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 | website

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 adams82
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with ruby highlights with a filmy off white or tan head. Yep, that's a stout that I just poured!

Smells chocolaty and roasty, hints of black licorice and coco, toasty... Very inviting!

Roasted malt dominates, followed by chocolate and coffee notes and finishing with a pleasant and upfront citric hop bitterness. Very nice balance in the flavour of this beer, very well crafted. I haven't had a nice hoppy stout in a while, so this is really hitting the spot.

Very smooth beer, which shouldn't be a surprise given the style... Full bodied and upfront, this stout really delivers the goods and will probably be a main stay in my beer fridge now that I've given it a shot. Very, very well done.

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

Poured from the 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. The head formed to about 1" of frothy tan over an ebony brew. The foam held on for quite a while and left thick lacing behind as it dissipated.

The nose was caramel and coffee.

The taste was sweet caramel/malt with a slight hint of dark chocolate. Just a twinge of burnt bitterness follows.

The mouthfeel: NICE: Good carbonation level.... not too fizzy at all. Nice palate coating and aftertaste.

Drinkability: Recommended. Good quaff.

12/26/07 EDIT:
Though that I would do a little experiment. Try a RIS and then an Oatmeal Stout.... for this, I tried a Victory Storm King RIS and then this.... New Holland - The Poet.

So pouring the poet into my pint glass, I noticed that the head was more active.... and a similar pour resulted in a bigger head... Victory: 1"; New Holland: 2". The color of the foam was a light beige in this case. The lacing was more pronounced with the RIS... but the New Holland OS left some nice lacing as well. The beer was ebony in color. The New Holland Poet was less opaque than the Victory Stom King. When held to a bright light source, the Poet showed a fair bit of Ruby highlights.

Smell: The aroma is more subdued with the Poet as opposed to the Storm King. The Poet smells more smokey than the Storm King.

The taste: The Poet is sweeter than the Storm King. Both have a smokey character to them.... MUCH more so with the Storm King. The Poet has a touch of sweetness that provides a better balance. Tastes in the Poet include: smoke, coffee, followed by a sweet-ish chocolate.

Poet: Somewhat thin. NOT overly so...
Storm King: Somewhat thick. Medium.

Poet: Have these all day. Easy to drink. Tasty.
Storm King: More of a sipper.... still a solid brew. A little too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this beer from jasonm, through the JBIF (thankyou). Served slightly chilled in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle. Poured a deep black with ruby tints when held up to the light. About a solid finger of coffee ice cream colored head formed and slowly faded. Left a good amount of thick lace on the glass. Smell was of butterscotch, flaked oats, licorice and spice. Almost like an oatmeal cookie, but with some maple syrup. Taste was a bit bitter up front. Short notes of butterscotch, maple, oats, with maybe just a touch of chocolate. Flavors complimented eachother nicely. Mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side, but thickened a bit as the beer warmed. Nice medium body that was quite pleasant. Minimal carbonation. Very good drinkability. Definitely an oatmeal stout I'd drink again.

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Photo of number1bum
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for hooking me up with this one.

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black, with some deep red hues around the edges. A creamy full finger of tan head builds and the retention is excellent, leaving a good lace and plenty of stick.

Smell is semi-sweet chocolate malt as well as some roasted malt and charcoal.

Taste is moderately sweet and very smooth. Again some semi-sweet chocolate, some subtle charcoal and coffee, and a little hop twang toward the end to balance out the finish. Medium bodied and very creamy; feels awesome in the mouth. Tasty, solid brew and one I'd have again.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown glaze with dark amber edges. Delicate topping of sandy brown spongy foam sits about a finger high. Slips to a good skim thats always present and the lacing is super thin and boney fingered in fine strings and some spots.

Aroma is lightly present of cocoa, burnt oaty sweetness, and some dry leafy hops. A bit of strange peppery heat lays within the alcoholic hints.

Taste is pretty full with a good amount of heavy roasted malts, coffee ascents, partial oaty sweetness, burnt offerings of the baked goods variety, some dry chocolate rounds off the end as bitterness from roast and hops makes a good stand at the finish. Strong finish on this one. Quite complex and lasting with all sorts of roast, chocolate, and dryness ensuing for good length. The oaty girth is pretty solid as it warms and is quite nice at that point.

Feel is just about medium with a smooth but fevered pitch of heft and carbonation bite. Nice tone to it and stays solid throughout without much empty areas to it. Grand stand finish with lots of complexing action in the roasty stuff.

Once this warms up it becomes unholy good and very nice to drink. Lenghty broad flavors and plenty of oaty goodness. Just as any Oaty stout should have. Solid offering by New Holland. Very glad to see it here in MN now!

