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Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

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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 GarthDanielson
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, black-ish coloring with a thin, low profile, foamy, light tan head. Aromas of full bore peanut butter on the nose. Seriously, it's like you just dove into the middle of a Reese's cup. Holy shit. If you really dig in there, you can get some chocolate highlights, but this bad boy is almost entirely PB on the nose. Flavors fall off a bit, but still solid, with a blast of bittersweet baker's chocolate followed rapidly by a wave of that same peanut butter character. This is one of the better applications of the peanut butter characteristic that I have encountered in the beer world. The body is light, crisp, and dry, with a rich, sweet, roasted peanut butter and chocolate aftertaste. This is a goddamn liquid candy bar. The finish is slick, clean, and dry. Amazing beer...it really is perfect for a candy loving fat guy like myself. What a fun brew!

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

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: loads of peanut butter is all you can detect.

Taste: chocolate, peanut butter, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Long lasting peanut butter flavor sticks to the tongue.

Overall: if you like peanut butter and chocolate this beer is for you.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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 tobelerone
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at pinocchio's in media, pa.

Pours nearly clear and dark brown, with a small head that settles quickly and minimal lacing. Big time peanut butter Reese's aroma with light roasty and coffee notes and hints of bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is a little thin and weak in comparison, with roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate augmented by moderate amounts of peanut butter and coffee flavors. Finish is mostly dry with some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium carbonation with medium to slightly light body. In keeping with the flavor, the feel is a little watery and overall the beer while a novelty is a bit disappointing. Worth a try but not the delicious peanut butter dessert I'd hoped for.

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Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of peanut butter, some chocolate. Taste is very flavorful. Peanut butter up front, some chocolate next, a hint of bitterness at the finish. Well done. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality brew worth seeking out.

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Photo of corby112
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with sporadic streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, robust dark malt aroma with a decent amount of roast countered by sweeter dessert-like chocolate malt and chunky peanut butter. peanut skin, ground nuts and creamy peanut butter actually stand out in the nose. Lightly roasted coffee bean with subtle lactic milk presence along with dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and bread. Interesting take on the style with peanut bitter elements really coming through.

Lighter bod than expected with tight carbonation. Probably a little over carved with dry. deeply roasted dark malt bitterness. Somewhat acrid and lacking in much needed sweetness. The creamy peanut butter and silky chocolate notes form nose are missing. Subtle hint of dry, roasted peanuts along with burnt dark toast bittersweet cocoa. Faint caramel sweetness with toffee, bread and biscuit. Looks and smells great but the flavor profile is overly roasted to the point of tasting almost burnt. One dimensional with not as much peanut or chocolate as I had hoped for.

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did not expect too much here, so I was neither disappointed nor surprised. Deep dark pour into a chilled pint glass. Good head, lots of tiny bubbles, and decent lacing. Nose is perhaps the best thing going on here -- more chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, coffee notes than peanut butter. On the palate, the same flavors dominate, although peanut butter does appear. Reminds me a little of the taste you have in your mouth at the end of a baseball game after eating a bag of roasted peanuts (which is also slightly bummer). But the biggest problem with this beer is the absence of character in the mouthfeel -- it's just a little too thin. Nevertheless, glad I tried it.

I have revisited this beer several times since the review above, and each time I like it more. Last one I had, the body was much more full & pleasing. Upping my rating...

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
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 stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
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 rudzud
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear dark brown with a thin quarter inch head That fades to leave thin head and light wisps.

S - Aromas of nice peanut butter, super faint chocolate, smells like a reeses peanut butter cup, quite pleasant.

