Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,530 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay
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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
Ratings:
2,530
Reviews:
405
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
15.2%
 
 
Wants:
194
Gots:
866
For Trade:
19
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at the monthly bottle share held at Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, chocolate syrup, and peanut butter aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder and peanut butter flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great chocolate peanut butter aroma, but the flavors are muddled and the carbonation level is too high in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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

peanut butter is a gnarly ingredient in beer. i mean, brilliant, but when do you add it? i can't see it working in a mash, maybe in a bright tank, but wouldn't it all congeal all weird in the cold and not impart much flavor? if it was added hot, wouldn't it melt and make a greasy beer with no ability to hold a head? lots of questions, and this beer doesn't answer a single one, but i like it for trying. i think my problem with this one is the base beer, not a real robust or full enough bodied porter for the flavors its trying to support. nutty not the nose, more peanuts than peanut butter per se, which I'm fine with, and a cocoa finish. bitter malt and maybe a little over hopped in the taste, but i like the integration of the peanut flavor. more chocolate would help this i think, as would m,pre body on the base beer, but the level of roast is nice and works with the nut complex, and the carbonation is there. seems like it was fermented a little too arm or something, i get a slight staleness to the yeast, but other than that, i enjoyed this quite a lot. could use a few tweaks, but a very cool use of a tricky and perplexing ingredient.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MillerBuffoon for letting me try one of these. This poured out as a very deep brown color with a brown head on top. The retention is thin, the lacing is scattered. The smell of this beer is loaded with roasted peanuts and dark malts. The taste of the beer is chocolatey with a really good peanut flavor in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, kind of light bodied and smooth. Overall this beer was pretty good. It's more of a dessert beer but it's not overwhelmingly sweet. It's interesting though. I like it.

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Photo of nmann08
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at BWI location.

Pours a dark brown, almost black. The head is light cream color, but really really thin, not sure if it was the pour.

A lot of peanut butter in the nose, it reminds me of a Keebler PB&j cracker. It's a heavy smell, won't have to work to pull it out.

The taste upfront is overwhelmed by a burnt taste, almost like burnt peanuts or roasted at least. Smells better than it tastes. Some chocolate and cocoa, I was expecting over the top sweet, but the bitterness on the finish whacks it into some form of balance.

The mouthfeel is ok, not too heavy or thick for a porter, drinkable year round, which is a plus since its warm out today.

Overall, it's unique and drinkable with a smell more enticing than the taste, but wouldn't drink it more than once.

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2.25/5  rDev -40%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—only traces of dark are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and peanut butter are present in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in that there is a bit of chocolaty flavors but is mostly dominated by peanut butter once you really 'bite' into it. The peanut butter flavors linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels heavier in body compared to other porters and seems to be more like a stout. It has a hood balance between the chocolate and peanut butter flavors and makes for a good dessert beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With the Recces' Peanut Butter Cup as inspiration, the marriage of peanut butter is no longer relegated to candy, but thanks to DuClaw we now have it in ale!

Darkest of dark brown hues settle into the glass with complete opaqueness. Easily mistaken for stout, the ale releases a patient and dense cap of foam. Its khaki froth retains half the session while lacing the glass intermittently. Its somewhat obvious that the peanut oils fights against the foam character.

The promise of chocolate and peanut butter is delivered in the beer's scent. While the steady aromas of mocha, coffee, nuttiness and toasted caramel of the base porter is alive and well as it accepts the peanut butter notes with open arms. Slight starch and a hint of yogurt-like tang supports the peanut buttercup aromas and reinforce ale-like tendencies.

Its simplified taste is a straight-forward dialogue of chocolate and peanut butter with little confusion or complexity from any stout-like roast, any fruitiness, spiciness or hop bitterness. But its one-dimensional is its charm. Not trying to hard to be a Porter, its taste is more suited for the dessert line than it is the beer glass. Unfortunately the uncommon ingredient gives off a mild artificial, waxy taste that seems slightly forced.

Medium-full in body, the ale is probably fuller than it seems. But because of the ale's immense taste, it begs for more creaminess, more body, and more weight. As is, its lightness gives drinkers a sense of thinness in the middle. It needs to be even more savory, richer and bolder in texture in order to meet its taste. Finishing much like it opens, the ale is medium-dry, medium-full, and lingers with the same peanut butter and chocolate taste that it starts with.

Despite its subtle miscues, and after a dozen or so peanut butter-infused beers, Sweet Baby Jesus pulls off the fusion of taste better than any I have experienced thus far. It's "smack-yo-deity" good!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, day 24 (the final one, phew!) of the 2015 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Great name for a brew on Christmas Eve, AKA the day before ol' whatshisname was born (not sure if he was into peanut butter and chocolate in his libations, however).

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with prominent basal cola highlights, and a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and creamy beige head, which leaves some excellent randomly webbed lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of pungent grainy milk chocolate powder, a lighter dry roasted peanut butter essence, muddled caramel malt, and a sense of bittering hops that are not lacking their own character, just totally obfuscated at the current time. The taste is more dry Reese's Pieces candy flavour, over top and alongside a gritty toasted caramel malt, hints of day-old cafe-au-lait, an ephemeral dark orchard fruitiness, with a growing, if still indistinct hoppy bitterness (maybe some dirt, maybe some acrid leafiness) providing a surprising countermeasure.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive structuring, as the frothiness keeps this way out of cloying territory, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a small airy creaminess there from the onset. It finishes sweet, from the expected vectors, but moderated just enough by that unseen and almost unknown hoppy bittering effort.

Wow, my second peanut butter adjunct beer in a little over a single week, and both have been more than all right. Here, the extra chocolate essence does indeed conjure up sturdy associations with a few of the Hershey Company's more popular products, and the overall impression is one of a smirking acknowledgement of dessert-friendly drinking, and a little less than a desire to shout out the titular exclamation.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 brentk56
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a thin tan foam that fades quickly without leaving much lacing

Smell: Peanut butter and chocolate

Taste: Artificial peanut butter with a slightly rancid element, up front; the milk chocolate base builds through the middle, but the rancid hint lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting novelty but not very well-executed; the peanut butter tasted a little off and the base beer was underwhelming

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,530 ratings.
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