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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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Reviews: 76
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SFLpunk on 07-24-2010

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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 122
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stout poured out nice and dark in color. Not much light is able to pass through this brew. The head was thick and tan in color. The smell of the beer had plenty of roasted malt aromas and some hints of chocolate and coffee in the mix. The taste was much like the nose but I felt like the flavors could have been a little stronger. The mouthfeel was a little thin for this one I thought, I was a little bummed that it was a thicker brew. Overall the beer is decent, I would drink it again.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

O - This is really good. It was the highlight of the tasting.

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is almost black in color with a tan head. A lot of roasted malt and coffee aromas to this with a slight metallic note and maybe even a bit of oxidation. Some nice chocolate aromas are still present, however. Dark chocolate and roasted malt give a mild bitterness, as does some coffee flavor. A hint of char on the finish with some molasses type sweetness throughout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams sensory pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle!

The final beer of the night, this one accompanied some Apples to Apples. It pours a bleak black-brown topped by a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, roasted malts, caramel, light oak, and even lighter vanilla. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, oak, bitter dark chocolate, dark greens, and molasses. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice stout, though a bit too heavy on the bitterness in the taste. I was also hoping for some more of the maple barrel character, but I don't think that particular shortcoming hurt it too much.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid head that settles into tight, rocky dome. Near black color where no light shines through.

Chalky, chocolate malt aroma. There's enough alcohol to show up in the smell.

Dark chocolate taste with a decent level of hop providing a double dose of bitterness. Burnt malt flavors give this brew a coffee with cream flavor. Thin body for the style, but the low carbonation gives it a thickness it doesn't necessarily deserve. The aftertaste reminds me of unsweetened cocoa.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Nate for picking this up in Vermont. Served in a Heady Topper glass.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind spotty lace. The body is black with a glint of brown at the fringes.

S - Smell is a little off. Rubbery and burnt, with some fruity and medicinal notes. Otherwise it has black malt, dark bread, and some obvious booze.

T - Taste is better, but a little bit bland. Lots of cocoa, dark fruits, and a bitter espresso finish. It's a slightly above average stout.

M - Overcarbonated, but otherwise smooth in texture. Medium-bodied, with some obvious alcohol in the finish.

D - This was alright. The smell was a little weird, but otherwise it was a fairly inoffensive stout. Not sure why you'd bother with this one considering the better options available in Vermont.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Als of Hampden, served in a nonic. This brew appears black in color with some clarity around the edges. The dark tan head initially forms less than a finger strong and quickly recedes to a thin film across the top. Some spotty lace is left clinging to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is quite roasty with a dark scent of chocolate malt that leans towards some dark fruity esters and a tiny indication of coffee. The dark roasted grain quality is the leading factor and overall is not that bold of a nose.

The taste of this brew includes all the characteristics included in the nose. A strong roasted grain flavor upfront that imparts a moderate amount of bitterness that also includes notes of chocolate and dark skinned fruits.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Quite smooth in the feel. This brew was excessively drinkable for 10%. Honestly, this brew went down way too easy and is probably the most notable and memorable aspect. I would have this again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice roasted, black malt scent along with a killer hop nose. It's quite bitter and enticing. The taste is good. It has an aggressive bitterness up front followed by a damn fine malt flavor. It's roasted with plenty of patent and special roast malts. The hop taste compliments the overall flavor; very fresh. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer wit adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. The hops and malts meld nicely with one another. Lots of roasted character and hop content.

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Photo of Gavage
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a dark brown 1/4" head that falls apart immediately.

Smell: dark chocolate, coffee, a hint of vanilla, and a bit of alcohol are detectable by the nose.

Taste: roasted flavors abound here, with some earthiness. Licorice, dark chocolate, some burnt bitter coffee, and a bit of hop presence rounds it out. Alcohol is slightly warming here too.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout. Long dry aftertaste as the roasted flavors and alcohol linger in the mouth.

Overall: slow sipping imperial stout that is decent but not mind-blowing. The licorice tones got a bit stronger as the beer warmed.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at the brewery from a cask and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, cloudy, brown-to-black coloring with a thin, foamy, dense, light brown colored head. Aromas of booze, old world fruit sweetness, and earthy tones. Smooth bodied and creamy with a deep, dark, roasty and sweet backbone. Toffee and date make up a majority of the profile, with highlights of licorice and molasses. Very smooth, with a chocolate kiss to the aftertaste. Smooth, rich, creamy finish. Very tasty.

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Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove. Thanks!
Black. A big fluffy tan cap appeared during the pour and took forever to settle. Lots of clumpy lacing. Nice aroma. Toffee and chocolate, mild roast, lots of malt, with a subtle pine and citrus hop presence. Smooth texture, some creaminess and full body, but the carbonation was a little on the high side and got in the way of drinkability. Lots of dark malts in the flavour, along with some astringency from them -- roast and cocoa, malted milk, chocolate, caramel. Bitterness was sturdy, but not pronounced, letting a bit of grassy and herbal hop flavour through. Alcohol was evident, but well tamed -- more of a warming effect with modest flavour rather than any hotness. Quite enjoyable. If the carbonation were lower, it would improve the entire experience.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: black opaque 1” rocky foam head, excellent lacing
S: Dark malt, a little sour fruit, alcohol, hints of espresso and chocolate.
T: Coffee at the start that intensifies into an espresso coffee bean bitter in the end. Lingering dark burnt malt after tastes blend in with hop bitterness.
F: Thick luscious body with medium low carbonation creates a fine soft body almost like nitro beer.
O: Luscious carbonated iced espresso character.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color with a thick brown head into my glass. Well-done for the style.

Aroma is full of roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate. It is somewhat "hot" as well.

Taste is full of creamy, roasted coffee upfront with decent notes of chocolate in the middle. The heat doesn't seem to carry over into the taste.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering coffee/chocolate notes and just a dash of creaminess.

A decent example of the style. It probably should be aged a bit though but otherwise, you can drink it fresh.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.39/5  rDev -37.6%
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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Photo of claspada
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
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...

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Photo of jrallen34
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Nate for this buzzed beer, drank from a perfect pint glass... The beer is a light black, still showing some signs of brown. A light tan head with ok retention and lacing, nothing special... The aroma is decent, dark fruits, molasses, alcohol, a hint of chili pepper... The taste is just not good, way over carbonated, too much alcohol, dark fruits, and more chili, maybe on the way to being bad... A few sips of this enough, can't recommend it.

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