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

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

Brewed by:
McNeill's Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 76
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 cjacobsen
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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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 Herky21
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Kelp
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of biglite351
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am re-reviewing this as there is a rather large difference in the two bottles that I had.

New review from June 2012:

A - Dark as night with a tall creamy brown head

S - Very mild, hops, malt and dark chocolate

T - Hops, cocoa, malts and dark fruit

M - Thick with a good coating, tingle all over tongue

O - Too hoppy for my taste

Original review from 1/8/2011 (3.6 rating):
A - 4.5 - no light even around the edges. Tight light tan head.

S - 3.0 - malts and chocolate, something almost leaf like. Hops in the finish, that seem to linger.

T - 3.5 - both milk and dark chocolate, malts and oak. Hops in the finish but not as much as in the scent.

M - 4.0 - good coating with mild tingle all over the mouth. Some alcohol burn in throat.

D - 4.0 - I could have a few of these.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Rshersnow
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of woosterbill
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Bomber from 2011, poured into a Duvel tulip.

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.

O: This did not age well, but something tells me it wouldn't have been terribly great fresh either.


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Photo of AgentZero
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of silentjay
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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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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Photo of patrick802
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of SaxmanRick
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a fluted glass, color is nice dark brown to black, with a nice tan head that sits 1-2 inches thick at first then dissipates and clings.

Smell is mild roast and caramel sweetness, light ester.

Taste is malt sweet with roast and chocolate followed by bitterness, lightly earth hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is very cloying, flavors sit strongly on the tongue and the abv is noticeable in the ester strength.

Overall, an average imperial stout, too sweet, though one of the mcneills that turned out decent.

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Photo of Dope
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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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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 cratez
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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!

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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 bkny27
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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