Sweet Baby Jesus!
DuClaw Brewing Company

Sweet Baby Jesus!Sweet Baby Jesus!
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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
American Porter
Ranked #305
Ranked #20,248
3.81 | pDev: 14.96%
Nov 27, 2023
Dec 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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Rated: 3.81 by sbradley41 from Pennsylvania

Nov 27, 2023
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Two twelve ounce cans were emptied into a clear glass liter mug. The porter is black coffee brown in color and has about the same viscosity, only it's carbonated. A generous tan head was created by the pour. Oddly, there's not as much peanut in the aroma as some that offer the same thing. There's just as much chocolate, coffee and roasted barley to smell. The taste follows, as the peanut character is there, but not the dominate flavor as in some. The balance between the additional flavors is very good, although the bitterness of the roasted barley and coffee does dominate the finish. Overall, the taste is rich enough and the body a notch above the average porter. Although it never approaches the too sweet level, the described bitterness at the finish is welcomed. There are some peanut butter infused brews that taste just like you're having a stout/porter with a spoonful of it in your mouth. This isn't one of those, but there's enough. Taste layers of peanut butter, dark chocolate, black coffee and roasted barley can't be all bad. The glass held almost no lacing as the vessel emptied, but some of the head sustained.
Nov 21, 2023
Rated: 3.9 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Cathartes from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can acclimated to 50°F and poured into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a brown so dark it appears black, with gold highlights and fine tan sediment. Produces a 2.5 finger foamy khaki head, persiting long and a film of lacing that gives way to a ring and clumps.

Initial aroma is very strongly that of peanut butter, smelling strong but light somehow. Additionally very strong is milk chocolate, smelling like any number of peanut butter chocolate candies due to the strength of the peanut butter and chocolate smell melding with a thick sweetness emitted by this brew. A coffee note is present, as is milk. After agitating I notice the coffee amplifies, and the specific smell I get is Reese's puffs cereal. Initial taste before swallowing is again Reese's puffs, the specific peanut butter powdery flavor is just very similar. I get sweetness, and a bitterness like cocoa or coffee. Unfortunately, given that taste, I found it difficult to notice any other nuances. It did also occupy the majority of the aftertaste, sitting in the back of the mouth and tongue.

After swallowing I'm met with more of that cocoa or coffee bitterness, as well as the corresponding tastes. Unfortunately, afterwards there develops something of a poison like bitterness, some type of cyanide taste that says "you shouldn't have eaten that." The kind of dry and astringent bitterness that is just unpleasant to the western palate, although tasting more it seems it's perhaps an intense coffee bitterness?

Mouthfeel is smooth but seems a little lacking in body? Not at all bad but I found myself slightly surprised. I can say with certainty that it glides down the gullet with ease, feeling slightly heavier than it should.

Overall I found it great to look at, and I was really wowed by the smell. There are some really great tastes in there but I find that it's hard to notice them when I'm overwhelmed by that poison taste. I've tasted it and other similar tastes before and I'm not sure if it's my tastebuds or what, but it's disappointing. I obviously don't think it's an intended taste so I think it must be me, but that leaves me with the question, how do I factor it into my scoring? I only subtracted 0.25 because I figure if it doesn't work with me then that's legitimate, but I don't want at all to take out my frustration on the score that reflects something that people worked hard on.

Won't likely buy again, but it's absolutely possible I'll buy again to see if it's an off batch, or my tastes change. I will definitely buy even more Jesus, however.
Oct 04, 2023
Rated: 3.92 by steverx8 from England

Oct 02, 2023
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Rated by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
porter perfection
Sep 27, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by bkwagie

Sep 17, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by mountaincoffee from Kansas

Sep 16, 2023
Rated: 3.87 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Sep 14, 2023
Rated: 2.22 by AaronTrent from Virginia

Sep 03, 2023
Rated: 4.12 by ctbeerman1 from Connecticut

Sep 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Tonitonelo

4.71/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This was a very impressive experience. The taste was smooth and sweet but not overly sweet. The bubbles were smooth and velvety compared to other beers similar to this one.
Aug 05, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by PaulMayer from Virginia

Jul 11, 2023
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Reviewed by Beergeeknut from New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: This one is something dark with a beige frothy head. It's so dark not only can light not pass through it I think it repels light.

Aroma: Heavy dark chocolate notes. Peanut butter aroma all through it. Vanilla bean, heavy roasted hop and chocolate malt.

Taste: On to the taste. It's big notes chocolate are front and center. Roasted hop and quite a solid malt backbone to round it out nicely.

Overall: This is a treat borderline a dessert beer. It's definitely a buy again. And an amazing gentile giant. Prost.
Jul 10, 2023
Rated: 4 by Aeroscorp from Tennessee

Jun 20, 2023
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Rated by RickCorn from Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Really rich full flavored beer. Take your time and enjoy this one slowly! This beer is even good warm! Highly recommend!
May 24, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by regex5375 from Florida

May 11, 2023
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned 11/8/22 Drank 5/2/23
Pour is a dark brown with a lightly khaki head. fades to a little ring around the glass. no lacing
Nose is peanut butter, chocolate, roasted malt
Taste is a nice subtle blend of peanut butter, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cacao, vanilla.
Smooth and easy to drink. Moderately creamy body. Overall a good beer.
May 03, 2023
Rated: 4.19 by Mac_Cheesin from Maryland

Mar 20, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by jurcab788 from Texas

Mar 11, 2023
Sweet Baby Jesus! from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 2848 ratings