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New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet

Brewed by:
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 scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pous a lovely jet black with dark brown highlights, but no head to speak of at all. Not even any foam!!! The color is the only good thing about this stouts appearance. Lovely aroma of dry coffee, dark roastd bread grains and maybe some greasy spoon diner serving size creamer. The tast is wet with coffee and a strong oaty feel. Makes me think of super dark Quaker oats before you add water. The palate is wet, grainy, and watery. The flavors have a hrd time sticking to the palate This beer lacks some texture. But still a good session beer.

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Photo of luciusgilmer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted a bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Nice dark brown with a touch of red. A rather thin head that dissipates quickly.

S: I enjoyed a nice oat like smell off this, with hints of toastiness too. Nothing too cloying.

T: A solid oatmeal taste like drinking your breakfast. Good to savor.

M: Nicely sippable, but not as creamy or full feeling as better types of stouts should be. If anything, a bit on the watery side of "full," but pleasant to drink.

D: I might have another one, but would not make it a regular part of the rotation. It's worth trying and is easily sippable and savory.

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Photo of treyrab
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra from kirok1999 (I think?)! Poured into my pint glass...

A: Pours a translucent dark brown. Almost cola colored when you hold it up to the light - some ruby hues coming through. A decent tan head that lasts shortly, and laces pretty well.

S: The smell is of nice ground coffee roast. It is not pungent by any means, but a nice mellow smell of coffee.

T: Pretty light, but how the style should be. A nice light coffee flavor, followed by light cocoa - nothing sharp. The hops are very subtle here, as there is only slight bitterness from the coffee.

Overall, a pretty decent oatmeal stout. Very velvety and creamy.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a dark black that is not quite opague - there are some red-orange highlights when held up to the light. Tan two finger head sinks to a thin cap and leaves massive sheets of lace.

Aroma of creamed coffee is dominant, with some charred wood and cocoa to round it out.

Taste is similar. Coffee up front that seems creamy because of the oats, followed by a bit of smokiness, and some bitter chocolate. Finishes with some earthy hops and more roast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, really smooth and soft on the palate.

Very tasty oatmeal stout. Not quite as good as Samuel Smith, but then again what is? Still it's probably my second favorite Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of templar316
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a spectacular deep, deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. One finger of foam with nice lacing at the end. A soft malty, earthy nose, with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. And the flavor delivers, as this soft creamy brew rolls acrossed the tongue you get a bready chocolate sweetness to start, rolling into a crisp figgy body, with an earthy, roasty malt finish that lingers on. The mouthfeel is what truely makes this beer first-rate as its soft creamy sweetness envolpes the tongue begging for another swallow.

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with red/brown highlights. Thin tan head dissipates after a bit. Smells roasty... like a dark roast coffee. Hints of raisin and other sweetness.

Taste begins a touch roasty-bitter, but certainly some maltiness in there. Chocolate, coffee .. the typical stout flavors. Bit of acrid bitterness in the back. Overall, very nice. Nice, thick mouthfeel -- as to be expected from an oatmeal stout. Lingering bitterness.

Highly drinkable. Not the best oatmeal stout I've had -- hard to dethrone Sam Smith, but certainly a very welcome addition into my fridge.

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Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Mellow Mushroom in downtown Charleston.

Pours an almost opaque black color with a one-finger tan head. It turns brown around the edges when held up to the light. The head diminishes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is moderately sticky.

Smells very roasty at first, then sweetens and gets more of a bready malt smell as it warms.

Tastes very similar to the way it smells. The roasted taste is huge up front, with a mild coffee taste. As it warms it gets much sweeter and the roasted taste is more subdued. Somewhat bready and has a bitter ending throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness, and the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is good. At first I wasn't too impressed, but once it warmed up it became very tasty.

Overall this beer definitely gets better as it warms up. It's certainly not too heavy either. Worth a shot.

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Photo of mentor
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a half finger of light brown head over a very dark brown liquid. Smells roasty coffee, anise, mild cream, and noticeable hops.

