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RATINGS: 462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is a complex, robust porter. It is jet black in color with a tan, rocky head, full body and creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. Its lightly sweet, malty flavor is accented by strong notes 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 notes of chocolate, espresso and peanut butter so tasty, you’ll have no choice but to exclaim the name!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1500) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2014
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
raymow (1166) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2014
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (376) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2014
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmargarucci (199) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - NOV 1, 2014
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanfolty (2204) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigda83 (572) - Jamestown, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2014
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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2014
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KoRoBeNiKi (133) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2014
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.

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