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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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85
very good

1,679 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,679
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 147
Gots: 370 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Photo of sjones5045
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

So knowing what I know about DuClaw I go into this knowing its a gimmicky type of beer. Pour dark brown to black with an unremarkable head. Nothing too impressive about the look.

The smell on the other hand is great if you go into it looking for a dessert beer. Smells like a liquified Reese's peanut butter cup.

The taste is exactly the smell. Heavy chocolate malts with a peanut butter aftertaste. Again for a dessert beer, it is great.

Overall, many brewery's label there beer this and that like donut or pretzel but it early tastes like it says it should. Here's a case where it tastes exactly what the label says. So if you buy a chocolate peanutbutter porter and complain that it tastes sweet and chocolately and peanutbutter then it's your own dumb fault. It might be a little thin for a beer but it's a very nice dessert beer from time to time.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter. Big, puffy tan head, two fingers, sticks around for awhile, leaving clumps of lacing on the glass; foam dissipates but leaves a thin, thin layer and a nice solid ring around the glass on the surface of the glass. Cola brown in color and looks rather thin or watery, not as robust as some other porters I've had.

Smells pretty good. Clear chocolate and Peanut butter aromas improve over time, with subtle hints of nuttiness as well. Sense that this could (and should be sweet).

But it's not. The chocolate is bitter, and the peanut butter is chalky and dry.

Feel is not as smooth as expected. It's too carbonated.

Overall, super unique brew, but something tells me it could be better. Worth a try, still.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tectactoe for this enticing extra, & had I known it contained peanut butter & chocolate, it would have vanished long ago. 12 oz. bottle from a brewery I've enjoyed every time I've encountered it.

Pours is flat, deadly, cast-iron black, though the pan is rusting a bit around the edges. The nose is beautiful liquid candy. This might be the time to confess that I have a gigantic hard-on for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups which, if a low-cal version ever arrived on the scene, I might eat every meal. Lovely sweet malts, roast, & a low edge of peanut butter. I approve of this scent.

Sweet Baby Jesus - what the hell does that have to do with the beer, anyways? Sharp, bitter roast knocks hard, too hard, actually, scaring the palate. Trying to extricate itself from the borderline coffee is an underlayment of peanut butter, sweet malts. Chocolate is too faint, but it's nice & creamy. Not tough to put down at all.

Well, my dreams of drinking this all day while shoveling Reese's in my face has fallen sadly short. A pretty good beer, but I'd love to see more peanut & chocolate.

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4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6-pack of 12oz bottles at my local Wegman’s supermarket. No drink/fresh by date on bottle.

Poured semi-vigorously into a pint glass

A- Black in color with some deep red hues when directly held up to the light. Foam produces about a inch-and-a-half khaki colored head. Adequate head retention and lacing on the glass.

S- Smells like a Reese’s cup! The nose is dominated by roasted peanuts, smooth peanut butter and chocolate. Slight cocoa and lactose smells in the background.

T- The taste is simple and straightforward but it delivers exactly what it advertises, a chocolate, peanut butter porter. The taste isn’t as strong as the smell would let on but I think this is what makes this brew so good. Roasted grain and cocoa hit the palette first. The swallow releases notes of salted peanuts and finishes with a dry chocolate taste

M- slightly less than medium in body. Creamy but light mouthfeel (kind of like a fluffiness)

O- This is a unique brew that has been executed pretty damn well. The smell is spot on and the flavors and mouthfeel make this a surprisingly refreshing and drinkable beer. Definitely belongs as a winter night’s brew or after dinner alongside a large slice of chocolate cake. My only improvements would be for a slightly more complex taste and better lacing.

92/100

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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