Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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276 Reviews
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Reviews: 276
Hads: 1,951
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 176
Gots: 570 | FT: 22
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DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -19.8%
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 (194 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (223 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of October
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (174 characters)

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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! (178 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +16%
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.

Eric (982 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of dfconnor
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sounds like it would be disgusting, but the beer was actually a pleasant surprise. The chocolate flavor is much more pronounced than the peanut butter. Had a funny aftertaste that I attribute to the peanut butter flavoring (although it tasted kinda soapy). Fun novelty brew, but I can't see myself buying this in quantity. (326 characters)

Photo of ryancoker
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It's a fine beer. Good to keep in stock and drinking on occasion. I wouldn't suggest purchasing with the intention of drinking more than one of these in a night. Anything more than one is just too much. IMHO (207 characters)

Photo of NickTinyRace
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It tastes just like a peanut butter cup. Not a beer that I can sit down and drink a six pack of because of its heavy and sweet nature. This is a good after dinner beer. (168 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black as night. It is topped with two inches of mocha head.

It smells like dessert. Chocolate and peanut butter come through as advertised.

The flavors of chocolate and peanut butter work very nicely in this porter. The chocolate flavor is not too sweet and there is enough peanut butter to taste it and not just smell it like in other peanut butter beers that I have tried.

Thick, full, creamy are all words that come to mind when I think of the mouthfeel.

This has been a long time want for me. They finally made it to Ohio, and I am pleased. (605 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
1.83/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

There's a term in psychology for behavior control called "flooding" which is used to cure smokers of their addiction to tobacco or kids of their addiction to pinball (or video games, since I just remembered I'm not a 60 year old). Basically, you overwhelm the senses and supersize the experience until the patient cries uncle. Do it 'til you hate it.

SBJ is the chocolate/peanut butter beer that does just that. You know how cough syrup is flavored like cherries to hide the nasty flavor, but the cherry is so overdone that it still makes you want to vomit. Well SBJ does that too.

I've heard both glorious praise and vengeful anger about this beer for a long time, so I was curious about what the arguably most controversial beer in America is.

And in the end, I could barely finish the bottle. Too much! Too much sweet chocolate, too much rich peanut butter, too thick and sticky so that not only is the flavor overdone, but it refuses to leave your mouth for 5 minutes until you get a chaser. That's right, this beer needs a chaser. And I never use a chaser.

I will admit that what this beer sets out to do, it does well, or rather, thoroughly. It's very much a porter, and if I were only committing to a 4 oz taster, I'd be okay. But having to down a whole bottle of bubbly, yeasty, melted Reeses is not my idea of a good time. (1,347 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark reddish brown (approaching jet black) in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some moderate crimson red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a pillowy finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and light to moderate aromas of peanut butter over the top of light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of chocolate malts and cocoa. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of peanut butter. There is a light amount of sweetness with almost a hint of vanilla and no noticeable hops or bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A pretty decent dessert beer that reminds me of a peanut butter cup. A little fuller bodied than some of the other porters but not quite as full as a stout. Pretty easy to drink as it is not too sweet. (1,136 characters)

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

All I can say is VERY pleasantly surprised. Had on tap. Nice looking beer with a frothy 1 finger head. Smell is peanut butter cups. Taste is very nice-salty sweet peanut butter with a touch of chocolate in the finish. Not the most balanced beer but it works really well. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Super creamy and very smooth. A great desert beer that I will surely have again. Recommended. (388 characters)

Photo of dditto2
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate color with a foamy peanut buttery looking head. Lol. Smells like peanut butter, so good, a little chocolatey malt comes through. Tastes malty chocolate peanut butter but not too much, a little sweet fades to noticeable dry hoppy bitterness. Feels creamy but not too heavy, light to moderate carbonation. I really like peanut butter. This is the first peanut butter beer I've tried. This is worth the buy for sure. Kicking myself for not buying a growler. (473 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

BOD 2/6/15. Pours nearly pitch black. World class head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Rich powerful nose of peanuts and dark chocolate over a subtle malt sweetness coupled with roast and hints of coffee.

Light medium body, barely, with a smooth texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a reasonable amount in the finish.

