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

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

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111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SFLpunk on 07-24-2010)
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Reviews by mjsheehan08:
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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

McNeils dark angel. 

Pours an almost all black thickness with a decent sized tan head. Lacing is pretty awesome around the sides of the glass. Ruby red coloring around the rim of the glass. 

Smell isnt very strong, but there is def a presence of alcohol, and some chocolate and wood.

Taste is pretty great, dark chocolate, chocolate malt, definetly some strong coffee notes roasted, barley and maybe some dark fruit. This isn't advertised as a bourbon aged stout, but it has some of those sweet notes that BA stouts have. Some vanilla and woodyness to it which adds to the mouthfeel of this beer. 

A phenomenal mouthfeel. Just the right amount of thickness with a really nice coating feeling. Seriously might have the best feel of any stout I have ever had. 

Hides the booze well and I want another one, but by the end of the bottle, I was a little buzzed. I have another bottle and would be curious to see how it ages, but I would definitely buy this anytime I saw it.   

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 22:03:44 | More by mjsheehan08
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"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.

M: Medium-heavy body and smooth.

O: Pretty simple for a 10% IS. Mild roasted malt character and an unfortunate amount oxidation. Nothing really special but nothing horrific either.

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4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
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....

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08-23-2013 02:57:25 | More by irs
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

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A: Black body, 1-inch tan head; good retention and lace for the ABV.

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruit, sherry oxidation. Pretty far downhill for a two-year-old RIS.

T: Tart cherry, dark chocolate, dessert wine, graham cracker, and astringency on the finish. Very flavorful, but not that enjoyable.

M: Medium-thick body with lots of soft, creamy carbonation. Excellent.

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A - Opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of roasty notes with toffee, burnt molasses and some pine.

T - Good roasted malt flavor, some sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee. A nice bitter/piney hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.

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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.

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3.8/5  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.
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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.

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