Sweet Baby Jesus | DuClaw Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
2,557 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:
2,557
Reviews:
414
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
15.2%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
878
For Trade:
19
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,557 |  Reviews: 414
Photo of catastrophy
1.93/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

had to try it, just so I could rate it.. took me three weeks to finish off a six pack. that's pretty much the whole story. does NOT taste like real beer. pretty sure anyone even slightly allergic to peanuts would go into a coma after one sip. sorry to be so negative, but I let my supplier know the same thing.

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Photo of Marraybay
1.95/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Cracked this open thinking it would be a fun, dessert-like experience, but was sorely disappointed. The main thrust of whatever chocolate or peanut butter that existed was in the initial aroma upon opening, but then quickly dissipated, as did the meager 1/4" foam head. (No lacing with this one whatever.) NOT at all sweet. Very dry, with a big boozy and lingering bitter finish. There's perhaps something very faint in the smell or taste that I kept trying to pin/attribute to chocolate or peanut butter, but couldn't make that real. The one thing I did like was the creamy/bubbly in-mouth texture, but again, the bitterness/booze in this one just off-putting for me. It may have become slightly more tolerable as it warmed, as after the initial sips, I thought it might be drain-bound, but did finish. Glad I didn't purchase a 6.

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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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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of Uniobrew31
2.06/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If super sweet beers and peanut butter are your thing then go for it. Otherwise stay away. I would hesitate to call this "beer". It is about as much a beer as limerita, flavored malt beverage at best.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.08/5  rDev -44.5%
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 mattsucks
2.08/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Photo of mhksuccess
2.09/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Pour from a bottle into snifter glass
pour is dark brown and little head
smell is heavy peanut butter slight chocolate
taste is kind of like reese peanut butter cup but not as sweet
kind of like drinking liquid peanut butter
was smooth but taste horrible
actually split the bottle with my girlfriend she took one sip and drain pour
i was brave and drank a couple more sips than follow her and drain pour
was weird not in a good way and fit for the drain instead of the bottle
would never try again

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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 2,557 ratings.
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