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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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86
very good

1,517 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 133
Gots: 278 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served at the January tasting at the Taproom. Thanks to jdhowe for sharing the bottle! Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

For a near regular porter, this pours a pretty dark color - opaque blackness, with minimal light shining through it, complete with an off-khaki head at the top that bubbles and foams for quite a bit before eventually giving up. No clear bubbles show, and no sediment for that matter. Looks pretty standard and appetizing - nothing too different from the pack.

Wow! This is an incredible aroma - for a porter that advertises itself as one embodying the flavor of chocolate and peanut butter, this delivers those flavors and so much more in the process. Super nutty, roasted and toasted flavors of coffee, powdered dark and milk chocolate, as well as a cornucopia of almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and toasted marzipan. Smelling this beer is, as one fellow taster put it, similar to "walking straight into a chocolate shop." Slightly sweet at the finish, with notes of caramel, toffee, and brief dark fruit hints of cherries and raisins. This is one of the most refreshing, mind boggling aromas I've ever experienced on a porter of its kind, and they really outdid themselves here in terms of transporting us to a chocolate nutty paradise.

Wish I could say the same about the flavor and feel, however! It's an overwhelmingly high letdown from the aroma, but it still keeps itself balanced all on its own. Roasted grainy notes of chocolate, brief espresso, almonds, and light cocoa butter are fully up front at the palate, finishing with a roasted caramel, bready expression from the malts, as well as a brief burnt toffee flavor. Pretty good, but the flavor dulls further into a one-dimensional roasted nut/chocolate concoction over time, especially as this warms up. Starts medium-bodied, and gets progressively thinner as time goes on, which is confusing as the high enough ABV should provide a fair amount of residual sugar thickness at the finish overall. Good, but I've definitely had better porter experiences in the past.

Ends refreshing, with a flavorful nutty and caramel profile, but falls short of the decadence that was promised in the aroma (which is mind-blowing). It's absolutely worth buying just to dip your nostrils into, but overall it's a standard, decent porter that is no different from the rest of the pack. Nevertheless, it still is flavorful and refreshing, and I'd love to try other beers from this brewery - and, next time I get this, I'm going to use it as a baking ingredient!

magictacosinus, Feb 20, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/reddish color with no transparancy, the head was almost not even present, just a very tiny bit of lacing on this one.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee, the peanut butter comes in at the end, dark chocolate is very present, slight hints of brown sugar as well.

T: The peanut butter is more noticable on the tongue, lots of chocolate and coffee flavor on this one, the hops give it a slight bitterness but nothing crazy

M:Creamy texture, heavy bodied, slight carbonation.

O: I love peanut butter so this beer to me is darn good, I am biased on this one, but this is a good tasting beer for sure, subtle and well balanced.

thedoubler55, Feb 17, 2014
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Photo of undeadozzy
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a tulip glass with some fervor. Tan colored head with pitch black body. Head is fluffy and bubbly, and fades after a few minutes, but never disappears entirely. Thick lacing all around glass.

S - The smell is INCREDIBLE. It smells like a peanut butter cup! I can literally taste the peanuts, so intense. Some hints of milk chocolate and a few hints of salt, but the peanut butter is the big player here.

T - Tastes just like it smells. Huge showing from the peanut butter. Saltiness like salted, roasted peanuts. Flavors of milk chocolate, toffee, some caramel, a hint of hazelnut, some twangs of saltine cracker and maybe even some chocolate fudge heaviness. The peanut butter is heaviest on the way down, like having a mouthful of fresh roasted peanuts, absolutely delicious!

M - Very thick, even a little sticky. Very good, coats the walls of my mouth with chocolate peanut butter goodness and hangs on for dear life.

O - A unique and novel beer. But a unique and novel beer done extremely well. The flavors are intense and natural, the color and look are perfect, and most importantly, it truly lives up to its name. I couldn't resist shouting out its namesake after my first sip. It truly is a wonderful porter, and a must have for any fans of chocolate, peanut butter, and dark beers.

undeadozzy, Feb 13, 2014
Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.