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 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 Therefore, the bottle that you have in your hand is significantly outdated and I cannot speak to the quality of the beer in that bottle.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 Finally, we do our best to try to get outdated beer back to the brewery to be destroyed.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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Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured black and no light is getting through this one. It formed a small medium tan foam head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee is present. A flavor of malt, coffee and a touch of chocolate. The body is fairly thin for this style and the finish is a bit bitter. Not a bad stout, but Bell's versions still beat New Holland's stouts/porters easy.

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Photo of Skidz
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark brown and sits nearly opaque with a big fluffy brown head on top, with little sticking power.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and roated grains. It's the standard smell of a stout.

Tastes of rich chocolates, mild coffee flavors and a big roasty, bitter finish. It's a basic flavoring, and I'd be hard pressed to pick this one out of a crowd as being anything but average.

Mouthfeel is thin and watered down. Carbonation level is all this beer has going for it, but even that's not enough to pull it out of the hole. I think I'm satisfied with just the one, as it lacks any features that bring it out of the "average" pool.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Ruby black in color with a decent head.

Smell – The dark, roasty malt notes were complimented with fine chocolate undertones.

Taste – This was your basic dark malty stout. The highlight though was the subtle yet superb chocolate notes. They were kind of like fine cocoa or a baker’s chocolate.

Mouthfeel – This was the stout’s weak point, IMO. I thought it was too thin to make the grade. The flavors were expertly balanced though and felt good in the cheeks, just a bit light in the butt for my tastes.

Drinkability – This overall was a nice example of the style. I would probably buy again.

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

Color is dark ruby. Thin brown head recedes to a bubbly collar that leaves rings of lace. Aroma is coffee, lactic sweetness, tobacco and charred malt. The taste follows suit with the nose nicely. A baltic porter kind of smooth roasted maltiness. A cream stout kind of milk sugar attribute. And nice chocolate accents as well. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and the body is a little better than medium. This one is good all around.

An ode to a cokes...

This beer kind of rocks.
It almost knocked off my socks.
I thank none other than BA's poet laureate for this.
I'm just glad it didn't taste like piss.

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Photo of Winter
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours near black in color with auburn highlights. Thick foamy tan head. Light aroma of chocolate malt, sweet cocoa and molasses. Medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Choclate malt flavor dominates the front. Hops quickly add balance to the sweetness and a dryness to that lingers into the finish. Almost sucks the sweetness right off your tongue. Slight alcohol taste can also be detected toward the back. Unfortunately, my third beer from this brewery wasn't quite the "charm" I was expecting.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, big thanks to CRJMellor for this tasty offering from New Holland Brewing. Presented in a 12oz bottle as depicted, this stout had a uniform black color with minute ruby edging. A firm mocha hued head rested briefly on top before subsiding to a thin skim.
The nose had an overriding aroma of dark fruits (plums, bit of raisin, etc) and a hearty roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate scents. The taste was a smooth, medium bodied melding of roasted dark malt, plums, baker's chocolate, and coffee beans. Having recently had a bottle of Samuel Smith's oatmeal stout, the smoothness and oat-like flavor I caught made me think of that beer. The finish was quite drying and I ended up looking for some water.
Overall, this was one tasty, easy-drinking stout. Great aromas and a glossy smooth taste and feel made it a nice relaxing brew.

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Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first New Holland offering, many thanks to CRJMellor, for the Michigan sample. The Poet is just as the name would suggest, smooth and flowing. The beer pours very dark in the glass with a nice soft pillow-like tan head. The aroma of roasted malt and cocoa greet you. Lace is left in puffy rings of tan on the glass. The taste is a rich, roasted chocolate malt as if sprinkled with a hint of pepper. The mouthfeel is good, not over-dry, but a semi-sweet finish is left. I agree with other reviews, a delicious stout. I'll look for thisone when I can, to bad its only a seasonal.

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Photo of proc
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A highly solid, if not excellent offering from the good folks at New Holland on the west side of the state. This stout pours out to a dark black as a good stout should, with aromas of roasted malt. The taste is very good, with afforementioned roasted malt present. Its drinkability is where it shines. It is delicious and easy to drink and would be a easy stout to have more than one, or two, or three...

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Photo of beerluvr
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Emerges from the bottle with a tan head over very deep reddish liquid. The nose was quite strange, I can't place my finger on it...spicy perhaps. The taste is first metallic with brief roasty undertones and bitter chocolate..seems to show more as it warms up. Finishes on a bitter/hoppy/roasty note. Good, but nothing to write home about.

Thanks to CRJMellor.

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

Dark as the night sky, black as can be, with a thick, lacey, creamy froth..a looker in the glass...liquefied Tyra Banks...
Aroma: AH! Cocoa, coffee, cream, anise, pepper, all thrown together, battered about, mixed-up, spicy, deep, resonant, AH!, gotta say it again...or, to put it differently, aaahhh!!!
Taste: full-bodied, marvelous mouthfeel, hangs wonderfully in the mouth, big chocolatey flavor, coats the senses, paints the palate, drips the cocoa all around the town...roasty, toasty, just a little bitter, and very tasty...this would definitely be a prime candidate for a staple slot in the old fridge. Such a darned perfect, smooth, drinkable stout...sip, gulp, ...ah!...there's the chocolate again...oh, the pleasures never end...why don't I have a 6-pack at hand?
Hooray for CRJMellor for bringing this bottle to me!

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

Looks black upon pouring, but holding it toward the light shows a deep reddish brown. A little light permeates the edges. A thick, caramel colored head settles to a solid layer in a few minutes and leaves a delicate lace.
Toasty aroma, hints of coffee with an underlying creamy chocolate sweetness.
The flavors are in line with the aromas. Roasted coffee and chocolate malt meld with a mild bitterness from the fuggle hops. Finishes semi-sweet with a lingering bitterness.
Medium bodied and just the right amount of carbonation make for a nice drinkable offering. Another brewery I have to put on my "must visit soon" list.

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

Pours midnight black with red highlights. Smallish dark tan head forms which is very sticky and stays on the side of the glass throghout. Aroma is dominated by by heavy coffee and a faint chocolate smell. Taste is a little bit lighter than aroma would indicate. Starts with powerful coffee flavor then hits a slightly bitter note, then finishes with a sweet toffee, chocolate taste. Mouthfeel is a little bit light for a stout but warms as it goes down although no alcohol flavor is present.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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