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Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed in 2011, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is jet black in color with a tan, rocky head, full body and creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. Its lightly sweet, malty flavor is accented by rich flavors of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter, and balanced by a subtle hop character and moderate 6.5% abv. Sweet Baby Jesus finishes smooth, dry, and roasty with lingering notes of chocolate and peanut butter so savory, you will exclaim its name!

Added by MasterSki on 12-23-2012

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Pioneer NYC UWS.
Dark opaque brown with hazelnut head and nice lacing, a blast of peanut and bittersweet chocolate on the nose, the taste is milder than the nose with lots of peanut up front transitioning into bitter chocolate followed by a pleasant roasted/nutty after taste reminiscent of hazelnut flavored coffee, the beer is medium bodied and well carbonated. A yummy nutty treat from DuClaw.

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Photo of 71ADub
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased 5/21/16 into 12 oz. mug

A - dark brown/black porter, with a nice thick creamy tan head, some minor lacing clings to the side of the glass

S - mostly peanut butter - how'd they do that? - just a hint of roasted goodness and a lil chocolate for good measure

T - starts out like a jar of Skippy, then bitterness assertively takes over, then they battle for domination of your mouth, with a roasty bitterness to finish off the swallow. Bitterness seems to mellow, more in balance with the malt as it warms up for 15 minutes.

F - medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, not terribly creamy feeling

O - Not a terribly complex brew, certainly not a creamy/velvety silk mouthfeel as advertised. I wish it didn't have quite so many IBUs, so I could taste the chocolate roasted flavors more. Note - let it sit for 15 minutes, and the flavor gets more balanced.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks thin and feels thin, but aside from that Du Claw have pulled off what they set out too-make a peanut butter chocolate beer. Smells a lot more of peanut butter than it tastes, but this is still a pretty tasty beer, like their freak beer, i just wish it would be a bit thicker, the description of the beer even states it has a "creamy, luxurious mouthfeel" which, to be honest, is complete bollocks .overall its decent though.

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Photo of direwolf00
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After buying a single, I noticed all the negative reviews based on artificial ingredients.
I emailed Duclaw wanting to know just what the ingredients were as this was concerning to me (as are GMO'S).
They were kind enough to get back to me the next day.
They stated that they "tweaked" the recipe a couple of years ago and artificial ingredients are no longer used in this beer.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, appropriate for a porter, with tan, short-lived head. Huge peanut smell, along with a smell of burnt sticks or wet ashes. Dark and strange. Taste begins more or less like a typical porter but gets weird; the dark malts are nice enough but the funky peanut taste emerges and knocks the whole thing out of balance. Some hops obviously bouncing around in there, but not integrated. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly balanced, but a strange aftertaste lingers and distracts from the whole experience.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Dark brown/black with a thick tan head that wouldn't rest for a while. Nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate with a dusting of peanuts.

T: Chocolate comes on strong and sweet with a bit of coffee. Then, wait for it, what is that? Oh, wow, peanut butter slides in on the tongue and won't let go. This one is decadent with a malty/choco/peanutty vibe that hooks you.

M: Medium with thick, medium carbonation.

O: A fun pass-around at the bottle share. Take your time and enjoy this sultry/sweet dessert beer.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From draft. Knew I had ordered a porter, but did not know the peanut butter chocolate variety until looking the beer up on BA. Surprised to read the negative Bros rating and learn about alleged artificial ingredients. All that said, I enjoyed the beer. Chocolate and overall sweetness came through; never noticed the peanut butter component. Enjoyed the beer's name, too.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the growler via DEPS in N KY in a snifter. This nice porter pours a deep blackish brown with a fantastic head of light tan foam that calms to a huge thick ring, very nice layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of peanuts, subtle chocolate, and prominent charred malt notes. Flavors follow the nose with peanut butter and chocolate on the front and sides, middle takes note of dark cocoa and charred malts to the point of subtle camp fire smoke. Back features smooth peanut butter and charred cocoa with a light carbonation that aides in the smooth slick character of this brew. A nice finishing brew to an evening of stout drinking.


Of note, I am allergic to peanuts yet this is drinkable in small quantities. The closest I will get to the real thing
which can cause some serious reactions....thus a higher score than many just because I LOVE nuts which I can not have.


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Photo of strohme2
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thin looking pour of medium brown with some ruby red highlights although looks deep chestnut brown in my glass. Lovely one finger tan head that disappears leaving a small ring of bubbles surrounding the outside.
Smells of sweet roasted nuts and chocolate. Like a Reese's pb cup.
Initial taste is great. PB, chocolate, some vanilla. Unfortunately a earthy, drying bitter finish quickly takes over. It's a shame too because the pb/chocolatiness is really good.
Not a bad beer by any means. Glad to have knocked off my list.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- this beer pours a thick black color that reminds me of cola around the brim! The head is about one finger thick at first and soundly disappears into a crop circle appearance over the top of the beer and is off white/caramel in color. Carbonation is much too difficult to see and as for the lacing, it is modest at best and what is sticking to the side of the glass drops back in quickly!

S- This has an aromas of intense peanut butter and rich dark chocolate with creamy vanilla undertones....its very dessert like overall and the finish is dry, coffee like and has some burnt malt character!

T- The flavors are more like the aromas, but the peanut butter becomes more of a muted background flavor unfortunately....I was expecting more of this as per some suggestions. The vanilla blended with dark chocolate is much more prominent and there are small hints of toffee sweetness, lots of burnt toast/malt and a dry black coffee finish. Nice flavors but more subdued than I thought there would be.