T - Taste is sweet malts, poor quality chocolate, sweet, peanut butter isn't bad, not the best but it is pleasant. Not a lot of porter notes but still quite tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, drinkable, sweet.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, nice peanut butter balance.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A dessert beer (or gimmick depending on POV) that I had to try b/c I have a sweet tooth. Looks like a great porter with a black body, one finger tan head, some lace and to bastardize I'll say it has an aroma similar to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup (or any PB cup, to be honest). From there I felt it went down south after that. Smooth, light to medium body that is slightly chewey and bready but quite frankly the peanut butter and chocolate tastes are muddy. It's more like a watered down (with alcohol) peanut butter cup milkshake. I didn't have trouble finishing my pint but I couldn't bother with this again. Also there's a hoppy bitterness and crispness that I wish was more subdued since this is supposed to be a sweet beer, or at least sweeter than your regular beer (even porter).

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
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 wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +13.6%
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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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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Such a deep dark blackish brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a nice mocha lace ring. Very sticky lace ring.
S - Very solid peanut butter cup stronger in the bottle but in the glass more roasty chocolate porter notes with some smoke.
T - Well it's smooth I give it that. Sweet roasted coffee notes and some bittersweet chocolate. The peanut butter is there which is nice not overall strong but just a mild roasted peanut taste. Smell left me a bit underwhelmed though.
M - Very smooth and creamy with a medium bodied drink ability.

Overall considering I paid 5 bucks for the single I am kind of disappointed but am glad to try it. I applaud the effort mostly since it just be hard to really capture that "candy peanut butter" taste in a beer. Not worth picking up a second unfortunately.

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Photo of pathman
1.47/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle @ 45F poured into Nonic glass. Dark brown with ruby highlights and light tan head dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma of roasted peanuts--off to a good start! Body is a bit thin but not too bad for a porter. Well what do you know --it tastes like chocolate and peanut butter!!! ...and then the harshly bitter, artificial flavor qualities kick in!!! Can't take more than a few more sips of this. When I bought it I didn't know that artificial flavors had been added -- that's cheating in my opinion. Worse than that, it just tastes bad. My first non-infected drainpour...EVER! I've always finished my beer, even when it was nasty, because I had assumed that it had been made honestly. I can't say that in this case.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says Bottled 12/30/14.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Big hazelnut aroma that's very sweet with notes of milk chocolate and caramel and peanut oil. Basically smells like Nutella.

T- Flavor is more peanut heavy with less sweetness than the aroma. Slight bitterness with the dark roasted malt complementing the rest of the profile. More chocolate plus some vanilla.

M- Has the viscosity of your usual porter with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- As someone who enjoys a good dessert beer, this one does the job very well. Very easy drinking and is sure to satisfy a peanut butter lover's tastes.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a snifter

A dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Some mild spider web lacing left behind as the cap falls to a thin layer. Robust porter notes of dark malts, cocoa, and roast with a layer of peanut butter over top. Strong peanut nose. On the palate, milk chocolate/cocoa rolls over the palate first with medium roast coming through mid palate and peanut butter quickly in tow. The finish is some lingering sweet chocolate, peanut butter, and mild roast. Smooth, creamy feel with low carbonation. A little on the lighter side of medium bodied. I've had a couple of these chocolate/peanut butter beers lately and this is easily the most peanut forward and tasty of the bunch.

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Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

An excellent combination of roasty malts with peanut butter. The peanut butter is pronounced and adds to the flavor of the beer. One of the better beers I have had in some time.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose, khaki-colored head that dissipates towards the shoulders. Nose on this beer is great - think peanut butter cups with just a hint of roast. Taste follows nose; however, not as bold as the nose and a little watery. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to light) with a light, even carbonation, a thin body and a slight oiliness. Overall, a pretty decent porter - great nose, but falls apart in the flavor profile and mouthfeel. A decent porter, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle split with my brother after being given this as an extra in a trade with matishopbrew. Poured into mason jars and consumed today, 4/7/2013.

