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 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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Photo of almychristopher
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful crystal clear deep brown, with a light tan head. The aroma doesn't dissapoint with all the malt character that I want from a stout readily aparent. The taste while still good on the malt front deffinitely gains something from the outmeal. I'm pretty sure I could drink this beer through the night if I had a couple more growlers.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a dry oatmeal aroma. The taste is decent. It has a very thin black malt earthiness with a wonderful toasted malt and oatmeal feel. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable OS, but it could use a bit more malt content and more body. All in all, not bad.

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Photo of drperm
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the surprise of the night for me -- VERY well brewed! This one inspires me to seek out New Holland more thoroughly.

Appearance: Black, black, black. Imposing in the glass.

Aroma: Oatmeal, for sure. Sweet and malty with a fine balance between the two.

Taste: Nice! Chocolate predominates, with a nice slight-hop presence. I take another sip. And another...

Palate: Smooth and spritzy, just the way I like it.

Overall: This is an excellent stout! Bravo, good friends at New Holland. Here's one to revisit time and again. I'd love this with vanilla ice cream, or scallops for that matter. Or with my favorite movie.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown, nearly opaque, with a frothy taupe colored head. 1/8 inch retention and nicely scattered lace. Looks like something I'd like to drink. Aroma is creamy, with milky cocoa, toast, molasses, and some flowers. A pleasure to sniff. Taste is similar but with more of a roasted coffee edge. Nice medium floaty textured body, soft and smooth. This is very very consumable.

Good, kind of..sassy?...oatmeal stout.

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Photo of StonedRugger
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. Bottle
Pours a very dark brown with a bit of light showing through the edges. It is very easy to produce a decent size head which does dissipate to more of a brownish film after a few minutes. The beer is sweet and very appetizing through most of the sip with very strong roasted to burnt malt flavors coming through in the finish. I think this is probably good because it is easily one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. If it was inviting from start to finish I would have a very serious problem on my hands.

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Photo of kbeals
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours out very opaque. A good two fingers of light-brown head which leaves very good lacing. Smell is mostly of roasted malts, some hops. Taste is also malty, a slight hoppy bitter aftertaste. Very pleasing. This beer was pretty smooth with a mild amount of carbonation. I could easily drink a couple of these in a night and would definitely drink this again in the future.

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Photo of brdc
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a reasonably good looking dark brew, with a long lasting tan head and nice lacing.
Nice aroma with mostly chocolate, coffee and oatmeal. Surprisingly, the body is medium, which feels rather thin for an oatmeal stout. Flavor is not complex, but similar to the aroma with mostly coffee and chocolate, mostly dry finish.
Interesting beer, but not as rich as I had anticipated.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, my first beer for breakfast.

Poured into a pint glass from the 12 oz bottle with a raven on the label. A pretty cool looking bottle.

Appears pitch black with the slightest ruby edge on the bottom of the glass. The tan head isn't as chunky and thick as I wanted but it still leaves good lacing.

Smells are dark chocolate, perhaps some dark fruit, maybe some hop presence there too, brown sugar.

Taste is not nearly so sweet as what I smell. There is a chocolately flavor to it, but not overly so. The mouthfeel is medium--not too much, but it could be a bit thicker and fuller. With each sip it gets better and better. As it nears room temp the malt flavors shine. Black and roasted malt flavors of slightly charred toast makes me think of a burnt marshmallow smores. I am pretty certain the hops do come into play in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is not thick, but moderate and smoothed out by the oatmeal.

This is a decent oatmeal stout. Not the greatest, but not all that bad.

Nice start to a cold rainy day!

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

Poured into a neuvo sam adams funky pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black with some light getting through on the initial pour to reveal an amberish red hue. Strong coffee and chocolate as well as oats! on the nose. Fluffy iced coffee colored head that is retained very well in the SA glass

Taste: More of the same on the palatte, hop bitterness is obviously present but certainly not overwhelming just enough to bring balance to the beverage. Somewhat heavy on the palate but is welcomed in this case

Overall: A damn fine beer and a good go to oatmeal stout that is much less expensive than SS, certainly could see this making it into my fridge fairly often...

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel yields a deep ebony body with golden highlights at the edges; less than a finger of tan head quickly retrats into a little rocky ring that leaves tiny patches of lacing.

Smell is winey and bitter-chocolatey with a nice dark malt presence;

Flavor is mildly sweet and roasty; dark roasted coffee, bakers' chocolate, with a rich oily, silky nuttiness that lingers in the aftertaste.

Creamy and slick in the mouth with a lingering stickiness. Excellent drinkability; a light-bodied and refreshing stout.

Strange: One of the bottles in the sixer had two labels on it and was undrinkably flat as all hell. Yuck. New Holland QC take note!

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Photo of DHGranstrand
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, minimal head with some lacing.

Smells of nice malt.

Tastes fairly nondescript of malt, hint of licorice and hops.

Nice carbonation with decent viscosity.

Good all-nighter.

This is a good standard oatmeal stout. Not so strong and heavy that you wouldn't want another or two. A six-pack of these would go down smoothly in an evening.

