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 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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Photo of BlindPig
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- About a 1-2" tan head on a dark brown/black body.
S- Roasted barley, oatmeal, grass hops, toast, and a dry chocolate.
T- Follows the aroma. Leaves a dry burnt and roasted flavor with some grass hop bitterness. Light mocha taste while a coco comes in to fill it out.
M-Medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- It's a good Oatmeal Stout. I would gladly try it again just wouldn't go out of my way to try it.

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Photo of wedge
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark reddened brown color under a big, persistent frothy head. Roasted malt aroma - coffee beans, creaminess, semi-sweet chocolate, and light char. Roasted malts and an appropriate amount of sweetness to balance. Some earthiness. Smooth, medium-full body is low on carbonation. Pretty good, though not mind-blowingly impressive.

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Photo of psinderson
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse.

Appearance: Deep brown with a slight rusty red color when held up to the light. Thick and foamy light caramel head. Good lacing and strength.

Smell: Heavy cream and roasty aroma. Very slight maltiness there as well.

Taste: This beer packs a creamy, smooth punch! Tastes of heavy cream and vanilla with a nice roasty middle and end. There are also some resinous hop flavors and a mild hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, creamy smoothness. Great example of what oatmeal can do to a stout.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable with lower alcohol.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.06/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - A bold black color with only a trace of medium brown head that fades as fast as it surfaces.

Smell - Nearly no scent at all. I can barely recognize a hint of roasted malt with a slight chocolate tone.

Taste - Coffee overwhelms the subtle chocolate flavor that is also present. The complexity is minimal.

Mouthfeel - The feel is wet with a wave at some movement on the back of my tongue but nothing substantial enough to bring out any new flavor.

~ When I picked up this single bottle from Cellar 70 I was really hoping for a solid oatmeal stout. I can honestly say I'm bored with it. Sad.

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

12oz bottle with a raven on it. Rapping, tapping, at my chamber door...

Pours a dark blackish brown with deep hued gleams around the glass. Light tan half inch head settles to bubbly film.

Lightly sweet dark grains come forward on the nose, with darker fruits of raisin and prune. Something warmer and darker in the back, with a smell almost like rhubarb.

Taste is smooth, sitting lightly sweet and grainy, with some burnt malt finish. Nothing over done, or under for that matter. I think the best characteristic of the taste is that it's exactly what I expected.

Feel is rather medium bodied, not too much there, with a nice smooth carbonation.

Very drinkable, with great taste and balance. Again, almost exactly what I expected from this beer, Quoth the Raven, 'Nothing More'

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours very true to the style,dark brown nearly pitch black except for a small amount of light seen around the edges,thin tan head lingers for a short time leaving behind lots of lacing.The nose detects dark unrefined maple with hints of brown sugar.There is quite a contrast between the smell and taste,it has a slight sweetness,but very potent dark coffees,burnt oats and alcohol.This stout has a lot of texture,full bodied,slight cremieness,and mild carbonation.I could easily enjoy this again,but as far as drinking more than a couple,it's a little heavy,this could be a great breakfast brew!

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

12 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with 1 cm of tan creamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma of chocolate and malts. Initial flavor is a mix of chocolate and coffee. Flavor ends with more hops and lasts for a while. Slight lacing, no noted carbonation, medium mouthfeel, and alcohol was well hidden. Drinkable because it is so light, nothing real special for a stout.

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Photo of jeremy13586
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a thin tan head that went away quickly.
The first whiff reminded me of roasted coffee with a slight sweetness at the very end.
A light chocolate taste hit the tounge and then finished with the taste of coffee and a hint of hoppiness.
It was a very smooth beer, but felt a bit too light, almost as if it was watered down a tiny bit.
Very sessionable and I would more than likely drink it again, but i'm not going to go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice suprise from markguggs.
Pitch black in color with an ample creamy tan head. Good retention and good lace.
Milk chocolate in the nose with some hints of charcoal.
The balance between the roasted, coffee, and chocolate flavors in this one is perfect. Also a hint of hops in the finish. Excellent beer.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth. That's why I love oatmeal stouts...the silky smooth mouthfeel.
Easily drinkable and I wish this one was available year around for me.

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Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, yet smooth, I suppose that makes for a good oatmeal stout. I didn't get any head retention, but the body is still a nice, thick black. The aroma is a mix of chocolate grains with a touch of coffee and roasted barley. I also keep thinking I'm catching hint of hops, like this is a milder Shakespeare Stout. The same flavors come up on your tongue, along with a sweet malt flavor that's followed by a mild bitter bite. All in all a tasty stout. Not the most distinctive, but a good brew.

