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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Sweet Baby JesusSweet Baby Jesus

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very good

319 Reviews

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 2,119
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 39.63%
Wants: 185
Gots: 664 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012

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!
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Reviews: 319 | Hads: 2,119
Photo of dfconnor
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sounds like it would be disgusting, but the beer was actually a pleasant surprise. The chocolate flavor is much more pronounced than the peanut butter. Had a funny aftertaste that I attribute to the peanut butter flavoring (although it tasted kinda soapy). Fun novelty brew, but I can't see myself buying this in quantity.

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Photo of ryancoker
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It's a fine beer. Good to keep in stock and drinking on occasion. I wouldn't suggest purchasing with the intention of drinking more than one of these in a night. Anything more than one is just too much. IMHO

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Photo of NickTinyRace
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It tastes just like a peanut butter cup. Not a beer that I can sit down and drink a six pack of because of its heavy and sweet nature. This is a good after dinner beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black as night. It is topped with two inches of mocha head.

It smells like dessert. Chocolate and peanut butter come through as advertised.

The flavors of chocolate and peanut butter work very nicely in this porter. The chocolate flavor is not too sweet and there is enough peanut butter to taste it and not just smell it like in other peanut butter beers that I have tried.

Thick, full, creamy are all words that come to mind when I think of the mouthfeel.

This has been a long time want for me. They finally made it to Ohio, and I am pleased.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.08/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

There's a term in psychology for behavior control called "flooding" which is used to cure smokers of their addiction to tobacco or kids of their addiction to pinball (or video games, since I just remembered I'm not a 60 year old). Basically, you overwhelm the senses and supersize the experience until the patient cries uncle. Do it 'til you hate it.

SBJ is the chocolate/peanut butter beer that does just that. You know how cough syrup is flavored like cherries to hide the nasty flavor, but the cherry is so overdone that it still makes you want to vomit. Well SBJ does that too.

I've heard both glorious praise and vengeful anger about this beer for a long time, so I was curious about what the arguably most controversial beer in America is.

And in the end, I could barely finish the bottle. Too much! Too much sweet chocolate, too much rich peanut butter, too thick and sticky so that not only is the flavor overdone, but it refuses to leave your mouth for 5 minutes until you get a chaser. That's right, this beer needs a chaser. And I never use a chaser.

I will admit that what this beer sets out to do, it does well, or rather, thoroughly, so overall extra points for that. It's very much a porter, and if I were only committing to a 4 oz taster, I'd be okay. But having to down a whole bottle of bubbly, yeasty, melted Reeses is not my idea of a good time.

In conclusion, this stuff tastes like diarrhea expelled from its namesake.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark reddish brown (approaching jet black) in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some moderate crimson red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a pillowy finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and light to moderate aromas of peanut butter over the top of light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of chocolate malts and cocoa. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of peanut butter. There is a light amount of sweetness with almost a hint of vanilla and no noticeable hops or bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A pretty decent dessert beer that reminds me of a peanut butter cup. A little fuller bodied than some of the other porters but not quite as full as a stout. Pretty easy to drink as it is not too sweet.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

All I can say is VERY pleasantly surprised. Had on tap. Nice looking beer with a frothy 1 finger head. Smell is peanut butter cups. Taste is very nice-salty sweet peanut butter with a touch of chocolate in the finish. Not the most balanced beer but it works really well. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Super creamy and very smooth. A great desert beer that I will surely have again. Recommended.

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Photo of dditto2
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate color with a foamy peanut buttery looking head. Lol. Smells like peanut butter, so good, a little chocolatey malt comes through. Tastes malty chocolate peanut butter but not too much, a little sweet fades to noticeable dry hoppy bitterness. Feels creamy but not too heavy, light to moderate carbonation. I really like peanut butter. This is the first peanut butter beer I've tried. This is worth the buy for sure. Kicking myself for not buying a growler.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

BOD 2/6/15. Pours nearly pitch black. World class head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Rich powerful nose of peanuts and dark chocolate over a subtle malt sweetness coupled with roast and hints of coffee.

Light medium body, barely, with a smooth texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a reasonable amount in the finish.

Unfortunately, the flavor profile doesn't equal the world class aroma. It is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a fresh peanut, or peanut butter, aspect that slowly yields to the bitter dark chocolate and roast underneath. As the middle approaches, a mild bitterness settles in over a balancing caramel sweetness complete with milk chocolate notes. As the finish approaches, coffee is evident, and slightly astringent, along with a more noticeable nutty aspect that seems a bit stale - or artificial. The finish includes a bitter dark chocolate fadeout.

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Photo of Mumps
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A friend of mine picked up a DuClaw variety 12 pack on a whim coming to hang at the house the other night. I just poured one of these:

The color was about what I expected from a porter, dark brown almost black with a light amount of amber. Brown head with little retention and small lacing.

Smell was interesting. Like chocolate coffee and beer. Not unpleasant to my nose.

Taste. That was a little underwhelming to be honest. Tastes almost like a Reece's Cup dipped in beer. Not bad, but not anything to get excited about.

Mouthfeel was a little thin as well. Didn't have the body I've come to expect from a porter. Medium carbonation, which balanced well with the unfortunately thin brew.

