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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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293 Reviews

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Reviews: 293
Hads: 2,031
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 40.16%
Wants: 178
Gots: 619 | FT: 21
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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Photo of Urk1127
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark beer black but brown edges. Smell is like a Reese's and subtle hops. Taste is peanut butter strong first. Then chocolate and biter dryness. I liked it more than dirty little freak but still was not a huge fan. Smelled and looked better than anything else it had going

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Photo of Dougish
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A peanut butter stout is one of those things i guess where you think it would be a good idea before you try it and then after you tried it you wonder how it good ever be a good idea.

Its not a bad brewed beer, DuKlaw makes some good beers. Just a little ambitious i guess, or perhaps liquid peanut butter is just not a place to go for beers.

The stout body is fine at first but there is an awful reaction i guess from the combination of stout and peanut butter that makes this almost undrinkable while drinking it but the aftertaste is actually not bad. it is drinkable but only because i refused to sandbag a beer.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.87/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a nonic....at home
A - Dark brown, good thick head, some lacing
S - The aroma is definitely there, no searching...peanut butter
T - Sort of tastes like a bad off-brand peanut butter, secondary coffee and chocolate with a very mild non-lasting bitter
F - Average, moderate carbonation release
O - All my friends love this beer; had it twice so far, trying to give it a chance, but it just ain't doing it for me. I may give it a third try under dirrerent circumstances to see if I get a different impression. Thumbs down for now.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Houser for the bottle.

Appearance: Close to black. Some dark brown at the edges when held to direct light. Head is tan with ok retention. Dense and creamy. Leaves a small creamy collar with some smooth clumps on the cap. Spots of lacing.

Smell: Peanut butter right up front, but it lacks some of the roasted peanut edges I would expect. Sweet waxy chocolate coupled with some solid cocoa and dark chocolate. Slightly bitter with a solid roasted malt. A bit sweet with some hints of mildly earthy hops. Tootsie rolls come to mind. Nutty in good measure. Solid depth of creamy peanut butter. Warming really ups the peanut aspect and pushes down some of the more candy-chocolate notes. A bit of lactose-like sweetness.

Taste: Roasted malts. A nice balance of malt sweetness pushes a hint of caramel. Burnt coffee and some bready aspects. Nice toasted peanut coasts through the back and gains a bit more traction as it warms. Some sugary chocolate sweetness. Really makes me think of Tootsie Rolls. Some slight hints of darker cocoa and milk chocolate. Rather uneventful malt backbone. A touch of something vaguely earthy. The peanuts are really the best thing going. Lightly roasted and definitely evocative of decent peanut butter.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation runs high for the style and dissipates the flavor abruptly. Medium body. Clean finish.

Overall: Will Ferrel did it better.

The carbonation really kills this thing. The peanut butter aspect is solid, but everything else falls short of the mark. It's a mediocre porter at best and that's the tragedy.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Artificial flavors? Seriously? Doesn’t that take the “craft” out of “craft beer”? Is this cheating? Pretty much impossible to get past these flavor additions, and the base of the beer is pretty generic as well. While the concept is great, using artificial flavors in beer never works—unless of course your consumers are used to consuming artificial flavors. Really surprised DuClaw went down this road. Barely passable.

STYLE: Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Dark brown, nearly opaque, solid head

SMELL: Odd, sweet cordials, artificial, roasty, faux peanut butter, vague chocolate, brownies

TASTE: Smooth, slick, medium bodied, artificial peanut butter, generic chocolate fudge syrup, roasty, modest hopping, kiss of alcohol, a little thin; grainy, dry, toasty finish

Our Score: 70
BA Overall: 88

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle smells like a peanut butter blizzard and taste like a DG blizzard too tons of tan head black in color not too sweet not too bitter just right would drink again good job fellas

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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 SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong chocolate sweetness. Peanut butter in the smell and quite noticeable in the taste. Very tasty but wouldn't drink more than one at a time. It's almost a dessert. nb

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles brought back to me by my girlfriend from a trip to Maryland. She does love me!

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a half inch head and not much lacing.

Smells very rich, purely peanut butter. Surprisingly smells like real, fresh peanut butter. There's some chocolate buried beneath the peanut butter assault, as well as some roasted peanuts.

