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Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good
367 Reviews
THE BROS
70
okay
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
367
Ratings:
2,347
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
38.67%
 
 
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Sweet Baby JesusSweet Baby Jesus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
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 CraftBeerTastic
2.69/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Ba Review #265
Served On: 4/05/2013
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 6.5%
Date/ Code: -

This was from a 6 pack I found at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick ($8.99).

Look: Projected a very dark color with no real transparency. The head was a thin film that quickly reduced to nothing. Lacing was random and probably accidental.

Smell: Pungent smell of artificial peanut flavoring and not too much else.

Taste: Again, the peanut flavoring completely dominated upfront until an unexpected bitterness slammed the palate. Then nothing.

This was a very 1-dimesnional beer that just screamed artificial. I can’t imagine much thought really went into this one. –Disappointed...

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

- Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter.

A: Rich hersey chocolate pour produces a saddle brown tinted head of one inch magnitude. Average retention rate yields a slight circular pattern of lace on the vessel.

S: Strong aroma of peanut butter freshly opened, toasted peanuts with some dark, rich chocolate with some dry cocoa on the trial. The peanut butter is really dominant here and stands out, really odd, but nice if you enjoy peanut butter, smells very natural, even if the label states artifical.

T: The flavor takes a nose dive and the artifical flavoring becomes apparent. Stale chocolate, cocoa while the peanut butter aspect is dry, faint and not as fresh, more so stale. There is some tinny and metallic nature to the drink as well, some creamer and donought batter as odd as that may seem. Weak, watery coffee, tart plums with some hazelnut contributes with a watery peanut-coffee flavor odd fade.

M: creamy, dry, lightly bitter of medium bodied with a reserved carbonation factor.Stale chocolate and lack of depth body wise per style hurts this.

O: Overall while the idea is intriguing, the aroma not bad, the execution here flavor wise fails miserablely and didn't translate for me. Seemed a bit stale, thin, with some tinny off flavors and the peanut butter though enticing on the nose, was stale and hardly recoginizable in the flavor. Really not an enjoyable drink and one that i struggled to finish. You can probably get a sample of this at a growler station, even a single purchase will make you doubt judgement later. Im pretty close in scoring to the ba average for a great deal of time, but this one i just cant agree with. A gimmick beer with an interesting concept that was poorly executed and a whole heartly avoid unless you just have to see if the schrodingers cat is really alive in the box.

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Photo of mdcrouser
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Super creamy head - not huge, but if you gaze long enough, you can convince yourself it's a layer of tan marshmallow fluff. The body is exceptionally dark for a porter, with zero light coming through.

Remember those peanut butter Halloween candies that were wrapped in orange or black wax paper? This beer has strong peanut butter on the nose, but in a "bad Halloween candy" sort of way - like sticking your head in a cheap plastic pumpkin full of them. Acrylic, chemical, peanut butter factory.

Forcing myself past the disappointing nose, that's a really well made beer - creamy, roasty, malty, balanced, but still with that over-riding peanut butter. Subtlety is not the goal here - like they intended a beer that screams, "And don't you forget it's peanut butter!"

Really very good - great mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Can't get past the heavy peanut butter to enjoy it. Reducing that some would help this beer a lot.

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Photo of Mumps
2.79/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of SpectrePLUS
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

OK, but not that great. Peanut butter smell was overwhelming and was distracting. Taste was not remarkable and the aftertaste was just kind of sugary and nasty.

Bought a single as part a a build-your-own 6-pack; wouldn't buy it again...

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Photo of stopbashingbreweries
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Any beer made with artificial flavoring is wrong. Fake peanut butter flavor is fake. No effort needed. Anyone can put any concoction of chemicals to taste like any flavor you want. As much effort as bud light lime. Please stop supporting faux craft beer.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark beer black but brown edges. Smell is like a Reese's and subtle hops. Taste is peanut butter strong first. Then chocolate and biter dryness. I liked it more than dirty little freak but still was not a huge fan. Smelled and looked better than anything else it had going

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Photo of Dougish
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A peanut butter stout is one of those things i guess where you think it would be a good idea before you try it and then after you tried it you wonder how it good ever be a good idea.

