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 younger35
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a mixed 12 pack of New Holland brews from Friar Tucks in Bloomington, IL. Going to try to review all 6 different beers that come in the mixed pack today while watching football. Drank from a generic mug while watching Boston College and Florida State. MASON under the cap.

Appearance- Pours black as night with a small crimson ring that wraps around the edges of the glass. A decent half finger lightly tan head forms leaving a decent cap and collar with bits of spotty lacing.
Smell- Some cold French roasted coffee to start with plenty of the bittersweet chocolate that usually follows the coffee nose. This beer obviously has plenty of roast as the malts smell nice and charred and smoky. Some caramel malt lends a small amount of sweetness as well.
Taste- Lovingly roasted and toasty with an acrid char that lends a bit of concentrated coffee goodness. Tinges of sweetness enter the picture with a soft caramel and vanilla woodiness. Bittersweet chocolate adds a bit of bitterness that seems to meld with the slightest of earthy hop. A soft chocolate sweetness lingers on...
Mouthfeel- Fairly significant body with a ultra smooth creaminess that is only interrupted by the slight zing from the carbonation.
Drinkability- Well this is beer 6 of 6 for tonight. #5 was really good, turns out #6 is better. I'll almost always pick a nice Stout over an IPA but I really didn't think The Poet would be able to beat out Mad Hatter. It's fantastically smooth and chocolaty/coffee-ee and just a awesome go-to Stout. Really tasty stuff!

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Photo of BWH3
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep purely brown stout with a moderate brown head that fades a touch too fast.

S: Mainly a dark/bitter sweet chocolate and the roast grain ash flavor.

T: Same as aroma which is not that amazing. What is remarkable are the creaminess and smoothness from the oatmeal.

M: Nicely still and not too heavy despite the big flavor.

D: Very sessionable stout.

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Photo of Greggy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with very dark ruby highlights. The head is 1 finger in height, is fluffy, and tan in color. Lacing is present.

S- Very chocolate and cocoa driven with loads of roasted malt, slight cream component, and suggestions of coffee although slight.

T- Starts out with an excellent roastiness of chocolate and coffee paired with a nice hoppy edge then transitions into a dryer bakers chocolate and cream. The finish lingers for a bit with residual dry bakers chocolate.

M- Creamy smooth with appropriately low carbonation.

D- It's a shame this is 6.5% as it'd be a hell of a session beer. It's still dangerously drinkable though! Truly a well made brew.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured nearly black with a very dark brown quality to it as well. Held up to a very strong light, this beer looked like dark cola. With an aggressive pour I was only able to coax about 1/2" of tan head from this one, and that dropped to zero in a few minutes.

S= Lots of roasted malt and grain aromas in there. Also some bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and earthy hops.

T= Initially I thought this stout was going to be too bitter from the big presence of roasted malt and dark chocolate upfront. Then about halfway through each swallow it sweetened just enough to take the edge off that bitterness. The finish dried a bit, but kept enough of that lingering sweetness to make that the predominant aftertaste.

MF= Full bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. Somehow finds a way to be crisp and viscous. Coated my tongue with each sip!

D= A good stout and one I will gladly buy again. As far as style goes, this is a good middle stout. Not as dry as some Irish stouts, but also not as sweet or soft as a milk stout. High drinkability.

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Photo of slyke
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Poet pours dark brown to black in color with a finger of tan head that settles to a thin cap and laces nicely.

The smell is roasted malt with hints of cocoa and raisin.

Taste is has a lot of roastiness to it some notes of a toasted dark bread as well.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expect with the style, only slightly coating, but with a nice lingering finish.

Drinkability is very good. This is a beer not to turn away.

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Photo of Yesac
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this in on a trade from jspruit - thanks

A - Pours solid dark brown. Large brown foamy head that settles to a very thin layer.

S - Smokey

T - Smokey, some chocolate malts, and a tangy java dominance throughout as well as finish

M - To carbonated for my tastes

D - Nothing standing out here to me, the finish is a little rough and could be better

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with an average size foamy head with average retention but good lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet chocolate with some light coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt notes with some medium sweet chocolates notes offset by some dry coffee. Full body with some medium carbonation. Very well done for the style and easily drinkable.

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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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