Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
12oz bottled on 11/22/2013. Served in a standard pint glass
Appearance: Pours dark brown with 2 fingers of a tan head that settles to a thin coating and collar. Body is dark, but can be seen through when held up to light.
Smell: Lots of peanut butter, and chocolate with some hints of coffee and roasted malt.
Taste: Same as the aroma. Peanut butter, peanuts, and milk chocolate dominate with some notes of roast and malt sweetness making themselves known as well, but to a lesser extent.
Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied. Medium carbonation. No alcohol detectable.
Overall: The base beer itself is really pretty mild and unimpressive. This is just a canvass to showcase the chocolate and peanut butter additions. This is more or less a liquid Reeces peanut butter cup. So if that sounds appealing to you, you should pick this up. If not, stay away.
01-14-2014 03:58:51 | More by Jonada
4/5 rDev +6.4%
12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.
Smell: Definitely peanut butter, roasted coffee, chocolate, and a little smoke.
Taste: Pretty much a blend of above flavors with some mild lingering bitterness. Quite the balance of flavors as one doesn't overpower the other.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, nutty, medium bodied,
Overall: This beer was delicious. Not sure how many I could have, but definitely a good one every once in a while.
01-13-2014 14:41:43 | More by Flounder57
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Review adapted from notes taken 1/9/14
Appearance: Moderately dark brown with some medium brown clarity around the edges, would probably be clear if not for the color - pours with a small, light tan head, fades to virtually nothing, but does leave a few spots
Smell: Successfully manages to smell like peanuts and chocolate - baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, and some milk chocolate - peanut buttery, with some roasted peanuts, but not particularly roasty - malts have some nice roast though - caramel malt, brown ale malts, roasted, toasted malts - some mocha - some general sweetness and something like vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts with peanut butter and chocolate - roasty, toasted malts - some caramel, toasted biscuits - lots of sweetness from the malts, which I would normally criticize, but it works with the other flavors - chocolate, including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and Tootsie Rolls - interesting level of peanuts - definitely there, definitely peanut buttery, definitely interesting - lots going on, but it's light enough that it's not a mess
Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, low but kind of prickly carbonation, kind of sticky
Overall: False. Beer did include baby or Jesus.
I can see why this is polarizing. The chocolate and peanut flavors are definitely nice, but the body is kind of weird. Personally, I like it. This is a lot of flavor for a 6.5% beer. It feels a bit light, but it works.
01-12-2014 22:12:12 | More by angrybabboon
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
Recommended to me, so I bought one as part of a mix 6. Pours black as night, but where it really gets interesting is the smell. Massive peanut butter smell. Love it. But hen the taste is mostly chocolate, and the peanut butter takes a back seat. Delicious dessert porter. Still, one at a time is enough. Reese's peanut butter cup as a beer.
01-11-2014 22:56:45 | More by DrStiffington
4.31/5 rDev +14.6%
For those of us who have always dreamed of drinking a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, the 13 proof adult version is here!
Seriously though, this is a fantastic dessert-style porter that isn't too sweet, yet tastes totally and completely as advertised.
If I'm nit-picking, I'd like it a little less carbonated. That 6-pack I have show be NO problem to finish off.
01-11-2014 04:31:35 | More by JD_Lombardi
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Got this for Christmas along with a bunch of other singles in a mix-pack. I never heard of Duclaw before and was intrigued by this. Did it really taste like Peanut Butter and not anything artificial? While this wasn't as roasted or smoky as a Porter from overseas, I was impressed by this and how easy it was to quaff, since this never felt the least bit artificial. While not a Stout, this would have served just fine as a dessert beer all by itself!
The pour to this was decent, as this came out a dark brown with a somewhat moderate, bubbly head. A fair amount of lacing could be seen on the bottom half of my pint glass as I worked my way through this and the carbonation wasn't that strong, but certainly present from start to finish. Tons of peanut butter in the aroma, but not the kind that would be found in a jar. It was more like the roasted kind that would be found in a dessert pastry, since there was a lot of hazelnut underneath it to lend a more earthy nature to the taste. Ever want Frangelico in your beer? Your wish has been granted as this reminded me of that cordial. A bit of caramel stickiness and a cloying, chewy malt profile really lent a nice amount of body to this without being overly cloying. The nut flavors lingered nicely in the aftertaste to the point where I wanted to chew, even though I knew that this was a beer!
The alcohol was just right in this as I couldn't taste it but it made itself known by the time I polished this off. No doubt that this was unlike any beer that I ever had before and this would be certainly worth a go for any beer aficionado, if only for that reason. it almost reminded me of a Nut Brown Ale but there's enough malt and body here to elevate this to the level of a Porter. This was fun and really enjoyable, even without any desserts to pair it with!
01-09-2014 09:11:39 | More by JerzDevl2000
Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.