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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,210 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 108
Gots: 161 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012)
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-30-2012 18:05:00 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When I realized that I was nearing my review of Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, I decided that I would score a couple of bottles of this one for both a side-by-side (sort of, hours later) as well as making an eventual blend with their Dirty Little Freak to be called a Dirty, Sweet, Little Jesus Freak (Baby optional).

From the bottle: "Craft be Cherished. Rules be Damned."; "Respect_the_Fluid"; "A classic, full-bodied, robust porter with a smooth, dry finish and just enough hops to balance aromas and flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and peanut butter so rich that just one sip and you will ... exclaim the name!"

I used my usual heavy-handed pour if for no other reason than to get a pseudo-cascade rolling in the glass. This produced not quite two fingers of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. I found the nose to be more muted than the Horny Goat. Here, the chocolate was more prevalent with the peanut butter underlying it, which struck me as being perhaps more palatable. Mouthfeel was medium, thinner that the Horny Goat, but more in line with what I expect in a Porter. The taste was unexpectedly rich and here I was reminded of my paternal grandmother's birthday cake icing, usually on Devil's Food Cake. She would buy frosting mix (do they even sell that any more?) and mix it up in a mixing bowl using a mixer, and once it achieved a certain creaminess, she would add in chunky peanut butter to thicken it and then slather it on the cake. As a kid, I really looked forward to birthdays at our house, but now, I would probably find it too sweet. Now, to clarify on this one - it was sweet, yes, but not as sweet as the Horny Goat. The finish was semi-dry, at most, but there was still a good bit of sweetness lingering in evidence well past the swallow. Just like with the Horny Goat, this would be a one-and-done for me, but given a choice, I would take this one before a Horny Goat simply because it just was not quite as sweet. More damning with faint praise, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2014 03:02:48 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours dark brown with a small off white head leaving spotty trails of thin lace down the top part of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh toasted peanuts, bakers chocolate and the dark roasted grain. The nuts are strong, combining with the chocolate to make this ones nose exactly as advertised.

T - Tastes just like it smells, maybe with a bit less nuts, making it a bit more balanced. Some light hop bitterness comes through as it warms up. Finish is roasty, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after consumption.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel. Finish is roasty, lingering for quite awhile.

O- Overall a pretty good chocolate PB beer but not the best I have had. Definitely worth a shot if your into this kind of beer, just don't expect the something mind blowing.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 06:59:24 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle now referred to as "Sweet Baby Jesus!" Coming in at a renewed 6.5% abv as well. Poured into a matching DuClaw pint glass, the brew appears a dark brown color that displays polished clarity around the edges when held to the light. It has some ruby coloration through the body and more of a mahogany look to it in the light. 2 fingers worth of tan head sit atop and fade to a thin film leaving some webby lace work sticking to the glass.

The aroma is exactly as advertised. Fresh roasted nuts with a hint of chocolate and roasty grain. They really drive home the nutty aspect that is very reminiscent of Reese's peanut butter cups. There is a slight fruity alcohol ester hidden underneath but the main component of the aromatics is the peanut aspect.

The taste is not as solidified with peanut butter as the aroma leads you to believe which is kinda disappointing but a good thing at the same time. Instead of being a peanut butter bomb, it is roasty with grain and a minor hint of dark fruity alcohol. Salty peanuts are a pretty big player in the flavor profile with enough fruity hop quality present to also impart a bit of an herbal aspect that keeps things in check.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The aroma really drives home the expected peanut butter and chocolate quality in a very pleasing way. However, the flavor comes up a bit short and in a perplexing way. It has hints of peanut butter and chocolate but the fruity alcohol and hops clash a bit with it. Not bad and worth a try but not the sweet baby jesus reaction I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 21:40:45 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-20-2013 16:13:21 | More by InspectorBob
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-29-2014 13:00:10 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-08-2013 15:35:26 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-15-2013 00:45:39 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-05-2013 19:34:36 | More by ejimhof
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

09-25-2013 23:31:35 | More by BillRoth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Shared by the Rhino.

The beer is brown with ruby highlights. Light tan hued head that measures about an inch. The aroma brings peanut butter, nuts, circus peanuts. Similar flavor with some earthy tones, subtle chocolate. Milk chocolate with peanuts in the finish. Pretty thin in body. Nutty flavors dominate a bit too much. Good in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:35:47 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-19-2013 01:14:56 | More by Gonzoillini
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2014 00:14:39 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A rich creamy light tan head, four fingers tall and clumpy fluffy head produced. Good retention and sits on a very dark black walunt and totally opaque body. Really aggressive looking porter.

Nose smells of peanut butter. Salt. Faint chocolate malts, it gives the impression of peanut butter ice cream. A bit one dimensional and coming off like a root beer float soda than a beer but it's inviting.

Palate is a bit of a dissapointment. Salty body mixes with a peanut taste, and a bitter finish. No roasted malts or hint of porter like character. Nicely bodied to style, with some good depth in the palate and even a hint of creamy-ness witch matches the ice cream nose nicely.

Overall it's a real neat novelty beer, but it just doesn't taste that great. It does remind me back in the day of that artificial peanut butter topping I used at an ice cream shop that gets too salty at times. But it is drinkable, needs more of a chocolate angle to balance it out and then you'd have something quite special I think.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 20:23:15 | More by smakawhat
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-02-2013 19:14:57 | More by mdaschaf
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-03-2013 00:21:53 | More by tdm168
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sendbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-25-2013 17:26:14 | More by sendbeer
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-08-2014 23:10:37 | More by Zaphog
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-03-2013 01:16:51 | More by rolltide8425
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-16-2013 14:16:42 | More by xnicknj
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2013 20:36:45 | More by tobelerone
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 04:43:38 | More by GarthDanielson
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 00:12:55 | More by BeerFMAndy
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-27-2013 14:51:01 | More by ShanePB
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown. No head. Just a thin collar. Pretty transparent.

Smell - Lots of nuttiness, not what I'd call distinctly peanut-y though. Some vanilla. Kind of an artificial aroma. Like a hazelnut coffee additive, but more generally nutty.

Taste - Chocolate up front. More of that artificial tasting nut flavor. Some roast here and even a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Thin body. More body and thereby more beer flavor would mask a lot of the strangeness of the nut flavor. Medium carbonation.

Overall - If I can get past the artificial nature of the flavors, it's pretty good. Certainly nothing offensive going on, just not the best.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 02:26:45 | More by Alieniloquium
Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.