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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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287 Reviews
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Reviews: 287
Hads: 1,991
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.89%
Wants: 177
Gots: 594 | FT: 21
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: 287 | Hads: 1,991
Photo of dacrza1
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: December 18, 2014... GLASSWARE: Guinness classic pint... OCCASION: a Blackish marathon... APPEARANCE: dark black body with creamy brown head that laces and traces well; head is steady throughout... AROMA: burnt toffee and what can only be described as scratch'n'sniff peanut butter; oats, chocolate and vanilla provide a balance of undertones... PALATE: rich, creamy and medium-bodied; slightly warming at 6.5% ABV; agreeable...TASTE: more peat than peanut; roasted malty goodness--a bit grainy and gritty, as a lunchbox brew should be... OVERALL: expectations were impossibly high here, and unfortunately, the beer could not meet them--but to be fair, its mild chocolate and peanut butter compliments the earthy mouthfeel, and a solid porter is worthy of being sought out... (788 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at VB3 in Jersey City; it was served in its own Sweet Baby Jesus! pint glass which showed off its very dark brown (think Tootsie Roll dark) color and small creamy tan head that faded slowly and left excellent lacing coating the sides.

Smelled of peanut butter, oats and roasted grains up front, with cocoa powder or coffee grind notes and a nice dose of nutty sweetness with some charred hints. It's basic porter nose allows the peanut butter aroma to be the star of the show, which worked well for me since I love peanut butter.

Taste is very similar to the nose but the peanut butter is dialed down quite a bit with more chocolate malt coming through, then oats, roasted nuts, roasted grains, cocoa powder, coffee grinds, little hints of syrup and a roasty bitterness. Like the nose the simplicity allows the peanut butter to be the star of the show, which was the point of this novelty brew which I think hit the mark for what it was trying to be.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth with mild bitterness, a little bit if a chewy feel and enough cocoa malts to compliment the peanut butter flavor and hide the ABV completely. Not sure I could have more than one per session, but I'd definitely recommend this and have it again. (1,240 characters)

Photo of ShaneHarris
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

In general, I always think peanut butter chocolate porters sound and smell better than how they taste, or maybe I haven't found the right one yet, because I had higher expectations (especially from friends who had this beer before me). It was a good beer, but on the lower end of the porters on my list. (303 characters)

Photo of jman42
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

A = Deep dark brown (seems black until you hold to the light) with a nice light brown head. Good lacing, but only a moderate head.

S = The peanut butter is dominant, followed by a nice chocolate aroma

T = More of a roasted coffee taste with some underlying chocolate. The peanut butter taste is nowhere near as obvious as it is in the aroma.

M = This is where I was disappointed. I really expected this beer to have a much thicker feel to it, but it is quite watery.

O = A nice beer. Something different. If they could figure out how to make it a bit thicker and get the peanut butter taste to be as prevalent as it smells they'd have a real winner. (657 characters)

Photo of JDW4195
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Had this on tap in Va. The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is there's so much peanut butter, I can't drink it all day long. Otherwise, excellent beer. (151 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised I had not had this before, so thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a light fizzy tan head that fades fairly quickly, darker brown color with plenty of dirty light sneaking though.

Nose brings lots if peanut butter, a dried old earthy grainy Peanut butter, starts to get an earthy peanut shell, quite nutty, grainy doughy.

Taste brings more Peanutbutter, nutty, earthy peanuts, caramel, mild bitterness, little grainy malt, doughy, little earthy hop on the back end. Finish is mild earthy spicy hop bitterness, little grainy malt, plenty more peanut butter lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall ok, plenty of peanut butter, not much left for porter though, but enjoyable and fun. (708 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +7.2%

On tap at franklin house.
has a dark color body with a thin tan head.
Aroma is of roasted choc and peanut butter.
Taste is like peanut butter cup liquidfied witj roasted malts.
mouthfeel is smooth and overall dam good beer. (225 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear dark brown with a thin quarter inch head That fades to leave thin head and light wisps.

S - Aromas of nice peanut butter, super faint chocolate, smells like a reeses peanut butter cup, quite pleasant.

