Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company
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2.96/5 rDev -21.3%
Thanks to Houser for the bottle.
Appearance: Close to black. Some dark brown at the edges when held to direct light. Head is tan with ok retention. Dense and creamy. Leaves a small creamy collar with some smooth clumps on the cap. Spots of lacing.
Smell: Peanut butter right up front, but it lacks some of the roasted peanut edges I would expect. Sweet waxy chocolate coupled with some solid cocoa and dark chocolate. Slightly bitter with a solid roasted malt. A bit sweet with some hints of mildly earthy hops. Tootsie rolls come to mind. Nutty in good measure. Solid depth of creamy peanut butter. Warming really ups the peanut aspect and pushes down some of the more candy-chocolate notes. A bit of lactose-like sweetness.
Taste: Roasted malts. A nice balance of malt sweetness pushes a hint of caramel. Burnt coffee and some bready aspects. Nice toasted peanut coasts through the back and gains a bit more traction as it warms. Some sugary chocolate sweetness. Really makes me think of Tootsie Rolls. Some slight hints of darker cocoa and milk chocolate. Rather uneventful malt backbone. A touch of something vaguely earthy. The peanuts are really the best thing going. Lightly roasted and definitely evocative of decent peanut butter.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation runs high for the style and dissipates the flavor abruptly. Medium body. Clean finish.
Overall: Will Ferrel did it better.
The carbonation really kills this thing. The peanut butter aspect is solid, but everything else falls short of the mark. It's a mediocre porter at best and that's the tragedy.
11-25-2013 01:37:29 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5 rDev +14.4%
Got this beer in a bottle after several people have recommended it to me.
Appearance - 4.5 - Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thick creamy head lands exactly at the top of the glass and takes a while to dissipate. The beer is almost black
Smell - 4.25 - Smells like peanut butter with some chocolate. If I was blindfolded I would have guessed that I was smelling a Resese's cup, not a beer.
Taste - 4.5 - Somewhat bitter. The chocolate taste is not overwhelming. Some roasted malt character, with a little bit of hop character - just enough to help the malts, chocolate, and peanut butter balance with each other. Not very bitter. The peanut is all in the aftertaste and lingers a while. It blends well, still having a small amount of chocolate to it.
Mouthfeel - 3.5 - Medium bodied mouthfeel. Much of the taste comes after it's swallowed.
Overall- 4.25 - This is a great beer. I would definitely drink it again. I don't usually like chocolate in my beers, but when it's mixed with peanut butter and not too much, like Sweet Baby Jesus, it's pretty good. This is my second favorite peanut butter beer so far, next to Spring House Big Gruesome. I would love to try this on tap.
11-21-2013 19:40:44 | More by blameo
4.31/5 rDev +14.6%
Exponentially better on tap, but the bottles have some serious peanut aromatics and flavors going on. This was bottled on 1/29/14, guess what it looks ruby cola deep brown, with a nice tan mocha head forming nicely. Fine speckled bands of lacing, great looking beer sitting in my glass. Aromatics are peanut butter to the core, think peanut skins and Jiff. Wonderful smell A+ there's not a better smelling beer around with this much similarity to a Reese's peanut butter cup!!! Flavor is dry finished with the peanut butter/dark dry chocolate notes coming forth, I'm glad it has these flavors without stepping into the dessert beer/diabetes realm like some of the Southern Tier Choklat and Crème Brule overt sweetness. There's a natural roasted malt finish with lingering salty peanut notes between sips, man I dig this beer. The first time I had it was a couple months back at Caliente in Bloomfield. Nice to see they are getting distribution in PA at Giant Eagle Market District. Mouthfeel is slick with peanut butter oils and medium bodied with even flowing carbonation it just works, I drained my glass faster than I should but damn it's so good and I thankfully have 5 left!
11-20-2013 19:06:01 | More by WVbeergeek
4.5/5 rDev +19.7%
Poured on tap into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a tiny off white head. Smells of chocolate and coffee just beautiful. Tastes of Reese's peanut butter cup, coffee, and nice dark malt. Beer light/medium bodied goes down nice light carbonation. Overall a very good beer.
11-19-2013 23:58:26 | More by cyclonece09
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
A- Dark black with dark brown hues. Khaki dense head, with lacing that fades presumably due to the peanut oils
S- Lives up to its claim. Big dark chocolate, mocha, with exceptional toasted peanuts aromas. Displays both the notes of a classic porter along with peanut nuttiness.
T- Pretty straight forward and hitting what it claims to be. Big chocolate and peanut butter profile. Not getting a forced artificial flavoring but a genuine chocolate and roasted peanut flavors.
M- Medium bodied, oily texture which finished dry. Not quite as I expected given the rich complexities of both the dark chocolate and peanutbutter profile. I would have liked it to be fuller bodied and creamier
Overall an interesting beer. A great fusion of flavors that is not forced upon with artificial flavorings but genuine craft expertise. My only knock is on the mouthfeel, but overall it's enjoyable.
11-16-2013 04:36:38 | More by wiscokid920
Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
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