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Photo of Avagadro
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a chocolate head with great retention. Black with a slight touch of red from where the light is just able to penetrate. Looks tasty. The aroma is bold and upfront. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee are all fighting for your attention in the nose. Very appealing. This beer is a real treat on the pallet. Well balanced and very tasty. Roasted, chocolate, and crystal malts take the stage, as the oatmeal backs them up quite nicely. I love the sour-sweetness that oatmeal brings to a beer. I also love what oatmean does to the mouthfeel. It's like velvet on your tongue. This is one of New Holland's best brews. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of drseamus
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: While pouring, it had a nice mocha colored head but it fell quickly after the bottle ran dry. The body is jet black and while it had the head, it was a picture perfect stout.

S: Roast, roast, and more roast.

T: Roasty just like the aroma. Maybe a bit roastier than I'm accustomed to for an oatmeal stout, but it's a good flavor.

M: Good and full bodied initially but becomes thin towards the end. I find this problem with a lot of oatmeal stouts.

D: Not a bad beer at all. Except for the thinness at the end, a good stout.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a black color. The head is large, creamy and thick with nice small bubbles. A half inch cap of foam lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is of roasted malt and cream, with a hint of chocolate, and espresso. The taste is mellow, yet flavorful. Roasted malt and cream with a hint of chocolate in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture. The carbonation is perfect, with small fine bubbles. Overall, this is a very good oatmeal stout. I will certainly drink this again when I am in the mood for a lighter stout. It isn't the most complex stout I have had, but is is one of the most sessionable.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Scoobydank for a sixer of this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a complete black with a nice two finger light khaki colored head that slowly dies down to a fluffy lacing. Stickiness is pretty good, holds on here and there. Smell is a very sweet caramel blended perfectly with a sugary toasted oat. Taste starts off with a creamy milk chocolate and is followed up with a toasted nut flavor. Hop bite is noticable about midway down. Ends with a nice espresso/coffee flavor that stays on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a mild carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, pretty easy going down. Glad I have five more left, don't think they'll last too long though :)

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Photo of clickpush
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle to pint glass. A coffee colored body appears with a big healthy light brown head. Aroma is coppery, oatmeal, vegetal and chili peppers. Sweet plum flavors upon entrance, almost alcoholic in taste, presenting also with a wine or brandy flavor... phenols showing through. Mouth starts roasty and metallic, thin yet somewhat cream. Roast flavor develops as it moves back through the mouth, finishing with a taste that's almost too bitter. Webbing along glass is sparse but there, and a thin cap of lace and a halo remain for the duration of the glass.

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Photo of scott
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Attractive medium-tight lacing crowns the darkness, yet it is visibly carbonated, with soft amber highlights.
Pleasant aromas, with bold coffee & cream upfront. Chocolate, rolled in an oat coating for flavor.
Smooth and easy to drink, this is well crafted. It isn't too rich, nor is it too mild. I wouldn't say perfectly balanced, but close.

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Photo of beerphan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle -> pint
no date
(This bottle has a crow on the label. Previous review had a book. These a two seperate batches. New recipe? I don't know)

Pours black with a ton of carbonation sticking to the glass.

Nose: Faint chocolate

Thin mouth without much creaminess. Roasted chocolate and a decent bitterness. Slight astringency.

As compared to previous review:
Darker color, with much less scarlet. The head seemed somewhat flatter with less lace. Nose was less intense. Mouth seems thinner and less creamy. Flavor were better and more pronounce with other bottle. Hops were more prevalent in the newer bottle. Softer astringency in h ewer bottle. Unfortunately, i enjoyed the older version more.

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

Poured a very deep brown-black color with modest tan head. Skimpy lacing.
Smell is a pleasnt combination of chocolate, chicory, roasted and smoky malt.
Taste also contains roasted malt, coffee. and rich dark fruits. This sweetness is perfectly matched with a firm bitterness at the ending.
Leaves a full creamy feeling in the mouth.
Easy to drink, very tasty. What an excellent beer.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Head disipates quickly to a thin sheen.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Roasted dark malt. Very unusual.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Milky sweet up front, then dark roasted grain and coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

A silky smooth and creamy stout. Certainly worth a try. A very light easy drinking stout.

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Photo of bashiba
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with some light brown cola colared highlights and a thin ring of dark tan head.

Smell is wonderful with a big chocolate, coffee, grainy cereal quality.

Flavors is a bit light, but has a nice bit of chocolate and oatmeal flavors coming through along with some lightly burnt dark malts and a bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit on the thin side.

Overall a pretty tasty easy to drink oatmeal stout. I thought it was a little bit lighter than I liked, but still good.

