When I wrote this beer review awhile back it happened to be the same night that there was the “Full Wolf Moon“. I thought it fitting that I reviewed “The Poet“. A 5.2% ABV oatmeal stout by the New Holland Brewing Company! Why is it fitting? Well, on the label of New Holland’s The Poet, there is a full moon. Dig?
I’ve heard some good things about this oatmeal stout, and I’m hoping to compare it to the bottles of Founders Breakfast Stout and River Horse Oatmeal Stout that I’ve enjoyed recently. Maybe it will become another favorite of mine!
The Poet looks just about black in the glass, and creates a decently sized cream-colored foamy head. Held up to a bright light to see what the heck is going on in there, some bits of brown light escape which is interesting as most of the really dark beers I’ve had lately are red.
The smell is surprisingly mild to me. I thought there would be a stronger malt, chocolate or caramel aromas, but no. Really all I was able to pick up was some faint malts, coffee and oatmeal. Its good, but much more mild than I had expected.
Taste was also surprisingly mild to me, but considering the moderate aroma, I guess it shouldn’t have been a such surprise! The Poet is, from a macro perspective, very middle-of-the-road tasting. Its mild in every way with no flavors that really stand out. The best I can describe it is a mild malty flavor, and like the smell you’ll find oatmeal, and chocolate with perhaps some faint pings of coffee and licorice. A good combination, but it just seemed too weak to me.
I found the mouthfeel to be on the thin side, and there was very low carbonation which did make for a nice smooth drinking beer, but it just seemed a bit watery for a stout. I wasn’t digging this beer at all really.
I will note that while I had this beer a little warm (about 15 minutes out of the fridge and in my glass) it would probably be advisable to let this one warm up a little more as the flavor improved a bit as I took my time to sip. Still, it didn’t really impress me.
Overall, this particular bottle of oatmeal stout was not impressive. The smell and the taste seem like the ‘right stuff’ but with the flavor knob turned down to a 2 instead of turned up to an 8 or so. The body of The Poet was also a big turn-off. Too thin. Way to thin for my liking. (I like chunky poets)
So, what about you? Have you tried The Poet Oatmeal Stout from New Holland Brewing? How was it? Should I try it again or move on?