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 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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Photo of nota
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark almost black. Large three finger brownish head.Sipping through the head I got the sensation I was drinking a melted coffee shake. Has a dark roasted coffee smell. Taste much the same with a dominate cocoa flavor and burnt toast in the mix. Taste lingers in mouth well after swallowing. I did not see an abv % on bottle and I would of never guess the abv was 6.5 % and that is a good thing. Stouts are not my favorite style but I do get in the mood for one every once in a while and this one was pleasent to my palate and hit the spot.

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty black,cant see through it.One in. tan head.

Very pleasent smell,fruity and some chocolate.

I can taste the smoke in it as it finishes.Somewhat of a fruity taste upfront then leads to carmel and some chocolate also.Bittering at the end with some sweet chocolate.

Creamy and smooth,very easy going down.

Awesome stout for sure! I loved the fruit taste and I plan on having again and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of muddyriverduck
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

My first goes.

Bought a single bottle of Poet at a local general store. This will be my one and only "sweet dreams", before bedtime beer of the evening.

Poured this brew from the 12-oz bottle into a sifter. I found the color dark brown, almost black with a very thin carmel-colored head. Pretty standard for a stout.

I had a hard time smelling anything at first. Two factors affecting the smell as I see it. 1). I had some habanero salsa 30 minutes ago, and 2). The fridge is too cold for stout. I picked up hints of chocolate and tree bark as the glass warmed and my olfactory parts cooled.

The flavor was nothing special. Chocolate and oak upfront, with an achohol aftertaste. OK, but nothing special.

Felt very thin in the mouth for a stout, with a little bit of carbonation. I like my stout with a little more substance behind it.

Very drinkable, especially for someone not into stouts. This seems to be a stout you would break someone into the genre with. The average Bud drinker might be able to make it through a bottle without too much trouble.

Overall...ok. Bored me. I would probably drink it again, but I won't make a special trip for it.

Edit: I just noticed that the two lowest reviews for Poet are mine and benmiliron's, both of us from Toledo. I smell a conspiracy here with New Holland shipping their worst batchs to Toledo. No respect man.

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

Poured into a cognac glass (because that's what I had that was best for an oatmeal stout), this black-colored stout is near the color of a starless night. A thick, cream-colored head laced the sides and stuck to the glass.

The smell has a lot of chocolate in it, and a lot of unmalted barley scent. Nice and rich.

The taste is quite nice. Balanced with the chocolate and the smoothness of oatmeal. Nice and stout. The alcohol is almost disguised by the rest of the cornucopia, but is definitely there.

Mouthfeel is a bit chalky, but still delightful. Nice and smooth.

I could drink a lot of this, and I intend to buy more.

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Photo of dherling
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a very dark brown, near black with a bubbly creamy tan head, lots of sticky lacing. The nose has a sticky toffee characterisic, light coffee, some dark cocoa, and a tiny bit of smoke. The taste started lightly fruity, then went cocoa puffs on me. There's some strange sweetness there, like refined white sugar, and also some buttery notes. Has a prickly mouthfeel, finishing very clean. Not a huge stout, and very clean finish=super drinkable beer.

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

poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, near black, with a nice 1-finger tan head. Looks creamy & inviting.

S: Smells of sweet, roasted oats. Hints of vanilla and maple syrup round out the overall aromatic body.

T/M: Big, chunky bursts of dark chocolate, cocoa & malted milk charge right out of the gate. Finish is roasted & bittersweet, the hops finally making a nice entrance, almost overpoweringly so. Beer loses points for being too consistent throughout, nothing changes or improves as it warms. Medium-bodied creaminess dominates the mouthfeel of this lightly carbonated ale.

D: Very easy to drink, would make for a quality session beer, though it might become a bit bland after 3 or 4.

