Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
3.54/5 rDev -5.9%
Had on tap at BWI location.
Pours a dark brown, almost black. The head is light cream color, but really really thin, not sure if it was the pour.
A lot of peanut butter in the nose, it reminds me of a Keebler PB&j cracker. It's a heavy smell, won't have to work to pull it out.
The taste upfront is overwhelmed by a burnt taste, almost like burnt peanuts or roasted at least. Smells better than it tastes. Some chocolate and cocoa, I was expecting over the top sweet, but the bitterness on the finish whacks it into some form of balance.
The mouthfeel is ok, not too heavy or thick for a porter, drinkable year round, which is a plus since its warm out today.
Overall, it's unique and drinkable with a smell more enticing than the taste, but wouldn't drink it more than once.
05-17-2013 22:30:33 | More by nmann08
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—only traces of dark are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and peanut butter are present in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in that there is a bit of chocolaty flavors but is mostly dominated by peanut butter once you really 'bite' into it. The peanut butter flavors linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels heavier in body compared to other porters and seems to be more like a stout. It has a hood balance between the chocolate and peanut butter flavors and makes for a good dessert beer.
07-28-2014 00:44:43 | More by metter98
3.74/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a thin tan foam that fades quickly without leaving much lacing
Smell: Peanut butter and chocolate
Taste: Artificial peanut butter with a slightly rancid element, up front; the milk chocolate base builds through the middle, but the rancid hint lingers in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: An interesting novelty but not very well-executed; the peanut butter tasted a little off and the base beer was underwhelming
01-15-2014 01:56:08 | More by brentk56
3.84/5 rDev +2.1%
With the Recces' Peanut Butter Cup as inspiration, the marriage of peanut butter is no longer relegated to candy, but thanks to DuClaw we now have it in ale!
Darkest of dark brown hues settle into the glass with complete opaqueness. Easily mistaken for stout, the ale releases a patient and dense cap of foam. Its khaki froth retains half the session while lacing the glass intermittently. Its somewhat obvious that the peanut oils fights against the foam character.
The promise of chocolate and peanut butter is delivered in the beer's scent. While the steady aromas of mocha, coffee, nuttiness and toasted caramel of the base porter is alive and well as it accepts the peanut butter notes with open arms. Slight starch and a hint of yogurt-like tang supports the peanut buttercup aromas and reinforce ale-like tendencies.
Its simplified taste is a straight-forward dialogue of chocolate and peanut butter with little confusion or complexity from any stout-like roast, any fruitiness, spiciness or hop bitterness. But its one-dimensional is its charm. Not trying to hard to be a Porter, its taste is more suited for the dessert line than it is the beer glass. Unfortunately the uncommon ingredient gives off a mild artificial, waxy taste that seems slightly forced.
Medium-full in body, the ale is probably fuller than it seems. But because of the ale's immense taste, it begs for more creaminess, more body, and more weight. As is, its lightness gives drinkers a sense of thinness in the middle. It needs to be even more savory, richer and bolder in texture in order to meet its taste. Finishing much like it opens, the ale is medium-dry, medium-full, and lingers with the same peanut butter and chocolate taste that it starts with.
Despite its subtle miscues, and after a dozen or so peanut butter-infused beers, Sweet Baby Jesus pulls off the fusion of taste better than any I have experienced thus far. It's "smack-yo-deity" good!
10-21-2013 16:39:25 | More by BEERchitect
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
Thanks to MillerBuffoon for letting me try one of these. This poured out as a very deep brown color with a brown head on top. The retention is thin, the lacing is scattered. The smell of this beer is loaded with roasted peanuts and dark malts. The taste of the beer is chocolatey with a really good peanut flavor in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, kind of light bodied and smooth. Overall this beer was pretty good. It's more of a dessert beer but it's not overwhelmingly sweet. It's interesting though. I like it.
01-26-2013 02:10:11 | More by Knapp85
2.53/5 rDev -32.7%
I have to say I really dislike the nose on this beer. It smells like dehydrated peanut dust with a roasted tone that just makes it kind of, eh. Flavor, unfortunately, tastes like globs of peanut butter that is too highly processed with some chalky cocoa on there as well.
