Chocolate Meltdown
Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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Stout - American
Ranked #437
Ranked #19,103
3.87 | pDev: 12.66%
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly black pour with a finger of tannish head.

S: Roast and chocolate. Big time cocoa.

T.F: Just like it smells. Very strong milk chocolate. Lighter roast and grains. Semi-sweet and 1-dimensional, but definitely delivers the cocoa. Medium to light bodied and smooth.

O: Sweet and chocolatey... comes a bit close to the chocolate soda stout but the flavor is good. A nice little dessert beer for when you want something sweet/light.

Apr 09, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a sweet surprise, definitely a choco-stout to keep an eye out for...

This was a beer I picked up while visiting PA with my wife and her family. Picked it up over the summer to have it for the holidays at the end of the year. This stout has a strong scent of chocolate backed up with an almost stronger taste of the same. The look is super dark, black actually, with a tan head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. Mouthfeel is a tad watery but still full-bodied. It"s a good beer, one I'll keep an out for next summer...

Dec 06, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tall glass. NO freshness dating.

jet black body, small but persistent coffee with cream head. small amounts of lacing throughout.

only medium roasted malt on the nose.

The bottle claims this is reminiscent of chocolate milk, but i didnt find that to be the case. the chocolate is only a minor player here. roasted malt is the big flavor here. not an unpleasant drink, but light chocolate feel makes it a basic milk stout.

slightly below medium on the mouth, a touch of lactose and the roasted malt on the finish.

Overall, a bigger chocolate kick would have made this much more enjoyable to this particular palate. as it is, this one falls a little short.

Jul 28, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one lives up to the billing. It smells like sweet milk chocolate and cocoa powder. It tastes the same. Just chocolate upon chocolate. Pretty sweet, but still drinkable. Authentic flavors. It is similar to Whoppers candy with Nesquick cocoa powder. Just a enough sugar and subtle enough roasted malts to make you think it is a milk stout, but it is just a thinner bodied dessert of an Ameican Stout.

Mar 23, 2017
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love the chocolate look on the quickly receeding head of this beer. I can smell the chocolate and vanilla notes pouring off of this brew, pretty inviting. The flavor is similar except I'm detecting some coffee notes in addition to chocolate. There is a slight bitterness to offset the sweet notes of this beer. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with slight carbonation.

Feb 19, 2017
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Jon_Hendricks from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a opaque dark brown color.

Overall: The aroma is toasty with notes of cookie dough, vanilla, cream. The flavor mimics the aroma with lots of sweet chocolate, coffee and slight roasted notes. This is an excellent stout that fits the description. Its like the triple chocolate cake/milkshake of beers.

May 16, 2016
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark brown color that is almost black. The 2 1/2" head is a medium tan color with with lots of small bubbles. The head soon recedes to a thick ring and a thin layer of foam on the surface, but leaving little foam clinging to the glass more than about 1/4" above the liquid. Sipping creades a few widely scattered specks of lacing, some of which turn to liquid and some of which slide back down to the liquid. Mid-way through the beer the ring of foam is small, there's little on the surface of the liquid and ony a few patches of foam and lacing here and there.

The aromas are dominated by the chocolate which reminds of semi-sweet chocolate brownies. In the background there seems to be a bit of roasted malt but not much in the way of hops.

The flavors are pretty much as expected from the nose and are dominated by the semi-sweet chocolate brownie flavor with only a hint of dark roast malt or bitterness in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with light, persistent carbonation. The finish really begins as the sweetness begins to fade and the chocolate becomes more like cocoa. Bitterness plays a very small part towards the end as the dryness emergers.

This would be a one a night beer for me as I don't think I'd want more than one in a row, but it seems a great beer to have again, especially as a form of dessert following a dinner with friends and while spending lots of time chatting and enjoying each other's company. The other thing about this beer is that drinking it without paring some cheese or other food should be avoided since otherwise it's would be a lot like eating a full plate of brownies by oneself. It simply works better with a bit of food to create a change of flavors once in a while. Looking forward to trying this beer out as a "dessert beer."

Apr 05, 2016
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Cnote_crafty_1 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Penn Brewery Chocolate Meltdown 5.5% ABV. 25 IBU's
Smell: From the bottle - Chocolate, cocoa, chocolate milkshake. From the glass - Milk chocolate, fudge, slight dark malts, caramel.
Look: completely black with a 2 inch tan head that disapates to a small ring around the glass. Some carbonation sits at the bottom and top fo the glass.
taste: Sweet milk chocolate, dark malts, and a slight warming sensation at the end that tastes like a chocolate liquer. It is sweet, but not too much and not too syrupy.
Feel: The moulth is thin, but about right for a smooth stout that is somewhat like an English style pub ale. It does have a creaminess to it because of the lactose sugar and maybe the caramel.
Overall: This one stands out as one of the better chocolate stouts. It has a good balance between being a chocolatey drink, but still very much a stout beer. I also have to give it high marks because it is very consistent. I have had it many times and it always stays the same. Where I have had other chocolate stouts/porters that varied depending on where I got it, or how long it had been sitting around etc.

