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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,580 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,580
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.12%
Wants: 135
Gots: 307 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012)
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look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Can't get past the fake/artificial nut smell and taste that comes with this beer (very similar to that which I get from Pumpking). Very off putting. Little to no chocolate on the nose or tongue. Had high hopes for this one but it wasn't executed well.

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Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: loads of peanut butter is all you can detect.

Taste: chocolate, peanut butter, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Long lasting peanut butter flavor sticks to the tongue.

Overall: if you like peanut butter and chocolate this beer is for you.

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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!

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.