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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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293 Reviews

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Reviews: 293
Hads: 2,026
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 40.16%
Wants: 177
Gots: 618 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012

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!
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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a very dark brown, letting some light brown light through. small almost non existent white head.
S- Strong on peanut-butter with chocolate lagging behind. Smells like a peanut-butter cup in a glass.
T- Peanut-butter isn't as strong as the nose, cocoa takes over the lead here. Roasty malt, a little coffee bean. There is a slight metallic twinge at the very end, which is hard to describe, but I'm attributing it to the artificial flavoring.
M- Nice and thick, very smooth.
O- This is a decent porter which drinks as advertised, but I really can't get over the artificial flavor added. Save that for the macros.

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Photo of LAp
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a table glass. Pours a deep brown. Not as opaque as an imperial stout, but not overly translucent. Sends up a 1 finger light mocha head. Chocolate and peanut butter on the nose - as promised. I'm actually extremely impressed with just how much the nose of this beer lives up to its advertising. It smells just like a chocolate peanut butter cup. The taste is initially spot on too. I was incredulous to try this beer, but was extremely impressed at first sip, rich chocolate and peanut butter lead, giving way to a solid, slightly hoppy finish. After a few sips though, the peanut butter flavor starts to taste synthetic, and it only tastes more artificial as the sips continue. This beer had a long way to go to get over my initial bias against gimmicky flavored stouts and porters. I initially thought it would, but by the end of the bottle, I can safely say it's not one I'd go looking for.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes from a July trip to Pittsburgh. This was a bomber, poured into a plastic Solo cup in a hotel room where there was no other glassware option aside from drinking right from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours very dark, and forms a thick, frothy tan head that lasts for quite a long time.

Smell: This smelled more or less like a Reese's Cup in a glass, with some hints of beer malt around the edges of the mass of chocolate and peanut butter.

Taste: Exactly as the nose, this was effectively like drinking an alcoholic Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. There were hints of some charred malt, but primarily a sweet blast of milk chocolate and peanut butter.

Mouthfeel: Typical porter mouthfeel, light to medium-light in body.

Overall: I rather enjoyed this beer, and will likely pick it up again should I ever run across somewhere in Cincinnati that carries it.

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Photo of cefalexine
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

opaque black, with bubblets rising up. Huge fan of the porter look
smell is a little light, but notes of chocolate and peanut butter coming through
taste is not sweet at all!, peanut butter notes, dry and thirst quenching, the porter bubbles delightfully on the toungue
aftertaste leaves a bit to be desired

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Photo of GeoJ
1.48/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This brew could be the poster child for the "Anti-Craft Beer" people.

Pure gimmick. Too sweet, too fake tasting. Two sips in, and I'm feeling sick to my stomach from the cloying heaviness. Add to that an aftertaste that refuses to go away, and you have a perfect example of why some people laugh at the craft-beer industry.

*This* should have been the beer that Bud mocked in their infamous ads ...

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap out in Northern Virginia. This is a fun beer to drink - it literally does bring to mind liquid peanut butter chocolate cups. Extremely sweet - there is no bitterness to balance it out. This is a pure dessert beer. Is the sweetness a little cloying? Perhaps but I think that's the point with this one.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hesitant to try this one because I wouldn't think I'd like it. Love a classic smokey Porter, but not sure about the peanut butter. I found this surprisingly enjoyable and not really over the top. Give it a try.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. The color is dark brown-almost black-with a thin tan head and lacing. Very attractive. It has a very distinct aroma of peanut butter-it's obvious from the time the bottle is opened. There is also a whiff of chocolate. I have to say, this porter has one of the most distinct smells I've encountered. The taste really follows the nose. The peanut butter taste is quite strong, followed up with dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and the slightest hint of caramel. It has a nice, chewy mouthfeel; creamy and not overly carbonated. Other reviewers seem either to really like-or really dislike-this porter. I have to say I enjoyed it. A lot!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a fan of Belching Beaver's Peanut Butter Milk Stout, I was excited to find a Maryland version of a peanut butter dark beer. DuClaw's version came from the taps of Max's Taphouse. On to the beer:

This beer is black, and there's a slightly tanned colored head sitting on top. Lots of webbed lacing around the glass. I came for a beer, but with the aroma, I got a big kick of dessert! WOW! That aroma is wicked! It's incredibly rich in chocolate and peanut butter, in fact reminding me of a peanut butter chocolate brownie that I had recently. The aroma will be tough to beat, but even the flavor is easy to fall into. The beer starts roasty, then quickly moves towards a semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter filled milkshake. I think I'll stop before I start to drool over my notebook.

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Photo of Kwak
1.96/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

the smell was nice peanut butter and chocolate porter but that was it the taste was fake like artificial flavoring the three flavors didn't go together at all though i would loved this on but i feel it missed the mark.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer. Had a unique forward peanut butter flavor reminds me of the dried peanut powder added to the beer, at what phase who knows but I like it. The chocolate is there but subtle, I'm not sure if its an addition or the malt but it's present. I would buy this beer regularly for a change of pace.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome peanut butter porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The aromas were much stronger with peanut butter presence; the flavors were more balanced overall. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with golden edges. The finger of head dissipated rather quickly.

