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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

mportnoy, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

lobos62, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

JT23, Jun 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Kimbo1318, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of psugrad98
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in bottle. Cold, but I let it warm a few minutes before serving. Poursed a deep dark brown/black with creamy dark caramel colored head. Nose is predominantly of roasted peanuts, with traces of salt, second is of chocolate and followed by roasted malt.

First taste of of roasted peanuts again backed by a strong roasted malt presence. Chocolate is next, but less pronounced and comes off a bit chemical in nature, but every so slightly. Very rich mouthfeel with a slight chewiness that is nice.

Finishes smooth with a soft lingering malty sweetness that is rounded again by.. peanuts. Very good session beer. Not too heavy, but very good.

psugrad98, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Chaney
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great label!

Served in a Port City snifter.

A: Poured out a dark, dark brown color, not quite black, and with a nice robust mocha head sitting on top.

S: Peanuts in spades. Jeez Louise! I could almost get the salt and everything. Very potent.

T: Light to medium in body, but quite the Reese's Cup in terms of flavor, Sure, this was gimmicky, but it worked for me on that level.

M: I wish it were thicker, but that is a minor quibble. The carbonation was fine.

O: It is what it is. Don't judge, just drink and enjoy!

Chaney, Jun 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

ENA, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

RobertColianni, Jun 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

riemster, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of kevanb
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

The beer pours an opaque dark brown, nearly black in color with about a finger of off white head that has moderate retention but yields no lacing. The aroma is incredibly peanut butter heavy, unlike anything I've ever encountered. Salty peanuts with just a bit of dark bitter chocolate behind it and a touch of dark grain. The flavors fall a bit short of the magnificent nose, bitter dark chocolate, that is a bit weak with some smooth grain and lingering salty peanut flavor, but it doesn't even come close to matching the nose. The body is a bit thin and highly carbonated, but coats the mouth well and has a nice creamy finish with just a bit of carbonated zip.

Verdict: Quite an interesting beer and certainly the best use of peanut butter or peanuts I've ever come across. The nose is really amazing but the rest of the beer falls a bit flat in comparison. Still, a solid choice for a dessert beer.

kevanb, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

beerme626, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

cmr5056, May 30, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the few people who have thrown this in as an extra in trades... I haven't had many "peanut butter" beers, but I always love trying new and off-the-wall things, so I was very happy to have a few bottles of this stuff. It pours a dark brown that appears nearly black once it's sitting in the glass. The tan head fades quick but leaves a few small patches of spotty lacing in its path. Translucent only at the beer's extremities.

Mushy, dense, and creamy peanut butter clouds the aroma, and I wouldn't have it any other way. The helping hands of the deeply roasted chocolate malts meshes with the peanut butter to remind us of the combination that has become so popular today. A slight bit of char and roast on the tail end keeps that "stout-y" smell alive, while still being decadently sweet from the soft peanut butter addition.

The first sip tells me that the peanut butter is a bit heavier on the aroma that it will be on the palate, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The taste has a bit more cocoa to it; kind of sweet, soft, and creamy with a bit of roast on the back end. Peanut butter is still an important piece to this puzzle, however - even peanut butter in small amounts can be a powerful statement.

At times, Sweet Baby Jesus can be a bit astringent, with a darting, slightly acidic bitterness that most likely manifests from the roast. It's got that "burning cola" feel. Nothing to be too alarmed about, although it does take the drinkability down just a notch. The finish contains a touch of nutty peanut butter and a light dusting of sweet cocoa. The body on this is a bit thinner than I would have liked, especially for the flavors involved; sharp carbonation, kind of brash and dry in the finish.

I'm trying to think of any other peanut butter porters/stouts that I've had and the only other one that immediately jumps into my head is Odd Side's Peanut Butter Cup Stout. I like that one a little better; the feel the peanut butter is integrated a bit more successfully, giving off a more authentic "peanut butter cup" feel, not to mention the astringency is a non-issue. Either way, this is still a nice peanut butter beer and I'd definitely get it again if it were available to me.

tectactoe, May 29, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

i was very excited to try a beer that is well-received and combines two of my favorite food products.

smelling this was like putting my face into peanut butter and nutella jars. it had an amazing aroma that left me really excited for what was to come. there was faint baking chocolate there, too.

the taste followed, with less hazelnut and more chocolate, but i immediately got unbearable chemical/artificial notes.

i understand that extract probably is required to achieve a beer like this, but i could do without its being so obvious. it was as if i were treated to all these amazing flavors and am thinking THIS IS AWESOME! and then a fairy comes by and shoots hair spray into my mouth.

neverenoughhops, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

st9647v3, May 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Steve_Oldrati, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

e30todamax, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

CraftBeerGuild, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

RoryOMoore, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

cjac, May 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

markgugs, May 24, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown. No head. Just a thin collar. Pretty transparent.

Smell - Lots of nuttiness, not what I'd call distinctly peanut-y though. Some vanilla. Kind of an artificial aroma. Like a hazelnut coffee additive, but more generally nutty.

Taste - Chocolate up front. More of that artificial tasting nut flavor. Some roast here and even a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Thin body. More body and thereby more beer flavor would mask a lot of the strangeness of the nut flavor. Medium carbonation.

Overall - If I can get past the artificial nature of the flavors, it's pretty good. Certainly nothing offensive going on, just not the best.

Alieniloquium, May 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

tattoopunk031, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

CarolinaKevin, May 20, 2013
Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,354 ratings.