Aroma: Dang! This is awesome. It basically smells like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup melted down into liquid form, I am not exaggerating at all. Very pungent and thick nose. Appetizing for those of us who have a sweet tooth! (5)

Colour: Pretty standard appearing porter with a dark cola coloured body and a 2cm beige head that persists for some time- until it dissipates leaving a collar. Lacing is decent, but again these were poured into mason jars. Very porter-looking porter. (3)

Flavour: Not quite as PBC as the aroma is, but its not half bad. Lot of chocolate and peanut (not quite peanut butter but rather the flavour you get when you chew a handful of peanuts for 5 minutes) along with some roast malt typical of porter beers. It's quite nice. It doesn't live up to the smell but that's ok. (4)

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, solid carbonation. Pretty standard feeling porter that finishes with a dry chocolate bitterness. (3)

Overall: Neat beer to try. Didn't know beer could smell like Reese's but apparently this one does. It's the main thing it has going for it, and it definitely makes it stand out quite a bit. The flavour isn't quite as strong as the smell but it does follow it somewhat so it's not a purely one-dimensional beer. Worth trying a few times, and definitely recommendable to a fellow beer drinker who has a sweet tooth. Or sweet teeth. Thanks for giving me the chance to try this, Brad! (4)

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6.5% ABV,

A - Sweet Baby Jesus pours without a sound, filling the nonic with a beer as black as 95% dark chocolate and a sturdy light khaki head that leaves dots of lace on the glass.

S - Without even pouring the beer, Sweet Baby Jesus' robust chocolate-covered peanut aroma bursts out of the manger. Smooth milk chocolate and dusty cocoa share the dark spotlight with cocktail peanuts following up nicely, all overtaking it's "beeriness".

T - More beer-like than the aroma lets on, Sweet Baby Jesus has a cocoa-heavy, dry malty base balanced by earthy English hops which cuts through the milk chocolate presence the nose offers while maintaining some peanut flavor, though artificial like the label states.

M - Exuberant carbonation dances on the tongue while Sweet Baby Jesus washes over with loads of dry, dusty cocoa presence and a subtly sweet, medium-bodied finish.

O - Sweet Baby Jesus is unique, do doubt about that, but this flavored porter's taste and finish, while good, show obvious signs it's brewed with artificial flavor. Like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, chocolate-covered peanut filling is abounding and, during most of the beer's consumption, keeps it from really being like a "beer". In the end, it's a nicely crafted brew that's one hell of an experience.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, "bottled 12/14/12" stamped on the neck.

appears almost black, ruby colored in the corners when held up to the light. very good head retention, with some lacing too. smells exactly like a peanut butter chocolate cake. Awesome!
the taste isn't quite as spot on. a touch of roasty chocolate and nuttiness. mild earthy hops too. medium to thicker body, lower to medium carbonation. works well.

overall - even thought it's gimmicky, a pretty good beer. great desert!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep-deep brown color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell mixed with a whole lot of a milk chocolate aroma. Other sweeter smells of caramel and a rather potent showing of a roasted peanut butter smell also are in the aroma. A bit of coffee is there as well, producing an overall aroma of a somewhat drier peanut butter cup nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet milk chocolate taste with a moderate roasted malt and light coffee flavor. While little peanut butter taste is present upfront, it begins coming in soon after the initial flavors hit the tongue. All while this occurs, the sweeter flavors seem to get even sweeter with more milk chocolate and caramel coming to the tongue and with some of the coffee flavors dwindling. A little bit of a roasted bitter flavor joins the flavor at the very end of the taste leaving a nice and sweet chocolaty and moderately peanut buttery flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For a porter of 6.5 % abv. this one is a little on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. For the sweeter milk chocolate and peanut butter flavors, a bit of a thicker body may have created a slightly better and more dessert like feel, but even said the higher carbonation was actually quite nice for the sweet flavors and made for a more easy drinkability in the beer. So with that the feel was fairly nice overall.

Overall – A nice sweet chocolate peanut butter cup brew with a good drinkability and abv. If the body was only a little bit thicker this would be spot on for a dessert brew. Even so this is really a quite nice brew overall.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.