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RATINGS: 1064   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Found this one bottled in Belvidere, Illinois. Opaque, dark red pour with a tan, filmy head. Sweet, malty nose with notes of plum and chocolate. Fantastic flavor, milky mouthfeel with an amazing finish of roasted almonds, bitter coffee and caramel. Strong, but very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2008
This was the surprise of the night for me -- VERY well brewed! This one inspires me to seek out New Holland more thoroughly.

Appearance: Black, black, black. Imposing in the glass.

Aroma: Oatmeal, for sure. Sweet and malty with a fine balance between the two.

Taste: Nice! Chocolate predominates, with a nice slight-hop presence. I take another sip. And another...

Palate: Smooth and spritzy, just the way I like it.

Overall: This is an excellent stout! Bravo, good friends at New Holland. Here’s one to revisit time and again. I’d love this with vanilla ice cream, or scallops for that matter. Or with my favorite movie.

Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freekyp (1908) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2010
UPDATED: APR 19, 2015 Rich and fully bodied with a huge tan head. Mild roasted coffee is the dominant flavor with cocoa powder and burnt toast. Long sweet finish well tempered by a slight rise in hop bitterness towards the end. Comes across as very mellow. A sessionable full bodied stout?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkSachon (904) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Fount the bottle sitting idle on the shelf in an out of the way bar/restaurant in Baden, PA and snatched it up for under two dollars. What a find --- nearly perfect and no complaints.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Coachw (1) - - JAN 7, 2012 does not count
A friend brought me about 20 different beers to sample from the northern mid west. From the moment I opened this beer, I knew I had found one that I would have to have more. It’s dark color gives the impression of a heavy beer but this stout has a smooth texture and a robust aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (4342) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Oh yeah. If a stout and a porter had a love child, it would be this. Hints of coffee and, to a lesser extent, chocolate come through, but it has the smoothness of a stout. Great beer. I’d like to have several more of these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Pours dark brown with a creamy head. Thick, smooth mouth feel, lingering sweetness and toasted malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tyunker1 (26) - Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Good stuff, but Oatmeal Stouts usually are. Not as smooth as others, but that might be in the bottle. I have had smoother and creamier, but still very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 One of my first big loves and still is to this day. Pours a dark roast coffee color with a nice slowly rise light creamed mocha colored head. A fresh coffee aroma mixed with a heavy chocolate nuttiness. The flavors are fantastic that blend perfectly. A huge chocolate base with a smooth coffee flavor. A tad of vanilla swirled in. Very roasty in such a good way. A nice balance of a variety of nutty flavors. The mouthfeel is great. Very creamy and smooth. Mix all this with its just barely peaking over 5% abv and you have a big favorite of mine. Definitely my favorite from the brewery by a longshot. Available year round and almost everywhere. This will be a long time favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brentv (646) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Poured from the bottle a deep brown/black with a beautiful tan head. Not much aroma, but a bit of chocolate and raisins. Malty and rich, balanced with distant hops. This beer has a silky mouthfeel. A delight to drink.

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