1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

McNeill's Humperdink Black Beer - McNeill's Brewery

Not Rated.
McNeill's Humperdink Black BeerMcNeill's Humperdink Black Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
-
no score

8 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 8
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scottum on 10-28-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by eclectic:
Photo of eclectic
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Deep brown with a decent head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin lacing.. Rich roasted malt dominates the flavor with a nice balance of bitter hops. I detect a hint of chocolate and slight sourness that adds to the overall drinkability of this brew. Full bodied and very drinkable, would definitely pick this up again.

eclectic, Aug 15, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (shared by Lubière): Poured a pitch-black color beer with small off-white had with minimal retention. Aroma of roasted malt with some caramel. Taste is also dominated by sweet and slightly roasted caramel malt with a very subtle bitter finish. Body is a bit thin and generally lacks a bit of character.

Phyl21ca, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of Rastacouere
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very very dark brown hue, almost no head, just an off-white ring. Aroma is nutty, extremely roasted, closing to charcoal even, chocolatey and plain bold, almost dirty bold. It doesn't appear too complex to me and such heavy roastiness sure as hell would hide any potential defaults. Flavor hints at coffee and dark chocolate, but it's really mostly about a rich roastiness which, paired with the slightly overcarbonated thin-medium body, leaves me a bit indifferent.

Rastacouere, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22ozer from Waterbury Beverage, Waterbury, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a toffee-shaded 1/2" head over a black brew with a slightly reddish tinge. Laces nicely, even though (as seems to be the rule with McNeill's 22s) the head has faded down to a small layer of foam. Dark malt aroma dominates the nose, as expected. Flavor is as well as expected, with heavy dark malts in the forefront, but the overall experience seems a bit weak in the mouthfeel. Taste has a bit of a sour aftertaste, which really does not detract, just needed to note it. The somewhat slender mouthfeel allows for good drinkability, and the nice taste backs that thought up. It's no Sprecher's Bavarian Black, but this is certainly an enjoyable quaff.

ppoitras, May 19, 2004
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

allie's new favorite

ruddy brown chestnut with minimal clarity.. in spots, at times.. here and there i get some light glimmers. dark enough in the center though to hide the unattractively bland visual aspect of most mcn beers. thin, swirly whirlpool on the top surrounded by a ring, no lacing. nose of banana skins, molasses, and chewy malt earthiness. faint hint of vegetal hop oil.

taste is a perfect mix of creamy caramel-heavy fruit malt and aggressively bitter english hops. excellent lager with some yeasty spice in the finish (whats new.. certainly not spicy yeast from mcneills). full bodied AND drinkable.

goodbyeohio, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of scottum
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours aa black black with a short dark tan head. Taste is quite yummy. Hops flavors are very much in the front with quite a bit of roasty malt goodness for balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and to the point. Easy drinking. This is yet another fine McNeill's brew.

scottum, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of lpayette
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with some ruby-colored highlights at the sides of the glass. Minimal head, further diminishing to a very thin ring. Despite a lack of a head on its light-medium body, carbonation is in abundance. It's a humperdink alright. Maybe a bit overzealous with the carbonation, but it gives it some character.

Moving on to smell- I found some lemon rind-like smells seemingly common in several of McNeill's' brews, probably from a certain strain of yeast that they use. I wouldn't call this the most prevalent smell, but it sticks out like a sore thumb so to speak amongst the other smells of maltiness and nuts.

Tastes mostly of dark malts (not much of a surprise given the style) there are hints of nuttiness and coffee-like flavors dabbled throughout. I found some instances of tartiness (again the yeast) at various times as well. Other than that I found this really easy to drink, and a pretty good beer overall.

lpayette, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour with visible ruby highlights and a thick but short-lived brownish head.

Aroma is very roasty with dark malt, old leather, a hint of chocolate and coffee, and a sweet nuttiness.

Flavor closely follows the nose with dark roasty malts on the forefront with suggestions of nutty chocolate, dry cracked leather, and a hint of something slightly tart. Not bad but no show-stopper either. I must admit I've only had a few schwarzbiers so I don't have much of a base for comparison.

Body is barely above light with a slick mouthfeel and average drinkability.

AlexJ, Dec 12, 2005
McNeill's Humperdink Black Beer from McNeill's Brewery
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.