This doesn't work for me. Not smooth. Not pleasant to drink. Tastes completely artificial. I think it's going to end up being a drain pour. I think I just don't care for anything from this brewery. At least nothing that I can recall.
01-29-2014 03:17:55 | More by RblWthACoz
4.31/5 rDev +14.6%
Exponentially better on tap, but the bottles have some serious peanut aromatics and flavors going on. This was bottled on 1/29/14, guess what it looks ruby cola deep brown, with a nice tan mocha head forming nicely. Fine speckled bands of lacing, great looking beer sitting in my glass. Aromatics are peanut butter to the core, think peanut skins and Jiff. Wonderful smell A+ there's not a better smelling beer around with this much similarity to a Reese's peanut butter cup!!! Flavor is dry finished with the peanut butter/dark dry chocolate notes coming forth, I'm glad it has these flavors without stepping into the dessert beer/diabetes realm like some of the Southern Tier Choklat and Crème Brule overt sweetness. There's a natural roasted malt finish with lingering salty peanut notes between sips, man I dig this beer. The first time I had it was a couple months back at Caliente in Bloomfield. Nice to see they are getting distribution in PA at Giant Eagle Market District. Mouthfeel is slick with peanut butter oils and medium bodied with even flowing carbonation it just works, I drained my glass faster than I should but damn it's so good and I thankfully have 5 left!
11-20-2013 19:06:01 | More by WVbeergeek
3.74/5 rDev -0.5%
I had this on tap at T Brendan O'reilly's in Harrisburg, enjoyed from a pint chilled.
The color is deep brown shade with ruby hue at the base with small tan cap with tight bead. The smell is very sweet and nutty with mild peanut and roasty chocolate aroma. The feel is good with slight nuttiness and mild sweet element up front with mild spice and moderately high carbonation which also adds to the impression of bitterness, but mostly dry in the finish.
The taste is good with some light creamy nutty flavors and subtle cocoa tasting with some mild caramel and toasted notes in the porter with some gentle bitterness balancing and mild alcohol. The flavor of the malt is almost biscuit-like in that it has a dry quality, with some oily dry peanut butter taste in the finish. I liked this it was not over the top candy-bar or peanut butter cup flavored, but it is satisfying and does have the taste you might expect given the name, it is a pretty quaffable ale.
03-25-2013 13:57:19 | More by Slatetank
3.74/5 rDev -0.5%
peanut butter is a gnarly ingredient in beer. i mean, brilliant, but when do you add it? i can't see it working in a mash, maybe in a bright tank, but wouldn't it all congeal all weird in the cold and not impart much flavor? if it was added hot, wouldn't it melt and make a greasy beer with no ability to hold a head? lots of questions, and this beer doesn't answer a single one, but i like it for trying. i think my problem with this one is the base beer, not a real robust or full enough bodied porter for the flavors its trying to support. nutty not the nose, more peanuts than peanut butter per se, which I'm fine with, and a cocoa finish. bitter malt and maybe a little over hopped in the taste, but i like the integration of the peanut flavor. more chocolate would help this i think, as would m,pre body on the base beer, but the level of roast is nice and works with the nut complex, and the carbonation is there. seems like it was fermented a little too arm or something, i get a slight staleness to the yeast, but other than that, i enjoyed this quite a lot. could use a few tweaks, but a very cool use of a tricky and perplexing ingredient.
06-07-2014 19:32:41 | More by StonedTrippin
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
First had: on tap at Bainbriedge Street Barrel House, Philly, PA
Dark brown-black pour with a monstrously creamy off-white head about three fingers thick; nice retention and blankets of lacing. (Note: this was a keg kicker.) Aroma was pretty much straight up Reese's pie. Not much else to say other than "yum." The taste reflected the nose, peanut butter, sweet chocolate, toasted bread, a bit of roast in the finish. The body was the weak point here. It was pretty smooth, but also pretty thin, and that caused the otherwise great taste to weaken after a few sips. It was still a good beer overall, and possibly the best I've had from DuClaw. This would probably be a great nitro beer.
02-15-2013 13:59:36 | More by Rifugium
Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
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