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New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

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733 Reviews
New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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

Got this courtesy of a coaching friend. Poured a thick, oily ruby-black hue, practically opaque. Head was a 1/4" of mixed toasted almond foam that dissapated rather quickly but not entirely and barely laced.

Nose is sharp, crisp, strong coffee tones, licorice, bread crust, bittersweet with burnt sugars.

Its nose does not give any indication to the subtleness on the tongue. Soft, even, almost quiet upfront. Coffee tones are subtle, chocolate tones are more milk than dark. Its almost too subtle. Some hop bitterness rises on the pallette but the even quality remains. Its very smooth & even. The finish is a bit bittersweet & filmy, but no unpleasant aftertaste.

Its enjoyable, and would be an excellent stout if trying to introduce someone to the genre. Sometimes you don't want to ride the roller coaster, you want to ride the ferris wheel. This would be for one of those times. I'd certainly recommend it and drink it again, buts its not a complex stout if that is what you are looking for.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves an espresso foam colored head of about one finger in depth, that fades to a foam ring at the edge, and it has some lacing. Body is black with purplish highlights.

Smell - roasted malt and lemony hops.

Taste - roasted malt, some raisins, a little bit of cherry cola, a slight lemon hop twang, with some smokiness and a slight bit of horseblanket sourness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very smooth, and quite carbonated.

Drinkability - this is decent, but not great. It is sessionable.

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Photo of phisig137
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly deep black, that lets a good amount of light through around the edges. Creamy two finger head has decent retention, and leaves behind a little lacing, and a small blanket of foam on top.

Aroma is odd. Toasted malts, biscuits, fresh bread, and quite a bit of fruity esters from the yeast. This smells like it was fermented hot. Nice malt aromas, but the fruity aromas kill it.

Flavor is much the same. Nice malty backbone with good toasty flavors, but the yeast esters kill it. No roasted malt flavors, and no hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for being an oatmeal stout. Drinkability is pretty good.

This is a decent beer, but not great. Not nearly as impressive as New Holland's Big Beer series.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a hotel room glass. The beer was deep black color with very light tan foam, thick and wet looking. The aroma was really good, mostly chocolate with malt. The flavor was chocolate with a hint of roast malt, but the best part was the velvety smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Incredible and tasty.

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

Thanks to BuckEyeNation for this one.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, small fizzy tan head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of roasted malts, hops, slight vanilla, and chocolate/coffee. The taste follows the nose, nice roasted flavor with some nice chocolate/coffee taste. The finish is kinda dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice oatmeal stout, recommended.

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Photo of benmiliron
2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is I believe my first stout from New Holland. Pours a deep brown with a dark head that vanishes quickly. No lacing to speak of. Some reddish hue in the right light. Smell is charcoal, burnt malt, coffee. Taste is also charcoal, burnt coffee, some oatmeal character in the back. Mouthfeel is over carbonated and sticky.

Not a good offering from New Holland.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown beer with a medium-sized light-tan head. Due to the purple label, the dark color seemed to have purple highlights (Just my imagination)

Aroma has a very nice, unique chocolate smell. A slight hint of coffee.

Unlike the aroma, the flavor hardly tasted like sweet chocolate or coffee at all. Instead it had a harsh, burnt oat taste. Oatmeal. Gruel, in fact.

Mouthful is nice and thick. A bit over-carbonated, and sticky.

Drinkability is only Ok. The flavors seem thick and sludgy instead of welcoming.

Overall, I found this beer much more interesting than I did enjoyable. Sometimes I felt like I had to stop drinking the beer in order to taste it. I guess I just found it quite unique, and found the experience new, fun and enjoyable. A great one to sample, but not something I’d come back to again and again.

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

Black pour, topped by a small, but lacey ivory head.

A matly aroma, of course, but a nice dose of anise pops in there – almost RIS style. And yep, it’s in the quaff too. This lil’ frosty is boardline RIS, so for a oaty it’s really pushing it.

Thick and rich, this is more of a slow sipper than session drinker. Still, very good by a fire on a cold winter nite – says the black birdie on the label.

I’m guessing 6%, I feel a lil’ alcohol tinge on the tongue – in a pleasant way.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appernace: very dark brown color with creamy, soft mocha colored head. Decent retention and lacing was a bit chunky.

Smell: roasted coffee and creamy malt smell. A very soft sort of milky chocolate nose as well.

Taste: I have always enjoyed this beer! Flavors are balanced overall and evenly thin. When I say thin I mean that coffee, chocolate flavor is smooth along with a small bite of hops. Hops give a woody flavor that is very sutle to balance things out. Creamy malts add the perfect overall flavor and it is all blended deliciously together.

Mouthfeel: great body and carbonation, very...very drinkable. Not heavy at all and goes down really easy. I could see that big stout fans might think this beer is a bit weak, not very rich and robust. But this is a great drinker!

