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Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

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85
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376 Reviews
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Sweet Baby JesusSweet Baby Jesus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

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
Reviews:
376
Ratings:
2,389
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
38.4%
 
 
Wants:
190
Gots:
786
For Trade:
21
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Reviews: 376 | Ratings: 2,389
Photo of mralphabet
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured very black in color with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a thin layer, with wonderful lacing from start to finish.

S: Wow... Peanut butter right upfront, then chocolate, Roasted malts and coffee. Really smells good.

T: Taste is right on with the smell... Peanut butter and chocolate right upfront maybe a little milk mixed in... I'm getting coffee bitterness mid palette. The finish smooth with a hint of peanut butter.

M: Pretty smooth and creamy but oddly thin.

O: Wow... Very interesting brew.... Peanut butter... Really.... Fantastic mix of flavors.... Reese Cup beer. Only down fall was it felt a little thin, but this brew is really worth looking for.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sweet Baby Jesus pours a black color, with a small lacing head. There is a strong peanut butter aroma. The has a strong peanut butter flavor, with hints of chocolates, tastes like a peanut butter cup. Nice and creamy, no overpowering flavors. Overall a nice creamy well put together beer.

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Photo of GregA135
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice dark brown/black color with a lightly tan head

Smell of peanut butter and chocolate with a hint of hazelnut

Tastes Awesome! Chocolate and peanut butter, both complementing each other

Thin body with a nice amount of carbonation

A great beer with a great taste! Neither flavor is overpowering. I enjoyed this beer!

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours opaque black, brown glow around the edges. Light tan lacing for a head.

Smells of cocoa, hazelnut, peanut butter, and brown sugar malts.

Tastes of toasted cocoa, peanut butter, hazelnut, and dry woody biscuit malt.

Medium to thin body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

An interesting and tasty porter, could stand to have a bit more flavor and body. The aroma is quite attractive though. I'd say this one is worth trying and it gets points for innovation.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, near black cola brown with a khaki colored half finger head. Sub-par retention results in a broken layer of suds across the surface. Little in the way of lacing; mostly small spots here and there.

Smell - Smell is simply fantastic. Smells like a Snickers or Nutrageous bar. Peanut Butter, Milk Chocolate and underlying caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. A beautiful blend of chocolatw and peanut buttter with a balancing note of earthen peanut shell. Finishes much the sane, with a balanced, semi-sweet blend of the afirementioned.

Mouthfeel - medium bidied with low to moderate carbonation. Slick, smooth and drinkable.

Overall Having on rap and it is.so much bwtter than when I had it out of the bottle two years ago. Rhis actually tastes like what they attempted to swt out to accomplish, and it works.wonderfully.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 1/2/14

Very dark brown, not quite opaque black. Fairly vigorous pour and almost no head. Just a ring.

Spot on in the nose with unbelievable peanut butter and chocolate. Comparison to resees cups no doubt about it.

Taste follows right up with the peanut butter and milk chocolate. The nose is stronger than the taste. It has all the sweetness as the candy bar but doesn't carry the little saltiness. Not much else in this beer. Kind of a one trick pony. The initial taste fades pretty quickly further in to the glass. A hint of bitter aftertaste now.

The feel is where I really had some disappointment. Really thin and low carbonation. Almost watery. Just doesn't fit the aroma as I'm about to take another sip.

It is what they say it is. A peanut butter beer. But only the first half of the bottle. It really fades off fast and and the mouthfeel falls short of what I think should accompany such a beer. It is certainly something different though.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, red-brown mahogany hue, and clear. The head is medium-brown, but thin; it dissipates quickly, leaving hardly any lacing.

S: Dark roasted malt comes first, then... Peanut butter - and lots of it! There's faint milk chocolate as well, but peanut butter dominates. The aroma of Reece's Pieces comes to mind.

T: The malt is moderately sweet, with a little acrid flavor typical of darker beers. I definitely get the peanut butter flavor, but it's much subdued compared to the aroma (which is a good thing - this is supposed to be a beer, after all); there's also some bitter cocoa and even coffee notes as well. Hops are there to give the finish a mildly bitter flavor, which fades to bitter chocolate and burnt grain in the end.

M: A little thin and moist, but nicely carbonated. Very easy to drink.

