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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,416 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 120
Gots: 241 | FT: 18
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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Photo of jlivings757
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

jlivings757, Dec 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

starshockey9, Dec 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

BeerBuddy2122, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tectactoe for this enticing extra, & had I known it contained peanut butter & chocolate, it would have vanished long ago. 12 oz. bottle from a brewery I've enjoyed every time I've encountered it.

Pours is flat, deadly, cast-iron black, though the pan is rusting a bit around the edges. The nose is beautiful liquid candy. This might be the time to confess that I have a gigantic hard-on for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups which, if a low-cal version ever arrived on the scene, I might eat every meal. Lovely sweet malts, roast, & a low edge of peanut butter. I approve of this scent.

Sweet Baby Jesus - what the hell does that have to do with the beer, anyways? Sharp, bitter roast knocks hard, too hard, actually, scaring the palate. Trying to extricate itself from the borderline coffee is an underlayment of peanut butter, sweet malts. Chocolate is too faint, but it's nice & creamy. Not tough to put down at all.

Well, my dreams of drinking this all day while shoveling Reese's in my face has fallen sadly short. A pretty good beer, but I'd love to see more peanut & chocolate.

maximum12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6.5% ABV,

A - Sweet Baby Jesus pours without a sound, filling the nonic with a beer as black as 95% dark chocolate and a sturdy light khaki head that leaves dots of lace on the glass.

S - Without even pouring the beer, Sweet Baby Jesus' robust chocolate-covered peanut aroma bursts out of the manger. Smooth milk chocolate and dusty cocoa share the dark spotlight with cocktail peanuts following up nicely, all overtaking it's "beeriness".

T - More beer-like than the aroma lets on, Sweet Baby Jesus has a cocoa-heavy, dry malty base balanced by earthy English hops which cuts through the milk chocolate presence the nose offers while maintaining some peanut flavor, though artificial like the label states.

M - Exuberant carbonation dances on the tongue while Sweet Baby Jesus washes over with loads of dry, dusty cocoa presence and a subtly sweet, medium-bodied finish.

O - Sweet Baby Jesus is unique, do doubt about that, but this flavored porter's taste and finish, while good, show obvious signs it's brewed with artificial flavor. Like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, chocolate-covered peanut filling is abounding and, during most of the beer's consumption, keeps it from really being like a "beer". In the end, it's a nicely crafted brew that's one hell of an experience.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of THFCBeerBQ
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6-pack of 12oz bottles at my local Wegman’s supermarket. No drink/fresh by date on bottle.

Poured semi-vigorously into a pint glass

A- Black in color with some deep red hues when directly held up to the light. Foam produces about a inch-and-a-half khaki colored head. Adequate head retention and lacing on the glass.

S- Smells like a Reese’s cup! The nose is dominated by roasted peanuts, smooth peanut butter and chocolate. Slight cocoa and lactose smells in the background.

T- The taste is simple and straightforward but it delivers exactly what it advertises, a chocolate, peanut butter porter. The taste isn’t as strong as the smell would let on but I think this is what makes this brew so good. Roasted grain and cocoa hit the palette first. The swallow releases notes of salted peanuts and finishes with a dry chocolate taste

M- slightly less than medium in body. Creamy but light mouthfeel (kind of like a fluffiness)

O- This is a unique brew that has been executed pretty damn well. The smell is spot on and the flavors and mouthfeel make this a surprisingly refreshing and drinkable beer. Definitely belongs as a winter night’s brew or after dinner alongside a large slice of chocolate cake. My only improvements would be for a slightly more complex taste and better lacing.

92/100

THFCBeerBQ, Dec 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

rojapa, Dec 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

sanitarium16, Dec 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

MO5290, Dec 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

jackrodgers77, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

czeiders12, Dec 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

djrn2, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

cw13, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Lurkerson, Dec 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Chevelle66, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

chucksim, Dec 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

hopsabrewin, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of HarryPotHead
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just not my cup of tea I guess. Props for being different, but I guess I just couldn't get over the in your face peanut butter taste. Smells great, but the coffee / PB hits the palate hard and is not subtle at all...if that is what they were going for....well, job well done. I guess I'd prefer this if it was a little more subtle and not so much in your face. Glad I found this on tap though cause I was looking at the 6er lately and was tempted to buy. Won't be revisiting this one.

HarryPotHead, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Pencible
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 08.06.13
Reviewed 11.29.13

A: This poured a translucent cola with almost no head.
S: It smelled like sweet milk chocolate with lots of peanut butter and not much else.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and peanut butter. It had a clean sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with a little carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was exactly what you would expect. I would have preferred more delicate and complex, but this was a fun gimmick brew. Easy enough to drink, if you have a sweet tooth.

Pencible, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of LI_PO12
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle in tulip

Appearance- Black, with a light tan head

Aroma- Chocolate, roasted malts, peanut butter coming through as well, all things mixing nicely

flavor- its a bit watery, but the chocolate and peanut butter notes are very nice, theres a bit of a roasted bitterness at the end. Not overly sweet like I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel- To thin, and watery, Carbonation is ok

Overall- Smell was very nice, but really fell short in the mouthfeel and flavor. Still worth a try for the peanut butter mix, but its just ok for a porter

LI_PO12, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

mtpHokie, Dec 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Bilco, Dec 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ChipMurray, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

mj81, Dec 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

intothepit86, Dec 04, 2013
Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.