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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,513 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,513
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 132
Gots: 279 | FT: 19
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Darkmagus82, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Kadonny
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A medium to dark brown color with a one finger light brown head. Slight glass lacing.

S: Wow, peanut butter? For sure! I got lots of peanut butter and chocolate on the nose, some roasted notes and slight sweetness. Great smelling brew!

T: Well, I'm a little let down here based on the outstanding smell. The peanut butter flavor is really way more just plain nutty rather than peanut butter. Loads of hazelnut mix with dark chocolate flavors and some roasted flavor. Some toffee sweetness mixes with the nuttiness and chocolate as the finish turns slightly bitter with hops. Roasted flavor seems to linger in my mouth.

M: Medium, a little thin actually. Good carbonation, no alcohol.

O: I really wish the beer could have followed through with the peanut butter flavor as much as it had it on the nose, but alas it didn't. Still it was a very solid porter that was enjoyable.

Solid beer that I will buy again to have when I want something different, but not a beer I would drink regularly.

Kadonny, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

lillitnn92, Yesterday at 01:45 PM
Photo of Reemer686
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Makes for a great desert beer

Reemer686, Wednesday at 06:48 PM
Photo of jeffnazar
3/5  rDev -20.4%

jeffnazar, Wednesday at 04:09 AM
Photo of Mgreco
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

Mgreco, Wednesday at 12:34 AM
Photo of EuphonicHops
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

EuphonicHops, Tuesday at 09:35 PM
Photo of OsoBueno
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Delicious.

OsoBueno, Tuesday at 04:16 AM
Photo of Runninassassin
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%

Runninassassin, Monday at 10:41 PM
Photo of jessealmlie
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

jessealmlie, Monday at 09:46 PM
Photo of jmn5082
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

jmn5082, Monday at 06:44 PM
Photo of Homebrew
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Homebrew, Monday at 06:40 PM
Photo of Larsmiles7
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Larsmiles7, Monday at 06:36 AM
Photo of dabarton
4/5  rDev +6.1%

This beer is a perpetual guilty pleasure for me. Its overt peanut butter character combined with its chocolaty body and delicious malt character make this the beer equivalent of bacon mac and cheese for me, comfort beer, but also something I don't want everyday.

As a Baltimore native living in New England, I also enjoy skating this beer with friends as a novelty.

Overall, this beer is a solid to excellent novelty porter that compares favorably with more mainstream American Porters. A decidedly sweet beer, this is not for everyday drinking but is certainly worth trying for any beer enthusiast or casual drinker in the area. This beer can generally be found only in the midatlantic.

dabarton, Sunday at 04:00 PM
Photo of ali1987
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ali1987, Sunday at 01:54 AM
Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

newbeeraday, Sunday at 01:51 AM
Photo of harryhops
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%

harryhops, Saturday at 10:47 PM
Photo of mdcrouser
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

mdcrouser, Saturday at 09:20 PM
Photo of LarryMyers
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%

LarryMyers, Saturday at 03:55 PM
Photo of KornWallace
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 11/14/14
Location: Wegman's Allentown
Draught/Bottle: 12oz Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Black to dark brown. The beers edging is a little more bright allowing some color in- light brown to Ruby. Pours with little light off brown carbonation, below average retention. The head was gone within 30 seconds. But does maintain a slight carbonation right at the beers edge.
Aroma: Pungent peanut butter aroma, I don't even need to be near the glass to start picking up this smell. It might be the peanuts but I also get a slightly earthy, grass to dirt, aroma. Sweet sugar smells between lactose and white sugar combined with milk chocolate. Some roasted malts provide a slightly arabica coffee aroma.
Taste: The Porter flavors break through better in the flavor as I pick up more roast, bordering on the light side of ashy. It's at the back and really helps with the Peanut Butter/Milk chocolate sweetness. I do get some peanut shells in the flavor that is new as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that has some sugar coating action, but never cloying, on the tongue. Medium High carbonation that helps lift the sugar sweetness a touch.

Notes: Bottled 8/15/14

KornWallace, Nov 14, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +1.9%

Dominic_Decoco, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of UltimateLivewire
5/5  rDev +32.6%

UltimateLivewire, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of beershack1
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%

beershack1, Nov 12, 2014
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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
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