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Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

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84
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366 Reviews
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
366
Ratings:
2,342
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
39.04%
 
 
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Sweet Baby JesusSweet Baby Jesus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
First brewed in 2011, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is jet black in color with a tan, rocky head, full body and creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. Its lightly sweet, malty flavor is accented by rich flavors of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter, and balanced by a subtle hop character and moderate 6.5% abv. Sweet Baby Jesus finishes smooth, dry, and roasty with lingering notes of chocolate and peanut butter so savory, you will exclaim its name!

Added by MasterSki on 12-23-2012

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Reviews: 366 | Ratings: 2,342
Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fingernail of beige to tan resting on top. Dark brown in color. Moderate lacing. Aroma of peanut butter outweighs the chocolate. The taste is more geared towards peanut butter and dark malt than chocolate. The mouth is smooth and silky.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Man, I don't know what to make of this thing...looks like a typical porter, dark brown with a thin (almost non existent) creamy head. Smells like peanut butter and chocolate, imagine that. Nothing else really coming through. The taste is again very chocolate-y and very peanut butter-y, those two flavors are so overwhelming that there's almost no real beer taste to it. I thought it was very sweet but also somehow very bitter in the aftertaste; I think it needs more roasted and smoky flavors to it, and for the chocolate and peanut butter to back down some. It's definitely accurate to its name and good if you like really sweet beers, but it wasn't for me.

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Photo of SFC21
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep mahogany, looks like an inviting porter. Smell is fantastic, peanuts jump out of the glass. This is going to taste delici... Oh God, what happened? The peanut butter dissipated immediately and gives way to flavors of very burnt toast. Like, I over toasted it for 10 minutes, charcoal black nastiness. Such a letdown.

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Photo of AirRatchet
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great after dinner beer if you don't like dessert. This beer is very filling and I say you can't drink more then two due to the sweetness. The peanut butter is very strong while the chocolate comes in the background. Keep a few on hand for those dessert craving moments.

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Photo of crisis1290
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DuClaw Brewing Company Sweet Baby Jesus is an amazing tasting beer, to say the least. We had this bad boy at another Christmas/Holiday week parties we went to. This was a great party. Everyone exchanged a 6 pack of craft !!!! Now back the Sweet Baby . Dark brown porter. Smells of a yummy chocolate, coffee and peanut butter filled the air. The taste is outstanding. The feel is some what velvety / creamy. A nice tan foam from the immediate pour . With all of that said, I am a huge fan of DuClaw, and this one does not disappoint. If you like chocolaty porters, it's worth trying !

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Photo of MAB
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Probably the best name of any beer I've seen.

I like peanut butter and chocolate but they just don't work together in a beer.
The peanut butter flavor-- what there was of it-- comes across as sour and bitter, not nutty.
The chocolate notes were there, and the mouthfeel was decent.
I just didn't like this brew as much as I thought I might.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thrashd for the beer. Brown and black pour, small beige head. Aroma of chocolate and peanut butter, it delivered on that end, smelled legit good.

Taste also delivered on the peanut butter and chocolate end game. Roast was low for style, this was about the adjuncts. Mouthfeel right where you want it, not overly sweet.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Day 24 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

L: Dark brown but still see through with a slight brown head to it and a fair amount of yeast floating in the beer.

S: Sweet caramel and brown sugar.

T: Chocolate and caramel with no bitterness and just smooth

F: Smooth and full body feel, super good.

O: Not disappointed from this beer at all, actually super good and enjoyable :)

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/26...pours dark brown, almost black, very little foam. Rich roasted coffee/dark chocolate nose. Very slight peanut butter too. Smooth mouthfeel. Bitter burst open, fades into a chocolate peanut butter coffee flavor. Light bitter close. Smooth and quite interesting.

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Photo of ajilllau
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

People have raved about this beer to me. Personally, I don't understand the hype. Maybe I just don't like porters, but comparing this beer to other chocolate peanut butter beers this one is at the lower end of the spectrum. The more I drink it I can taste the chocolate and the peanut butter but I probably will not drink again.

