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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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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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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, with "pkd" dating (5-16-16)

Pours on the dark side of the porter scale, moderate rigid dark khaki cap and leaving behind some moderate fluff and sticky stuff.

Strong peanut butter and chocolate on the nose.

Flavorful and quite dry porter, again with a load of peanut butter and milk chocolate notes. Not really my favortite kinda brew, but this one surely would make sense with some chocolaty, peanut buttery dessert cake or similar ice cream.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured in to a chalice. Extremely dark brown like dark chocolate. Carbonation consists of fairly tight bubbles that develop a frothy creamy khaki head; head retention is high and a nice lace.

Aromatics: Nose is as described on the bottle - chocolate and peanut butter. There is under-pinnings of roasted/burnt malts and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Very rich and bitter on par with a good quality coffee. The chocolate and peanut flavour stand out proudly with a toffee-like sweetness nearing the finish which is subtlety chocolatey.

Feel: A medium body character that has its fair share of heft but definitely keeps your mind stuck in the creamy peanut butter. It closes out with a dry bitterness of the chocolate and leaves the palate cleanly. You kind of expect the mouth feel to reflect the other characteristics which unfortunately doesn't happen, but that complaint is minimal.

Overall: If you like beers with interesting flavours and unique compositions this is a great beer. A rich and buttery nature with bitters of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. The aromas and flavours steal the show. I think aesthetically its profile would be great around a summer campfire with toasted marshmallows or as a drink with family conversation around the holidays in winter. Or if you like Reese’s cups.. anytime will work just as well.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the BJCP reception last week at HomeBrewCon.
Deep brownish black with a decent tan head. Huge chocolatey peanut butter on the nose and flavor. Smooth creamy like a Reese's Peanut butter cup in a glass.

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Photo of Beric
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap at The Well in Brooklyn, NY
Served: 7 June 2016

Appearance: Pours a dark black color with no evident head save a ring of tannish-brown bubbles along the very edge of the glass.

Smell: Very sweet, almost like a Reese's peanut butter cup.

Taste: Definitely a flavored stout, which I typically don't mind, but this tasted like Hershey's syrup and Reese's peanut butter. Too sweet for my tastes- very cloying. Little, if any, coffee present.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Silky.

Overall: A beer that I'm glad I tried but one I probably wouldn't go for again. Too cloying sweet in my opinion, and a beer that I think could be made much better with higher quality adjuncts (cacao nibs, dark chocolate, aged on peanut shells or something like that).

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Pioneer NYC UWS.
Dark opaque brown with hazelnut head and nice lacing, a blast of peanut and bittersweet chocolate on the nose, the taste is milder than the nose with lots of peanut up front transitioning into bitter chocolate followed by a pleasant roasted/nutty after taste reminiscent of hazelnut flavored coffee, the beer is medium bodied and well carbonated. A yummy nutty treat from DuClaw.

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Photo of 71ADub
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased 5/21/16 into 12 oz. mug

A - dark brown/black porter, with a nice thick creamy tan head, some minor lacing clings to the side of the glass

S - mostly peanut butter - how'd they do that? - just a hint of roasted goodness and a lil chocolate for good measure

T - starts out like a jar of Skippy, then bitterness assertively takes over, then they battle for domination of your mouth, with a roasty bitterness to finish off the swallow. Bitterness seems to mellow, more in balance with the malt as it warms up for 15 minutes.

F - medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, not terribly creamy feeling

O - Not a terribly complex brew, certainly not a creamy/velvety silk mouthfeel as advertised. I wish it didn't have quite so many IBUs, so I could taste the chocolate roasted flavors more. Note - let it sit for 15 minutes, and the flavor gets more balanced.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks thin and feels thin, but aside from that Du Claw have pulled off what they set out too-make a peanut butter chocolate beer. Smells a lot more of peanut butter than it tastes, but this is still a pretty tasty beer, like their freak beer, i just wish it would be a bit thicker, the description of the beer even states it has a "creamy, luxurious mouthfeel" which, to be honest, is complete bollocks .overall its decent though.

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Photo of direwolf00
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After buying a single, I noticed all the negative reviews based on artificial ingredients.
I emailed Duclaw wanting to know just what the ingredients were as this was concerning to me (as are GMO'S).
They were kind enough to get back to me the next day.
They stated that they "tweaked" the recipe a couple of years ago and artificial ingredients are no longer used in this beer.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, appropriate for a porter, with tan, short-lived head. Huge peanut smell, along with a smell of burnt sticks or wet ashes. Dark and strange. Taste begins more or less like a typical porter but gets weird; the dark malts are nice enough but the funky peanut taste emerges and knocks the whole thing out of balance. Some hops obviously bouncing around in there, but not integrated. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly balanced, but a strange aftertaste lingers and distracts from the whole experience.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Dark brown/black with a thick tan head that wouldn't rest for a while. Nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate with a dusting of peanuts.

T: Chocolate comes on strong and sweet with a bit of coffee. Then, wait for it, what is that? Oh, wow, peanut butter slides in on the tongue and won't let go. This one is decadent with a malty/choco/peanutty vibe that hooks you.

M: Medium with thick, medium carbonation.

O: A fun pass-around at the bottle share. Take your time and enjoy this sultry/sweet dessert beer.

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Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From draft. Knew I had ordered a porter, but did not know the peanut butter chocolate variety until looking the beer up on BA. Surprised to read the negative Bros rating and learn about alleged artificial ingredients. All that said, I enjoyed the beer. Chocolate and overall sweetness came through; never noticed the peanut butter component. Enjoyed the beer's name, too.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the growler via DEPS in N KY in a snifter. This nice porter pours a deep blackish brown with a fantastic head of light tan foam that calms to a huge thick ring, very nice layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of peanuts, subtle chocolate, and prominent charred malt notes. Flavors follow the nose with peanut butter and chocolate on the front and sides, middle takes note of dark cocoa and charred malts to the point of subtle camp fire smoke. Back features smooth peanut butter and charred cocoa with a light carbonation that aides in the smooth slick character of this brew. A nice finishing brew to an evening of stout drinking.


Of note, I am allergic to peanuts yet this is drinkable in small quantities. The closest I will get to the real thing
which can cause some serious reactions....thus a higher score than many just because I LOVE nuts which I can not have.


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