T - Taste is sweet malts, poor quality chocolate, sweet, peanut butter isn't bad, not the best but it is pleasant. Not a lot of porter notes but still quite tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, drinkable, sweet.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, nice peanut butter balance.

Serving type: Bottle (577 characters)

Photo of dabarton
4/5  rDev +7.2%

This beer is a perpetual guilty pleasure for me. Its overt peanut butter character combined with its chocolaty body and delicious malt character make this the beer equivalent of bacon mac and cheese for me, comfort beer, but also something I don't want everyday.

As a Baltimore native living in New England, I also enjoy skating this beer with friends as a novelty.

Overall, this beer is a solid to excellent novelty porter that compares favorably with more mainstream American Porters. A decidedly sweet beer, this is not for everyday drinking but is certainly worth trying for any beer enthusiast or casual drinker in the area. This beer can generally be found only in the midatlantic. (693 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Super creamy head - not huge, but if you gaze long enough, you can convince yourself it's a layer of tan marshmallow fluff. The body is exceptionally dark for a porter, with zero light coming through.

Remember those peanut butter Halloween candies that were wrapped in orange or black wax paper? This beer has strong peanut butter on the nose, but in a "bad Halloween candy" sort of way - like sticking your head in a cheap plastic pumpkin full of them. Acrylic, chemical, peanut butter factory.

Forcing myself past the disappointing nose, that's a really well made beer - creamy, roasty, malty, balanced, but still with that over-riding peanut butter. Subtlety is not the goal here - like they intended a beer that screams, "And don't you forget it's peanut butter!"

Really very good - great mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Can't get past the heavy peanut butter to enjoy it. Reducing that some would help this beer a lot. (927 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 11/14/14
Location: Wegman's Allentown
Draught/Bottle: 12oz Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Black to dark brown. The beers edging is a little more bright allowing some color in- light brown to Ruby. Pours with little light off brown carbonation, below average retention. The head was gone within 30 seconds. But does maintain a slight carbonation right at the beers edge.
Aroma: Pungent peanut butter aroma, I don't even need to be near the glass to start picking up this smell. It might be the peanuts but I also get a slightly earthy, grass to dirt, aroma. Sweet sugar smells between lactose and white sugar combined with milk chocolate. Some roasted malts provide a slightly arabica coffee aroma.
Taste: The Porter flavors break through better in the flavor as I pick up more roast, bordering on the light side of ashy. It's at the back and really helps with the Peanut Butter/Milk chocolate sweetness. I do get some peanut shells in the flavor that is new as well.
Mouthfeel: Medium body that has some sugar coating action, but never cloying, on the tongue. Medium High carbonation that helps lift the sugar sweetness a touch.

Notes: Bottled 8/15/14 (1,177 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Had this on tap at DCA, my first offering from these guys. I was excited about the idea because I love a nice sweet Porter after dinner, but was a little disappointed. The color is fine, but the body is a little light for a porter, I expected this to just sit in my stomach. You could definitely taste the peanuts, but something was still missing. It's ok, give it a try...but someone will (and may already) make a better version. (430 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Appearance: Very dark chestnut; big frothy beige head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: peanut butter logs candy aroma dominates; can pick up other faint notes of roasted barley and coffee

Taste: tastes like a porter that someone dropped a peanut butter log candy in; maybe something else I've had at a state fair

Mouthfeel: creamy

Remarks: I'm glad I only got a single in a mix pack; I don't think I'd like having to drink 5 more of these. (449 characters)

Photo of Lou22
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Delicious, pours a nice dark black. Minimal head on my pour. The nose is a nice peanut-buttery chocolate smell, with more of a faint chocolate taste in the back of the mouth after drinking. It's smooth. Thin feeling when drinking. Really enjoyable. (249 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the monthly bottle share held at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate syrup, and peanut butter aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and peanut butter flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great chocolate peanut butter aroma, but the flavors are muddled and the carbonation level is too high in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle. (758 characters)

Photo of Urk1127
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark beer black but brown edges. Smell is like a Reese's and subtle hops. Taste is peanut butter strong first. Then chocolate and biter dryness. I liked it more than dirty little freak but still was not a huge fan. Smelled and looked better than anything else it had going (273 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottles, revised with the 2nd one in June 2015.
Loads of peanuts in the nose. Plenty of peanuts in the flavor too but enough dark roasted grain to have a clear presence. Trace of char on the aftertaste.