Jan 21, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft. dark brown in color, tan colored head. nice aroma. overall, the taste is good for a chocolate stout - not too sweet, good balance. medium bodied, could be thicker.

Jun 28, 2015
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mysecretscdxx from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I give this beer a five star rating all around-it was delicious enough for me to actually create an account so I could taste this beer. It's very rich and chocolaty at first, then finishes with intense, mouth watering coffee flavors mixed with dark chocolate. Simply put, it's my favorite chocolate stout right now. I am all about this brew! (I applaud my husband for finding it, and having the sense to buy it based solely on the fact that the label looked hand placed and was a chocolate stout.)

Apr 21, 2015
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Very dark with a coarse dark tan head. Moderate carbonation - probably too much for the style. Chocolate is certainly evident but not overwhelming. I was expecting a sweet bomb; instead, it's actually rather restrained. Roasted malts, a little hops bitterness, maybe some coffee? Kind of on the light-bodied side for a stout. Odd chemical aftertaste after a few minutes. All in all, not one that I'd seek out again.

Apr 09, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penn Brewery "Chocolate Meltdown" Milk Chocolate Stout
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$1.99 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Another chocolate beer, this time a stout from Penn Brewing. It's brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts; and artificially flavored.

Let's use a question and answer format to review this one:
- So if it uses artificial flavoring, does it taste artificial? No, it actually tastes very much like bittersweet chocolate and dark fudge brownies. I find no defect in that area.
- Is it sweet? Yes, but not overly so. I'd personally think of this as more of a dessert beer, but at the same time it does actually work as a chocolatey stout... it doesn't become cloying.
- Is it roasty? It is, but that takes a back seat to the sweeter caramel and chocolate notes. However, that roastiness is part of what allows it to dry in the finish as it's not really that bitter.
- Would you drink two (or more) in a row? I would probably not, but I probably could. Some of the chocolate beers I've tasted are great at the start but then become a bit much halfway through the glass, and I don't find that here. The more I taste it, the more of the stout side comes out (probably because the roastiness is building in my mouth). At the end of the glass I'm completely satisfied. It's satiating.
- When would you drink it? I think it would make a great beer following a Thanksgiving or Xmas dinner, or almost anytime during winter as a slow, relaxing sipper. And, of course as a dessert beer. I really think that's where it would shine as it's really neither too sweet or too bitter. Plop a small scoop of soft vanilla ice cream into your glass and you've got an instant ice cream float!
- Can you cook with it? I haven't tried it, but of all of the chocolate beers I've had I'd certainly imaging that it would work.
- Overall? Unless you're against chocolate beers, or dark beers in general, I'd suggest you try it just to see. It's far from an everyday beer, but you might be surprised by it.

Mar 09, 2015
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Chocolate meltdown

A- pours jet black color with a small creamy dark tan head that reduces to leave just a ring around the edge

S- slightly charred roasted chocolate and caramel malts sweetness up front, accompanied by aromas of tootsie roll, espresso, caramel candy and nutty chocolate fudge

T- lots of sweet toffee/caramel and tootsie roll candy flavor up front, hints of charred malt kick in mid-palate before giving way to a coffee finish

M- medium viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly chewy mouthfeel and a creamy finish

O- very good and drinkable stout with plenty of chocolate, the only thing that keeps it from moving up to the next level is that the sweetness gets a bit artificial tasting at times

Mar 04, 2015
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.75

Man was this a letdown

A - thick, motor oil like syrup. Thin frothy head and corn syrup lacing.

S - from the bottle was nothing but milk chocolate, mmmm. Surprisingly, from the snifter was much more modest. Chalky less sweet cocoa mostly. Little bit of yeast also.

T - supremely disappointed. Artificial chocolate dominates followed by the audacity add about 45 ibus worth of hop presence to a "milk chocolate stout". Talk about trying to serve two masters.

M - Over-carbonated. Too fizzy, too prickly.

O - try it. I dare you

Feb 28, 2015
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- dark chocolate, almost black. opaque and no light. minimal head and tan lacing.

