For Pete's Sake!
DuClaw Brewing Company

For Pete's Sake!For Pete's Sake!
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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #291
Ranked #10,149
3.97 | pDev: 10.58%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
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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oldmankoch from Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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PathofChaos from Maryland

2.16/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

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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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.86/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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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Lucular from Maryland

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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TheSixthRing from California

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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JTPrince from New York

4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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The_Beer_Guru from New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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metter98 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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BeerSexLove from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I might need to try another for a truly formed opinion but at present it was a little too boozy and not as substantial as I had hoped. Of course I did have a Ten Fidy beforehand which could have seriously downplayed Pete.

Mar 17, 2018
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nothing like I was expecting for an imperial. Roasted peanut butter for sure. Chocolate forward taste. Good balance on carbonation. Not too sweet at all.... The alcohol is a bit over whelming I think. But over all a very good different porter.

Feb 26, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For Pete's Sake, indeed! This is my new favorite porter...

Full disclosure - I am a DuClaw fan. Most of their stuff I love, the majority I really, really like, and there's one of two that were underwhelming. But this offering I really, really love. Black liquid in the glass with a thin tan foam, decent staying power. The smell is everything it's advertised to be: Chocolate, peanut butter, strong taste of roasted malts, and just a hint of booziness. Mouthfeel was forward-carbonated, but it did tamp down as it warmed. This released the creamy texture that such a brew should exude and it did it well. A strong chocolate-forward taste, I really couldn't pull out the peanut butter, but the booziness at 9% ABV did not get in the way (though you definitely feel it after a while.) An outstanding beer, my new favorite porter...

Feb 17, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 10/17/17, so 3 months old.

black with hints of brown body. small but persistent tan head leaving decent lacing.

aroma is pleasing, faintly of peanut butter, strong & malty

good peanut butter taste, faint hints of chocolate & coffee.

mouth is a little lighter than i would have liked, finish faintly sweet & peanut.

overall, a decent enough porter from duclaw

Jan 22, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I bought a bottle of this at a beer store in concord , OH. It poured an opaque dark with very thin/non existent head that is not leaving any lace. The scent was peanut butter brittle. The taste was peanut brittle. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's an interesting beer.

Jan 06, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown/black in color with a small thumb's worth of head. Retention is short and there is very little lacing.

Smell comes across peanut butter strong. I am impressed with how true to form this is. Then I get chocolate and some roasts.

Taste is a blast of peanut butter up front, then chocolate and coffee. Impressed with the blending of flavors and how well they all work together.

The feel of this is quite interesting. I think it is a fullish beer, that coats the mouth, much like peanut butter would. The carbonation is medium and the is little sign of the ABV.

I am pleasantly surprised with this beer. I had no idea whether the peanut butter would be something I enjoyed or not. Turns out, yes, I did enjoy it.

Dec 31, 2017
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.
L - pours a dark brown, almost black, with a tan head.
S - smells of chocolate, peanut butter and booze.
T - Lots of peanut butter and chocolate. Some warming booziness on the finish.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - It's a nice Porter, if you like a semi-sweet, dessert-like Porter. I liked it.
I wanted to add, this beer gets more nutty as it warms up.

Dec 24, 2017
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Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: Black with a medium tan head.
Smell: Malt, dark chocolate, and peanut butter.
Taste: dark chocolate, and peanut butter.
Feel: a little heavy due to abv.
Overall: an improvement on sweet baby jesus

Dec 08, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark black color with a slight head and some lacing. Aroma has distinct hints of chocolate, peanut butter and coffee. The taste is a somewhat distinctive chocolate, peanut butter and coffee flavor. A nicely balanced light bodied beer with little carbonation. Nicely balanced porter with some distinctive flavors.

Dec 03, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DuClaw Brewing Company "For Pete's Sake!"
12 fl. oz brown glass bottle, "PKG101217 #CBCRBD"
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I could swear that I've had this beer before. I must be confusing it with something else... ah, I'm thinking of "Sweet Baby Jesus", this one is actually bigger. So OK, it's poured an opaque brown-black body beneath a frothy then creamy head of brown. The aroma is distinctly chocolatey with a bit of peanut butter and coffee behind it. It's one of the most chocolatey beers I've ever smelled for sure, and the peanut butter and coffee are nice as well. There's also some yeasty fruitiness, but no hops, as would be expected. I should note at this point that coffee is not an ingredient in this beer, that's their "Sweet Baby Java", the coffee notes here are just from the malt. Moving on, please don't let me down... ahh, yes, the flavor delivers, thank you. It's richly chocolatey, and the strength is obvious which might come back to bite it in the ass, and I'm finding the yeasty fruitiness as well. It's a nice, big, rich beer. But where is the peanut butter? I'm getting coffee in the finish, along with some residual bitterness and alcohol, but no peanut butter. Let me give it another shot. I've actually drank about a quarter of the bottle right now but maybe it just needed to warm up a bit... hmmmm, I'm still not finding it anywhere other than in the aroma. I'm sure it's just an extract, and so is the chocolate by the way, so maybe it's just there for aroma. Back to the alcohol, it's still there, that doesn't go away, but I've gotten more used to it. Still, I'm going to have to call it a distraction at this point as it's just too strong for a beer of 9% abv. Had it been 11 or 12% that might be a different story, but it's not. On the other hand you wouldn't have that bright yeasty fruitiness if it hadn't been fermented so warm, although most people would probably prefer their chocolate peanut butter porters without those fruity notes; I, however, like them. Moving on to the mouthfeel to wrap this up, it's medium in body with a fine-bubbled median carbonation. You might think it would be thicker but it's actually been pretty well fermented out. Looking back, the head retention was better than average, and the lacing was pretty nice, mainly large spots and splashes, but decent enough. So, overall, where does it stand? #1, it's a big rich beer which gives it some points. #2, the aroma is great. #3, the flavor is pretty good but it does have some flaws which hurt it. I think this is one of those beers where you might have one every so often and that's it; and I wouldn't necessarily call it strictly a dessert beer, although winding down with it after a meal seems like a good idea. I don't think I'd have this out at the pub with the lads, it's too strong and I'd miss out on some of the aroma which is the best part. I'll put the numbers in and let the score lie where it does.

Nov 29, 2017
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 294 ratings