Over all, I'll be able to finish it, but I doubt I'll reach for another one.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This may be my first Du Claw (but maybe not). A mess of them appeared at my favorite store recently but I may have tried one or two before. This ain't bad.

It's pretty in the glass - lacey, dark and a nice little head. The aroma is interesting. Fresh, peanut butter and chocolate. The taste is simple for something with so many flavors. The peanut butter comes out the winner with chocolate second. Any decent ale tastes are buried.

Overall, it's not a bad brew, but I would prefer something like this to be a lot bigger in the malt department and a bit more hoppy. It's a nice treat that isn't too boozy.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice peanut butter aroma and taste. More than my favorite from willoughby. Not as much chocolate, though. Really great dessert beer. Could not multiple in a row but will definitely be drinking again.

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Photo of MECove
4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking from the bottle, the head and lacing are quick and unimpressive. The % is 6.2, which is always a plus because you get more bang for your buck. The feel is light and for me, perfectly subtle carbonation. The best aspect of this beer is the flavor, and that's the most important feature! The peanut butter doesn't hit you too strongly in the beginning, followed by a more bitter toffee and a delicious, lingering sweet after taste.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is nutty and very peanut buttery, with sweet cocoa malt. Almost seems lactose sweet, with a touch of roast. Pb dominates initially, but then cocoa.

Flavor reveals much more malt and yeast character, with a fairly estery, fruity malt opening that fades to toasted nuttiness, tying in with peanut butter mid palate, and finishing roasty. Cocoa creeps in in the aftertaste. That initial robust porter fruitiness doesn't belong in your standard peanut butter porter, but I kinda like the complexity it adds. It's growing on me. I'd call it a pbnj porter.

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Photo of Marraybay
1.95/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cracked this open thinking it would be a fun, dessert-like experience, but was sorely disappointed. The main thrust of whatever chocolate or peanut butter that existed was in the initial aroma upon opening, but then quickly dissipated, as did the meager 1/4" foam head. (No lacing with this one whatever.) NOT at all sweet. Very dry, with a big boozy and lingering bitter finish. There's perhaps something very faint in the smell or taste that I kept trying to pin/attribute to chocolate or peanut butter, but couldn't make that real. The one thing I did like was the creamy/bubbly in-mouth texture, but again, the bitterness/booze in this one just off-putting for me. It may have become slightly more tolerable as it warmed, as after the initial sips, I thought it might be drain-bound, but did finish. Glad I didn't purchase a 6.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as a gift from someone. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours almost no head at all. Very dark brown.

S- Lots of peanut butter here. Some chocolate

T- Chocolate and peanuts. Not overwhelming and very well balanced. Lovely blend all around.

M- Creamy good

O- Very enjoyable. Wish I had more. Will buy on sight if I find it again. Super nice break from the everyday

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went well with..... Peanut butter and jam sandwiches!! LOL peanut overload!


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Photo of thehooksman
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark black that looks more like a stout than a porter. A finger and a half of light brown frothy head that unfortunately disappeared fairly quickly.

Aroma: Chocolate cake, peanut butter cookies, roasted malt

Flavor: Just like the nose, the label says it all. Chocolate, nutty, some vanilla. Very Sweet and rich. A great dessert beer for sure.

Feel: Full body, incredibly smooth

I love being surprised by a beer that I thought wasn't going to be that good. I can't wait to get more of these.

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Photo of SFNC
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one with trepidation, but was pleasantly surprised. It's a nice porter, thicker than most with a good, natural chocolate flavor. The peanut butter is there, but in hints rather than in your face. Well done.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Smells like peanut butter!! oh, and chocolate. very tempting.
Appearance- Pours a reddish brown with a small beige head.
Taste- Tastes ;like beer with peanut butter and chocolate. Pretty good.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a thick texture.
Overall- A pretty good stout.

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Photo of mysecretscdxx
4.72/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really great porter for anyone who LOVES chocolate and peanut butter. The sweet, smooth chocolate flavor is to die for, then the rich distinct flavor of peanut butter kicks in on the aftertaste and finishes the chocolate off nicely. I only rate it below perfect because I personally, do not like the taste of peanut butter and chocolate. Delusional, I know..

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Photo of Notacraftdrinker
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Not sure the low score. Thought it poured a nice black color with moderate tan head. Amazing nose. Medium bodied. Great flavor might have been just a tad bit salty buy one of the better chocolate peanut butter beers I've had

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Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong chocolate sweetness. Peanut butter in the smell and quite noticeable in the taste. Very tasty but wouldn't drink more than one at a time. It's almost a dessert. nb

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Photo of preago
1.37/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Cloying as hell. Tastes like they squirted a few pumps of Reese's flavoring into each bottle before capping it. DuClaw usually has solid offerings, I don't know what this was supposed to be.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown wiht a light tan head. The head lasts a while but leaves no lacing. The aroma to me is pure peanut butter with just a hint of sweetness. The taste has a little more depth, with the peanut butter balanced out by the chocolate and porter. Not too heavy. A decent dessert beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OK, we're talking Reese's Peanut Butter Cup here. A little over the top for me, but some people may like it. This will be a once-in-a-very-long-while (maybe talking centuries) selection for me.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.