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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,679 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,679
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 146
Gots: 368 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012

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

Dark brown body with Coca-Cola highlights. Small rapidly decaying light tan head.

Aroma heavily features peanut butter with chocolate support.

Taste starts with a coffee note, before giving way to chocolate. Nice bitter nip at the swallow. Strong peanut butter finish.

Medium mouthfeel, a little thinner than I prefer for a porter.

It works as a nice festive treat.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft in straight pint glass at Sine Irish Pub in Richmond VA on1/4/14.

A- black. Lacing coats glass. Half finger head for a few minutes, then thin head remains.

S- As a kid growing up in the late 60s and early seventies, I remember opening my Halloween candy bag after a big haul and taking a deep draw. The wonderful mixture of chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallow, banana, vanilla and who knows what other sweet concoctions. Sweet Baby Jesus is an incredible recreation of that experience. Simply amazing!

T- chocolate, peanut butter dominate, but hops do come through, along with coffee. Inhale as you drink and all those aromas mentioned earlier come through. Yet, its not overtly sweet, and ends with a mildly hoppy dry finish.

M- moderately thick, not cloying. Dry finish.

O- a unique experience, certainly a sipping beer that would pair well with dessert, or enjoyed alone. I couldn't see drinking it regularly, however.

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3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled on 11/22/2013. Served in a standard pint glass

Appearance: Pours dark brown with 2 fingers of a tan head that settles to a thin coating and collar. Body is dark, but can be seen through when held up to light.

Smell: Lots of peanut butter, and chocolate with some hints of coffee and roasted malt.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Peanut butter, peanuts, and milk chocolate dominate with some notes of roast and malt sweetness making themselves known as well, but to a lesser extent.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied. Medium carbonation. No alcohol detectable.

Overall: The base beer itself is really pretty mild and unimpressive. This is just a canvass to showcase the chocolate and peanut butter additions. This is more or less a liquid Reeces peanut butter cup. So if that sounds appealing to you, you should pick this up. If not, stay away.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Definitely peanut butter, roasted coffee, chocolate, and a little smoke.

Taste: Pretty much a blend of above flavors with some mild lingering bitterness. Quite the balance of flavors as one doesn't overpower the other.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, nutty, medium bodied,

Overall: This beer was delicious. Not sure how many I could have, but definitely a good one every once in a while.

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Review adapted from notes taken 1/9/14

Appearance: Moderately dark brown with some medium brown clarity around the edges, would probably be clear if not for the color - pours with a small, light tan head, fades to virtually nothing, but does leave a few spots

Smell: Successfully manages to smell like peanuts and chocolate - baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, and some milk chocolate - peanut buttery, with some roasted peanuts, but not particularly roasty - malts have some nice roast though - caramel malt, brown ale malts, roasted, toasted malts - some mocha - some general sweetness and something like vanilla

Taste: Roasted malts with peanut butter and chocolate - roasty, toasted malts - some caramel, toasted biscuits - lots of sweetness from the malts, which I would normally criticize, but it works with the other flavors - chocolate, including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and Tootsie Rolls - interesting level of peanuts - definitely there, definitely peanut buttery, definitely interesting - lots going on, but it's light enough that it's not a mess

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, low but kind of prickly carbonation, kind of sticky

Overall: False. Beer did include baby or Jesus.

I can see why this is polarizing. The chocolate and peanut flavors are definitely nice, but the body is kind of weird. Personally, I like it. This is a lot of flavor for a 6.5% beer. It feels a bit light, but it works.

Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,679 ratings.