Unfortunately, the flavor profile doesn't equal the world class aroma. It is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a fresh peanut, or peanut butter, aspect that slowly yields to the bitter dark chocolate and roast underneath. As the middle approaches, a mild bitterness settles in over a balancing caramel sweetness complete with milk chocolate notes. As the finish approaches, coffee is evident, and slightly astringent, along with a more noticeable nutty aspect that seems a bit stale - or artificial. The finish includes a bitter dark chocolate fadeout. (944 characters)

Photo of Mumps
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A friend of mine picked up a DuClaw variety 12 pack on a whim coming to hang at the house the other night. I just poured one of these:

The color was about what I expected from a porter, dark brown almost black with a light amount of amber. Brown head with little retention and small lacing.

Smell was interesting. Like chocolate coffee and beer. Not unpleasant to my nose.

Taste. That was a little underwhelming to be honest. Tastes almost like a Reece's Cup dipped in beer. Not bad, but not anything to get excited about.

Mouthfeel was a little thin as well. Didn't have the body I've come to expect from a porter. Medium carbonation, which balanced well with the unfortunately thin brew.

Over all, I'll be able to finish it, but I doubt I'll reach for another one. (779 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This may be my first Du Claw (but maybe not). A mess of them appeared at my favorite store recently but I may have tried one or two before. This ain't bad.

It's pretty in the glass - lacey, dark and a nice little head. The aroma is interesting. Fresh, peanut butter and chocolate. The taste is simple for something with so many flavors. The peanut butter comes out the winner with chocolate second. Any decent ale tastes are buried.

Overall, it's not a bad brew, but I would prefer something like this to be a lot bigger in the malt department and a bit more hoppy. It's a nice treat that isn't too boozy. (607 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice peanut butter aroma and taste. More than my favorite from willoughby. Not as much chocolate, though. Really great dessert beer. Could not multiple in a row but will definitely be drinking again. (206 characters)

Photo of MECove
4.67/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking from the bottle, the head and lacing are quick and unimpressive. The % is 6.2, which is always a plus because you get more bang for your buck. The feel is light and for me, perfectly subtle carbonation. The best aspect of this beer is the flavor, and that's the most important feature! The peanut butter doesn't hit you too strongly in the beginning, followed by a more bitter toffee and a delicious, lingering sweet after taste. (442 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is nutty and very peanut buttery, with sweet cocoa malt. Almost seems lactose sweet, with a touch of roast. Pb dominates initially, but then cocoa.

Flavor reveals much more malt and yeast character, with a fairly estery, fruity malt opening that fades to toasted nuttiness, tying in with peanut butter mid palate, and finishing roasty. Cocoa creeps in in the aftertaste. That initial robust porter fruitiness doesn't belong in your standard peanut butter porter, but I kinda like the complexity it adds. It's growing on me. I'd call it a pbnj porter. (557 characters)

Photo of Marraybay
1.95/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cracked this open thinking it would be a fun, dessert-like experience, but was sorely disappointed. The main thrust of whatever chocolate or peanut butter that existed was in the initial aroma upon opening, but then quickly dissipated, as did the meager 1/4" foam head. (No lacing with this one whatever.) NOT at all sweet. Very dry, with a big boozy and lingering bitter finish. There's perhaps something very faint in the smell or taste that I kept trying to pin/attribute to chocolate or peanut butter, but couldn't make that real. The one thing I did like was the creamy/bubbly in-mouth texture, but again, the bitterness/booze in this one just off-putting for me. It may have become slightly more tolerable as it warmed, as after the initial sips, I thought it might be drain-bound, but did finish. Glad I didn't purchase a 6. (840 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as a gift from someone. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours almost no head at all. Very dark brown.

S- Lots of peanut butter here. Some chocolate

T- Chocolate and peanuts. Not overwhelming and very well balanced. Lovely blend all around.

M- Creamy good

O- Very enjoyable. Wish I had more. Will buy on sight if I find it again. Super nice break from the everyday

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went well with..... Peanut butter and jam sandwiches!! LOL peanut overload!

Enjoy (515 characters)

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