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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:
377
Ratings:
2,391
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
38.4%
 
 
Wants:
190
Gots:
786
For Trade:
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Reviews: 377 | Ratings: 2,391
Photo of JebBeerFish
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - cola brown, 1/8 " head.

Smell - light chocolate, minimal dry roasted peanuts.

Taste - much the same as the nose. mild chocolate and faint dry roasted peanuts.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and I would like to find a beer that is a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in a beer as a dessert beer. This is an enjoyable beer, but the chocolate and the peanut flavor needs to be increased by a factor of 3. The peanut flavor is not really peanut butter so much as dry roasted peanuts. Mouth feel-wise, I would like the beer to be thicker and more creamy in texture. I would like to try this on draft to see if the chocolate and peanut flavors are more pronounced.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Duclaw at BWI airport, on draft. Pours dark brown with ruby edges, not much head to speak of. Smells like a peanut butter and jelly, with a slight hint of roast in the background and some molasses. A little watery and on the sweet side. Needs some bitter to balance out the sweet. Peanut butter is there, but just not working in this. Similar to CCB Snack Attack buy nowhere close in quality. Nearly cloying and just not very pleasant.

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Photo of RJBeverage
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The name caught my attention in the store, but the idea of a peanut butter chocolate sold me.

Poured into a glass, it is dark brown, cola like colour with a tan head that dissipates but doesn't go entirely away. As much as I wanted to smell the peanut nose most reviewers speak of all I smell was a roasted chocolate odor. The taste is a burnt toast and chocolate, thick feel, not sweet at all like some chocolate beers. Overall I'd say it's an above average chocolate porter or stout. I would definitely buy this again.

Purchased in Gettysburg, I haven't yet seen Du Claw beers in the Pittsburgh area.

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Photo of GregY
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 11/5/13 -- first real experience with a Porter beer --- tried to keep an open mind. Good body and taste - heavy chocolate smell and felt good in the mouth. Got better and contained much better with stonger flavor over time. Really liked the apperance.

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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 hopflyer
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 1/2/14

Very dark brown, not quite opaque black. Fairly vigorous pour and almost no head. Just a ring.

Spot on in the nose with unbelievable peanut butter and chocolate. Comparison to resees cups no doubt about it.

Taste follows right up with the peanut butter and milk chocolate. The nose is stronger than the taste. It has all the sweetness as the candy bar but doesn't carry the little saltiness. Not much else in this beer. Kind of a one trick pony. The initial taste fades pretty quickly further in to the glass. A hint of bitter aftertaste now.

The feel is where I really had some disappointment. Really thin and low carbonation. Almost watery. Just doesn't fit the aroma as I'm about to take another sip.

It is what they say it is. A peanut butter beer. But only the first half of the bottle. It really fades off fast and and the mouthfeel falls short of what I think should accompany such a beer. It is certainly something different though.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Man, I don't know what to make of this thing...looks like a typical porter, dark brown with a thin (almost non existent) creamy head. Smells like peanut butter and chocolate, imagine that. Nothing else really coming through. The taste is again very chocolate-y and very peanut butter-y, those two flavors are so overwhelming that there's almost no real beer taste to it. I thought it was very sweet but also somehow very bitter in the aftertaste; I think it needs more roasted and smoky flavors to it, and for the chocolate and peanut butter to back down some. It's definitely accurate to its name and good if you like really sweet beers, but it wasn't for me.

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Photo of Bachbeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This used to be a better beer but has recently like the other Duclaw beers been changed either less malty or less likely more hopped. Even worse is the Imperial version, For Petes sake, which is pretty bitter for this type beer

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Photo of farrago
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Thinnish half finger head, doesn’t stick around long, a dusting across the surface, the lacing slides off in slippery sheets. Opaque dark brown liquid, turns to a rust orange near the surface which allows you to see how much chunky particulate there is inside, a few beads of bubbles visible. The nose is almost entirely peanut butter, some chocolate powder, has some roast but basically you might as well open a jar of Skippy and put your nose in it. Light to medium-bodied, carbonated attack prevents it from soaking into the mouth, weak finish. Here the peanut butter is just as strong, chocolate and maybe it is psychological but there’s also grape jelly. Burnt roastiness, lactose and challah bread along with sweeter nuts. Actually wish it was sweeter so it would have a clearer purpose when consumed. Lacks smooth flow and tends to gum up from front palate to rear. One trick pony that is fun once and that’s about it.