O: OK, I admit I got this one for the unusual name and the fact that it contains peanut butter. It smells better than it tastes, but it still tastes good. I like that it's nicely balanced, not too much of any flavor, and still a beer first. Too unusual to be a session beer, but tasty and easy to drink nonetheless.

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

Didn't plan on reviewing this until I opened the bottle and got that smell. Here we go. The pour is a dark brown, very thin, whatever small head there was went fast. Seems very carbonated and bubbly. The smell is huge in peanut butter, with chocolate in there, as well. It's smells great. Like a candy bar or dessert. Peanut butter upfront on the taste, not a lot of chocolate, though. A faint hint of bitter chocolate, and a little roastiness. It's very thin and carbonated, just how I expected it to be. There is a bitter aftertaste which isn't my favorite. Overall, a nice beer and a good change if you are looking for something new.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ordered on tap at the Anthracite Cafe in Wilkes-Barre, PA. For the record, I had a pretzel sandwich with this brew and the pairing was actually quite good.

Poured, it is a normal porter. Good, dark color and nice head. The smell is intoxicating and is truly the best part of this beer. It smells like chocolate and peanut butter with hints of cream and oat. The taste is all over the map for me. I am not necessarily saying it's a bad thing, but from a taste perspective, I feel there is too much too fast in this beer. You have the chocolate, the peanut butter and other flavors fighting for your attention, and they were at times too much. I think this would be a great dessert beer and I won't say I'd never order it again... but it's not at the top of my list.

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Photo of hops202
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Stone Snifter

Looks like a solid porter upon initial pour. Smell is something similar to boutique chocolate and candy shops. Smells incredible - especially if you have a sweet tooth. Sweet milk/cream, peanut butter, chocolate, almonds, Reese's peanut butter cup to be exact. Taste carries over much of the peanut butter chocolate and sweetened milk/cream. Not as great as the nose, but certainly still delicious.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black, with dark brown tint. 14 head with decent lacing.

Smell - Peanut butter, Chocolate, Roasted malts. Simple but smells good.

Taste - Much like the aroma, starts out with a smooth, peanut butter and chocolate bite. The pb is more of a natural flavor, not the fake sugared flavor of something like a jiffy pb. The carbonation gives it a little milk stout like feel to it. Chocolate ties it together along with some malts.

Mouthfeel - PB coats the tongue. Palate gets malts and chcoclate along with the remaining pb. Aftertaste is pb, mild chocolate and malty.

Overall - Simple, one-two punch of pb and chocolate. Smooth, tasty, yet not overboard sweet. A nice flavorful drink that features one of my favorite things in the world, peanut butter!

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Photo of GPHarris
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick, creamy tan head into a snifter that left good lacing throughout. the body was dark black with brown edges.
s - peanut butter is subtle but dominates if that makes sense, some chocolate does come through. the peanut butter is very pleasant and just the right amount.
t - tastes like peanut butter pie. so drinkable and balanced.
m - creamy and smooth mouthfeel.
o - i haven't had many peanut butter beers but of the ones i have had this is by far the best.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head that quickly dissipated into a thin ring of bubbles. Big chocolate and peanut butter/nutty flavors throughout both the aroma and taste. This beer reminded me of a peanut butter snack food that I used to eat as I kid, but I just couldn't put my finger on exactly what it was. It was a medium body with some carbonation. Some stickiness lingered on the lips afterwards. Overall, a tasty treat and it was a great surprise as an extra in a trade!

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet Baby Jesus pours black into the glass with little to no foam. A small ring appears around the surface. No lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and candy like. Caramel and peanut butter dominate. Some dark chocolate is mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is oily and soft with mild carbonation. The flavor is like a candy bar. Caramel and peanut butter blended with chocolate. It finishes dry and somewhat bitter with a hint of grass. Once gone the caramel and peanut butter lingers on the palate.

This is a beer best left for dessert. It tastes like a caramel peanut butter brownie. The peanut butter doesn't seem genuine. It's more like a powdered additive you'd put in pudding. Still, it's definitely interesting. Would go great with a chocolate cake.

