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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
86
very good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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 cratez:
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber acquired through an in-person trade with rageagainst123. Cheers Ryan!

Dark Angel pours an opaque black with two fingers of mocha froth and a few strands of lacing on the tulip. A good-looking brew.

Smell is vanilla, roasted malts, table cream, and dark chocolate. All of these aromas come through in the taste, along with a light cherry sweetness, a fruity, tart and acidic middle, a mild cranberry sourness, and a bitter and metallic finish.

This is a surprisingly malty imperial stout, and the fruitiness is a nice touch, but I'm not digging the sour and metallic flavours. Could be past its prime, though imperial stouts usually age well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat slick, moderate carbonation, a bit thin for the style.

Overall, DA is an odd duck, with seemingly “off” tastes despite the promising nose and appearance. However, it still drinks fairly easy, and I'm glad I got to try a rare beer from Vermont. Thanks again to rageagainst123 for the hook-up!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 23:01:24 | More by cratez
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"Best before" the last day of May...doesn't state which year this. Believe this to be around 3 years old.

A: Pours black with a good sized and dense medium brown head. Good head retention and quite decent lacing given the age.

S: Pretty mellow aroma. Mild chocolate and hints of char.

T: Bitter chocolate up front. Mild burnt malts. Quite a bit of oxidation in the aftertaste, lots of dusty paper mixing with the bitter cocoa.

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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....

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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.
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McNeill's Dark Angel Imperial Stout from McNeill's Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.