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

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Photo of tito42
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to a tulip glass. Bottled 11/27/2012.

A: Dark, slightly cloudy, mostly opaque. Mahogany and slight purple hues when held to the light. Very nice cocoa tinted head.

S: Dark roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal, and chocolate with notes of plum and tulips.

T: Bitter roasted coffee, malt, plum, semi-sweet chocolate.

M: Medium bodied, very very smooth. Has body without being chunky, just a touch oily perhaps. Very pleasant feel.

O: A solid oatmeal stout. Just a touch too bitter on the palate for my tastes, but there is nice complexity in the taste and especially the aroma. Well crafted beer.

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

Simple, drinkable, bright, roasty, creamy, hoppy Oatmeal Stout

A: Very dark black body, revealing itself as clear ruby only when held to a light. Head is tight, two fingers, medium khaki, lacing, and somewhat persistent.

S: Roasty malt, dry cocoa, brown sugar, with an earthy, zesty hop edge.

T: Very immediately clean and friendly flavor... earthy, zesty hops greet you up front, followed by sweet dark fruit, roasty coffee and cocoa and lingering hop acids bring up the rear. Finish is a bit on the short side. Simple but not too simple, and extremely drinkable.

M: Very creamy and fine textured, with a fantastic weight for only 5.2%. Carbonation is pretty high.

O: A more drinkable Oatmeal Stout would be hard to find.

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Photo of YankChef
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a neuvo sam adams funky pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black with some light getting through on the initial pour to reveal an amberish red hue. Strong coffee and chocolate as well as oats! on the nose. Fluffy iced coffee colored head that is retained very well in the SA glass

Taste: More of the same on the palatte, hop bitterness is obviously present but certainly not overwhelming just enough to bring balance to the beverage. Somewhat heavy on the palate but is welcomed in this case

Overall: A damn fine beer and a good go to oatmeal stout that is much less expensive than SS, certainly could see this making it into my fridge fairly often...

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Photo of Vierenner
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a rubust, persistent head. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt with plenty of chocolate to go with it. Flavor is a smokey cofee though, with the malt and chocolate also lending some flavor. Not as strong as I'd hoped for, good but not great.

Mouthfeel is like the flavour, a bit of a let down, not thick enough for a stout while the drinkability is decent but not spectacular as well.

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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 jtingue
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

Appearance. Perfect stout pour. Deeb dark brown with almost no light penetration, except for the very edges. Just enough to let you see its gorgeous color. Pours with a good 3 fingers of cappuccino brown head. THis slowly dissipates, leaving a ton of lacing on the glass, to a half a finger which is retained well.

Smell. Not a ton to talk about. Lots of roasted barley with a good amount of chocolate. A little bit of yeasty esters, but nothing big.

Taste. Lots of coffee like bitterness up front, with some almost fruity sweetness. A bitter chocolate follows this which is again accompanied by some roasted barley. Still persistent, though, is that underlying fruitiness that is hard to explain given all of the big roasty, earthy, and chocolate flavors in the beer. The finish is quite dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel. Nice medium to heavy body with a low but appropriate amount of carbonation. Really quite a perfect, almost creamy, mouthfeel.

Seems to drink more like an irish stout, but looks and feels more like an oatmeal stout. So much complexity with that nagging tart fruit note that seems to be present throughout.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark dark brown. thin light brown head which fades out.

chocolate and roasted malts on the nose. no off odors.

a little roasty bitterness with a nice chocolate aftertaste. good balance.

pretty smooth. low carbonation. mid to full body. good beer. i could drink this again and again . . . .

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Photo of tkelley
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into my brand new mushroom shaped stout glass.

A - beautiful tan head on top of a dark brown body. Nice highlights too, like a rich coffee.

N - rich malty goodness with chocolate roast quality. Yum. Smells smooth.

T - really tasty. Roasted malt character with chocolate and coffee. Caramel/toffee notes as well.

M - smooth texture with nice fine carbonation.

O - I liked this a lot. Good offering. Cheers!