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Photo of ZorroZ
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I asked the bartender @ McMenamin's Tavern in Mount Airy (Philadelphia) which was his favourite beer on tap, and he recommended this one. Just 2 words: OH, WOW. A chocolate-peanut butter stout. Basically, this felt like I was drinking an alcoholic, fizzy peanut butter cup.

Appearance: Lovely, just lovely- deep, dark black.

Smell: To be honest, the smell didn't really hint too much as to what was coming.

Taste: Here's where I said OH, WOW. You get a bit of maltiness with just a hint of hops, but the dominant taste is of the chocolate and, yes, peanut butter. I would never have dreamed that this would work, but, WOW, does it ever.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly, this beer didn't have anywhere near the heavy mouthfeel that I'd expected, given the taste.

I'm not sure I'd want to drink too many of these at a time- despite the reasonable ABV, it's definitely a dessert beer, not a session one. But, I'll DEFINITELY be ordering another one next time I see it on tap.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours near pitch black with a finger of mocha foam. Aroma is overwhelmingly peanut butter... it smell just like a Reese's Peanut Butter cup.

First sip is a rush of peanut flavor, with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. I wish there was more than that, but this tastes like roasted peanuts. The burnt roasty finish complements it well.

This is an interesting change of pace beer. At first I was skeptical, but this really pulls off the peanut butter flavor well, and somehow makes it seem like it has always belonged.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark sludgy coffee brown with a barely there layer of surface foam.

Roasty notes of chocolate malt and peanuts. Has a fresh peanut flavor, as far as quality of peanut butter goes. Smells semi-dry and a little musty. Two-note, if I may, and somewhat muddled. Missing those assertive porter aromas.

Tastes confused. Saltiness from the peanut and peanut butter flavors musses up the softer chocolate notes here. It's definitely more of a savory flavor with a showcase of the dry cocoa aspect of chocolate. I like the presence of the peanut additives, but it's rather dry. Not earthy, per se, but just a little dirty. Gritty, maybe. Could use a teaspoon of sugar to bring out the additions and soften what tastes like a mediocre hop flavor. Somewhat bitter, if not a little astringent.

Great body with a decievingly spiny carb level. Happy about this silken mouthfeel.

Eh, it's a porter that had a lot of promise; cut back by some ineccusable flaws. Doesn't drink good enough to have seconds.

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Photo of BumpyAZ
2.26/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Can't get past the fake/artificial nut smell and taste that comes with this beer (very similar to that which I get from Pumpking). Very off putting. Little to no chocolate on the nose or tongue. Had high hopes for this one but it wasn't executed well.

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

Appearance: pours a brown color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: loads of peanut butter is all you can detect.

Taste: chocolate, peanut butter, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Long lasting peanut butter flavor sticks to the tongue.

Overall: if you like peanut butter and chocolate this beer is for you.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served at the January tasting at the Taproom. Thanks to jdhowe for sharing the bottle! Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

For a near regular porter, this pours a pretty dark color - opaque blackness, with minimal light shining through it, complete with an off-khaki head at the top that bubbles and foams for quite a bit before eventually giving up. No clear bubbles show, and no sediment for that matter. Looks pretty standard and appetizing - nothing too different from the pack.

Wow! This is an incredible aroma - for a porter that advertises itself as one embodying the flavor of chocolate and peanut butter, this delivers those flavors and so much more in the process. Super nutty, roasted and toasted flavors of coffee, powdered dark and milk chocolate, as well as a cornucopia of almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and toasted marzipan. Smelling this beer is, as one fellow taster put it, similar to "walking straight into a chocolate shop." Slightly sweet at the finish, with notes of caramel, toffee, and brief dark fruit hints of cherries and raisins. This is one of the most refreshing, mind boggling aromas I've ever experienced on a porter of its kind, and they really outdid themselves here in terms of transporting us to a chocolate nutty paradise.

Wish I could say the same about the flavor and feel, however! It's an overwhelmingly high letdown from the aroma, but it still keeps itself balanced all on its own. Roasted grainy notes of chocolate, brief espresso, almonds, and light cocoa butter are fully up front at the palate, finishing with a roasted caramel, bready expression from the malts, as well as a brief burnt toffee flavor. Pretty good, but the flavor dulls further into a one-dimensional roasted nut/chocolate concoction over time, especially as this warms up. Starts medium-bodied, and gets progressively thinner as time goes on, which is confusing as the high enough ABV should provide a fair amount of residual sugar thickness at the finish overall. Good, but I've definitely had better porter experiences in the past.

