New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,452 Ratings
New Holland The PoetNew Holland The Poet
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,452
Reviews:
754
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
483
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Doomcifer
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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

(Served in a long thin flute)

A- This beer pours a jet inky black that doesn't even let light through during the pour. The thin tan head fades to a ring and there are a lots of tiny bubbles that stick to the edge of the glass and then fade into the abyss.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt had a deep aroma with strong coffee notes.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt and grain has a good depth to it with a coffee note that really comes through strong. There is a faint taste of sherry, alder smoke and a note of tar as it warms. The finish is a light sour note with a black malt aftertaste that hangs on the tongue.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a very creamy almost chewy texture. There is a tight little fizz in the finish but no alcohol warmth at all.

D- This beer is dark and stoic with a good complexity in the dark malts but it is well blended. The coffee is a strong flavor but it does not interfere with the black malt flavors. This was a very smooth finish with no alcohol heat but the malt bitterness did a nice job of balancing the other malt flavors.

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Photo of Scott1015
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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

4-pack from Whole Foods. Pint glass. Hot wings. Football. :)

Black with cola highlights. A thin, but constant, frothy tan head.

Smells like chocolate wafers & toasted rice. Maybe a little minerally.

Milky feel. Oreos. Gentle roast. Very slightly sharp. Mildly sweet. Toasty & soapy bitter finish. Super easy.

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

So if DRJoel ever brings samples to you be warned: they are many and they are good. That said Thanks to Dr. Joel for the samples.
This beer pours the deepest sable to black with slight hints of rich garnet as the light reflects with a thick smokey tan head that stays to the bottem of the glass. The smell is deep bitter chocolate and an smokey malt that fills the nostrils and hits the gut. I love this beer. The taste is full bodied, rich chocolate, the smoke aroma from the malt hits in the middle and a finishes bittersweet for one of the most balanced oatmeal stouts I've tried to date. Its very creamy and full bodied in the mouth. There is no hint of alcohol in the taste nor is there any alcohol warmth which is impressive for this abv. This is a dangerously drinkable beer. Some I've tried are very thick and chewy or have a pronounced alcohol warmth. This brew goes down clean and smooth. This is one I will keep at home to drink.

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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 Twisted_Halo
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. With a small amount of head but little lacing retained. Chocolate and coffee overturns in the taste make this very refreshing. Mouthfeel is a little lighter but not watery, very easy to drink. The general appearance is what you would expect for a stout, very dark rich. A very fine beer and probably the best one out of the variety pack.

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Photo of Dmccammon
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Pours a nice clear black color with an average size foamy head,good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of medium sweet chocolate with some light coffee notes. Taste is also dominated by light roasted malt grain notes with some medium sweet chocolates offset by some dry coffee. Full body with medium carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.Ultra drinkable,and Very good.

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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 pezhead_79
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Last Saturday I was at one of my favorite places in the world - Lukas Liquor aka Disney World for drunks. Lukas has over 300 beers on hand at all times and on Saturday they usually have tastings. This Saturday was no exception. They had four beers to sample, three of which I have had, the one I did had not tried before was The Poet from New Holland.

The Poet is an oatmeal stout, which is a deep, almost black, beer that left a nice lacing on the glass. I could smell the oatmeal and got a chocolate note coming across like a lot of stouts. This one has a slight bitter bite but it is easy to drink. I liked it so much that I had to toss a six pack in the cart. This is one of the better stouts I have had from a brewery I was not very familiar with. Worth checking out.

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

This had a nice smokey / dark flavor. Not as much body as I would like. I could have gone without the bitter ending. I would say there is a little too much carbonation.

This is definitely an above average stout beer. I would buy a 6 pack. (I bought a single for this review at a rare beer place) Definitely not caseworthy, but good, especially compared to some other singles I tried.

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

A: Pours a clear brown from the bottle, rests to a solid black in the glass. Small light brown head without a lot of lacing or retention.

S: Tons of roasted malts with a lot of chocolate mixed in as well. The sweetness is welcome to the dry roast of the malts.

T: The taste is a lot more robust than I thought. The chocolate is big and covers the whole mouth. Roasted malts provide a nice balance, and a dry finish to an otherwise pretty sweet beer.

MF: Creamy medium body with a lower than average carbonation.

O: Nice easy drinking stout. Not too sweet, not too roasty, not a lot of booze. Really like this offering from New Holland.

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

I got this as an extra from lewis1rg. Thanks Ryan!

A: I poured this sucker too hard and now I'm paying the price. Abyss-like, with a slight bit of light passing through at the bottom corners. Very frothy, peppery, and grand 1 finger + head.

S: Faint, but still present. Coffee forward, with a good dark malty presence overall.

T: Medium bodied, with a mild coffee taste, with oatmeal presence for sure. I really dug the well-rounded, dark fruity aftertaste!

M: Thick enough, but not ridiculous in this area. The carbonation was great for this style and the lacing was pretty substantial. Perfect balance between the sweet and malty elements.

O: I've had this one several times before and it makes frequent appearances in stores in my local area. However, this was the first time I had ever really dug in and studied it. Very nice!

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Photo of JMasserang
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bf_89
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Pours almost black ruby tones in the light. Big pillowy tan colored head, very decent retention. Little clingy lacing left.

Roasted malt on the nose, slight woody aroma. Powdered cocoa and bakers chocolate can be picked up. Maybe a little coffee in there.

Sweet malt and smooth oat flavors up front. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate after. Some bitterness though is meshes well with the coffee/chocolate flavors so not necessarily picker up as a hoppy bitterness.

Full mouth feel very smooth. Creamy and sweet finish.

Very drinkable, very good brew.

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Photo of indyblue9
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of cheer4beer_
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is dark brown in color with a healthy tan head after pouring it into the glass. When put in front of light the beer takes on a deep amber color or ever maroon in color. The smell is roasty and a bit acrid. When tasting, I would add a coffee flavor in addition to the roasty and acrid flavors, even a little burnt marshmallow flavor. It has a heavy mouthfeel and I feel like I want to chew the beer before swallowing.

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Photo of UPBrewer92
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScaryEd
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown, near pitch black color with a minimal khaki head. The head is gone quickly but settles into a nice golden halo around the top of the beer.

Aroma brings lots of baker's chocolate and vanilla as well as a hint of dark fruits.

The taste starts off more coffee forward, with some milk chocolate not far behind. There's also some vanilla and cream in the middle. Finishes slightly bitter and roasted.

The feel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation. Very creamy and smooth, yet just a tad thin for my liking. Has a relatively dry finish.

Overall, a very impressive oatmeal stout that is fairly straightforward for the style, but still has a lot to bring to the table. The only knock is the relatively thin body. Otherwise, this is very tasty and highly drinkable.

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Photo of pb9613
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fans of stouts but this one has won me over. Great for the long winter nights in Michigan.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is a tad below average and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Soft, supple roastiness. Oats galore with a lactose-like creme smell. Straightfoward, but damn good smelling.

4.5 T: Taste is equally as enticing as the nose. Soft roastiness, chocolate enters, and tons of oats and creme again.

3.0 M: This is the only issue with this beer. The body is light and while it is creamy with respect to the body, it isn't absolutely creamy. Good carbonation and smooth.

4.0 D: Really tasty beer. If the mouthfeel were thicker, this could be a near perfect brew.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,452 ratings.
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