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Very black, with light red tinges around the glass. Head was not big, but was somewhat creamy from what was there. Head was tan and had some rockiness to it. Legs were present, even at 5.2%. Lacing was nice! Looks like a good stout with little head.

S- Massive chocolate! Lactic sugar as well. The oatmeal, grainy, pale malty scent is there as well. I notice a bitterness, but not of hops here. Maybe earthy? Coffee notes as well with smoke and a light sour note.

T- The smokiness is very prevalent. This beer is very malty. Pale malts is what I get. Chocolate is unmistakable. Very roasted. Coffee is borderline an espresso style taste. Maybe even plums or raisins can be detected as well. I do notice a good amount of bitterness towards the finish. You get the lactic sugar and a little sour at the end. It is a bit dry.

M- Medium to full on the medium side. It's still pretty easy going for a stout. But on par for a sweeter kind of stout.

Overall, this stout is very good! The Poet is not as grainy as some oatmeal stouts I've had in the past. It's got the right amount of smokiness that makes it enjoyable. And the drinkabilty is great. I'd say this is a fine example of an oatmeal stout.

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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 mariposafan
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very, very dark. Brown, but it's sometimes hard to tell. A small beige head lingers some after a hard pour but fades pretty quickly.

The aroma is sweet and malty but with chocolate/coffee edge. Some fruitiness from hops is also apparent but it's not overpowering.

The flavor is sweet, something of toffee sweetness, with a lot of bitter coffee and some chocolate. The bitterness lingers, not painfully but persistently. The flavor is a little weak and watery - just a little but it detracts.

Thin. Much thinner than I was expecting. Nice carbonation but it's not up to the task of adding creaminess to something this light on the viscosity.

Overall it's OK. A little more punch and viscosity matched with a little less lingering bitterness, though, would have made it much nicer.

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Photo of crashoveride
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer as part of a sampler in a 5oz. glass. The pour was a deep dark black with a thin tan head. The smells were of a malty chocolate and coffee. The taste was sweet like coffee and chocolate and even some slight fruity flavor, berries perhaps. The drinkablilty was good for a dark stout and left a pleasant coffee/caramel aftertaste. Definately a great beer to try, plus it has a cool label !

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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 maddamish
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle. Picked this up at the local Acme.

This is one of those stouts that you appreciate more and more as you drink it. Yes there is the customary chocolate/coffee notes in this stout but what this sets stout apart from the rest is the absence of bitterness.

Yes folks, this is a stout for those who don't like stouts. I could drink a lot of these in one setting and not tire of it. Not only is it friendly to the palate but it is not watery at all either. It is no Storm King when it comes to thickness but neither is it watered down.

You simply must try this stout if you are a fan of the style.

Nuff said!

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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 cottonkoozie
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, almost pitch black but not quite, some light can make it through. Ok head, and some retention, but with a stout I expect a much better head, retention and lacing.

S - Good smell, smells like coffee mostly. Nice roasty smell, and soem chocolate smell.

T The chocolate really comes out in the taste. really good taste, like coffee with semi-sweet chocolate in it. Also has a very nice creaminess. Very smooth drinking and only a touch of bitterness which balances the beer nicely.

M - Very creamy and smooth, very good stout mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable, especially for a stout. The low bitterness really promotes the drinkability on this one.

Very good stout, the first oatmeal stout I have tried. Great smooth feel and taste, and an amazing overall flavor. Very good and leaves me looking forward to trying more of this style.

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Photo of dismal
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Poured black with red/ruby highlights when held up to the light. A very light tan head, about one finger upon pouring then quickly fades away to almost nothing. Leaves little to pretty much no lacing. Smell was mainly some roasted smells, a bit of coffee hidden as well. I could also get some chocolate out of it. Taste was roasted all upfront followed by coffee. There was more coffee in the aftertaste or at leas that's when it became more apparent. Maybe a hint of chocolate too. Pretty creamy and smooth, goes down very good. Not a high ABV so this is one I could do many of in one sitting. Overall I think New Holland did a great job on this one. One of the better Oatmeal Stouts I've had in a while, I'd like to pick it up again for sure.