A very solid beer from NHBC and always finds its way in my fridge!

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Photo of garymuchow
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For whatever it's worth the glue job on the neck label was pour with glue (I assume) dried on the outside of the bottle. Cap states "Art in fermented form" Well said.
Aroma not quite as rich or powerful as I would expect with this style. In fact the aroma is quite hard to detect. Dark malt with roast qualities is all I can pick up.
Black, although deep red if held to the light and seems clear. Tan head of smaller size that settles to a film.
Flavors starts quickly sweet and moves to a roast that also quickly moves to oats, slight bitterness and finishes rather quickly with very little length to close. Some roast with nice coffee flavors and a little chocolate, with the latter quite fleeting.
Thin feel with a quickly disappearing carbonation that starts out as though there is an abundance.
The word rich is often used to describe this style (and in fact the labels use it too), but there is nothing rich in this sample. In fact it's quite dull and uninspiring. As it warms more character appears, but not enough to create much excitement. It goes down easy, but is that what I want an oatmeal stout to be remembered by?

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Photo of malcontent
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black color with a healthy amount of head which retreats into a thin ring of lacing. The way an oatmeal stout should look.

Oh, yes. THIS is what I want an oatmeal stout to smell like; chocolate, toffee, espresso, toated oats...mmm, great.

Oooh! It come thisclose to getting it right but slips up just a bit; the toasted oat taste comes off more as a burnt one in the end. Still, there is a lot going on here that gets it correct. Not a sweet maltiness, but a mellow, earthy character that has a nice bread quality about it. Finishes very dry with a touch of coffee on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nicely crisp but still thick enough to be a good oatmeal stout. I would have another.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer out of the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a very dark amber brown - almost black. The beer has a foamy head with small bits of lacing. The smell is not overwhelming but is of burnt chocolate and hops. The taste is also of burnt malt and is very hoppy, not what I had expected from an oatmeal stout. I guess this helps compensate for the large amount of malt needed to achieve the 6.5%. The mouthfeel is great, full bodied with creamy carbonation. Overall I would have to say this is a very drinkable beer.

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

Arrived at my table a dark brown with a light brown head that's about a finger thick. Smells of highly roasted malts, mocha and vanilla. Tastes of mildly bitter coffee and roasty malt followed by bittersweet cocoa. Medium bodied, oily and lightly carbonated. A very nice oatmeal stout. I was rather surprised to see it listed at 6.5%. This is a good stout to enjoy on a chilly night with a few pieces of dark chocolate.

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

I have come to expect good things from New Holland. This stout does not disapoint. Pours a lightly viscous, opaque dark brown with retention and lacing to match. Smells rich and creamy with roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes similarly, but with more boldness in the roasted, coffee, chocolate tones than in the malt sweet or milk sweet flavors. Feels silky and full, and remaining firm throughout. Tempered with bitterness from the grains and subtle hops. Lingers with coffee and chocolate. Reminds me of a London Porter, but with heavier body, and bolder roastedness. A terrific beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown/black with ruby highlights and very little head.

S - Sweet chocolate, creamy milk, bitter coffee grounds and a slight astringent roastiness.

T - Bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, slight smokiness, creamy milk and oats and a slight astringent bitter finish.

M - Creamy and almost chewy. Lightly carbonated.

D - A nice stout with a good combo of bitter, roasty flavors mixed in with sweet milk and creamy oats.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, Acquired from Shbobdb in a huge and excellent trade. The Liquid is a deep dark brown, with excessive carbonation. (could be heat damage from the summer journey). The head is huge and uncontrollable. Once it settles there is a fluffy 3 finger Rocky, No cratorous moonscape surface head that is dark tan with some lace.

The smell is roasty toasty malty goodness, maybe a hint of alcohol.

The taste follows very toasty but not burnt, Very very good, slightly sweet. as it should be.

The mouthfeel is a little, over fizzy and then later kinda flat. body in OK. Not bad altogether.

The drinkability is good it's a fine example of a very drinkable style. This one is good maybe even vary good. Thanks Shbobdb, I liked it and would buy it. Prosit MK

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Photo of xav33
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland The Poet
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, prosed 10/06
Medium pour in a dimpled mug.

Poured black with brown highlights, with a medium light brown frothy quickly diminishing head with a tiny lacing ring.

Smelt of light roasted grain and coffee.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet roast and nuts with mild chocolate feel followed by a nutty taste and light bitter coffee taste with a slightly sour soy sauce that transforms into an average length light dark chocolate finish with a perfumey hop kick. Mouthfeel was light to medium, oily, softly carbonated and slight astringency.

Overall, a fairly easy going standard oatmeal stout, kinda light, simple and short, but drinkable in the summer.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.
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