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

Dark chocolate black with a whipped, glass-crawling, light sandy brown head. Milk chocolate, creme brulee, sugary cocoa butter, and moderate coffee bitterness. Toasted coconut, dark chcolate, roasted coffee up front. Earthy, peaty, lightly sweet middle. Coffee bitter finish. Not too shabby! Moderate body seems a little thin for the style. Good carbonation though. Another tasty Michigan stout.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The quick and dirty on this one was that I wanted to try this again, and on tap to give it a fair shake because my only other experience had been years ago, and bottled.

The bottom line is that this is still a fairly run of the mill oatmeal stout in terms of colour (dark), mouth (light vis a vis other stouts) and drinkability (easy drinking).

The unique highlights of this beer are mainly in the smell and taste department, as this struck me as a sweet stout for an oatmeal one. The usual oatmeal stout aspects of light roasted malts and chocolate gives way to a sweet tinge that reminded me a little of some of the sugary milk stouts that I've had like Mackeson, though it also had a bit of a medicinal / astringent edge on it.

Overall, it was worth coming back to again, but I still don't find this beer particularly amazing.

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Photo of mmcave
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased sixer at local liquor store, no batch number or freshness date on bottle.
Chilled and poured into nonic. Two finger light khaki head, with thick clumpy lacing and decent retention. Smells is robust and aromatic, lots of earthy dirty notes definitely oatmeal and maybe some toasted barley or even hints of straw. There are subtle notes of chocolate and coffee maybe even caramel or toffee, its like a really aromatic sweet smelling piece of bark, great stuff. Taste is very pleasing lots of subtle complexity, grain and malt flavors all over, with very light bitterness, but enough to keep it interesting. Alcohol is just at the right level to let this be a nice drinking beer. The bottle suggests pearing with earthy food like mushrooms and beef. Personally I think the mushrooms sound far more interesting to eat this with. Well worth having around although, it is definitely a beer that needs to be paid attention to, so that it’s subtleties can be fully appreciated.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 2 10oz bowtie glasses. Thanks to Killer for the assist!

A: Nice black color with an off-white one finger head. As it recedes it leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass.

S: Aromas of toasted oat, roasted malt, and a strange, but not off-putting, scent of burnt match tips. Strange but somehow it works.

T: Nice flavors of creamy oats, milk, roasted malt, and chocolate. Light lemon-y tartness in the finish.

M: Sticky, but unfortunately, a little thin. This one is crying out for a bit more thickness to the body.

D: Fairly drinkable. Not the most satisfying oatmeal stout I've ever had, but this guy is pretty sessionable. A couple of ticks above average.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer is a bit lighter than others I've had in the stout style lately, but this very drinkable beer still fits the category, and is still qutie good.

This beer doesn't pour inky black the way Speedway Stout or Old Rasputin does (I've had both recently), although it is still rather dark, with some less serious head formation.

Aroma is of dark roasted malt ("burned pizza crust") and is good. Taste is a bit light, but very roasted malt tasting...good. The beer is very dry in the front, but the finish is a bit sweeter. Mouthfeel is very light for a beer of this style. This is the most drinkable stout I've had in recent memory.

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

Appearance: Poured black with a creamy looking head that dissipated into just a little lace

Smell: Roasty malt, with notes of chocolate and coffee. A strange sweetness barely comes through

Taste: All the right roasted flavors come through. Exactly how you would think its going to taste, but the

Mouthfeel: is a little thin. A good brew but doesn't have the thickness you'd like on a cold night.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel doesn't fill you up and it tastes good enough you could kick back a few without realizing it until the 6.5% alcohol catches up with you. This beer is worth a try, and I'll get it again.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: poured a brown hue with a slight ruby red light shining through. 2 inch light brown head that fully last and left a fair amount of lacing.

smell: got the scent of nutty malt, dark chocolate with a hint of mild coffee.

taste and mouthfeel: initially started sweet and ended with a slight astringent taste. Medium body, watery and softly carbonated.

drinkability: very smooth and easy to drink.

Like Goose Island Oatmeal, I was not to excited about this brew. I was expecting a heavier and flavorful brew (the aroma did not match the flavor). Although you can drink this brew all night the astringent aftertaste and watery feel was a turn off.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,432 ratings.
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