Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Reviews: 275
Hads: 1,949
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.31%
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DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-23-2012

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Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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 (572 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (2,084 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown wiht a light tan head. The head lasts a while but leaves no lacing. The aroma to me is pure peanut butter with just a hint of sweetness. The taste has a little more depth, with the peanut butter balanced out by the chocolate and porter. Not too heavy. A decent dessert beer. (293 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the few people who have thrown this in as an extra in trades... I haven't had many "peanut butter" beers, but I always love trying new and off-the-wall things, so I was very happy to have a few bottles of this stuff. It pours a dark brown that appears nearly black once it's sitting in the glass. The tan head fades quick but leaves a few small patches of spotty lacing in its path. Translucent only at the beer's extremities.

Mushy, dense, and creamy peanut butter clouds the aroma, and I wouldn't have it any other way. The helping hands of the deeply roasted chocolate malts meshes with the peanut butter to remind us of the combination that has become so popular today. A slight bit of char and roast on the tail end keeps that "stout-y" smell alive, while still being decadently sweet from the soft peanut butter addition.

The first sip tells me that the peanut butter is a bit heavier on the aroma that it will be on the palate, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The taste has a bit more cocoa to it; kind of sweet, soft, and creamy with a bit of roast on the back end. Peanut butter is still an important piece to this puzzle, however - even peanut butter in small amounts can be a powerful statement.

At times, Sweet Baby Jesus can be a bit astringent, with a darting, slightly acidic bitterness that most likely manifests from the roast. It's got that "burning cola" feel. Nothing to be too alarmed about, although it does take the drinkability down just a notch. The finish contains a touch of nutty peanut butter and a light dusting of sweet cocoa. The body on this is a bit thinner than I would have liked, especially for the flavors involved; sharp carbonation, kind of brash and dry in the finish.

I'm trying to think of any other peanut butter porters/stouts that I've had and the only other one that immediately jumps into my head is Odd Side's Peanut Butter Cup Stout. I like that one a little better; the feel the peanut butter is integrated a bit more successfully, giving off a more authentic "peanut butter cup" feel, not to mention the astringency is a non-issue. Either way, this is still a nice peanut butter beer and I'd definitely get it again if it were available to me. (2,217 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured a dark brown, opaque color, with a two-finger light tan fluffy head that quickly dissipated to a thin film with some nice lacing
Smell: I thought I opened a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup! Nice chocolate notes, with some earthy peanut aromas.
Taste: The taste didn't really come to the level of the aroma, the roasty malt flavors overpowered the light chocolate notes, and the peanut flavors seemed pretty subdued when compared to the smell.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, but not dissapointing.
Overall: This beer was OK, I guess I was expecting more flavor after experiencing the smell. Good brew, but nothing out of this world. (667 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with a thin beige head. Upon pouring a terrific aroma of chocolate peanut butter fills the nose. Amazingly the aroma slowly transfer to the taste as it warms up which is followed by some dark mild toasted malt and caramel. Palate is a full smooth and creamy body. The finish is more of the same but gets slightly richer as it warms up some more some mild bitter notes for balance. Overall a very tasty chocolaty peanut butter flavored brew. Very enjoyable to drink. (482 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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 (452 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet Baby Jesus pours black into the glass with little to no foam. A small ring appears around the surface. No lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and candy like. Caramel and peanut butter dominate. Some dark chocolate is mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is oily and soft with mild carbonation. The flavor is like a candy bar. Caramel and peanut butter blended with chocolate. It finishes dry and somewhat bitter with a hint of grass. Once gone the caramel and peanut butter lingers on the palate.

This is a beer best left for dessert. It tastes like a caramel peanut butter brownie. The peanut butter doesn't seem genuine. It's more like a powdered additive you'd put in pudding. Still, it's definitely interesting. Would go great with a chocolate cake. (773 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark, good tan head, lots of lace.

S -Not much on smell, lightly nutty, a little malty, a little mildewy.

T - Nice taste. Lots of malt, chocolate, nutty, tasty.

M - Very nice balance, good carb, medium body.

D - Weird beer, but I like it very much. (261 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DuClaw Brewing Company - Sweet Baby Jesus, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a low viscosity brown and settles cola with a small head and some spotty lacing throughout.

Smell - Roasted malts with rich chocolate and peanut butter. Sweet but in this case it is amazing.

Taste - Thinner but definitely not lacking flavor. Chocolate sweet at first and then almost unmistakably Reese's peanut butter cup. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium body with high carbonation. Not at all boozy. Good drinkability.

