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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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348 Reviews

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Reviews: 348
Hads: 2,255
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 39.2%
Wants: 185
Gots: 723 | 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 Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fingernail of beige to tan resting on top. Dark brown in color. Moderate lacing. Aroma of peanut butter outweighs the chocolate. The taste is more geared towards peanut butter and dark malt than chocolate. The mouth is smooth and silky.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours dark brown with just a bit if light creeping through, very small cream colored head reduces quickly leaving nothing behind

S- nice roasted chocolaty malt with a big roasted peanut note. Some sweet aromas with a touch of cola, pretty much what you would expect from a peanut butter porter

T- sweet chocolaty malt with just a hint of smoke, the peanut flavor kicks in mid-palate and is somewhat artificial, more sweet chocolate on the finish with a touch of tobacco

M- medium bodied with somewhat light carbonation leads to a slightly fizzy mouthfeel and a sweet finish

O- the aromas were better than the flavor, it had some nice peanut notes but the sweetness overpowered it a bit. Worth a try and would make a good dessert beer, I preferred the taste of Terrapin's Liquid Bliss though

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid black color with a cocoa colored head and good lacing.

Smell is outstanding! Call smell peanut butter and cocoa beans.

Taste has good complexity. It tastes like a dark chocolate peanutbutter cup. Seriously it does. The hops definitely add some serious bitterness. No sweetness.

Full bodied very dry mouth feel.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It has great flavor and complexity. A little sweetness would be nice though.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1716th Review on BA
Bottle to 12oz Nonic

Thanks to TroyG2352 for this one

App- Out of the bottle this was a pretty standard brown color with a fairly light chestnut brown edges to it. The head was a nice foamy looking tan with a puck look as it slid down the glass. A nice amount of cling was there and then left.

Smell- It did smell like a PB cup. Smelled like peanut dust really with bakers chocolate. A bit light on the aroma. Had to take a few large pulls to find some balance in it with the malts. Id call it a touch bitter as well on the finish and as it warmed.

Taste- You could right off the bat, call this a porter. It took a couple sips to really get more of the flavors as they warmed and came out. The peanut was 1st and then the chocolates came next and then the malty light roasted notes came out as well. As more warm the nice balanced chocoalate was key to making this a better tasting beer.

Mouth- Its a bit of a lighter body. What I would naturally expect from a porter. A lighter medium carbonation level. Residual peanut and chocoalate but not a peanut butter flavor. More dust.

Drink- I get what they were trying to accomplish. Tasty little beer, but not being a PB fan, just wasnt for me.

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Photo of Patrick_E_Sweeney
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a beer tulip. Pretty much no head at all. Smell is amazing, probably this beer's best characteristic; overwhelming chocolate, coffee, toasted malts and peanut butter, with a touch of butterscotch.

After the incredible aroma, the taste was a bit of a letdown. While the aroma is extremely powerful, the taste is light and reserved. It initially hits with malts and coffee, which fades quite rapidly into a lingering toasted peanut flavor. Almost no hop flavor at all. The peanut stays in the mouth for a minute or so. Not a whole lot in the way of chocolate flavor.

Overall, the beer tastes good, but doesn't live up to expectations. The initial flavor fades much too rapidly, and lacks complexity overall. Good, but not great.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A dessert beer (or gimmick depending on POV) that I had to try b/c I have a sweet tooth. Looks like a great porter with a black body, one finger tan head, some lace and to bastardize I'll say it has an aroma similar to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup (or any PB cup, to be honest). From there I felt it went down south after that. Smooth, light to medium body that is slightly chewey and bready but quite frankly the peanut butter and chocolate tastes are muddy. It's more like a watered down (with alcohol) peanut butter cup milkshake. I didn't have trouble finishing my pint but I couldn't bother with this again. Also there's a hoppy bitterness and crispness that I wish was more subdued since this is supposed to be a sweet beer, or at least sweeter than your regular beer (even porter).

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Photo of barhoc11
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark but not pitch black, just as a porter should be

S: Very interesting, it smells of peanut butter but its got a metallic smell as well which is why I cannot rate it higher

T: Actually tastes like peanut butter without making me want to throw up. Very well done for this style

M: Solid

O: I am rating this beer for what it is, it isn't something you would drink 4 of in one night but it is good when drinking one here or there. Usually gimmicky/novelty beers like this gross me out but this one was not bad, I am a sucker for peanut butter!