Slight astringency in the medium-full body.

O: not quite as balanced and refined as the Terrapin Liquid Bliss I had soon after. (340 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance (4.25): Dark brown with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. A finger of tan head

Smell (4): Pretty spot on with the peanut butter. I hope it tastes as good as it smells

Taste (3.75): Fake peanut butter upfront then chocolate in the middle and they both blend well until the end

Mouthfeel (3.75): Quite light with a thin body and slight bitterness.

Overall (3.75): I didnt know how to rate this one as i havent had a beer like this before and had nothing to compare to. I did enjoy it, but everything about the peanut butter screams artificial. I think I would have preferred more chocolate and less peanut butter. i could only drink one of these as a desert beer, and have to wash it down with a good IPA. The body is also thin and watery, but after all said and done it is a solid brew for what it is intended to be. (908 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured into pint glass, no noticeable head, very dark brown with slight red undertones. Very roasted coffee aroma, peanut butter is noticeable followed by chocolate. Strong roasted malt backbone, starts sweet but finishes slightly bitter. Can definitely taste peanut butter and chocolate. Fairly medium bodied. Interesting taste, but overall fails to deliver fully. (370 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a thin beige head. Upon pouring a terrific aroma of chocolate peanut butter fills the nose. Amazingly the aroma slowly transfer to the taste as it warms up which is followed by some dark mild toasted malt and caramel. Palate is a full smooth and creamy body. The finish is more of the same but gets slightly richer as it warms up some more some mild bitter notes for balance. Overall a very tasty chocolaty peanut butter flavored brew. Very enjoyable to drink. (482 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I initially passed on buying this beer when I first saw it. I didn't think peanut flavors in a beer would work, even with a porter or stout. Surprisingly, DuClaw pulls it off exceptionally well. The look and feel are what would be expected in a porter, dark, light carbonation, medium body. Somewhat disappointingly, the head is on the small side and there is little lace. The peanuts come out predominantly in the aroma and in the taste middle to finish, where it is secondary to the roasted malt. The roast characteristics are more traditional porter, much lighter than some of the more recent "super" porters, such as Founder's Porter, that drink more stout like. The finish is mildly bittersweet, perhaps a bit too mild, with a bit of peanut earthiness. (757 characters)

Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

I really enjoyed the chocolate and peanut butter, both on the nose and its taste. However, I felt the base beer was lacking in flavor and consistency, limiting its overall rating. (180 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

An excellent combination of roasty malts with peanut butter. The peanut butter is pronounced and adds to the flavor of the beer. One of the better beers I have had in some time. (180 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Thinnish half finger head, doesn’t stick around long, a dusting across the surface, the lacing slides off in slippery sheets. Opaque dark brown liquid, turns to a rust orange near the surface which allows you to see how much chunky particulate there is inside, a few beads of bubbles visible. The nose is almost entirely peanut butter, some chocolate powder, has some roast but basically you might as well open a jar of Skippy and put your nose in it. Light to medium-bodied, carbonated attack prevents it from soaking into the mouth, weak finish. Here the peanut butter is just as strong, chocolate and maybe it is psychological but there’s also grape jelly. Burnt roastiness, lactose and challah bread along with sweeter nuts. Actually wish it was sweeter so it would have a clearer purpose when consumed. Lacks smooth flow and tends to gum up from front palate to rear. One trick pony that is fun once and that’s about it. (931 characters)

Photo of stopbashingbreweries
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Any beer made with artificial flavoring is wrong. Fake peanut butter flavor is fake. No effort needed. Anyone can put any concoction of chemicals to taste like any flavor you want. As much effort as bud light lime. Please stop supporting faux craft beer. (254 characters)

Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.