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 philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A thin half finger's worth of light khaki colored head that is equal parts crisp and lush with a couple of big chunky bubbles mixed in... Minimal retention gives way a full but slightly uneven veil of lacing... The color is a deep dark brown... Lots of micro bubbled rapid paced carbonation swirling within...

S - The peanut notes are smack at the forefront... Roasted peanuts dominate the aroma throughout... Roasted malts... Some light chocolate notes...

T - The flavor follow the aroma identically... Roasted peanuts... Some dark bitter chocolate... A nice hint of roasted malts...

M - Medium bodied... Even and consistent... Clean and crisp... Limited carbonation...

D - Not my favorite, but I should have known better not being a fan of peanut butter in the first place... Interesting none the less... A true artistic expression from DuClaw...

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

p- Wegmans

A- light black with a thin tan head that doesnt stick to well to the pint.

S- peanut butter is really all i get in the smell. some faint malts on the back end.

F- peanut butter and faint chocolate malts. It is almost like eating a reese's peabut butter cup with alcohol. not bad but not great.

M- creamy and peanut buttery on the roof of the mouth. Faint warming feeling on the way down.

O- Not a bad beer but the peanut butter tends to dominate and i feel like i am eating rather than drinking.

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

Sounds like it would be disgusting, but the beer was actually a pleasant surprise. The chocolate flavor is much more pronounced than the peanut butter. Had a funny aftertaste that I attribute to the peanut butter flavoring (although it tasted kinda soapy). Fun novelty brew, but I can't see myself buying this in quantity.

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

a: a very dark black color that seems to suck the light out from around it. 1 finger fizzy tan head that seems to fade pretty quickly

s: i know its supposed to smell like chocolate and peanut butter. it smells like chocolate, but the peanut butter part doesn't quite smell like peanut butter 100% maybe just like crushed peanuts. also some toffee and brown sugar

t: welp. this taxes as close to a peanut butter cup as i'd expect a beer too. milk chocolate and peanuts. there is a pretty large malt sweetness in here as well, and it finishes with a faint bitterness from roasted malts

m: surprisingly light, that is also pretty highly carbonated - even though it does not have good head retention

m: its chocolate peanut butter. 'nuff said

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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 rudzud
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clear dark brown with a thin quarter inch head That fades to leave thin head and light wisps.

S - Aromas of nice peanut butter, super faint chocolate, smells like a reeses peanut butter cup, quite pleasant.

T - Taste is sweet malts, poor quality chocolate, sweet, peanut butter isn't bad, not the best but it is pleasant. Not a lot of porter notes but still quite tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, drinkable, sweet.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, nice peanut butter balance.

Serving type: Bottle

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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 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 jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised I had not had this before, so thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a light fizzy tan head that fades fairly quickly, darker brown color with plenty of dirty light sneaking though.

Nose brings lots if peanut butter, a dried old earthy grainy Peanut butter, starts to get an earthy peanut shell, quite nutty, grainy doughy.

Taste brings more Peanutbutter, nutty, earthy peanuts, caramel, mild bitterness, little grainy malt, doughy, little earthy hop on the back end. Finish is mild earthy spicy hop bitterness, little grainy malt, plenty more peanut butter lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall ok, plenty of peanut butter, not much left for porter though, but enjoyable and fun.

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Photo of Wortman1998
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall, not a bad beer. Dark brown in color with less foamy head than I would have liked. The smell of chocolate and peanut butter is outstanding. The taste - well it's there, it definitely has a cocoa and peanut butter taste. I got no fruitiness or bready taste. It's a good beer, worth trying.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Sweet Baby Jesus by DuClaw brewery is an ok beer. The smell is awesome, but the taste doesn't match. Some have called it a dessert beer. I think they must not eat dessert much. I wouldn't call it a dessert beer. A good porter though. Worth trying if that is what you are looking for.

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

Pours a solid black color with a cocoa colored head and good lacing.

Smell is outstanding! Call smell peanut butter and cocoa beans.

Taste has good complexity. It tastes like a dark chocolate peanutbutter cup. Seriously it does. The hops definitely add some serious bitterness. No sweetness.

Full bodied very dry mouth feel.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. It has great flavor and complexity. A little sweetness would be nice though.

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

1716th Review on BA
Bottle to 12oz Nonic

Thanks to TroyG2352 for this one

App- Out of the bottle this was a pretty standard brown color with a fairly light chestnut brown edges to it. The head was a nice foamy looking tan with a puck look as it slid down the glass. A nice amount of cling was there and then left.

Smell- It did smell like a PB cup. Smelled like peanut dust really with bakers chocolate. A bit light on the aroma. Had to take a few large pulls to find some balance in it with the malts. Id call it a touch bitter as well on the finish and as it warmed.

