Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tasting DuClaw Sweet Baby Java

Here is my look at the Sweet Baby Java from DuClaw Brewing Company, a chocolate peanut butter porter that is infused with whole bean espresso. This limited release beer has an ABV of 6.2% as shown on the label (website shows 6.5%) and an IBU level of 53. Having experienced and liking Sweet Baby Jesus, I was definitely looking forward to trying this one and I wasn’t disappointed. The beer provided a good appearance as it was almost jet black in color with some mahogany red like tint in spots and it was capped with a nice head that was creamy or mocha like in color. Aroma just came out of the glass with ease providing notes of peanut butter, milk chocolate and espresso. It was like a peanut butter cup just dipped in coffee. As far a flavor and how it sat on my palate, it displayed a nice smooth and creamy texture. While it was a little thin, that was to be expected and took hardly anything away from the beer. The body felt to me to be a medium body and I was pleased with the mouthcoating and mouthfeel effects which were dually pleasing. Carbonation also sat well and the finish was pretty much a velvety feel as it went down. But it is a sweeter beer, so that is something to also be cautious of as it pertains to if I would want a few of these. But overall I found it to be pretty solid as my Untappd rating on this one was a 4 out of 5 for very good.

Brewer Notes:

Our single bestselling beer of all time, Sweet Baby Jesus! Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, Hop Gunned with cold-steeped, whole bean espresso to infuse it’s iconic, lightly sweet chocolate and peanut butter flavor and aroma with warm notes of coffee… without any additional bitterness! One sip of Sweet Baby Java and you’ll wonder, “Where has this bean all my life?”

STYLE: Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter with Whole Bean Espresso

COLOR: Black

HOP VARIETY: Fuggle & Goldings

GRAINS: Pale, Chocolate, Crystal, Black, and Brown Malts; Roasted Barley, and Whole Bean Espresso.

See the story of Sweet Baby Java here: https://youtu.be/CSVzhuDZc6k

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