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Sweet Baby Jesus - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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good

288 Reviews
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Reviews: 288
Hads: 1,992
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.89%
Wants: 177
Gots: 594 | 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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Reviews: 288 | Hads: 1,992
Photo of mthomp081
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

Poured into pint glass, no noticeable head, very dark brown with slight red undertones. Very roasted coffee aroma, peanut butter is noticeable followed by chocolate. Strong roasted malt backbone, starts sweet but finishes slightly bitter. Can definitely taste peanut butter and chocolate. Fairly medium bodied. Interesting taste, but overall fails to deliver fully. (370 characters)

Photo of Ac2013
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Jet black pour with earthy peanut butter rising from the liquid. I was hoping the taste was going to be as good. Overall, it fell a little short for me. A solid porter, but the chocolate felt a little artificial and the peanut butter flavor wasn't there. Worth the try due to the fact I don't find such beers often, but I probably won't buy this again. (394 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep, near black cola brown with a khaki colored half finger head. Sub-par retention results in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Little in the way of lacing; mostly small spots here and there.

Smell - Smell is simply fantastic. Smells like a Snickers or Nutrageous bar. Peanut Butter, Milk Chocolate and underlying caramel.

Taste - Does not follow the nose, unfortunately. Peanut / peanut butter character is predominant, but is met with a faint roastiness that binds in an odd, ill-fitting way. Seems to lack sweetness. Somewhat earthy. Finishes with a bit of dirt.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with low carbonation. Kinda dead; not much going on here.

Overall - Disappointing after such a wonderful aroma. Seems to have been caught in the middle between being a dessert beer or being a legit porter, and came away with being a fair but forgettable brew in either category. (917 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Transparent dark brown with garnet highlights. Short head recedes quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Nose
Peanut butter, milk chocolate and roasted barley. It surprisingly does smell like a Reese's cup.

Taste
Roasted barley with very light nuances of semi-sweet chocolate, peanuts and cocoa. Roasty and slightly bitter on the finish. Unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the nose.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, crisp and slightly bitter.

Overall
The flavor seems to be really lacking on this one. A bit watery. (556 characters)

Photo of neverenoughhops
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

i was very excited to try a beer that is well-received and combines two of my favorite food products.

smelling this was like putting my face into peanut butter and nutella jars. it had an amazing aroma that left me really excited for what was to come. there was faint baking chocolate there, too.

the taste followed, with less hazelnut and more chocolate, but i immediately got unbearable chemical/artificial notes.

i understand that extract probably is required to achieve a beer like this, but i could do without its being so obvious. it was as if i were treated to all these amazing flavors and am thinking THIS IS AWESOME! and then a fairy comes by and shoots hair spray into my mouth. (692 characters)

Photo of jhartley
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 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. Just a slightly unpleasant artificial aftertaste. (786 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Whole Foods.

Looks black at a glance but brown and cherry when held to the light. There's a nice, chunky tan head on this that leaves some nice lace behind.

Smelling this, all I really get is tootsie roll, bran flakes and a touch of vanilla. I'm a little leery of the potency of the chocolate here as to doesn't strike me as natural. If it is, it sure doesn't seem so.

Things are a little more balanced and reassuring in the flavor. The chocolate still has a candy-like sweetness to it, but the peanut comes through beneath and nestles up with the toasted malts. There's a mild hop dryness in the finish that reminds one more of cocoa than hops. Clever.

Feels dense yet clean and smooth with a faint hint of carbonation that seems to hide inside.

Although enticing, I suspect this is naught but extract. I'm reminded of something like DFH's chocolate and peanut butter vodka. Does this really influence the quality of the beer? Yeah, it kinda does. (969 characters)

Photo of PGD120
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

appearance: dark translucent reddish brown. 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly

aroma: smells a lot like a lot a reese's. lots of artifical smelling peanuts and chocolate. some sweet roasty malt too. peanut butter is the primary aroma but almost artifical

taste: taste pretty much matches the nose. mostly artifical peanut butter with a little chocolate and some roasty malt. its very sweet. almost no alcohol burn

mouthfeel: more light bodied than most porters, sort of a sticky texture though

overall: very sweet and a bit artifical tasting. more of a dessert beer (606 characters)

Photo of moonrocket29
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours thin bodied; translucent amber-brown color. No head, just a very slight amount of lacing around the glass.

