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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

348 Reviews
THE BROS
70
okay

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Reviews: 348
Hads: 2,261
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 39.2%
Wants: 186
Gots: 725 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

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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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - cola brown, 1/8 " head.

Smell - light chocolate, minimal dry roasted peanuts.

Taste - much the same as the nose. mild chocolate and faint dry roasted peanuts.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and I would like to find a beer that is a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in a beer as a dessert beer. This is an enjoyable beer, but the chocolate and the peanut flavor needs to be increased by a factor of 3. The peanut flavor is not really peanut butter so much as dry roasted peanuts. Mouth feel-wise, I would like the beer to be thicker and more creamy in texture. I would like to try this on draft to see if the chocolate and peanut flavors are more pronounced.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A lot of one's opinion of this beer hinges on if one is a sweet tooth. I definitely am. Therefore, this beer really appeals to me. For a dessert beer, I have not had much better. The smell of this beer is near perfection. Taste of the chocolate and peanut butter is not far behind. Only gripe is the porter is a tad bit watery, would be better with a thicker, smoother stout feel. Also, you really could only take down one or two of this in a session. However, when it comes to dessert drinks, this is top notch.

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Photo of Wick3d_Good
2.47/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Little to no head- sweet synthetic chocolate scent. The peanut butter part is subtle. I'd recommend drinking this from the bottle to avoid smell. Still a good porter. Would advise to try

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Photo of Joe_
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good, especially for a strange combination of flavors. Not in the best tier of american porters, but a beer that everyone should try at least once.

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Photo of Jasonkyeager
4.76/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the 3 best beers I've ever had. I'm a chocolate stout fan first and foremost. When I smelled the PB i was a little nervous, but it turned out awesome. If you're up for something different it's great.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Nick_Bousquet (thanks man!). No apparent bottling information. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours dark brown with almost two fingers of sandy froth. The head fades to a modest halo and leaves a few small patches of lace.

As advertised, peanut butter and cocoa fill the aroma. Just popping the cap I caught a strong whiff of Reeces.

The taste isn't terribly complex but there is some pretty authentic chocolate peanut butter flavor. An unfortunate metallic tang drifts in and out but this is still a tasty, easy drinking porter.

Fairly thin body with appropriately average carbonation. That slight metallic note creeps in to join the cocoa and peanutty finish.

Based on several failed attempts I've had over the years I think peanut butter must be a tough flavor for beer but Sweet Baby Jesus is one of the two that I'd say did it right. It may not be perfect but it's worth a try, particularly if you like peanut butter in your porter.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: a very dark black color that seems to suck the light out from around it. 1 finger fizzy tan head that seems to fade pretty quickly

s: i know its supposed to smell like chocolate and peanut butter. it smells like chocolate, but the peanut butter part doesn't quite smell like peanut butter 100% maybe just like crushed peanuts. also some toffee and brown sugar

t: welp. this taxes as close to a peanut butter cup as i'd expect a beer too. milk chocolate and peanuts. there is a pretty large malt sweetness in here as well, and it finishes with a faint bitterness from roasted malts

m: surprisingly light, that is also pretty highly carbonated - even though it does not have good head retention

m: its chocolate peanut butter. 'nuff said

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Photo of ElGeordie
4.88/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A couple of (alleged) 16 Oz pints at the Brew restaurant at Bellgrade.
If I could only drink one kind of beer it would be a porter.. Having said that I like my porters plain and simple: session beers - that's what porters used to be.
This stuff is different though.... the tasting notes on the clipboard gave a few hints: Reeses pieces, peanut butter... is this a beer or a candy bar ? Thing is, I hate peanut butter - can't stand the stuff. But, this is allegedly a porter, so....
Well, the first pint glass came with 3/4 " of head over what looked like a porter.
The tasting notes were close. There is an major note of bitter chocolate followed by a hint of roasted peanut kind of like a chocolate satay (?!) and it does feel like I'm drinking a porter despite the other stuff. The first one disappeared in short order to be followed by a second (just for confirmation, you understand)
If I hadn't been driving there would've been more. two pints of 6.5% is my limit.
But I will be back for more.....

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

App - Inky, dark brown with off white head and minimal effervescent.
Smell – Roasted malts, dark chocolate, peanut butter, hint of graham cracker.

Taste - Chocolate/cocoa forward, peanut butter, nice hoppy astringency that balances the sweet.

Mouthfeel – Light-medium body (somewhere between 1% and 2% milk), alcohol well disguised.

Overall: A novel beer, ideal for sipping but not sure I could drink more than one in a sitting. A little cloying

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Chovy’s, Meadville, PA, $6.75/alleged 16 oz
Aroma of bitter chocolate
Head removed by bartender – what’s left is light brown, creamy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and layer
Lacing excellent – nearly covers interior with tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with bitter chocolate and coffee; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetytl
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.75, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of dacrza1
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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...

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Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of ShaneHarris
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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.

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Photo of jman42
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

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Photo of JDW4195
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Photo of dabarton
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -20%

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.

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Photo of Lou22
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.