Sweet Baby Jesus!
DuClaw Brewing Company

Sweet Baby Jesus!Sweet Baby Jesus!
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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #459
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,205
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 14.81%
Reviews:
467
Ratings:
2,754
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Sweet Baby Jesus!Sweet Baby Jesus!
Notes: 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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SmokySignals from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

dark brown body with tan head...smells like cheap chocolate candy footballs/rabbits, and Reese's wrappers
Taste follows nose too closely, no beer left in the flavor, just candy fake chocolate. gimmick beer that's too thick and sweet
definitely is a chocolate peanut butter drink of some kind, but wtf, even she wanted to pour hers out after choosing it

Apr 24, 2020
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with auburn highlights (SRM 32-35). A light, khaki foam holds 1.5 inches for a few minutes before retreating to a thin cap. Patchy islands of lace are left on a PBGC Put tulip glass.

The aroma opens with rich, dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Brownie batter carries throughtout, with a faint background of cherries and raspberries.

The flavor is roasted malt with fresh pumpernickle and brownie crisps. It is slightly more bitter than sweet, with neither being particularly strong. The finish starts bold, then slowly fades.

This one is light to medium body with a satin texture. Alcohol is as expected, with light, fine carbonation.

While perhaps less robust than expected, this is a tasty Porter. I imagine it would pair well with chocolate pudding, though it is not a dessert beer.

Thank you for this trade, Dave.

Apr 19, 2020
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apants007 from New York

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a wine glass.

Dark brown, thin tan head that goes away quickly.

Smells of coffee and chocolate. Not much peanut on the nose that I noticed.

Tastes of dark chocolate- but without the usual alkaline bite. The peanut come in as after taste. I expected this to be more of a novelty - but it is a nicely balanced flavor.

Mouth feel is thinner than I prefer for the style, but not too off putting.

Tastes like desert without being cloyingly sweet. Quite a treat. I’ll have another soon!

Feb 14, 2020
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark reddish orange with a fine, two finger dark khaki head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, peanut butter and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is dark toasted malt with mild char, peanut butter, light cocoa and coffee. Thins out into a coffee bitter finish with lingering peanut butter. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A solid porter with a somewhat thin body, but good malt and peanut butter flavors. Fleeting chocolate notes and some drip coffee in the finish, which is a bit astringent. Peanut butter redeems this; not sure I'd get it again for the basic porter.

Jan 22, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours dark brown with a frothy tan head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Roasty, toasty, nutty, chocolate and peanut butter are definitely there, vanilla, a little earthy, faint dark fruit, and some toffee sweetness.

T: Roasty, chocolate and a touch of char, toasty, nutty, peanut butter is there, but not overwhelming, vanilla, earthy, herbal, and faintly floral notes, faint hints of dark fruit, and some toffee sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: Really well done peanut butter beer, and a solid porter in general.

Dec 25, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the name of this beer. One of my favorite things in this world is Peanut Butter. This beer is 50 degrees and served in a pint glass. The pour of the beer created a one finger tan head. The head is airy and creamy with poor retention. The head did leave some lacing on the glass. The head finally settled to a thin head that tops the beer. The color of the beer is SRM 35 a dark brown nearly black. The beer looks good for a porter.

The aromas in the beer are peanuts, chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, anise, caramel, toffee, molasses, earthy, and vanilla.

The flavors in the beer are dark roasted malts, peanuts, coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, molasses, earthy, anise, vanilla, char, and bready.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry and thin.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer reminds me of a liquid Reese Cup with more chocolate and coffee. The porter style is very nice with decent harmony. I love the peanut flavor. Overall this beer is very good.

Dec 16, 2019
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SeerBhits

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark and opaque. Two fingers of head that disappeared quickly when poured into a tulip glass.

Smell: Roasty and sweet. A lot of peanut butter on the nose. I don't smell much chocolate.

Taste: Sweet with a lot of peanut butter upfront. The peanut butter taste lingers into a nice slight bitter aftertaste. It is well balanced, but I was hoping for more chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than I thought it would be. A little watery for the amount of flavor.

Overall: A nice porter, especially if you like peanut butter. The peanut butter comes nicely. Unfortunately the chocolate doesn't come through for me. Overall a nice porter, was just hoping for a little more chocolate.

