Sweet Baby Jesus! | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Sweet Baby Jesus!Sweet Baby Jesus!
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Sweet Baby Jesus!Sweet 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!

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 451 | Ratings: 2,715
Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good looking black with tan to khaki head. Smells like crunchy peanut butter with a hint of toasty malt following. Taste is crunchy peanut butter, almost expected some bits of peanuts to crunch on. Got some toasty malts following that and a dry finish. Feel is light to medium. Doesn’t taste the way it was described to me in the store,”recees peanut butter cup.” So a little let down but overall ok, great if you’re a big peanut butter person

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Photo of devo1980
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer! They mesh chocolate and peanut butter excellently! Smooth and strong and absurdly unique! Could only drink one at a time, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City goblet.

A: Darkish brown but definitely brown (not as black as some porters), and nearly opaque. A finger’s worth of tan head with average retention and a good amount on visible carbonation runs up the sides of the glass.

S: Peanut butter, roasted malts. Chocolate, cocoa powder, and cacao. Some dry bitterness from hops and roast balances a creamy sweetness, perhaps from a lactose addition.

T: Peanut butter, chocolate, and roasted malts. Hint of coffee roasted malts and burnt black coffee. Dry baker's chocolate. Finishes more dry, with a balanced bitterness (hop and roast) with even more peanut butter. This isn't a sweet bomb by any stretch.

M: The body seems a little light for a porter, and that impression is worsened by the fact that I think it's somewhat over-carbonated. This detracts from what could have been a silky mouthfeel. The alcohol is well-hidden.

O: Decent. I think a thicker (or at more substantial) body and/or more lactose would have helped. There are better peanut butter/chocolate porters out there for sure. I opened a second bottle after drinking a growler from Willoughby, and this doesn’t even hold a candle to Willoughby’s. As it is, it just isn't complex, but remains serviceable.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a pitch blck with a finger and a half of tan head.

S: Smells of peanut butter and dark malts.

T: Follows nose. A bit sweet.

F: Full body with moderate carbonation. It's thick for a porter.

O: I believe this was my first peanut butter flavored beer. It didn't suck.

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Photo of incognito369
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look -- Dark Black where you can slightly see at the bottom of the glass
Smell -- This is where Sweet Baby Jesus stands out. Smells like peanut butter and chocolate milk shake based off the smell!
Taste -- The taste is not as good as the smell. You get a roasty taste, chocolate, coffee, and hints of peanut butter
Feel -- On the thin size
Overall -- Don't understand why this beer is rated so low BUT I'm a fan of peanut butter porters and stouts and it taste GREAT to me! The aroma is the highlight of the beer! If you never had a peanut butter flavored beer give it try don't be discouraged by overall rating!

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Photo of Amateurbrewmaster
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was lighter than I expected, but it was good.
Look: Very dark with a touch of red ruby. Khaki head
Smell: Roasty notes, chocolate and peanut butter
Taste: Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, natural peanut butter, but a touch on the bitter side
Feel: thinner than expected, but well carbonated.
This was a good beer. It wasn't what I expected, but it definitely hit the spot.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cola black light carbonation leading to a just slightly thin feel. Otherwise it's just like it's advertised. Aroma came off as roasted peanuts with some malt and bitter cocoa/coffee. This is a decent porter with some add ons. This will not appeals to everyone but it made for a interesting tasty dessert beer(but one is enough)

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Photo of MVanTryke
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a big peanut butter fan, but I love a tasty, distinctive, bold porter. I took a chance on this unique one on a recent trip to WV. I ordered another, and another. Burp! Spare some jelly and sliced bread?

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Mouthfeel way thinner than I want in a stout. Flavor complexity lacking, and some unpleasant sour hints. The only stout I've ever had that seemed a little watery in terms of taste.

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Photo of smbslt
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L - Dark brown with a thick tan head
S - Chocolate
T - Chocolate with a baker's chocolate bitter after taste
F - Viscous and clinging. Surprised not to find cocoa bean grounds.
O - Very one dimensional. Smell and taste did not change as it warmed. Waited for the peanut butter to appear. Maybe it is part of the second coming? Would have been an very good chocolate porter.

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Photo of Riff
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with about a finger of off-white head that reduces to some nice lacing. Smells of chocolate, malt, and a little bit like peanut butter. Taste is hop bitterness up front, a little chocolate, some solid malt flavor, with the peanut butter coming in faintly at the end and lingering after the finish. Medium body, light carbonation. As a porter it's fairly solid, nothing special, just a little bit of the promised chocolate peanut butter. Not bad, but nothing I'd seek out specially.

