warmed. (That's a HUGE compliment to New Holland, BTW.)

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Photo of cokes
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark scarlet-black with a full tan foam.
Nose full of a roastedness, coffee, and vanilla-laced caramel.
Begins very roasty and mocha-like. Enough to prick up the ears of any stout lover. Healthy chocolate contingency. Then this voyages a path all its own. Big time black malts give a premium cola-like sweetness. Similar in some ways to a schwarzbier hybred. Light oat flakes add to this sweet impression as does the fruity yeast (Kalamazoo, anyone?). The Poet maintains high levels of roasted loveliness all the while. Tiny green hops show up at closure, though not rudely; they let the rest of the impressive aspects shine on their own.
Smooth and too quickly consumed.
A choice stout that rivals those produced by a more heralded house in Michigan.

Cheers, inebrius.

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Photo of inebrius
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Walnut edged black under a randomly sticky khaki cap. Nose of chocolate and pistachio ice cream. A draught is sweet and roasty and full. Mocha cappucino with a hazelnut biscotti. A smooth and tasty stout fit for anytime consumption. Prime brew from the mitten state!

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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