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McNeill's Dark Angel Imperial Stout - McNeill's Brewery

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McNeill's Dark Angel Imperial StoutMcNeill's Dark Angel Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

116 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 07-24-2010)
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Reviews by biglite351:
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -26.3%

I am re-reviewing this as there is a rather large difference in the two bottles that I had.

New review from June 2012:

A - Dark as night with a tall creamy brown head

S - Very mild, hops, malt and dark chocolate

T - Hops, cocoa, malts and dark fruit

M - Thick with a good coating, tingle all over tongue

O - Too hoppy for my taste

Original review from 1/8/2011 (3.6 rating):
A - 4.5 - no light even around the edges. Tight light tan head.

S - 3.0 - malts and chocolate, something almost leaf like. Hops in the finish, that seem to linger.

T - 3.5 - both milk and dark chocolate, malts and oak. Hops in the finish but not as much as in the scent.

M - 4.0 - good coating with mild tingle all over the mouth. Some alcohol burn in throat.

D - 4.0 - I could have a few of these.

06-07-2012 11:12:17 | More by biglite351
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%

First off,I opened this at way to cold of a temp. so I let it sit for a few minutes before pouring into my Guinness pint glass.Poured jet black with a large mocha colored head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled slowly into a creamy mass,big piney hops in the nose,(maybe the hoppiest aromas of the style I have had)along with a healthy shot of roast and earth,some bitter chocolate shows thru as well.Roasty and quite dry on the palate,its earthy and has some wood elements to it,light molasses-like sweetness finally shows thru in the finish.A real nice big stout here,its highly hopped and roasted and goes down well,thanks to my inlaws for bringin this to me from the B-lo.

11-24-2010 22:25:15 | More by oberon
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-11-2012 19:36:52 | More by acurtis
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r0nyn

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured from a growler into my DFH snifter.

Pours an inky black that settles into the glass with a nice viscosity. Completely opaque save for the edges which are a milk chocolate brown. Very thin darkish tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving some sticky, spotty lacing. Smell is slightly sweet and malty, with chocolatey undertones mingling with some hoppy notes.

The maltiness from the nose is prevalent in the taste, providing a mildly sweet undertone as the flavor shifts from chocolate to a slight bit of woody coffee rounding out with some distinct but still subdued hop bitterness. Alcohol is ephemerally there, with just a touch of booziness at the end followed by that warming sensation as it goes down. A well-balanced flavor profile, with a rather nice range of tastes providing a pleasing drinking experience. Mouthfeel is on the slightly thicker side, which is suitable for an imperial stout. Feels weighty on the tongue as you sip with a drying finish.

Drinkability is quite good. Coupled with the all-around well-done taste, the masked alcohol and the big and smooth mouthfeel, I could definitely put away a lot of this in one night. A quality imperial stout from McNeill's. I'd love to try this with some bourbon barrel-aging to really give it a unique character!

01-09-2011 04:51:50 | More by r0nyn
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nkersten

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Bottle poured into Leffe glass. Thick black viscous liquid with a 1/4" tan head that fades to a cap with a bit of foam sticking to the glass. Smell is dominated by chocolate and some alcohol, very dark roasted malt, some licorice. Taste is much roastier then the smell. Very hoppy and bitter, coffee and roasted burnt malts, charred marshmallow and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Medium thick body and a medium light fizzy carbonation. A good beer, I wish there were more imperial stouts at this price in the midwest. Definitley worth trying out.

01-03-2011 03:14:19 | More by nkersten
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Foamer but delivers the goods. Foaming even at the end of the bottle, this was highly carbonated. Roast and chocolate aroma, but even bolder taste that was a big mouthfeel ofroast and smoke, chocolate and coffee. Black body with tons of dark brown foam.Bottle from Premiere Gourmet.

05-29-2011 05:28:51 | More by Sammy
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-28-2012 03:42:54 | More by let8it8grow
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cjacobsen

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -35.5%

22 oz Bomber into a snifter

(A) Really dark, black head. Absolutely no light gets through this one. It has a really nice light brown head to it. It at least looks pretty.

(S) There's an abundance of dark fruits, licorice, coffee and some roasted malt with cocoa. As it warms up you get some hop notes.

(T) Right away and throughout the most of drink, it tastes like old coffee. It's very earthy and the bitterness is pretty significant. The hops are actually quite large and present for a stout. You get some of the roasted dark malts and some caramel in the aftertaste, but it needs time to linger in order for you to extract those.

(M) Very dry and bitter

(O) I think this is the hoppiest, most unbalanced stout I have every had.

06-20-2011 19:45:31 | More by cjacobsen
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours dark brown into a pint glass with a very interesting chunky mocha gray head that sticks to the glass.

Nose of light chocolate and light roasted malts - some piney hops.

A sip is sweet milk chocolate and a subdued roasted malt at very light carbonation and medium to lighter body. Reminded me of an iced coffee. More of the roasted dryness at the end, slight alcohol warmth - overall the 10% is pretty well disguised by the sweetness.

This beer has some nice aspects but the flavor isn't hitting me at any interesting angles - sweet and much too thinly bodied for me, still very drinkable. Not upset with this one but wouldn't search out. Solid price for a 22oz IS.

04-26-2011 00:32:38 | More by OldIronLungs
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

Sampled on April 7, 2012 while attending the Keene (NH) Beerfest. The pour is an incredibly dark black with a silky, moderate sized mocha head that settles after a few minutes. The aroma is of dark malts and sweetness. There is also a vague hop note around the edges. The body is medium. The taste is quite sweet at the beginning with a powerful, bitter finish to tie things together at the end. Alcohol is well-integrated.

