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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,529 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 135
Gots: 288 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012)
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Photo of Ethanol4one
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks great, with nice dark roast color and a giant head with aroma to match, it also delivers flavors consistent with the promise of its label, which also to its credit admits to the "artificial flavorings" that make it so, but the trouble is this-- would you want to drink a hopped Reese's candy bar?

The hops make it very odd, like spelling Pam with an "n" at the end. Maybe another choice of hops, maybe something more subdued, as you'd use in a Wit to accent banana - clove flavors... And no, I'm not trying to turn this into the fantasy football version of beer ratings, but I agree with most of the reviews, it makes a great novelty, but overwhelms the taste buds quickly, making it hard to take more than one.

Ethanol4one, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of FleetwoodMatt
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

FleetwoodMatt, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of cjgiant
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: black, mild head with mild lacing
S: overpoweringly peanut butter, sweet and nice, tried hard to sense something else, and could maybe make out a little chocolate behind the up front scent, but I think I may have wanted to find something moreso than it actually being there
T: They say the impression of taste is influenced by smell, I'd have to say this might apply here. I get peanut butter, of course, but the taste is moreso bitter mocha/cocoa of the actual beer.
M: There isn't much, but the beer seems to have a strange carbonation or other bite near the end, but otherwise, it kind of just dies off with only a mild lingering of a dark-malted beer.

cjgiant, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Swift989
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Swift989, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of MastaShonuf
4.5/5  rDev +19%

MastaShonuf, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of stckhndlr
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark dark ruby red with a 1 inch tan head. Faint bubble flowing up the side of the glass. With the beer cold it's hard to form the head and it doesn't stick around long.

S- Toasted nut and cocoa bean smell wrapped up in peanut butter. Very pungent almost like a dark roast coffee. The smell has almost an artificial smell. As many claims say it is the same as a Reese's PB cup, I can't say I agree completely. It more resembles the Dark Reese's PB cups. It smells as if it lacks the sugars necessary to be milk chocolate flavor. But definitely dark roasted and malty with this one.

T- Definately picking up the peanut butter. Has a flavor of a roasted peanut that may have gone just a bit too long over the fire. It just tastes like they over roasted it. The charred bean flavor is very prominent in the finish. Not too appealing The chocolate comes in second to back up the peanut butter then gives way to the charred finish.

M- Smooth and malty, Lots of creamy texture to it. Full body really fills the mouth as it warms up a bit.

O- This is an ok beer that simply lacks in the finish. Just pulling back the slightest bit on the roasted nut quality and working to reduce the artificialness of it will definitely put this one at the top of the list. If you are a dark chocolate lover this one is for you. But be warned that it can wear down the palate quickly.

stckhndlr, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of dtreindl
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very unique flavor: nutty, milky (lactose) but slightly unnatural. However, if you're in the mood for something different, then this is a good bet. I want to call it a "nutty porter". I did not experience the large head others described. My draft had a small, quickly dissipating head.

dtreindl, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of haazer
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown brew that is highly carbed. A two finger thick dark mocha colored head sits atop. The head settles down to a thin ring, not leaving any lace. However lace becomes apparent as you drink. Some light does get through this beer at the top and bottom.

S - Smells of toasty malt. Some peanut butter is in the nose for sure. A little of bitter dark chocolate also.

T - It's a bittersweet chocolate profile upfront, and what do you know there is a peanut butter taste following! It kind of tastes like reese's puff cereal. It's got a bit of wafer taste to it like Big Gruesome had also, but not as much. The biggest downside to this is I taste some sort of stale malt in here. Almost like they didn't roast enough or dropped pale malts in here.

M - Medium bodied brew with mid to high level carbonation.

O - Aside from the stale flavor, this thing is pretty good. Not so much to make me say the name. I think if they changed the malt bill on this it could be great. It has more of a peanut butter flavor that's for sure, but if I had to choose I'd take Big Gruesome over this. Still glad I picked up a six pack though.

haazer, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BillRoth, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at dog and bull
Poured into a tulip ? Very dark brown with an awesome light brown, thick fluffy heading. Leaves great lacing until the last drop.

Heavy roasted grains and nuts. A helluva alot of chocolate. Slight lactic notes and damn more and more of a chocolatey-peanut finish.

Lactic and chocolate flavor right up front. I get a heavy roasted hazlenut kicks into gear for a nice smooth middle. Finishes with a slight mask of alcohol and chocalate powdery notes.

Full bodied, solid carbonation. Neither chewy or watery excellent balance.

Overall is very surprising. I've heard alot about this brew and finally got to have my fill. Good choice.

TheFightfan1, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Such a deep dark blackish brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a nice mocha lace ring. Very sticky lace ring.
S - Very solid peanut butter cup stronger in the bottle but in the glass more roasty chocolate porter notes with some smoke.
T - Well it's smooth I give it that. Sweet roasted coffee notes and some bittersweet chocolate. The peanut butter is there which is nice not overall strong but just a mild roasted peanut taste. Smell left me a bit underwhelmed though.
M - Very smooth and creamy with a medium bodied drink ability.

Overall considering I paid 5 bucks for the single I am kind of disappointed but am glad to try it. I applaud the effort mostly since it just be hard to really capture that "candy peanut butter" taste in a beer. Not worth picking up a second unfortunately.

DrDemento456, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of circus_cat
4.5/5  rDev +19%

circus_cat, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of themind
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma of this beer is awesome! chocolate, roasted malts, peanut butter just a very appealing aroma. Pours pitch black into a nice DF goblet. The taste was very good but did not live up to the aroma and the mouthfeel was a little thin. With a little work this brew could be Legendary. If the aroma and taste matched with a little more thickness this beer would be stellar. In the end it is still very good.

Bottom Line: Excellent beer!

themind, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

IrishColonial, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

deonreds, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.5/5  rDev +19%

MrMcGibblets, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured this into a goblet. I have to admit it was only as small bit, so it wasn't a fair pour. I'm deathly allergic to peanut butter, so I was extremely tentative (with meds in hand). Anyway, when I did, it had a coke color with virtually no head and thin lacing. The smell was of nuts, but not peanuts to me, but then again, I don't have the most accurate sense of smell when it comes to peanuts- since I'm usually getting the willies when I smell them. It also smelled like a porter, but I didn't pick up on the chocolate. The taste was nutty. It reminded me of fresh hazelnuts and was pretty tasty. The only hint of chocolate came on the aftertaste. The beer had a thin mouthfeel, but the carbonation made up for it in spades. Would I have it again? You bet.

BuzzLitebier, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of gavjamhawk
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

gavjamhawk, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Blaze5445
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Blaze5445, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of LambicKing
4/5  rDev +5.8%

LambicKing, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mikefuski17, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Mantooth, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of marcngin
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

marcngin, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of amstokesdb9
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

amstokesdb9, Sep 21, 2013
Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,529 ratings.