S: Strong, sweet peanut butter smell. Candy-like decliciousness- pure peanut butter cup smell.

T: Thin texture, tastes mostly of peanut butter. Smooth with a bitter aftertaste. No real big hints of any chocolate. Not a bad bad beer at all; definitely unique. (377 characters)

Photo of jman42
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

A = Deep dark brown (seems black until you hold to the light) with a nice light brown head. Good lacing, but only a moderate head.

S = The peanut butter is dominant, followed by a nice chocolate aroma

T = More of a roasted coffee taste with some underlying chocolate. The peanut butter taste is nowhere near as obvious as it is in the aroma.

M = This is where I was disappointed. I really expected this beer to have a much thicker feel to it, but it is quite watery.

O = A nice beer. Something different. If they could figure out how to make it a bit thicker and get the peanut butter taste to be as prevalent as it smells they'd have a real winner. (657 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out brown in color with a finger or so of cream colored head. The head sticks around for a while, but doesn't lace all that much. The beer pours out pretty clear, but hardly any light gets through the liquid in the glass. 3.5

S: The aroma is all peanut butter right up front, but once you can get beyond that the nostril is greeted by very sweet chocolate, not unlike a milk stout, and vanilla. Very sweet to curb the dryness of the peanuts. 3.5

T: The peanuts don't assault the palate on the taste like I anticipated. They're more a saving grace for what otherwise would be an absurdly sweet porter. Peanut butter starts us off, dry and salty, with the chocolate and vanilla coming second and carrying you to the end. The balance is quite nice, however. Blending the chocolate and peanut butter (a match made in heaven) in a way that I quite enjoy. 4

MF: A bit thinner than I prefer, with a lower than average carbonation. The finish is very dry, but I like it. I found the beer to be very drinkable despite its sweetness. 3.5

O: This was good, but not my favorite peanut butter beer out there. I actually want more peanut butter in this one. Great beer, won't have an issue putting down a 6er. 3.5 (1,212 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - dark brown with a beige head that thinned leaving a few trails of lacing.

S - nutella aroma.

T - the taste is also very similar to nutella and I like nutella.

F - medium bodied, it goes down smooth and easy.

O - a nice novelty beer and I did enjoy it. (305 characters)

Photo of MattXT
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

I really enjoyed the chocolate and peanut butter, both on the nose and its taste. However, I felt the base beer was lacking in flavor and consistency, limiting its overall rating. (180 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tectactoe for this enticing extra, & had I known it contained peanut butter & chocolate, it would have vanished long ago. 12 oz. bottle from a brewery I've enjoyed every time I've encountered it.

Pours is flat, deadly, cast-iron black, though the pan is rusting a bit around the edges. The nose is beautiful liquid candy. This might be the time to confess that I have a gigantic hard-on for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups which, if a low-cal version ever arrived on the scene, I might eat every meal. Lovely sweet malts, roast, & a low edge of peanut butter. I approve of this scent.

Sweet Baby Jesus - what the hell does that have to do with the beer, anyways? Sharp, bitter roast knocks hard, too hard, actually, scaring the palate. Trying to extricate itself from the borderline coffee is an underlayment of peanut butter, sweet malts. Chocolate is too faint, but it's nice & creamy. Not tough to put down at all.

Well, my dreams of drinking this all day while shoveling Reese's in my face has fallen sadly short. A pretty good beer, but I'd love to see more peanut & chocolate. (1,093 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into East End tulip, thanks Greg (uvm2003) for the hookup. Bottle date stamped on side of bottle, looks like it's maybe from early September (~3 months old).

A- Pours a dark brown that appears almost a jet black in the glass. Not much head at all and settles to a very flat top with just hints of lacing here and there. Carbonation on the low side but definitely present.

S- Peanut butter, bark, and unsweetened dark chocolate, and roasted coffee beans. Decent aroma strength, not as sweet smelling as I thought it would be, not a bad aroma but not as good as I was hoping for.

