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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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very good

1,576 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,576
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 135
Gots: 305 | 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:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012)
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Baby Jesus was an extra in my last trade, and I had relatively low expectations, but was intrigued by the novelty of a chocolate peanut butter porter.

Pours an opaque brown that when held up to the light has a deep auburn glow.Little in the way of head or lacing.

Aroma is that of beer candy: the chocolate & peanut butter are prominent and well blended with the malt. The nose is inviting in every way, it smells delicious.

Taste nails the concept of infusing a Reese's peanut butter cup with a well crafted porter quite well. The sweetness stops just shy of cloying, and the alcohol is completely undetectable.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but this is a porter, and I do not agree with previous reviewers that insist a thicker, heavier consistency would carry the flavors better. Sweet Baby Jesus is smooth as silk and quite quaffable (this 12 oz. bottle disappeared quickly).

This is an eye opening beer, the aroma and flavor are delectable, and novelty or not, this just works. Thumbs up on this effort from DuClaw: I'm quite impressed and very pleasantly surprised.

Photo of Boggdogg
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid black color with a cocoa colored head and good lacing.

Smell is outstanding! Call smell peanut butter and cocoa beans.

Taste has good complexity. It tastes like a dark chocolate peanutbutter cup. Seriously it does. The hops definitely add some serious bitterness. No sweetness.

Full bodied very dry mouth feel.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It has great flavor and complexity. A little sweetness would be nice though.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a nice light tan head and good lacing

S-chocolate, peanut butter, dark malt, hint of coffee

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, peanut butter, hint of coffee, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-interesting porter, like the peanut flavor and overall pretty enjoyable

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

What we have here is a reese's beer.
It smells like chocolate and peanut butter with some background roasted malts.
The taste is thick and smooth.
The taste is like peanut butter rolled into chocolate and sprinkled with sweet roasted malt powder.
This is a deifferent beer which would would work well for desserts after a meal.
Overall, I pass.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Tulip Glass

A - Pours a dark dark brown almost pitch black just about a finger of off white head that dissipates really fast and leaves a moderate ring of lacing
S - This is where the peanut butter portion of this beer is at its best, big roasty nutty peanut butter some mild grainy traits, and dark chocolates on the end, even a hint of smokiness.
T - Taste falls off a little bit unfortunately, you definitely get that roasted peanut flavor, but it falls off just a bit, its not as buttery or sweet as you'd expect, its more dark dry and bitter, definitely some dark chocolate and a mild hop undertone.
M - Surprisingly thin for a porter, the initial flavors go away nearly instantly leaving you with some mild carbonation tingling and some dry dark bitter taste.
O - Not bad, a decent novelty this would do much better as an amped up milk stout. Its just too dry and lacking to accentuate the peanut quality to this. Though the aroma is very good, its not as sweet or creamy as I was hoping.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-It pours a dark opaque color with light tan head that disaopears quickly.

S-It smells like the scratch and sniff sticker (if they don't have one they should get one) for the DuClaw beer company! Like a deep smell of chocolate candybars with a hint of nuts. Tasty!

T-Very chocolaty med-heavy feeling lingers to the nuttiness flavor. What complex mixture that blends so well.

O-What a great treat for an "every once in a while" beer. Very filling and just enough ABV to enjoy a growler with your wife. A recommended treat trust me!

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3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the Recces' Peanut Butter Cup as inspiration, the marriage of peanut butter is no longer relegated to candy, but thanks to DuClaw we now have it in ale!

Darkest of dark brown hues settle into the glass with complete opaqueness. Easily mistaken for stout, the ale releases a patient and dense cap of foam. Its khaki froth retains half the session while lacing the glass intermittently. Its somewhat obvious that the peanut oils fights against the foam character.

The promise of chocolate and peanut butter is delivered in the beer's scent. While the steady aromas of mocha, coffee, nuttiness and toasted caramel of the base porter is alive and well as it accepts the peanut butter notes with open arms. Slight starch and a hint of yogurt-like tang supports the peanut buttercup aromas and reinforce ale-like tendencies.

Its simplified taste is a straight-forward dialogue of chocolate and peanut butter with little confusion or complexity from any stout-like roast, any fruitiness, spiciness or hop bitterness. But its one-dimensional is its charm. Not trying to hard to be a Porter, its taste is more suited for the dessert line than it is the beer glass. Unfortunately the uncommon ingredient gives off a mild artificial, waxy taste that seems slightly forced.

Medium-full in body, the ale is probably fuller than it seems. But because of the ale's immense taste, it begs for more creaminess, more body, and more weight. As is, its lightness gives drinkers a sense of thinness in the middle. It needs to be even more savory, richer and bolder in texture in order to meet its taste. Finishing much like it opens, the ale is medium-dry, medium-full, and lingers with the same peanut butter and chocolate taste that it starts with.

Despite its subtle miscues, and after a dozen or so peanut butter-infused beers, Sweet Baby Jesus pulls off the fusion of taste better than any I have experienced thus far. It's "smack-yo-deity" good!

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,576 ratings.