Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,926 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 15%
Wants: 173
Gots: 548 | FT: 22
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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Photo of rodlavers
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of THFCBeerBQ
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
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

Photo of HarryPotHead
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just not my cup of tea I guess. Props for being different, but I guess I just couldn't get over the in your face peanut butter taste. Smells great, but the coffee / PB hits the palate hard and is not subtle at all...if that is what they were going for....well, job well done. I guess I'd prefer this if it was a little more subtle and not so much in your face. Glad I found this on tap though cause I was looking at the 6er lately and was tempted to buy. Won't be revisiting this one.

Photo of Pencible
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 08.06.13
Reviewed 11.29.13

A: This poured a translucent cola with almost no head.
S: It smelled like sweet milk chocolate with lots of peanut butter and not much else.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and peanut butter. It had a clean sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was exactly what you would expect. I would have preferred more delicate and complex, but this was a fun gimmick brew. Easy enough to drink, if you have a sweet tooth.

Photo of LI_PO12
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle in tulip

Appearance- Black, with a light tan head

Aroma- Chocolate, roasted malts, peanut butter coming through as well, all things mixing nicely

flavor- its a bit watery, but the chocolate and peanut butter notes are very nice, theres a bit of a roasted bitterness at the end. Not overly sweet like I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel- To thin, and watery, Carbonation is ok

Overall- Smell was very nice, but really fell short in the mouthfeel and flavor. Still worth a try for the peanut butter mix, but its just ok for a porter

Photo of KYGunner
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours with a deep chocolatey brown body with a dense froth of off white foam. Seems very appropriate from the start.

The scent is strong chocolate, mixed with a roasted peanut butter that gives this a natural dessert like aroma. Not only is the aroma strong but the scent it decisive and sweet.

As goes the nose, so goes the tongue as this is big on chocolate, big on roasted peanuts and big on being delicious.

The only complaint is that the feel is very light, sprite and airy. My expectation would be a smoother, thicker feel, as this is quality dessert.

This is just flat delicious, nothing overly complex or snobby, just as advertised.

Photo of Ego
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this was all the talk last time I was down in MD... so I finally decided to break open a bottle and rate it

eyes...
pitch black with a solid finger of cocoa head afloat, nice and sticky foam graces the sides of the glass, simple but good looking spot o'brew

nose...
smack in the jaw peanut butter, delicious liquid reeses peanut butter cups (even though I have been partial to reeses pieces since ET), slight malted chocolate notes lurk underneath the PB kick, super inviting

taste etc...
medium feel with a bit more carbonation than some porters, the peanut butter was not immediate but becomes stronger with each sip, I almost feel like I took a spoonful of PB and smeared it on my tongue, my mouth has that dry smack of fresh PB... really weird sensation in a brew (or maybe the smell is just tricking my brain?), the chocolate and hops sort of merge to give you a sweet bitterness (very slight but you can taste it).

verdict?
very tasty, one of the best smelling beers I have checked out in some time, the peanut butter flavor is so spot on it is scary, this is worth seeking out for the experience of the PB alone

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.99/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Houser for the bottle.

Appearance: Close to black. Some dark brown at the edges when held to direct light. Head is tan with ok retention. Dense and creamy. Leaves a small creamy collar with some smooth clumps on the cap. Spots of lacing.

Smell: Peanut butter right up front, but it lacks some of the roasted peanut edges I would expect. Sweet waxy chocolate coupled with some solid cocoa and dark chocolate. Slightly bitter with a solid roasted malt. A bit sweet with some hints of mildly earthy hops. Tootsie rolls come to mind. Nutty in good measure. Solid depth of creamy peanut butter. Warming really ups the peanut aspect and pushes down some of the more candy-chocolate notes. A bit of lactose-like sweetness.

Taste: Roasted malts. A nice balance of malt sweetness pushes a hint of caramel. Burnt coffee and some bready aspects. Nice toasted peanut coasts through the back and gains a bit more traction as it warms. Some sugary chocolate sweetness. Really makes me think of Tootsie Rolls. Some slight hints of darker cocoa and milk chocolate. Rather uneventful malt backbone. A touch of something vaguely earthy. The peanuts are really the best thing going. Lightly roasted and definitely evocative of decent peanut butter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation runs high for the style and dissipates the flavor abruptly. Medium body. Clean finish.

Overall: Will Ferrel did it better.

The carbonation really kills this thing. The peanut butter aspect is solid, but everything else falls short of the mark. It's a mediocre porter at best and that's the tragedy.

Photo of blameo
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Got this beer in a bottle after several people have recommended it to me.

Appearance - 4.5 - Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thick creamy head lands exactly at the top of the glass and takes a while to dissipate. The beer is almost black

Smell - 4.25 - Smells like peanut butter with some chocolate. If I was blindfolded I would have guessed that I was smelling a Resese's cup, not a beer.

