928: The Poet

Name: The Poet
Brewery: New Holland Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Holland, Michigan
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.2%
First Brewed: 1998

Tasting Notes
Big roasty nose with hints of a campfire and a bit of fruitiness evident. Sweet on the palate at first, then very creamy and roasty. Long, clean finish of black malt and hoppy bitterness.

Ricky’s Thoughts
I don’t care what this beer tastes like, I love the label! It makes me think of Edgar Allen Poe. You know, the poet. Anyway, this beer has a sweet label and based on everything I have read, has a pretty sweet and roasty flavor to it. I like it when a beer is described as “creamy”. I don’t usually like stouts, unless I am in the mood, but this one is an oatmeal stout. Should be good. The oats help to bring down the bitterness of the beer.

In the Glass: This is a very dark beer that has a pretty weak lace. The foam on the top though is something to take note of. It has a thin layer of bubbles that makes me think it will have a hint of carbonation. But I wonder since this beer is supposed to be rich and creamy.

Nose: The nose gives me hints of dark chocolate and caramel. There is a bit of smokiness to it as well. I read somewhere that it has a “campfire” sort of smell. I can see where that comes from. I almost liken this to the nose you get on a properly aged bourbon.

Flavor: There are some serious bubbles at the beginning, and then the sweetness kicks in. When you swallow the dark fruity flavors start to creep up, and you are hit with the bitter aftertaste. I wouldn’t call this beer creamy, but the entire palate gets something here. It’s smooth, sans the bubbles, and that sweetness sticks around on the back of your palate.

Mouthfeel: The bubbles are the first thing you experience, but then the beer rounds itself well as it crosses the tongue and as you swallow. I wouldn’t say it reminds me of a soda… but it’s close. But when the sweet and dark aftertaste kicks in, the roundness fades and you are left with a smokey aftertaste that makes you want to start a fire.

Aftertaste: I have hinted at the aftertaste already, but it’s smooth, sweet, and almost reminds me of a dark chocolate aftertaste. Not good chocolate, like something you get for Christmas, but just decent chocolate that you pick up at the grocery store. It’s good though, and as the aftertaste fades, it’s OK to take another sip as this beer doesn’t have a very big ABV.

I have had this beer before, but now that I am writing to appreciate these beers, I can spend more time thinking about the overall enjoyment of it. I like it. I would order it, but under the right circumstances. It’s not the best stout I have ever had, but it does do a good stout justice. If you are looking for a good stout to have in the winter (wouldn’t suggest drinking this in the summertime) give this one a try. It’s also affordable as well.

Rating: 3/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts
Tonight’s beer is one that I am already familiar with and know that I like, although it has been a while since I have had it.  It’s a very dark beer, thick and black in the glass with little head.  It has kind of a smoky taste to it.  It also has almost the smell of molasses.  Although sometimes I think I pull this stuff off the top of my head.  Ricky never seems to get quite the same smell or taste that I do, so who knows how accurate I really am in describing it.

It doesn’t smell very hoppy, and from what I remember of this beer, that’s expected.  Let’s find out what it tastes like.  This one might take me a couple of sips before I can really tell since I was just drinking a Diet Coke before this.  First drink tastes very rich, thick, and well… like a dark beer.  It doesn’t leave a lot of aftertaste.  I keep smelling it, and I’m not a huge fan of the smell.  This beer does have kind of a smoky taste to it, but it’s not overly smoky.  I also kind of like the fact that it’s not hoppy, as I’ve grown a little tired of all the hoppy IPAs lately.  I do like this beer, and I can’t really explain why.  It’s not overly flavorful.  It has that little bit of smoke taste, and not much aftertaste.  But it’s solid.  And sometimes those are the best kinds of beer to have.  This is a beer I would drink in the winter next to a raging fire.  It’s also I beer I’d love to try on tap in a bar with friends.  Definitely one I’d pick up again.

Rating: 3/5

927 bottles of beer on the wall…

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