For Pete's Sake!
DuClaw Brewing Company

For Pete's Sake!For Pete's Sake!
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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #192
Ranked #14,759
3.93 | pDev: 10.69%
Feb 19, 2022
Sep 18, 2015
Very Good
For Pete's Sake!For Pete's Sake!
Notes: An Imperial version of Sweet Baby Jesus! that raises the bar again with its silky, full body, big roasted malt flavor and aroma dominated by rich notes of peanut butter and chocolate, subtle fruit and coffee notes, and a strong, warming 9% ABV. For Pete’s Sake!: It’s a whole new level of Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter!
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3 by wac9 from Pennsylvania on Feb 19, 2022
3.76 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Feb 09, 2022
3.52 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Dec 05, 2021
4.05 by golf4collet from West Virginia on Mar 18, 2021
3.9 by Sinister from New York on Feb 21, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by oldmankoch from Tennessee

Extremely Dry/Chalky/Charred. Minimizes the coffee and peanut butter elements....haven't had SBJ in a good while but need to revisit to see if it delivers on the flavors more readily. Not bad but missing what's advertised.

Feb 04, 2021
4.8 by rwbehne17 from Georgia on Jan 31, 2021
3.67 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Jan 31, 2021
3.94 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jan 29, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

It looks like this 12 oz. bottle was full of black coffee. It's the same color and viscosity, with very little head, nor carbonation showing. There won't be any glass lacing. The aroma is appealing, with at least as much nicely roasted malt present as either the chocolate or peanut added flavors. The taste is well-roasted malt forward and dominant, as the chocolate and peanut flavors make a very subdued appearance. Overall, it's a nice taste transition as the early burst of malt gives way to the dark chocolate/expresso like bitter finish. No doubt, the 9% AVB augments that bitterness, whilst not becoming a distraction.

Dec 25, 2020
3.99 by travelguy from Ohio on Dec 19, 2020
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Nov 28, 2020
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Nov 27, 2020
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2.16/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2
by PathofChaos from Maryland

Pours a deeply, dark brown; a shade reminiscent of French Roast coffee grounds. Sprouts a light cream head that looks handsome but departs hurriedly, likes its ashamed to be there. Its weak, mottled lacing awkwardly stays behind, nervously lying about why its partner had to leave the party so abruptly.

Imagine if you blended a tablespoon of peanut butter into six cups of tap water and, in a fit of madness, added an eye-dropper of espresso in a vain attempt balance out your horrid creation. It smells like that.

A full body that’s supple and smooth, neatly attired in a form-fitting haze of carbonation. Tragically ruined by a sour, booze tang that loiters long past its completely unwelcome stay.

A waxy chocolate bunny from Easter, circa 1990, that’s been given an ugly makeover by a toddler smudging watery peanut butter all over it like finger-paint. It’s like Robitussin tried using dehydrated peanut butter and stale Hershey bars to mask the child-traumatizing flavor of their runny cough syrup. A new line of medicinal, Sweet Baby Java that prevents coughs but causes twice as much gagging. Gains credibility as it airs, but not nearly enough to rescue it from the ashy, burnt, booze that blunders in like a smelly, derelict loon, hyperactively honking a kazoo after each and every sip.

May 26, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Very dark brown opaque pour with light cream lacing.

S - Peanut butter, chocolate, and some light roast is very strong on the nose.

T - Dark chocolate, roasted malt char, and finishes with a lingering dry chocolate char.

M - Thick up front with some thin watery character around the edges while finishing with a definitive "bone dryness".

O - The dry char in this beer is pretty insane and it overpowers any residual peanut butter.

May 10, 2020
3.58 by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio on Mar 04, 2020
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2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz can, canned 12/18/19, poured into snowman chalice.

Deep silky black with a creamy beige-brown head of 2 fingers, receding to 1 and leaving sparse lacing behind.

Aroma is pure Reeses Peanut Butter cup. That's the best way to describe it. The miniature ones (the best ones). Amazing.

Flavor is unexpected and just way overly bitter and charred. It's like licking a grill grate. It's all ash. Faint peanut butter behind that, but mostly just charred ash. Slight soap too.

Feel is creamy and smooth, with a heavy carbonation. Moderate heat.

Overall, never has a beer been so polarizing in the aroma and the flavor departments. I can't believe it. It is memorable in that regard. This is not nearly as good as the original SBJ, and I kinda regret not picking some up (having done this one instead). This was a tough beer to finish, but others seem to really like it.

Feb 11, 2020
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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lucular from Maryland

12 oz bottle shared with my wife. Lots of chocolate and coffee with a moderate amount of peanut butter aroma and flavor. An improvement on the original SBJ.

Jan 21, 2020
4.12 by robotic_being from Florida on Dec 22, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheSixthRing from California

Appearance- Pours black with cola brown edging where light can shine through, and a tan, half-finger width head that displays fair retention before dying to a thin, broken layer

Smell - Peanut butter and chocolate foremost. Hints of caramel and earthiness.

