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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

318 Reviews

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Reviews: 318
Hads: 2,118
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 39.89%
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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Photo of PGD120
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

appearance: dark translucent reddish brown. 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly

aroma: smells a lot like a lot a reese's. lots of artifical smelling peanuts and chocolate. some sweet roasty malt too. peanut butter is the primary aroma but almost artifical

taste: taste pretty much matches the nose. mostly artifical peanut butter with a little chocolate and some roasty malt. its very sweet. almost no alcohol burn

mouthfeel: more light bodied than most porters, sort of a sticky texture though

overall: very sweet and a bit artifical tasting. more of a dessert beer

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Photo of Hayes86
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rating is based on being a peanut butter porter. It has a great smell. Nice finish. Thin like a porter but pretty dark nice lace. Not a bad porter and for being my first peanut butter porter, it was a decent experience. If it were bba and 3% higher abv itd be phenominal...just a thought

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a rich dark brown color with minimal tan head that fades quickly to a wispy edge layer.
Aroma is heavy with peanut butter alittle grainy malt and some bread, almost like those nutter butter cookies. Roasted notes and a bit of chocolate can be found too.
Definitely not a typical nose on this beer.
First sip reveals average body with very fine tingly carbonation. Slightly sticky texture and the finish thins out quite a bit, and also dries my palate.
Flavor is what you expect from the nose. Some sweet choclate, roasted malt, roasted peanuts and husky notes like the shell of a peanut. Just a little bit of general sweetness and then the flavor is peanut and roasted malt for a lingering finish.
No hint of hops or booze on this easy drinking beer.
Certainly something that is interesting and fairly enjoyable, but I dont think I would make a regular habit of drinking this one.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.06/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If super sweet beers and peanut butter are your thing then go for it. Otherwise stay away. I would hesitate to call this "beer". It is about as much a beer as limerita, flavored malt beverage at best.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Artificial flavors? Seriously? Doesn’t that take the “craft” out of “craft beer”? Is this cheating? Pretty much impossible to get past these flavor additions, and the base of the beer is pretty generic as well. While the concept is great, using artificial flavors in beer never works—unless of course your consumers are used to consuming artificial flavors. Really surprised DuClaw went down this road. Barely passable.

STYLE: Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Dark brown, nearly opaque, solid head

SMELL: Odd, sweet cordials, artificial, roasty, faux peanut butter, vague chocolate, brownies

TASTE: Smooth, slick, medium bodied, artificial peanut butter, generic chocolate fudge syrup, roasty, modest hopping, kiss of alcohol, a little thin; grainy, dry, toasty finish

Our Score: 70
BA Overall: 88

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Photo of SpectrePLUS
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

OK, but not that great. Peanut butter smell was overwhelming and was distracting. Taste was not remarkable and the aftertaste was just kind of sugary and nasty.

Bought a single as part a a build-your-own 6-pack; wouldn't buy it again...

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice and bubbly tan head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black with a nice texture to it but comes off a little less slick than other porters.

The beer smell is simply indulgent but not very complex. The min notes seem to be chocolate and peanut butter. The peanut butter is exceptionally strong. There also appears to be a very light roasted note in the smell but that might actually be the peanut butter.

The beer taste is very similar to the beer smell. The main notes appear to be chocolate and peanut butter. The taste is a bit more complex than the smell, however. The taste also has a stronger roast note as well as a slight hop bitterness to it in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, if not a bit light for a porter. The beer is heavy bodied with enough carbonation to give a bit of texture. The feel is smooth.

Overall, a fairly decent porter and one worth getting. Personally, I think this is one of the better Peanut Butter porters out on the market. I definitely recommend getting this beer if you can.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (no date) served in a snifter.

Appearance: Very black (more like a stout) letting no light through. Thin light tan ring of foam with some thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Definite chocolate and peanut butter - a lot like a baked brownie in aroma with some sweet sugary notes and a solid backing of peanuts. There is a roasty quality under it all as well.

