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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 Mumps
2.79/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A friend of mine picked up a DuClaw variety 12 pack on a whim coming to hang at the house the other night. I just poured one of these:

The color was about what I expected from a porter, dark brown almost black with a light amount of amber. Brown head with little retention and small lacing.

Smell was interesting. Like chocolate coffee and beer. Not unpleasant to my nose.

Taste. That was a little underwhelming to be honest. Tastes almost like a Reece's Cup dipped in beer. Not bad, but not anything to get excited about.

Mouthfeel was a little thin as well. Didn't have the body I've come to expect from a porter. Medium carbonation, which balanced well with the unfortunately thin brew.

Over all, I'll be able to finish it, but I doubt I'll reach for another one.

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

This may be my first Du Claw (but maybe not). A mess of them appeared at my favorite store recently but I may have tried one or two before. This ain't bad.

It's pretty in the glass - lacey, dark and a nice little head. The aroma is interesting. Fresh, peanut butter and chocolate. The taste is simple for something with so many flavors. The peanut butter comes out the winner with chocolate second. Any decent ale tastes are buried.

Overall, it's not a bad brew, but I would prefer something like this to be a lot bigger in the malt department and a bit more hoppy. It's a nice treat that isn't too boozy.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really nice peanut butter aroma and taste. More than my favorite from willoughby. Not as much chocolate, though. Really great dessert beer. Could not multiple in a row but will definitely be drinking again.

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Photo of MECove
4.67/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking from the bottle, the head and lacing are quick and unimpressive. The % is 6.2, which is always a plus because you get more bang for your buck. The feel is light and for me, perfectly subtle carbonation. The best aspect of this beer is the flavor, and that's the most important feature! The peanut butter doesn't hit you too strongly in the beginning, followed by a more bitter toffee and a delicious, lingering sweet after taste.

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is nutty and very peanut buttery, with sweet cocoa malt. Almost seems lactose sweet, with a touch of roast. Pb dominates initially, but then cocoa.

Flavor reveals much more malt and yeast character, with a fairly estery, fruity malt opening that fades to toasted nuttiness, tying in with peanut butter mid palate, and finishing roasty. Cocoa creeps in in the aftertaste. That initial robust porter fruitiness doesn't belong in your standard peanut butter porter, but I kinda like the complexity it adds. It's growing on me. I'd call it a pbnj porter.

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Photo of Marraybay
1.95/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cracked this open thinking it would be a fun, dessert-like experience, but was sorely disappointed. The main thrust of whatever chocolate or peanut butter that existed was in the initial aroma upon opening, but then quickly dissipated, as did the meager 1/4" foam head. (No lacing with this one whatever.) NOT at all sweet. Very dry, with a big boozy and lingering bitter finish. There's perhaps something very faint in the smell or taste that I kept trying to pin/attribute to chocolate or peanut butter, but couldn't make that real. The one thing I did like was the creamy/bubbly in-mouth texture, but again, the bitterness/booze in this one just off-putting for me. It may have become slightly more tolerable as it warmed, as after the initial sips, I thought it might be drain-bound, but did finish. Glad I didn't purchase a 6.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got as a gift from someone. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours almost no head at all. Very dark brown.

S- Lots of peanut butter here. Some chocolate

T- Chocolate and peanuts. Not overwhelming and very well balanced. Lovely blend all around.

M- Creamy good

O- Very enjoyable. Wish I had more. Will buy on sight if I find it again. Super nice break from the everyday

Food Pairing

This wonderful brew went well with..... Peanut butter and jam sandwiches!! LOL peanut overload!


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Photo of thehooksman
4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark black that looks more like a stout than a porter. A finger and a half of light brown frothy head that unfortunately disappeared fairly quickly.

Aroma: Chocolate cake, peanut butter cookies, roasted malt

Flavor: Just like the nose, the label says it all. Chocolate, nutty, some vanilla. Very Sweet and rich. A great dessert beer for sure.

Feel: Full body, incredibly smooth

I love being surprised by a beer that I thought wasn't going to be that good. I can't wait to get more of these.

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Photo of SFNC
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one with trepidation, but was pleasantly surprised. It's a nice porter, thicker than most with a good, natural chocolate flavor. The peanut butter is there, but in hints rather than in your face. Well done.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Smells like peanut butter!! oh, and chocolate. very tempting.
Appearance- Pours a reddish brown with a small beige head.
Taste- beer with peanut butter and chocolate. Pretty good.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a thick texture.
Overall- A pretty good stout.

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Photo of mysecretscdxx
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really great porter for anyone who LOVES chocolate and peanut butter. The sweet, smooth chocolate flavor is to die for, then the rich distinct flavor of peanut butter kicks in on the aftertaste and finishes the chocolate off nicely. I only rate it below perfect because I personally, do not like the taste of peanut butter and chocolate. Delusional, I know..

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

Not sure the low score. Thought it poured a nice black color with moderate tan head. Amazing nose. Medium bodied. Great flavor might have been just a tad bit salty buy one of the better chocolate peanut butter beers I've had

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

Strong chocolate sweetness. Peanut butter in the smell and quite noticeable in the taste. Very tasty but wouldn't drink more than one at a time. It's almost a dessert. nb

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Photo of preago
1.37/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Cloying as hell. Tastes like they squirted a few pumps of Reese's flavoring into each bottle before capping it. DuClaw usually has solid offerings, I don't know what this was supposed to be.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown wiht a light tan head. The head lasts a while but leaves no lacing. The aroma to me is pure peanut butter with just a hint of sweetness. The taste has a little more depth, with the peanut butter balanced out by the chocolate and porter. Not too heavy. A decent dessert beer.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OK, we're talking Reese's Peanut Butter Cup here. A little over the top for me, but some people may like it. This will be a once-in-a-very-long-while (maybe talking centuries) selection for me.