There is some chocolate in the nose. Cocoa is upfront in the flavor profile with a faint trace of peanut butter. I thought that this offering would be quite sweet but rather it was nicely dry.

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Photo of Cottontown201
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the magick singles cooler at Al's of Hamden/Pizza Boy in Harrisburg, Pa.

Much as I love the name of this beer, I am a brown ale/porter sceptic so I bought a single to try it out. Pours dark brown with a perky half inch head and nice lacing, looks great.

Aroma is all about the peanuts, from the first to the last sip.
Taste incorporates chocolate, nicely balancing the peanut and malt flavors. I give SBJ the nod over my local Liquid Bliss taste wise .

Mouthfeel is pleasant, consistent carbonation. Not thin.

I loved it, going to buy more.

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Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Majorly brown body, thin head.

Aroma: One of the more intense peanut noses i've seen on a beer like this. Maybe some waffle cone. Light chocolate.

Flavor: More harsh roast character than the nose would believe, great peanut, notes, very light chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied true porter body, touch of some drying quality to the roast.

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Photo of brewohio1
1.18/5  rDev -68.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Im sorry but porters are my favorite style. But I found this beer undrinkable. The peanut butter smell and taste are overwhelming and just nasty. Not even worth the price .

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle smells like a peanut butter blizzard and taste like a DG blizzard too tons of tan head black in color not too sweet not too bitter just right would drink again good job fellas

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.00 at Tasty Beverage Co. in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a faintest hint of tawny ruby at the far, far edges. Scant, stray beige bubbles struggle to maintain a head beyond a minute or so.

Smell: Well, frankly, it smells of a peanut butter cup that beckons you to let it in your mouth and embrace you in its endless grasp of sweet chocolate laden peanut butteriness.

Taste: A roasty, sweet, chocolaty start with a bitter richness akin to a dark chocolate creeping in which is quickly overtaken by the peanuts peanuts peanuts. A light fruitiness, a bit hard to discern beyond the, as previously mentioned, peanuts peanuts peanuts. Perhaps an imagined slight salty element. Finishes as it starts: sweetish, chocolaty and full of peanut butter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Granted, I'm not a fan of peanut butter anything, really. I had thought the locally-produced Liquid Bliss by Terrapin was fair enough, but, to my surprise, this was actually pretty good (at least for a twelve ounce bottle and a two-buck purchase) and one of the better beers at pulling off the whole peanut butter angle.

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Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown body; aroma of nutty peanut butter and chocolate is dead on, so good. Flavor is a little less intense but both are present. Body a little light for a porter but overall, i very much enjoyed this one.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with white head, nice persistent lacing and retention. The nose has a nice dry roasted peanut profile intertwined nicely with smooth creamy milk chocolate. The nose reminds me of Reese's. The flavor is a bit heavy on bitterness from the roast. The peanut does not make an appearance in the flavor like like it does on the nose. Some sweetness comes through at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, an ambitious beer with an awesome aroma. The flavor doesn't quite come together as nicely as it sounds, but a fun beer nonetheless.

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Photo of October
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells like a Reese's cup. The taste is interesting, but seems artificially sweet. Sticky mouthfeel gets old halfway through. I prefer purple monkey for a beer of this style.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Roasted nut smell with a similar taste. I note the peanut butter aspect as well. Intriguing beer. May have to get another one!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DuClaw "Sweet Baby Jesus"
on tap at Union Jack's, Philadelphia, PA

Appearance: Brown body beneath a fluffy off-white head that steadily dwindles to just a thin cap (possible dirty glass). Fairly nice lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Nutty, chocolate/cocoa, caramel. Pleasant and welcoming.

Flavor: Peanut butter and chocolate are present, along with nutty and caramelish notes as well, but also a dull roastiness. It seems blocky rather than rounded. The bitterness is limited, and there's just an edge of earthy/leafy hops in the background,as it should be, and yet it's interestingly sweetish but not "sweet".

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a median carbonation. Smooth and just lightly creamy.

Overall: Not the best peanut butter beer I've ever had, but OK. It starts out nice but then quickly becomes a bit too much, even if you're looking at it as a dessert beer. Still, I'd have to recommend you try it just to see.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown color with some small, deep amber/ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a slightly tan head that is about 2/3 or so of an inch thick when first poured and it settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice big surface area of a film foam cover layer. Pretty good lacing too. Aromas of roasted nut, roasted caramel malt sweetness, chocolate notes, and a nice hint of black coffee are all certainly present. Tastes pretty much the same way it smells, with roasted nuts and caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some chocolate notes that is rounded out with some nice black coffee and slight hop bitterness. A very good balance of the flavors, and I do think the sweetness does dominate just slightly. Has a crisp, yet smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. One of the best American Porters I have had in awhile.


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Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body is a very dark amber brown color topped off with a small soapy tan head. It’s head quickly settles down to a ring of foam at the edge of the glass with a wispy thin film in the center. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: It’s big nutty notes hit me right as I opened the bottle. In the glass I get loads of sweet peanut butter and cocoa powder like notes.

Taste / Palate: The flavor tastes just like a peanut butter sandwich covered in cocoa powder. Its sweet overall but not overly so. The feel is smooth and softly carbonated.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.