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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!

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Photo of strohme2
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thin looking pour of medium brown with some ruby red highlights although looks deep chestnut brown in my glass. Lovely one finger tan head that disappears leaving a small ring of bubbles surrounding the outside.
Smells of sweet roasted nuts and chocolate. Like a Reese's pb cup.
Initial taste is great. PB, chocolate, some vanilla. Unfortunately a earthy, drying bitter finish quickly takes over. It's a shame too because the pb/chocolatiness is really good.
Not a bad beer by any means. Glad to have knocked off my list.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- this beer pours a thick black color that reminds me of cola around the brim! The head is about one finger thick at first and soundly disappears into a crop circle appearance over the top of the beer and is off white/caramel in color. Carbonation is much too difficult to see and as for the lacing, it is modest at best and what is sticking to the side of the glass drops back in quickly!

S- This has an aromas of intense peanut butter and rich dark chocolate with creamy vanilla undertones....its very dessert like overall and the finish is dry, coffee like and has some burnt malt character!

T- The flavors are more like the aromas, but the peanut butter becomes more of a muted background flavor unfortunately....I was expecting more of this as per some suggestions. The vanilla blended with dark chocolate is much more prominent and there are small hints of toffee sweetness, lots of burnt toast/malt and a dry black coffee finish. Nice flavors but more subdued than I thought there would be.

M/O- Soft medium body, with robust and at times intense characteristics.....mellow dry finish, and the middle is rather zesty with carbonation. While this isn't a bad beer by any means, I think there are perhaps better renditions of this style on the market but I would definitely drink this again without issue...it's better than average, if not a little bit underwhelming for what I expected.

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Photo of Bachbeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This used to be a better beer but has recently like the other Duclaw beers been changed either less malty or less likely more hopped. Even worse is the Imperial version, For Petes sake, which is pretty bitter for this type beer

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Photo of BierRunner
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour was a little flat but color is beautiful. You definitely get the chocolate and peanut butter on the nose but not so much on the taste. It's very nice but the finish is what stops it from being great. The flavor doesn't stay there the whole way. I would not say no to another, but I would not go looking for it.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one is just a bit too sweet for me. It is exactly as advertised, but the feel is a bit more brash than I'd like and the overall flavor profile is a bit cloying. Not really a fan of this one.

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Photo of catastrophy
1.93/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

had to try it, just so I could rate it.. took me three weeks to finish off a six pack. that's pretty much the whole story. does NOT taste like real beer. pretty sure anyone even slightly allergic to peanuts would go into a coma after one sip. sorry to be so negative, but I let my supplier know the same thing.

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Photo of BWED
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

A- Deep brown. Weak tan head, but decent lacing. Retention is poor.

S- Huge chocolate and peanut butter. Those two take over.

T- More PB, some chocolate, and a little roast.

M- Sweet, a little bitterness in the finish. Pretty roasty.

O- Big chocolate and PB, a little artificial tasting, and a little much. Not a lot of depth.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

** JAN 17, 2014
Did not smell or taste the peanut butter at first, but did on second pour. Chocolate is prevalent. Decent mix. Initially also wrote this was too thin, but then realized I was drinking a porter and not a stout. A nice beer, not as perfect as a reeces peanut butter cup, but Good.

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Photo of hdf561
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an English style pub glass, solid black only darker I have seen is a Guinness.

The smell is absolutely delicious I'm a peanut butter fan and this peanut butter smell smacks you in the face!

Taste again large amounts of peanut butter and small hints of chocolate with a little bitterness, very smooth but very sweet and heavy!

This is like a meal in a glass it left me feeling full after 1 bottle. This is a great offering and beer but you can't have but a few...this is a perfect cold weather comfort beer

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice peanut butter chocolate porter. As expected the mouthfeel is disappointingly thin, but overall the flavor is well balanced. It is a little sweet so I wouldn't drink this one everyday.

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Photo of eskildow
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A deep brown that is quite attractive and a tan head the lasts. Head seems to carry almost a separate flavour from the body of the beer itself. The scent is that of toasty peanuts with some bitter notes, not quite chocolate... more burned sugar. The flavour is, precisely as advertised, a mix of chocolate and peanut butter,but without the sweetness of either. The strong body also makes it a very filling beer.

It was interesting to try, but not certain I'd be able to make it through an entire glass.

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Photo of RockRuler
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big roasted malt and peanut smell. Not a lot of peanut butter flavor here but plenty of roasted malt and peanut flavor. I really enjoyed this easy drinking brew. Cheers!

