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RATINGS: 1014   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
This stout is sheer beer poetry. Let it warm to about 45 F and pour it into a glass to fully experience its rich, roasty flavors and hints of coffee and chocolate. One glass and you’ll agree: The Poet is truly a rich, creamy brew of epic proportions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 3, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 <!-- p -->Stopping by the European Bakery, I grab a sack of florentines. I mingle over the oat bread, wafting the fresh baked aroma to my nostrils. A rotund Hungarian sets out a fresh tray of caramel pecan clusters. Wax falls from a candle. It’s black wax, with a heath luster. The flame glows ivory. I sit down with a bowl of filberts and a bottle of natural Root Beer. The sweet honey glow and the long draw of caramel and toast is soothing. The maid sets down a fresh vase of Carnations and it bites my tongue with dryness. Some english toffee crackles out of a baking dish and is dipped with dark chocolate. On the runaway, I think of a pearlescent creamed hazlenut butter, blended expertly with Mexican coffee and pinocillo. <!-- p -->This is a nicely clean and average stout. Not phenomenal, not detracting. Smooth, creamy, with some good oats, caramel sugars and toothy grains. Almost a perfect session stout. I enjoy the tinge of Euro hops on the backend. Quite pleasent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle... Black ale with a mid-sized, frothy, well-tanned head. Good retention. Milk chocolate and caramel aroma. Well rounded, burnt, chocolaty notes in the flavor. Medium bitter with good balance. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. Roasted, mildly burnt, lightly bitter finish. Lots of milk chocolate overall. Reminds me just a bit of Weyerbacher’s Old Heathen. Thanks go out to WBC for the bottle!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3287) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Almost black with a creamy head. Aroma is roasty and sweet chocolate. This beer is very smooth and silky (a bit watery though) with a nice soft chocolate flavor with a little bitterness on the end. New Holland is quickly becoming another of my favorite micros. 12 oz bottle, $3.50 at the Winking Lizard Tavern (Crosswoods).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
MBG 06. Black, creamy small white head. Very roasty, chocolate aroma - nice. Very milk chocolate taste, creamy. Wonderful dry finish. Tons of flavour. Really nice stuff, I loved this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2006
Draught sample at MBG 2006 Summer Festival. Looks like cola in the glass. Malty aroma with roasted notes and a bit of smoke and coffee. Thinning body. Standard sweet stout flavours - roasty to start, some chocolate and coffee, and a moderately dry finish. Not bad, but pretty unexciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2006 Draught. At 2006 Michigan Brewers’ Guild Festival. Opaque brown-black, bubbly, with an average creamy tan head. Roasty and nutty aroma, a wee hint of cola - bitter, decent, not exceptional. Taste is nutshell bitter, roast malt, some dry hops and a hint of molasses in the medium-long finish. Unmemorable body and mouthfeel, somewhat dry, bitter lightly acidic finish - I was left with the impression it’s a tad soft and watery, nice bitterness though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
Michigan Brewers Festival 2006. Black body with a small tan head (3+). Sweet mocha aroma with very mild roast. Thin, dilute roast and muted chocolate in the flavour. Average palate needs a bit more body for a stout in my mind. Pleasant but underwhelming. 7/3+/6/3/13

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
Bottle. Pours a very dark black body with a medium-sized creamy, tannish head. The aroma is quite pleasant - has chalky fruit, cocoa, and oatmeal. Sour malt flavour with mild chocolate and toffee roastiness. Good. Purchased at Bello Vino, Ann Arbor in April 2006.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2006
This was a very ho-hum stout. It reminded me of Bell’s Java Stout as far as flavor goes, but it wasn’t that strong (or interesting). The pour was dark, with a tan head. The aroma was not good at all, and thankfully the taste didn’t match the smell. The flavors were plenty of coffee with a little bit of grassiness mixed in. Not a great product in my opinion, and there are much better stouts out there at this price."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Bottle - Pours oily dark brown/black with medium light tan head. Aroma is malty with chocolate and coffee. Palate was not as heavy as it poured. Medium in body with a touch of carbonation. Upfront taste is roasted coffee with some malt present. Follow through is bitter roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate sweetness. Aftertaste brings out dark chocolate notes and more roastiness. Overall this is a pretty good stout with heavy roasted coffee. Not the best stout I’ve ever had, but definitely not the worst.

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