Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Sweet Baby JesusSweet Baby Jesus

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by MasterSki on 12-23-2012

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Reviews: 405 | Ratings: 2,525
Photo of Magerbrew
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its really not my thing, but the beer was put together well. The initial peanut butter smack in the face subsided after the first sip. A good beer, just not one of my fav styles.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a decent beer for my tastes. A friend brought some to the house yesterday for a fun tasting, of which this was one of a couple of other beers. . We both agreed that it was just OK. Likely would not buy it again was our duel agreement. Dark pour was nice with a nice head and lacing. Nothing overwhelmed my nose. Again, a decent beer.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black brown coffee look with a half finger head. Aroma-chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, coffee hint. Taste-same, but with a little more coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth. Overall- quality porter.

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Photo of CupcakeNY
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought this for my wife, who loves dark beers, chocolate, and peanut butter; this is a very enjoyable beer, relatively light bodied for the flavor load. It does come across as a Porter; relatively light-bodied and dry. Pours deep, dark brown with a finger to two of fine, creamy head, though it doesn't stick around for too long. Peanut butter is pretty upfront in the nose along with bitter chocolate and dark coffee notes. Peanut butter is definitely there in the taste, but it is surprisingly not overwhelming, and the chocolate notes are also kept in check. I thought it was going to be more cloying but it finishes surprisingly cleanly, with just a bit of a lingering peanut note.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark look with enviting head. Scent of bitter dark chocolate and peanut all over this beer, actually smells great. Interesting flavor where you get the chocolate and peanut butter but with no sweetness and a bitter edge. Creamy and on the lively side of carbonation for the style round out this brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this beer at the Roadhouse in Worthington across from the Ice Works. It poured an opaque dark with thick tan head that left some lace. The scent had hints of chocolate and peanut butter. The taste carried chocolate and peanut butter but was a touch acidic. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's it's decent.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 12/28/16

Pours dark maroon black with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like peanut butter, rich chocolate, cereal grain, nutty caramel, toffee, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark chocolate, peanut butter, cereal grain, nutty caramel, toffee, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels thick, medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice chocolate peanut butter porter.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black with a thin, beige-brown head. No lacing on the glass.

Nose: Chocolate, peanut, coffee grounds, nuts, vanilla, fudge and brown sugar.
Taste: Peanut butter, chocolate and vanilla.
Mouth: Medium body. Light carbonated. Dry and slightly bitter ending.

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Photo of jeffreed61
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sweet Baby Jesus indeed when that peanut butter hits your nose. really pungent. Very mild sweet at first sip, come of the chocolate shows. Interesting transition from the initial tastes to a dry roast / bitter finish, which sticks around for quite while.

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Photo of EMH73
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Pours black with a half inch, fairly well retained half inch head that left little lacing, Smells predominately of peanut butter with notes of chocolate and coffee. Tastes like liquid peanut butter with a bitter finish and an odd after taste.
Light bodied and lightly carbonated, creamy mouth feel. One and done for me.

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Photo of Constkim1215
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

If you're not into PB then don't get it. I wasn't too excited to try because it is a Choco PB porter, but what they hey.. pleasantly surprised.

The PB is strong in aroma. That is about the only thing overwhelming. Not in a bad overpowered way. I've had worse. The PB is faint in aftertaste. I think the olfactory sense definitely contributes to the PB taste. It is a strong note and I think that's the turn off for most of your not into PB peeps.

Not too heavy a porter overall. Definitely not a typical coffee porter,so don't expect it.

Interesting try if you want to venture, not must seek and find for me, but enjoyable and I'm NOT a 'PB is my fav' person. For what it is labeled, one of the better and more enjoyable.

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Photo of OldDirty
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very good. Glad they got rid of the chem additive and went w the natural shiznit. Would like it to have had a bit heavier feel but still very nice for a porter.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Near black pour with a light brown head which disipated quickly. Fair lacimg.
S - P.B. smell from the pour with chocolate on the nose. Slight coffee smell, too.
T - A good porter taste with a P. B. aftertaste. Smooth.
F - Thick on the tongue with a semi-dry finish.
O - A nice beer that is pretty easy to drink. Pretty solid all around.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this off a trade. Seen some of their stuff at the local store but never intrigued me enough to nab some. Had low expectations going into this but it surprised me in a good way. Upfront you get that sweet chocolate milk flavor with some peanutty aroma. Taste is more chocolate milk with some kind of peanut butter concentrate like flavor. It's not what you expect but it tastes pretty good. Mouthfeel is decent for a 6pcter and carbonation is medium to low. Would get this again for sure.

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Photo of CrisisNY
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed the thick head on this brew. Minimal light coming through, which I love in a porter. The legs seemed to lack, but nothing to dismiss the beer in itself. I enjoyed the in your face initial chocolate and peanut butter taste which is exactly what was expected. The flavor lingered briefly and there was a very small amount of carbonation. Overall a decent beer that I would purchase again and recommend to others. I would warn that the peanut butter flavor is slightly generic.