Overall - This is a solid brew. It keeps the classic porter characteristics while blending in peanut butter, even if it is obviously artificial. Could be a little smoother and creamier but still worth a shot for its uniqueness. (747 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Compare with GORP from Cartons (better).

A: Very dark brown, flattish opaqueness. Looks a stout, not much khaki head or rentention, would like more sticky lace.

S: Very good aroma which I enjoyed with CHOCOLATE blended PB from WHOLE FOODS. Authentic peanut butter and chocolate is on the way, with ample complex notes of malt, toast, char, smoke. Like the smell.

T: Follows the smell but softer. Excellent dessert beer. Not much hops, a basic base. Candy (wax like?), unusual, and not unlikable. Very different, almost a 4.

MF It's medium-dry, medium-full, and lingers with the peanut butter and chocolate taste. Slight hop bitter in the very tail saves it from being too sweet.

I'd love to share this with friends or serve with dessert. Must try. (756 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

S: Super rish, fudgy chocolate syrup, peanut earthiness complementing, chocolate definitely dominates, cake batter. More peanut butter as it warms.

L: Fairly dark brown, light tan head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Chocolate cocoa up front with a slight fruity note following. Peanut nuttiness is fairly subtle. Low bitterness with some salty peanut butter. Finishes semi-dry with additional chocolate cake batter. Pretty short finish.

M: Medium low bodied, medium carbonation.

Not bad, nose is definitely better than the taste. Could us a bit more body, but a nice treat in moderation. (591 characters)

Photo of Glennlawless
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Tulip glass

A - Very very dark brown pretty much black, with a light brown one inch head...fading quickly. No lacing...barley.

S - It literally smells like a cocoa peanut butter cup it smells awesome. Maybe some dark fruit but too much chocolate peanut butter to even really notice it. it smells very similar to Shake's "Chocolate Porter'...which is another fantastic sweet chocolatey porter.

T/M - very nice medium slightly creamy mouth feel, and all you get on the palate is slight bitterness, chocolate and hints of peanut butter. Couldn't have more then like two of these in a sitting though. Drinks very smooth and some bitterness stays with you after swallowing...mildly carbonated and delicious.

Overall, i had to try this and i don't regret it...i wouldn't rush out to get it again but it was definitely a solid pick up. check it out if you haven't! (875 characters)

Photo of jhawth
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into a nonic. Pours a solid black with a beige, two-finger head that dissipates to a creamy, half-finger cap.

Aroma: Lots of milk chocolate and peanut butter. Some mild roastiness.

Taste: Follows nose, though dark bready malts and roast barley are more prevalent. Mild bitterness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, seemingly light given the chocolate and peanut butter. Light carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: Delicious. One comment: peanut butter shows up mostly in the aroma, and isn't nearly as present in the taste. Eminently drinkable, as a good porter should be. (606 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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... (788 characters)

Photo of jhartley
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass/goblet. Bottled on 10/10/13

A- Deep dark brown body, deep red brown body when held up to the light. Thin tan 1/2 finger head that dissipated quickly. No lacing.

S- No doubt about it; roasted peanuts/peanut butter, roasted malts, some chocolate

T/M- Peanut butter right away, then roasted malts. A lingering peanut butter aftertaste which is pleasant, a little thing mouth-feel. But a very easy drinker that finishes dry and leaves that peanut butter taste behind.

O- A very delicious brew that maybe I am a little partial to since I love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. This is a little better though as there is enough bitterness to off-set the sweetness. A decent, and unique, representation of an American Porter with a great aroma and flavor, just wish maybe there was a little bit more to it. Not a let down by any means, it delivers on what it says it is. (920 characters)

Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured this into a goblet. I have to admit it was only as small bit, so it wasn't a fair pour. I'm deathly allergic to peanut butter, so I was extremely tentative (with meds in hand). Anyway, when I did, it had a coke color with virtually no head and thin lacing. The smell was of nuts, but not peanuts to me, but then again, I don't have the most accurate sense of smell when it comes to peanuts- since I'm usually getting the willies when I smell them. It also smelled like a porter, but I didn't pick up on the chocolate. The taste was nutty. It reminded me of fresh hazelnuts and was pretty tasty. The only hint of chocolate came on the aftertaste. The beer had a thin mouthfeel, but the carbonation made up for it in spades. Would I have it again? You bet. (761 characters)

Photo of upton7418
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours dark brown to black with a very small creamy brown/tan colored head that dissipates quickly.

