Chocolate Meltdown | Pennsylvania Brewing Company

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3.86/5
Very Good
176 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
pennbrew.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Stinkypuss on 02-14-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,942
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
176
pDev:
12.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
43
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of jrb378
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1Special_k
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Zylod
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billbeers
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
5/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

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Photo of Griggsy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grateful_brewer
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjd315
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcole524
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of confer
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great smell and flavor. it is very light on the stout bitterness and thickness. Chocolate is big in the taste

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of IndyDad
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonatbr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not great, not bad. above average.

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Photo of derekdclark1
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mysecretscdxx
5/5  rDev +29.5%
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.)

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Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrific low ABV desert beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of jimpyle48
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ogman
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chefjohn15
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Milk stout..really enjoyed this one

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Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Chocolate Meltdown from Pennsylvania Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 176 ratings
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