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

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IBU's: 40

Added by inebrius on 02-01-2003

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Photo of trentley87
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a mug. The bottle has a raven on it this year (FYI).

A: Pours very dark, nearly black, with slight amber tones. A slightly more vigorous than usual pour leaves about 2 fingers thick of frothy tan head. Generous lacing. Retains about 1/4" head all the way down. A very attractive beer.

S: Not aggressive in any particular aspect. A pleasant, earthy smell that isn't what I expected but appetizing nonetheless. Hints of coffee.

T: Delicious and complex. Starts slowly and slightly sweet and builds to a slightly burnt, coffee flavor with a nice bitter finish. The aftertaste is where I detect most of the malt (and some chocolate) as the bitter fades to a long lasting sweetness. As it warms more alcohol flavor becomes present.

M: The first one of these I drank seemed watery and overcarbonated, however, this last bottle has changed my mind. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with just about perfect carbonation and lots of nice tiny, tingly bubbles.

D: An excellent stout (but where's the oatmeal?). I'm satisfied with one of these but I'm sure I could drink several in the course of the night. At $9+ a sixer on a college budget, that isn't really an option for me :). Will definitely purchase again.

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

I was lucky enough to get this bottle in a mixed case from a holiday club.

Pours a nice thick black, a thin layer of head that disappears quickly. There is good lacing that sticks to the side of the snifter.

The notes in the nose are very sweet. Chocolate and coffee, but something else that is almost fruity.

The only word to describe this stout is sweet. Sweet from the first sip, all the way through the finish. The smell I was getting in the nose was oranges, sweet like clementines with no bitterness. And of course, chocolate and roasted coffee. There isn’t very much carbonation, has a mouthfeel that’s the same, slick but not watery; I would actually describe it as soft.

Great stout. For me, not enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, but definitely something I would like to have again.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown reminiscent of a porter. It's head is a little weak, however, the taste is whats the most important and it doesn't lack in that arena. The smell is nowhere to be found BUT like I mentioned the taste is the most important. I really enjoy the coffee taste and the smokey hints that make up the start of this brew. I'm surprised by this brews low rating considering its amazing taste.

Overall this drinkable brew is full of taste. I would try this again any day. Grab this brew. Enjoy!


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

And you didn’t even know it. Poured a typical black color with some cloudy aspects and red hues on the sides. Decent pour with a nice head and good retention staying through the entire tasting on the side of the glass.

The nose at first was very light with underlining malt aromas, but as the beer warmed more stout like aromas appeared. Some roasted and caramel notes as well as chocolate touches. Not much on the sweet or oatmeal essence.

The taste brings out more roast flavors and very limited oatmeal or even silky-like flavors that you see in oatmeal stouts. Feels more of an American Stout with chocolate and roasted flavors coming out strong. More bitterness on the malt side and touches of DMS as well.

The body is body overall. Some chewy textures but I still would have liked more of a silky flavor for an oatmeal stout. Overall, rather disappointed.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from Abe's in Bethlehem as part of a mixed six-pack ($10.99). Pours dark brown from the bottle, looks more black in the glass with two fingers of tan head that fades to a thin cap that stays for the length of the beer and leaves just a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell is pretty standard for a stout: dark, roasted malts, some coffee, not too aggresive or bitter. Taste is very similar, also not very aggresive (which i think i would have liked here). Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy and this is very drinkable. I don't particularly like stouts--this is a good one, but i didn't like it as much as anderson valleys.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head. The aroma is dark and roasted malts and coffee. The taste much like the aroma is dark and roasty with a very pleasant smoothness that is characteristic of the good oatmeal stouts. Overall, this is a very good beer that is highly recommended.

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

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- Thin tan head atop a black brew with hints of brown at the edges. Nice sticky rings left in the glass.

S- Scent of coffee, chocolate, and oats. Roasted malt aroma with some fruity scents.

T- More coffee and oat flavors. Light hops leave a clean finish.

M- Light to medium carbonation help with smooth feel.