04-08-2012 01:29:55 | More by puboflyons
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing that sticks around a while. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like roasted malt, dark fruit (plums), bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some licorice. I think it's a sweeter imperial stout. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with good, soft carbonation. I like this imperial stout, it's easy and enjoyable to drink. This is the first McNeill's brew I've tried, and hopefully it won't be the last.

12-08-2012 23:28:46 | More by bluejacket74
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gregshead

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Enjoyed on 8/8/11. Thanks for the who knows how manyth time to Biglobo. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a medium thickness, dark black. A small layer of light khaki colored head.

S: Sweet chocolate and bitter coffee on the nose. Also dry/roasted smells, probably the coffee.

T: Sweet notes balance the bitter coffee flavors. Aftertaste is definitely dry, maybe hoppy.

M: Great silky smooth feel. Definitely a creamy feel. Possibly more creamy than an other beer I can think of.

O: This beer really reminded me that there are the diamonds in the rough I can't exclude from my beer hunt. I would love to have another of one these to bring to a blind tasting beer event.

08-29-2011 05:09:54 | More by gregshead
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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-11-2014 19:27:20 | More by nebula1999
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Dark black, with a milk chocolate head.

Aroma is this malts with a huge finishing hoppy bite, a little chocolate and espresso.

Roasted malts and huge hop finish.If this wasn't an Impy, I'd be worried. Nice milk chocolate too.

Feel is good and upper medium. Slick and creamy. Low carbonation was good. Overall, could have been chewier.

Intriguing in the end. loads of biterness. great brew.

11-08-2010 02:51:03 | More by EgadBananas
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bkny27

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-10-2011 17:54:19 | More by bkny27
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Review adapted from notes taken 9/3/11

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with a nice tan head - retains a nice little cap, leaves average lacing

Smell: Chocolate and burnt, roasted malts - a lot of chocolate malts - burnt coffee and coffee grounds, with a touch of semisweet chocolate and vanilla

Taste: Lots of chocolate, in multiple senses of the word - milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and burnt chocolate malts - roasted, with roasted coffee - a nice level of burnt bitterness - very dry, but there is some sweetness

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, medium to full body - dry, and roasty

Overall: Really good, probably even better with age

This stout is well-rounded and good in every way. It's not particularly mind-blowing, but it's solid. I have another one of these that I plan on opening in a few years. Regardless, it was good fresh.

02-11-2012 06:54:00 | More by angrybabboon
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afrokaze

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-14-2011 17:36:12 | More by afrokaze
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev 0%

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dense tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark and roasted malts in the nose along with hints of alcohol.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted malts along with some hints of licorice and burnt malts.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a little dryness in the finish, which becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
O: The alcohol is relatively well hidden from the taste, making this beer relatively easy to drink considering its strength.

09-17-2012 02:35:17 | More by metter98
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours as pretty as any run-of-the-mill imperial stout, with a dark opaque brown color capped by a very thin, creamy head. The aroma is a bit weak, with only a very faint dark roasted malt character and a bit of dark fruitiness. The flavor is much less nuanced, with a predominant, nice smokiness contrasted against some medium-roast coffee and a little licorice. Lightly carbonated and quite dry, this one is a pleasant departure from the thick motor-oil-like viscosity of many big stouts. Overall, this beer isn't as big and powerful as many well-regarded imperial stouts, but the comparatively mild flavors and interesting flavor profile make it a nice change-of-pace within the style.

03-25-2011 17:12:16 | More by devilben02
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Noelito76

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-27-2014 15:07:53 | More by Noelito76
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fmccormi

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-09-2012 05:17:33 | More by fmccormi
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C-Dog


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-27-2012 07:18:54 | More by C-Dog
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

Appears a dense, dark, opaque black with a small tan head that slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Lots of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is roast grain, cocoa, espresso, and ripe fruit. Honeycomb and herbal hops as it warms.
Taste is of the aromas wig that signature McNeill yeast that they seem to us in all of their heavy stouts. Lots of citrus and herbal hops come through that would give Storm King a run for th money.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, yeasty, fruity, balanced towards hoppiness, and enjoyable. A new favorite of mine by McNeill's!

01-26-2011 00:35:57 | More by weeare138
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claspada

New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -32.1%

Absolutely no aroma worth mentioning. Faint roasted malts but barely. Taste is roasted, no, charted malts. Burnt, bitter molasses, smokiness which is undesirable considering the lack of body. Coca cola unpleasant finish; too dry with no body. Pass...

02-16-2011 20:42:49 | More by claspada
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of light brown, fairly dense frothy head. Retention is good and plenty of semi-regular lacing is left behind.

4.5 S: Wow, this is incredibly intense and surprisingly sweet. Overload of milk chocolate and cocoa powder, molasses, and dark caramel malts. There's some roastiness to bring a balance, but this is sweet all over. Perhaps a touch of coffee. Hops are herbal and citrusy and bring a nice complement to the brew without getting in the way by standing out. Alcohol is well hidden

3.5 T: The taste does not capture the intensity of the nose. It can only be described as having a hollow center with many peripheral flavors. All the flavors of the nose are in the taste - soft roastiness, milk chocolate, cococa powerder, molasses, dark caramel, but none of them really stick out. It's strange. Mild to moderate bitterness. Moderately smokey. Some citrus from the hops. Alcohol is for the most part well hidden. This has a pleasant taste, but it is without a focus.

4.0 M: On the lighter end of a heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Overall I found this to be quite enjoyable, but this would be a lot better if one of the flavors manned up to take the lead. Still, definitely worth a try.

11-05-2011 22:09:17 | More by DavoleBomb
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McNeill's Dark Angel Imperial Stout from McNeill's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.