Dec 13, 2019
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Dennis-of-Hillsborough from North Carolina

4.92/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a dessert beer, or a midnight snack beer. It's intense and so Sweet that I drink it by cutting it hafsy hafsy with some cheap drinkable like Kirkland Craft Brewed PILSNER. I gotta think errant bakers might want to make Sweet Baby Jesus! COFFEE CAKE with it. Hey, it might be a good lunch substatute, if it's a weekend.
If you like (I do) peanut butter with anything, then you'll love this Brew. It's more like a Liquor or a Burbon than a beer.
I got some at a PiG PICKIN' in North Carolina, and it's a perfect fit if you want to drink ultra-intense-rich-chocolate and peanute butter brew with your vinigar smoked pig and pickles and cole slaw and so on.
I think that tells you that this is an intense brew. My wife can't get past the nose. I guess it's not for ladies, unless...

Nov 27, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: Lots of peanut butter up front along with the roasted malt and chocolate

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the peanut butter and roasted malt and then picks up some caramel and milk chocolate. Not much under that

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A lot like a peanut butter malted milk ball. Not super sweet, so it remains fairly drinkable. Check out our if you like peanut butter in you porters/stouts

Nov 19, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz undated bottle.

Pours nearly opaque dark brown with crimson edgework. Retention and lacing is moderate. Roasted peanuts and cocoa in the nose with hints of vanilla and espresso. On the fuller side of medium bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Dark chocolate with peanuts and espresso on the palate. Finishes dry with lingering roasted cocoa and peanuts.

Nov 18, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic brew. Pours dark with full head. Smells of peanut butter. Taste follows with chocolate coming in. Full mouthfeel with peanut butter and chocolate dominating the aftertaste

Nov 08, 2019
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amcraw

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Almost black with tan, 2 finger head
S - Amazing... Peanut butter primarily but also dark coffee/chocolate (roasted malt?)
T - Nutty, bitter chocolate taste, with an aftertaste of peanut butter.
F - Smooth and the perfect amount of carbonation
O - A refreshing change from all the light beers I've been defaulting too. I can't see this meshing well with a meal though. Unless it's a peanut butter pie!

Oct 16, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, 6.2% abv, PKG 032119; purchased single off shelf... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: dark crimson-brown liquid, appears to have good clarity; extra-tall rise of khaki-colored foam on the pour - second pour empties the bottle, leaves thick sheet ring of lace at top of glass... the color makes it a porter?

S: dark chocolate peanut butter cup; the confection (with noticeable malt background) is front and center; subtle molasses-cola note pokes through from the back in a moment, but doesn't come close to overtaking the roasty, dense peanut butter... perhaps a faint whiff of fruity booze

T: peanut butter (dark chocolate-backed) vibrant and dominant, though a roasty, somewhat acrid-biting bitterness leaps out immediately; dark-roasted grain and dry nutty notes linger, however, not much (light caramel) sweetness at all, just a hint of dark-order, burnt crystal...

F: suggestion of a slow, lumbering drag up front, but the alcohol and bitterness create enough static front-to-back to snap it off

O: had one other time during it's meteoric rise years ago; wasn't a fan then... it's not awful here, as it's turning bitter and dry, but it's still a gimmicky drop, though luckily, thankfully not a sludgy, dessert swill... even still, it's alcoholic, malted soda, peanut butter (understandably) looming large... could be worse (1498)

Aug 26, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 10 oz (296 ml) snifter at The Peculier Pub in Manhattan.
A: Pours a cloudy, very dark brown, basically black color with a one and a half finger, foamy, light brown head, lasting retention, and complex lacing.
S: Aromas of honey, peanut, chocolate, and cafe au lait.
T: Sweet. Nuttiness very strong, but lots of chocolate and pitted fruit, as well. Solid bitterness keeps the entire business together.
M: Full bodied with solid carbonation. Creamy.
O: Always like Reese's Peanutbutter Cups, but this was not that. I thought the nuttiness really blended well with the overall chocolate stout picture.

Jul 25, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with tan foam and ok lacing.
N: Burnt malt/sugar with some chocolate, peanut butter and vanilla.
T: Chocolate notes with light peanut butter, bitter notes and some burnt sugar goodness.
M: Thin and mild dryness, light bitterness but good flavors as it warms.
O: Again, solid beer by DuClaw, nothing mind blowing but good.

Jul 20, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Opaque black with a light-brown, rapidly receding head.
Smell: Peanut butter, chocolate, roasted malt. Hint of raisin.
Taste: Sweet roasted malt. Nuts and graham crackers. Milk chocolate and peanut butter on the finish.
Feel: Thin- to medium-bodied with pleasant, tingling carbonation.
Overall: A tasty porter, leaning towards sweet and simple.

Jul 15, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a candy bar or reeese's peanut butter cups in a glass and great for slow sipping.

Look: black with a finger thick off-white head

Aroma: toasted malts, chocolate, nuts

Taste: It is a lot of peanut butter, chocolate, graham crackers, it's sweet.

