Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by MasterSki on 12-23-2012

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Photo of JTK111
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkest brown color possible, almost black. Tan head with light carbonation. The smell is strong, with cocoa dominating and nutty notes coming in a close second. Think Hershey's cocoa powder and a jar of Jif and you are almost there -- almost ... because the peanut butter seems ... almost like peanut butter ... but not exactly. The smell is intense enough that you can drink it straight from the bottle and get the point. Flavors are chocolate syrup, cocoa (dominating) and peanut butter. Just enough hops to balance it all. Finishes slightly hoppy. I didn't have the issues with aftertaste that others noted. Carbonation stays fizzy even after it warms; combined with the hops on the back of the tongue it leaves an unusual finish for a fairly sweet beer. Feel is slick, slightly sticky, with carbonation that stays to the end. Label says it is a chocolate peanut butter porter and it is all of that. After the first couple of bottles, I bothered to read the label and was a little disappointed to see that it's a "porter with natural flavors." I wish they wouldn't invoke the name of the Divine in a beer that uses flavoring. Hmm. I want to rate the beer a little higher. If you like chocolatey porters, it's worth trying.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This blasphemous porter is the darkest of brown, with orange highlights and plenty of effervescence; its thin, creamy light tan head has modest retention but leaves nice thick ladders and spots of fine-grained lacing. The aroma is quite assertive, with a strong blend of sweet roasted peanut butter and dark milk chocolate lying atop powdery cocoa and slight alcoholic undertones. The flavor is predominately bitter dark chocolate and cocoa, with peanut butter accents and hints of dark toffee; the peanut butter is not expressed anywhere near as strongly on the palate as it is on the nose. The finish is peanut butter, toffee and a bit of booze, followed by the onset of a mild roasted nutty bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the medium-full body; the texture is sticky, creamy and very peppery from the fizzy carbonation- too much so, as the carbonation bite hampers sensory uptake of the flavors, making this beer less than it could be- the incorporation of peanut butter is very nicely done. (12 oz bottle, 106 days after pkg)

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Photo of MrDell
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Du Claw Brewing – Sweet Baby Jesus - bottling date 14.03.2015

Appearance: Black, opaque beer with a coffee coloured patchy head. Very little slow moving carbonation.

Aroma: Not surprisingly - chocolate and peanut butter! One whiff of this took me right back to childhood - crunchy peanut butter and chocolate on toast.
Taste: Dark chocolate liquor and sweet ice coffee up front, peanut butter in the middle with a dry finish. Very enjoyable.

Mouth feel: Silky with a dry finish. Quite low in body, but then I'm used to big Belgian brews.

Overall: Much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I thought this was going to be one of those gimmicky craft beers that has just only been brewed to be original, hip whatever but I would actually drink this again. The peanut butter is present but it's not overpowering and it works well with the coffee and chocolate flavours from the dark malt.

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Photo of pathman
1.47/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle @ 45F poured into Nonic glass. Dark brown with ruby highlights and light tan head dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma of roasted peanuts--off to a good start! Body is a bit thin but not too bad for a porter. Well what do you know --it tastes like chocolate and peanut butter!!! ...and then the harshly bitter, artificial flavor qualities kick in!!! Can't take more than a few more sips of this. When I bought it I didn't know that artificial flavors had been added -- that's cheating in my opinion. Worse than that, it just tastes bad. My first non-infected drainpour...EVER! I've always finished my beer, even when it was nasty, because I had assumed that it had been made honestly. I can't say that in this case.

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Photo of VDJ104
4.96/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As a fan of Reece's peanut butter cups this beer is a new found favorite of mine. It smells like roasted peanuts and taste like a solid porter mixed with peanuts and dark chocolate. Just a delicious beer.

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Photo of Shadman
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bros be damned..I liked this a lot.
Other than a so-so score on aroma I found this to be extremely tasty and well balanced. The chocolate and the nuttiness of the peanut butter, artificial or not, were in perfect balance without either being over-the-top.
For a beer geek still living in the wilderness that is SE Alberta this brew will definitely be a highlight of the 2015 Beer Advent Calendar.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DuClaw Brewing Company - Sweet Baby Jesus. 6.5% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Bottled on 9/15/2015.

Look: Very dark brown, almost black. Semi aggressive pour yielded a thick light tan colored head, that dissipates slowly into sticky lacing of the same color.

Smell: Initial smell is just like peanut butter fudge. Very profound peanut butter, chocolate, with dark malts in between.

Feel: Very creamy, with the head contributing to the feel. Nice and smooth, with the right amount of carbonation.

