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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Sweet Baby JesusSweet Baby Jesus

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very good

319 Reviews

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 2,126
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 39.63%
Wants: 184
Gots: 666 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

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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Reviews: 319 | Hads: 2,126
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is dark brown, head is tan, no lacing, dissipates to a ring.

Aroma is heavy on the peanut butter, lighter chocolate notes.

Taste is not as bad as i originally expected, heavy peanut butter flavor, lighter chocolate malt and maybe some roast. It really has a very real peanut butter taste, event a more toasted peanutty quality.

Mouthfeel is a little dry and crisp on the tongue, flavors linger throughout the mouth.

Overall, a unique brew, peanut butter flavor is almost too much, but the behind the scenes porter flavors is good.

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Photo of Jonada
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled on 11/22/2013. Served in a standard pint glass

Appearance: Pours dark brown with 2 fingers of a tan head that settles to a thin coating and collar. Body is dark, but can be seen through when held up to light.

Smell: Lots of peanut butter, and chocolate with some hints of coffee and roasted malt.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Peanut butter, peanuts, and milk chocolate dominate with some notes of roast and malt sweetness making themselves known as well, but to a lesser extent.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied. Medium carbonation. No alcohol detectable.

Overall: The base beer itself is really pretty mild and unimpressive. This is just a canvass to showcase the chocolate and peanut butter additions. This is more or less a liquid Reeces peanut butter cup. So if that sounds appealing to you, you should pick this up. If not, stay away.

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Photo of leantom
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Well, after seeing this beer in the store for almost a year, I decided to give it a try. I'm partially glad that I did, as this beer has some good points. OK, here goes:

A: OK - just like a generic porter. Black with a slight amber hue. It's not as dark as many English porters but dark enough to make the beer opaque. It pours a small brown head that quickly dissipates.

S: Outstanding. When they say "peanut butter" on the label, they really mean it! This beer smells like a newly-opened bag of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups or Reeses Pieces. It smells exquisite. Unfortunately, this is where the good points end.

T: Eh, just OK. Yes, the peanut buttery and nutty tastes linger on the tongue and, after a few gulps, the aroma of peanut butter becomes omnipresent on the palate. It actually gets better with repeated tastings. However, this beer lacks one thing that wound make the taste truly superb: Sweetness. I really want DuClaw to come out with an imperial porter, one with a much maltier taste. That would catapult this beer into greatness, in my opinion. The truth is, this beer is so novel that I really wanted to give it a better review. Unfortunately, the omission of a maltier taste really hampered its performance.

M: OK, like a regular porter. However, it is slightly light for its style. I expected a much heavier mouthfeel. I believe that this flaw could be corrected in an imperial porter ('Sweeter Baby Jesus'?). Anyway, there's still room for improvement.

O: The beer has potential. Again, I believe it could have been better. A maltier backbone would've improved the overall taste and quality of the beer. I await the imperial version of this porter to come out with great anticipation.

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Photo of Joe_
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 utopiajane
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured a dark brown cola color with a ruby hue around the edges. A great head of loose foam that fell fast to a collar and cap with a thin skin that never faded. Soapy wet lace. The nose is peanuts. Dry roasted peanuts, a little salty. Reminds one of a reeses peanut butter cup. Some milk chocolate comes through as it warms and some dark fruits. No alcohol on the nose. There is a little tiny hint of floral way in back. This has a great malt toasty smell too. Taste is peanuts and more peanuts. Follows the nose all the way. The body of this beer is thinner than you would expect from the smell and not very creamy. Malt is deep and has some toast, roast and unsweetened chocolate to go with all those peanuts. Little hint of vanilla. It finishes dry and with some hop bitter on the back palate and in the aftertaste. The dark fruits are lost to the peanuts but they are there in the background as a touch of earth. There is even a little hay on the palate. It’s salty like peanuts and warms slightly as you sip it. This was very enjoyable beer. Unique and very smooth. It’s as though they took your favorite candy bar and made it into a beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at T Brendan O'reilly's in Harrisburg, enjoyed from a pint chilled.

The color is deep brown shade with ruby hue at the base with small tan cap with tight bead. The smell is very sweet and nutty with mild peanut and roasty chocolate aroma. The feel is good with slight nuttiness and mild sweet element up front with mild spice and moderately high carbonation which also adds to the impression of bitterness, but mostly dry in the finish.

The taste is good with some light creamy nutty flavors and subtle cocoa tasting with some mild caramel and toasted notes in the porter with some gentle bitterness balancing and mild alcohol. The flavor of the malt is almost biscuit-like in that it has a dry quality, with some oily dry peanut butter taste in the finish. I liked this it was not over the top candy-bar or peanut butter cup flavored, but it is satisfying and does have the taste you might expect given the name, it is a pretty quaffable ale.