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Photo of citizencane
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

looks pith black but without much head. Smells delicious with hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is similar with more emphasis on chocolate and hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thin yet definitely has a carbonated kick...not bad but not outstanding for an oatmeal stout. Overall, this is very tasty and if I find it offered on draft again I will probably get it. If the mouthfeel were better and the flavor a bit closer to the aroma, this would move into the 'exceptional' realm.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours as close to black as possible with just a slight ray of light coming through. Nice beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - Good blend of roasted malts, coffee and dark bread.

T - Roasted malts, hop bitterness, coffee, and some burnt elements, goes down easy.

M - Medium bodied mouthfeel with some nice chew from the oatmeal.

D - This is a pretty solid stout, nothing extreme just well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.86/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured mine into the beer glass that looks like a wine glass.

Pours dark like a dark coffee or chocolate.
No foam head to speak of, very thin line that clings to the edge of the glass at its top.

Smells of dark roasted chocolate and oats.

Light to moderate chocolate taste slight bitterness, maybe hops, hard for me to tell, the taste of that roastedy chocolate is a bit strong, but not too strong on it's own, but drowns out other flavors.

Feels nice though, sorta creamy soft carbonation, smooth.

Overall, not a stout person but some have surprised me, and this one isn't doing it for me. It's all subjectiv e and this isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in my Victory Willie Becher pint glass.

A: Black with scarlet highlights and a tawny foamy head exhibiting slick sheets of lacing.

S: A rousing aroma filled with raw chocolate malt, cola and an earthy spiciness like dried oregano all blended with rolled oats. There is also a hint of something that's not quite anise, maybe ginger? Also musty leather?

M: Light and silky on the tongue, creamy and smooth but with a somewhat harsh finish.

T: Higher level of bitterness than I'm used to seeing in an oatmeal stout. This beer has pleasing mix of dark chocolate and fleeting notes of roasted coffee all wrapped up in an ever-so-smooth sheet of oat. Personally I'd like the earthy bitterness backed off a bit to showcase the malt a little more, but it works as is.

D: The weight and texture of this beer makes it go down a little faster than is typical for a stout. Enjoyable and quaffable.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black as old motor oil, with no light getting through the glass. Thin-to-no tan head... No lacing whatsoever. Would pass for a good cup of coffee.

S - Sweet scents of dark chocolate, with faint hints of coffee beans and raisins. It's very thin around the nose, but uplifting nonetheless.

T - Roasted malts and coffee character are much more pronounced, forming a solid backbone. Oatmeal and milk throw in an assist, and rise in prevalence when it warms. Makes for a nice, understated stout.

M - Slick on the palate, the body reminds me of milk. Sparkling carbonation with a clean, pleasant finish. Excellent!

O - Certainly one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had. Sweetened a good deal as it warmed, making it better as it went along. Not sure if this would be in my regular lineup, but I wouldn't say no to it.

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Photo of abents
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brownish black nice smooth light tan head that laces well. Smells overwhelmingly of coffee and chocolate. Nice roasted malty nose as well. Tastes of roasted malt and coffee with a chocolate finish that smooths very well. Very creamy feel to it. Kinda light for a stout, but not at all lacking in flavor. Very smooth drinking stout, one of the first from New Holland that I've been impressed with so far. Very well done.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice deep almost black color, with a slight scarlet hue, and a nice 1 finger of creamy off white chocolaty head. Little to no lacing, typical for the style.

S- Light chocolate, and roasted malt, mild coffee, toasted toffee and light caramel notes.

T- Nice roasted, dark chocolates, with light coffee notes, mild caramel is also present, with a nice creamy body, very nice clean bitterness to finish, nicely balanced.

M- Smooth medium body, with an ample amount of carbonation to deliver flavors. Clean velvety texture from the oats is nice.

D- Great drinkable oatmeal stout, very good representation of the style, good depth of flavor, well presented, for sure a good go to stout.

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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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New Holland The Poet from New Holland Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,421 ratings.
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