StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that has very good retention. The aroma is big and bold with peanut butter and toffee. The taste is similar tot he nose, lots of peanuts, peanut butter, and toffee all set nicely in a base that features bitter hazelnuts. The palate was just tad thinner than i would have preferred and the carbonation was lively. Finished long and dry. Overall: Top shelf stuff.
Chad9976 (1500) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flavored stouts and porters have been around for years, which chocolate and coffee usually being the most popular flavors. But why hasn’t anyone tried making one with peanut butter flavoring? After all, the natural chocolate flavors from a dark beer would seem to be a perfect complement for peanut butter. If it has been done before I’m not aware of any other than DuClaw’s “Sweet Baby Jesus!” It delivers exactly as promised, and is exactly what I want a dessert beer to be.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 6/10/14 and was given to me by friends (thanks, Alex and Marissa!).
Appearance: Dark shade of mahogany/brown, mostly opaque. Pours to an average-sized, tan, foamy head which never dissipates and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Almost exactly the aroma of chocolate and peanut butter candy. Very enticing.
Taste: This beer is a robust porter at the core, and it definitely shows immediately with strong notes of dark malt, roasted barley, a hint of coffee and perhaps burnt toast. There’s a dry bitterness through the middle, but transitions to a sweetness on a hairpin turn with strong milk chocolate flavors. The finish is the best part as an authentic peanut butter flavor emerges to make for a delicious candy-like palette. The label indicates the beer is brewed with “artificial flavors,” which probably means that peanut butter character is simply a flavoring concentrate, but it’s still impressive since it tastes like the real deal and nothing faux (like so many fruit-flavored beers, I might add). Perhaps it’s a bit unbalanced since the peanut butter component distracts from the robust porter base, but that’s a flaw I can tolerate.
Drinkability: While I would describe the overall palette of DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus! as potent, I would not describe it as sickly sweet or cloying (unlike some of those gigantic imperial stouts). At only 6.5% ABV, this is much more approachable and easy-drinking than you’d think. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner and calmer than I’d prefer, though it is remarkably smooth. So much so that it’s difficult to not gulp it all down quickly. It leaves a slightly dry, bitter aftertaste, but it fades clean eventually. A perfect liquid dessert in a bottle.
raymow (1166) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap at Dog & Bull in Croydon - Awesome! 1 of the best beers I’ve ever had. Great Chocolate & peanut-butter flavor. Can’t get enough of this!
njnut (376) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into pint glass a nice black with mo a head. Aroma is peanut butter and chocolate with some coffee. Taste was the same. Didn’t think I’d like it but I really enjoyed this one. Complex flavors and a wonderful mouthfeel. Amazing
mmargarucci (199) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of chocolate coffee and peanut butter. Taste is roasted malt followed by chocolate and peanut butter. I wish the palate feel was a bit creamier. But overall and impressive peanut butter beer. Enjoy dessert!
ryanfolty (2204) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
October 31, 2014 - bottle shared by Brandon that he found on the street at Darkness Day. Dark brown pour with limited head. Aroma was roasted malt, chocolate and peanut butter. Taste was a watery roast with some peanut butter in the finish, maybe a touch of coffee in there as well.
bigda83 (572) - Jamestown, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with very minimal head. This is an interesting beer. I was excited to try it because I love peanut butter, but I got an artificial taste out of it. Anywho, aroma was roasted espresso, dark chocolate, and hints of peanut butter. Taste was exactly the same with some sweetness of sugar, vanilla, and the peanut butter stood out more in taste than nose, but just felt artificial. Interesting beer all the same. Medium to full body, oily texture. Not bad, just not certain I’d seek it out.
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dammit, I did not like this right off the bat. But as I handed my glass to my oldest and her brother and they drank it dry, I had to open another and another. What beer could stand up to peanut butter?Hell yes. Well done. Far from my fave, but I came around so give me a fucking break, okay?
b33r (772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with small light brown head and little lacing. Aroma and flavor are gigantic, with tons of sweet cocoa, peanut butter and creaminess. Very smooth
KoRoBeNiKi (133) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz. bottle at Park West Tavern in Ridgewood
Aroma: some overpowering peanut butter (with the name there should be but this has it in spades,) roast, chocolate (and the other general qualities for a Porter,) no smell of alcohol.
Appearance: Very dark, small dissapating head
Taste: Similar to the aroma. First thing that hits is a rather strong peanut butter flavor. Some chocolate as well but really more peanut butter.
Palate: Very slight alcoholic finish with a lot of peanut butter and chocolate.
Very interesting beer, not an exact favorite but it has a very unique aspect about it that can be appreciated.