Sweet Baby Java | DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.9/5
Very Good
137 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sweet Baby Jesus cold-steeped with whole bean espresso.

Added by BB1313 on 03-03-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,209
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
137
pDev:
12.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
26
Trade:
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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Benish
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HJB96x
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really impressed! Pours a thick, jet-black color with a khaki half finger of head. Really good smelling beer with chocolate and peanutbutter noticable right off the bat. Not getting much coffee in the smell, but the taste is where it is at! Just the right amount of dry bitterness on the backend. Mouth feel is light to medium. I think this beer deserves a better rating than a 3.9... highly enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of APH
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lemmy187
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into smokestack snifter.

A shiny, glassy black body with just a tiny thin ring of carbonation at the top.

Aroma of roasted malts, peanut butter, coffee, rice pudding, and jalapeno.

Wow, green pepper and black pepper sure show up to steal the show. The vegetal burnt coffee elements play a huge part here, and the base of peanut butter and roast malts hides behind a thin wall on the other side. The coffee is not smooth at all, it's acrid, harsh, burnt. A slight char remains on the finish.

Feel is a bit thin for me personally but still within porter territory. The carbonation bites a little hard as well. The roasty dryness is a nice touch on the finish.

Overall, really disappointed that I didn't like this one. I think the regular SBJ is much better. This one just tastes like a green bell pepper slice with a peanut butter cup spread on it.

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Photo of Dourrieu
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black color, with a minimal amount of leakage to brown in the edges and a rich, tan head. The peanut butter is prominent on the nose, and there’s also dark chocolate notes and a subtle coffee aroma.

The peanut butter is also front and center on the taste, but the dark chocolate and coffee notes more than hold their own in this iteration #2 that is significantly better than the base beer, IMHO.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaktcc
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bdiiorio
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dmleech
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CanadianGinge
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. Similar to sweet baby Jesus. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Beer taste medium of peanut butter and heavy tasting on coffee and and malts. Goes down smooth

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out a cola color and forms in the glass very dark brown to black with a thin khaki colored crown.
Smells just like the regular. Reminiscent of Reese's puffs. Chocolate and peanut butter both present. No coffee.
The taste brings the coffee! Coffee first and then turns into the peanut butter and chocolate. I like it.
The mouthfeel is thinner than I like for the style but well carbonated.
Overall, I enjoyed this one more than the regular. The espresso beans give it just a little bit more depth.

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Photo of Vandelay1863
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zlyice
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisCage
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a dark chocolate/cola color that is semi opaque in nature as it shows some clarity on the underside of the top liquid. The head starts out about a finger thick and settles into a thin patchwork over top the liquid....it is light caramel in color. Lacing is modest, with a hillside picture forming that swiftly lowers itself back into the beer, and carbonation is too hard to see. Overall this is an above average looking beer but nothing special.

S- This is very nice smelling overall, with intense, robust aromas throughout! Piles of gooey, sticky peanut butter is the first thing immediately noticed, followed by other strong, but less intense smells of vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee, both black and creamy varieties, coffee beans, wafer bar, dark chocolate malts and just hints of dry bitter finishes. What this reminds me of is a version of a Coffee Crisp chocolate bar, with more vanilla and some PB!

T- This is a tasty brew, that somewhat follows suit to the aromas, however, the finish is what really gets me.....there is a huge aftertaste of black coffee and high cocoa content dark chocolate blended....Cafe au Lait to be more precise! There is underlying flavors of vanilla, peanut butter (more nutty than sweet PB), and the malts are much more pronounced, and become much more toasty overall.....black malt must have been used.....as it warms too, the espresso character becomes stronger and richer. I quite like this!

M/O- Ok, the biggest disappointment is the level of carbonation....I don't like or think that this much is necessary but to each brewery their own. The body is medium and the alcohol is well hidden....I would think this pairs well with a square of chocolate or perhaps with a strong cheddar cheese! Definitely give this one a try and I would/will buy again!

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Photo of SoccerSeuss
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Clear dark coffee brown with thin caramel head. Smelled of sweet malts, dark chocolate, and peanut butter. Taste followed nose with a hint of coffee. Medium bodied. I really enjoyed the Sweet Baby Jesus (their chocolate peanut butter porter) and this was a take on that original. A very enjoyable brew

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Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Manthon
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not quite what I was expecting. It did get better as it warmed, though...

It was funny to me that I couldn't smell any of the coffee or malts in this brew - but it was deliciously strong to the nose on chocolate and peanut butter. The beer pours a muted, dark-brown color with nice foam and a good amount of lacing, but the foam does dissipate quite quickly. Then we get to the mouthfeel - light, almost watery but still with a creamy texture as it warmed. The taste was more roasted coffee, kinda burnt with just a touch of chocolate and not much peanut butter to taste. Then again, the malt was distinctive to go along with the strong coffee taste. It certainly was a tasty beer, not the dessert beer I was expecting, but definitely solid. Even though I felt this beer was all over the place, I would probably reach for it again.

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Photo of BlueKurenai
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Sweet Baby Java from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 137 ratings