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 angrybabboon
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 9/3/11

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark brown with a nice tan head - retains a nice little cap, leaves average lacing

Smell: Chocolate and burnt, roasted malts - a lot of chocolate malts - burnt coffee and coffee grounds, with a touch of semisweet chocolate and vanilla

Taste: Lots of chocolate, in multiple senses of the word - milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and burnt chocolate malts - roasted, with roasted coffee - a nice level of burnt bitterness - very dry, but there is some sweetness

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, medium to full body - dry, and roasty

Overall: Really good, probably even better with age

This stout is well-rounded and good in every way. It's not particularly mind-blowing, but it's solid. I have another one of these that I plan on opening in a few years. Regardless, it was good fresh.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

A - pitch black with a slight dark-ish head

S - sweet malts, slightly hopped, toasted oats

T - a blend of oats and grains that leaves a slightly bitter taste in my mouth, slight hints of chocolate and coffee

M - a little heavy, the alcohol makes my cheeks pucker so it's a slow drinking beer

O - not bad for the price ($9.99 a growler), would like to pick up a bottle and let it age a few years so some of the flavors gain a bit more definition, plus from the looks of the picture uploaded here for it the artwork looks cool.

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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 BeerdedEric
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my snifter.

Pitch black body, dark brown creamy head that fades into a ring around the glass. Nice creamy lacing.

Big time roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, caramel, molasses, brown sugar and some bitter smelling hops.

Chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits, roasted coffee, slight alcohol and a dry bitterness with a smokey flavor at the end.

Thick body but silky smooth. It leaves the lips very sticky. Light but noticeable carbonation - exactly how a stout should feel. Slight alcohol burn while going down and leaves with a dry bitter feeling.

Well, it says best before November but no year. I suppose it was last year, since it's now January and I saw this bottle sit on the shelf for quite a while at the store. It's an Imperial Stout so I'm sure the alcohol preserved it somewhat. I'm sure this brew is incredible fresh but the tastes seem complex but not as pronounce as it could be. Don't get me wrong, it is quite tasty but this stout has the potential of being insanely delicious if I got to it when it was fresh. I will have to keep an eye out for a brand new batch.

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Photo of Ungertaker
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A- deep black with a two-finger khaki/tan head that turns to a ring sound the glass after a few sips. A sticky, foamy lacing is left behind.

S- faint hints of dark chocolate and coffee accompany a strong pine scent.

T- bitter, piney hops; roasted coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla at the finish.

M- medium to thick with about as much carbonation as a stout can handle.

O- if I hadn't known beforehand, I never would have guessed that this was 10% ABV. The hop presence and carbonation do a good job of masking the burn. The hops were a little heavy for what I was wanting, but it would have been bland without them.

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Photo of brystmar
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Vylo
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Turbodog666
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of verdict603
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bkny27
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BierBliss
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of afrokaze
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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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McNeill's Dark Angel Imperial Stout from McNeill's Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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