S- chocolate and toasted caramel malts.

F- chocolate and then toasted malts.

M- almost feels like hot chocolate with alcohol. Very tasty and the malts complement the tones nice.

O-i love this stout and its a nice winter brew. the appearance is the only down is bland

Feb 21, 2015
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Bone53 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Claddaghs

Appearance: Its dark in here, but i dont see much of a tent with my phone flashlight. Seems to look how a stout should. A finger or two of light tan head

Smell: Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate... And im not entirely sure thats a good thing in a beer. It seems overdone, but i have smelled worse chocolate beers

Taste: Upfront i get all chocolate like the aromas, but in the middle and throughout the finish roasted malts do make a slight appearance

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, especially for a stout; I actually downed the pint before i started this review. However, its very crisp and refreshing for a stout

Overall: Im honestly not even a fan of this style of beer, but for $2.50 pint night i couldn't go wrong. As a chocolate stout, its pretty decent, but this is a one a done beer for me. I could see myself getting tired of this real quick. Id rather just stick with Choklat and Samuel Smiths for now.

Feb 18, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at 50 degrees into snifter
Aroma of milk chocolate
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to no ring, no layer
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins and ends with a cloying milk chocolate sweetness; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, very soft carbonation

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

Jan 23, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

The bottle backlog continues to present beers that simply perplex me as to their origin. I am willing to bet that this one came to me from my local, in-person trader, tone77. I like Penn Brewery, but I just cannot envision myself buying a milk chocolate stout.

From the bottle: "The Tradition of Our Lagering Caves Lives On."; "Milk Chocolate Stout"; "This lush, creamy stout is brewed with caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts to create this fragrant beer reminiscent of chocolate milk."

This beer acted in quite a curious manner! I used a heavy hand to generate both a pseudo-cascade as well as two fingers of bubbling light-tan head with really lousy retention. The head became rocky and fell away to wisps in seconds! Color was a dense, deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44) allowing zero light penetration. Nose smelled like, well, like milk chocolate! Truth in advertising strikes again. Man, but this really smelled sweet. Speaking of truth in advertising, the mouthfeel was a real letdown. It was not lush or creamy, but more towards thin and watery. The taste was quite sweet, very much like milk chocolate and since that is what they were striving for, I have to give them props. For this self-avowed hophead, however, it was a definite one-and-done.

Jul 11, 2014
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chefhatt from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I poured this beer, it has a dark black color body with a small tan head. The smell has a deep chocolate and roast malt to it. The taste starts out with a roasted malt and then the chocolate comes into play. It also has a little hop to it also. This beer is a little thin but has great flavor and it gets better as it warms up.

Jun 23, 2014
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Suds from Missouri

3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep, rich colored beer. It has a dark tan head that falls a little too quickly. The aroma is intensely chocolate and grain. Sweetness, cocoa, and a little yeast. It is good, but a little one dimensional. Full in body. The taste is mostly balanced, but leaned sweet. Some flat and woody-cardboard flavors, but not bad, just distracting. Some hop bitterness in the mid taste. Abrupt finish. Good, but not outstanding.

Apr 12, 2014
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

My beer guru brought this one over to share. Outstanding appearance and smell, really enjoyed sniffing this beer. Excellent taste, enjoyed it very much. A little thin for a stout but extremely tasty. Not extremely strong so no bonus points overall for ABV, not sure about the value because I did not buy it, if not over priced I would buy again.

Apr 12, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rated side by side with 3 other Penn brews. Pours black with a small khaki head. Aroma if rich cocoa powder and chocolate sauce, some earthy coffee to this, and definite sweet lactose notes. Flavor is light chocolate sauce, a tiny bit of earthy roast, and a nice sweet lactose touch. Medium bodied, smooth, with low plus carbonation. Hey, this is a pretty darn good sweet stout.

Mar 30, 2014
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RVigz from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Just about black with a dark brown head.

Smell: Absolutely delicious and sweet chocolate smell with hints of coffee.

Taste: Similar to the smell, sweet chocolate malts that turn into a nice bitter dark chocolate taste with hints of coffee on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, very sweet.

Overall: This will go down as one of my favorites. Nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. This would be AMAZING on nitro.

Mar 09, 2014
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a half finger of tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. The nose has both chocolate and roasted notes. There is some chocolate flavor upfront, but not much else is going on behind the initial taste of cocoa. The finish is slightly dry, but not terribly roasty.

I am pretty much willing to try any stout with chocolate in it. More often than not, the flavor falls short. This offering belongs in the “falls short” category.

Feb 14, 2014
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Feb 12, 2014
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