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 biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, day 24 (the final one, phew!) of the 2015 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Great name for a brew on Christmas Eve, AKA the day before ol' whatshisname was born (not sure if he was into peanut butter and chocolate in his libations, however).

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with prominent basal cola highlights, and a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and creamy beige head, which leaves some excellent randomly webbed lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of pungent grainy milk chocolate powder, a lighter dry roasted peanut butter essence, muddled caramel malt, and a sense of bittering hops that are not lacking their own character, just totally obfuscated at the current time. The taste is more dry Reese's Pieces candy flavour, over top and alongside a gritty toasted caramel malt, hints of day-old cafe-au-lait, an ephemeral dark orchard fruitiness, with a growing, if still indistinct hoppy bitterness (maybe some dirt, maybe some acrid leafiness) providing a surprising countermeasure.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive structuring, as the frothiness keeps this way out of cloying territory, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, with a small airy creaminess there from the onset. It finishes sweet, from the expected vectors, but moderated just enough by that unseen and almost unknown hoppy bittering effort.

Wow, my second peanut butter adjunct beer in a little over a single week, and both have been more than all right. Here, the extra chocolate essence does indeed conjure up sturdy associations with a few of the Hershey Company's more popular products, and the overall impression is one of a smirking acknowledgement of dessert-friendly drinking, and a little less than a desire to shout out the titular exclamation.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a jet black in color with a tan head.

Overall: This beer has a roasted peanuts and chocolate aroma. Sweet flavor of roasted malt, chocolate and peanut butter with a dry, bitter, espresso finish. Very tasty, flavor changes and gets better with every sip.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forrest Gump was right. This is an interesting find for day 23 of the Craft Advent Calendar. It pours with a nice head, but my particular sample was full of chunkies - I presume it is yeast, but I just tried to imagine drinking a Reese's peanut butter cup and all was well. The smell is heavy on chocolate syrup - akin to Nestle Quick. The syrupy feel continues through the taste profile, with the faintest hint of peanut butter and roasted malt. This COULD be a fantastic beer, but the overall package is a bit of a mess, in my books.

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Photo of wanderluster11
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another good one from DuClaw, in my book! It's like a dark chocolate Reese's in liquid form. Very good. Bottle or on tap, this never fails, though I do recommend this on tap over bottle.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 20/12/15

A nearing jet black with a very deep cola edge, lots of chunks near the side, yeast? large and loose mocha head leaves a couple partial rings followed by random patches

S huh? I'll be dammed it smells like peanut butter, some chocolate and herbal notes but for the most part peanut butter

T has a Resse's peanut buttercup thing going for it, I'm really not sure how but it works for me, tastes completely fake but I like it

M light for the color but fluffs up and flattens out, nutty dark chocolate finish

O this ones out there but I actually like it, I can't think of anything like it and I'm craving a nutty chocolate bar at this point

liquid Snickers and Resse's in a glass, I couldn't imagine drinking this often or in quantity but a single glass is working well for me

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: A bright, very dark brown to nearly black pour with ruby highlights kicks up a clingy tan 2” foam collar that takes 3 minutes to reduce to ¼ of its original size.

S: A big peanut butter aroma seasoned with chocolate. Peanut butter, noticeable from at least 3 feet away dominates the aroma closely followed by chocolate. Hop aromas are low to none and malt aromas are medium low.

T: Initial fruit flavors quickly give way to peanut butter, dark chocolate and a dose of dark malt. An assertive bitterness joins a lingering chocolate peanut butter finish that dries slightly. The peanut butter flavors are medium high, the chocolate and bitterness are medium, the malt and yeast flavors are medium low and the hop flavors are low. The flavors are well balanced with noting cloying or over stated.

F: Medium full body, medium carbonation, no warming, a very slight grain astringency that adds balance.

O: A surprisingly good well balanced beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brown that only darkens at a full glass, with a minimal tan head that dies to a ring leaving a slight bar of lace.