Taste: Immediate malty peanut butter taste, with chocolate tones throughout. The back end leaves a pleasant taste, just like a Reese's Cup. Even after it warms up, there is no alcohol taste or burn.

Overall: This was a very enjoyable beer to drink. It is an interesting flavor blend for a beer, it is like drinking a dessert. Not something I could drink everyday, but is very good nonetheless.

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Photo of do_ob
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 batch clocking in at 6.2% abv. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown in color on the pour, and settles into a very dark, ruby red once in the glass (really, you can only see red hues when held against a bright light). Initial 2 finger head of bubbly, tan foam. This receded down into a dense lacing after a minute or two. Great retention against the glass. The nose on this beer is exactly what you'd imagine, only better. Straight up peanut butter and roasty chocolate. Some sweet malt in there, maybe, but it is strongly overpowered by the main two contenders. Heavy weight with little carbonation. This beer has a great feel that's equally as chewy as it is creamy.

The taste follows right along with the smell, bringing forward huge flavors of roasty, nutty peanut butter and german chocolate. At 53 IBUs, there is a slight bitterness on the finish that could be attributed to the hops, or likewise the chocolate. Either way, it's subtle and balances nicely with the roastiness of the chocolate and malt. Finishes smooth, albeit a bit carbonated and leaves loads of peanutbutter on the aftertaste.

Very good beer that's really a style all its own. It's exactly what it says it is, and DuClaw did it right. If you like Reese's, you'll like this. Underrated, in my opinion.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown-black, opaque, with a tan head that pours short and fades to nothing. No lacing.

S - A powerful note of nuts, peanut and milk chocolate.

T - Plus is a bright nuttiness and chocolate, a nice touch of roast, and a pleasant finish. Negative is a slight chemical note, like a cheap chocolate bar. Fortunately, this is backgrounded, and is not overwhelming.

M - Slick and a touch sticky.

O - Decent, with great nose, good taste, and only a few off notes, none of which particularly mar the beer.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a soft head that stands up after the pour. Nose is chocolate and peanut butter, and some subtle roasted grain, but I want a little more in the smell. Taste is Roasted malt, dry chocolate notes and peanut butter. Straight up Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, but this is one that could be a little sweeter in my opinion. Texture is soft and keeps the chocolate and peanut notes lingering for a bit. Great beer. Not an everyday drinker for me, but a great wintertime brew for sure.

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Photo of slader
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cuts its own path. .Doesnt try to be another beer. It's sweet porter like malted milk with a serendipitous kick finish. Unfortunately its head completely evaporates within minutes...so underperforms vs nitro powered Guinness or Left Hand stouts

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

My second DuClaw offering and was I impressed. I am partial to porters and stouts, but I have had my fill of less than stellar brews - but Sweet Baby Jesus wasn't one of them.

From the look, smell, and tasted - all of it was amazing. A great dark beer with a beautiful tan head and great lacing. Both smell and taste has a great roasted caramel smell and taste - and it is truly a great bonus when they both match. I wasn't too impressed with the feel as it was more carbonated than I liked, but it was something I could overlook from an big picture perspective. Very good porter and a delicious way to celebrate a nice relaxing evening.

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Photo of hman43
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours black with a brown head and plenty of lacing. It has a strong aroma of peanut butter with roasted malts and nuts. It is fairly highly carbonated with peanut butter, roasted malts, some coffee, and hints of floral hops. It does have a creamy texture, but the high carbonation breaks it up some. It does have a bitter coffee kick on the palate.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet Baby Jesus reeks of peanut butter. Even while the glass of this jet black liquid with its small tan head is sitting on the table you can smell peanuts over the distance. One sipped peanut butter coats the mouth followed by dark chocolate bitterness. The flavor lingers, but not in an obtrusive way, just enough to leave you wanting more.

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Photo of WestMichiganWhaler
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good and smells amazing! (peanut butter!) But the most prominent taste is an off putting metalic taste, not the peanut butter. Sure the chocolate and peanut butter are there but they grossly underwhelmed. I assume the BA version are MUCH better, because this disappointed

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Photo of Myotus
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle (24Mar15) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 20 seconds. Black in color with a ruby tint. Rising bubbles are small in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Intense amounts of peanut butter!!! This smells like straight peanut butter with subtle chocolate aromas and hints of bitter roasted malts.
TASTE: Mild bitter roasted malt flavors and subtle metallic flavors enter initially. Subtle chocolate and peanut butter flavors enter immediately after. Mild coffee flavors and hints of spicy and bitter hops finish off this mediocre symphony as all flavors persist, except for peanut butter flavors, which grow to mild.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated (oh, how I love that combination). Goes down ridiculously smooth while also sticking to the back of the throat like syrup. Finishes very dry.
NOTE: This had such an amazing aroma, but ended up tasting incredibly mediocre. This was a huge let down.