The taste is a slight let down from the aroma. In the aroma, the peanut butter seems genuine, in the taste, it seems a bit artificial. Mind you, it still tastes good, but I'd prefer a more "authentic" peanut butter experience. There's some Hershey's syrup and cocoa powder flavors as well. Pretty tasty, but gets a bit cloying near the end. Very sweet.

Medium bodied, was expecting it to be a bit thicker, due to how thick peanut butter is. Just a little bit too thin for me. Low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall not too bad, but it seems like they use artificial flavor instead of real peanut butter. I understand the cost implications, but this would've been a lot better using real peanut butter.

Edit: Later bottles got way worse here. The peanut butter taste in other bottles I had was sickly sweet artificial, almost vomit-like. Really off putting. Adjusting taste score way down. Aroma was still decent.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark dark ruby red with a 1 inch tan head. Faint bubble flowing up the side of the glass. With the beer cold it's hard to form the head and it doesn't stick around long.

S- Toasted nut and cocoa bean smell wrapped up in peanut butter. Very pungent almost like a dark roast coffee. The smell has almost an artificial smell. As many claims say it is the same as a Reese's PB cup, I can't say I agree completely. It more resembles the Dark Reese's PB cups. It smells as if it lacks the sugars necessary to be milk chocolate flavor. But definitely dark roasted and malty with this one.

T- Definately picking up the peanut butter. Has a flavor of a roasted peanut that may have gone just a bit too long over the fire. It just tastes like they over roasted it. The charred bean flavor is very prominent in the finish. Not too appealing The chocolate comes in second to back up the peanut butter then gives way to the charred finish.

M- Smooth and malty, Lots of creamy texture to it. Full body really fills the mouth as it warms up a bit.

O- This is an ok beer that simply lacks in the finish. Just pulling back the slightest bit on the roasted nut quality and working to reduce the artificialness of it will definitely put this one at the top of the list. If you are a dark chocolate lover this one is for you. But be warned that it can wear down the palate quickly.

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Photo of JayQue
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A bit disappointed in this one. The last peanut butter and chocolate collaboration I had was some halloween candy Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. This beer is not in the same league as Reese's. Pours a dark brown color with some light showing through at the bottom of the pint glass. A hard pour produces a medium size tan head. Leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma looked promising as well, at first a milk chocolate smell with kind of a milk stout lactose thing going on. As the beer warmed up, a faint hint of peanut appears.

Then comes the taste!!! Some smooth milk chocolate up front and then a nasty, chemical fake peanut butter taste. Very off-putting. No roasted malts or any other porter attributes...a quick hit of chocolate and then YUCK!!!

Mouthfeel is rich enough but that aftertaste dominates everything. Not a drain pour, but I certainly will never serve up another one. This is a beer to avoid.

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Photo of mabermud
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is very thin and somewhat watery. The smell is very weak. The mouthfeel is lacking. The taste is disappointing. When I read chocolate peanut butter porter, I am expecting chocolate and peanut butter. The chocolate and peanut butter taste is lacking. I would not drink this again. Maybe I had an old bottle. I bet it tastes great on tap.

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Photo of October
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells like a Reese's cup. The taste is interesting, but seems artificially sweet. Sticky mouthfeel gets old halfway through. I prefer purple monkey for a beer of this style.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-very dark brown with a thin light tan head

S-very chocolatey with a very evident hint of peanut butter. smells good, but almost artificial

T-comes in with an oddly tart and bitter flavor of cocoa malts. it tastes artificial and not exactly well done. matching after-taste with a weird hint of mint.

M-medium carbonation with a watery finish

O-i got so excited when i saw a peanut butter beer, but this was such a let down. the peanut butter was lost in the flavor, which doesn't matter because it was just a terrible porter either way. the flavors are all artificial and there's a lot of off flavor to it.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
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 BMMillsy
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Duclaw at BWI airport, on draft. Pours dark brown with ruby edges, not much head to speak of. Smells like a peanut butter and jelly, with a slight hint of roast in the background and some molasses. A little watery and on the sweet side. Needs some bitter to balance out the sweet. Peanut butter is there, but just not working in this. Similar to CCB Snack Attack buy nowhere close in quality. Nearly cloying and just not very pleasant.

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Photo of RJBeverage
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name caught my attention in the store, but the idea of a peanut butter chocolate sold me.

Poured into a glass, it is dark brown, cola like colour with a tan head that dissipates but doesn't go entirely away. As much as I wanted to smell the peanut nose most reviewers speak of all I smell was a roasted chocolate odor. The taste is a burnt toast and chocolate, thick feel, not sweet at all like some chocolate beers. Overall I'd say it's an above average chocolate porter or stout. I would definitely buy this again.