Its not a bad brewed beer, DuKlaw makes some good beers. Just a little ambitious i guess, or perhaps liquid peanut butter is just not a place to go for beers.

The stout body is fine at first but there is an awful reaction i guess from the combination of stout and peanut butter that makes this almost undrinkable while drinking it but the aftertaste is actually not bad. it is drinkable but only because i refused to sandbag a beer.

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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 VirginiaBeerMan
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a nonic....at home
A - Dark brown, good thick head, some lacing
S - The aroma is definitely there, no searching...peanut butter
T - Sort of tastes like a bad off-brand peanut butter, secondary coffee and chocolate with a very mild non-lasting bitter
F - Average, moderate carbonation release
O - All my friends love this beer; had it twice so far, trying to give it a chance, but it just ain't doing it for me. I may give it a third try under dirrerent circumstances to see if I get a different impression. Thumbs down for now.

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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 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 Goblinmunkey7
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Houser for the bottle.

Appearance: Close to black. Some dark brown at the edges when held to direct light. Head is tan with ok retention. Dense and creamy. Leaves a small creamy collar with some smooth clumps on the cap. Spots of lacing.

Smell: Peanut butter right up front, but it lacks some of the roasted peanut edges I would expect. Sweet waxy chocolate coupled with some solid cocoa and dark chocolate. Slightly bitter with a solid roasted malt. A bit sweet with some hints of mildly earthy hops. Tootsie rolls come to mind. Nutty in good measure. Solid depth of creamy peanut butter. Warming really ups the peanut aspect and pushes down some of the more candy-chocolate notes. A bit of lactose-like sweetness.

Taste: Roasted malts. A nice balance of malt sweetness pushes a hint of caramel. Burnt coffee and some bready aspects. Nice toasted peanut coasts through the back and gains a bit more traction as it warms. Some sugary chocolate sweetness. Really makes me think of Tootsie Rolls. Some slight hints of darker cocoa and milk chocolate. Rather uneventful malt backbone. A touch of something vaguely earthy. The peanuts are really the best thing going. Lightly roasted and definitely evocative of decent peanut butter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation runs high for the style and dissipates the flavor abruptly. Medium body. Clean finish.

Overall: Will Ferrel did it better.

The carbonation really kills this thing. The peanut butter aspect is solid, but everything else falls short of the mark. It's a mediocre porter at best and that's the tragedy.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Artificial flavors? Seriously? Doesn’t that take the “craft” out of “craft beer”? Is this cheating? Pretty much impossible to get past these flavor additions, and the base of the beer is pretty generic as well. While the concept is great, using artificial flavors in beer never works—unless of course your consumers are used to consuming artificial flavors. Really surprised DuClaw went down this road. Barely passable.

STYLE: Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
ABV: 6.5%
AVAILABILITY: Seasonal

LOOK: Dark brown, nearly opaque, solid head

SMELL: Odd, sweet cordials, artificial, roasty, faux peanut butter, vague chocolate, brownies

TASTE: Smooth, slick, medium bodied, artificial peanut butter, generic chocolate fudge syrup, roasty, modest hopping, kiss of alcohol, a little thin; grainy, dry, toasty finish

Our Score: 70
BA Overall: 88

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -20%
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 IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -20%

Appearance: Very dark chestnut; big frothy beige head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: peanut butter logs candy aroma dominates; can pick up other faint notes of roasted barley and coffee

Taste: tastes like a porter that someone dropped a peanut butter log candy in; maybe something else I've had at a state fair

Mouthfeel: creamy

Remarks: I'm glad I only got a single in a mix pack; I don't think I'd like having to drink 5 more of these.

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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 SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong chocolate sweetness. Peanut butter in the smell and quite noticeable in the taste. Very tasty but wouldn't drink more than one at a time. It's almost a dessert. nb

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles brought back to me by my girlfriend from a trip to Maryland. She does love me!

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a half inch head and not much lacing.

Smells very rich, purely peanut butter. Surprisingly smells like real, fresh peanut butter. There's some chocolate buried beneath the peanut butter assault, as well as some roasted peanuts.