Taste - Follows the nose. Rich chocolate and peanut butter flavor upfront and throughout. Hint of caramel, then some light earthen 'peanut shell' and a hint of grassy bitterness balances the sweetness. Touch of booze in there as well, toward the finish.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Goes down smooth before a slightly dry finish.

Overall - This really is a bigger version of Sweet Baby Jesus. Maybe a tad thicker and the alcohol comes through a little more, but outside that there's not much difference.

Nov 30, 2019
4.3 by BidYouABrew from Washington on Aug 24, 2019
2.9 by jimpyle48 from Virginia on Jul 02, 2019
4.2 by socon67 from New York on Apr 19, 2019
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4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by JTPrince from New York

This is my first review, & I’ve drank wayyy to much good beer in my time, from the beginnings of Micro-brewery’s... Here nor there!!!!... Anyway!!!... “here goes”..... Well it pours a great dark color, not a bad head yada yada.... The smell!!....Punches you in the face with peanut butter first... then chocolate... wow!! The taste!! Will knock you out in the very beginnings!! Delicious!! Boozy? Not at all!!! It taste great!!! To me.... not unlike Nutella?? Anyone else get that? I think it is an excellent brew!!....BUT!!.... I think It might be just a bit much.... After a few of them... the sweetness? Kinda gets to you... I find myself longing for my favorite peanut butter brew.... the Ballest Point peanut butter, ((Thats not as sweet)), yet delicious.....
But!! by god!!! This is the next best brew, that has a high abv. In its class,with a delicious peanut butter taste...(( I have looked, any tips? Let me know))...thanks for reading.

Feb 12, 2019
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4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Super nutty, so much peanut butter, rich fudgy chocolate, roasted coffee, dried fruits, thick, medium-full bodied

Jan 27, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Have to update because much better on draft than in a bottle. If you can get a fresh pour on draft it’s great—very peanut forward, terrific stout. In an old bottle it’s pretty mediocre.

Jan 24, 2019
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3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Bottled on 11/19/18

Pours a thicker brownish-black with slightly more than a finger of mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves sparse, stringier lacing and a collar of thin foam.

Aroma is firmly nutty, specifically with light wafts of peanut and not a ton else; a bit of malt backbone here, but still fairly one-dimensional and bordering on artificial in the peanut notes.

Taste remains consistently nutty and vaguely artificial, but with a sturdy backbone of chocolate malt that adds a sort of creamy earthy quality to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel has a bit of body to it, with carbonation on the lighter side mostly substituted for an oily feel coming across the palate; smooth, easy, little booze, and somewhat sweet.

A marginally higher-ABV Sweet Baby Jesus, and a virtually indistinguishable counterpart at that. The weight to this one is what has it standing out by comparison, but on its own, this is a decently-done beer with an artificial quality still holding it back (too much so for my liking).

Jan 15, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Fillllll from Florida

Loved it

Jan 08, 2019
3.75 by Scott_McCool from Florida on Jan 04, 2019
3.91 by smithj4 from New York on Jan 04, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by The_Beer_Guru from New York

P: Dark black hue with a very thin tan head which is unusual for an imperial stout.
A: Smell mostly chocolate with a hint of peanut butter.
T: Chocolate forward with a lingering sticky peanut butter flavor.
O: As an imperial stout I think Duclaw did an excellent job being very flavorful, rich, and dessert like.

Dec 30, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only traces of dark red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of peanut butter are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of chocolate and peanut butter, the latter of which lingers into the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink considering its strength and does a very good job at combining the chocolate and peanut butter ingredients. In some aspects, it seems like it could use a little more malts as the peanut butter becomes very prominent as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 23, 2018
3.86 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Dec 22, 2018
3.86 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Dec 09, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JACruz from Massachusetts

Richer than Sweet Baby Jesus

Dec 08, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

I've had this a few times, and although I judge it is a solid beer, and better than one other peanut butter porter/stout I had, this is simply not a beer I enjoy (I tend not to like peanut butter flavored food).

Dec 04, 2018
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3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of peanut butter, roasted malts, some chocolate. Taste is of peanut butter, alcohol, roasted malts, very light chocolate. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is pretty good, but I felt the booziness overshadow the other flavors, especially the chocolate.

Nov 29, 2018
3.98 by Chad473 from Pennsylvania on Nov 24, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Bmarkalan1970 from South Carolina

Would have been better with a tad less abv

Mar 24, 2018
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3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by gcamparone from Rhode Island

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a dark brown nearly black body with a big 3 finger brown head that reduces to leave good lacing.

Aromas are a little faint with sweet malt and light chocolate and a tad nutty. On the tongue is chocolate syrup and light peanut butter with a bit of booziness. Medium carbonation.

I liked sweet baby Jesus better - I feel like it’s the perfect balance, and this may have pushed it past that.

Mar 23, 2018
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