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Photo of zimm421
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a stout glass. Appears a dark brown, nearly black color with a thick, fluffy tan head. The nose is loaded with peanut butter and chocolate, and a touch of roastiness. It smells just about like you would expect based upon the description, but the roasted malts are a bit off putting. The taste is very lacking. There is a touch of peanut butter, and some chocolate, but nothing really comes through in the forefront. It's actually quite boring here. The mouthfeel is watery, thin and extremely lacking. Overall, I think it's a great idea for a beer, but this is very poorly executed. I've had better Choc PB stouts, and I won't be coming back to this one again.

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Photo of 98green
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to a tulip glass. Not as thick or dark as I expected, little to no head. Smell is cocoa and peanuts, very pleasant. Taste doesn't deliver as much as the smell, and the mouthfeel was much thinner than expected. Moderate boozy finish adds a nice warmth though. A solid effort but not extraordinary in my opinion

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a very dark brown, letting some light brown light through. small almost non existent white head.
S- Strong on peanut-butter with chocolate lagging behind. Smells like a peanut-butter cup in a glass.
T- Peanut-butter isn't as strong as the nose, cocoa takes over the lead here. Roasty malt, a little coffee bean. There is a slight metallic twinge at the very end, which is hard to describe, but I'm attributing it to the artificial flavoring.
M- Nice and thick, very smooth.
O- This is a decent porter which drinks as advertised, but I really can't get over the artificial flavor added. Save that for the macros.

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Photo of LAp
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a table glass. Pours a deep brown. Not as opaque as an imperial stout, but not overly translucent. Sends up a 1 finger light mocha head. Chocolate and peanut butter on the nose - as promised. I'm actually extremely impressed with just how much the nose of this beer lives up to its advertising. It smells just like a chocolate peanut butter cup. The taste is initially spot on too. I was incredulous to try this beer, but was extremely impressed at first sip, rich chocolate and peanut butter lead, giving way to a solid, slightly hoppy finish. After a few sips though, the peanut butter flavor starts to taste synthetic, and it only tastes more artificial as the sips continue. This beer had a long way to go to get over my initial bias against gimmicky flavored stouts and porters. I initially thought it would, but by the end of the bottle, I can safely say it's not one I'd go looking for.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes from a July trip to Pittsburgh. This was a bomber, poured into a plastic Solo cup in a hotel room where there was no other glassware option aside from drinking right from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours very dark, and forms a thick, frothy tan head that lasts for quite a long time.

Smell: This smelled more or less like a Reese's Cup in a glass, with some hints of beer malt around the edges of the mass of chocolate and peanut butter.

Taste: Exactly as the nose, this was effectively like drinking an alcoholic Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. There were hints of some charred malt, but primarily a sweet blast of milk chocolate and peanut butter.

Mouthfeel: Typical porter mouthfeel, light to medium-light in body.

Overall: I rather enjoyed this beer, and will likely pick it up again should I ever run across somewhere in Cincinnati that carries it.

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Photo of cefalexine
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

opaque black, with bubblets rising up. Huge fan of the porter look
smell is a little light, but notes of chocolate and peanut butter coming through
taste is not sweet at all!, peanut butter notes, dry and thirst quenching, the porter bubbles delightfully on the toungue
aftertaste leaves a bit to be desired

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Photo of GeoJ
1.48/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This brew could be the poster child for the "Anti-Craft Beer" people.

Pure gimmick. Too sweet, too fake tasting. Two sips in, and I'm feeling sick to my stomach from the cloying heaviness. Add to that an aftertaste that refuses to go away, and you have a perfect example of why some people laugh at the craft-beer industry.

*This* should have been the beer that Bud mocked in their infamous ads ...

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap out in Northern Virginia. This is a fun beer to drink - it literally does bring to mind liquid peanut butter chocolate cups. Extremely sweet - there is no bitterness to balance it out. This is a pure dessert beer. Is the sweetness a little cloying? Perhaps but I think that's the point with this one.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hesitant to try this one because I wouldn't think I'd like it. Love a classic smokey Porter, but not sure about the peanut butter. I found this surprisingly enjoyable and not really over the top. Give it a try.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.