Smells of peanut wafer with a bright cola-like sweetness far in the background.

Taste is closer to peanut butter cookie, with a little Hershey kiss, as well as that cola sweetness and tang. It's a little metallic on the finish.

Frothy enough, with a moderate body compared to any other DuClaw.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours an opaque black, with ruby highlights and a tan head. Lacing is minimal in my pint glass.

Aroma: Salty peanut butter and bittersweet cocoa. Very impressive approximation and faithful to the intent of this gimmicky (but oh-so-appealing) beer flavor.

Taste: Doesn’t come across as successfully as the nose, this one does give a pretty faithful peanut butter and chocolate taste up front, but it’s followed by a thin, cola-like body and a slightly bitter, artificial finish. A valiant attempt at this difficult style, but, unfortunately, not one I can really recommend.

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Photo of jp32
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours nearly black in color. The aroma is sweet and malty, with both chocolate syrup and peanut butter apparent in the aroma.

The flavor malty and high in milk chocolate up front, with a HUGE peanut butter middle, finishing somewhat sweet and medicinal. The strong flavors of chocolate and peanut butter are pleasant enough to put any stray flavors to rest.

I've been waiting for a peanut butter (stout) such as this to come along. Praise be to Sweet Baby Jesus!

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
2.42/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

I can't understand why this gets such good ratings. Tastes like someone rinsed out the inside of an empty jar of peanut butter with beer and put it back in the bottle.

The worst part is the smell -- the slightly rancid, woody peanut smell. I couldn't finish the bottle.

The only reason I am not rating this even lower is it seems like it would have been a good porter if they hadn't ruined it with the peanuts. Even the chocolate would have been OK.

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Photo of 88caprice
2.19/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

This is my first, and last, Sweet Baby Jesus. I'm currently judging those who have recommended it to me.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass.
Look: Great dark color, nearly black. Tiny head that stuck around and got creamy after a while.
Smell: Initially straight up peanut butter. Pleasantly interesting! Then it hit...a fake chocolate smell. Smells like a chocolate scratch-n-sniff sticker I had in first grade. Not a good smell.
Taste: No peanut butter, a little toasty, lots of that fake, chemical-like taste. Part chocolate scratch-n-sniff sticker, part hot credit card. When that mixes with a lingering bitterness, something unpleasant happens in the aftertaste department. There might be a decent porter hiding under there, but I'm having trouble finding it.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, fairly smooth, borderline cloying.
Overall: Though the concept could work, this isn't it. I won't be rocking this baby again.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a can glass. Pours dark brown with a one finger tan head that quickly recedes leaving a small ring of lacing. Aroma of chocolate but no nuts or peanut butter. Taste is a porter with extra chocolate added. Coffee, roasted malt, and cocoa malt make the backbone with extra chocolate added for a semi-sweet finish. Medium-light body and medium-light carbonation make it as easy drinker. It was somewhat watered down.
I had high expectations for this and I never got any peanut butter in a chocolate peanut butter porter. It also missed the mark on the porter part. It turns out that it wasn't worth the cost for the bottle.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
1.59/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Nope. Not for me. Sounded like a good idea on paper, but the flavor seems like random squirts of extract, there is just nothing real or organic about this beer, in my humble opinion. I am sure I am wrong, and your mileage may vary. I guess it has its place (dessert?), but four sips in, it's place was "down the drain" at my house. Considered grabbing a different beer to cleanse my palette, but after SBJ, I did not want any more beer that evening. If this were the only thing to drink on a desert island, I'd drink salt water.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a date that's smudged poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a one-finger head that slowly settles to a 1/8" lacing
S: Chocolate, coffee, cream, chocolate malt
T: Similar flavors to the nose though tastes a bit burnt
M: Medium-bodied, creamy yet bitter
O: Not sure why this isn't rated better as it's good just not great. I like Willoughby's better but I wouldn't hesitate to get this again