Tastes mild roast with acrid (like coffee on the burner all day). Supported by a well-integrated and complementary hop flavor and mild hop bitter. Hop flavor is English grassy and a bit ashy, which makes me think of williamette. Mild cocoa fills the roast and cuts some edge off the burnt. Actually a little bit like a chocolate malt. Oatmeal comes across in mouthfeel, which is md-light. Fine carbonation stings strong on the papillae, but the beer is not overcarbonated. Aftertaste is dry, some sour, some burnt edge, and hops rising retronasal.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of HopHobo poured into a snifter.

This one pours dark, dark brown out of the glass but settles to black in the glass. The head is small and tan and leaves a small cap with a little bit of lacing. The smell is burnt malts and coffee with a bit of oatmeal and chocolate. The taste is a little bitter with the burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. There's a little bit more sweetness than in the aroma with some sweet malts and tad bit of nuttiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation. This is a very good stout and super smooth. Nice.

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Photo of LunaChick
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So if DRJoel ever brings samples to you be warned: they are many and they are good. That said Thanks to Dr. Joel for the samples.
This beer pours the deepest sable to black with slight hints of rich garnet as the light reflects with a thick smokey tan head that stays to the bottem of the glass. The smell is deep bitter chocolate and an smokey malt that fills the nostrils and hits the gut. I love this beer. The taste is full bodied, rich chocolate, the smoke aroma from the malt hits in the middle and a finishes bittersweet for one of the most balanced oatmeal stouts I've tried to date. Its very creamy and full bodied in the mouth. There is no hint of alcohol in the taste nor is there any alcohol warmth which is impressive for this abv. This is a dangerously drinkable beer. Some I've tried are very thick and chewy or have a pronounced alcohol warmth. This brew goes down clean and smooth. This is one I will keep at home to drink.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a light brown head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeal and a nice roasty malt. In the taste, just like the aroma, sweet oatmeal and a nice roasty malt. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, with a semi ddry oatmeal aftertaste. Nice sweet oatmeal and easy to drink.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, pours dark mahogany, with a nice creamy long lasting dark tan head, going to a tiny bubble film and, of course, scattered lace upon a swirl. Nose is of chocolate and cafe au lait. Very easy drinking OMS, more milk chocolate notes, lightly burnt grains all with a silky smooth, pleasing mouth feel. Well done and well worth a try. More quality brew from Michigan

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Photo of ajmoody76
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark dark brown. thin light brown head which fades out.

chocolate and roasted malts on the nose. no off odors.

a little roasty bitterness with a nice chocolate aftertaste. good balance.

pretty smooth. low carbonation. mid to full body. good beer. i could drink this again and again . . . .

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Photo of Strix
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with good lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee and charred wood.

Coffee and charred wood present in the taste too. Bitterness of dark chocolate at the end. Sort of a dry flavor towards the end.

Mouthfeel very smooth and creamy.

This was very solid. I wouldn't mind a bit more flavor to it, but it's balanced, and the mouthfeel adds a lot.

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Photo of unionturf
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up while in SC.

Poured very dark/black with deep ruby hue when held up to the light. Small head with very good chocolate/coffee smell. MF was very smooth and taste was excellent, a very drinkable stout. This was one of my favorite stouts to date, wish I had bought more that 2 while I was there...see a road trip to SC soon.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a 12 oz. mug. Color is almost pitch black, with perhaps a tiny bit of deep brown showing up around the edges when held to the light. A thin, tan head arises and dissipates to nearly nothing rather quickly. Traces of lacing are left behind.

Aroma is mostly of rich chocolate, which develops more once the beer warms. Full-bodied mouthfeel with initial notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and biscuit, followed by a relatively bitter finish that leads to a satisfyingly rounded aftertaste. Drinkability is superb; I feel I could easily session this one.

Overall a top-notch example of the style.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black ruby tones in the light. Big pillowy tan colored head, very decent retention. Little clingy lacing left.

Roasted malt on the nose, slight woody aroma. Powdered cocoa and bakers chocolate can be picked up. Maybe a little coffee in there.

Sweet malt and smooth oat flavors up front. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate after. Some bitterness though is meshes well with the coffee/chocolate flavors so not necessarily picker up as a hoppy bitterness.

