Sweet Baby Jesus! | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Sweet Baby Jesus!Sweet 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!

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Reviews: 449 | Ratings: 2,708
Photo of officerbill
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of Nass
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of beertunes
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of DrWho
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Clemson_OB
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of GeekBard
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of SnackDaddy
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Belgian chalice glass
L - Nice black color
S - chocolate, malt, not peanut specific but general nutty aroma, roasted coffee of course, maybe some dark (pumpernickel?) bread
T - roasted malt, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate (not dark or milk), smooth peanut butter. Like 'whipped' peanut butter, not spoon-out-of-a-jar. Someone mentioned like the Fast Break candy bar: spot on. Especially the whipped peanut butter taste. Overall not overly done, but generally pleasing
F - Smooth. Maybe too 'smooth'. Wish it felt a little thicker, but still still nice.
O - Nice beer to drink before or after dinner. I can't imagine drinking this WITH food (other than popcorn at a bar).

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Photo of Amors
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I paired this beer with s’mores I made with Reese’s and peanut butter fudge, it was so good. I started the beer at the end of a chili cheese dog, don’t recommend that.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into snifter. Really charming silky dark black pour with a thin beige-brown ring in the snifter.

So far on the nose i'm just getting a little roast malts and nuttiness, very faint semi-sweetness that could be construed as peanut butter.

Roast malts dominate the palate with an almost coffee-like essence, but in the background is a really nice genuine peanut butter flavor that's semi-sweet but mostly nutty. Semi-sweet melted chocolate forms on the back palate. It reminds me of a Reese's Fast Break with the sourness of beer. Chocolate, whipped peanut butter, coffee, and piney hop bitterness fade out.

Feel is roasty, with a nice level of carbonation that keeps it on track. Medium body. Roasty finish.

Overall not quite as good as I'd hoped, but still glad I bought the 6 pack. It's decent, worth a shot. Still not as good as our local Empyrean Long Route!

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Photo of ovaltine
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, on the edge of black, with a tan head that has gravitas. The nose is a little chocolate and char and a TON of peanut butter .

The peanut butter is prominent on the taste, with some chocolate and a surprising stone fruit component that is a bit of a miss. I wish the chocolate played a bigger role in this beer, because I think it would be world-class if it did.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with significant, cocoa colored head.
Smell is chocolate and some very prominent peanut butter.
Taste is light sweet malt mix of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter.
Has a faintly artificial flavor I can't quite put my finger on.

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Photo of Tdnarba
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking porter but there's no smell to it (might be different if drinking on draft). PB flavor didn't come through, but still tasted fine regardless

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is very dark for the style. Even held up to the light it stays mainly black with some slight edges of cola/brown colored highlights. Thinner crown that is khaki in color doesn't stay too long, leaving just an outer ring in minutes.
The smell is peanut butter first and foremost. It is demanding you know it's there. Then the chocolate comes to remind you not to forget it's there. Reminiscent of Reese's puff cereal.
The taste is more chocolate than the peanut butter with the peanut still being present. This does still remind me of Reese's puff cereal.
The mouthfeel is thinner than I expected and what I would like. Have to remember this is a porter tho. I would still like some more body and bounce to this and I feel like it would help the flavor out as well.
Overall, it's not anything mind blowing but a solid brew and a treat nonetheless.

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Photo of AggieAlves
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer if you like a lot of favor! It comes out black as night and leaves a beautiful tan head that stays for a long time. You are instantly hit by the strong, sweet smell of coffee. Your first sip, you are instantly hooked by the full bodied flavor of coffee, Chocolate and peanut butter. It's seriously the best Porter I ever had. I had this on draft at Corner Tavern in Naugatuck, CT.

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Photo of pirateclem
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’m not much of a porter guy, I prefer stouts but as porters go this is a damn good one. Nice nose with the peanut butter and sweetness comes through. Peanut butter and lite chocolate in the front end of the palate as well. Yummy.

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Photo of IronLover
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with ruby red highlights. Poured with a moderate, creamy, mocha beige foam with medium retention. Rich, dark sweet malt, chocolate and peanut butter aromas with brown bread notes. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth feel through the middle with light warmth near the finish. Peanut butter flavoring up front with grainy, sweet dark malts and lightly roasted coffee. Medium, earthy, spicy hop bitterness through the middle. Peanut butter flavoring, chocolate, dark malts and roasted coffee return on the back end to the finish. Finished with grainy dark malt flavors followed by roasty malt and coffee bitterness that slowly tapers. I like peanut butter, but in my beer? Nevertheless, this was better than I expected. The peanut butter character added complexity to the aroma and sweetness. The coffee flavor and hop bitterness nicely balanced the pb and the maltiness. Easy to drink and flavorful.

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Photo of Prager62
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new to Indiana beer/brewery packaged on 02/09/18. Poured in a 12oz. snifter for the review.

Look- Pours a thin dark brown producing a finger of creamy tan foam. It gradually settles to a thin layer leaving a little lacing behind.

Smell- Roasted peanuts, bakers chocolate and brown sugar.

Taste- Chocolate, roasted peanuts, mild tobacco.

Feel- Creamy smooth, but slightly thin.

Overall- A good enough beer that's straight forward chocolate and peanuts. I'm happy with my six pack purchase, but I don't see myself buying it again. Perhaps an occasional taste if it's on tap?

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Photo of Sable
1.12/5  rDev -70.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Don't tell the Reese's People!

Bought solely because of the name. It amused me. Come on, Sweet Baby Jesus! How much more amazing can you get for a name? Unfortunately, all it has is a name. The chocolate is overwhelmed by the fake peanut butter flavor, and it just really doesn't work at all. There are no positives here. It is an offense to peanut butter, chocolate, and porters, and Sweet Baby Jesus wept.

The peanut butter has an unfortunate staying power. I need to brush my teeth to get rid of the taste of the very few sips I had. Burial at sea for this one. First time in my life I have been conscious and failed to finish a beer.

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Photo of keith40
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle undated from AC. Dark chocolate color and chocolate/peanut nose. Tastes like a dark chocolate peanut butter cup with a touch of roasted coffee/malt on the finish. No booziness. Easy drinking but filling.

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beige head from the dark brown colored brew. Light does pass along the edge. The head leaves a lattice of lace.

Sweet, peanut butter cup aroma. Very light coffee in the background.

This is a sweet beer with lots of peanut flavors. The chocolate notes are semisweet. There is some hop bitterness but it is soft enough to be in the background. The body is above average. This is accentuated by the lower carbonation. The aftertaste brings some alcohol warmth to the cocoa flavors.

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Photo of Lampro
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is distinctly chocolaty, as is the flavor, especially when cold. There is certainly a malty character too. Roasted comes out stronger than peanuts, which only seemed to come forward when the beer had warmed up a fair amount. A nice drink!

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Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good looking black with tan to khaki head. Smells like crunchy peanut butter with a hint of toasty malt following. Taste is crunchy peanut butter, almost expected some bits of peanuts to crunch on. Got some toasty malts following that and a dry finish. Feel is light to medium. Doesn’t taste the way it was described to me in the store,”recees peanut butter cup.” So a little let down but overall ok, great if you’re a big peanut butter person

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Photo of devo1980
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer! They mesh chocolate and peanut butter excellently! Smooth and strong and absurdly unique! Could only drink one at a time, but very enjoyable.

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Sweet Baby Jesus! from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 2,708 ratings