T- Very lightly sweetened bitter dark chocolate, a touch of peanut butter, slightly acrid coffee, subtle hop presence that adds a little bit more bitterness then anything. Again not nearly as sweet tasting as I was expecting, a little bit too bitter, like to see the peanut butter and chocolate come out a little bit more.

M- Medium bodied, carbonation definitely on the low side, finishes fairly dry.

O- I was a little bit disappointed in this brew, it definitely wasn't bad but it wasn't quite as good as I was expecting. Perhaps it might taste a little bit better fresher with the hops being a little bit more prevalent, coffee being stronger, and overall flavors being bolder. Overall a decent beer but probably not something that I'd be seeking out again even if it was fairly easily attainable in my area. (1,413 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark sludgy coffee brown with a barely there layer of surface foam.

Roasty notes of chocolate malt and peanuts. Has a fresh peanut flavor, as far as quality of peanut butter goes. Smells semi-dry and a little musty. Two-note, if I may, and somewhat muddled. Missing those assertive porter aromas.

Tastes confused. Saltiness from the peanut and peanut butter flavors musses up the softer chocolate notes here. It's definitely more of a savory flavor with a showcase of the dry cocoa aspect of chocolate. I like the presence of the peanut additives, but it's rather dry. Not earthy, per se, but just a little dirty. Gritty, maybe. Could use a teaspoon of sugar to bring out the additions and soften what tastes like a mediocre hop flavor. Somewhat bitter, if not a little astringent.

Great body with a decievingly spiny carb level. Happy about this silken mouthfeel.

Eh, it's a porter that had a lot of promise; cut back by some ineccusable flaws. Doesn't drink good enough to have seconds. (992 characters)

Photo of HarryPotHead
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just not my cup of tea I guess. Props for being different, but I guess I just couldn't get over the in your face peanut butter taste. Smells great, but the coffee / PB hits the palate hard and is not subtle at all...if that is what they were going for....well, job well done. I guess I'd prefer this if it was a little more subtle and not so much in your face. Glad I found this on tap though cause I was looking at the 6er lately and was tempted to buy. Won't be revisiting this one. (484 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: black, mild head with mild lacing
S: overpoweringly peanut butter, sweet and nice, tried hard to sense something else, and could maybe make out a little chocolate behind the up front scent, but I think I may have wanted to find something moreso than it actually being there
T: They say the impression of taste is influenced by smell, I'd have to say this might apply here. I get peanut butter, of course, but the taste is moreso bitter mocha/cocoa of the actual beer.
M: There isn't much, but the beer seems to have a strange carbonation or other bite near the end, but otherwise, it kind of just dies off with only a mild lingering of a dark-malted beer. (658 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A rich creamy light tan head, four fingers tall and clumpy fluffy head produced. Good retention and sits on a very dark black walunt and totally opaque body. Really aggressive looking porter.

Nose smells of peanut butter. Salt. Faint chocolate malts, it gives the impression of peanut butter ice cream. A bit one dimensional and coming off like a root beer float soda than a beer but it's inviting.

Palate is a bit of a dissapointment. Salty body mixes with a peanut taste, and a bitter finish. No roasted malts or hint of porter like character. Nicely bodied to style, with some good depth in the palate and even a hint of creamy-ness witch matches the ice cream nose nicely.

Overall it's a real neat novelty beer, but it just doesn't taste that great. It does remind me back in the day of that artificial peanut butter topping I used at an ice cream shop that gets too salty at times. But it is drinkable, needs more of a chocolate angle to balance it out and then you'd have something quite special I think. (1,062 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle now referred to as "Sweet Baby Jesus!" Coming in at a renewed 6.5% abv as well. Poured into a matching DuClaw pint glass, the brew appears a dark brown color that displays polished clarity around the edges when held to the light. It has some ruby coloration through the body and more of a mahogany look to it in the light. 2 fingers worth of tan head sit atop and fade to a thin film leaving some webby lace work sticking to the glass.

The aroma is exactly as advertised. Fresh roasted nuts with a hint of chocolate and roasty grain. They really drive home the nutty aspect that is very reminiscent of Reese's peanut butter cups. There is a slight fruity alcohol ester hidden underneath but the main component of the aromatics is the peanut aspect.

