Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Sweet Baby JesusSweet Baby Jesus
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
397
Ratings:
2,491
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
15.2%
 
 
Wants:
192
Gots:
839
For Trade:
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Reviews: 397 | Ratings: 2,491
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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Photo of SoccerSeuss
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark Chocolate color with a thin head
Smell: As a pleasant chocolate peanut butter aroma that reminded me of a reese cup
Taste: Dark chocolate and subtle roasted coffee on the front with a hint of peanut butter aftertaste
Feel: Smooth, medium to low carbonation

Overall: A Very good and enjoyable beer. I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of MikeRa
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Has a nice dark chocolate look

Smell: Has a nice chocolate and peanut butter smell

Taste: Has a nice peanut butter taste

Feel: Has a nice peanut butter aftertaste

Overall: This is a beeer I may try again

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Photo of far333
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque chestnut colored with a quarter inch head of off-white foam that lingers long. Aroma of cocoa, subtle peanut butter. Flavor matches the nose, more chocolate than peanut butter, some malty richness, nutty and toasted grain. Rich and semi-sweet, but not cloying. Subtle bitterness offsets the sweetness. Rich and full mouthfeel, finishes tingly. Decent beer, would like more peanut butter.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Wellington glass.

Appearance: Thin brownish black body with medium to heavy bubbles upon initial pour. Tan head jumps up to almost two finger's but settles quick lacking a bit in depth of the body. Brew so far has zero lacing which I like.

Smell: just like the brew says, chocolate and peanut butter. Like chocolate cake and peanut butter frosting. Seriously delicious smell.

Taste: This brew tastes good and a tad sweet for a porter but since it is chocolate and peanut butter what else do you expect. Mocha and peanuts with hints of salt.

Mouth: Slight dry. Not the most beautiful finish, carbonation lightens up a bit after letting it sit for a while. And not the most stickiest which might work in the brews favor.

Overall: Descent, wouldn't trade for it or actually hunt the world for it. Drink with love. Salud!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, unfortunately the date stamp on the bottle is smudged so I have no idea what it says. This bottle was a gift from a friend of mine and I'm sure he gave me this at least a couple months ago. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing at all. I like the aroma, the brew smells like peanut butter, chocolate and roasted malt. Really, it smells like a Reese's Cup. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it mostly tastes like a Reese's Cup and some roasted malt. It's sweet with a decent amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, easy to drink and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I know I'd like to try this again in the future.

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

Fabulous beer! Wonderful gutsy, deep flavor. Gorgeously dark. Smooth and rich with wonderful overtones. I think this beer is my all time favorite. I discovered it at a local Alamo move theater and am now wondering if I'm going to have to drive to Maryland to get more. Might be worth it! It sure makes drinking beer an exciting experience.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of cocoa, peanut butter, toffee, and toast. Taste followed, with a cocoa forward flavor balanced with a nice and subtle PB presence. A tad thin, but it is a porter.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a dark brown in color with a thin brownish colored head. Notes of the peanut butter hit your nose, with a little of the chocolate. Upon tasting, the chocolate is more on the front end, with the peanut butter being more on the back end. Very enjoyable.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,491 ratings.
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