Purchased in Gettysburg, I haven't yet seen Du Claw beers in the Pittsburgh area.

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Photo of GregY
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 11/5/13 -- first real experience with a Porter beer --- tried to keep an open mind. Good body and taste - heavy chocolate smell and felt good in the mouth. Got better and contained much better with stonger flavor over time. Really liked the apperance.

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Photo of LAp
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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 hopflyer
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 1/2/14

Very dark brown, not quite opaque black. Fairly vigorous pour and almost no head. Just a ring.

Spot on in the nose with unbelievable peanut butter and chocolate. Comparison to resees cups no doubt about it.

Taste follows right up with the peanut butter and milk chocolate. The nose is stronger than the taste. It has all the sweetness as the candy bar but doesn't carry the little saltiness. Not much else in this beer. Kind of a one trick pony. The initial taste fades pretty quickly further in to the glass. A hint of bitter aftertaste now.

The feel is where I really had some disappointment. Really thin and low carbonation. Almost watery. Just doesn't fit the aroma as I'm about to take another sip.

It is what they say it is. A peanut butter beer. But only the first half of the bottle. It really fades off fast and and the mouthfeel falls short of what I think should accompany such a beer. It is certainly something different though.

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Photo of farrago
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Thinnish half finger head, doesn’t stick around long, a dusting across the surface, the lacing slides off in slippery sheets. Opaque dark brown liquid, turns to a rust orange near the surface which allows you to see how much chunky particulate there is inside, a few beads of bubbles visible. The nose is almost entirely peanut butter, some chocolate powder, has some roast but basically you might as well open a jar of Skippy and put your nose in it. Light to medium-bodied, carbonated attack prevents it from soaking into the mouth, weak finish. Here the peanut butter is just as strong, chocolate and maybe it is psychological but there’s also grape jelly. Burnt roastiness, lactose and challah bread along with sweeter nuts. Actually wish it was sweeter so it would have a clearer purpose when consumed. Lacks smooth flow and tends to gum up from front palate to rear. One trick pony that is fun once and that’s about it.

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Photo of JZ77
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I get why it is so popular (my mom can't get enough of it) but I just couldn't get over the strong peanut butter aftertaste. I think a bit of a stronger chocolate would have balanced it more for me. Color, mouthfeel, and appearance all very good, but smell was very strong peanut butter as well. All in all, still quite good.

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Photo of thepliceisright
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a dark brown/black with a 1/2 inch tan head. Looks nice.

S - Malty, Smoky and Sweet. No hops at all.

T - Follows the smell. Very sweet, and smoky. Don't really get the peanut butter, because it tastes like a smoked porter. Hints of vanilla and chocolate. Like the smell, I don't get any hops at all, and for 50+ IBU's I was hoping some would come through.

M - A bit dry up front, but then leaves a sticky mouthfeel. Reminds me of a watered down syrup.

O - A bit disappointed. It's not bad, but not what I was expecting. Not sure why it tastes so smoky to me. It's pretty sweet, but would be good paired with BBQ, I'd imagine.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown. No head. Just a thin collar. Pretty transparent.

Smell - Lots of nuttiness, not what I'd call distinctly peanut-y though. Some vanilla. Kind of an artificial aroma. Like a hazelnut coffee additive, but more generally nutty.

Taste - Chocolate up front. More of that artificial tasting nut flavor. Some roast here and even a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Thin body. More body and thereby more beer flavor would mask a lot of the strangeness of the nut flavor. Medium carbonation.

Overall - If I can get past the artificial nature of the flavors, it's pretty good. Certainly nothing offensive going on, just not the best.

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Photo of Ethanol4one
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks great, with nice dark roast color and a giant head with aroma to match, it also delivers flavors consistent with the promise of its label, which also to its credit admits to the "artificial flavorings" that make it so, but the trouble is this-- would you want to drink a hopped Reese's candy bar?

The hops make it very odd, like spelling Pam with an "n" at the end. Maybe another choice of hops, maybe something more subdued, as you'd use in a Wit to accent banana - clove flavors... And no, I'm not trying to turn this into the fantasy football version of beer ratings, but I agree with most of the reviews, it makes a great novelty, but overwhelms the taste buds quickly, making it hard to take more than one.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.