The taste is not as solidified with peanut butter as the aroma leads you to believe which is kinda disappointing but a good thing at the same time. Instead of being a peanut butter bomb, it is roasty with grain and a minor hint of dark fruity alcohol. Salty peanuts are a pretty big player in the flavor profile with enough fruity hop quality present to also impart a bit of an herbal aspect that keeps things in check.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The aroma really drives home the expected peanut butter and chocolate quality in a very pleasing way. However, the flavor comes up a bit short and in a perplexing way. It has hints of peanut butter and chocolate but the fruity alcohol and hops clash a bit with it. Not bad and worth a try but not the sweet baby jesus reaction I was expecting. (1,604 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Nick_Bousquet (thanks man!). No apparent bottling information. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours dark brown with almost two fingers of sandy froth. The head fades to a modest halo and leaves a few small patches of lace.

As advertised, peanut butter and cocoa fill the aroma. Just popping the cap I caught a strong whiff of Reeces.

The taste isn't terribly complex but there is some pretty authentic chocolate peanut butter flavor. An unfortunate metallic tang drifts in and out but this is still a tasty, easy drinking porter.

Fairly thin body with appropriately average carbonation. That slight metallic note creeps in to join the cocoa and peanutty finish.

Based on several failed attempts I've had over the years I think peanut butter must be a tough flavor for beer but Sweet Baby Jesus is one of the two that I'd say did it right. It may not be perfect but it's worth a try, particularly if you like peanut butter in your porter. (962 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.50] 2 full fingers of dense khaki head. The head sticks to the glass and leaves nice lacing. The beer itself looks dark brown. You can see through it with back lighting. The bottle lists the ABV (6.5%). There is a bottle date but it is smudged off.

S: [3.75] The nose is prominent. I get chocolate, peanuts and root beer.

T: [3.50] The taste does not follow the nose exactly. There is nice roasted malt up front and at the midpalate. Then really late there is a peanut butter finish. It is almost after the aftertaste.

M: [2.75] The carbonation is a little higher than expected for the style. Also I expected a slightly smoother mouthfeel.

O: [3.50] I was really excited when I saw this on the shelf. I guess I am a little let down. It is good - but not great. I have 5 more. I will share them with the world. I thought I might keep them all for myself. The taste and the body are just not up to where I thought they'd be. (952 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Shared by the Rhino.

The beer is brown with ruby highlights. Light tan hued head that measures about an inch. The aroma brings peanut butter, nuts, circus peanuts. Similar flavor with some earthy tones, subtle chocolate. Milk chocolate with peanuts in the finish. Pretty thin in body. Nutty flavors dominate a bit too much. Good in small doses. (345 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at BWI location.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. The head is light cream color, but really really thin, not sure if it was the pour.

A lot of peanut butter in the nose, it reminds me of a Keebler PB&j cracker. It's a heavy smell, won't have to work to pull it out.

The taste upfront is overwhelmed by a burnt taste, almost like burnt peanuts or roasted at least. Smells better than it tastes. Some chocolate and cocoa, I was expecting over the top sweet, but the bitterness on the finish whacks it into some form of balance.

The mouthfeel is ok, not too heavy or thick for a porter, drinkable year round, which is a plus since its warm out today.

Overall, it's unique and drinkable with a smell more enticing than the taste, but wouldn't drink it more than once. (781 characters)

Photo of rodlavers
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter. Big, puffy tan head, two fingers, sticks around for awhile, leaving clumps of lacing on the glass; foam dissipates but leaves a thin, thin layer and a nice solid ring around the glass on the surface of the glass. Cola brown in color and looks rather thin or watery, not as robust as some other porters I've had.

Smells pretty good. Clear chocolate and Peanut butter aromas improve over time, with subtle hints of nuttiness as well. Sense that this could (and should be sweet).

But it's not. The chocolate is bitter, and the peanut butter is chalky and dry.

Feel is not as smooth as expected. It's too carbonated.

Overall, super unique brew, but something tells me it could be better. Worth a try, still. (730 characters)

Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.