Taste: Quite sweet, but just short of cloying. Very much like a dark chocolate and peanut butter brownie/ cake, with some mild coffee notes. The finish is bitter and surprisingly dry.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, little bit thick, dry finish. Very much like a porter in mouthfeel.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a dessert beer. Scratch that - the beer is desert. You may be able to pair this with something else like ice cream or maybe a burger, but even then I'm not sure about that. I'm of two minds on this beer - the aroma is great and its a neat treat, and yet one I'm finding is more than enough with this beer - I'm not inclined to have more. It could be that because I had this after being already full from dinner that this is just too much, so I need to give it another try next time I find it, it for no other reason than to savor that amazing aroma. So a good beer, but maybe to extreme for me. I've had other dessert beers that I finished and wanted more - not this one though.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep muddy brown, with a caramel colored head - good retention.

Smells of peanut butter, chocolate, and malt.

Taste is peanut butter followed by bitter chocolate rounded out with some faint coffee notes. It has an almost yeasty malt after taste. This is a solid Porter, but not great.

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Photo of Jim_Gillespie
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very cliquey, for lack of a better term. From what I have experience, few people think it's 'ok'; most of whom that (I know) have tried it either loved it or hated it. Personally, I love the chocolate aroma and taste. It is not very harsh whatsoever. In fact, the beer is somewhat a relief to my tongue as it has an abnormal sensitivity to carbonated drinks. Moreover, the flavour is strong. Though I will say I am biased; this is one of my favourite beers.

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Photo of Tbone2131
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is not for everyone. I think of it as a nice change of pace beer from the usual ipa I like. The chocolate/peanut butter is not overpowering but definitely makes it's presence felt.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/9/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, Earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste likewise starts out with very strong flavors of peanut butter and chocolate that are quickly followed by a hearty roasted malt character. There are some back ground flavors of coffee and some smokiness. The hops presence is extremely mild as you would expect in a “dessert beer” such as this and there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good dessert-like representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for peanut butter/chocolate flavor.

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Photo of DMan80
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very well rounded stout with distinct flavor of chocolate and peanut butter; side notes of toffee and french roast. Not overly complex and washes back clean feels lighter than most5 porters; refreshing as a flavored dark beer can be while still packing a punch @ 6.5 abv

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Photo of fscottkey
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.50] 2 full fingers of dense khaki head. The head sticks to the glass and leaves nice lacing. The beer itself looks dark brown. You can see through it with back lighting. The bottle lists the ABV (6.5%). There is a bottle date but it is smudged off.

S: [3.75] The nose is prominent. I get chocolate, peanuts and root beer.

T: [3.50] The taste does not follow the nose exactly. There is nice roasted malt up front and at the midpalate. Then really late there is a peanut butter finish. It is almost after the aftertaste.

M: [2.75] The carbonation is a little higher than expected for the style. Also I expected a slightly smoother mouthfeel.

O: [3.50] I was really excited when I saw this on the shelf. I guess I am a little let down. It is good - but not great. I have 5 more. I will share them with the world. I thought I might keep them all for myself. The taste and the body are just not up to where I thought they'd be.

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Photo of scotorum
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled May 15th 2014. Purchased last October on a trip to Western Pennsylvania for its novel and amusing name and the fact that I have found one or two other DuClaw brews interesting. We do not get DuClaw in my state.

a: Black with clear ruby near the bottom. Finger thick tan head receded quickly to thin even surface foam and spotty lacing.

s; Milk chocolate and hazelnut with some strength.

t: Milk chocolate with hazelnut notes and a mild to moderate hop bite which lingers. Sweetish finish.

m: Light to medium, ok body, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: Describes itself as a "Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter," but I taste hazelnut more than peanut butter, although it does leave a peanut butterlike aftertaste in the corners of the mouth. Pretty tasty with this unusual combination, especially if you like peanut butter. I do but not so much in my beer, or in cookies for that matter, but that's just me.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says Bottled 12/30/14.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Big hazelnut aroma that's very sweet with notes of milk chocolate and caramel and peanut oil. Basically smells like Nutella.

