Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Sweet Baby JesusSweet Baby Jesus

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!

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle poured to tulip. Consumed 10-15-2013. Acquired in trade with reidjoshua.

dark, coffee brown appearance. medium carbonation with 1-finger tan head fading to a minimal collar. very little lacing

there is roasted malt at first, but the peanut flour and milk chocolate appear quickly. there is a faint red grape fruitiness as well.

the taste does not match the pb cup aroma, unfortunately. it is roasted malt bitterness primarily, more astringency than typical for the style. actually more fruit than expected.

moderate carbonation, less creamy than hoped-for

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Photo of mmars010
1.43/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Appearance-dark brown but can see through the beer when held up to the light. No head to speak of.

Smell-the best thing about this beer. Smells like a peanut butter cup.

Taste-artificial/chemical peanut butter taste and not much else. The PB dominates here. An astringent quality is present.

Mouthfeel-thin beer, basically watery. The astringency/acidity can be felt on the tongue.

Overall-a crime to call this a Porter. Roasted malts are weak, if present at all, no head, watery, artificial taste. If you want a "crafted" Porter grab a Samuel Smith Taddy Porter or Founders Porter. This reeks of mass production.

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Photo of Ac2013
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Jet black pour with earthy peanut butter rising from the liquid. I was hoping the taste was going to be as good. Overall, it fell a little short for me. A solid porter, but the chocolate felt a little artificial and the peanut butter flavor wasn't there. Worth the try due to the fact I don't find such beers often, but I probably won't buy this again.

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

Appearance: Poured into a nonic. Pours a solid black with a beige, two-finger head that dissipates to a creamy, half-finger cap.

Aroma: Lots of milk chocolate and peanut butter. Some mild roastiness.

Taste: Follows nose, though dark bready malts and roast barley are more prevalent. Mild bitterness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, seemingly light given the chocolate and peanut butter. Light carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: Delicious. One comment: peanut butter shows up mostly in the aroma, and isn't nearly as present in the taste. Eminently drinkable, as a good porter should be.

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

a: Dark brown, pours with a medium sized moderately sticky head.

s: As advertised, and pretty appealing. Peanut butter from candy not Jif is what I noticed first. Some chocolate cake batter as well. Not much in the way of beer aromas.

t: Doesn't quite live up to the smell but this is no trainwreck either. Porter notes up front give way to too sweet cake batter. A hint of sugary peanut butter comes out towards the finish.

m: A bit thin for a robust porter.

o: A novelty that I won't buy again. Worth trying once though.

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Photo of JeffBrenner
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Poured a jet black with a small head that quickly faded. Carbonation was minimal with very small bubbles as one would expect for a stout like this. Notes of toasted cocoa are up front. Very smooth. There is a nice sweetness. First you taste a cocoa, but that fades to the peanut butter. Almost like liquid Reece's. I say god damn! So many people have tried and failed, but this one tastes like a liquid Reece's peanut butter cup and that's amazing. Will add to my regular rotations for sure.

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Photo of Ethanol4one
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks great, with nice dark roast color and a giant head with aroma to match, it also delivers flavors consistent with the promise of its label, which also to its credit admits to the "artificial flavorings" that make it so, but the trouble is this-- would you want to drink a hopped Reese's candy bar?

The hops make it very odd, like spelling Pam with an "n" at the end. Maybe another choice of hops, maybe something more subdued, as you'd use in a Wit to accent banana - clove flavors... And no, I'm not trying to turn this into the fantasy football version of beer ratings, but I agree with most of the reviews, it makes a great novelty, but overwhelms the taste buds quickly, making it hard to take more than one.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: black, mild head with mild lacing
S: overpoweringly peanut butter, sweet and nice, tried hard to sense something else, and could maybe make out a little chocolate behind the up front scent, but I think I may have wanted to find something moreso than it actually being there
T: They say the impression of taste is influenced by smell, I'd have to say this might apply here. I get peanut butter, of course, but the taste is moreso bitter mocha/cocoa of the actual beer.
M: There isn't much, but the beer seems to have a strange carbonation or other bite near the end, but otherwise, it kind of just dies off with only a mild lingering of a dark-malted beer.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark dark ruby red with a 1 inch tan head. Faint bubble flowing up the side of the glass. With the beer cold it's hard to form the head and it doesn't stick around long.

S- Toasted nut and cocoa bean smell wrapped up in peanut butter. Very pungent almost like a dark roast coffee. The smell has almost an artificial smell. As many claims say it is the same as a Reese's PB cup, I can't say I agree completely. It more resembles the Dark Reese's PB cups. It smells as if it lacks the sugars necessary to be milk chocolate flavor. But definitely dark roasted and malty with this one.

T- Definately picking up the peanut butter. Has a flavor of a roasted peanut that may have gone just a bit too long over the fire. It just tastes like they over roasted it. The charred bean flavor is very prominent in the finish. Not too appealing The chocolate comes in second to back up the peanut butter then gives way to the charred finish.

