New Holland The Poet | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
2,433 Ratings
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 OldSwampy
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown beer and a light tan head make for an attractive if unsurprising appearance. Head not as lasting as some of this style. Carbonation not excessive. Nose balanced, mild, not really outstanding. Maybe a hint of cola? Taste... almost as though this beer were hiding an extra fine flavor profile behind a "normal" stout introduction. A slight sharp intro quickly gives way to a broad soft, mildly roasty flavor that hangs on, letting a few other flavors emerge, including a bit of oatiness, maybe a bit of cola or caramel... and eventually leaving a mildly hoppy aftertaste. Super smooth, creamy mouthfeel... I love swirling it around in my mouth. Quite fine.

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Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown and opaque with ruby highlights at the edges. Low head of beige foam that settles quickly.

Aroma of cocoa and caramel, some toffee and root beer.

Flavors match the aroma, notes of leather, subtle suggestion of smoke. Faint ashy finish, a bit tannic but there's a subtle sweetness matched by subtle hop flavors in the finish.

Thin mouthfeel, a bit slick. Would prefer more body. Fine carbonation in the finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice American stout. Black with a nice tan head that lasts. Subtle nose. Well balanced, with the roasted malt taking the highest note over the hops. Very drinkable

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a khaki colored, half-finger width head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds. Not much lacing, but what's there is mostly spotty with a few broken lines to decorate the glass.

Smell - Chocolatey notes with lesser roast and clean, earthy oat.

Taste - Roasted malt takes the lead on the tongue, while chocolate notes play a distant second fiddle. Light smoke. Oats. A touch of tartness creeps in near the finish, then a quick, clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Mostly creamy texture that quickly fluffs up and dries out in the finish to make this an easy drinker.

Overall - Decent oatmeal stout. Nothing here strikes me as outstanding, but its smooth and has a fair flavor profile. In other words, drinkable but uninspiring.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been a stout that I will drink mostly one per winter.
It is not too hoppy for me (and 40 IBU is higher than I prefer for the style). The way the malts are roasted actually may help to distract from the high level of hops.... or maybe it is the way the oatmeal is so smooth in the mouth that I don't notice the hops.
Poet finishes a little sweet and pairs well with desserts... which is a good idea passed on from the old burlesque formula "leave 'em smiling."

Poet is one of two brews from New Holland on the "1001" list and, arguably, is one that deserves to make it.

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Photo of MNAle
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark/black/opaque. Half-agressive pour results in a tall tan bubbly head, almost to the top of the Imperial Irish pint glass. Head recedes slowly, leaving thick lacing. Sweet, smoaky, roasted, nutty aroma. Thick, smooth feel. Taste is roasted but subdued. Sweetness & roastiness are there, but far from overpowering. Nice and smooth, but not as much roastiness as the aroma would suggest. Bitterness asserts in the middle and continues for a clean finish. An easy drinking stout, smooth and creamy.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Jet black with a tan half finger head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate, oatmeal.

T: Slightly roasty. Chocolate malts. A nice creaminess from the oatmeal.

M: Medium with medium creamy carbonation.

O: A decent oatmeal stout. Love the label. Would enjoy again.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1/23...pours predictably black with a light lid of tan foam. Very dark and still. Oaty nose, roasted coffee. Smooth and creamy, full oat background, sharp bitter close. The smoothness takes over from there.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Overall: Glass appearance-color as expected. Nose is roasty, with maybe a little
vanilla present. Taste follows suit, with a glimpse--at best--of malt and
said vanilla, that moves onto roasty lingering bitterness. Decent and creamy
mouthfeel. The usual outcome for me wrt many in this style; I liked/appreciated
the depth and range of the smoky-bitter flavors, but the omission of sweetness rains
on the parade. Would not revisit.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9-3-15. 10 oz. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with less than 1 finger khaki head. Dissipates to rings of bubbles around the edges. Totally opaque; can't really say what kind of carbonation. Lacing was a little bit of a let-down; not much.

Smell: Prominent roasty character. Some sweet malty/sugary chocolate character, but really more roast-driven on the smell. Toasted oats. Cheerios-like. I really don't think that's my imagination. Coffee with cream actually does describe this. Not the way a milk stout has an actual milky/creamy smell, but more like a mild robusta-type coffee.

Taste: Fairly dry, roasty arrival. Mild sweetness across mid-palate, but very, very mild- this is a roast driven animal. On the finish, roast bitterness, hop bitterness, and a lingering grain note that I found in Rheingeist Panda and this, which I have to assume is the taste of the oats coming through.

Mouthfeel: Definitely creamy and mouth-filling, but it somehow remains light in impression, relative to other non-nitro stouts I've had. Heavier side of mid-bodied. Clearly heavier than Left Hand's milk stout nitro. The fairly active carbonation increases the sensation of weight on the mouth. Mild slickness on the finish. Quite drinkable.

Overall: I have heard some say that this is a sweeter take on the oatmeal stout. While that may be the case, it is not a sweet beer at all, and not sweet compared to the milk stouts and RIS's I have had. All told, it appears to be a very drinkable, malt and roast-driven stout. This is the rare stout that I think would pair with food. While I respect it for what it is, this is not my cup of beer.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau Stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a thick firm head.

Lots of rich roasted astringent malt on the nose. Very stout like with little to no hops.

Almost a milky sweetness balanced by the roasted astringent malts.

Very good drinking stout.

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Photo of BillErickson
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Very bard brown, almost black, Very thin cream colored head that dissipates quickly and leaves a little lacing.

Smell - Roasted is the word I would use to describe this scent. Also, I smell coffee.