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Photo of JZ77
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I get why it is so popular (my mom can't get enough of it) but I just couldn't get over the strong peanut butter aftertaste. I think a bit of a stronger chocolate would have balanced it more for me. Color, mouthfeel, and appearance all very good, but smell was very strong peanut butter as well. All in all, still quite good.

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Photo of thepliceisright
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a dark brown/black with a 1/2 inch tan head. Looks nice.

S - Malty, Smoky and Sweet. No hops at all.

T - Follows the smell. Very sweet, and smoky. Don't really get the peanut butter, because it tastes like a smoked porter. Hints of vanilla and chocolate. Like the smell, I don't get any hops at all, and for 50+ IBU's I was hoping some would come through.

M - A bit dry up front, but then leaves a sticky mouthfeel. Reminds me of a watered down syrup.

O - A bit disappointed. It's not bad, but not what I was expecting. Not sure why it tastes so smoky to me. It's pretty sweet, but would be good paired with BBQ, I'd imagine.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown. No head. Just a thin collar. Pretty transparent.

Smell - Lots of nuttiness, not what I'd call distinctly peanut-y though. Some vanilla. Kind of an artificial aroma. Like a hazelnut coffee additive, but more generally nutty.

Taste - Chocolate up front. More of that artificial tasting nut flavor. Some roast here and even a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Thin body. More body and thereby more beer flavor would mask a lot of the strangeness of the nut flavor. Medium carbonation.

Overall - If I can get past the artificial nature of the flavors, it's pretty good. Certainly nothing offensive going on, just not the best.

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Photo of Ethanol4one
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks great, with nice dark roast color and a giant head with aroma to match, it also delivers flavors consistent with the promise of its label, which also to its credit admits to the "artificial flavorings" that make it so, but the trouble is this-- would you want to drink a hopped Reese's candy bar?

The hops make it very odd, like spelling Pam with an "n" at the end. Maybe another choice of hops, maybe something more subdued, as you'd use in a Wit to accent banana - clove flavors... And no, I'm not trying to turn this into the fantasy football version of beer ratings, but I agree with most of the reviews, it makes a great novelty, but overwhelms the taste buds quickly, making it hard to take more than one.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color. The head is a three finger heavy cream shade. It looks to be very well carbonated judging how the bubbles from the body rise upward, as well. Nice streaks of lace are left on the glass.

S: Well, they were talking about chocolate and peanut butter with this one...and golly gee, it smells of chocolate and peanut butter. There's a definite vibe of roasted nuts here, and maybe just a hint of fruity esters.

T: Personally, I'd start off by saying that the chocolate used here rubs me the wrong way - and just now, I catch "porter with artificial flavors" on the label. Damnit. So does the rest of the flavor profile redeem the experience? Well...sort of. I really enjoy the nutty flavors of this (both from the malt and peanuts) on the finish in particular. Still, this could have been really something if the chemical off-notes were toned down.

M: Thin and dry. It goes down superbly due to the weak body and higher carbonation, but in no way does it feel substantial. At least it scrubs away some of the poorer flavors represented here.

O: There is a really sound porter here...but the chemical qualities really hurt the quality of the brew. It does taste like advertised, and I can see this one appealing to non-beer drinkers. As a gimmick, it's likable enough where I don't really regret buying a six pack, but not to the point where I'd buy it again.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.3/5  rDev -12%

Poured into pint glass, no noticeable head, very dark brown with slight red undertones. Very roasted coffee aroma, peanut butter is noticeable followed by chocolate. Strong roasted malt backbone, starts sweet but finishes slightly bitter. Can definitely taste peanut butter and chocolate. Fairly medium bodied. Interesting taste, but overall fails to deliver fully.