Taste - 4.5 - Somewhat bitter. The chocolate taste is not overwhelming. Some roasted malt character, with a little bit of hop character - just enough to help the malts, chocolate, and peanut butter balance with each other. Not very bitter. The peanut is all in the aftertaste and lingers a while. It blends well, still having a small amount of chocolate to it.

Mouthfeel - 3.5 - Medium bodied mouthfeel. Much of the taste comes after it's swallowed.

Overall- 4.25 - This is a great beer. I would definitely drink it again. I don't usually like chocolate in my beers, but when it's mixed with peanut butter and not too much, like Sweet Baby Jesus, it's pretty good. This is my second favorite peanut butter beer so far, next to Spring House Big Gruesome. I would love to try this on tap.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exponentially better on tap, but the bottles have some serious peanut aromatics and flavors going on. This was bottled on 1/29/14, guess what it looks ruby cola deep brown, with a nice tan mocha head forming nicely. Fine speckled bands of lacing, great looking beer sitting in my glass. Aromatics are peanut butter to the core, think peanut skins and Jiff. Wonderful smell A+ there's not a better smelling beer around with this much similarity to a Reese's peanut butter cup!!! Flavor is dry finished with the peanut butter/dark dry chocolate notes coming forth, I'm glad it has these flavors without stepping into the dessert beer/diabetes realm like some of the Southern Tier Choklat and Crème Brule overt sweetness. There's a natural roasted malt finish with lingering salty peanut notes between sips, man I dig this beer. The first time I had it was a couple months back at Caliente in Bloomfield. Nice to see they are getting distribution in PA at Giant Eagle Market District. Mouthfeel is slick with peanut butter oils and medium bodied with even flowing carbonation it just works, I drained my glass faster than I should but damn it's so good and I thankfully have 5 left!

Photo of cyclonece09
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a tiny off white head. Smells of chocolate and coffee just beautiful. Tastes of Reese's peanut butter cup, coffee, and nice dark malt. Beer light/medium bodied goes down nice light carbonation. Overall a very good beer.

Photo of wiscokid920
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black with dark brown hues. Khaki dense head, with lacing that fades presumably due to the peanut oils

S- Lives up to its claim. Big dark chocolate, mocha, with exceptional toasted peanuts aromas. Displays both the notes of a classic porter along with peanut nuttiness.

T- Pretty straight forward and hitting what it claims to be. Big chocolate and peanut butter profile. Not getting a forced artificial flavoring but a genuine chocolate and roasted peanut flavors.

M- Medium bodied, oily texture which finished dry. Not quite as I expected given the rich complexities of both the dark chocolate and peanutbutter profile. I would have liked it to be fuller bodied and creamier

Overall an interesting beer. A great fusion of flavors that is not forced upon with artificial flavorings but genuine craft expertise. My only knock is on the mouthfeel, but overall it's enjoyable.

Photo of JayQue
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A bit disappointed in this one. The last peanut butter and chocolate collaboration I had was some halloween candy Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. This beer is not in the same league as Reese's. Pours a dark brown color with some light showing through at the bottom of the pint glass. A hard pour produces a medium size tan head. Leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma looked promising as well, at first a milk chocolate smell with kind of a milk stout lactose thing going on. As the beer warmed up, a faint hint of peanut appears.

Then comes the taste!!! Some smooth milk chocolate up front and then a nasty, chemical fake peanut butter taste. Very off-putting. No roasted malts or any other porter attributes...a quick hit of chocolate and then YUCK!!!

Mouthfeel is rich enough but that aftertaste dominates everything. Not a drain pour, but I certainly will never serve up another one. This is a beer to avoid.

Photo of Hendry
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
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
3.68/5  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.

Photo of MDDMD
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Omnium
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of biggiet
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of Wortman1998
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, not a bad beer. Dark brown in color with less foamy head than I would have liked. The smell of chocolate and peanut butter is outstanding. The taste - well it's there, it definitely has a cocoa and peanut butter taste. I got no fruitiness or bready taste. It's a good beer, worth trying.

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle poured to tulip. Consumed 10-15-2013. Acquired in trade with reidjoshua.

dark, coffee brown appearance. medium carbonation with 1-finger tan head fading to a minimal collar. very little lacing

there is roasted malt at first, but the peanut flour and milk chocolate appear quickly. there is a faint red grape fruitiness as well.

the taste does not match the pb cup aroma, unfortunately. it is roasted malt bitterness primarily, more astringency than typical for the style. actually more fruit than expected.

moderate carbonation, less creamy than hoped-for

Photo of mmars010
1.43/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Appearance-dark brown but can see through the beer when held up to the light. No head to speak of.

Smell-the best thing about this beer. Smells like a peanut butter cup.

Taste-artificial/chemical peanut butter taste and not much else. The PB dominates here. An astringent quality is present.

Mouthfeel-thin beer, basically watery. The astringency/acidity can be felt on the tongue.

Overall-a crime to call this a Porter. Roasted malts are weak, if present at all, no head, watery, artificial taste. If you want a "crafted" Porter grab a Samuel Smith Taddy Porter or Founders Porter. This reeks of mass production.

Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,926 ratings.