M- Smooth and malty, Lots of creamy texture to it. Full body really fills the mouth as it warms up a bit.

O- This is an ok beer that simply lacks in the finish. Just pulling back the slightest bit on the roasted nut quality and working to reduce the artificialness of it will definitely put this one at the top of the list. If you are a dark chocolate lover this one is for you. But be warned that it can wear down the palate quickly.

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Photo of dtreindl
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very unique flavor: nutty, milky (lactose) but slightly unnatural. However, if you're in the mood for something different, then this is a good bet. I want to call it a "nutty porter". I did not experience the large head others described. My draft had a small, quickly dissipating head.

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Photo of haazer
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown brew that is highly carbed. A two finger thick dark mocha colored head sits atop. The head settles down to a thin ring, not leaving any lace. However lace becomes apparent as you drink. Some light does get through this beer at the top and bottom.

S - Smells of toasty malt. Some peanut butter is in the nose for sure. A little of bitter dark chocolate also.

T - It's a bittersweet chocolate profile upfront, and what do you know there is a peanut butter taste following! It kind of tastes like reese's puff cereal. It's got a bit of wafer taste to it like Big Gruesome had also, but not as much. The biggest downside to this is I taste some sort of stale malt in here. Almost like they didn't roast enough or dropped pale malts in here.

M - Medium bodied brew with mid to high level carbonation.

O - Aside from the stale flavor, this thing is pretty good. Not so much to make me say the name. I think if they changed the malt bill on this it could be great. It has more of a peanut butter flavor that's for sure, but if I had to choose I'd take Big Gruesome over this. Still glad I picked up a six pack though.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at dog and bull
Poured into a tulip ? Very dark brown with an awesome light brown, thick fluffy heading. Leaves great lacing until the last drop.

Heavy roasted grains and nuts. A helluva alot of chocolate. Slight lactic notes and damn more and more of a chocolatey-peanut finish.

Lactic and chocolate flavor right up front. I get a heavy roasted hazlenut kicks into gear for a nice smooth middle. Finishes with a slight mask of alcohol and chocalate powdery notes.

Full bodied, solid carbonation. Neither chewy or watery excellent balance.

Overall is very surprising. I've heard alot about this brew and finally got to have my fill. Good choice.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Such a deep dark blackish brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a nice mocha lace ring. Very sticky lace ring.
S - Very solid peanut butter cup stronger in the bottle but in the glass more roasty chocolate porter notes with some smoke.
T - Well it's smooth I give it that. Sweet roasted coffee notes and some bittersweet chocolate. The peanut butter is there which is nice not overall strong but just a mild roasted peanut taste. Smell left me a bit underwhelmed though.
M - Very smooth and creamy with a medium bodied drink ability.

Overall considering I paid 5 bucks for the single I am kind of disappointed but am glad to try it. I applaud the effort mostly since it just be hard to really capture that "candy peanut butter" taste in a beer. Not worth picking up a second unfortunately.

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Photo of themind
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma of this beer is awesome! chocolate, roasted malts, peanut butter just a very appealing aroma. Pours pitch black into a nice DF goblet. The taste was very good but did not live up to the aroma and the mouthfeel was a little thin. With a little work this brew could be Legendary. If the aroma and taste matched with a little more thickness this beer would be stellar. In the end it is still very good.

Bottom Line: Excellent beer!

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured this into a goblet. I have to admit it was only as small bit, so it wasn't a fair pour. I'm deathly allergic to peanut butter, so I was extremely tentative (with meds in hand). Anyway, when I did, it had a coke color with virtually no head and thin lacing. The smell was of nuts, but not peanuts to me, but then again, I don't have the most accurate sense of smell when it comes to peanuts- since I'm usually getting the willies when I smell them. It also smelled like a porter, but I didn't pick up on the chocolate. The taste was nutty. It reminded me of fresh hazelnuts and was pretty tasty. The only hint of chocolate came on the aftertaste. The beer had a thin mouthfeel, but the carbonation made up for it in spades. Would I have it again? You bet.

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Photo of upton7418
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours dark brown to black with a very small creamy brown/tan colored head that dissipates quickly.

S- nice chocolate peanut butter smell with a little bit of the roasted grain. chocolate peanut butter dominates the smell though

T- has a strong chocolate taste with a roasted taste following. starts out sweet but finishes a little dry. I anticipated a strong peanut butter taste on the smell but in taste i did not really taste much of the peanut butter. the taste is dominated by the chocolate

M- sweet start with somewhat light carbonation fizzles out in the mouth. stays sweet through out but comes back and finishes dry

O- the smell was amazing and led me to believe i was going to have a resses's cup in beer form (can you say heaven in a glass). I can't say i was disappointed because overall it was a good beer but when you get my hopes up for a reeses and leave me with no resses its hard to save face after that. the beer is good and i would buy it again but not before trying some other things first

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Photo of arizcards
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 12 oz sample at the Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg today for $3.25. Review from notes.