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Photo of L0GlC
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown porter with a medium head. Smells nutty with some cacao, a very earthy version of the typical peanut butter and chocolate combination. Taste is overwhelmingly cacao, very bitter with a slight hint of peanut buttery sweetness. Has a medium body that's a bit oily. As you get closer to the bottom of the glass, the peanut butter flavour will become more obvious. Overall pretty good, however I was expecting a bit more sweetness.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appears as a standard stout with dark, ruby tinted body, except for a fairly light coffee cream head. The scent is mostly nutty, with some rich cocoa and toffee aromas coming off as well, not too convincing for a beer. The taste is very chocolatey, with a strange peanut flavour kicking in after the fact. The feel is not enjoyable, with artificial peanut sticking around on the palate. Overall not my style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, day 24 (the final one, phew!) of the 2015 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Great name for a brew on Christmas Eve, AKA the day before ol' whatshisname was born (not sure if he was into peanut butter and chocolate in his libations, however).

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with prominent basal cola highlights, and a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and creamy beige head, which leaves some excellent randomly webbed lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of pungent grainy milk chocolate powder, a lighter dry roasted peanut butter essence, muddled caramel malt, and a sense of bittering hops that are not lacking their own character, just totally obfuscated at the current time. The taste is more dry Reese's Pieces candy flavour, over top and alongside a gritty toasted caramel malt, hints of day-old cafe-au-lait, an ephemeral dark orchard fruitiness, with a growing, if still indistinct hoppy bitterness (maybe some dirt, maybe some acrid leafiness) providing a surprising countermeasure.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive structuring, as the frothiness keeps this way out of cloying territory, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a small airy creaminess there from the onset. It finishes sweet, from the expected vectors, but moderated just enough by that unseen and almost unknown hoppy bittering effort.

Wow, my second peanut butter adjunct beer in a little over a single week, and both have been more than all right. Here, the extra chocolate essence does indeed conjure up sturdy associations with a few of the Hershey Company's more popular products, and the overall impression is one of a smirking acknowledgement of dessert-friendly drinking, and a little less than a desire to shout out the titular exclamation.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a jet black in color with a tan head.

Overall: This beer has a roasted peanuts and chocolate aroma. Sweet flavor of roasted malt, chocolate and peanut butter with a dry, bitter, espresso finish. Very tasty, flavor changes and gets better with every sip.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forrest Gump was right. This is an interesting find for day 23 of the Craft Advent Calendar. It pours with a nice head, but my particular sample was full of chunkies - I presume it is yeast, but I just tried to imagine drinking a Reese's peanut butter cup and all was well. The smell is heavy on chocolate syrup - akin to Nestle Quick. The syrupy feel continues through the taste profile, with the faintest hint of peanut butter and roasted malt. This COULD be a fantastic beer, but the overall package is a bit of a mess, in my books.

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Photo of wanderluster11
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another good one from DuClaw, in my book! It's like a dark chocolate Reese's in liquid form. Very good. Bottle or on tap, this never fails, though I do recommend this on tap over bottle.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 20/12/15

A nearing jet black with a very deep cola edge, lots of chunks near the side, yeast? large and loose mocha head leaves a couple partial rings followed by random patches

S huh? I'll be dammed it smells like peanut butter, some chocolate and herbal notes but for the most part peanut butter

T has a Resse's peanut buttercup thing going for it, I'm really not sure how but it works for me, tastes completely fake but I like it

M light for the color but fluffs up and flattens out, nutty dark chocolate finish

O this ones out there but I actually like it, I can't think of anything like it and I'm craving a nutty chocolate bar at this point

liquid Snickers and Resse's in a glass, I couldn't imagine drinking this often or in quantity but a single glass is working well for me

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A bright, very dark brown to nearly black pour with ruby highlights kicks up a clingy tan 2” foam collar that takes 3 minutes to reduce to ¼ of its original size.

S: A big peanut butter aroma seasoned with chocolate. Peanut butter, noticeable from at least 3 feet away dominates the aroma closely followed by chocolate. Hop aromas are low to none and malt aromas are medium low.