S- nice chocolate peanut butter smell with a little bit of the roasted grain. chocolate peanut butter dominates the smell though

T- has a strong chocolate taste with a roasted taste following. starts out sweet but finishes a little dry. I anticipated a strong peanut butter taste on the smell but in taste i did not really taste much of the peanut butter. the taste is dominated by the chocolate

M- sweet start with somewhat light carbonation fizzles out in the mouth. stays sweet through out but comes back and finishes dry

O- the smell was amazing and led me to believe i was going to have a resses's cup in beer form (can you say heaven in a glass). I can't say i was disappointed because overall it was a good beer but when you get my hopes up for a reeses and leave me with no resses its hard to save face after that. the beer is good and i would buy it again but not before trying some other things first (1,016 characters)

Photo of JaYsOuL
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was extremely excited to try this brew to see how the chocolate malt and peanut butter would mesh together in beer. I was not disappointed one bit. Not much to say but give it a try. If you like porters and peanut butter, this is not a bad selection.

Bottoms! (261 characters)

Photo of SierraDeuce
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft in straight pint glass at Sine Irish Pub in Richmond VA on1/4/14.

A- black. Lacing coats glass. Half finger head for a few minutes, then thin head remains.

S- As a kid growing up in the late 60s and early seventies, I remember opening my Halloween candy bag after a big haul and taking a deep draw. The wonderful mixture of chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallow, banana, vanilla and who knows what other sweet concoctions. Sweet Baby Jesus is an incredible recreation of that experience. Simply amazing!

T- chocolate, peanut butter dominate, but hops do come through, along with coffee. Inhale as you drink and all those aromas mentioned earlier come through. Yet, its not overtly sweet, and ends with a mildly hoppy dry finish.

M- moderately thick, not cloying. Dry finish.

O- a unique experience, certainly a sipping beer that would pair well with dessert, or enjoyed alone. I couldn't see drinking it regularly, however. (935 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A- Poured an oil slick dark brown color, near black. Opaque with visible carbonation. About a 1/2 F of dark mocha colored head thins out quickly. Some spotty lacing.

S- The first thing that came to mind after popping the cap was a squeeze bottle of that Hershey chocolate flavor syrup. Fortunately, that aroma was fleeting and the smell improved when poured into the glass: creamy peanut butter, rich chocolate, and roasted malt.

T- Chocolate-y peanut butter. Roasted malt with the mineral side-effect that I find common to other porters.

M- Thin and tingly. That's ok, it's a porter. Hop bite keeps the sweets in line.

O- Better than I thought it would be. Not too sweet, a big plus; chocolate and PB could've been a sugar bomb. (785 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

The beer pours an opaque dark brown, nearly black in color with about a finger of off white head that has moderate retention but yields no lacing. The aroma is incredibly peanut butter heavy, unlike anything I've ever encountered. Salty peanuts with just a bit of dark bitter chocolate behind it and a touch of dark grain. The flavors fall a bit short of the magnificent nose, bitter dark chocolate, that is a bit weak with some smooth grain and lingering salty peanut flavor, but it doesn't even come close to matching the nose. The body is a bit thin and highly carbonated, but coats the mouth well and has a nice creamy finish with just a bit of carbonated zip.

Verdict: Quite an interesting beer and certainly the best use of peanut butter or peanuts I've ever come across. The nose is really amazing but the rest of the beer falls a bit flat in comparison. Still, a solid choice for a dessert beer. (940 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DuClaw "Sweet Baby Jesus"
on tap at Union Jack's, Philadelphia, PA

Appearance: Brown body beneath a fluffy off-white head that steadily dwindles to just a thin cap (possible dirty glass). Fairly nice lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Nutty, chocolate/cocoa, caramel. Pleasant and welcoming.

Flavor: Peanut butter and chocolate are present, along with nutty and caramelish notes as well, but also a dull roastiness. It seems blocky rather than rounded. The bitterness is limited, and there's just an edge of earthy/leafy hops in the background,as it should be, and yet it's interestingly sweetish but not "sweet".

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a median carbonation. Smooth and just lightly creamy.

Overall: Not the best peanut butter beer I've ever had, but OK. It starts out nice but then quickly becomes a bit too much, even if you're looking at it as a dessert beer. Still, I'd have to recommend you try it just to see. (922 characters)

Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.