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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

348 Reviews
THE BROS
70
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Reviews: 348
Hads: 2,258
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 39.2%
Wants: 185
Gots: 724 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

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 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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Photo of Shippy
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle. Very dark brown, almost black, with a bit of caramel color around the edges and a big frothy beige head. Aromas of peanut butter and malty chocolate. Smells almost exactly like the chocolate peanut butter flavor of Optimum Nutrition's casein protein powder. Feel is moderately full-bodied with a bit more carbonation than I would like. Taste starts a little more slowly and subtly than the smell, but brings the same flavors: peanut butter, chocolate, and malt, along with some milkiness. The finish is pretty dry with a hint of bitterness. Overall, the smell is maybe too strong, but not a bad beer. Not something I would drink all the time though.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fingernail of beige to tan resting on top. Dark brown in color. Moderate lacing. Aroma of peanut butter outweighs the chocolate. The taste is more geared towards peanut butter and dark malt than chocolate. The mouth is smooth and silky.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Man, I don't know what to make of this thing...looks like a typical porter, dark brown with a thin (almost non existent) creamy head. Smells like peanut butter and chocolate, imagine that. Nothing else really coming through. The taste is again very chocolate-y and very peanut butter-y, those two flavors are so overwhelming that there's almost no real beer taste to it. I thought it was very sweet but also somehow very bitter in the aftertaste; I think it needs more roasted and smoky flavors to it, and for the chocolate and peanut butter to back down some. It's definitely accurate to its name and good if you like really sweet beers, but it wasn't for me.

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Photo of SFC21
2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep mahogany, looks like an inviting porter. Smell is fantastic, peanuts jump out of the glass. This is going to taste delici... Oh God, what happened? The peanut butter dissipated immediately and gives way to flavors of very burnt toast. Like, I over toasted it for 10 minutes, charcoal black nastiness. Such a letdown.

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Photo of AirRatchet
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great after dinner beer if you don't like dessert. This beer is very filling and I say you can't drink more then two due to the sweetness. The peanut butter is very strong while the chocolate comes in the background. Keep a few on hand for those dessert craving moments.

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Photo of crisis1290
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DuClaw Brewing Company Sweet Baby Jesus is an amazing tasting beer, to say the least. We had this bad boy at another Christmas/Holiday week parties we went to. This was a great party. Everyone exchanged a 6 pack of craft !!!! Now back the Sweet Baby . Dark brown porter. Smells of a yummy chocolate, coffee and peanut butter filled the air. The taste is outstanding. The feel is some what velvety / creamy. A nice tan foam from the immediate pour . With all of that said, I am a huge fan of DuClaw, and this one does not disappoint. If you like chocolaty porters, it's worth trying !

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Photo of MAB
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Probably the best name of any beer I've seen.

I like peanut butter and chocolate but they just don't work together in a beer.
The peanut butter flavor-- what there was of it-- comes across as sour and bitter, not nutty.
The chocolate notes were there, and the mouthfeel was decent.
I just didn't like this brew as much as I thought I might.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thrashd for the beer. Brown and black pour, small beige head. Aroma of chocolate and peanut butter, it delivered on that end, smelled legit good.

Taste also delivered on the peanut butter and chocolate end game. Roast was low for style, this was about the adjuncts. Mouthfeel right where you want it, not overly sweet.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Day 24 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

L: Dark brown but still see through with a slight brown head to it and a fair amount of yeast floating in the beer.

S: Sweet caramel and brown sugar.

T: Chocolate and caramel with no bitterness and just smooth

F: Smooth and full body feel, super good.

O: Not disappointed from this beer at all, actually super good and enjoyable :)

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/26...pours dark brown, almost black, very little foam. Rich roasted coffee/dark chocolate nose. Very slight peanut butter too. Smooth mouthfeel. Bitter burst open, fades into a chocolate peanut butter coffee flavor. Light bitter close. Smooth and quite interesting.

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Photo of ajilllau
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

People have raved about this beer to me. Personally, I don't understand the hype. Maybe I just don't like porters, but comparing this beer to other chocolate peanut butter beers this one is at the lower end of the spectrum. The more I drink it I can taste the chocolate and the peanut butter but I probably will not drink again.