Taste- You could right off the bat, call this a porter. It took a couple sips to really get more of the flavors as they warmed and came out. The peanut was 1st and then the chocolates came next and then the malty light roasted notes came out as well. As more warm the nice balanced chocoalate was key to making this a better tasting beer.

Mouth- Its a bit of a lighter body. What I would naturally expect from a porter. A lighter medium carbonation level. Residual peanut and chocoalate but not a peanut butter flavor. More dust.

Drink- I get what they were trying to accomplish. Tasty little beer, but not being a PB fan, just wasnt for me.

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Photo of Patrick_E_Sweeney
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a beer tulip. Pretty much no head at all. Smell is amazing, probably this beer's best characteristic; overwhelming chocolate, coffee, toasted malts and peanut butter, with a touch of butterscotch.

After the incredible aroma, the taste was a bit of a letdown. While the aroma is extremely powerful, the taste is light and reserved. It initially hits with malts and coffee, which fades quite rapidly into a lingering toasted peanut flavor. Almost no hop flavor at all. The peanut stays in the mouth for a minute or so. Not a whole lot in the way of chocolate flavor.

Overall, the beer tastes good, but doesn't live up to expectations. The initial flavor fades much too rapidly, and lacks complexity overall. Good, but not great.

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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 barhoc11
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark but not pitch black, just as a porter should be

S: Very interesting, it smells of peanut butter but its got a metallic smell as well which is why I cannot rate it higher

T: Actually tastes like peanut butter without making me want to throw up. Very well done for this style

M: Solid

O: I am rating this beer for what it is, it isn't something you would drink 4 of in one night but it is good when drinking one here or there. Usually gimmicky/novelty beers like this gross me out but this one was not bad, I am a sucker for peanut butter!

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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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Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

What we have here is a reese's beer.
It smells like chocolate and peanut butter with some background roasted malts.
The taste is thick and smooth.
The taste is like peanut butter rolled into chocolate and sprinkled with sweet roasted malt powder.
This is a deifferent beer which would would work well for desserts after a meal.
Overall, I pass.

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Photo of I_Love_Beer
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass

A: pours a dark brown almost black with a 1.5 finger tan head that lasted a decent amount of time

S: very strong smell of roasted peanuts and chocolate, light notes of coffee

T: a full bodied beer, balanced hop flavor with notes of chocolate and aftertastes of espresso and peanut butter

M: Overall a very nice mouth feel not to heavy and not to light, I enjoy full body beer's on occasion

O: This is a great dessert beer maybe even one to end the night with, I happened to have a Reese's cup here and I decided to experiment with the flavor characteristics and I was surprised to see it work really well with rather sweet candy. I highly recommend this beer and I believe it will be a great brew offered by DuClaw

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle in tulip

Appearance- Black, with a light tan head

Aroma- Chocolate, roasted malts, peanut butter coming through as well, all things mixing nicely

flavor- its a bit watery, but the chocolate and peanut butter notes are very nice, theres a bit of a roasted bitterness at the end. Not overly sweet like I thought it would be.

Mouthfeel- To thin, and watery, Carbonation is ok

Overall- Smell was very nice, but really fell short in the mouthfeel and flavor. Still worth a try for the peanut butter mix, but its just ok for a porter

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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 dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OK, we're talking Reese's Peanut Butter Cup here. A little over the top for me, but some people may like it. This will be a once-in-a-very-long-while (maybe talking centuries) selection for me.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Capone's the other day. Poured into a balloon glass.

Sweet Baby Jesus pours a deep brown color with ruby red highlights when held to the light. The khaki colored head sits about a finger deep and then proceeds to collapse to a very thin layer on top and seems to start clinging to the glass.

The aroma is awesome! This is like sticking your nose into a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Definitely has sweet chocolate notes underneath a bolder, savory peanut butter aroma. Exactly as promised and I gotta hand it to them for nailing this.

Taste is nowhere near as bold as the aroma. It has a sharp, metallic taste at first but as it warms, the flavors develop a bit more. There is the same flavor as the aroma, with a bit of chocolate and peanut butter, though it is a bit thinner than I was expecting.

The body is thinner than I would expect for a 6.5 % abv porter, and certainly thinner than I was hoping. The carbonation is active and robust though, so I give it good marks for that.

Overall, DuClaw delivered a pretty solid Peanut Butter Chocolate Porter. My only qualms with this beer was the thin flavor and body which I was really hoping would be more robust. I wouldn't buy this again, but I am glad I got to try it, and I love the packaging and name.

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,417 ratings.
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