The taste is a slight let down from the aroma. In the aroma, the peanut butter seems genuine, in the taste, it seems a bit artificial. Mind you, it still tastes good, but I'd prefer a more "authentic" peanut butter experience. There's some Hershey's syrup and cocoa powder flavors as well. Pretty tasty, but gets a bit cloying near the end. Very sweet.

Medium bodied, was expecting it to be a bit thicker, due to how thick peanut butter is. Just a little bit too thin for me. Low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall not too bad, but it seems like they use artificial flavor instead of real peanut butter. I understand the cost implications, but this would've been a lot better using real peanut butter.

Edit: Later bottles got way worse here. The peanut butter taste in other bottles I had was sickly sweet artificial, almost vomit-like. Really off putting. Adjusting taste score way down. Aroma was still decent.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark dark ruby red with a 1 inch tan head. Faint bubble flowing up the side of the glass. With the beer cold it's hard to form the head and it doesn't stick around long.

S- Toasted nut and cocoa bean smell wrapped up in peanut butter. Very pungent almost like a dark roast coffee. The smell has almost an artificial smell. As many claims say it is the same as a Reese's PB cup, I can't say I agree completely. It more resembles the Dark Reese's PB cups. It smells as if it lacks the sugars necessary to be milk chocolate flavor. But definitely dark roasted and malty with this one.

T- Definately picking up the peanut butter. Has a flavor of a roasted peanut that may have gone just a bit too long over the fire. It just tastes like they over roasted it. The charred bean flavor is very prominent in the finish. Not too appealing The chocolate comes in second to back up the peanut butter then gives way to the charred finish.

M- Smooth and malty, Lots of creamy texture to it. Full body really fills the mouth as it warms up a bit.

O- This is an ok beer that simply lacks in the finish. Just pulling back the slightest bit on the roasted nut quality and working to reduce the artificialness of it will definitely put this one at the top of the list. If you are a dark chocolate lover this one is for you. But be warned that it can wear down the palate quickly.

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Photo of JayQue
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A bit disappointed in this one. The last peanut butter and chocolate collaboration I had was some halloween candy Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. This beer is not in the same league as Reese's. Pours a dark brown color with some light showing through at the bottom of the pint glass. A hard pour produces a medium size tan head. Leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma looked promising as well, at first a milk chocolate smell with kind of a milk stout lactose thing going on. As the beer warmed up, a faint hint of peanut appears.

Then comes the taste!!! Some smooth milk chocolate up front and then a nasty, chemical fake peanut butter taste. Very off-putting. No roasted malts or any other porter attributes...a quick hit of chocolate and then YUCK!!!

Mouthfeel is rich enough but that aftertaste dominates everything. Not a drain pour, but I certainly will never serve up another one. This is a beer to avoid.

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Photo of mabermud
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is very thin and somewhat watery. The smell is very weak. The mouthfeel is lacking. The taste is disappointing. When I read chocolate peanut butter porter, I am expecting chocolate and peanut butter. The chocolate and peanut butter taste is lacking. I would not drink this again. Maybe I had an old bottle. I bet it tastes great on tap.

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Photo of October
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
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 AdamBear
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-very dark brown with a thin light tan head

S-very chocolatey with a very evident hint of peanut butter. smells good, but almost artificial

T-comes in with an oddly tart and bitter flavor of cocoa malts. it tastes artificial and not exactly well done. matching after-taste with a weird hint of mint.

M-medium carbonation with a watery finish

O-i got so excited when i saw a peanut butter beer, but this was such a let down. the peanut butter was lost in the flavor, which doesn't matter because it was just a terrible porter either way. the flavors are all artificial and there's a lot of off flavor to it.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - cola brown, 1/8 " head.

Smell - light chocolate, minimal dry roasted peanuts.

Taste - much the same as the nose. mild chocolate and faint dry roasted peanuts.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and I would like to find a beer that is a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in a beer as a dessert beer. This is an enjoyable beer, but the chocolate and the peanut flavor needs to be increased by a factor of 3. The peanut flavor is not really peanut butter so much as dry roasted peanuts. Mouth feel-wise, I would like the beer to be thicker and more creamy in texture. I would like to try this on draft to see if the chocolate and peanut flavors are more pronounced.

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