RATINGS: 1079   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 youll agree: The Poet is truly a rich, creamy brew of epic proportions.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Twelve ounce bottle pours an opaque dark brown body with a small khaki head. Aroma of milk chocolate, oatmeal, and a hint of roast coffee. Very nice mouthfeel with smooth but grainy oats on a full medium body. Taste follows the aroma, with milk chocolate and oats dominant. Fruity hops and roasty bitterness add a nice complexity. Lots of oats in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Dark brown glaze with dark amber edges. Delicate topping of sandy brown spongy foam sits about a finger high. Slips to a good skim thats always present and the lacing is super thin and boney fingered in fine strings and some spots. Aroma is lightly present of cocoa, burnt oaty sweetness, and some dry leafy hops. A bit of strange peppery heat lays within the alcoholic hints. Taste is pretty full with a good amount of heavy roasted malts, coffee ascents, partial oaty sweetness, burnt offerings of the baked goods variety, some dry chocolate rounds off the end as bitterness from roast and hops makes a good stand at the finish. Strong finish on this one. Quite complex and lasting with all sorts of roast, chocolate, and dryness ensuing for good length. The oaty girth is pretty solid as it warms and is quite nice at that point. Feel is just about medium with a smooth but fevered pitch of heft and carbonation bite. Nice tone to it and stays solid throughout without much empty areas to it. Grand stand finish with lots of complexing action in the roasty stuff. Once this warms up it becomes unholy good and very nice to drink. Lenghty broad flavors and plenty of oaty goodness. Just as any Oaty stout should have. Solid offering by New Holland. Very glad to see it here in MN now!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (4731) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Dark body, tan head. Smooth taste of roasted coffee-chocolate malt with slight bitter background hops. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holtguy (175) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2012 Pours black, with brownish head. Nice aroma with sweetness, oats, some chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt with hints of chocolate and slight bitterness. Smooth. Excellent oatmeal stout. This is the best of the New Holland portfolio, IMO

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep black body with thin head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted coffee. Flavor is bittersweet, some chocolate and a flavor of old burnt coffee. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Pours nice deep dark in color but the tan head dissapeers quickly. has the coffee hint and malty aromas but the mouth feel is very weak for this style has a sweet then bitter after note. not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Pours jet black with a nice tan head. Aroma is musty roasted malts, with hints of coffee. In the mouth its well carbonated and creamy. Flavor is a little weak, but still nice, with hints of coffee, chocolate and, well, sugar. Thanks to dra19 for the bottle!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4659) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Grabbed a bottle from the WBF. Pours a standard dark brew allowing some light around the edges.The head is medium, tan, and creamy. Aroma is mildly sweet, with a lot of grain, bitter chocolate, and a mild mild sweet hop towards the end. The flavor is sweet, bitter chocolate and coffee predominate, with some nutty and grainy notes in the background. Zero carbonation unless you agitate it in your mouth. Feels dead.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2007
The color was a dark chocolate/black. The head was creamy, thin, and medium biege. The aroma was espresso, roast, light hazelnut, and chocolate. The flavor was good but not what I was expecting from the aroma. The flavor was weak espresso, roast, chocolate, and light citris hops. The palate had very little carbonation. The finish was roasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
popephred (268) - 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 its flavor. The aftertaste is akin to the feeling your tongue gets after drinking 8 espressos, not that thats a bad thing...

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