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Photo of avalon07
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A good aroma of peanut butter, chocolate, malt, and a bit of coffee.

T: Tasted of a hint of hops (not too much), a fair amount of chocolate, a good shot of peanut butter, some roasted malt, light coffee notes, and a light sugary quality. The peanut butter is definitely the star here, but not in an overpowering way. The flavor isn't quite as powerful as it should be, but it's still pretty tasty.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is another beer that won't please everyone, but I enjoyed it. Well worth a look.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - pours about a finger of mocha head that dwindles to a solid cap & sturdy collar, body is a deep translucent crimson mahogany, think cherry cola, very minimal lacing after each quaff

Smell - wow, huge nose of peanut butter, lightly mingling with scents of dark molasses, and hint of roast

Taste - much like the nose there is a strong peanut butter that explodes across the palate and into the sinuses, immediately met by deeply dry roasted peanuts, unsweetened dark chocolate, barely sweetened molasses and black licorice, finishes with lingering unsalted peanuts, roasted peanut husk, slight astringent plum skins, and more bittering aspects of dark molasses/black licorice.

Mouthfeel - nearly medium mouthfeel from boldness of flavors, carb is light and silky smooth allowing flavors to remain and assert, bitter and dry felt at the back of the tongue, with deposits of dry peanuts and unsweetened molasses left in the mouth corners

Overall - truly an interesting and flavorful take on a porter. The peanut flavors work surprisingly well here, and get along nicely with the classic porter flavors - however, this is definitely peanut butter forward. Don't be put off by the description, this truly is a must try.. unless you don't like peanut butter, then you may not appreciate or enjoy the brewers intentions.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle,into a snifter.

1 1/2 finger tan/khaki head, with beautiful lacing on the glass.Black body,with very little light coming through the glass

The nose is peanut butter and chocolate with some roasted malts,and a small hint of hops.The palate follows the nose with a very nice blend of peanut butter and chocolate.Nice heavy body,dry smooth finish,with just enough hops.

I'll be honest,I have tried this beer prior to the one, I drank for this rating.Overall a very good beer that I have drank multiple times in the past,and will continue to drink in the future...CHEERS!!!

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Photo of raysat
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is true, black and slow. Light brown head, very thick and full. Great looking beer. The smell is fantastic, lots of peanut butter and some chocolate. Taste follows that, a Reese's in a bottle. Winter is coming, prepare accordingly.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a jet black color with a moderate tan head that soon dissapates but leaves a thin lace.
Smells like a Reese's Peanut butter cup, along with roasted malt and light coffee.
I was expecting the taste to be sweet, as reflected by the aroma, which it was, yet, there is a light hops bittering presence in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium, smooth and pretty easy to drink.
A decent flavored Porter that is not too overwhelming.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as an opaque black with a frothy tan head. Aromas of peanuts and sweet roast malts. Taste is heavily of peanut butter and chocolate. Also hops bitterness, caramel, and bread. Overall, creamy, interesting and complex, but also heavy and over-sweet.

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Photo of c_tails
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours very dark with small tan cream colored head

smell - peanut butter, the smell is my least favorite part of the beer. it smells cloying, a bit of fake peanut butter smell

feel - smooth, creamy

taste - i find the flavors to combine quite nicely. the chocolate is there, the peanut butter is the most dominant flavor. maybe its just the surprise of having that peanut butter flavor in your beer but its a striking taste. there is a nice hop finish at the end that keeps the beer from being too sweet, its the right amount of dryness.

these flavored type porters are not my favorite. they feel gimmicky to me. but the gimmick has worked as this is now the second time i've had one of these, and its absolutely an enjoyable beer to drink. i wouldn't hesitate to buy another bottle or two of this if i was in the mood for something darker that's flavored.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.89/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Initial brief impressions from a bottle:

Aroma suggests a cloying sticky artificial beer with artificial peanut butter flavouring. Off-puttingly sweet, lacking any genuine flavours whatsoever.

Taste follows, yielding a cloyingly sweet saccharine brew loaded with artificial peanut butter flavour. Sickly sweet, sticky, and syrupy. I can almost hear my dentist gasping in horror with every sip. There's no coffee bitterness or roasted barley to balance out the overload of malty sweetness, leaving this horribly imbalanced and difficult to drink as a result.

A beer for the ten year old in all of us, Sweet Baby Jesus! is a lackluster brew that threatens to send many a diabetic to the E.R. Poorly executed stuff I can't imagine anyone wanting a second pour of; I'll finish this bottle only with effort and don't look forward to revisiting this in finer grain.

D- (1.89) / AVOID

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Photo of HeyDC
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not sure why there are negative reviews. This is one of the most enjoyable brews I've ever had and cannot wait until they can ship to Florida. Oh well heading to VA in November.....

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Photo of Roguer
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cola colored brew topped by a thick tan head.

Strong peanut butter aroma, but very pleasing. A touch of chocolate and cola on the nose.

Flavor follows: this is a roasty but otherwise light stout, with a clear and strong peanut butter flavor that strongly asserts itself without overwhelming. Very nice touch.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
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