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Photo of L0GlC
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown porter with a medium head. Smells nutty with some cacao, a very earthy version of the typical peanut butter and chocolate combination. Taste is overwhelmingly cacao, very bitter with a slight hint of peanut buttery sweetness. Has a medium body that's a bit oily. As you get closer to the bottom of the glass, the peanut butter flavour will become more obvious. Overall pretty good, however I was expecting a bit more sweetness.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appears as a standard stout with dark, ruby tinted body, except for a fairly light coffee cream head. The scent is mostly nutty, with some rich cocoa and toffee aromas coming off as well, not too convincing for a beer. The taste is very chocolatey, with a strange peanut flavour kicking in after the fact. The feel is not enjoyable, with artificial peanut sticking around on the palate. Overall not my style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, day 24 (the final one, phew!) of the 2015 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Great name for a brew on Christmas Eve, AKA the day before ol' whatshisname was born (not sure if he was into peanut butter and chocolate in his libations, however).

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with prominent basal cola highlights, and a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and creamy beige head, which leaves some excellent randomly webbed lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of pungent grainy milk chocolate powder, a lighter dry roasted peanut butter essence, muddled caramel malt, and a sense of bittering hops that are not lacking their own character, just totally obfuscated at the current time. The taste is more dry Reese's Pieces candy flavour, over top and alongside a gritty toasted caramel malt, hints of day-old cafe-au-lait, an ephemeral dark orchard fruitiness, with a growing, if still indistinct hoppy bitterness (maybe some dirt, maybe some acrid leafiness) providing a surprising countermeasure.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive structuring, as the frothiness keeps this way out of cloying territory, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a small airy creaminess there from the onset. It finishes sweet, from the expected vectors, but moderated just enough by that unseen and almost unknown hoppy bittering effort.

Wow, my second peanut butter adjunct beer in a little over a single week, and both have been more than all right. Here, the extra chocolate essence does indeed conjure up sturdy associations with a few of the Hershey Company's more popular products, and the overall impression is one of a smirking acknowledgement of dessert-friendly drinking, and a little less than a desire to shout out the titular exclamation.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a jet black in color with a tan head.

Overall: This beer has a roasted peanuts and chocolate aroma. Sweet flavor of roasted malt, chocolate and peanut butter with a dry, bitter, espresso finish. Very tasty, flavor changes and gets better with every sip.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forrest Gump was right. This is an interesting find for day 23 of the Craft Advent Calendar. It pours with a nice head, but my particular sample was full of chunkies - I presume it is yeast, but I just tried to imagine drinking a Reese's peanut butter cup and all was well. The smell is heavy on chocolate syrup - akin to Nestle Quick. The syrupy feel continues through the taste profile, with the faintest hint of peanut butter and roasted malt. This COULD be a fantastic beer, but the overall package is a bit of a mess, in my books.

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Photo of wanderluster11
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another good one from DuClaw, in my book! It's like a dark chocolate Reese's in liquid form. Very good. Bottle or on tap, this never fails, though I do recommend this on tap over bottle.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 20/12/15

A nearing jet black with a very deep cola edge, lots of chunks near the side, yeast? large and loose mocha head leaves a couple partial rings followed by random patches

S huh? I'll be dammed it smells like peanut butter, some chocolate and herbal notes but for the most part peanut butter

T has a Resse's peanut buttercup thing going for it, I'm really not sure how but it works for me, tastes completely fake but I like it

M light for the color but fluffs up and flattens out, nutty dark chocolate finish

O this ones out there but I actually like it, I can't think of anything like it and I'm craving a nutty chocolate bar at this point

liquid Snickers and Resse's in a glass, I couldn't imagine drinking this often or in quantity but a single glass is working well for me

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A bright, very dark brown to nearly black pour with ruby highlights kicks up a clingy tan 2” foam collar that takes 3 minutes to reduce to ¼ of its original size.

S: A big peanut butter aroma seasoned with chocolate. Peanut butter, noticeable from at least 3 feet away dominates the aroma closely followed by chocolate. Hop aromas are low to none and malt aromas are medium low.

T: Initial fruit flavors quickly give way to peanut butter, dark chocolate and a dose of dark malt. An assertive bitterness joins a lingering chocolate peanut butter finish that dries slightly. The peanut butter flavors are medium high, the chocolate and bitterness are medium, the malt and yeast flavors are medium low and the hop flavors are low. The flavors are well balanced with noting cloying or over stated.

F: Medium full body, medium carbonation, no warming, a very slight grain astringency that adds balance.

O: A surprisingly good well balanced beer.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.