Chocolate Meltdown - Pennsylvania Brewing Company
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Reviews by IronLover:
4.09/5 rDev +7.9%
Dark brown to black in color. Poured with a thick beige foam that slowly reduce to a decent cap that left random wet lacings on the glass. Huge, sweet dark chocolate aroma up front with notes roasted malt at the back end. On the thicker side of medium bodied with rich, tangy and slightly aggressive carbonation. Sweet, rich, dark chocolate flavor up front followed by dark roasted malt into the middle. Light, tangy, hop bitterness through the middle followed by a brief note of milk chocolate near the end. Finishes with dark roasted malt flavors and earthy hop bitterness with an underlying chocolate sweetness.
02-12-2014 01:00:39 | More by IronLover
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4.23/5 rDev +11.6%
Picked up a six pack at Capone's bottle shop. Pours a typical dark brown but with an impressive enormous billowing beige head. Aroma is chocolate with caramel notes. Taste is essentially a bitter dark chocolate bar but less sweet with subtle hint of caramel. Overall, this chocolate stout blows away the Sam Smith Organic Chocolate which I found cloyingly sweet and difficult to finish and has much more flavor than Young's Double Chocolate. While it is not nearly as rich or smooth as Voodoo Cowbell it's not really fair to compare to a draft only nitro-stout. It was a very enjoyable brew and I will have no problem finishing all six.
02-02-2014 18:29:39 | More by wattoclone
3.74/5 rDev -1.3%
At the Sharp Edge Creekhouse awhile back from notes, dark black chocolate color with tawny brown highlights light mocha tan head, dwindles pretty quickly. Nose is full of syrupy sweet chocolate notes with a good amount of creamy lactose inspired fullness. Flavor wise it was straight up dusted chocolate (I guess Godiva) creamy milk chocolate/syrup notes rise and flow. The dark malts don't offer much balance just a wave of unrelenting sweet chocolate, with a mild herbal hops in the back end. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a bit of cloying sweetness most of the time, I had a rough time getting through this one definitely glad I went for a half pour. Overall Penn shouldn't be straying from their German origins, until you nail Penn Dark back to the original formula I don't care if you can churn out Velentine's chocolate infused beer.
Update Bottled version on 3/5/14
Appears pitch black in the glass, forms fine speckled tan lacing after the head dwindles down. The nose is pleasant dark roasted malts, salted caramel, milk chocolate Hershey's kisses. The dark roasts and herbal hops just slip through to the senses in the background amongst all of the dessert qualities going on. Flavor dark chocolate roasts, more salted caramel, Hershey's chocolate syrup it's overtly sweet semi bitter finish from the darker roasts malts and chocolate additions. This years seems less harsh on the palate, and dare I say more balanced. I made the cry for them to get their base German beers back to top shape before experimenting with American style dessert chocolate beers I guess they don't want to listen. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying with sweetness, residual sugars and dark roasts collide, carbonation works no real complaints. Overall, back to the basics is much needed get me some original recipe Penn Dark and I forgive all other abominations.
05-20-2011 18:04:46 | More by WVbeergeek
3.75/5 rDev -1.1%
A dry American chocolate is prominent. My Bottle from Capone’s. The aroma is terrific. Bittersweet chocolate taste. A little thin. Still a dessert beer and. Dark brown body with a little head and lace. Needs more caramel and also hops would not hurt.
04-24-2013 12:26:42 | More by Sammy
3.71/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of smoke. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, not to sweet, flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I found this to be an enjoyable beer.
07-24-2013 08:31:59 | More by tone77
3.28/5 rDev -13.5%
I had this on nitro-tap at Fatheads in Pittsburgh. Poured into an imperial pint.
Appearance: Pours a murky brown with two fingers of creamy tan head that fades and leaves a layer.
Smell: Sweet cocoa with some mild roast. There is also a hint of caramel.
Taste: Not as sweet as the smell. Dark chocolate and cocoa with some bitter roast. A bit watery.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth mild carbonation. The finish is dry.
Overall: This beer was just alright. I would have liked a more full flavor.
06-06-2011 02:31:55 | More by oline73
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
Damn this beer has a bad rep! It to me almost drank like a Imported Guinness but with less hops.
A - Pours a nice jet black, no real brown with no light shinning through and with the nitro I think I got more head than I deserved with at least two inches of it. Love how nitro pillows the head but it seemed kind of rushed with this one quickly turning to dark creamy tan head that took 5 minutes to settle down.
S - As I wait for the head to settle I took a sniff and get mild roasted malts, creamy chocolate syrup and slight cocoa powder.
T - I have a strong reason to believe most of the roast flavors in this beer was embodied in the foamy head. As soon as I get to the beer I get a mild lactic sourness with dry cocoa powder that turns to creamy thick syrup like chocolate and a mild twang of bitterness that rounds the creamy finish.
M - It did have a pretty medium body. Smooth.
Overall I can see why some would hate this beer a bit as I got half way through the glass the flavors got kind of boring and one dimensional (pretty much lost the roasted flavor) But it was very smooth and I could see they had a solid attempt at appeasing my love for a chocolate flavored beer. Pretty nice beer.
05-15-2011 23:23:01 | More by DrDemento456
4.49/5 rDev +18.5%
A - Vigorous pour into Guinness pub glass, pitch black with pillowy and massive cream colored head that leaves insane lacing around glass.
S - Smells a little chemically, almost kind of artificial, some hints of caramel and coffee, not much chocolate.
T - Delicious chocolate up front, like an ovaltine maltiness and a dark chocolate candy bar. Not too sweet, and lots of organic chocolate flavor. Swishing it pulls out some cocoa sweetness, hints of caramel, toffee and a little nuttiness. Finish is dry and dark chocolate.
M - Chewy and sticky, like a good chocolate stout.
O - Up until buying this beer, I had never heard of this brewing company, but after this beer, I'll definitely be checking them out! One of the better chocolate stouts I've had, very tasty!
02-08-2014 01:45:07 | More by undeadozzy
Chocolate Meltdown from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.