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

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel chalice.

The Poet is exactly the way an oatmeal stout should look: opaque, nearly jet-black body below a thick cap of almond-colored foam. The head recedes quickly enough, but leaves behind a fat glob of tiny bubbles in the center and thicker ones around the edge. Decent lacing. The aroma is spot-on for the style: roasted malts galore, along with coffee, creamy oatmeal, milk chocolate, and a touch of vanilla.

The flavor is not far behind the appearance and aroma in terms of quality, delivering roast coffee, bitter chocolate, and a malty nuttiness. Very tasty oatmeal stout, indeed. Mouthfeel is creamy, with the right amount of carbonation, a thick body, and a well-placed bitter finish. All around, a solid offering from New Holland...definately brings them up a notch in my book after their disappointing Night Tripper RIS.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a black as could be expected for an Oatmeal Stout. There was a 1/4" head of tan bubbles on it at first, but it faded a bit quickly for this style of beer.

Aroma: Lots of nuttiness in here that remindes me of roasted almonds. The aroma is really clean and malty with a hint of dark malts adding a touch of acidity.

Taste: The flavor is also really clean with a bit of roast to challenge the nuttiness. I don't get a lot of the oatmeal mouthfeel that you would expect. It has some sweet caramel in there that makes itself known in the middle of the flavor profile and then the roast sets back in again to linger long into the finish. The alcohol is reserved though it says that it is 6.5%, and I only get a mild hop impression giving the flavor a slightly grassy impression.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I wouldn't put it up there with Sam Smiths or anything, but it is still a really drinkeable session beer. The dark malts linger a bit for my taste, but then again, I am not too big on roasty beers. Still, I would drink this beer again and would like to try it on tap.

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

A: poured into a snifter. Color is a deep, rich mahogany that is almost black with some ruby hints towards the top. Light white head with a low retention rate.

S: Very nice sweet roasted malts in the nose. Some hints of raisins.

T: roasted and almost some smoky tones. Some chocolate and coffee flavor. No bitterness in the finish like most oatmeal stouts.

M: Very smooth mouthfeel. Almost creamy with a perfect carbonation level.

D: Very drinkable, and much better than I expected. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good looking stout. Fairly vigorous pour gave a nice two finger tan coloured head. Decent retention, as it settles some clumps are already sticking inside the glass, as time passes sticky clumps gradually breakdown to produce random cobs of lace. Black body has reddish highlights around the edges. Mildly and finely carbonated.

Some toffee, dark fruit, perhaps prunes and cherries, creamy oatmeal, and some espresso as well as a leafy earthiness rise from the glass to greet my sense of smell. Wish the roasted qualities were a bit more pronounced.

Treacle and toffee overtop the pale malts and oats. A fruitiness as described in the nose appears mid palate and gives way to the roasted flavours of espresso and dark chocolate. Hints of char, smoke and anise appear at the finish with the earthy touch of hop bitterness. Good stuff, the subtleties and nuances work well together to create a damn fine oatmeal stout.

A very well rounded oatmeal stout, no one part dominates, and the malts, oats, roasted malts and hops all play very well with each other. Almost medium bodied, slightly silky and creamy thanks to the goodness of oats. Perhaps could use a touch more roasted malts, but the balance and smoothness here is pretty damn impressive.

A very drinkable oatmeal stout, a solid example of the style, and a very approachable one as well. At 6.5% ABV, which essentially goes unnoticed, this would be dangerous to attempt to session with. Thanks to chonyr for bringing this north, glad i still have a bottle to enjoy.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown with a slight tan head. Molasses/burnt sugar in the aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Lots of chocolate malt. Really long dry coffee finish. Maybe a little thin. Pretty easy drinking. Just enough hops to balance malt. Decent brew.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at the terrific Neil St. Piccadilly. A fat finger of tan froth tops a rich, nearly black body. Decent lacing rings the trusty Yankees pint glass. Coffee is the preeminent aroma, but caramel and chocolate lurk ominously. They bear out in the taste without question. Coffee is certainly in charge, but the blend with sweeter flavors such as chocolate and caramel is extremely well executed. I'm very impressed.

The finish is smooth and delicious, with chocolate surging forth much more than before. Very good stout, balanced and smooth but with a nice bite to it. New Holland continues to impress me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A blackish stout, minimal head. Faint roast, some malt in the nose. About average mouthfeel,which is below average for this style. Modest sourness.Thin coffee. Drinkability is about average. Low carbonation. A decent beer, but not best representation of style.

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Photo of Goliath
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and is completely opaque with one finger of tan head.

Aroma holds notes of chocolate and coffee.

Taste is nice. Bitter chocolate, and a little burnt coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Drinkability is high, with low alcohol and fairly strong flavor.

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

Poured from a bottle a dark ruby brown with a light foamy tan head.

Aroma of espresso, chocolate, and roasted malts.

Tastes of espresso, dark chocolate, dark ripe fruits, and a hint of vanilla. Bitter roasted finish.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, slightly drying, and mildly carbonated.

A nice, easy-to-drink oatmeal stout from New Holland.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
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