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Photo of PGD120
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

appearance: dark translucent reddish brown. 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly

aroma: smells a lot like a lot a reese's. lots of artifical smelling peanuts and chocolate. some sweet roasty malt too. peanut butter is the primary aroma but almost artifical

taste: taste pretty much matches the nose. mostly artifical peanut butter with a little chocolate and some roasty malt. its very sweet. almost no alcohol burn

mouthfeel: more light bodied than most porters, sort of a sticky texture though

overall: very sweet and a bit artifical tasting. more of a dessert beer

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Photo of Hayes86
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rating is based on being a peanut butter porter. It has a great smell. Nice finish. Thin like a porter but pretty dark nice lace. Not a bad porter and for being my first peanut butter porter, it was a decent experience. If it were bba and 3% higher abv itd be phenominal...just a thought

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a rich dark brown color with minimal tan head that fades quickly to a wispy edge layer.
Aroma is heavy with peanut butter alittle grainy malt and some bread, almost like those nutter butter cookies. Roasted notes and a bit of chocolate can be found too.
Definitely not a typical nose on this beer.
First sip reveals average body with very fine tingly carbonation. Slightly sticky texture and the finish thins out quite a bit, and also dries my palate.
Flavor is what you expect from the nose. Some sweet choclate, roasted malt, roasted peanuts and husky notes like the shell of a peanut. Just a little bit of general sweetness and then the flavor is peanut and roasted malt for a lingering finish.
No hint of hops or booze on this easy drinking beer.
Certainly something that is interesting and fairly enjoyable, but I dont think I would make a regular habit of drinking this one.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If super sweet beers and peanut butter are your thing then go for it. Otherwise stay away. I would hesitate to call this "beer". It is about as much a beer as limerita, flavored malt beverage at best.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Artificial flavors? Seriously? Doesn’t that take the “craft” out of “craft beer”? Is this cheating? Pretty much impossible to get past these flavor additions, and the base of the beer is pretty generic as well. While the concept is great, using artificial flavors in beer never works—unless of course your consumers are used to consuming artificial flavors. Really surprised DuClaw went down this road. Barely passable.

STYLE: Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Dark brown, nearly opaque, solid head

SMELL: Odd, sweet cordials, artificial, roasty, faux peanut butter, vague chocolate, brownies

TASTE: Smooth, slick, medium bodied, artificial peanut butter, generic chocolate fudge syrup, roasty, modest hopping, kiss of alcohol, a little thin; grainy, dry, toasty finish

Our Score: 70
BA Overall: 88

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Photo of SpectrePLUS
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

OK, but not that great. Peanut butter smell was overwhelming and was distracting. Taste was not remarkable and the aftertaste was just kind of sugary and nasty.

Bought a single as part a a build-your-own 6-pack; wouldn't buy it again...

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

The beer pours a nice and bubbly tan head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black with a nice texture to it but comes off a little less slick than other porters.

The beer smell is simply indulgent but not very complex. The min notes seem to be chocolate and peanut butter. The peanut butter is exceptionally strong. There also appears to be a very light roasted note in the smell but that might actually be the peanut butter.

The beer taste is very similar to the beer smell. The main notes appear to be chocolate and peanut butter. The taste is a bit more complex than the smell, however. The taste also has a stronger roast note as well as a slight hop bitterness to it in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, if not a bit light for a porter. The beer is heavy bodied with enough carbonation to give a bit of texture. The feel is smooth.

Overall, a fairly decent porter and one worth getting. Personally, I think this is one of the better Peanut Butter porters out on the market. I definitely recommend getting this beer if you can.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle (no date) served in a snifter.

Appearance: Very black (more like a stout) letting no light through. Thin light tan ring of foam with some thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Definite chocolate and peanut butter - a lot like a baked brownie in aroma with some sweet sugary notes and a solid backing of peanuts. There is a roasty quality under it all as well.

Taste: Quite sweet, but just short of cloying. Very much like a dark chocolate and peanut butter brownie/ cake, with some mild coffee notes. The finish is bitter and surprisingly dry.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, little bit thick, dry finish. Very much like a porter in mouthfeel.

Overall / Drinkability: Definitely a dessert beer. Scratch that - the beer is desert. You may be able to pair this with something else like ice cream or maybe a burger, but even then I'm not sure about that. I'm of two minds on this beer - the aroma is great and its a neat treat, and yet one I'm finding is more than enough with this beer - I'm not inclined to have more. It could be that because I had this after being already full from dinner that this is just too much, so I need to give it another try next time I find it, it for no other reason than to savor that amazing aroma. So a good beer, but maybe to extreme for me. I've had other dessert beers that I finished and wanted more - not this one though.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep muddy brown, with a caramel colored head - good retention.

Smells of peanut butter, chocolate, and malt.

Taste is peanut butter followed by bitter chocolate rounded out with some faint coffee notes. It has an almost yeasty malt after taste. This is a solid Porter, but not great.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,429 ratings.
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