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Photo of aromatorio
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pretty decent beer. Dark as you could want from a stout with a raven on the label. The head is pretty impressive, a little darker than off-white, it sticks around for at least 5 minutes.

S: Smells a little hotter than I would think for a 6.5%ABV. Some black licorice malts, but not any chocolate or coffee.

T: Decent, but certainly not my favorite stout. For an oatmeal, this tastes too burnt/roasted for my liking.

M: Tingles on the tongue. A decent finish, but the burnt notes continue to overpower.

D: Fairly drinkable, although not to my tastes, and the fact that the alcohol peeks through at only 6.5% is a little disconcerting.

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

Poured very very dark in my glass with very little to no head. Only a handful of carbonation sprigs are seen.
Scent of oats, malt and some sweet nuances (chocolate mixed with coffee?).
Taste of oats with some chicory flavor, trailed by a bit of bitterness on the swallow.
The weight is a bit heavier than expected.

Let it sit for a few minutes...

The nose was a bit more present with roasted malts and some other pungent scent. The taste was also more dense and also more bitter. A bit more fullness and bitterness in the swallow.

Overall, a decent offering with good balance. However, the end notes weres more bitter and pungent than I cared for at this time.
I'll have to come back to this another time.

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

It appears they may have changed the bottle, because the one I had was different. It had a suspicious black bird adorning the label. Was he there to look over the beer? Or was he trying to drink it?

It poured dark brown, turning black as it fills the glass. I swear I saw that bird taking a look as I poured. The head fizzed away quickly, leaving me with just the liquid and the glass.

It smells of burnt dark chocolates. Aromas were fairly mild, however.

Taste was very toasty and warm. It was a campfire for my mouth. Again, dark chocolate dominated it. Maybe some burnt toast as well, but I mean that in the best way you can imagine burnt toast. It wasn't like the cook forgot about the toaster, it's that he meant to char it a bit.

It felt like your average stout, which is generally good. It was easy to drink, and actually became more enjoyable as it warmed up. My final sip was at nearly room temperature, but still very good.

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Photo of becktone
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Extremely dark, I won't say its black because its not. It has more of a dark, very dark brown cast to it with dark garnet highlights. Murky or clear, can't tell. There is no head, and what lacing there is ends up being extremely thin. However, I can expect this from an oatmeal stout...the oils from the high volume of oats totally kill head retention.

Nose: Sweetness and roasted grains make up the dark aroma of this brew. I also get some hints of chocolate. Alcohol is detectable. Would be nice if it were a bit more potent, more room filling.

Tongue: I get chocolate notes, roasted flavors, a burnt type of bitterness-black malt?, and a sweetness that is quite different than that of a milk stout, this is more subtle, harder to put a finger on. Much different than any other style of stout.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: In the mouth this one is full bodied and velvet smooth. Low carbonation compliments what is going on with the rest of the body. This one is easy to drink, however before I come back to this I'd like to get my hands on some other oatmeal stouts and see how they compare.

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

Pours a near pitch black with a little bit of dark white head, doesn't last that long, a large splotch of lacing. The aroma is classic oatmeal stout, cocoa, malty, pretty solid. Taste is also good with the cocoa and chocolates, slightly bittering, quite yummy, good medium mouth and mellow carbonation. In all, nothing special, but a very good session beer for sure.

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Photo of DackAchan
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark, little to no head but good lacing.

S- Smells of raisins with some hinting of barley.

T- Good taste, raisins take a back seat to roated oats. Slight smokeyness to it.

M- Light mouthfeel, after the sip, alcohol can be tasted followed by a hint of bite.

D- Okay drink, light body for a stout. Decent beer.

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

i killed this guy over at nachbar this past weekend and i must say he was pretty delicious. he poured a nice solid brown with a light brown head. the smell is nutty, but not particularly representative of an oatmeal stout. the taste is good, but it could be a lot fuller and stronger. the beer isn't watery by any means, but i would rather drink a thicker stout.

this is a decent oatmeal stout, but there's no reason to drink it when you can get samuel smith's instead. thta's where its at.

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Photo of taez555
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a pitch black body with a nice dark tan head.

Nose is a mix of chocolate, some coffee, fresh grain and very mild touches of smoke.

Taste is medium bodied with a rich dark malt flavor. Lots of dark toasted grain, milk chocolate, a nice oatmeal grain taste and coarseness. There's some dark fireplace brick burnt, mildly smokey flavor as well. Hops are kept to a minimum and there's just enough bitterness to give it some balance without ever going overboard.