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

Pours nearly black in color with a fluffy tan head that fades to a 1/8" head that leaves some lacing. Crimson highlights if held up to the light. Scorchy chocolate, crystal and black patent malt aromas including some maple toffee and chicory notes. Lightly sweet upfront, and then the roasted character makes its way through. Oatmeal is more evident nearer the finish as some residual sweetness returns. Very tasty. Medium-bodied, yet creamy, without weighing the drinker down. It's almost like a cross between Dogfish's Chicory Stout and Rogue's Shakespeare, but unique in it's own right.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Average "stout" looking beer. Nice big head that goes too quickly. Moderate aroma-nice roasted notes and some mild espresso going on. Nice, chocolatey flavor with an oily slickness to it. A touch of sweetness. A bit thin in spots-lacks the softness that the oats impart. Quite drinkable-theres better out there but this is a decent effort. Might be quite lovely on tap.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Drank this in a brandy snifter - really helped to open up the aromas. Pours an opaque black with ruby edges. Small, off-white head. Little to no retention. Smells and tastes of the oatmeal (big fan of that), dark chocolate, coffee, molasses. Nice complexity to it, and it really morphed as it warmed up. Nice center of the oatmeal. Mouthfeel is a tad more watery than I prefer, but it by no means hurts the experience. Overall, a fine example of the style, great offering from New Holland, and I would happily pick up another.

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

This beer pours a dark brown/black color with hints of ruby. Decent tan head when poured. Settles to a nice film layer with a solid ring lining the inside of the glass. Decent lacing. Roasted, sweet aromas of malt, chocolate, and coffee are all certainly present. Flavors of roasted malt upfront followed by more subtle hints of dark chocolate coffee, and oats and is rounded out with a hint of hops. Has a crisp and smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A good, solid brew here.


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Photo of shivtim
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice fun Poe-esque label with a Raven. Would be a good halloween beer.
It's a deep opaque brown stout with a thin tan head. Nose is sweet roasty malts, and some liquid smoke. Taste is lots of malts, slight chocolate, and a bit of odd charcoal on the end accompanied by oats and more malts. Mouthfeel is good and full, drinkability is slightly above average. A solid offering from New Holland.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a not quite opaque black/ruby, nice off white head that clings but fades quickly.
Smells of bitter chocolate. On a second sniff there's some coffee, roasted barley, almost a liquid malt extract smell. Very roasty.
Taste is not so much chocolate as the smell....really strange. I would have expected a bitter chocolate bomb, but there is very little chocolate in the taste. Almost a medicinal, thick malt extract bite. Huge mouthfeel, almost chewey.
I can't seem to connect with this one. There's a strange note I can't identify...woody, smokey, earthy, some peat? Good, not great.

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Photo of hammer09
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, burgundy-black with a thick, foamy, tan head. Smell is complex with roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate aromas. Quite simply, this beer smells great. Taste is mildly bitter with a nice chocolate-like flavor. This beer exhibits good body; smooth and silky with a dry finish. Overall, a very good, well-rounded oatmeal stout that is sure to please.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice beer!
The aroma's a bit roasty and coffee-like. Not terribly potent, but quite pleasant. The appearance is a nice dark black with toffee notes around the edges. Taste is dry, roasty and toasty. More coffee, with a nice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with some nice carbonation tingles. Drinkable, but not a session beer. Nice on a cool afternoon.

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

Pours a chunky two finger mocha head over a black body with just a faint ruby edge. Head recedes to a manageable 1cm, which hangs around for the pint, leaving nice lace. Aromas of cocoa powder, toasted grain and light caramel. Flavor is chocolate, biscuit and toasted grain with a medium to substantial sweetness. Milder notes of vinous fruit, plum, and a subdued citric hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, body is medium full. Carbonation is soft, but noticeable. Finish is slightly dry.

This is perhaps my biggest surprise beer of the year. I had heard good things, and am an ardent supporter of New Holland’s wares, but for some reason I’ve never gotten around to trying the poet. What a mistake. This is a complex and substantial ale at a price that can’t be beat. Paired well with some Irish cheddar.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oozes from the bottle a dark, caramel color, but settles into a black body with an inch of halfway foamy head. The head kind of dies quickly.

Great aroma, coffee and chocolate buried inside of the roasted malt. Caramel dances around as well, alongside toffee.

The taste is very malty, very sweet. The chocolate and coffee come through in full force, very subtle use of hops keeps it in check, but finishes a tad watery in my opinion.

Medium/heavy bodied, very creamy and slightly carbonated. The taste combined with the mouthfeel make this one of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had. Very easy to drink, and very refreshing. Definitely not my favorite stout style, but incredibly good nonetheless. I will be picking up more of these tasty brews.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,390 ratings.
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