Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

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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:
380
Ratings:
2,414
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
15.2%
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
796
For Trade:
20
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Reviews: 380 | Ratings: 2,414
Photo of do_ob
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 batch clocking in at 6.2% abv. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown in color on the pour, and settles into a very dark, ruby red once in the glass (really, you can only see red hues when held against a bright light). Initial 2 finger head of bubbly, tan foam. This receded down into a dense lacing after a minute or two. Great retention against the glass. The nose on this beer is exactly what you'd imagine, only better. Straight up peanut butter and roasty chocolate. Some sweet malt in there, maybe, but it is strongly overpowered by the main two contenders. Heavy weight with little carbonation. This beer has a great feel that's equally as chewy as it is creamy.

The taste follows right along with the smell, bringing forward huge flavors of roasty, nutty peanut butter and german chocolate. At 53 IBUs, there is a slight bitterness on the finish that could be attributed to the hops, or likewise the chocolate. Either way, it's subtle and balances nicely with the roastiness of the chocolate and malt. Finishes smooth, albeit a bit carbonated and leaves loads of peanutbutter on the aftertaste.

Very good beer that's really a style all its own. It's exactly what it says it is, and DuClaw did it right. If you like Reese's, you'll like this. Underrated, in my opinion.

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

A - Dark brown-black, opaque, with a tan head that pours short and fades to nothing. No lacing.

S - A powerful note of nuts, peanut and milk chocolate.

T - Plus is a bright nuttiness and chocolate, a nice touch of roast, and a pleasant finish. Negative is a slight chemical note, like a cheap chocolate bar. Fortunately, this is backgrounded, and is not overwhelming.

M - Slick and a touch sticky.

O - Decent, with great nose, good taste, and only a few off notes, none of which particularly mar the beer.

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

Pours dark brown with a soft head that stands up after the pour. Nose is chocolate and peanut butter, and some subtle roasted grain, but I want a little more in the smell. Taste is Roasted malt, dry chocolate notes and peanut butter. Straight up Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, but this is one that could be a little sweeter in my opinion. Texture is soft and keeps the chocolate and peanut notes lingering for a bit. Great beer. Not an everyday drinker for me, but a great wintertime brew for sure.

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

Cuts its own path. .Doesnt try to be another beer. It's sweet porter like malted milk with a serendipitous kick finish. Unfortunately its head completely evaporates within minutes...so underperforms vs nitro powered Guinness or Left Hand stouts

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

My second DuClaw offering and was I impressed. I am partial to porters and stouts, but I have had my fill of less than stellar brews - but Sweet Baby Jesus wasn't one of them.

From the look, smell, and tasted - all of it was amazing. A great dark beer with a beautiful tan head and great lacing. Both smell and taste has a great roasted caramel smell and taste - and it is truly a great bonus when they both match. I wasn't too impressed with the feel as it was more carbonated than I liked, but it was something I could overlook from an big picture perspective. Very good porter and a delicious way to celebrate a nice relaxing evening.

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Photo of hman43
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours black with a brown head and plenty of lacing. It has a strong aroma of peanut butter with roasted malts and nuts. It is fairly highly carbonated with peanut butter, roasted malts, some coffee, and hints of floral hops. It does have a creamy texture, but the high carbonation breaks it up some. It does have a bitter coffee kick on the palate.

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

Sweet Baby Jesus reeks of peanut butter. Even while the glass of this jet black liquid with its small tan head is sitting on the table you can smell peanuts over the distance. One sipped peanut butter coats the mouth followed by dark chocolate bitterness. The flavor lingers, but not in an obtrusive way, just enough to leave you wanting more.

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Photo of WestMichiganWhaler
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good and smells amazing! (peanut butter!) But the most prominent taste is an off putting metalic taste, not the peanut butter. Sure the chocolate and peanut butter are there but they grossly underwhelmed. I assume the BA version are MUCH better, because this disappointed

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Photo of Myotus
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle (24Mar15) into a pint glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 20 seconds. Black in color with a ruby tint. Rising bubbles are small in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Intense amounts of peanut butter!!! This smells like straight peanut butter with subtle chocolate aromas and hints of bitter roasted malts.
TASTE: Mild bitter roasted malt flavors and subtle metallic flavors enter initially. Subtle chocolate and peanut butter flavors enter immediately after. Mild coffee flavors and hints of spicy and bitter hops finish off this mediocre symphony as all flavors persist, except for peanut butter flavors, which grow to mild.
FEEL: Full-bodied and subtly carbonated (oh, how I love that combination). Goes down ridiculously smooth while also sticking to the back of the throat like syrup. Finishes very dry.
NOTE: This had such an amazing aroma, but ended up tasting incredibly mediocre. This was a huge let down.

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Photo of zimm421
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a stout glass. Appears a dark brown, nearly black color with a thick, fluffy tan head. The nose is loaded with peanut butter and chocolate, and a touch of roastiness. It smells just about like you would expect based upon the description, but the roasted malts are a bit off putting. The taste is very lacking. There is a touch of peanut butter, and some chocolate, but nothing really comes through in the forefront. It's actually quite boring here. The mouthfeel is watery, thin and extremely lacking. Overall, I think it's a great idea for a beer, but this is very poorly executed. I've had better Choc PB stouts, and I won't be coming back to this one again.

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Photo of 98green
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to a tulip glass. Not as thick or dark as I expected, little to no head. Smell is cocoa and peanuts, very pleasant. Taste doesn't deliver as much as the smell, and the mouthfeel was much thinner than expected. Moderate boozy finish adds a nice warmth though. A solid effort but not extraordinary in my opinion

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a very dark brown, letting some light brown light through. small almost non existent white head.
S- Strong on peanut-butter with chocolate lagging behind. Smells like a peanut-butter cup in a glass.
T- Peanut-butter isn't as strong as the nose, cocoa takes over the lead here. Roasty malt, a little coffee bean. There is a slight metallic twinge at the very end, which is hard to describe, but I'm attributing it to the artificial flavoring.
M- Nice and thick, very smooth.
O- This is a decent porter which drinks as advertised, but I really can't get over the artificial flavor added. Save that for the macros.

