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McNeills Dark Angel Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwood04 (3978) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Half pint at the brewery. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, light bitterness and dough. Flavor the same with sort of off flavors at the end. Average texture. Not the best beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AdamJackson (2652) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2014
1 finger head. Pitch black. Nose is super chocolatey. Whoa. Insanely sweet, very sugary. I get chocolate cola and candy corn

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Cask and draught at the brewery, February and March 2014
Listed as bourbon barrel Imperial Stout. Not actually sure if this is their old Imperial Stout recipe aged in bourbon (or with bourbon oak chips, whichever they’re doing), or if this is just a brand new recipe. Man was their Imperial Stout good...and this is certainly no slouch, though it’s sweeter this time around, partly due to the bourbony-oak butter and richness but also in part due to more chocolatey sweet flavors. Yes, it’s no extra dry, heavily roasted, cigars and prunes delight, but it’s still respectably well-attenuated and lacks any tacky hop resins. Actually quite low on hops in genral; just some light juicy citrus notes and a bit of acidity for balance. Chewy, supple palate. Good restraint on the barrel character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8491) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle. I need the label for this one. If anyone has one, please let me know. Pours dark brown/ black with brown head. Nose and taste of roast chocolate, coffee, light tobacco and earthy chocolate. Medium body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonmac (336) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2014 Tap poured at Muddy Pig. Deep, dark black color expected of a stout. Great roasted malt at the forefront without being bitter. Smells sweet and that taste runs throughout. Really good beer. Let’s just call this the Jessica Alba of beers. (yes, an Alba TV series reference)

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
curepute (139) - New York, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle aged for 2 and a half years. Black with slight tan lacing. Nose is vanilla, toasted coffee, raisins. Taste is vanilla, coffee, leather, raisins, then opens up to a little brown sugar sweetness. Not a big finish but you get a mellow combo of earthy hops and coffee. Aging it mellowed out the sweetness and beefed up the nose.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asedzie (607) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours very dark brown almost black. Lots of carbonation upon opening, nose is very nice - some floral hops and roasty notes, earth and light vanilla-like aroma. Flavor is well-balanced between deep dark malts, mildly creamy, and soft hop bitterness along with slightly hot alcohol notes and backed by mildly resinous hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Dark brown coloured body with a touch of a ruby glow at the very bottom an d a nice, two centimetre tall oily topped brown head. Aroma of alcohol, pit fruits, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, figs, earth, vanilla, a touch of oak and a little scotch. Medium-bodied; Assertive roasted malt flavour up front with a lot of vanilla and oak right behind. Aftertaste shows tons of sweetness, some anise and licorice flavours, a earthy and deeply roasted finish and a good warmth from this, since the body isn’t felt immediately. Overall, a nice relatively subdued imperial stout that is quite a bit thinner than beers usually in this style, but finishes well and refined and shows no harsh flavours at all - although, that might be partially due to the age (on purpose). I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 22-April-2012 for US$5.95 sampled at home in Washington on 16-November-2013, aged personally for a bit more than 18 months.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
egg (81) - USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bomber on 8/17/13. Pours dark black with a finger of off white/tan head that lasts. Aroma is burnt sugar, dried fruit. Taste is very very sweet, sour, dried fruit with sugar, some molasses but mostly fruit. Quite tart. A little more carbonation than I would have expected from an imp stout. Tart after taste. Overall not what I expected at all. Very fruity, very not to style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3013) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

8/06/2011: McNeill’s Dark Angel Stout... Aroma: Molasses, a touch of meaty smoke; mineral-like. Appearance: Very dark brown color; thin beige crown. Flavor: Drinks like a Foreign Stout; thin molasses malt; quite minerally with some leafy hoppiness in the middle; moderately dry overall; some alcohol venting throughout the finish. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth and silky; maybe a bit thin for style. Overall: Pretty decent, but maybe not quite what I was hoping for in a stout (at this point in time).

1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle shared by jcwr. Thanks John! Rating #116 for this beer.


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