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

While on the "peanut butter" porter/stout thing, might as well talk about this one too.
This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a black color with a thin white to off white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly.
There was some light lacing running here and there around the glass.
The smell had the peanut butter with the milk chocolate, some dark chocolate was there as well. It smelled fairly nice and even.
The taste was moderately sweet with the roast being slightly down played a bit more than some of the other "peanut butter" beers I've had. There's a lingering sweet peanut butter aftertaste sliding into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionable sort of feel to it. Carbonation plays fair on my tongue. Sweet peanut butter and a soft roast create a sly creamy sort of feel on my tongue.
Overall, though I've been hearing some say the peanut butter in this is artificial, I say, I don't think it is, it just sits a tad lower than some of the other "peanut butter" porters/stouts. Because there isn't as much, the roasty portion will most likely cover up what could be construed as fake. With that in mind, I don't mind this beer, I see DuClaw's effort but at the same time, I'll go with Big Gruesome if/when I want that "peanut butter" porter or stout.

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Photo of Beejay
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: A dark black in color, with a nice tan head.

S: Rich chocolate and peanut butter dominate the aroma. The peanut butter almost has an odd aroma to it, like it was freeze dried and powdered.. there is a touch of alcohol in the finish.

T: Definitely chocolate and peanut butter, with a good amount of dark roasted grain in there as well. The peanut butter is a little fake tasting and there is a certain amount of bitterness in the finish that I think seems a bit of place in this one.

M: Medium light in body, very fairly active carbonation. There is a bit of a dry or astringent finish.. I'm not sure quite which.

O: Interesting, but I think there are others out there that make this gimmick a little better.

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Photo of corby112
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention with sporadic streaks of spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, robust dark malt aroma with a decent amount of roast countered by sweeter dessert-like chocolate malt and chunky peanut butter. peanut skin, ground nuts and creamy peanut butter actually stand out in the nose. Lightly roasted coffee bean with subtle lactic milk presence along with dark chocolate, caramel, toffee and bread. Interesting take on the style with peanut bitter elements really coming through.

Lighter bod than expected with tight carbonation. Probably a little over carved with dry. deeply roasted dark malt bitterness. Somewhat acrid and lacking in much needed sweetness. The creamy peanut butter and silky chocolate notes form nose are missing. Subtle hint of dry, roasted peanuts along with burnt dark toast bittersweet cocoa. Faint caramel sweetness with toffee, bread and biscuit. Looks and smells great but the flavor profile is overly roasted to the point of tasting almost burnt. One dimensional with not as much peanut or chocolate as I had hoped for.

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Photo of rjd722
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a solid tan foam, dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a nice lacing throughout. The aroma is like a huge bowl of Reese's Peanut Butter Puffs cereal, essentially identical. For those not familiar, basically roasted peanuts and chocolate. The flavor is primarily coffee and cocoa with smoky peanut butter. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body and light carbonation, the roasted malts come through here. Seems that this is either hit or miss for most people, it's a local brew that I would have again!

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Photo of JTK111
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkest brown color possible, almost black. Tan head with light carbonation. The smell is strong, with cocoa dominating and nutty notes coming in a close second. Think Hershey's cocoa powder and a jar of Jif and you are almost there -- almost ... because the peanut butter seems ... almost like peanut butter ... but not exactly. The smell is intense enough that you can drink it straight from the bottle and get the point. Flavors are chocolate syrup, cocoa (dominating) and peanut butter. Just enough hops to balance it all. Finishes slightly hoppy. I didn't have the issues with aftertaste that others noted. Carbonation stays fizzy even after it warms; combined with the hops on the back of the tongue it leaves an unusual finish for a fairly sweet beer. Feel is slick, slightly sticky, with carbonation that stays to the end. Label says it is a chocolate peanut butter porter and it is all of that. After the first couple of bottles, I bothered to read the label and was a little disappointed to see that it's a "porter with natural flavors." I wish they wouldn't invoke the name of the Divine in a beer that uses flavoring. Hmm. I want to rate the beer a little higher. If you like chocolatey porters, it's worth trying.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This blasphemous porter is the darkest of brown, with orange highlights and plenty of effervescence; its thin, creamy light tan head has modest retention but leaves nice thick ladders and spots of fine-grained lacing. The aroma is quite assertive, with a strong blend of sweet roasted peanut butter and dark milk chocolate lying atop powdery cocoa and slight alcoholic undertones. The flavor is predominately bitter dark chocolate and cocoa, with peanut butter accents and hints of dark toffee; the peanut butter is not expressed anywhere near as strongly on the palate as it is on the nose. The finish is peanut butter, toffee and a bit of booze, followed by the onset of a mild roasted nutty bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the medium-full body; the texture is sticky, creamy and very peppery from the fizzy carbonation- too much so, as the carbonation bite hampers sensory uptake of the flavors, making this beer less than it could be- the incorporation of peanut butter is very nicely done. (12 oz bottle, 106 days after pkg)

