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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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116 Ratings
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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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Photo of Elfastball7

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-05-2012 04:27:04 | More by Elfastball7
Photo of Vylo

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a deep black with tan head, as to be expected.

Smell is nothing spectacular, but pleasant, earthy.

Taste, crisp and oaty. Delicious.

Mouthfeel was well balanced. Good but not overbearing carbonation.

Overall a terrific stout after trying a long line of dissappointing ones. Glad I picked this up.

01-05-2012 00:14:55 | More by Vylo
Photo of Turbodog666


5/5  rDev +31.6%

01-03-2012 23:02:18 | More by Turbodog666
Photo of smithmd4

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-31-2011 07:36:49 | More by smithmd4
Photo of verdict603

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-27-2011 05:16:31 | More by verdict603
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Served in a standard pint at the pub in Brattleboro. Pours an inky black with a dense, two-inch, khaki-colored head embedded with tiny pinpricks that eventually settles into a solid, one inch cap. Thick, creamy, concentric bands of lacing are revealed and exhibit excellent adhesion. Nose expresses roast, molasses, burnt sugar and citrus notes. Taste follows nose with the addition of an ashy quality and a bit of a piny hops presence. Mouthfeel is medium-light in consistency with a creamy/oily texture and a slight acidity; however, no residual bite. Overall, I have to say that I prefer the draft version to the cask - not sure why; however, there's just a bit too much of a hops presence for my general preference.

12-25-2011 22:51:42 | More by Jwale73
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

12-10-2011 17:54:19 | More by bkny27
Photo of BierBliss

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-21-2011 22:25:13 | More by BierBliss
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-21-2011 18:11:07 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Bilco


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-18-2011 11:35:54 | More by Bilco
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-18-2011 03:00:50 | More by nmann08
Photo of afrokaze


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

11-14-2011 17:36:12 | More by afrokaze
Photo of DavoleBomb


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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New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured a really dark color with a nice foamy dark brown head, from a 22 oz bomber.
Head dissipates very slowly to a thin film, good head retention.
Aroma is sweet molasses with milk chocolate. Not very complex on the nose, predominantly sweet.
Taste upfront is sweet with an almost full body and a lasting bitterness in the finish. Not the most robust of stouts, however, the alcohol is hidden very well. Easy to drink even with 10% ABV.
Overall, a good stout, but not the best. Definitely worth a try, especially considering it is sold at a very reasonable price.

10-17-2011 00:39:44 | More by CaptDavyJones
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.45/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

10-04-2011 01:04:47 | More by donkeyrunner
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New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured into 16 oz snifter. Very black, with a nice half inch of mocha head. Minimal lacing, expect more out of my stouts. Smell is on the weaker side. Some chocolate, coffee, and liquorice. Taste is same, but kind of simple for my taste. Mouth feel is o.k, with enough carbonation. O.k Imperial Stout.

09-28-2011 01:47:22 | More by SawDog505
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3.05/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

09-05-2011 18:50:22 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Knapp85


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

09-02-2011 04:46:07 | More by Knapp85
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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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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

08-23-2011 15:01:14 | More by Gavage
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

08-13-2011 23:14:03 | More by DrJay
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

Had the opportunity of having it served both on tap and from a 22oz bomber (of which I'm enjoying as I write this review) into a small, sample glass. To that end, consistency is there as both presentations smell, look and taste alike.

A-Pours oil black (10 on the Bortle Dark-Sky scale) with excellent lacing courtesy of the 10% ABV. The sample at the pub had a much more pronounced, toffee colored head. Almost no head coming from the bottle.

S-Sweet dominates over roasted maltiness. Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, hints of coffee and even a bit of grassiness are present. A nice, complex nose that is prominent even when poured directly from the 'fridge.

T-The caramel/chocolate is prominent and the coffee really reveals itself through sinus cavities. Finishes a bit dry along with a bit of hop presence. Simply awesome.

M-This is where I feel this beer really excels. For a stout, the mild carbonation provides the basis for a smooth, silky experience that I think defines the style.

O-Simply put, go get some (if you can find it) and experience a very-well-done RIS. I need to get me a 2nd bottle!

07-25-2011 14:53:51 | More by threeviews
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

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!

07-07-2011 23:01:24 | More by cratez
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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
Photo of Durge


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Another nice brew at McNeill’s in Brattleboro this Imperial Stout shows a pitch black color with a fair tan color and good lacing. The aroma brings sweet molasses and a slightly citrusy malt. Solid but somewhat subtle. The flavor makes a pretty powerful statement with chewy charcoal and sweet malt. It’s perfectly balanced with a bit of a dry finish. It’s very lightly carbonated with a medium body that goes down smoothly. There’s just a nuance of chalkiness. It’s a high quality brew, very satisfying for the style, and easily recommendable. Nothing complex but spot on to meet expectations. Beautiful.

06-06-2011 18:13:26 | More by Durge
McNeill's Dark Angel Imperial Stout from McNeill's Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.