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown, medium tanned head, some lace, okay retention.

The aroma is epic. It's like a glass full of f*cking Reese's cups!

The taste though...falls flat., some chocolate, artificial peanutty taste, somewhat acrid and mineral-y. Just pales by comparison to the nose!

Body is somewhat thin, but okay overall.

Damnit! I want to love this! While I am in love with the aroma, most of the rest of the beer isn't near as good. It may be worth it just on th nose though...

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

What we have here is a reese's beer.
It smells like chocolate and peanut butter with some background roasted malts.
The taste is thick and smooth.
The taste is like peanut butter rolled into chocolate and sprinkled with sweet roasted malt powder.
This is a deifferent beer which would would work well for desserts after a meal.
Overall, I pass.

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Photo of I_Love_Beer
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass

A: pours a dark brown almost black with a 1.5 finger tan head that lasted a decent amount of time

S: very strong smell of roasted peanuts and chocolate, light notes of coffee

T: a full bodied beer, balanced hop flavor with notes of chocolate and aftertastes of espresso and peanut butter

M: Overall a very nice mouth feel not to heavy and not to light, I enjoy full body beer's on occasion

O: This is a great dessert beer maybe even one to end the night with, I happened to have a Reese's cup here and I decided to experiment with the flavor characteristics and I was surprised to see it work really well with rather sweet candy. I highly recommend this beer and I believe it will be a great brew offered by DuClaw

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of AirRatchet
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great after dinner beer if you don't like dessert. This beer is very filling and I say you can't drink more then two due to the sweetness. The peanut butter is very strong while the chocolate comes in the background. Keep a few on hand for those dessert craving moments.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OK, we're talking Reese's Peanut Butter Cup here. A little over the top for me, but some people may like it. This will be a once-in-a-very-long-while (maybe talking centuries) selection for me.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Capone's the other day. Poured into a balloon glass.

Sweet Baby Jesus pours a deep brown color with ruby red highlights when held to the light. The khaki colored head sits about a finger deep and then proceeds to collapse to a very thin layer on top and seems to start clinging to the glass.

The aroma is awesome! This is like sticking your nose into a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Definitely has sweet chocolate notes underneath a bolder, savory peanut butter aroma. Exactly as promised and I gotta hand it to them for nailing this.

Taste is nowhere near as bold as the aroma. It has a sharp, metallic taste at first but as it warms, the flavors develop a bit more. There is the same flavor as the aroma, with a bit of chocolate and peanut butter, though it is a bit thinner than I was expecting.

The body is thinner than I would expect for a 6.5 % abv porter, and certainly thinner than I was hoping. The carbonation is active and robust though, so I give it good marks for that.

Overall, DuClaw delivered a pretty solid Peanut Butter Chocolate Porter. My only qualms with this beer was the thin flavor and body which I was really hoping would be more robust. I wouldn't buy this again, but I am glad I got to try it, and I love the packaging and name.

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

A - Dark brown brew that is highly carbed. A two finger thick dark mocha colored head sits atop. The head settles down to a thin ring, not leaving any lace. However lace becomes apparent as you drink. Some light does get through this beer at the top and bottom.

S - Smells of toasty malt. Some peanut butter is in the nose for sure. A little of bitter dark chocolate also.

T - It's a bittersweet chocolate profile upfront, and what do you know there is a peanut butter taste following! It kind of tastes like reese's puff cereal. It's got a bit of wafer taste to it like Big Gruesome had also, but not as much. The biggest downside to this is I taste some sort of stale malt in here. Almost like they didn't roast enough or dropped pale malts in here.

M - Medium bodied brew with mid to high level carbonation.

O - Aside from the stale flavor, this thing is pretty good. Not so much to make me say the name. I think if they changed the malt bill on this it could be great. It has more of a peanut butter flavor that's for sure, but if I had to choose I'd take Big Gruesome over this. Still glad I picked up a six pack though.

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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 mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 utopiajane
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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%

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