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Photo of MrDell
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Du Claw Brewing – Sweet Baby Jesus - bottling date 14.03.2015

Appearance: Black, opaque beer with a coffee coloured patchy head. Very little slow moving carbonation.

Aroma: Not surprisingly - chocolate and peanut butter! One whiff of this took me right back to childhood - crunchy peanut butter and chocolate on toast.
Taste: Dark chocolate liquor and sweet ice coffee up front, peanut butter in the middle with a dry finish. Very enjoyable.

Mouth feel: Silky with a dry finish. Quite low in body, but then I'm used to big Belgian brews.

Overall: Much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. I thought this was going to be one of those gimmicky craft beers that has just only been brewed to be original, hip whatever but I would actually drink this again. The peanut butter is present but it's not overpowering and it works well with the coffee and chocolate flavours from the dark malt.

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Photo of pathman
1.47/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle @ 45F poured into Nonic glass. Dark brown with ruby highlights and light tan head dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma of roasted peanuts--off to a good start! Body is a bit thin but not too bad for a porter. Well what do you know --it tastes like chocolate and peanut butter!!! ...and then the harshly bitter, artificial flavor qualities kick in!!! Can't take more than a few more sips of this. When I bought it I didn't know that artificial flavors had been added -- that's cheating in my opinion. Worse than that, it just tastes bad. My first non-infected drainpour...EVER! I've always finished my beer, even when it was nasty, because I had assumed that it had been made honestly. I can't say that in this case.

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Photo of VDJ104
4.96/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As a fan of Reece's peanut butter cups this beer is a new found favorite of mine. It smells like roasted peanuts and taste like a solid porter mixed with peanuts and dark chocolate. Just a delicious beer.

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Photo of Shadman
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bros be damned..I liked this a lot.
Other than a so-so score on aroma I found this to be extremely tasty and well balanced. The chocolate and the nuttiness of the peanut butter, artificial or not, were in perfect balance without either being over-the-top.
For a beer geek still living in the wilderness that is SE Alberta this brew will definitely be a highlight of the 2015 Beer Advent Calendar.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DuClaw Brewing Company - Sweet Baby Jesus. 6.5% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into standard pint glass. Bottled on 9/15/2015.

Look: Very dark brown, almost black. Semi aggressive pour yielded a thick light tan colored head, that dissipates slowly into sticky lacing of the same color.

Smell: Initial smell is just like peanut butter fudge. Very profound peanut butter, chocolate, with dark malts in between.

Feel: Very creamy, with the head contributing to the feel. Nice and smooth, with the right amount of carbonation.

Taste: Immediate malty peanut butter taste, with chocolate tones throughout. The back end leaves a pleasant taste, just like a Reese's Cup. Even after it warms up, there is no alcohol taste or burn.

Overall: This was a very enjoyable beer to drink. It is an interesting flavor blend for a beer, it is like drinking a dessert. Not something I could drink everyday, but is very good nonetheless.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,526 ratings.
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