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Photo of LAp
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a table glass. Pours a deep brown. Not as opaque as an imperial stout, but not overly translucent. Sends up a 1 finger light mocha head. Chocolate and peanut butter on the nose - as promised. I'm actually extremely impressed with just how much the nose of this beer lives up to its advertising. It smells just like a chocolate peanut butter cup. The taste is initially spot on too. I was incredulous to try this beer, but was extremely impressed at first sip, rich chocolate and peanut butter lead, giving way to a solid, slightly hoppy finish. After a few sips though, the peanut butter flavor starts to taste synthetic, and it only tastes more artificial as the sips continue. This beer had a long way to go to get over my initial bias against gimmicky flavored stouts and porters. I initially thought it would, but by the end of the bottle, I can safely say it's not one I'd go looking for.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewing from notes from a July trip to Pittsburgh. This was a bomber, poured into a plastic Solo cup in a hotel room where there was no other glassware option aside from drinking right from the bottle.

Appearance: Pours very dark, and forms a thick, frothy tan head that lasts for quite a long time.

Smell: This smelled more or less like a Reese's Cup in a glass, with some hints of beer malt around the edges of the mass of chocolate and peanut butter.

Taste: Exactly as the nose, this was effectively like drinking an alcoholic Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. There were hints of some charred malt, but primarily a sweet blast of milk chocolate and peanut butter.

Mouthfeel: Typical porter mouthfeel, light to medium-light in body.

Overall: I rather enjoyed this beer, and will likely pick it up again should I ever run across somewhere in Cincinnati that carries it.

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Photo of cefalexine
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

opaque black, with bubblets rising up. Huge fan of the porter look
smell is a little light, but notes of chocolate and peanut butter coming through
taste is not sweet at all!, peanut butter notes, dry and thirst quenching, the porter bubbles delightfully on the toungue
aftertaste leaves a bit to be desired

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Photo of GeoJ
1.48/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This brew could be the poster child for the "Anti-Craft Beer" people.

Pure gimmick. Too sweet, too fake tasting. Two sips in, and I'm feeling sick to my stomach from the cloying heaviness. Add to that an aftertaste that refuses to go away, and you have a perfect example of why some people laugh at the craft-beer industry.

*This* should have been the beer that Bud mocked in their infamous ads ...

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap out in Northern Virginia. This is a fun beer to drink - it literally does bring to mind liquid peanut butter chocolate cups. Extremely sweet - there is no bitterness to balance it out. This is a pure dessert beer. Is the sweetness a little cloying? Perhaps but I think that's the point with this one.

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hesitant to try this one because I wouldn't think I'd like it. Love a classic smokey Porter, but not sure about the peanut butter. I found this surprisingly enjoyable and not really over the top. Give it a try.

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

Poured into snifter. The color is dark brown-almost black-with a thin tan head and lacing. Very attractive. It has a very distinct aroma of peanut butter-it's obvious from the time the bottle is opened. There is also a whiff of chocolate. I have to say, this porter has one of the most distinct smells I've encountered. The taste really follows the nose. The peanut butter taste is quite strong, followed up with dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and the slightest hint of caramel. It has a nice, chewy mouthfeel; creamy and not overly carbonated. Other reviewers seem either to really like-or really dislike-this porter. I have to say I enjoyed it. A lot!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As a fan of Belching Beaver's Peanut Butter Milk Stout, I was excited to find a Maryland version of a peanut butter dark beer. DuClaw's version came from the taps of Max's Taphouse. On to the beer:

This beer is black, and there's a slightly tanned colored head sitting on top. Lots of webbed lacing around the glass. I came for a beer, but with the aroma, I got a big kick of dessert! WOW! That aroma is wicked! It's incredibly rich in chocolate and peanut butter, in fact reminding me of a peanut butter chocolate brownie that I had recently. The aroma will be tough to beat, but even the flavor is easy to fall into. The beer starts roasty, then quickly moves towards a semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter filled milkshake. I think I'll stop before I start to drool over my notebook.

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Photo of Kwak
1.96/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

the smell was nice peanut butter and chocolate porter but that was it the taste was fake like artificial flavoring the three flavors didn't go together at all though i would loved this on but i feel it missed the mark.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer. Had a unique forward peanut butter flavor reminds me of the dried peanut powder added to the beer, at what phase who knows but I like it. The chocolate is there but subtle, I'm not sure if its an addition or the malt but it's present. I would buy this beer regularly for a change of pace.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, peanut butter, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome peanut butter porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and peanut butter flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The aromas were much stronger with peanut butter presence; the flavors were more balanced overall. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color with golden edges. The finger of head dissipated rather quickly.

There is some chocolate in the nose. Cocoa is upfront in the flavor profile with a faint trace of peanut butter. I thought that this offering would be quite sweet but rather it was nicely dry.

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Photo of Cottontown201
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the magick singles cooler at Al's of Hamden/Pizza Boy in Harrisburg, Pa.

Much as I love the name of this beer, I am a brown ale/porter sceptic so I bought a single to try it out. Pours dark brown with a perky half inch head and nice lacing, looks great.

Aroma is all about the peanuts, from the first to the last sip.
Taste incorporates chocolate, nicely balancing the peanut and malt flavors. I give SBJ the nod over my local Liquid Bliss taste wise .

Mouthfeel is pleasant, consistent carbonation. Not thin.

I loved it, going to buy more.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
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