Review by Eric Tansey, CSW The Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is very dark in color, almost black really, with a peanut butter colored head. Very inviting aromas that even the most skeptical beer snob will have to at least give it a second whiff. Aromas of dry cocoa powder, malts that take me back to the Halloween of 1994 where almost every house gave out Whoppers. You know the little chocolate covered malt balls that you pegged at your best bud’s noodle? That is exactly what this beer smells like.
On the palate the Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is actually a lot lighter in body than one would think going on appearance alone. The beer is quite crisp but there is this warming and soothing texture that warms the soul. The front of the palate has a dab of chocolate syrup that quickly fades to malt and toffee by the mid-palate.
The finish is earthy and dry with no hints of sweetness, only dry, slightly bitter cocoa powder. Don’t be a snob and don’t judge this beer by its label. Remember WWTD, What Would Tansey Do…. He would definitely give it a go. Trust me when I say, get out of your comfort zone and taste this beer. It is not at all what you might think it will be and I promise you that you will be pleasantly surprised by what it is. Cheers!
Tansey’s Blind Rating – 88 Points
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Beer Selection – Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
Producer – DuClaw Brewing Company
Region – Maryland, USA
Style – Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
IBU (International bittering units) – 33
Suggested Glassware – Spiegelau Stout Glass
Alcohol – 6.2%
Food Pairing – Chocolate pudding, Ashleigh’s sugar cookies, scones
What is a Porter?
The origin of porter is a bit dark and murky, much like the color of the beer. What is important to know is that porters are ales and are nearly the same thing as stouts. The line between stout and porter is very thin, almost too thin for the average beer drinker to notice. The stout actually got its name from porters. In the 1700s porters were strong, dark ales made with roasted malts. The strength of a porter was marked in X’s much like our logo. 7% ABV would be X, 9% would be XX and 10% and up would be XXX. Strong porters were referred to as stout porters. So over time they dropped the “porter” and just called them stouts. So whether a beer is a porter or a stout is really in the eye of the beer holder… Commonly, the major determining factor is the presence of caramel and caramelized sugars in the end product (which often denotes a stout). A fun and popular style of beer that has stood the test of time and is still a pub favorite. Try these beers in a dark pub at the first sign of winter, take a picture, send it to us and we may send you a surprise. Cheers! Eric Tansey CSW, Somm1
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