Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,537 Ratings
THE BROS
70
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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:
2,537
Reviews:
406
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
15.16%
 
 
Wants:
197
Gots:
869
For Trade:
19
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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome peanut butter porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The aromas were much stronger with peanut butter presence; the flavors were more balanced overall. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of nickfl
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottles, revised with the 2nd one in June 2015.
Loads of peanuts in the nose. Plenty of peanuts in the flavor too but enough dark roasted grain to have a clear presence. Trace of char on the aftertaste.

Slight astringency in the medium-full body.

O: not quite as balanced and refined as the Terrapin Liquid Bliss I had soon after.

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Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised I had not had this before, so thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a light fizzy tan head that fades fairly quickly, darker brown color with plenty of dirty light sneaking though.

Nose brings lots if peanut butter, a dried old earthy grainy Peanut butter, starts to get an earthy peanut shell, quite nutty, grainy doughy.

Taste brings more Peanutbutter, nutty, earthy peanuts, caramel, mild bitterness, little grainy malt, doughy, little earthy hop on the back end. Finish is mild earthy spicy hop bitterness, little grainy malt, plenty more peanut butter lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall ok, plenty of peanut butter, not much left for porter though, but enjoyable and fun.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DuClaw "Sweet Baby Jesus"
on tap at Union Jack's, Philadelphia, PA

Appearance: Brown body beneath a fluffy off-white head that steadily dwindles to just a thin cap (possible dirty glass). Fairly nice lacing is left behind.

Aroma: Nutty, chocolate/cocoa, caramel. Pleasant and welcoming.

Flavor: Peanut butter and chocolate are present, along with nutty and caramelish notes as well, but also a dull roastiness. It seems blocky rather than rounded. The bitterness is limited, and there's just an edge of earthy/leafy hops in the background,as it should be, and yet it's interestingly sweetish but not "sweet".

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a median carbonation. Smooth and just lightly creamy.

Overall: Not the best peanut butter beer I've ever had, but OK. It starts out nice but then quickly becomes a bit too much, even if you're looking at it as a dessert beer. Still, I'd have to recommend you try it just to see.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/9/2014 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, Earthy hops and some citrus.

T: The taste likewise starts out with very strong flavors of peanut butter and chocolate that are quickly followed by a hearty roasted malt character. There are some back ground flavors of coffee and some smokiness. The hops presence is extremely mild as you would expect in a “dessert beer” such as this and there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good dessert-like representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for peanut butter/chocolate flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark reddish brown (approaching jet black) in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some moderate crimson red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a pillowy finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and light to moderate aromas of peanut butter over the top of light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of chocolate malts and cocoa. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of peanut butter. There is a light amount of sweetness with almost a hint of vanilla and no noticeable hops or bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A pretty decent dessert beer that reminds me of a peanut butter cup. A little fuller bodied than some of the other porters but not quite as full as a stout. Pretty easy to drink as it is not too sweet.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Bainbriedge Street Barrel House, Philly, PA

Dark brown-black pour with a monstrously creamy off-white head about three fingers thick; nice retention and blankets of lacing. (Note: this was a keg kicker.) Aroma was pretty much straight up Reese's pie. Not much else to say other than "yum." The taste reflected the nose, peanut butter, sweet chocolate, toasted bread, a bit of roast in the finish. The body was the weak point here. It was pretty smooth, but also pretty thin, and that caused the otherwise great taste to weaken after a few sips. It was still a good beer overall, and possibly the best I've had from DuClaw. This would probably be a great nitro beer.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $2.00 at Tasty Beverage Co. in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a faintest hint of tawny ruby at the far, far edges. Scant, stray beige bubbles struggle to maintain a head beyond a minute or so.

Smell: Well, frankly, it smells of a peanut butter cup that beckons you to let it in your mouth and embrace you in its endless grasp of sweet chocolate laden peanut butteriness.

Taste: A roasty, sweet, chocolaty start with a bitter richness akin to a dark chocolate creeping in which is quickly overtaken by the peanuts peanuts peanuts. A light fruitiness, a bit hard to discern beyond the, as previously mentioned, peanuts peanuts peanuts. Perhaps an imagined slight salty element. Finishes as it starts: sweetish, chocolaty and full of peanut butter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: Granted, I'm not a fan of peanut butter anything, really. I had thought the locally-produced Liquid Bliss by Terrapin was fair enough, but, to my surprise, this was actually pretty good (at least for a twelve ounce bottle and a two-buck purchase) and one of the better beers at pulling off the whole peanut butter angle.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of smithj4
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at T Brendan O'reilly's in Harrisburg, enjoyed from a pint chilled.


The color is deep brown shade with ruby hue at the base with small tan cap with tight bead. The smell is very sweet and nutty with mild peanut and roasty chocolate aroma. The feel is good with slight nuttiness and mild sweet element up front with mild spice and moderately high carbonation which also adds to the impression of bitterness, but mostly dry in the finish.

The taste is good with some light creamy nutty flavors and subtle cocoa tasting with some mild caramel and toasted notes in the porter with some gentle bitterness balancing and mild alcohol. The flavor of the malt is almost biscuit-like in that it has a dry quality, with some oily dry peanut butter taste in the finish. I liked this it was not over the top candy-bar or peanut butter cup flavored, but it is satisfying and does have the taste you might expect given the name, it is a pretty quaffable ale.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 2,537 ratings.
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