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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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1,354 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,354
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 115
Gots: 217 | FT: 18
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

tgeorgf, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

twenteone, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bbrown12, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Vaultdweller27, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Kgrubb1224
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Kgrubb1224, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Why-P-A
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: Very dark, but not pitch black, with a hint of red. Extremely light carbonation when poured.

S: Extremely powerful nose of peanut butter, a potential slight chocolate aroma but the peanut butter dominates.

T: No shortage flavors going on. Somewhat bitter initially which suggests dark chocolate then finishing with some odd off-tastes. Also, the powerful flavors start to overwhelm the palate so the later sips are not as overpowering as the initial ones. The dark malt body and any hops that may be present are overwhelmed by the syrupy tasting flavor additives.

M: The initial finish is dry and not thick at all in body, but it somehow leaves mouth feeling sweet and sticky.

O: This is a beer that must be drank in small doses. Fine for splitting with a friend at the end of the night but it really does a number on the palate. Certainly infused with chocolate and peanut butter flavors as advertised but the flavors are somewhat harsh and don't seem as balance as they could be.

Why-P-A, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of bum732
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

S: Super rish, fudgy chocolate syrup, peanut earthiness complementing, chocolate definitely dominates, cake batter. More peanut butter as it warms.

L: Fairly dark brown, light tan head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Chocolate cocoa up front with a slight fruity note following. Peanut nuttiness is fairly subtle. Low bitterness with some salty peanut butter. Finishes semi-dry with additional chocolate cake batter. Pretty short finish.

M: Medium low bodied, medium carbonation.

Not bad, nose is definitely better than the taste. Could us a bit more body, but a nice treat in moderation.

bum732, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of mhksuccess
2.03/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Pour from a bottle into snifter glass
pour is dark brown and little head
smell is heavy peanut butter slight chocolate
taste is kind of like reese peanut butter cup but not as sweet
kind of like drinking liquid peanut butter
was smooth but taste horrible
actually split the bottle with my girlfriend she took one sip and drain pour
i was brave and drank a couple more sips than follow her and drain pour
was weird not in a good way and fit for the drain instead of the bottle
would never try again

mhksuccess, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Rast
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Rast, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of RJBeverage
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name caught my attention in the store, but the idea of a peanut butter chocolate sold me.

Poured into a glass, it is dark brown, cola like colour with a tan head that dissipates but doesn't go entirely away. As much as I wanted to smell the peanut nose most reviewers speak of all I smell was a roasted chocolate odor. The taste is a burnt toast and chocolate, thick feel, not sweet at all like some chocolate beers. Overall I'd say it's an above average chocolate porter or stout. I would definitely buy this again.

Purchased in Gettysburg, I haven't yet seen Du Claw beers in the Pittsburgh area.

RJBeverage, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

jbdpsu82, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

MinorThreat, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mtalley999, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Hermthegerm
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Hermthegerm, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Gonzoillini, Jun 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

ILiveOffHops, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A rich creamy light tan head, four fingers tall and clumpy fluffy head produced. Good retention and sits on a very dark black walunt and totally opaque body. Really aggressive looking porter.

Nose smells of peanut butter. Salt. Faint chocolate malts, it gives the impression of peanut butter ice cream. A bit one dimensional and coming off like a root beer float soda than a beer but it's inviting.

Palate is a bit of a dissapointment. Salty body mixes with a peanut taste, and a bitter finish. No roasted malts or hint of porter like character. Nicely bodied to style, with some good depth in the palate and even a hint of creamy-ness witch matches the ice cream nose nicely.

Overall it's a real neat novelty beer, but it just doesn't taste that great. It does remind me back in the day of that artificial peanut butter topping I used at an ice cream shop that gets too salty at times. But it is drinkable, needs more of a chocolate angle to balance it out and then you'd have something quite special I think.

smakawhat, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

AngusOg, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me by one of my distributor sales managers. DuClaw isn't available in NJ, but he got it from their sister distributor in Philly. Poured the bottle into 4 sample cups to share with some of my employees to get their opinion as well.

AP: Naturally, I'm not going to get much of a head pouring 3oz into a sample cup. The colour was dark brown, like rich coffee beans or milk chocolate bars.
AR: Chocolate/cocoa, peanut butter roast, brown bread.
T: Chocolate in a cocoa or dark chocolate kind of way, Earthy hops, a hint of PB but not roasted like it smelled. The roasted malts get very prominent towards the end and on the finish. The aftertaste of dark chocolate and PB grows on you, it really lingers.
M: Medium body, thought it was a bit thin for a Porter, smooth on the palate with a dry finish and a touch of bitter hops.
OV: I think my employees liked it more than I did, but this beer grew on me with each sip. It's tasty, though I wish the body were a bit heavier. So DuClaw, why aren't you in NJ yet?

GuinnessAtRogerWilco, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

martinproulx15, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jrohrbacher, Jun 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

weaselchew, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown/black color with a 1 ½ to 2 fingers of creamy dark caramel colored head. Great example of what a porter should look like.

Aroma: It’s called a chocolate peanut butter porter, and boy, are they not kidding! The beer has strong aromas of roasted peanuts and chocolate and roasted malt and dark bread and the usual roasted coffee smell that most porters have. Smells absolutely fantastic.

Taste: Again, the name isn’t lying. This is very much peanut butter and chocolate! Roasted peanuts and slightly bitter chocolate are the first tastes I get, followed by strong roasted malt presence and dark bread, followed by a slight saltiness that goes well with the chocolate. What surprises me is that this isn’t a sweet beer, which you would think it would be, no, this is a nice savory beer. The beer certainly has that roasted malt/coffee flavor that porters should have, it just also has an extra dimension, depth really, that the peanut butter and chocolate provides. Great taste!

Mouthfeel: Not as carbonated as the head of the beer led me to believe, but that’s a good thing as I like my porters and stouts to have very little carbonation. However, the beer isn’t overly smooth either, there’s a chewiness present that I really like.

Overall: I really liked this beer. It’s very drinkable on its own, but with food, it’s even better! Deserts are the obvious paring, brownies, etc., and it makes an unbelievable ice cream beer float, but I really liked it with pretzels and other salty snacks.

Jeffreysan, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured a dark brown cola color with a ruby hue around the edges. A great head of loose foam that fell fast to a collar and cap with a thin skin that never faded. Soapy wet lace. The nose is peanuts. Dry roasted peanuts, a little salty. Reminds one of a reeses peanut butter cup. Some milk chocolate comes through as it warms and some dark fruits. No alcohol on the nose. There is a little tiny hint of floral way in back. This has a great malt toasty smell too. Taste is peanuts and more peanuts. Follows the nose all the way. The body of this beer is thinner than you would expect from the smell and not very creamy. Malt is deep and has some toast, roast and unsweetened chocolate to go with all those peanuts. Little hint of vanilla. It finishes dry and with some hop bitter on the back palate and in the aftertaste. The dark fruits are lost to the peanuts but they are there in the background as a touch of earth. There is even a little hay on the palate. It’s salty like peanuts and warms slightly as you sip it. This was very enjoyable beer. Unique and very smooth. It’s as though they took your favorite candy bar and made it into a beer.

utopiajane, Jun 12, 2013
Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.