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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bel Air location. Yes, it does come off like a peanut butter cup, in both aroma and taste. Dark but clear, small creamy head with nice sticky lacing. Sweet and nutty aroma, medium weight, bitterness comes on the back end of the taste and lingers.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled January 2016 from draft in tulip style glass glass. Not sure of brewing date.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a thin dark tan head. The head lasted a long time. Slight lacing.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some chocolate and coffee aromas. Some hops in the aroma, but it is very slight. Nice combination and balance between the hops, malts, and other aromas.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and other flavors. There is sweetness of chocolate. There is also a very slight vanilla flavor with this, along with roasted malts and coffee flavors. This vanilla flavor is very slight and does not detract from the other flavors, nor does it make the overall taste too sweet. The alcohol flavor is mild and not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy. Mild alcohol which matches with the 6.5% publicized.

Overall: This was the first time I tried this beer. It is a nice beer to drink with desserts. Although it has sweet flavors, they are not overwhelming. I will definitely look for any of these and buy them again.

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Photo of lastmango
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured black with a one finger tan head. Moderate lacing. Initial aroma was chocolate quickly followed by an artificial peanut butter candy-like odor. The porter is ok but the PB flavor just overwhelms this beer. Medium body and carbonation. I bought this to try, not really expecting to like it. And, this is my last.

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Photo of JDaV
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at Mellow Mushroom in a glass pint, beer came to me dark, nearly opaque brown with a bubbly head that receded quickly. Fairly pleased with the look.
The smell was pretty pleasing, intensely chocolatey, while I didn't get much peanut butter from it at all. Similarly on the taste, I was somewhat disappointed at the lack of peanut butter. But the taste lost some points for me, mostly because it didn't taste natural. The chocolate flavor tastes more like chocolate syrup and the beer reminded me more of a sugary yoohoo than a porter.
Points were lost for me on the feel as well. For a porter, it seemed rather thin and once again, I would relate this more to a yoohoo than a porter. Overall it was a little disappointing.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. Aroma is sweet and nutty. Flavor is chocolate with a roasted malts and peanuts. Finished smooth and balanced but is a little sweet and feels like it's missing something. Overall solid.

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Photo of Shippy
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle. Very dark brown, almost black, with a bit of caramel color around the edges and a big frothy beige head. Aromas of peanut butter and malty chocolate. Smells almost exactly like the chocolate peanut butter flavor of Optimum Nutrition's casein protein powder. Feel is moderately full-bodied with a bit more carbonation than I would like. Taste starts a little more slowly and subtly than the smell, but brings the same flavors: peanut butter, chocolate, and malt, along with some milkiness. The finish is pretty dry with a hint of bitterness. Overall, the smell is maybe too strong, but not a bad beer. Not something I would drink all the time though.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fingernail of beige to tan resting on top. Dark brown in color. Moderate lacing. Aroma of peanut butter outweighs the chocolate. The taste is more geared towards peanut butter and dark malt than chocolate. The mouth is smooth and silky.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Man, I don't know what to make of this thing...looks like a typical porter, dark brown with a thin (almost non existent) creamy head. Smells like peanut butter and chocolate, imagine that. Nothing else really coming through. The taste is again very chocolate-y and very peanut butter-y, those two flavors are so overwhelming that there's almost no real beer taste to it. I thought it was very sweet but also somehow very bitter in the aftertaste; I think it needs more roasted and smoky flavors to it, and for the chocolate and peanut butter to back down some. It's definitely accurate to its name and good if you like really sweet beers, but it wasn't for me.

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Photo of SFC21
2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep mahogany, looks like an inviting porter. Smell is fantastic, peanuts jump out of the glass. This is going to taste delici... Oh God, what happened? The peanut butter dissipated immediately and gives way to flavors of very burnt toast. Like, I over toasted it for 10 minutes, charcoal black nastiness. Such a letdown.

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Photo of AirRatchet
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a great after dinner beer if you don't like dessert. This beer is very filling and I say you can't drink more then two due to the sweetness. The peanut butter is very strong while the chocolate comes in the background. Keep a few on hand for those dessert craving moments.

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Photo of crisis1290
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DuClaw Brewing Company Sweet Baby Jesus is an amazing tasting beer, to say the least. We had this bad boy at another Christmas/Holiday week parties we went to. This was a great party. Everyone exchanged a 6 pack of craft !!!! Now back the Sweet Baby . Dark brown porter. Smells of a yummy chocolate, coffee and peanut butter filled the air. The taste is outstanding. The feel is some what velvety / creamy. A nice tan foam from the immediate pour . With all of that said, I am a huge fan of DuClaw, and this one does not disappoint. If you like chocolaty porters, it's worth trying !

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Photo of MAB
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Probably the best name of any beer I've seen.

I like peanut butter and chocolate but they just don't work together in a beer.
The peanut butter flavor-- what there was of it-- comes across as sour and bitter, not nutty.
The chocolate notes were there, and the mouthfeel was decent.
I just didn't like this brew as much as I thought I might.

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

Thanks to thrashd for the beer. Brown and black pour, small beige head. Aroma of chocolate and peanut butter, it delivered on that end, smelled legit good.

Taste also delivered on the peanut butter and chocolate end game. Roast was low for style, this was about the adjuncts. Mouthfeel right where you want it, not overly sweet.

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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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