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Photo of Florida9
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in color. Forms a moderate sized light tan head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is predominantly peanut butter with a touch of roasted malts and a little milk chocolate.

T: Taste is as advertised. Chocolate and peanut butter. Mild sweetness. There is a hint of roasted malts and very little else.

M: On the heavier side of things. Appropriate carbonation. Somewhat astringent, chemically bitterness.

O: Well, I do believe this beer is exactly what it is supposed to be. Not necessarily my thing, but it is what it is.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

peanut butter is a gnarly ingredient in beer. i mean, brilliant, but when do you add it? i can't see it working in a mash, maybe in a bright tank, but wouldn't it all congeal all weird in the cold and not impart much flavor? if it was added hot, wouldn't it melt and make a greasy beer with no ability to hold a head? lots of questions, and this beer doesn't answer a single one, but i like it for trying. i think my problem with this one is the base beer, not a real robust or full enough bodied porter for the flavors its trying to support. nutty not the nose, more peanuts than peanut butter per se, which I'm fine with, and a cocoa finish. bitter malt and maybe a little over hopped in the taste, but i like the integration of the peanut flavor. more chocolate would help this i think, as would m,pre body on the base beer, but the level of roast is nice and works with the nut complex, and the carbonation is there. seems like it was fermented a little too arm or something, i get a slight staleness to the yeast, but other than that, i enjoyed this quite a lot. could use a few tweaks, but a very cool use of a tricky and perplexing ingredient.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours dark brown with a small off white head leaving spotty trails of thin lace down the top part of the glass.

S - Smells of fresh toasted peanuts, bakers chocolate and the dark roasted grain. The nuts are strong, combining with the chocolate to make this ones nose exactly as advertised.

T - Tastes just like it smells, maybe with a bit less nuts, making it a bit more balanced. Some light hop bitterness comes through as it warms up. Finish is roasty, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after consumption.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel. Finish is roasty, lingering for quite awhile.

O- Overall a pretty good chocolate PB beer but not the best I have had. Definitely worth a shot if your into this kind of beer, just don't expect the something mind blowing.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body with Coca-Cola highlights. Small rapidly decaying light tan head.

Aroma heavily features peanut butter with chocolate support.

Taste starts with a coffee note, before giving way to chocolate. Nice bitter nip at the swallow. Strong peanut butter finish.

Medium mouthfeel, a little thinner than I prefer for a porter.

It works as a nice festive treat.

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Photo of ShaneHarris
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 thedoubler55
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/reddish color with no transparancy, the head was almost not even present, just a very tiny bit of lacing on this one.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee, the peanut butter comes in at the end, dark chocolate is very present, slight hints of brown sugar as well.

T: The peanut butter is more noticable on the tongue, lots of chocolate and coffee flavor on this one, the hops give it a slight bitterness but nothing crazy

M:Creamy texture, heavy bodied, slight carbonation.

O: I love peanut butter so this beer to me is darn good, I am biased on this one, but this is a good tasting beer for sure, subtle and well balanced.

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Photo of banglin
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a very small, cream colored head that dissipated quickly. Very dark in color but held to light appears red.

S: Strong peanut butter smell with some chocolate notes underneath. The mixture of the two remind me of coffee.

T: An excellent balance of chocolate and peanut butter flavors, but no other dominant flavors.

M: Not as thick and creamy as you might expect a chocolate stout. The carbonation is just right despite the low head.

O: While the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is not universally unique, it is unique for beer. I think the balance in the two flavors is excellent, but this unique beer is not one I will drink often.

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Photo of u2carew
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

A) Pours with a thin, off white head that quickly settles. Opaque body. Nearly no lacing on the drink down.
S) Roasty malt aromas. Nutty - not quite peanut butter, but nutty.
T) Bold malts. Chocolate and peanut notes. Very rich.
M) Full body. Slightly gritty. Dry finish.
O) A creative porter. Not really peanut butter, but a valiant effort.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice and bubbly tan head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black with a nice texture to it but comes off a little less slick than other porters.

The beer smell is simply indulgent but not very complex. The min notes seem to be chocolate and peanut butter. The peanut butter is exceptionally strong. There also appears to be a very light roasted note in the smell but that might actually be the peanut butter.

The beer taste is very similar to the beer smell. The main notes appear to be chocolate and peanut butter. The taste is a bit more complex than the smell, however. The taste also has a stronger roast note as well as a slight hop bitterness to it in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, if not a bit light for a porter. The beer is heavy bodied with enough carbonation to give a bit of texture. The feel is smooth.

Overall, a fairly decent porter and one worth getting. Personally, I think this is one of the better Peanut Butter porters out on the market. I definitely recommend getting this beer if you can.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours opaque black, brown glow around the edges. Light tan lacing for a head.

Smells of cocoa, hazelnut, peanut butter, and brown sugar malts.

