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
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
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

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Beer added by: SFLpunk on 07-24-2010

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Reviews: 76 | Hads: 122
Photo of aasher
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KimR for this bottle. Cheers Kim!

Poured into Darkness Goblet. Deep black opaque body. Three finger sand colored head. A decent cap is left sitting atop through out. Heavy lacing left clinging to the sides of the glass. In terms of appearance it is hard to get much better than this.

Sweet chocolate and caramel aromas are heavy. Light roast can be noted though not very strong. Smooth cream aroma lingers through out. Not overly complex but fairly pleasant.

Sweet chocolate malt and plenty of hops are intense from the glass. Moderate amounts of roasted malt deliver a bit of astringency. The roasted astringency pairs rather well with the grassy hops. Light caramel compliments the roasted flavor. The flavors are not as well integrated as they could be, over all a fairly solid beer.

Medium bodied, smooth texture. Almost creamy though lacks the viscosity needed to make it there. Finish is long as the roasted flavors digs into the tongue.

Enjoyable beer and easy to drink. Does not quite match up with the top tiered Imperial Stouts out there but it is none too shabby. Worth checking out if you have a chance. (1,130 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Al's of Hampden, it pours a pitch black color with a dense creamy, tan head that forms to about 1/2 a finger thickness.

Fairly hoppy on the nose; more than expected w/ hints of dark roasted malt & burnt caramel. A bit of a sweet coffee aroma is best to describe it I guess.

Fairly sweet molasses up front on the tip w/ some roastiness coming through as well. The alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming for 10%. Some slight floral flavors come through as well, but disguised pretty well. The finish on the other hand is big, sweet, and slightly roasty like the bottom of a cup of coffee with sugar (not as powerfully sweet though).

Big bodied but not too thick to drink rather easily. I rather enjoyed this brew quite a lot! ABV is apparent again, but nothing too shocking.

Just a nice solid Imperial Stout. (841 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours thick and dark brown which settles to an opaque black with a huge mocha colored head that retains well and laces very, very well.

dark cacao, coffee, roasted malts, in a pretty weak aroma.

not getting the chocolate or cacao picked up in the nose very much, the dark roasted malts are there, but there is some unpleasant sourness before the hops take over nicely with pine, wood, and tobacco on the finish. possible slight contamination maybe? will revisit.

pretty full bodied and creamy with ample carbonation but a sour and tobacco-laden aftertaste that isn't very pleasant.

drinks ok, but has the backbone of what seems to be a better beer. will revisit and adjust ratings if subsequent experience warrants it. (722 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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! (577 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into an oversized snifter, resulting in the largest head I've ever seen on a stout. Bear is black and fully opaque. Head is deep tan in color with a respectable retention and copious amounts of lacing.

S: A not very pungent blend of sweet, dark malts and chocolate. There is a slight hint of roasted malt, but it is faint. A little bit of alcohol on the ass end.

T & M: Very smooth feeling in the mouth as the lightly sweet, dark fruit flavored malts cover the tongue. Malts fade to a blend of chocolate and vanilla with some coffee and oak to a lesser extent. Finishes with a mild roasted malt bitterness, some brighter hops and a slight alcoholic heat. The roasted malts linger on the tongue. Tastes as if this one has seen some oak aging of some sort, but not al lot. Full bodied, but lighter than most imperial stouts.

D: A very nice Imperial Stout showcasing a nice blend of flavors, but what I enjoyed about it the most was a the fact that it wasn't overdone. Even with this beer being a big beer, it showed some restraint, making it all the more drinkable. (1,079 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,009 characters)

Photo of mjsheehan08
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
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.    (983 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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! (1,285 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

McNeill's Dark Angel on tap at The Ginger Man, Midtown Manhattan, NYC.

Appearance: Served in a 13-ounce flute-like snifter. Perfect one-finger-deep head of a nice brown-coffee color. Very good, persistent lacing. Color of the beer is jet black, mighty opaque.

Smell: Very faint. Anise, some chocolate. Some savory/earthy tones. Alright but not spectacular.

Taste: I get a bit of oak/bourbon "aged" feeling. Wood. Some vinous, port-like qualities. Liquid chocolate, roasted malts and sugar. Pungent bitterness with a pinch of hops at the end, more pronounced as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation leans toward low, bit it is adequate. Medium body and flavor, very dry finish.

Drinkability: OK, not great. Alcohol is not evident, goes down easy. The problem is the dryness and bitterness, and the fact that this is just not a very exciting brew.

Feels to me more like a dry stout than an Imperial stout. (913 characters)

Photo of nkersten
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of almychristopher
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dark opaque color with a tan head that recedes to a ring of lace with. the aroma brings a lot of beautiful roasted malt with overtones of chocolate. the taste follows with a lot of roasted malt coffee and chocolate overtones, very tasty. the full body and adequate mouthfeel and good co2 make this a great stout. (330 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

McNeil's Dark Angel Stout has a black body and a massive brown head. The head is rocky and thick-looking, with good retention and lacing.

The aroma has a bit of piney hops, some chocolate, coffee and a lot of roasted malt.

My first sip of Dark Angel impresses me. No alcohol to speak of, not even hiding around the edges. A good variety of flavors are all superbly balanced. Roasted malts, dark bread, coffee, chocolate, milk chocolate, and a bit of resinous hop flavor.