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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 Ac2013
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Jet black pour with earthy peanut butter rising from the liquid. I was hoping the taste was going to be as good. Overall, it fell a little short for me. A solid porter, but the chocolate felt a little artificial and the peanut butter flavor wasn't there. Worth the try due to the fact I don't find such beers often, but I probably won't buy this again.

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Photo of MAB
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Probably the best name of any beer I've seen.

I like peanut butter and chocolate but they just don't work together in a beer.
The peanut butter flavor-- what there was of it-- comes across as sour and bitter, not nutty.
The chocolate notes were there, and the mouthfeel was decent.
I just didn't like this brew as much as I thought I might.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Transparent dark brown with garnet highlights. Short head recedes quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Nose
Peanut butter, milk chocolate and roasted barley. It surprisingly does smell like a Reese's cup.

Taste
Roasted barley with very light nuances of semi-sweet chocolate, peanuts and cocoa. Roasty and slightly bitter on the finish. Unfortunately the taste doesn't live up to the nose.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, crisp and slightly bitter.

Overall
The flavor seems to be really lacking on this one. A bit watery.

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Photo of BWED
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip

A- Deep brown. Weak tan head, but decent lacing. Retention is poor.

S- Huge chocolate and peanut butter. Those two take over.

T- More PB, some chocolate, and a little roast.

M- Sweet, a little bitterness in the finish. Pretty roasty.

O- Big chocolate and PB, a little artificial tasting, and a little much. Not a lot of depth.

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Photo of neverenoughhops
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

i was very excited to try a beer that is well-received and combines two of my favorite food products.

smelling this was like putting my face into peanut butter and nutella jars. it had an amazing aroma that left me really excited for what was to come. there was faint baking chocolate there, too.

the taste followed, with less hazelnut and more chocolate, but i immediately got unbearable chemical/artificial notes.

i understand that extract probably is required to achieve a beer like this, but i could do without its being so obvious. it was as if i were treated to all these amazing flavors and am thinking THIS IS AWESOME! and then a fairy comes by and shoots hair spray into my mouth.

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Photo of JDaV
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at Mellow Mushroom in a glass pint, beer came to me dark, nearly opaque brown with a bubbly head that receded quickly. Fairly pleased with the look.
The smell was pretty pleasing, intensely chocolatey, while I didn't get much peanut butter from it at all. Similarly on the taste, I was somewhat disappointed at the lack of peanut butter. But the taste lost some points for me, mostly because it didn't taste natural. The chocolate flavor tastes more like chocolate syrup and the beer reminded me more of a sugary yoohoo than a porter.
Points were lost for me on the feel as well. For a porter, it seemed rather thin and once again, I would relate this more to a yoohoo than a porter. Overall it was a little disappointing.

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Photo of Shippy
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle. Very dark brown, almost black, with a bit of caramel color around the edges and a big frothy beige head. Aromas of peanut butter and malty chocolate. Smells almost exactly like the chocolate peanut butter flavor of Optimum Nutrition's casein protein powder. Feel is moderately full-bodied with a bit more carbonation than I would like. Taste starts a little more slowly and subtly than the smell, but brings the same flavors: peanut butter, chocolate, and malt, along with some milkiness. The finish is pretty dry with a hint of bitterness. Overall, the smell is maybe too strong, but not a bad beer. Not something I would drink all the time though.

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Photo of jhartley
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass/goblet. Bottled on 10/10/13

A- Deep dark brown body, deep red brown body when held up to the light. Thin tan 1/2 finger head that dissipated quickly. No lacing.

S- No doubt about it; roasted peanuts/peanut butter, roasted malts, some chocolate

T/M- Peanut butter right away, then roasted malts. A lingering peanut butter aftertaste which is pleasant, a little thing mouth-feel. But a very easy drinker that finishes dry and leaves that peanut butter taste behind.

O- A decent, and unique, representation of an American Porter with a great aroma and flavor, just wish maybe there was a little bit more to it. Not a let down by any means, it delivers on what it says it is. Just a slightly unpleasant artificial aftertaste.

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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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Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.
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