"The Poet"

     I saw this single 12oz bottle sitting on a shelf of other single bottles of brew meant for mixing your own six-pack. The label was very Edgar Allen Poe. Being a fan of Oatmeal Stouts and creepiness in general I had to make this part of my mixed six. I had had a couple brews from New Holland before, including their Pumpkin Ale “Ichabod”. “The Poet” Pours a dark brown or black (The color may depend on the lighting in the room or establishment of which you are enjoying the beer. I saw brown!). The head was tan and started out an inch or so high but reduced down to a thin line that did last to the bottom of my stout glass. The aromatics were impressive, roasted malt, a touch of smoke and chocolate. The taste was of dark bitter chocolate and coffee, and then a smooth transition to a sweet oat and caramel finish. There was a delicate lacing provided by the surviving thin head and the mouthfeel was very full and creamy. The 5.5% abv was well placed in the background. As I finished this beer I looked down to the cap that was bent in half from my eager hands prying it off the bottle and it simply said “Like” on the inside. I thought that was peculiar and then I remembered I was dealing with “The Poet” and that one word can be as beautiful as a thousand words grouped together in Iambic Pentameter! I did “Like” this beer very much, I think it is an excellent example of an oatmeal stout. It was dark, bitter and sweet. I can only imagine that Poe himself would drink this beer. But alas, Poe is “Never More“. Here’s to Good Beers!

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