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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 Kwak
1.96/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

the smell was nice peanut butter and chocolate porter but that was it the taste was fake like artificial flavoring the three flavors didn't go together at all though i would loved this on but i feel it missed the mark.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer. Had a unique forward peanut butter flavor reminds me of the dried peanut powder added to the beer, at what phase who knows but I like it. The chocolate is there but subtle, I'm not sure if its an addition or the malt but it's present. I would buy this beer regularly for a change of pace.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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 57md
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with golden edges. The finger of head dissipated rather quickly.

There is some chocolate in the nose. Cocoa is upfront in the flavor profile with a faint trace of peanut butter. I thought that this offering would be quite sweet but rather it was nicely dry.

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Photo of Cottontown201
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the magick singles cooler at Al's of Hamden/Pizza Boy in Harrisburg, Pa.

Much as I love the name of this beer, I am a brown ale/porter sceptic so I bought a single to try it out. Pours dark brown with a perky half inch head and nice lacing, looks great.

Aroma is all about the peanuts, from the first to the last sip.
Taste incorporates chocolate, nicely balancing the peanut and malt flavors. I give SBJ the nod over my local Liquid Bliss taste wise .

Mouthfeel is pleasant, consistent carbonation. Not thin.

I loved it, going to buy more.

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Photo of Zach136
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Majorly brown body, thin head.

Aroma: One of the more intense peanut noses i've seen on a beer like this. Maybe some waffle cone. Light chocolate.

Flavor: More harsh roast character than the nose would believe, great peanut, notes, very light chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied true porter body, touch of some drying quality to the roast.

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Photo of brewohio1
1.18/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Im sorry but porters are my favorite style. But I found this beer undrinkable. The peanut butter smell and taste are overwhelming and just nasty. Not even worth the price .

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle smells like a peanut butter blizzard and taste like a DG blizzard too tons of tan head black in color not too sweet not too bitter just right would drink again good job fellas

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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 papat444
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown body; aroma of nutty peanut butter and chocolate is dead on, so good. Flavor is a little less intense but both are present. Body a little light for a porter but overall, i very much enjoyed this one.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with white head, nice persistent lacing and retention. The nose has a nice dry roasted peanut profile intertwined nicely with smooth creamy milk chocolate. The nose reminds me of Reese's. The flavor is a bit heavy on bitterness from the roast. The peanut does not make an appearance in the flavor like like it does on the nose. Some sweetness comes through at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, an ambitious beer with an awesome aroma. The flavor doesn't quite come together as nicely as it sounds, but a fun beer nonetheless.

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Photo of October
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Smells like a Reese's cup. The taste is interesting, but seems artificially sweet. Sticky mouthfeel gets old halfway through. I prefer purple monkey for a beer of this style.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Roasted nut smell with a similar taste. I note the peanut butter aspect as well. Intriguing beer. May have to get another one!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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 neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very dark brown color with some small, deep amber/ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a slightly tan head that is about 2/3 or so of an inch thick when first poured and it settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a nice big surface area of a film foam cover layer. Pretty good lacing too. Aromas of roasted nut, roasted caramel malt sweetness, chocolate notes, and a nice hint of black coffee are all certainly present. Tastes pretty much the same way it smells, with roasted nuts and caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some chocolate notes that is rounded out with some nice black coffee and slight hop bitterness. A very good balance of the flavors, and I do think the sweetness does dominate just slightly. Has a crisp, yet smooth and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. One of the best American Porters I have had in awhile.


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Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The body is a very dark amber brown color topped off with a small soapy tan head. It’s head quickly settles down to a ring of foam at the edge of the glass with a wispy thin film in the center. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: It’s big nutty notes hit me right as I opened the bottle. In the glass I get loads of sweet peanut butter and cocoa powder like notes.

Taste / Palate: The flavor tastes just like a peanut butter sandwich covered in cocoa powder. Its sweet overall but not overly so. The feel is smooth and softly carbonated.