Ends refreshing, with a flavorful nutty and caramel profile, but falls short of the decadence that was promised in the aroma (which is mind-blowing). It's absolutely worth buying just to dip your nostrils into, but overall it's a standard, decent porter that is no different from the rest of the pack. Nevertheless, it still is flavorful and refreshing, and I'd love to try other beers from this brewery - and, next time I get this, I'm going to use it as a baking ingredient!

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/reddish color with no transparancy, the head was almost not even present, just a very tiny bit of lacing on this one.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee, the peanut butter comes in at the end, dark chocolate is very present, slight hints of brown sugar as well.

T: The peanut butter is more noticable on the tongue, lots of chocolate and coffee flavor on this one, the hops give it a slight bitterness but nothing crazy

M:Creamy texture, heavy bodied, slight carbonation.

O: I love peanut butter so this beer to me is darn good, I am biased on this one, but this is a good tasting beer for sure, subtle and well balanced.

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Photo of undeadozzy
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a tulip glass with some fervor. Tan colored head with pitch black body. Head is fluffy and bubbly, and fades after a few minutes, but never disappears entirely. Thick lacing all around glass.

S - The smell is INCREDIBLE. It smells like a peanut butter cup! I can literally taste the peanuts, so intense. Some hints of milk chocolate and a few hints of salt, but the peanut butter is the big player here.

T - Tastes just like it smells. Huge showing from the peanut butter. Saltiness like salted, roasted peanuts. Flavors of milk chocolate, toffee, some caramel, a hint of hazelnut, some twangs of saltine cracker and maybe even some chocolate fudge heaviness. The peanut butter is heaviest on the way down, like having a mouthful of fresh roasted peanuts, absolutely delicious!

M - Very thick, even a little sticky. Very good, coats the walls of my mouth with chocolate peanut butter goodness and hangs on for dear life.

O - A unique and novel beer. But a unique and novel beer done extremely well. The flavors are intense and natural, the color and look are perfect, and most importantly, it truly lives up to its name. I couldn't resist shouting out its namesake after my first sip. It truly is a wonderful porter, and a must have for any fans of chocolate, peanut butter, and dark beers.

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

No date spotted on the bottle.

A: Pours a nice dark brown. Big frothy light brown head. Head fades out slowly, with nary a trace of lacing. Decent retention at least.

S: Well, true to the name, there is a whole bunch of peanut butter and chocolate. Kinda smells like a less-sweet peanut butter cup. Very nice, if slightly artificial smelling (it kinda smells like my chocolate pb cup protein powder actually, now that I think of it).

T: More of the same. Peanut butter initially and the chocolate joins in in the middle. Aftertaste is dry peanuts.

M: Somewhat thin but otherwise smooth. Quite dry in the finish.

O: On one hand it's a pretty simple porter. Some peanut butter, some chocolate and that's about it. On the other hand, that's what it's supposed to be, and they pulled it off nicely. Very tasty and unique. Well done!

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Tulip glass

A - Very very dark brown pretty much black, with a light brown one inch head...fading quickly. No lacing...barley.

S - It literally smells like a cocoa peanut butter cup it smells awesome. Maybe some dark fruit but too much chocolate peanut butter to even really notice it. it smells very similar to Shake's "Chocolate Porter'...which is another fantastic sweet chocolatey porter.

T/M - very nice medium slightly creamy mouth feel, and all you get on the palate is slight bitterness, chocolate and hints of peanut butter. Couldn't have more then like two of these in a sitting though. Drinks very smooth and some bitterness stays with you after swallowing...mildly carbonated and delicious.

Overall, i had to try this and i don't regret it...i wouldn't rush out to get it again but it was definitely a solid pick up. check it out if you haven't!

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Photo of jennalee
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle of this delicious-ness fresh and frosty out of a very, very cold fridge while it wore a nice, tall coozy to keep it ice cold. Tastes like melted chocolate ice cream with a peanut butter dip on the outsides edges of your tongue. Brought me back to my childhood at the Soft Serve Ice Cream stand with my first sip in an instant. AWESOME!!! Thanks DuClaw!!!

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.
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