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RATINGS: 1066   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Pours dark with a thin tan head, aroma of chocolate, and coffee. Smooth beer, great finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Pours with a head that shows some decent malt and hops were used.aroma of melted belgian chocolate.Expresso/ coffee chocolate taste with a dash of fuggles.Finishes dry and watery.Not real sweet for this style.More hops and malt please.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, 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 (10645) - 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 (3635) - Cincinnati, 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 (3215) - 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 (6376) - 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 (9872) - 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.

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