Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,546 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
duclaw.com

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
Ratings:
2,546
Reviews:
412
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
15.16%
 
 
Wants:
197
Gots:
873
For Trade:
19
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Photo of boogerisu
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twonder23
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buschbeer
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black as night. It is topped with two inches of mocha head.

It smells like dessert. Chocolate and peanut butter come through as advertised.

The flavors of chocolate and peanut butter work very nicely in this porter. The chocolate flavor is not too sweet and there is enough peanut butter to taste it and not just smell it like in other peanut butter beers that I have tried.

Thick, full, creamy are all words that come to mind when I think of the mouthfeel.

This has been a long time want for me. They finally made it to Ohio, and I am pleased.

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Photo of PG2G
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ChrisSchlosser
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mig100
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmasher85
2.08/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

There's a term in psychology for behavior control called "flooding" which is used to cure smokers of their addiction to tobacco or kids of their addiction to pinball (or video games, since I just remembered I'm not a 60 year old). Basically, you overwhelm the senses and supersize the experience until the patient cries uncle. Do it 'til you hate it.

SBJ is the chocolate/peanut butter beer that does just that. You know how cough syrup is flavored like cherries to hide the nasty flavor, but the cherry is so overdone that it still makes you want to vomit. Well SBJ does that too.

I've heard both glorious praise and vengeful anger about this beer for a long time, so I was curious about what the arguably most controversial beer in America is.

And in the end, I could barely finish the bottle. Too much! Too much sweet chocolate, too much rich peanut butter, too thick and sticky so that not only is the flavor overdone, but it refuses to leave your mouth for 5 minutes until you get a chaser. That's right, this beer needs a chaser. And I never use a chaser.

I will admit that what this beer sets out to do, it does well, or rather, thoroughly, so overall extra points for that. It's very much a porter, and if I were only committing to a 4 oz taster, I'd be okay. But having to down a whole bottle of bubbly, yeasty, melted Reeses is not my idea of a good time.

In conclusion, this stuff tastes like diarrhea expelled from its namesake.

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Photo of Gbmedlin
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MichaelProcton
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JratBones
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lem919
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerma
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice after diner beer. A little heavy for a night of drinking. Not the best chocolate beer but good.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chimrichalds1
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ricoslim
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of liamt07
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AB_Inbev
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rammed96
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TrilliumFan
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jds16
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark reddish brown (approaching jet black) in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some moderate crimson red highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a pillowy finger tall layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and light to moderate aromas of peanut butter over the top of light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts which is quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of chocolate malts and cocoa. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of peanut butter. There is a light amount of sweetness with almost a hint of vanilla and no noticeable hops or bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A pretty decent dessert beer that reminds me of a peanut butter cup. A little fuller bodied than some of the other porters but not quite as full as a stout. Pretty easy to drink as it is not too sweet.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 2,546 ratings.
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