T: Initial fruit flavors quickly give way to peanut butter, dark chocolate and a dose of dark malt. An assertive bitterness joins a lingering chocolate peanut butter finish that dries slightly. The peanut butter flavors are medium high, the chocolate and bitterness are medium, the malt and yeast flavors are medium low and the hop flavors are low. The flavors are well balanced with noting cloying or over stated.

F: Medium full body, medium carbonation, no warming, a very slight grain astringency that adds balance.

O: A surprisingly good well balanced beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours an opaque black, with ruby highlights and a tan head. Lacing is minimal in my pint glass.

Aroma: Salty peanut butter and bittersweet cocoa. Very impressive approximation and faithful to the intent of this gimmicky (but oh-so-appealing) beer flavor.

Taste: Doesn’t come across as successfully as the nose, this one does give a pretty faithful peanut butter and chocolate taste up front, but it’s followed by a thin, cola-like body and a slightly bitter, artificial finish. A valiant attempt at this difficult style, but, unfortunately, not one I can really recommend.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours nearly black in color. The aroma is sweet and malty, with both chocolate syrup and peanut butter apparent in the aroma.

The flavor malty and high in milk chocolate up front, with a HUGE peanut butter middle, finishing somewhat sweet and medicinal. The strong flavors of chocolate and peanut butter are pleasant enough to put any stray flavors to rest.

I've been waiting for a peanut butter (stout) such as this to come along. Praise be to Sweet Baby Jesus!

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I can't understand why this gets such good ratings. Tastes like someone rinsed out the inside of an empty jar of peanut butter with beer and put it back in the bottle.

The worst part is the smell -- the slightly rancid, woody peanut smell. I couldn't finish the bottle.

The only reason I am not rating this even lower is it seems like it would have been a good porter if they hadn't ruined it with the peanuts. Even the chocolate would have been OK.

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Photo of 88caprice
2.19/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

This is my first, and last, Sweet Baby Jesus. I'm currently judging those who have recommended it to me.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass.
Look: Great dark color, nearly black. Tiny head that stuck around and got creamy after a while.
Smell: Initially straight up peanut butter. Pleasantly interesting! Then it hit...a fake chocolate smell. Smells like a chocolate scratch-n-sniff sticker I had in first grade. Not a good smell.
Taste: No peanut butter, a little toasty, lots of that fake, chemical-like taste. Part chocolate scratch-n-sniff sticker, part hot credit card. When that mixes with a lingering bitterness, something unpleasant happens in the aftertaste department. There might be a decent porter hiding under there, but I'm having trouble finding it.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, fairly smooth, borderline cloying.
Overall: Though the concept could work, this isn't it. I won't be rocking this baby again.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a can glass. Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head that quickly recedes leaving a small ring of lacing. Aroma of chocolate but no nuts or peanut butter. Taste is a porter with extra chocolate added. Coffee, roasted malt, and cocoa malt make the backbone with extra chocolate added for a semi-sweet finish. Medium-light body and medium-light carbonation make it as easy drinker. It was somewhat watered down.
I had high expectations for this and I never got any peanut butter in a chocolate peanut butter porter. It also missed the mark on the porter part. It turns out that it wasn't worth the cost for the bottle.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
1.59/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Nope. Not for me. Sounded like a good idea on paper, but the flavor seems like random squirts of extract, there is just nothing real or organic about this beer, in my humble opinion. I am sure I am wrong, and your mileage may vary. I guess it has its place (dessert?), but four sips in, it's place was "down the drain" at my house. Considered grabbing a different beer to cleanse my palette, but after SBJ, I did not want any more beer that evening. If this were the only thing to drink on a desert island, I'd drink salt water.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a date that's smudged poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a one-finger head that slowly settles to a 1/8" lacing
S: Chocolate, coffee, cream, chocolate malt
T: Similar flavors to the nose though tastes a bit burnt
M: Medium-bodied, creamy yet bitter
O: Not sure why this isn't rated better as it's good just not great. I like Willoughby's better but I wouldn't hesitate to get this again

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.