Taste - Again, coffee as well as Oatmeal (of course) and... raisin. It's a tad on the sweet side but I do find the taste enjoyable.

Feel - I find this to have a bit more carbonation than needed, and a bit on the thin side. My review of the feel sounds more negative than what it really is - the mouth feel is above average, and pleasant.

Overall - this is a good stout. It's nothing that's out of this world, but I would be happy to have this again.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a thinnish creamy head of tan foam that refreshes with each tip. Opaque. Nose is roasty malt and the impression of coffee and cream. Taste is smooth and graceful yet hearty with the flavor of oats. Flavor from oats you say? Yes in this beer they are a bit nutty. Creamy mouthfeel that is a bit fuller than you think with just enough hop bitter to finish it dry. Hops smell like a stemmy mild herbal as the beer warms. Slight oily slickness . Silky smooth gentle flavor .

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A real pleasure to drink if you like this style. It has a nice roast profile and a very smooth mouth feel (from the oats obviously). Things I like about it - smooth mouth feel, great roast flavor, local brewery, fresh beer with date, decent price.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New Holland ,The Poet brewed by New Holland Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.20% This brew pours out deep brown color, with a small off white head. This brew has the look of coffee, in it's pint glass. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing, I really like the look of this brew. The smell of The Poet is rich rosted grains and malts. There is also a nice sweetness to the smell of this brew, and a hit of hops. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up a good amount of rosted grains and malts, also there also a nice smooth, sweetness to this brew. This brew dose have the taste of oats, it is really hard to explain. This is ne of the smooher Stout brews I have had. There is a lot going on in The Poet, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The poet has a real nice even blance to it. The aftertaste is clean and smooth as well. The mouthfeel of the poet is Rich, Bold, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving New Holland The Poet a , 4.5 out of 5. New Holland Brewing Company, did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into snifter. The color is mahogany-black with a thin, milk-colored head and lacing. The primary smells are chocolate, oatmeal, malt, and raisin. The taste features burnt coffee, chocolate, oatmeal, and raisin. It finishes surprisingly bitter for an oatmeal stout. For a stout, this is rather thin but its low ABV makes it very easy to drink. Overall, it's a pleasant oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Has a light aroma of oatmeal. Flavor is a little dry. A little roasty but I would prefer the flavor amped up a bit. Overall this is solid but nothing great.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Price Paid : $1.49

Dark chocolate brown-black body, 2 finger beige head in my snifter. 100% opaque.

Smell is of roasted and lightly burnt malts, cookie, coffee, and milk/lactose. Light raisin in there as well.

Flavor is very good! Oatmeal raisin cookie, lightly burnt malts, and a touch of fig. Only negative here is a slight cloy of out-of-place lactose sweetness - but it's faint. Most Oatmeal stouts have this.

Feel is Medium to thick, a mild to moderate carbonation, and a smooth finish.

I'll be picking more of these up.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice black with ruby edges, pretty. The aroma has notes of toffee and plumb. The flavor is a bit of a let down with how bitter the aftertaste is. This was a random pick I probably won't do again.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark burgundy body, clear, fizzy tan head that leaves a thin ring. Toasty malt, faint chocolate and pine hops on the nose. Flavor is hard to pinpoint, but toasted malt is there, and subtle hop mint/bitterness give it a twang of tang. As it warms blackberry and milk chocolate come out. Body is thin with lots of prickly carbonation. Crisp, but why is my *stout* crisp? Very disappointing for the style.
I wasn't into this. Cursory amounts of traditional stout flavors, thin body, and confusing palate. Moving on.

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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 brandongoblue24
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful deep brown with a solid two finger creamy head, which receded to a film after a few minutes. Positively fantastic aroma, with lots of heavy roasted/toasted malts backed up with plenty of coffee and a bit of chocolate. The taste follows the nose - heavy, rich, and dark; the darker malts certainly take precedence here, but are backed up by those same coffee and chocolate notes, with a bit of vanilla tossed in. Despite this, it's not overly sweet - there's enough of a crispness to avoid too much of a sticky-molasses feeling. The carbonation helps as well.

All in all, a well balanced, well crafted stout. This will certainly enter regular rotation in the fridge.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Poet pours to a very brief-lived thin tan head that leaves sparse lacing, perched atop a medium-black beer with orange highlights. Its aroma is moderate in intensity: a nice blend of molasses and milk chocolate with more subdued plum and cassis notes, and nary a hint of alcohol. It plays nice on the palate as well; up front is a modest, slightly-sweet blend of milk chocolate and dark fruit. By mid-palate, the malt character has broadened to include some nice molasses and toffee accompaniment, and a slightly roasted bitterness. The finish is fairly clean, with just a bit of molasses-like maltiness remaining, followed shortly by the onset of a moderately bitter roasted oatmeal-chocolateyness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish for the medium-full body- quite satisfying when paired with the warming, very sticky, extra-creamy texture. The fizzy carbonation manifests as a reasonable pepperiness. This is a great choice for a lower-ABV stout.(12 oz bottle, 58 days after pkg)

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Photo of CEGentry007
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brown in color. Pours with a creamy tan 2 finger head.
S: smells fantastic. Getting a lot of malt upfront with hints of chocolate and coffee.
T: almost exactly how it smells. Getting malt upfront, coffee taste comes in on the middle and a hint of chocolate at the end. Nice smooth finish.
M: heavy all the way through but it's perfect for a stout

Overall this is a fantastic stout. Definitely recommend for stout lovers. This is a good go-to stout.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth oatmeal stout enjoyed from a tulip. Pours black as night with a generous, fluffy mocha head that recedes to a thin ring. Spotty lacing. Roasted notes and sweet chocolate. Full feeling.

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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,433 ratings.
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