Body/Overall: medium to full body, smooth

Jun 21, 2019
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officerbill from New York

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1/19 bottle.
Almost black color with a thin tan head, moderate carbonation.

Has a pleasant chocolatey & malty smell.

Tastes like a store brand Reese's peanut butter cup. Has a forward chocolate/cocoa taste with a mild peanut butter behind it. Both of those flavors have an artificial taste and there isn't any lingering dryness to clean your palate.

A thin feel in your mouth and the peanut butter sticks to your tongue.

It's okay for what it is, but I'm not going to buy another bottle or recommend it to anyone.

Mar 23, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 11/9/18

Pours a glossy, nearly opaque brown capped with a light beige head which is short-lived and lightly frothy; minimal lacing left around the glass.

Aroma is overwhelmingly nutty, with a somewhat artificial peanut bouquet largely overshadowing notes of granola and chocolate malt.

Taste is overwhelmingly nutty and slightly artificial, but the peanuty profile is earthy and pleasant enough; faint, crisp chocolate malt and graham cracker on the back end, although still mostly overwhelmed by the semi-sweetness from the peanut.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mostly oily and slick, light carbonation that almost goes unnoticed save for a slight, crisp effervescence on the back end.

A drinkable, interesting brew, but a bit too sweet and artificial for my tastes, although it does mimic a peanut butter-type profile well enough.

Dec 30, 2018
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Nass from Florida

3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Big chocolate & peanut butter in the taste. The coffee note is very slight & hidden from the other bigger flavors in this beer. I agree with the mouthfeel is sort of thin but hey it's a porter not a stout, so let's keep that in mind. Furthermore, anybody that is a fan of Jesus is alright by me. It's a little boozy though for low abv porter but it's still darn good. When I go to Maryland I love to seek out Duclaw beers because they are truly the best brewery in Maryland. Cheers! B

Nov 12, 2018
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beertunes from Montenegro

4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to MikeXW for this one from his ninja box from Rookies BIF #2. 12oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a solid black color, much like a stout, with just under a half-inch of tan head that had low retention and lacing.

A huge blast of peanuts hit the nose right up front. Nicely layered chocolate is just underneath. There was a solid beer scent as well. Very similar on the tongue, like a liquid peanut butter cup from a good chocolatier. Again, I suspect the base beer is pretty good on its own.

The body was pretty typical for the style, just a touch lighter than medium, and was very smooth across the palate. The finish was, while not dry by any means, much drier than I anticipated. Drinkability was awesome, I wanted another right away. Overall, a great beer. Loved it. A must-try if you see it.

Nov 03, 2018
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DrWho from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I drank it straight from the bottle, yes I’m a novice but why dirty another glass? Another person said the smell is one of the best parts about this beer, it gives a great cocoa and peanut butter note, I couldn’t agree more. At first sip I didn’t know what to think, after you drink it for awhile it seems to improve. It has very light carbonation and little to no alcohol burn. I absolutely love peanut butter but I am a little disappointed at this beers taste. I am going to be trying it’s sibling Sweet Baby Java soon hopefully it’s a bit better. Final verdict not bad but not in my top tier list.

Oct 29, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"A classic, full-bodied, robust porter with a smooth, dry finish and just enough hops to balance aromas and flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, and peanut butter so rich that just one sip and you will ... exclaim the name!"

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No bottling date found.
Deep brown colored body, with mahogany and ruby red highlights when back lit. Half a finger of light tan head settles back to thin cap and ring. Leaves behind a spotted pattern of lacing.
Aroma is quite strong with the peanut butter, along with chocolate and roasted malt.
Taste is moderately sweet, with flavors of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and peanut butter. Exit flavor brings forth some coffee notes.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
The thinner body detracts some from the taste experience. The flavors are well balanced, and the peanut butter is well featured. Another interesting beer to try but one per session is enough. This is a dessert beer and not a good food pairing beer.

Oct 28, 2018
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Clemson_OB from South Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I only ever drink this out of the bottle (I know, I know), so hard to say much about look. The smell is one of the best parts about this beer, it gives a great cocoa and peanut butter note. My girlfriend hates it, but I find it great after a meal. As for taste, it's one of the better "dessert" beers I've had. As others have mentioned, it's almost too smooth, I'd like a little more fill mouth feel. Overall, this has become one of my favorite after meals beer. I can only drink it in the evenings after dinner, but that's where it belongs. Very solid beer!

Oct 06, 2018
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GeekBard from New York

3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark
Smell: Chocolate, vague peanut butter,
Taste: mild chocolate flavor, dry finish, peanut butter flavor takes away from the chocolate notes
Feel: A little on the thin side
Overall: It's not bad. Had some cookies with it, not what I would call one of my desert brews.

Aug 29, 2018
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