M/O- Soft medium body, with robust and at times intense characteristics.....mellow dry finish, and the middle is rather zesty with carbonation. While this isn't a bad beer by any means, I think there are perhaps better renditions of this style on the market but I would definitely drink this again without issue...it's better than average, if not a little bit underwhelming for what I expected.

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Photo of Bachbeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This used to be a better beer but has recently like the other Duclaw beers been changed either less malty or less likely more hopped. Even worse is the Imperial version, For Petes sake, which is pretty bitter for this type beer

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Photo of BierRunner
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour was a little flat but color is beautiful. You definitely get the chocolate and peanut butter on the nose but not so much on the taste. It's very nice but the finish is what stops it from being great. The flavor doesn't stay there the whole way. I would not say no to another, but I would not go looking for it.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one is just a bit too sweet for me. It is exactly as advertised, but the feel is a bit more brash than I'd like and the overall flavor profile is a bit cloying. Not really a fan of this one.

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Photo of catastrophy
1.93/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

had to try it, just so I could rate it.. took me three weeks to finish off a six pack. that's pretty much the whole story. does NOT taste like real beer. pretty sure anyone even slightly allergic to peanuts would go into a coma after one sip. sorry to be so negative, but I let my supplier know the same thing.

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Photo of BWED
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

A- Deep brown. Weak tan head, but decent lacing. Retention is poor.

S- Huge chocolate and peanut butter. Those two take over.

T- More PB, some chocolate, and a little roast.

M- Sweet, a little bitterness in the finish. Pretty roasty.

O- Big chocolate and PB, a little artificial tasting, and a little much. Not a lot of depth.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

** JAN 17, 2014
Did not smell or taste the peanut butter at first, but did on second pour. Chocolate is prevalent. Decent mix. Initially also wrote this was too thin, but then realized I was drinking a porter and not a stout. A nice beer, not as perfect as a reeces peanut butter cup, but Good.

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Photo of hdf561
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an English style pub glass, solid black only darker I have seen is a Guinness.

The smell is absolutely delicious I'm a peanut butter fan and this peanut butter smell smacks you in the face!

Taste again large amounts of peanut butter and small hints of chocolate with a little bitterness, very smooth but very sweet and heavy!

This is like a meal in a glass it left me feeling full after 1 bottle. This is a great offering and beer but you can't have but a few...this is a perfect cold weather comfort beer

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice peanut butter chocolate porter. As expected the mouthfeel is disappointingly thin, but overall the flavor is well balanced. It is a little sweet so I wouldn't drink this one everyday.

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Photo of eskildow
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A deep brown that is quite attractive and a tan head the lasts. Head seems to carry almost a separate flavour from the body of the beer itself. The scent is that of toasty peanuts with some bitter notes, not quite chocolate... more burned sugar. The flavour is, precisely as advertised, a mix of chocolate and peanut butter,but without the sweetness of either. The strong body also makes it a very filling beer.

It was interesting to try, but not certain I'd be able to make it through an entire glass.

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Photo of RockRuler
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big roasted malt and peanut smell. Not a lot of peanut butter flavor here but plenty of roasted malt and peanut flavor. I really enjoyed this easy drinking brew. Cheers!

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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bel Air location. Yes, it does come off like a peanut butter cup, in both aroma and taste. Dark but clear, small creamy head with nice sticky lacing. Sweet and nutty aroma, medium weight, bitterness comes on the back end of the taste and lingers.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled January 2016 from draft in tulip style glass glass. Not sure of brewing date.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a thin dark tan head. The head lasted a long time. Slight lacing.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some chocolate and coffee aromas. Some hops in the aroma, but it is very slight. Nice combination and balance between the hops, malts, and other aromas.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and other flavors. There is sweetness of chocolate. There is also a very slight vanilla flavor with this, along with roasted malts and coffee flavors. This vanilla flavor is very slight and does not detract from the other flavors, nor does it make the overall taste too sweet. The alcohol flavor is mild and not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Mild alcohol which matches with the 6.5% publicized.

Overall: This was the first time I tried this beer. It is a nice beer to drink with desserts. Although it has sweet flavors, they are not overwhelming. I will definitely look for any of these and buy them again.

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Photo of lastmango
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured black with a one finger tan head. Moderate lacing. Initial aroma was chocolate quickly followed by an artificial peanut butter candy-like odor. The porter is ok but the PB flavor just overwhelms this beer. Medium body and carbonation. I bought this to try, not really expecting to like it. And, this is my last.

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Photo of JDaV
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at Mellow Mushroom in a glass pint, beer came to me dark, nearly opaque brown with a bubbly head that receded quickly. Fairly pleased with the look.
The smell was pretty pleasing, intensely chocolatey, while I didn't get much peanut butter from it at all. Similarly on the taste, I was somewhat disappointed at the lack of peanut butter. But the taste lost some points for me, mostly because it didn't taste natural. The chocolate flavor tastes more like chocolate syrup and the beer reminded me more of a sugary yoohoo than a porter.
Points were lost for me on the feel as well. For a porter, it seemed rather thin and once again, I would relate this more to a yoohoo than a porter. Overall it was a little disappointing.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. Aroma is sweet and nutty. Flavor is chocolate with a roasted malts and peanuts. Finished smooth and balanced but is a little sweet and feels like it's missing something. Overall solid.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.