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 gregshead
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 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 threeviews
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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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 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 Durge
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Viscous black color under e rich, creamy, two-finger head of brown foam which retains well and leaves bits of patchy lace on the walls of my glass. Light cannot penetrate this brew.

S: Robust, smoky malts give off a whiff of tobacco, roasted meat, vanilla and dirt. Spicy, herbal hop aromas linger beneath the roasted malt sweetness.

T: Rich, deep-roasted and bittersweet malts built an almost impregnable wall against the bitter, biting spicy and herbal hops which attempt to balance the brew. Hot alcohol and licorice flavors battle through to the smoky, near-peat malt flavor, super bittersweet roasted coffee finish. Really complex and quite nice.

M: Rich, full-bodied mouthfeel with a lingering bitter hop resin to match the sticky, silky sweetness of this RIS.

O: A nice companion with our grilled sausage and cured bacon brunch with eggs, Dark Angel is a nice beer brunch replacement for a cup of coffee. Very rich, complex and heady at 10% ABV, it achieves that rare balance between hot hops and alcohol and the rich, malty sweetness we crave that few big beers can. A very nice imperial stout and one of my fav McNeill's brews.

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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 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 Urbancaver
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown. A nice reddish tint with a decent amount of off-white head. smells roasty and pretty sweet. A dry roasty malt profile. Sme nice dark chocolate on the tongue. A bit too sweet for me but a nice dry finish, Overall pretty solid but nothing special.

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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 NEhophead
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle, served in a goblet.

Deep brown in color; slightly opaque. Slightly creamy, coffee-colored head that fades to a nearly intact sheet after a moment. Traces of thin lacing.

Bitter chocolate and roasted malt aromas; deep, earthen espresso notes. The pine hop aroma really comes through amidst the dark roasted malts.

Really deep, chewy roasted malt flavors with an intense nut-flavored and espresso dryness; hints of smoke. As in the aroma, the pine flavors are aggressive and unrelenting at mid-sip. The hop flavors make for a very dry finish with notes of bitter chocolate, espresso, and roasted nuts in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; chewy and very dry. The texture is very similar to an export stout rather than a syrupy imperial stout.

Not my type of imperial stout; flavor-wise or texturally. The bittered, roasted malt flavors are just a bit much for the palate. I wonder if by putting this one down for a year, the somewhat rough flavors would mellow a bit.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown into a pint glass with a very interesting chunky mocha gray head that sticks to the glass.

Nose of light chocolate and light roasted malts - some piney hops.

A sip is sweet milk chocolate and a subdued roasted malt at very light carbonation and medium to lighter body. Reminded me of an iced coffee. More of the roasted dryness at the end, slight alcohol warmth - overall the 10% is pretty well disguised by the sweetness.

This beer has some nice aspects but the flavor isn't hitting me at any interesting angles - sweet and much too thinly bodied for me, still very drinkable. Not upset with this one but wouldn't search out. Solid price for a 22oz IS.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slid milk chocolate brown, a big mocha head sits prominent. The rocky head leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Smooth roasted dark malt with a toffee sweetness. Piney haps peak through. Smell is good but a tad light.

T- Roasted malts that finish with a slight burnt tone. A nice coffee bitterness. Some alc burn. Hops add some notes but dark malts mostly dominate. Seems a bit raw.

M- Medium body for this type of stout. Good. A very light ting from the roasted/ burnt malt.

O- A good IS. Worth trying. Might shape up with some age.

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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 Vdubb86
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter

Thanks to Spleeb for this random stout

This finished off the night, so take that for what it's worth. This beer pours a nice darkness topped by an ecru foam, which wasn't long lasting. The smell of this beer was a decent malt bill, with some nice maple wood and a touch of roast in the background. The taste was really rather plain, in my opinion. Not that it tasted bad, but it was weak on all of the flavors. It had a roasted malt character to it, but I really more than anything got pale malt in the taste. The flavor weren't really all that exciting, they weren't bad. The mouthfeel was a touch acidic for my liking, but overall the viscosity was really pretty good. Overall there was no getting over my lack of enthusiasm for the lacking taste. I was hoping for better, though this beer was still good.

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Photo of devilben02
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours as pretty as any run-of-the-mill imperial stout, with a dark opaque brown color capped by a very thin, creamy head. The aroma is a bit weak, with only a very faint dark roasted malt character and a bit of dark fruitiness. The flavor is much less nuanced, with a predominant, nice smokiness contrasted against some medium-roast coffee and a little licorice. Lightly carbonated and quite dry, this one is a pleasant departure from the thick motor-oil-like viscosity of many big stouts. Overall, this beer isn't as big and powerful as many well-regarded imperial stouts, but the comparatively mild flavors and interesting flavor profile make it a nice change-of-pace within the style.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the awesome extra Robtobfest!

Pours out a vicious black color with three fingers of light brown head into a snifter. A decent amount of lacing.

Smell is a big floral hop nose. Very hoppy for a stout, not much malt comes through in the nose.

Taste is big hop bitterness up front, blending to a dry coffee and roast flavor with a decent amount of chocolate substance. Bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is slightly less than moderate and dry with moderate to high carbonation.

Nicely drinkable for a big bitter dry imp stout. Well made beer and pretty unique.

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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 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 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 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 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 kzoobrew
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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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