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Photo of dfconnor
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sounds like it would be disgusting, but the beer was actually a pleasant surprise. The chocolate flavor is much more pronounced than the peanut butter. Had a funny aftertaste that I attribute to the peanut butter flavoring (although it tasted kinda soapy). Fun novelty brew, but I can't see myself buying this in quantity.

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Photo of ryancoker
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It's a fine beer. Good to keep in stock and drinking on occasion. I wouldn't suggest purchasing with the intention of drinking more than one of these in a night. Anything more than one is just too much. IMHO

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Photo of NickTinyRace
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It tastes just like a peanut butter cup. Not a beer that I can sit down and drink a six pack of because of its heavy and sweet nature. This is a good after dinner beer.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black as night. It is topped with two inches of mocha head.

It smells like dessert. Chocolate and peanut butter come through as advertised.

The flavors of chocolate and peanut butter work very nicely in this porter. The chocolate flavor is not too sweet and there is enough peanut butter to taste it and not just smell it like in other peanut butter beers that I have tried.

Thick, full, creamy are all words that come to mind when I think of the mouthfeel.

This has been a long time want for me. They finally made it to Ohio, and I am pleased.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.08/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

There's a term in psychology for behavior control called "flooding" which is used to cure smokers of their addiction to tobacco or kids of their addiction to pinball (or video games, since I just remembered I'm not a 60 year old). Basically, you overwhelm the senses and supersize the experience until the patient cries uncle. Do it 'til you hate it.

SBJ is the chocolate/peanut butter beer that does just that. You know how cough syrup is flavored like cherries to hide the nasty flavor, but the cherry is so overdone that it still makes you want to vomit. Well SBJ does that too.

I've heard both glorious praise and vengeful anger about this beer for a long time, so I was curious about what the arguably most controversial beer in America is.

And in the end, I could barely finish the bottle. Too much! Too much sweet chocolate, too much rich peanut butter, too thick and sticky so that not only is the flavor overdone, but it refuses to leave your mouth for 5 minutes until you get a chaser. That's right, this beer needs a chaser. And I never use a chaser.

I will admit that what this beer sets out to do, it does well, or rather, thoroughly, so overall extra points for that. It's very much a porter, and if I were only committing to a 4 oz taster, I'd be okay. But having to down a whole bottle of bubbly, yeasty, melted Reeses is not my idea of a good time.

In conclusion, this stuff tastes like diarrhea expelled from its namesake.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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 ChrisMon02
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

All I can say is VERY pleasantly surprised. Had on tap. Nice looking beer with a frothy 1 finger head. Smell is peanut butter cups. Taste is very nice-salty sweet peanut butter with a touch of chocolate in the finish. Not the most balanced beer but it works really well. Mouthfeel is fantastic. Super creamy and very smooth. A great desert beer that I will surely have again. Recommended.

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Photo of dditto2
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate color with a foamy peanut buttery looking head. Lol. Smells like peanut butter, so good, a little chocolatey malt comes through. Tastes malty chocolate peanut butter but not too much, a little sweet fades to noticeable dry hoppy bitterness. Feels creamy but not too heavy, light to moderate carbonation. I really like peanut butter. This is the first peanut butter beer I've tried. This is worth the buy for sure. Kicking myself for not buying a growler.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

BOD 2/6/15. Pours nearly pitch black. World class head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Rich powerful nose of peanuts and dark chocolate over a subtle malt sweetness coupled with roast and hints of coffee.

Light medium body, barely, with a smooth texture. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a reasonable amount in the finish.

Unfortunately, the flavor profile doesn't equal the world class aroma. It is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a fresh peanut, or peanut butter, aspect that slowly yields to the bitter dark chocolate and roast underneath. As the middle approaches, a mild bitterness settles in over a balancing caramel sweetness complete with milk chocolate notes. As the finish approaches, coffee is evident, and slightly astringent, along with a more noticeable nutty aspect that seems a bit stale - or artificial. The finish includes a bitter dark chocolate fadeout.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
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