Probably medium bodied for the style.

This is a balanced, drinkable double stout of the variety that seems to be rare now; not in-your-face, just well-done. (631 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint. Bottle indicates best by the last day of November, but no year indicated. Given the style, I wonder if this is a bottled-on date.

Grabbed a few bottles of this at the Webster, NY Hegedorn's. At $5 I figured there was very little harm in trying a new imp stout, and boy-o-boy did I get my money's worth. This is a world class stout right here.

L: In a word, awesome. Huge head with huge retention and hug globs clinging to the glass for dear life. Jet black with soy sauce thickness. Near perfection ... near.

S: Arresting-ly malt-forward. Hints at smoke and peat, fading into a crisp-hopped and bitter middle, over-taken by booze ... and plenty of it. Mealy. Good, damn good.

T: Not quite as good as it smells, but close. Starts out slowly, building from humble burnt malts to towering smoked mealy malts cut short by big hop characteristics. Fades into a lingering bittersweet.

F: A touch thinner than I'd like, but not much. Perfectly carbonated.

D: A delight, truly. At $5 for a bomber it's a race between this and Green Flash Double Stout for best bomber at $5. (1,109 characters)

Photo of MrDanno96
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a virtually pitch black with a little over a finger of tan head. The head dissipates after several minutes, leaving lots of foamy lace.

S: Lots of rich chocolate on the nose along with roasted malt. Hints of coffee, feint hops and licorice in the background. As the beer warms, some roasty coffee aromas really being to come out.

T: As with the nose, lots of chocolate notes come out in the flavor. The chocolate comes together with some roasty bitterness to balance out the finish. Bitter coffee and a hint of hops in the finish as well.

M: Full boded and a little sticky.

D: A really tasty RIS from a brewery that I apparently need to learn more about. Well done! (682 characters)

Photo of goalie33
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black color, thin layer of brown bubbles on top of the beer. Not much lacing in the glass but nice legs.
S: Espresso is the dominant smell infused with chocolate and roasted malts.
T: The smells on the nose come through in the taste. Nice chocolaty beginning. The espresso really comes through in the finish.
M: Full bodied beer that really coats the mouth.

I can't believe I'm only the 11th person to review this beer on this site. It is amazing. One of the best beers I've ever had in my favorite style. Superb. (523 characters)

Photo of nas5755
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A mocha head with nice retention and good to great lacing. The nose has a weird chalk like aroma blended into some hops, mocha and roasted malts. The taste and nose are so different on this beer. A big stout, with roasted malts leading into chocolate, bitter chocolate, then a nice piney hop bite before a dry clean finish. A nice thick creamy stout with good carbonation. A very drinkable beer one and the price is awesome at less than $5 per bottle. Something that I plan on revisiting again if only to see what happened to the nose(kinda think I have an off bottle) (568 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notched best-by date on the bottle suggests drinking this one by the end of November. Consumed on November 4, 2010. Got the bottle at Westmere Beverage in Guilderland; I think I paid $4.69 for it. . . .

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is pitch black with a 2-finger foamy tan-colored head. Left behind some lace.

S: Roasted barley, some coffee roast and a touch of charcoal, maybe burnt whole wheat toast. Chocolate milk as it warms.

T: Solid. Pretty much follows the nose: roasted barley, burnt toast and coffee grounds. Milk chocolate noted as well. Touch of hop bitterness at the finish provides balancing bitterness, but there's also a chocolate-milky sweetness there.

M: Medium in heft, perhaps a touch weightier. Slight chocolate milk-type smoothness.

D: Very solid. Buzz is felt about halfway down the glass, but I wouldn't have guessed 8.5% ABV; maybe 7% or so. Alcohol is well masked in the taste. (929 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up recently at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT for $4.79. Label notched as Best By November (no year), so I guess McNeill's doesn't recommend aging it. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

The brew forms a tall thick mocha head that builds slowly and then... stays there, perfectly calm... no movement, no bubbling or collapsing, peaceful as a Hindu cow. When held to a light bulb the brew remains completely black. After a good 5 minutes the head starts to collapse into a series of deep canyons and craters, and leaves thick foamy lace on the glass. It's certainly a good looker if nothing else.

The smell is fairly bright for the style- a light sugary sweetness, warm milk chocolate, some vanilla and caramel, and cafe au lait. A little bit of smoke, roasted malt, and resiny pine hop come out as it airs. Taste is much darker and more astringent than the smell. It starts with a really powerful bite of bitter chocolate and roasted malt that lasts straight through to the finish. There's some hop and peppery alcohol in there but it all blends almost seemlessly together. Altogether the whole thing is like a singular giant powerful dark dry note on the palate, made up of chocolate, smoke, hop, alcohol. The body is moderately thick, completely dry, with a pleasant mildly tingling carbonation. The finish is lingering chocolate/smoke/hop/pepper and has a little dry resin feel.

Pretty good stout, very dry, not too filling. I'd guess it is 7-8% ABV. (1,471 characters)

Photo of stonelis
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber. Pours a dark black with a tinge of red. Nice two finger tan head. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, roasted malt. This is one smooth and very drinkable beer. I was told it is 9.5%. This is so good I'm going to put a few away because I don't know if I can find it again!

*Update* Via Beer Mail, Ray McNeill informed me this was going to be a year round brew! Also that It's 8.5%. Cheers! (395 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (523 characters)

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