Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Holland The Poet

Seems like it's been a while since I reviewed a regular stout and this one comes from in Michigan. We can't get anything from New Holland here in New York (not that I'm aware of, that is) but I've heard good things about them. The Poet is a classic oatmeal stout, nothing imperial about this one. I drank it after dinner as a dessert. Thanks again to Dan for the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (642) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2011
I received a 12oz bottle from "The Endosymbiosis" from Michigan in a trade. I poured it into an English nonic glass.

Appearance: Opaque black body with a dark tan, frothy/creamy head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Typical oatmeal stout with sweet dairy notes of heavy cream, chocolate milk and slightly roasted malt aroma in the background.

Taste: The Poet has the palate of almost every solid oatmeal stout I’ve ever had. It begins with a slightly sweet dairy-like flavor, imparts a little bitterness through the middle and finishes with a kick of roasted malts. It doesn’t really take any chances with the oatmeal stout style, which is fine. I do wish the back end would’ve accentuated the malts more, though. There is only slight flavor of coffee and dark chocolate. The initial sweet dairy flavor, especially of chocolate milk and coffee creamer are so prevalent they carry the entire palate. Sweet and satisfying to be sure, but nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as you’d expect - tepid and soft with a faint dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: The best reason to drink this beer might actually be the ease with which is goes down. The mild, sweet palate and soft, velvety mouthfeel make for an extremely smooth finish. There is definitely a slight toasted taste and sensation that lingers, but it is easily tolerable and quenched by the next sip. The 5.2% ABV body is commendable for its genuine flavor and sessionability.

Overall, The Poet is no masterpiece but it is tasty and highly drinkable - which is what makes for a good beer.

Grade: 8/10

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