D- Easy drinker. Something I could fit into my regular stout rotation.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear and dark brown hued on the pour, opaque in the pint glass. Attractive tan head leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma of oatmeal, milk chocolate, and a hint of roasty coffee. Very nice mouthfeel has a full medium body, moderate carbonation, and smooth grainy oats. Milk chocolate and oats dominate the taste. The oats are a major player in this one, serving up a soft but grainy character. Fruity hops add a note of ripe orange. Nice roasty coffee bitterness on the finish. A very nice sipper on a cool autumn evening.

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

Pours out nice, with a fair amount of head, although a bit short for a stout. Little lacing, but a nice dark brown color. Nice smell, you can really detect the oatmeal, but the down side is that you don't get a lot of the normal stout scents (roasted, chocolate, or caramel), Good taste, again the oatmeal dominates, leaving just small hints of chocolate in the flavor. Excellent if you really prefer the oatmeal flavor in an oatmeal stout (which I do). Goes down smooth, but a little bitter in the aftertaste.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams specialty pint glass.
A: Rather dark brown color, hinging on jet black towards the top. A full 1.5 inches of foamy/frothy beige head sits atop the beer and settles slowly.
S: The prevalent scent is a mix of nutty, earthy malts and a very slight hint of floral/grassy hops. Slightly stronger whiffs reveal a nut/grain scent that is strangely metallic.
T: Nutty and filling at first, with hints of chocolate. The middle raises the chocolate taste and adds a mix of earthy grains and very subtle, woody sweetness. The finish continues a tiny version of the initial tastes. Overall, the taste is pleasant and reasonable; especially, after warming, it seems more pleasurable and enticing.
M: Smooth and satisfying up front. For a heavy beer with plenty of malt character, this feels quite manageable and pleasant.
D: Pretty good. Although the taste is fine but not great, the mouthfeel is super for a brew of this weight/complexity.
Overall, pretty good for an Oatmeal Stout. Somewhat surprisingly, it doesn't smell all that great, but the taste is good, and leaves me wanting more. My first brew from New Holland, and I'll be looking for more, for sure.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A frothy chocolate milk hued head rises to two fingers and stays there for quite some time. The head looks solid and dense, and the brew beneath it is black as night but shows the tiniest bit of reddish brown when held to the light. Copious amounts of lace coat the glass after swirling, and the head just stays put like a good head should. A damn fine lookin' brew!

S - Nicely roasted grains waft above a solid milk chocolate base note, and that milky chocolate scent along with a gritty grainy note gives this one's oatmeal roots away. Smells like chocolate milk made with Hershey's Special Dark chocolate syrup....and loads of it! Some ashy charcoal note are there, but only faintly. Those sooty notes really add complexity to the nose.

T - The campfire soot notes really pick up on the tongue, and the milk chocolate takes a back seat to the roasted cereal grains. This campfire flavor makes me think of all those good times in college when I pretty much lived off of brats and burgers on the grill every fall. There is a faint tobacco flavor with some soy sauce the salty wrap leaf on a good cigar. I'm a bit disappointed that the dark chocolate flavors in the nose don't really carry over to the flavor, but this is still a very tasty and complex brew!

M - Full bodied, creamy, and oily after the swallow with a low level of carbonation. Tons of residual dextrin is left coating my teeth, and the finish is only very slightly dry and reminds me of espresso shots. Feels like a meal in a bottle.

D - A damn fine oatmeal stout! The nose on this one is to die for, and while the flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma, it's a very autumnal and quaffable brew. A bit filling for a session, but that filing full bodied texture is what oatmeal stouts are all about!

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

Got this as an extra from SPLITGRIN, thanks buddy.

Pours dark. Almost an inch of milk coffee colored foam. The aroma is a bit subtle which coffee, toffee, chocolate, and roasted malts but it all intensifies a bit after it warms up. Tastes very similar to the aroma and just a little light on the mouthfeel but has a pleasant, creamy aftertaste due to the oatmeal. An average Oatmeal Stout.

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