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Photo of Phineasco
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark brown with 1 inch khaki head.
Smell: Peanut butter, cashews, nuts, and chocolate.
Taste: Dark chocolate, peanut butter, raspberries, dried fruit, and bready malt.
Mouthfeel: A little boozy.
Overall: A decent peanut butter Porter.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a twelve pack of this to try. They recently started allowing you to buy just 12 packs at PA wholesalers, and I figured it's a porter, with peanut butter, how bad could it be? Needless, I sawed through the 12 but put one in the back of my fridge to see if age would help this one out. I just had a RED IPA that I reviewed WOW. I wondered if age had anything to do with it? With IPAs, to my taste? Torpedo from Sierra Nevada is damn good from the shelf, but have one after six months..or a year...mmmmmmmmm.

So, this near black beverage had no head and to call what's left "lace" on the top is almost a joke. Smells of hazlenut, coffee and closing the eyes maybe peanut butter? The creamy mouth has no bitter to speak of with maybe a watery impact on the swallow. Okay,this is tastier than when I first tried it. I think my biggest gripe was the syrupy sweetness overtook all other tastes in this beer. Well, this is as advertised. Peanut butter flavored porter. However it has none of the creamy of the porter and the sweet syrup exerts itself . There is bitter now around the edges plus a bit of wine and maybe toast?

Okay. Did the aging help? It might have. Would I get this again? I was expecting more based on the title, but anybody that's ever bought a been because of the name or graphics more that the beer itself, you know what I mean.

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Photo of Dieseltech1982
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dang good porter. Good hoppy malty taste. Caught the peanut butter, but no chocolate. Would have probably came off beeter as a milder stout, but still a good brew.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice porter with dark color. More Chocolate taste than peanut butter. Nice Malty flavor goes really smooth with a great finish to it. so kudos to DuClaw

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Photo of ThomasTheTank88
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a porter style glass. Got a large aroma of peanut butter more than chocolate. Tasted of a bittersweet peanut butter chocolate. I guess I expected a sweeter kind of porter with this but it's drinkable.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance had a quick slim finger’s white head that quickly dissipated. No lacing was there at all. The smell started off with more of a chocolate to peanut butter blend but as it warmed, the peanut butter came out stronger. The taste was pretty much the same as the chocolate faded as it warmed. There’s a slight quick salty to sweet peanut butter aftertaste with no finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent session quality on it. Overall, pretty good peanut butter chocolate porter I’d have it again.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not my style of beer by a long shot, especially in the summer. Given as a gift, and with an admitted love of peanut butter, a dove in with mixed expectations....not bad, not great...nice subtle peanut butter flavor...will now try on bread with some jelly...details to follow....

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Photo of Magerbrew
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its really not my thing, but the beer was put together well. The initial peanut butter smack in the face subsided after the first sip. A good beer, just not one of my fav styles.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a decent beer for my tastes. A friend brought some to the house yesterday for a fun tasting, of which this was one of a couple of other beers. . We both agreed that it was just OK. Likely would not buy it again was our duel agreement. Dark pour was nice with a nice head and lacing. Nothing overwhelmed my nose. Again, a decent beer.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black brown coffee look with a half finger head. Aroma-chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, coffee hint. Taste-same, but with a little more coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth. Overall- quality porter.

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Photo of CupcakeNY
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought this for my wife, who loves dark beers, chocolate, and peanut butter; this is a very enjoyable beer, relatively light bodied for the flavor load. It does come across as a Porter; relatively light-bodied and dry. Pours deep, dark brown with a finger to two of fine, creamy head, though it doesn't stick around for too long. Peanut butter is pretty upfront in the nose along with bitter chocolate and dark coffee notes. Peanut butter is definitely there in the taste, but it is surprisingly not overwhelming, and the chocolate notes are also kept in check. I thought it was going to be more cloying but it finishes surprisingly cleanly, with just a bit of a lingering peanut note.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark look with enviting head. Scent of bitter dark chocolate and peanut all over this beer, actually smells great. Interesting flavor where you get the chocolate and peanut butter but with no sweetness and a bitter edge. Creamy and on the lively side of carbonation for the style round out this brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried this beer at the Roadhouse in Worthington across from the Ice Works. It poured an opaque dark with thick tan head that left some lace. The scent had hints of chocolate and peanut butter. The taste carried chocolate and peanut butter but was a touch acidic. The mouthfeel was medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's it's decent.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dated 12/28/16

Pours dark maroon black with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like peanut butter, rich chocolate, cereal grain, nutty caramel, toffee, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark chocolate, peanut butter, cereal grain, nutty caramel, toffee, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels thick, medium bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice chocolate peanut butter porter.

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Sweet Baby Jesus! from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 2,715 ratings