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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 youíll agree: The Poet is truly a rich, creamy brew of epic proportions.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Bottle. Deep chestnut colored with ruby hues. Tan head lingers for a short while and fades nearly completely out. Standard roasted malt aromas, nothing really jumps out and grabs my attention. Flavor seems to run the same direction. Fair, a safe bet, but not inspiring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehinge (268) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 6, 2005
Pours black with a large off white head. Lacing is good. Aroma is reminiscent of grass. Mouthfeel is medium....not real heavy. Taste has a heavy hint of coffee and just a little bitter in the end. I donít taste the chocolate that New Holland touts. This is just so-so.....I wouldnít write home about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
popephred (249) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Poured from the bottle. Very small, quickly diminishing head of tan foam. Dark brown body. A dusky aroma of molasses and roasted coffee greeted my senses upon first sniff. This stout was of medium sweetness and was fairly unassuming otherwise. As is typical with this style there were strong roasted notes with a developing chocolately sweetness. I cheated myself on this brew by not allowing it to warm slightly before sampling it. Allowing this stout to warm slightly gives it a chance to fully develop itís flavor. The aftertaste is akin to the feeling your tongue gets after drinking 8 espressos, not that thatís a bad thing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (3961) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Pours very dark with a deep crimson hue when held to the light; it also has a good sized sudsy tan head. The aroma has vanilla, cream, roasted malt and acidic berry flavors. The taste starts with the roasted malt, sharp berries and light cream. the finish is more bitter and shows some lactic acid. An okay stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Black with no head. More chocolate than coffee flavor. Roasted malts with just a bit of a bitter finish. A bit thin. A nice complex easy to drink stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2012 Bottle from Samís, Durham. Nice to have this brewer in NC now. This is a fine session stout, with a nice looking dark body - opaque, modest carbonation, minimal head - and a pleasing aroma. Sorta standard in most ways, the malts and mild roast youíd expect from the style. But just because it doesnít exactly announce itself doesnít mean it sucks. In fact, the smooth palate and moderate flavors make it pretty enjoyable; itís not a meal. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2008
Dark brown-black pour with a minimal light tan head. Aroma is sweetish malt with a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel is rather thin for a stout. Flavor is roasted malt with a hint of chocolate and a lightly smoky finish. Sweet, but not too sweet. Clean feeling finish that seems to come mostly from carbonation. Good flavor, but not enough of it - kind of weak tasting for a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2008
bottle. blackpour with thick forthy tan head. sweet aroma, mollasses, oats, sour malts, cinammon, floral. body is a bit thin. although sugars are not intense the flavor is a bit harsh. coffee, bitter, mild chocolate and oats through finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2008
This one pours dark, dark brown out of the glass but settles to black in the glass. The head is small and tan and leaves a small cap with a little bit of lacing. The smell is burnt malts and coffee with a bit of oatmeal and chocolate. The taste is a little bitter with the burnt coffee and bitter chocolate. There’s a little bit more sweetness than in the aroma with some sweet malts and tad bit of nuttiness. The mouthfeel is medium, maybe a little thin for the style, with low carbonation. This is a decent stout but one that probably needs a little more body to be great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2008
From bottle. Light coffee aroma with mild dark chocolate, carbonic gaseousness, licorice and some lactic sweetness. Twizzlers and some molasses. Dark brown-black clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium carbonation and carbonic acidity. Starts with a bit of chocolate and coffee, burnt sugar and molasses sweetness. Licorice. A tad smoky. Pretty good bittering in the finish, leaving you with a nutty-bitter-chocolate taste.

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