T- Flavor is more peanut heavy with less sweetness than the aroma. Slight bitterness with the dark roasted malt complementing the rest of the profile. More chocolate plus some vanilla.

M- Has the viscosity of your usual porter with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- As someone who enjoys a good dessert beer, this one does the job very well. Very easy drinking and is sure to satisfy a peanut butter lover's tastes.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a nonic....at home
A - Dark brown, good thick head, some lacing
S - The aroma is definitely there, no searching...peanut butter
T - Sort of tastes like a bad off-brand peanut butter, secondary coffee and chocolate with a very mild non-lasting bitter
F - Average, moderate carbonation release
O - All my friends love this beer; had it twice so far, trying to give it a chance, but it just ain't doing it for me. I may give it a third try under dirrerent circumstances to see if I get a different impression. Thumbs down for now.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a dark brown, opaque color, with a two-finger light tan fluffy head that quickly dissipated to a thin film with some nice lacing
Smell: I thought I opened a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup! Nice chocolate notes, with some earthy peanut aromas.
Taste: The taste didn't really come to the level of the aroma, the roasty malt flavors overpowered the light chocolate notes, and the peanut flavors seemed pretty subdued when compared to the smell.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, but not dissapointing.
Overall: This beer was OK, I guess I was expecting more flavor after experiencing the smell. Good brew, but nothing out of this world.

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Photo of dodge408
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

To me it's a good porter. Flavors of roasted nuts and earthy notes backed by a light tone of cocoa fused with just the right amount of hops. The beer it selfs is not as thick as I thought it'd be. It didn't give me a full feeling and went down quite easy. Again another DuClaw beer I like...Now I'm hungry for a peanut butter cup lol

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Sweet Baby Jesus by DuClaw brewery is an ok beer. The smell is awesome, but the taste doesn't match. Some have called it a dessert beer. I think they must not eat dessert much. I wouldn't call it a dessert beer. A good porter though. Worth trying if that is what you are looking for.

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Photo of wedge
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with some ruby highlights and crowned with a creamy, bubbly off-white head. Smells remarkably like a peanut butter cup...creamy dry peanut butter, cocoa, and a touch of berries. Flavor is a little more Porter-like, but the peanuts are still definitely there. Chocolaty sweetness, roasted nuts, black malt, and some earthy hop bitterness. Medium body with some creaminess, finishing dry. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - cola brown, 1/8 " head.

Smell - light chocolate, minimal dry roasted peanuts.

Taste - much the same as the nose. mild chocolate and faint dry roasted peanuts.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and I would like to find a beer that is a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in a beer as a dessert beer. This is an enjoyable beer, but the chocolate and the peanut flavor needs to be increased by a factor of 3. The peanut flavor is not really peanut butter so much as dry roasted peanuts. Mouth feel-wise, I would like the beer to be thicker and more creamy in texture. I would like to try this on draft to see if the chocolate and peanut flavors are more pronounced.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A lot of one's opinion of this beer hinges on if one is a sweet tooth. I definitely am. Therefore, this beer really appeals to me. For a dessert beer, I have not had much better. The smell of this beer is near perfection. Taste of the chocolate and peanut butter is not far behind. Only gripe is the porter is a tad bit watery, would be better with a thicker, smoother stout feel. Also, you really could only take down one or two of this in a session. However, when it comes to dessert drinks, this is top notch.

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Photo of Wick3d_Good
2.47/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Little to no head- sweet synthetic chocolate scent. The peanut butter part is subtle. I'd recommend drinking this from the bottle to avoid smell. Still a good porter. Would advise to try

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Photo of Joe_
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good, especially for a strange combination of flavors. Not in the best tier of american porters, but a beer that everyone should try at least once.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.