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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,587 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,587
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 136
Gots: 315 | FT: 21
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 ThaneMcC
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

App - Inky, dark brown with off white head and minimal effervescent.
Smell – Roasted malts, dark chocolate, peanut butter, hint of graham cracker.

Taste - Chocolate/cocoa forward, peanut butter, nice hoppy astringency that balances the sweet.

Mouthfeel – Light-medium body (somewhere between 1% and 2% milk), alcohol well disguised.

Overall: A novel beer, ideal for sipping but not sure I could drink more than one in a sitting. A little cloying

Photo of Soldier000
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigtim412
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Chovy’s, Meadville, PA, $6.75/alleged 16 oz
Aroma of bitter chocolate
Head removed by bartender – what’s left is light brown, creamy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and layer
Lacing excellent – nearly covers interior with tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with bitter chocolate and coffee; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetytl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.75, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

Photo of miffsudd
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Monkeefartz
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaemeno3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: December 18, 2014... GLASSWARE: Guinness classic pint... OCCASION: a Blackish marathon... APPEARANCE: dark black body with creamy brown head that laces and traces well; head is steady throughout... AROMA: burnt toffee and what can only be described as scratch'n'sniff peanut butter; oats, chocolate and vanilla provide a balance of undertones... PALATE: rich, creamy and medium-bodied; slightly warming at 6.5% ABV; agreeable...TASTE: more peat than peanut; roasted malty goodness--a bit grainy and gritty, as a lunchbox brew should be... OVERALL: expectations were impossibly high here, and unfortunately, the beer could not meet them--but to be fair, its mild chocolate and peanut butter compliments the earthy mouthfeel, and a solid porter is worthy of being sought out...

Photo of pDubs
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at VB3 in Jersey City; it was served in its own Sweet Baby Jesus! pint glass which showed off its very dark brown (think Tootsie Roll dark) color and small creamy tan head that faded slowly and left excellent lacing coating the sides.

Smelled of peanut butter, oats and roasted grains up front, with cocoa powder or coffee grind notes and a nice dose of nutty sweetness with some charred hints. It's basic porter nose allows the peanut butter aroma to be the star of the show, which worked well for me since I love peanut butter.

Taste is very similar to the nose but the peanut butter is dialed down quite a bit with more chocolate malt coming through, then oats, roasted nuts, roasted grains, cocoa powder, coffee grinds, little hints of syrup and a roasty bitterness. Like the nose the simplicity allows the peanut butter to be the star of the show, which was the point of this novelty brew which I think hit the mark for what it was trying to be.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth with mild bitterness, a little bit if a chewy feel and enough cocoa malts to compliment the peanut butter flavor and hide the ABV completely. Not sure I could have more than one per session, but I'd definitely recommend this and have it again.

Photo of Chrislovesbacon
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheFizzinator
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ShaneHarris
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

In general, I always think peanut butter chocolate porters sound and smell better than how they taste, or maybe I haven't found the right one yet, because I had higher expectations (especially from friends who had this beer before me). It was a good beer, but on the lower end of the porters on my list.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of meganelizabeth86
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cmkrum
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Ruggin_Diego
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Robbie_Fish
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Sean_King
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jman42
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

A = Deep dark brown (seems black until you hold to the light) with a nice light brown head. Good lacing, but only a moderate head.

S = The peanut butter is dominant, followed by a nice chocolate aroma

T = More of a roasted coffee taste with some underlying chocolate. The peanut butter taste is nowhere near as obvious as it is in the aroma.

M = This is where I was disappointed. I really expected this beer to have a much thicker feel to it, but it is quite watery.

O = A nice beer. Something different. If they could figure out how to make it a bit thicker and get the peanut butter taste to be as prevalent as it smells they'd have a real winner.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,587 ratings.