Full mouth feel very smooth. Creamy and sweet finish.

Very drinkable, very good brew.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass, the colour is a near-opaque black with a thin, light brown head that quickly dissapates into a film about two millimeters thick. On the nose is oats, coffee and freshly baked bread. The taste starts off dry, with hints of espresso and bittersweet chocolate, followed by a sweet, malty finish. This is a very nice, full-bodied stout. Very smooth from start to finish, I would almost consider it a session beer. The Poet is very drinkable, and I plan to purchase it again in the future.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black with a bubbly tan head that quickly becomes a crown. exactly what i was expecting

S- oats, roasted malts, a bit of coffee

T- just how it smells with some chocolate in there too.

M- thicker than expected which is a good thing. very creamy and smooth

D- very enjoyable and easy to see myself having a few of.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

S = Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

T = Semi-sweet, dark chocolate upfront. Roasted coffee in the middle and some faint roasted bitterness near the end. The finish is a sweet, roasted coffee flavor that is really tasty.

MF = Medium body with very little carbonation. Smooth as silk with a nice creamy texture.

Overall, this is one fantastic oatmeal stout. To me, it had several characteristics as the "Dragon's Milk"....which is a great thing! I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SPLITGRIN
Pours black with light ruby edges and a short lived tan head and some lacing. Smell is roasty malt and creamy milkiness. Taste is roasty, creamy, sweet malt. Kind of milky again, and a nice rich body on it. Light to medium carbonation and a touch of a chalky flavor at the end. Almost a peanut buttery creaminess and flavor as well. Pretty nice!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cool into a Guinness tulip.

A - A very dark brown body w/ ruby hues and a huge 3.5 finger frothy head that settles out to around a pinky leaving lace like a spider web, the bead is very fine

S - A nice fruity cocoa smell like marshmallows and mocha w/ a hint of dark chocolate and raspberry w/ a nutty roasty odor.

M - Slightly sweet w/ moderate carbonation, med full body w/ a creamy/silky texture w/ nice roast and fruit elements but more roasted in the finish

T - A very nice fruitiness up front w/ lots of raspberry like taste as in the nose followed by french roast coffee roastiness w/ a very nice creamy feel that moderates the dry roast w/ subtle smokey flavor and nice woody hop taste w/ chocolate in the semi-sweet finish after the cocoa and coffee middle

D - A very nice well balanced oatmeal stout -this is a very tasty ale. I would quaff this any time since I am an oatmeal stout fan and this a good example of the style with nice balance -very quaffable

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with little head or lacing. The aroma has notes of vanilla, cocoa, cream, and roastiness. Very well integrated, but slightly light. Tastes silky as a good oatmeal stout should. There is a touch of cigar smoke and fresh tobacco as well as vanilla and cocoa. Deep, rich flavors that are tamed by the silky finish. Mouthfeel is quite nice as well, but for the style I've tasted quite a few that are creamier and silkier. Whatever, it works as is. Quite pleasant, and even very good, but not definitive.

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Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours nice dark color that blocks all but sunlight which shows ruby hues around my glass, pretty. Head is two small fingers dark brown in color that falls of so slow and leaves some good sheet lacing behind.

Aroma is nice smooth chocolate malts mixed with sweet mellow oats dominates, with some light coffee bitterness underneath, do I note hints of smoke or my imagination.

Taste is some what of let down seems little to light in malt department. Roasted notes light chocolate and coffee combine along with oat sweetness and smoothness.Finish has some dark fruit hints with smoke notes again, with light hops thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel is this brews weakness, seems to light to be stout nice and smooth like oatmeal stout but just seems to be lacking little body for me. Carbonation is fine, and not the cause of lightness in this case.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable favorable brew, knocking taste more so because of light body the taste i guess. Worth a try, hell makes nice warm weather stout where lighter body might be a plus.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured really dark, came out thick too; only a little bit of tan head resting at the top of it.

Smelled like a stout, vaguely chocolatey, roasted malts, and an underlying hoppy aroma.

Tasted great, had the initial "stout kick" but the oatmeal smoothed it out nicely. This was a great, well balanced stout that I could drink time and time again.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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