This is a great oatmeal stout from a brewery I wish would distribute to Massachusetts. (had to pick it up when I visited my in-laws in IL). Just an overall great oatmeal stout. More please.

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Photo of joe1510
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Route 6 Liquors

The Poet pours chestnut brown with mahogany highlights when directly backlit. A one finger beige head appeared on the pour and settled to a respectable cap. The head leaves some patchy lacing here and there. This is a good looking beer.

Smell is much different than I expected. There's a lot of hazelnut, so much so I'm reminded of Rogue's Hazelnut Nectar (which I like by the way). There's some roasted maltiness in the distance with some mild coffee grounds but for the most part hazelnut dominates.

Now this tastes a lot more like an oatmeal stout than the nose led me to believe. Roasted maltiness is in perfect harmony with a wave of freshly brewed coffee. There's still a touch of the hazelnut but seems to stay in the background and compliment instead of dominate.

The mouthfeel is just what you want from a stout and without a doubt the oatmeal plays a role. There's a silky smooth and slick body that's on the heavier side of medium.

I could easily sit down and drink a few of these in a session. The moderate body and silkiness helps without a doubt.

The Poet turned out to be a pretty solid stout from New Holland. I would pick this up again when in the mood for an oatmeal stout. The Poet is unique for the style.

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Photo of hrking
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at Teller's in Hyde Park ( a suburb of Cincinnati) and it was superb. I had this in a bottle as well though it's good it's far better on draft..Alcohol is well hidden and almost non present as are most oatmeal stouts.Goes down smooth with just a slight hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.If you're a huge stout fan like myself I recommend giving this one a try if you get the chance especially on draft!

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

Nearly black with ruby highlights in the bottom of the glass. The head is tan and one finger, fairly loose and dies quickly.
Aroma consits of roasted malt presence along with sweetness of toasted oats and bitter chocolate malts. A very light piney hop presence seems to come out more as this beer warms up a bit. The taste is a nice balance of roasted malts and coffee, with the sweetness of the oats and chocolate malts. The finish is just a touch bitter and has very faint mint cooling along with it. The feel of this one is medium, but with a great smoothness to it, as well as a creaminess from big bubbled carbonation.
The balance of this one is what impressed me the most. No one part overshadows another. Much respect for this brew. Well done New Holland.

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

12oz bottle poured into a 8oz hote water glass, but heck at least it was a glass right?

A - This one poured a very nice and very thick looking dark brown with a large tan colored head gracing the top and rising to a height of around two fingers until it gradually faded and left behind a thin film across the top and more the adequate side glass lace that clouded up the glass very nicely throughout the entire session.

S - The aroma was simply awesome. This is exactly the type of thing I want in an oatmeal stout. The first thing I noticed was a very nice and dominant aroma of chocolate which suprised me a bit as I did not know this would be in there. As I got past that I started to notice a little more of the sweet lactose sugar and a touch of vanilla even strting to come through in the aroma. As it warmed soem more sweetness and a touch of lactose suagr started to come through as well as the oatmel like smell, this is what it was all about.

T - The flavor followed along with the aroma damn near perfectly. This was about as full of an ooatmela stout as I have had lately and was just really an eye opener so to speak. I really thought the nice touch of chocolate up front was really well played and only helped to add to the overall feel of it. There were hints of cookie dough and vanilla generously scattered throughout the taste which just rippled with sweetness and fullness and really never did quit or let you down..The finish was a touch sweet as well, not nearly drying out as much as I thought it wwould but rather stying full and sweet.

M - Simply great with a smooth creamy full body that just was a wonderful beer to sit down and drink. The carbonation never let up and it never got boring or stale an by no means was this coming off as thin in any way. A rich creamy feel that fit the style perfectly and opened me up to the rest of it.

D - Just amazing that something with this full of a feel and flavor profile would be soo damn drinkable. I really could have treated this one as a session beer, and probably really should have as it was just amazing. A really finely crafted example of the style.

Overall I thought that this one was excellent. I have been dissapointed by the style as of late and this one came along and really brought it all back for me. A really fine nd well crafted oatmeal stout that had just the right amount of everything. I would have no issue in having this one again anyday.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, with ruby highlights and limited lace.

Aroma: Cocoa, with roasty coffee and more chocolate. Delicious!

Taste: Smooth, with deep cocoa and coffee notes and a trace of wood and fruit. Impressive and very delicious.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,431 ratings.
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