Tastes of toasted cocoa, peanut butter, hazelnut, and dry woody biscuit malt.

Medium to thin body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An interesting and tasty porter, could stand to have a bit more flavor and body. The aroma is quite attractive though. I'd say this one is worth trying and it gets points for innovation.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a thin tan foam that fades quickly without leaving much lacing

Smell: Peanut butter and chocolate

Taste: Artificial peanut butter with a slightly rancid element, up front; the milk chocolate base builds through the middle, but the rancid hint lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting novelty but not very well-executed; the peanut butter tasted a little off and the base beer was underwhelming

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—only traces of dark are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and peanut butter are present in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in that there is a bit of chocolaty flavors but is mostly dominated by peanut butter once you really 'bite' into it. The peanut butter flavors linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels heavier in body compared to other porters and seems to be more like a stout. It has a hood balance between the chocolate and peanut butter flavors and makes for a good dessert beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This may be my first Du Claw (but maybe not). A mess of them appeared at my favorite store recently but I may have tried one or two before. This ain't bad.

It's pretty in the glass - lacey, dark and a nice little head. The aroma is interesting. Fresh, peanut butter and chocolate. The taste is simple for something with so many flavors. The peanut butter comes out the winner with chocolate second. Any decent ale tastes are buried.

Overall, it's not a bad brew, but I would prefer something like this to be a lot bigger in the malt department and a bit more hoppy. It's a nice treat that isn't too boozy.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle poured to tulip. Consumed 10-15-2013. Acquired in trade with reidjoshua.

dark, coffee brown appearance. medium carbonation with 1-finger tan head fading to a minimal collar. very little lacing

there is roasted malt at first, but the peanut flour and milk chocolate appear quickly. there is a faint red grape fruitiness as well.

the taste does not match the pb cup aroma, unfortunately. it is roasted malt bitterness primarily, more astringency than typical for the style. actually more fruit than expected.

moderate carbonation, less creamy than hoped-for

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Review adapted from notes taken 1/9/14

Appearance: Moderately dark brown with some medium brown clarity around the edges, would probably be clear if not for the color - pours with a small, light tan head, fades to virtually nothing, but does leave a few spots

Smell: Successfully manages to smell like peanuts and chocolate - baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, and some milk chocolate - peanut buttery, with some roasted peanuts, but not particularly roasty - malts have some nice roast though - caramel malt, brown ale malts, roasted, toasted malts - some mocha - some general sweetness and something like vanilla

Taste: Roasted malts with peanut butter and chocolate - roasty, toasted malts - some caramel, toasted biscuits - lots of sweetness from the malts, which I would normally criticize, but it works with the other flavors - chocolate, including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and Tootsie Rolls - interesting level of peanuts - definitely there, definitely peanut buttery, definitely interesting - lots going on, but it's light enough that it's not a mess

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, low but kind of prickly carbonation, kind of sticky

Overall: False. Beer did include baby or Jesus.

I can see why this is polarizing. The chocolate and peanut flavors are definitely nice, but the body is kind of weird. Personally, I like it. This is a lot of flavor for a 6.5% beer. It feels a bit light, but it works.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When I realized that I was nearing my review of Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, I decided that I would score a couple of bottles of this one for both a side-by-side (sort of, hours later) as well as making an eventual blend with their Dirty Little Freak to be called a Dirty, Sweet, Little Jesus Freak (Baby optional).

From the bottle: "Craft be Cherished. Rules be Damned."; "Respect_the_Fluid"; "A classic, full-bodied, robust porter with a smooth, dry finish and just enough hops to balance aromas and flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and peanut butter so rich that just one sip and you will ... exclaim the name!"

I used my usual heavy-handed pour if for no other reason than to get a pseudo-cascade rolling in the glass. This produced not quite two fingers of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. I found the nose to be more muted than the Horny Goat. Here, the chocolate was more prevalent with the peanut butter underlying it, which struck me as being perhaps more palatable. Mouthfeel was medium, thinner that the Horny Goat, but more in line with what I expect in a Porter. The taste was unexpectedly rich and here I was reminded of my paternal grandmother's birthday cake icing, usually on Devil's Food Cake. She would buy frosting mix (do they even sell that any more?) and mix it up in a mixing bowl using a mixer, and once it achieved a certain creaminess, she would add in chunky peanut butter to thicken it and then slather it on the cake. As a kid, I really looked forward to birthdays at our house, but now, I would probably find it too sweet. Now, to clarify on this one - it was sweet, yes, but not as sweet as the Horny Goat. The finish was semi-dry, at most, but there was still a good bit of sweetness lingering in evidence well past the swallow. Just like with the Horny Goat, this would be a one-and-done for me, but given a choice, I would take this one before a Horny Goat simply because it just was not quite as sweet. More damning with faint praise, I suppose.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.