gws57 (1276) - 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. joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2008
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The Poet pours chestnut brown with mahogany highlights when directly backlit. A one finger beige head appeared on the pour an dsettled to a respectable cap. Leaves some patchy lacing here and there. Looks good.
Smell is much different than I expected. There’s a lot of hazelnut, so much so I’m reminded of Rogue’s Hazelnut Nectar (which I like by the way). There’s some roasted maltiness in the distance with some mild coffee grounds but for the most part hazelnut dominates.
Now this tastes a lot more like an oatmeal stout than the nose led me to believe. Roasted maltiness is in perfect harmony with a wave of freshly brewed coffee. There’s still a touch of the hazelnut but seems to stay in the background and compliment instead of dominate.
The mouthfeel is just what you want from a stout and without a doubt the oatmeal plays a role. Silky smooth and slick with a body on the heavier side of medium.
I could easily sit down and drink a few of these in a session. The moderate body and silkiness helps without a doubt.
The Poet turned out to be a pretty solid stout from New Holland. I would pick this up again when in the mood for an oatmeal stout. Unique for the style.
1/13/07 NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2008
The aroma was fruity and roasty when first poured. Chocolate and coffee came forth with a dark roasty note of espresso and some acidity from the dark grains. Some grassy hop aromas lurked in the background as did a smidge of caramel. The beer poured into the glass black with a ruby highlight and a beige head which retreated quickly to just barely manage to lace the glass. The flavor was nicely achieved with a moderate level of roasty espresso coffee and dark chocolate and a caramel presence which kept everything from going bone dry. The bittering was crisp and lightly grassy and the beer had a nice fruity aspect. The finish was dry with lasting chocolate and roast into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and the carbonation on the low side, yet the beer was creamy and smooth on the palate. A very nice stout, good job! 12 ounce bottle. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma of roastiness, espresso, chocolate, and some notes of plum. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit with a creamy mouthfeel. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a inky dark brown color with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted grain, toffee, and coffee. Good amount of oatmeal notes in here as well. Chocolate notes in the finish. Average mouthfeel and palate. I enjoyed this beer.
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Pours a dark cola to chocolate brown. Considerable transparency is evident when backlit. A small, foamy, light tan colored head settles quickly to a thin layer. Large swaths of sheet like lacing coat the glass well. The aroma is roasty, with light baker’s chocolate, coffee, and toasted barley. Surprisingly, a heavy dose of resinous pine and green, grassy hops come through on a deep inhale. The flavor confirms this green, hoppy component, as it does with the bittersweet, dry, roasty malt components. The mouthfeel is on the light side, especially for the style, with a fizzy carbonation tickling the tongue and lingering for a good while. Finishes medium-long, with almost an IPA-like, grassy finish. Not at all what I was expecting, but pretty drinkable. Sort of resembles a poor man’s Stone 11th more than a sweet stout. jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Draught at Maproom. Black with thin tan head. Nice stout, pretty robust flavors for an oatmeal stout. Very nice. jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2008
one of my top 5 everyday beers. almost purple-black, chocolatey in the nose and the mouth. areamy and smooth. Zrut (8) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2008 does not count
Awesome stout. Great taste with an amazing aftertaste. Finishes strong but smooth. Amazing bouquet also.
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Not a bad stout! Nice and sweet with a fine coffee taste. The smell though is outrageous! I could smell this all day! The bottle caught my eye and Im so glad I got the last sixer!