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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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very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SFLpunk on 07-24-2010

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Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 75
Reviews by busterthecat:
Photo of busterthecat
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slid milk chocolate brown, a big mocha head sits prominent. The rocky head leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Smooth roasted dark malt with a toffee sweetness. Piney haps peak through. Smell is good but a tad light.

T- Roasted malts that finish with a slight burnt tone. A nice coffee bitterness. Some alc burn. Hops add some notes but dark malts mostly dominate. Seems a bit raw.

M- Medium body for this type of stout. Good. A very light ting from the roasted/ burnt malt.

O- A good IS. Worth trying. Might shape up with some age.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of r0nyn
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of nkersten
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cjacobsen
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Snow day beer tasting fun
Looks awesome. Pours jet black with a latte colored head. Really good individual parts but never really comes together. This beer tastes really sweet and thin for a 10% beer. Needs some bitter malt, may have been better fresh.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gregshead
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of devilben02
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of claspada
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle in a trade with Shaggy9356, thanks Matt! This poured a dark brown on the verge of black with a two finger, soapy khaki head. The aromas consist of sweet milk chocolate and light roasted malts. It's also very creamy. The flavors are of bitter chocolate, alcohol, roast, and coffee beans. The alcohol is only present initially before dying short of the after taste. The finish is chocolaty and sweet. It drinks in between medium and full in body. It's very smooth and pleasing to the palate. I like this one. It's drinkable for the content and has nice complexity. I'm glad I was able to try it.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, sits opaque black. Thick layer of retention sits atop the beer like a snazzy chapeau and births foamy fingers of lace. My girlfriend says, "really super frothy." Lightly filtered as there was some sediment left on the bottom of my glass.

Smells big and sugary and roasty just like in IS should. If I were to play name that scent I'd guess chocolate, dark coffee grounds, sweet brown sugar and molasses and some citrus hop leaf.

Roasty with ash, char and misc. roast adjectives and dripping with dark sugar. Some hoppy bitterness in back for emphasis. Sweetens as it warms with chocolate and sticky molasses highlights. Smokey finish.

If this were released once a year and cost $20 a bottle it would be at the top of every BA list.

Photo of irs
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle from D&K Grocery in Jamaica Vt.
I don't know why they label this "imperial" stout. Its a really nice chocolately dark ale - a really good strong stout. but when you add the IMPERIAL label I think of Kate the Great (came close to having it), Plead the Fifth (not even close), Ten Fitty (every chance I get ) Stone IRS (that is what inspired my screen name). This isn't it. Just call it strong stout and I would be happy to drink lots of it if I lived local. a really nice regular stout. I'm guessing 6% ABV? doesn't taste imperial....

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy dark tan head that reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, a small thick patch, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Not as much aroma as I expected, there is a light to moderate aroma of dark roasted malts (almost burnt malts) and some lighter notes of chocolate. There is some moderate alcohol near the finish of the nose of this beer.

T: Moderate flavors of dark roasted and burnt malts with some lighter notes of bittersweet chocolate. Just a hint of licorice/anise. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness that lingers lightly.

M: Just shy of heavy bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a moderate amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Since the alcohol is not as well hidden as I would like, I found this beer not to be the easiest drinker and requires slow sipping over a while. There is a nice roastiness to the smell and the taste with decent amounts of complexity.

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy darker head fades semi slowly nice lacing essentially pitch black beer

Nose Some dark roast, light choc, coffee, crystal malts, caramel, quite a bit of vanilla, some light earthy and grassy aromatic hops, a bit of creamy oats as well.

Taste plenty of dark malts, oats, coffee, vanilla, choc, creamy, earthy hops, chewy, grassy and light spicy hops, bit of sweetness and fluffy, finishes a bit syrupy and drier, chewy spicy hops, some dark malts, vanilla and coffee lingering, hint of booze on the finish.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied with decent carb, fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall pretty good, don't think it would age well, great aromas, nice flavors and malts, barely imperial though.

Photo of AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Nate for sharing this, second time I've had it, reaction is still the same.

A - Very dark brown beer, almost black. Bit of a tan head, some moderate lace left on the side.

S - Some dark fruit, caramel, molasses, little bit of unpleasant burnt smell. Kind of boozy.

T - Not sure how this ended up on the buzz list. Not a ton going on here, and what does come through in the taste isn't particularly good. Some dark fruit, little spice, too much booze, some burnt something.

M - Medium bodied, overcarbonated.

O - Not particularly great, poor nose, taste not all that good either. Has too much carbonation, wouldn't drink this again.

Photo of sweemzander
2.39/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Produced a decent tan colored cap of foam. Good retention. Some lace.

(S)- A mild roasted component with raisin and a candied licorice characters to it.

(T)- A potent bitter roasted profile. Bits of raisin and licorice with a strange nutty/metallic flavor.

(M)- A nice mellow carbonation level. A very present roasted hoppy bitterness to it that mutes alot of the other flavors. That metallic flavor is bothersome as well. Very dry and bitter overall.

(D)- A very bitter/hoppy stout. Not a whole lot else going on, but it is what it is.

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McNeill's Dark Angel Imperial Stout from McNeill's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.