Beer poured brown with a decent tan head.

Nose was wonderful, chocolate and peanut butter dominate.

Taste was well balanced between the chocolate malts, peanut butter, and decent dry hop typical porter finish.

Overall this was my favorite brew of the night. It paired quite nicely with the S'more dessert that Da Boss ordered.

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

A: Dark black and brown body with a decent tan head that leaves no lacing.

S: I get a strong hot chocolate smell that reaches me while the glass is still on the table. Closer in, it smells just like opening a jar of peanut butter.

T: I get a strong roasted flavor right off the bat, followed by a rich cocoa chocolate taste. The chocolate is dominated pretty hard by the bitterness at first, so it shines in the aftertaste. I feel that it's important to mention that I don't actually taste any peanut butter.

M: The mouthfeel is nice and full and a bit sticky. The beer is very filling.

O: Overall I thought the beer had a nice base to it. The roasted flavor contributed nicely to the cocoa flavor that followed. I would have liked to get more peanut butter flavor out of a beer that advertises it though.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours dark brown with just a bit if light creeping through, very small cream colored head reduces quickly leaving nothing behind

S- nice roasted chocolaty malt with a big roasted peanut note. Some sweet aromas with a touch of cola, pretty much what you would expect from a peanut butter porter

T- sweet chocolaty malt with just a hint of smoke, the peanut flavor kicks in mid-palate and is somewhat artificial, more sweet chocolate on the finish with a touch of tobacco

M- medium bodied with somewhat light carbonation leads to a slightly fizzy mouthfeel and a sweet finish

O- the aromas were better than the flavor, it had some nice peanut notes but the sweetness overpowered it a bit. Worth a try and would make a good dessert beer, I preferred the taste of Terrapin's Liquid Bliss though

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into Shorts pint

Dark brown with three finger tan head. Moderate amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smells more roasty than anything initially. A little nutty, malty and musty. Don't get much in the nose of peanut butter.

I do get some peanut butter in the taste but it is actually very subdued. It is much more porter (regular) like to me than one with artificial flavors. I am surprised by this because I was anticipating it to be an artificial peanut butter tasting bomb. The flavors, however are not all that fake but faint and pretty well integrated into the base porter.

It is ok in the feel. A little thin but works well with this beer. Does coat the palate with some sticky sweetness and has the right amount of carbonation.

This beer is done well for what it is. I like the fact that the peanut butter is not in your face yet it is there. As it warms up I am getting more of the peanut butter and enjoying it.

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Photo of IPhantom
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a bulbed pint glass straight out of a growler filled at the Arundel Mills location. Color is a translucent cola-black with just a bit of latte foam colored head. Smells of roasty malt, chocolate and peanut shells (not particularly sweet) and maybe a hint of cola/vanilla. Taste is big and bready, with dark chocolate type tannins--no real peanut butter to speak of beyond the nose. Surprisingly crisp finish. Silky, slightly viscous mouthfeel almost like a barleywine with a surprising amount of carbonation. Totally worth checking out, definitely a good gimmick beer to bring to a tailgate, but not a whole lot of replay value here.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A dessert beer (or gimmick depending on POV) that I had to try b/c I have a sweet tooth. Looks like a great porter with a black body, one finger tan head, some lace and to bastardize I'll say it has an aroma similar to a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup (or any PB cup, to be honest). From there I felt it went down south after that. Smooth, light to medium body that is slightly chewey and bready but quite frankly the peanut butter and chocolate tastes are muddy. It's more like a watered down (with alcohol) peanut butter cup milkshake. I didn't have trouble finishing my pint but I couldn't bother with this again. Also there's a hoppy bitterness and crispness that I wish was more subdued since this is supposed to be a sweet beer, or at least sweeter than your regular beer (even porter).

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown a little ruby color with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Sweet Baby Jesus this smells just like a Reeses peanut butter cup. Heavenly smell. With some roasted malts/coffee smell in there

T: Follows the nose to a degree. A little bit watery coffee dominates more in the taste than the smell. Plenty of chocolate and the peanut butter takes a back seat.

M: Too thin for a porter in my opinion. Does not have a clean finish, but it goes down smooth.

O: Take this beer for what it's worth - a gimmick. It accomplishes what it sets out to do and I recommend at least trying it.

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

A - Very dark, good tan head, lots of lace.

S -Not much on smell, lightly nutty, a little malty, a little mildewy.

T - Nice taste. Lots of malt, chocolate, nutty, tasty.

M - Very nice balance, good carb, medium body.

D - Weird beer, but I like it very much.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown, medium tanned head, some lace, okay retention.

The aroma is epic. It's like a glass full of f*cking Reese's cups!

The taste though...falls flat., some chocolate, artificial peanutty taste, somewhat acrid and mineral-y. Just pales by comparison to the nose!

Body is somewhat thin, but okay overall.

Damnit! I want to love this! While I am in love with the aroma, most of the rest of the beer isn't near as good. It may be worth it just on th nose though...

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
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